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27th August 2017

Scenes from Gamescom 2017 in Germany – CNET

About 350,000 people converge on a Cologne convention center for Gamescom. – Source

Cybersecurity 101: How universities are dealing with hackers – CNET

Welcome back to school! Don’t miss orientation, and watch out for hackers. – Source

Watch what it takes to build a giant 3D-printed LEGO go-kart – Roadshow

It cost upwards of $100 and took seven days to print. But it’s time and money well spent. – Source

Galaxy Note 8 trade-in for Note 7 owners comes with a catch – CNET

13 things you need to know before taking Samsung up on its trade-in offer for burned Note 7 owners. – Source

A nongamer’s guide to one of the world’s largest gaming shows – CNET

Did CNET’s Shara Tibken make it out of her first gaming conference alive? Sorta. – Source

Dystopian What Happened To Monday? may hint at Netflix’s film priorities

The trailer for What Happened to Monday?

Warning: This piece contains mild spoilers for Netflix’s What Happened to Monday?

Halfway through its major 2017 original film push, Netflix seems to have more hits than misses. That’s not to say the company has had its Stranger Things equivalent; none of Netflix’s films has captured popular conversation as sweepingly as traditional offerings like Get Out or Baby Driver. Maybe the Brad Pitt-driven War Machine fizzled, but Okja and The Discovery became favorites around the Ars Slack water cooler, while smaller projects like Joe Swanberg’s Win It All keep hope alive that future Netflix films like the high-profile Bright (Will Smith and elf cops?) and the smaller Death Note (supernatural manga adaptation just released) can still deliver this year.

Critical wins and losses for these projects may be the headline grabber, but Netflix continues to grow as a film company in a less flashy, more traditional manner: as a distributor. “Netflix original” these days seems to encompass both films produced for Netflix with invested streaming money (see War Machine, Bright) and a bevy of films the company picks up after they’re previewed on the festival circuit.

Every major film festival these days is followed by a round of announcements where Amazon and Netflix engage in an arms war to snag the best and most unique content. Almost precisely one year ago, the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival proved no different. IndieWire proclaimed Netflix’s spending there “left few acquisition targets for traditional distributors,” as the company snagged things like a biopic about a young President Obama called Barry.

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Ben Heck’s N64 Portable mod

After many comments, requests, questions, setbacks and badgering from our impassioned fans, the Nintendo 64 Portable is finally finished. Ben took the device to the Midwest Gaming Classic for help with the hardware. Thanks to our community of f… – Source

16 times people really sucked at their jobs

According to Paris Hilton, “If somebody ever asks you to do something, do it really bad so you never have to do it again.”

Advice to live by.

SEE ALSO: Let these silly ‘Game of Thrones’ GIFs soothe your battered soul

Look, we aren’t all Dwight K. Schrute level obsessed with our jobs. Some of us are just trying to do the bare minimum.

Here are some of the best attempts from people who are doing the most by doing the least. …

1. The light still shines bright.

2. Eyes are not always the windows to the soul.

3. Oh no, where is little Timmy?

4. The grass isn’t always greener.

5. Because elevator rides were just too easy before.More about Watercooler, Lists, Photography, Funny, and Reddit – Source

Weekly poll: is the Galaxy Note8 everything you hoped it would be?

The Note launch is usually the highlight of Samsung Mobile’s year, but was the Galaxy Note8 everything you hoped it would be? The dual camera is Samsung’s first but it is also among the most advanced cameras on the market, the Infinity Display still looks stunning and we know that S Pen fans accept no substitute.

However, many are happily using a Galaxy S8+ while others jumped on the resurrected Galaxy Note FE. Did the Note8 do enough over those two to win your affection? Not to mention the upcoming competition – the LG V30 will launch in a week, the iPhone 8 in September, the Huawei Mate…

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Hearing voices? You might just be primed for it

Enlarge (credit: flickr user: David Wood)

Hallucinations tend to be associated with psychosis, but the reality is more complicated than that. Some people who hear voices don’t suffer from other mental health problems, and the voices they hear aren’t distressing. These “non-clinical voice-hearers” provide an important opportunity to understand hallucinations without the complications of mental illness or medication.

A preliminary study published this week in the journal Brain reports that non-clinical voice-hearers were more likely to detect language in a recording of distorted speech. Voice-hearers also showed some different patterns in brain activation as they listened. The results could help to explain why some people are more likely to hear voices, as well as help to direct future research on the topic.

Hearing meaning in noise

Ben Alderson-Day, the lead author on the paper, is a psychologist at Durham University whose research focuses on auditory hallucinations. To investigate differences of perception in voice-hearers, Alderson-Day and his colleagues used sine-wave speech, which strips out some of the most vital acoustic properties of speech and leaves something that sounds kind of like a series of clicks and whistles. It’s possible to understand it—once you already know what it says, or once you’ve listened to quite a bit of sine-wave speech. (Listen to some examples here.)

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Historic, catastrophic flooding underway in Houston from Tropical Storm Harvey

Weather forecasters’ worst fears regarding Hurricane Harvey are being realized in Houston, the nation’s 4th-largest city, as a historic deluge pounded the city overnight and into Sunday morning, with no signs of relenting. Widespread, “catastrophic” flooding is occurring, with emergency responders struggling to rescue people from rapidly flooding homes.

Officials report at least 1,000 people were rescued overnight from rising waters, and the National Weather Service (NWS) has been issuing some of the most dire flood warnings in its history.


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What David Hasselhoff would say to KITT now that cars talk – CNET

The actor revisits his ’80s and ’90s heyday in the new comedy “Killing Hasselhoff” and insists “Knight Rider” should return. – Source

Seven things I have learned about writing software

It’s happening. Bit by bit, little by little, I’m morphing from an engineer into some kind of…manager. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I still write code every day; but I find myself spending more and more time in analysis and discussion, in meetings and calls, making higher-level decisions, trying to organize teams, and worrying about strategy rather than tactics. Of course… Read More

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Trump praises a controversial sheriff on Twitter as Houston faces historic flooding

Donald Trump woke up early on Sunday morning to grim news out of Texas: a flash flood emergency had been declared in and around Houston after 2 feet of rain fell in 24 hours, with more to come.

SEE ALSO: Hurricane Harvey slams storm chasers: ‘One of the worst hurricanes I’ve ever been in’

In response, he picked up his phone and — using his preferred method of communication with the public — fired off a pair of tweets:

Great coordination between agencies at all levels of government. Continuing rains and flash floods are being dealt with. Thousands rescued.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) …

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1955: Walking the streets of Belfast, shipbuilding capital of the world

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Samsung is playing on a different level, and now the iPhone is the only competition

There are tons of companies making great phones. But Samsung only cares about one.

Samsung has a great way of keeping itself in the technology conversation by having dueling flagship phone releases: a Galaxy S around March, and a Galaxy Note around August. It has also had a knack for releasing really great phones over the past three years in particular. From the Galaxy S8 to the larger Galaxy S8+ and now Galaxy Note 8, Samsung has a product set at a range from roughly $650 to $950 in sizes that can appeal to a wide range of buyers.

Many people (myself included, to some extent) panned the Galaxy Note 8 on varying levels for being so similar to the Galaxy S8+ that it didn’t really warrant coming out later in the year or having a bunch of fanfare. But when you look at these three phones as a set, and see where Samsung is in the market, you can understand it. Samsung is so far ahead in terms of sales, market share and above all mind share in the high-end market that it isn’t even competing with other Android companies anymore — it’s going after the iPhone, and that’s it.

Samsung is so far ahead it really only has to worry about the iPhone.

When you look at its potential direct competition from the Android world it’s clear Samsung doesn’t have a whole lot to worry about. At the higher-end segment, LG, HTC, Motorola, Google, Huawei and Sony are all steadily improving and still making good (or sometimes even great) phones. But making one or two good phones in a row isn’t enough to catch Samsung at this point — Samsung would have to stumble (and no, the Note 7 clearly wasn’t a big enough stumble) considerably.

Samsung, sitting in this extremely high position so far ahead of the Android competition, doesn’t have to do a whole lot — just keep on the same path, and play it relatively conservatively. Rather than go off the wall with new designs and crazy features that may compromise something it already built, it has completely standardized on a common design language and a set of features. For the past few years, its high-end phones have focused on just a handful of things: industry-leading AMOLED displays, waterproofing, wireless charging, expandable storage, a headphone jack and consistently good cameras — all things that can differentiate it from the iPhone first and foremost.

In this market position, with so many things working in its favor, why would Samsung try and go off the wall with something entirely new and exciting in the Galaxy Note 8? This was always going to be a predictably stable and safe phone. Because Samsung doesn’t really have to worry about the flagships from LG, HTC, Motorola, Huawei and Sony — it just has to get as many – Source

Conditions like those inside Neptune cause diamond formation

Enlarge / That lovely blue exterior could be hiding a heart of diamond. (credit: NASA)

Carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen are some of the easiest heavier elements to form through fusion. As a result, they’re common in our Solar System, typically found combined with hydrogen to make ammonia, water, and methane. In the gas and ice giants of the outer Solar System, however, these chemicals are placed under extreme pressures, where chemistry starts to get a bit weird. Do these chemicals survive the crushing interiors of these planets?

One intriguing idea is that methane doesn’t survive. As pressure and temperature increase, methane should start condensing into more complex hydrocarbons. Then, as pressures increase further, calculations indicate the hydrogen and carbon should separate out, leaving pure carbon to sink to the depths of these planets. As a result, it’s been hypothesized that, close to their core, planets like Neptune and Uranus have a layer of pure diamond.

While some evidence supporting this theory has surfaced over the years, it’s been hard to precisely replicate the temperatures and pressures found inside the planets. Now, new work done at the SLAC X-ray laser facility supports the idea that these planets are full of diamonds. But the work indicates the diamonds only form at greater depths than we’d previously thought.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 International Giveaway!

Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone each and every Sunday!

A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the OnePlus 5 International Giveaway: Radu N. (Romania).

This week we are giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 courtesy of the AA App for Android!

If you’re looking for the best way to stay up to date with, look no further than the AA App for Android. Available for free in the Google Play Store, the official AA App is the fastest way to get all the latest news, rumors, tips & tricks, and device reviews on your mobile device.

No advertisements, plenty of Material Design influence, and breaking Android news at your fingertips. What more could you want?

The Samsung Galaxy S8 features a beautiful 18.5:9 Infinity Display, the powerful Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery, as well as a super impressive 12 MP rear-facing camera with an f/1.7 aperture. One of the standout features on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus this year is Bixby, Samsung’s new AI assistant that even has its own hardware button. As an added bonus, the S8 ships with a solid pair of AKG earbuds.

To learn more about the Galaxy S8, check out our related articles below:

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus review
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8 quick look
Best Samsung Galaxy S8 cases

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Samsung Galaxy S8 International Giveaway!

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Tobe Hooper, architect of the original ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ is dead at 74

Acclaimed horror filmmaker Tobe Hooper, who is perhaps best-known for his genre-defining 1974 classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has died at the age of 74.

The Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed Hooper’s death late on Saturday , according to Variety. The cause of death has not been revealed at present.

SEE ALSO: Spooky movie posters come to life with clay

In many ways, Hooper’s work on Texas Chainsaw wrote the playbook for future indie horror successes. Even with a small budget — less than $300,000 — and a lack of marquee names, Chainsaw’s gritty vibe and unflinching violence helped propel a $30 million box office. …

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Will the most hyped ‘Game of Thrones’ fight ever finally go down in the season finale?

Sometimes Game of Thrones theories are less theory and more straight up hype. And, in one case, the hype is just too real.

Cleganebowl is a prediction that has stayed with the Game of Thrones fandom since the days of yore, in 2013. Essentially, it’s fueled by the dream of watching the two most feared fighters in all of Westeros, the Hound and the Mountain (who are also brothers), face off in a fight to the death.

SEE ALSO: Here’s why Uncle Benjen’s reunion with Jon Snow was so important in ‘Game of Thrones’ episode 6

At this point, Cleganebowl is like a religion, with its own fervent following, hashtag, and dedicated subreddit. What is lacks in canonical evidence, it certainly makes up for in pure rad-ness factor. …

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The new phones of week 34

The last days of summer are upon us and smartphone announcements are flying from all directions. The Samsung Galaxy Note8 was the most high-profile launch, but this week saw the debut of five more handsets from five different manufacturers.

Meizu announced the M6 Note – its first Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered handset, while Yota introduced its third dualscreen phone – Yotaphone 3.

The 5A came in as the most affordable member of the Xiaomi Redmi Note family, while alcatel brought in the U5 HD. Finally Gionee brought in the X1 entry-level device.

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States still don’t know if Russians hacked their voting systems

With reports of Russians conducting wide-scale hacking campaigns against US election systems in 2016, you’d think that the individual states would know whether or not their voting systems had come under fire. However, that’s not the case… and in f… – Source

How innovative startups can flourish in a changing cleantech landscape

Being a clean-tech startup amidst today’s uncertain political priorities and tightening R&D budgets is like being on a rollercoaster where the loops keep getting bigger and bigger and have no end in sight. But surprisingly, this hasn’t stopped many clean energy startups bursting with outside-of-the-box ideas and innovations waiting to be taken to market. However, with a 50%… Read More

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Meet the Muslim YouTuber making people laugh as he tackles extremism and Islamophobia

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