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Oppo R7 Plus aces our battery life and charge tests with best-in-class longevity

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.

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NASA’s photos of Mars: Signs of life or imagination running amok?

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).

Bizarre Mars photos: Does alien life really exists?

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.

Bizarre Mars photos: Does alien life really exists?

The latest arrival, where the alien hunters cited that the evidence found is that of a crashed rock shaped miniature spaceship on Mars.

Bizarre Mars photos: Does alien life really exists?

“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.”

Bizarre Mars photos: Does alien life really exists?

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.

Bizarre Mars photos: Does alien life really exists?

“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.

Bizarre Mars photos: Does alien life really exists?

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.”

Bizarre Mars photos: Does alien life really exists?

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.”

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Lenovo Vibe P1 with 5000 mAh juicer leaks: stellar battery life and finger scanner in metal chassis

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 …

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10 phones with equal or larger batteries than the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, but worse battery life

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 …

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Galaxy Note5 battery life benchmark: Outperforms the Note 4 despite smaller battery

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.

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Siri saves the life of an 18-year old pinned under a truck

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 …

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I Watched Hackers Pull Off A Real Life Ocean’s 11 Heist

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

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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I came away from my hands-on tour of Fable Legends thinking it could take over my life

I have a problem. Sometimes, games come along that are so addictive that I begin bending my life to accommodate them.

The most recent game to enrapture me in this way was Elite: Dangerous. It starts innocently enough. You might lose an afternoon to it. Procrastinate on your hobby projects a little – until you’re up at 5 am on a work night repeating to yourself “I’ll do just one more mission.”

In a lengthy Fable Legends playtest with the game’s director, David Eckelberry, I began to realize that Fable Legends is my kind of drug.

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Your Android phone’s battery life could allow it to be tracked across different sites

A feature belonging to the HTML5 Battery Status API allows a website to know how much battery life is remaining on a device being used to visit it. The feature reveals battery life remaining for devices using the Chrome, Firefox or the Opera browsers. Among the data revealed by the API includes how many seconds remain until the battery has completely discharged, and the percentage of battery life remaining.

Once you’ve computed all of that information about battery life, the data can help determine the capacity of the cell being used on a specific device visiting a website or web-app. Once …

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Healthcare adjusts to life as hacker target

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

During the Cold War, back when Richard “Dickie” George was a mathematician at the National Security Agency, security meant something different than it does today. The foes knew one another well. And if there was plenty of skulduggery to go around, at least there were some recognizable rules of engagement. “Back when it was us and the Soviets, there was about one big espionage event every 10 years,” he said, speaking at the Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum in Chicago on Tuesday. In the 21st Century, the threat landscape is very, very different, said George, now a senior advisor for cybersecurity at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. To wit: There were more than 41,000 cyberattacks on government agencies in 2010 alone. That number has only risen. And the malefactors are only getting more insidiously creative. “They just caught a refrigerator sending out 100,000 phishing emails,” said George. “A refrigerator! It’s a different world.” A different world, and a dangerous one. That was the theme that emerged – and was driven home again and again – at the Privacy & Security Forum. Healthcare, especially, is at risk: Medical data is the number one aim for hackers and medical devices are […]

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