What are the most important questions that you face in life? Whatever they are, Xiaomi is about to solve them. At least, that is what the company says in a teaser posted by the upstart manufacturer’s Brand Marketing Director on his Weibo account. The teaser says “Next week, there will be a few surprises from Xiaomi, which are going to solve life’s most important questions.”
Considering that the teaser also shows a photograph of someone fanning out a decent amount of Chinese currency, we don’t need a piano to fall on our heads to understand that Xiaomi’s announcement next week has to do …
Google’s new Chrome 45 is more efficient and improves battery life
Speed is one of the basic principles of Google Chrome. The Chrome web browser started out as one of the least memory hungry browsers in the market, however, over a period of time, the browser had started using up a lot of RAM space. Therefore, in order to make the browsing experience more faster and efficient especially on desktops and other low-end devices, the search giant Google has released a new update known as Chrome 45.
According to Google’s Chrome blog, the update Chrome 45 promises to improve RAM usage, the overall performance of the browser, speed up the launch time, and reduce battery usage.
Chrome has long had the option to “continue where you left off” by restoring tabs when you relaunch Chrome. Now, Chrome restore your tabs more efficiently and the browser opens those tabs first that you most recently looked at saving your time. The new Chrome also now detects if your computer is running low on resources, and automatically stops restoring tabs in an effort to save memory. Just click to refresh later, if necessary.
Google has also taught Chrome how to identify when a webpage is idle, and use that free time to clean up memory that is old and not been used.
“In practice we found that this reduced website memory usage by 10 percent on average, but the effect is even more dramatic on complex Web apps,” wrote Product Manager Ryan Schoen in a blog post.
“On Gmail, Chrome 45 freed up nearly a quarter of the memory used by the tab—’a significant improvement compared to Chrome 43′,” Google said.
The process of improving reloading seems to have been inspired from a Chrome extension introduced in May. The Great Suspender automatically suspends unused tabs after a certain user-specified time, until the user clicks on them again.
Flash has always been an issue with resources. In June, Google had announced a new setting would be introduced to auto-pause Flash content that’s not central to a website. Chrome 45 has a default setting that pauses unwatched Flash-based content. Google found that implementing this feature can save up to 15 percent of a user’s battery life. Flash media on Web sites that was previously manually enabled under that setting is now frozen unless it is found that it is the main content being viewed. The Google team plans to make this feature on by default for all users over the next few weeks.
“As the Web evolves and sites take advantage of increasing capabilities, Chrome’s performance — how fast pages load, how smooth scrolling is, how much memory is consumed, and how long your battery lasts — becomes even more important,” Schoen said in his blog post. “This latest version of Chrome includes the most recent wave of performance updates, but there’s much more in the works for upcoming versions of Chrome.”
Chrome 45 is available for desktop users of the browser now.
The Apple iPhone can do many things. Add “saving a life” to that long list. Last Monday, a student at California State University, Fresno was returning to his apartment at around 11pm when a mugger pulled out a gun and grabbed his computer bag from behind. A struggle ensued and the gun went off. Luckily for the 24-year old victim, the bullet bounced off of his iPhone, saving his life.
The student did not want to be identified since the mugger remains at large. The student’s roommate told the local press that the victim was shaken up. “The jeans was tore and he showed me his iPhone … and …
Believe it or not, a thin phablet with 4100 mAh scored one of the best continuous screen-on times in our gruelling battery life benchmark test. The new Oppo R7 Plus is not only one of the most elegant big-screeners we’ve seen, 2.5D display and all, but also managed to keep its lights on for nearly 10 hours with the screen lit, and running our standardized testing pattern. This would translate to about two days of normal usage from the phablet, which is great news for those that are eyeing Oppo’s latest puppy.
Bizarre Mars photos: Does alien life really exists?
The NASA photos taken by the Mars Orbiter and the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers sparked speculations of alien life existing on the neighboring planet. While there are continuous debates wherein alien hunters and UFO enthusiasts push the idea of proof of life on Mars (and elsewhere), while NASA continues to maintain that there has yet to be confirmed proof of alien life found on Mars (or anywhere).
Conspiracy theorists for years have been keeping a close watch on the photos that have been transmitted back to Earth by NASA probes and “discovering” strange objects that they say proves the existence of extraterrestrial activity on Mars. For example, lizards, mermaids, petroglyphs, artifacts, jelly donuts, traffic lights, and various other somewhat recognizable objects all appears to exist together in the open dusty spaces of the red planet.
The latest arrival, where the alien hunters cited that the evidence found is that of a crashed rock shaped miniature spaceship on Mars.
“I found this anomaly in the latest Curiosity Rover photo. The black object looks like a crashed UFO,” writes Scott C. Waring on the UFO Sightings Daily website.
The craft is only about 2.5-3 meters across, so it probably only held a few passengers. Since many of the figures we found on Mars are about 5-8 cm tall, then we can conclude that his [sic]ship could carry about 20-40 passengers.”
Perhaps too far sighted but not as far as the discovery of a giant Martian crab in early August or for that matter the “strange woman” appearing briefly at the Curiosity rover last month or like the levitating rock in June.
One NASA scientist says there’s a perfectly good explanation for these sightings. Speaking to CNN, Ashwin Vasavada, a scientist who works on the Mars rover project, said that much of “sightings” suggest a psychological process known as paradoleia, or the brain’s recognition as familiar objects or patterns things even though it’s not actually there. For instance, cloud-shapes, face of a man in the moon, seeing the image of the Virgin Mary in a grilled-cheese sandwich, or even a tiny woman wandering around Mars.
“We have color HD cameras on this rover that far exceed anything ever sent to the planet before, and yet in order to find these things that kind of trick your brain into thinking it’s a mermaid or whatever, you do have to zoom in where it’s kind of a fuzzy shadow at that point,” he added.
Remembering the photo of a tiny woman wandering around Mars, he said “That photo was up in a place we are studying, a place we call a ‘geologic contact’ where there is a lot of sandstone next to mud that formed at the bottom of an ancient lake.”
“Now, three billion years after that happened, little drifts of sand are following down the hill … when you zoom in and kind of look at the light and shadows, it does look like a little figure of a woman,” he admits. “But she would be a few inches tall and hasn’t moved in months, so we don’t think that’s what it is.”
It is very interesting to see how people’s imagination work claiming the things they see in Curiosity’s photos, Vasavada says. However, his team does not take them seriously, he adds hoping that NASA will discover signs of intelligent life on Mars in the future.
In fact, many of the “alien” objects found in the photos taken by other NASA explorers and Curiosity have been quite small. Ironically, a recent study indicated for those searching for alien life, particularly intelligent alien life, when found would be quite a bit larger than the average human being.
“There is no group that would be (happier) to see such a thing than the 500 scientists around the world who work on this Curiosity rover,” he says. “So far we haven’t seen anything that is so obvious that it would be similar to what these claims are.”
“We have no evidence of Martian iguanas or rats at this time,” he says. “One of the best things we found is that Mars could support life, (but) if anything we think it’s microbial life that’s possible at this time. Things like rats and iguanas would be way further up the food chain that we think Mars may have ever gotten to.”
Just the other day, Vasavada says someone on the Internet “found a place where a meteor had struck Mars while we were there roaming, so that is pretty fantastic.”
For Vasavada, the bizarre thing about the thousands of photos taken by Curiosity is how they are not really strange at all.
“The thing that keeps coming back to me every single day is how un-weird it is, how much it looks like Earth,” he says. “It’s just fascinating that (on) Mars, even today, you can see the landscapes formed in similar ways that deserts and other places on Earth formed. It’s kind of mind-blowing.”
It is not as a overwhelmingly impressive find as a Martian; however, Vasavada recommends patience.
“We are working our way to answering what is a very difficult scientific question,” he says. “It’s unfortunately not going to be as easy as seeing a mermaid in a picture.”
Lenovo is really in to surprise us this IFA expo, as it seems to be prepping a bunch of phones to announce for next week. Gone are the days when Lenovo released value-for-money plastic handsets, as it is now at the forefront of design when it comes to Chinese manufacturers, starting with the layered metal X2, continuing with the awesome metal Vibe Shot, and now the rumored metal Vibe P1 with a gigantic 5000 mAh battery.
That same Vibe P1 has finally leaked in flesh and blood, along with the specs to match. The magnesium alloy-clad phone will apparently boast a ;arge 5.5″ display, 64-bit …
Many were disappointed when it became clear that Samsung has put a 3,000mAh battery at the back of the Galaxy Note5, which is 220mAh smaller than the one its predecessor employed. And frankly said, who wouldn’t – downgrading such a vital spec is not something we want to see.
We also felt pretty sceptic how the Galaxy Note5 and its 3,000mAh juicer will perform, but that was until we laid our hands on the device and put it through our custom battery benchmark test. Lo and behold, it endured for 9 hours and 11 minutes and easily outpeformed …
Most of you probably won’t remember, but as it was our job to pay attention back then, we do. When the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 arrived on the scene last year, critics and consumers alike were worried that Samsung used a battery with essentially the same capacity as its predecessor, the Note 3, and that this time around it would have to power a hungrier, Quad HD display instead of a more frugal, 1080p panel. So you can imagine we were all pleasantly surprised when our custom battery life benchmark showed that the Note 4 is significantly more resilient than its predecessor.
Siri can do it all. From telling jokes to spelling words, looking up movie times, computing math equations and converting unit measurements, the ol’ gal has been quite a useful tool for iOS users ever since the virtual voice activated personal assistant launched with the Apple iPhone 4s. While Siri performs quite a few tasks flawlessly, a new report reveals that she might have actually saved a human life.
The local FOX affiliate in Nashville told the story about an 18-year who was working on his truck when the unthinkable happened. The truck fell on top of him, pinning his arms. The young …
The scene was set: a surveillance camera, a safe full of money in a Las Vegas casino, a pair of thieves with lock picking tools and a laptop. I watched in awe as the skinny geeks clipped wires and rewired the feed so that it would loop ad finitum. Basically, they recreated the climax of Ocean’s 11 before my very eyes. But there were no police, and there was no big getaway. I was sitting in hotel conference center at DEF CON 23, the infamous hacker conference that brings hundreds of would be deviants to Sin City to learn how to do things like break into safes. The two hackers on stage were Zack Banks and Eric Van Albert, two MIT alums with a penchant for physical security. They pulled off the mini Ocean’s 11 heist in real time so that they could show off a technique for compromising an ethernet connection in order to gain access to surveillance cameras and loop the feeds without getting caught. The hack itself is simple enough. Using a custom-made tap board, Banks and Van Albert successfully spliced into an ethernet cable connected to a surveillance camera. The hardware enabled the hackers to connect […]
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