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Ikea Unveils Furniture That Charges Your Smartphone Wirelessly

Slashdot - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 7:15pm
pbahra writes Swedish furniture maker Ikea unveiled a new range of furniture that it says can wirelessly charge some mobile devices. The Swedish furniture giant made the announcement on Sunday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Ikea's introduction of wireless charging functionality on some of its new furniture heats up the battle for a global wireless charging standard, of which there are currently three, all struggling to become the global leader.

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SanDisk announces 200GB microSD card, 32GB Dual USB Drive with reversible Type-C connector, 128GB iXpand Flash Drive with Lightning connector (Stephen Shankland/CNET)

TechMeme - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 6:35pm

Stephen Shankland / CNET:
SanDisk announces 200GB microSD card, 32GB Dual USB Drive with reversible Type-C connector, 128GB iXpand Flash Drive with Lightning connector  —  SanDisk bets smartphone crowd wants more flash storage  —  The flash memory specialist announces a 200GB microSD card, drives to backup phone photos …

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Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links

Slashdot - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 6:10pm
wabrandsma writes about Google's new system for ranking the truthfulness of a webpage. "Google's search engine currently uses the number of incoming links to a web page as a proxy for quality, determining where it appears in search results. So pages that many other sites link to are ranked higher. This system has brought us the search engine as we know it today, but the downside is that websites full of misinformation can rise up the rankings, if enough people link to them. Google research team is adapting that model to measure the trustworthiness of a page, rather than its reputation across the web. Instead of counting incoming links, the system – which is not yet live – counts the number of incorrect facts within a page. 'A source that has few false facts is considered to be trustworthy,' says the team. The score they compute for each page is its Knowledge-Based Trust score. The software works by tapping into the Knowledge Vault, the vast store of facts that Google has pulled off the internet. Facts the web unanimously agrees on are considered a reasonable proxy for truth. Web pages that contain contradictory information are bumped down the rankings."

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Our Director of Engineering on the New WIRED.com

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:30pm

An in-depth view of the new WIRED.com, from our Director of Engineering.

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Welcome to the New WIRED

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:30pm

Welcome to the new WIRED. This site is the culmination of more than two years of work by dozens of super-talented people, people I’m proud to have as colleagues. From the responsive layouts to the improved APIs that make the whole thing work behind the scenes to the journalism itself, we’ve reimagined every aspect of the WIRED experience. And we have improved it.

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Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

Slashdot - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:05pm
MojoKid writes Today, at Mobile World Congress, Samsung took the veil off of its much-anticipated Galaxy S6, and also the Galaxy S6 edge. As has been heavily rumored, the S6 foregoes the plastic shell of its predecessor and integrates metal and glass instead, resulting in a far more premium feel, a thickness of 6.8mm, and a weight of 138g on the normal S6 and 132g on the edge. Samsung made it a point to mention that the metal it uses in the S6 is 50% stronger than other smartphones- a Apple bendgate jab, perhaps? Both the S6 and S6 edge share the same hardware, which includes a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. That gives us a resolution of 2560x1440, and a high pixel density of 577 ppi. The new phones also include an octa-core processor (2.1GHz quad + 1.5GHz quad), 3GB of DDR4 memory, and LTE cat 6 (300/50Mbps) support. Also of note is the phone's rear 16 megapixel f/1.9 camera, which Samsung says will launch in less than a second (0.6 seconds, to be exact). The front camera is no slouch either, also boasting an aperture of f/1.9, and coming in at 5 megapixels. The company says that the phone can add 4 hours of battery-life after a mere 10 minutes of charging, and when compared to the iPhone, it charges up to full in half the time. The S6 also has built-in wireless charging as well.

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The Plot to Free North Korea With Smuggled Episodes of ‘Friends’

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:00pm

On a cloudy, moonless night somewhere in northeastern China, three men creep through a stand of Japanese Clethra trees. They carry no flashlights, and the sky is so dark that they hear the sound of the rushing Tumen River before they see it: They’ve arrived at the North Korean border. Earlier in the evening at […]

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Feds Admit Stingrays Can Disrupt Cell Service of Bystanders

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 4:55pm

For years the government has kept mum about its use of a powerful phone surveillance technology known as a stingray. The Justice Department and local law enforcement agencies insist that the only reason for their secrecy is to prevent suspects from learning how the devices work and devising methods to thwart them. But a court […]

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Finding the Melodies Hidden in Traditional Embroidery

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 4:48pm

Zsanett Szirmay is decoding the tunes that were (inadvertently) hidden in traditional embroidery.

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How to Use GIFs to Teach Computers About Emotions

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 4:40pm

How two researchers at MIT Media Lab want to use our response to GIFs as way to teach computers to understand emotions.

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Distorted Photos Show the Alien Side of Suburban Life

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 4:35pm

It’s finally happened—aliens are among us. Ralf Brueck‘s images transform daily life into a sci-fi wonderland. Distorted shapes and glitches disrupt otherwise normal landscapes, making it easy to imagine paranormal activity or a good old-fashioned beaming up. In his series Dekonstruktion and Distortion, Brueck brings the unnatural closer to home. Brueck selects locations sometimes through research and sometimes by […]

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Rubber Stamps Let You Customize Typography With Your Hands

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 4:28pm

These alphabet stamps let you create an infinite number of custom typefaces just by adjusting the angle and pressure of the gesture of your hand.

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Ultra-Low Power Radio Transceiver Enables Truly Wireless Earbuds

Slashdot - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 4:24pm
First time accepted submitter irl_4795 writes At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona NXP Semiconductors will demonstrate Near Field Magnetic Induction technology in a truly wireless earbud including wireless audio streaming from ear to ear. From the article: "The wireless technology being used to enable truly wireless earbuds is based on Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI). NFMI features important properties such as ultra-low power consumption and the ability to create a very reliable network in and around the human body, with both high-quality audio and data streaming supported over small distances. An additional integration advantage is also that it requires few external components. NFMI is a short range technology and as such also creates a private network, making it is much less susceptible to interference than 2.4 GHz transceivers.

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20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

Slashdot - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 4:03pm
schwit1 writes A 20-year-old U.S. military weather satellite apparently exploded for no obvious reason. The incident has put several dozen pieces of space junk into orbit. From the article: "A 20-year-old military weather satellite apparently exploded in orbit Feb. 3 following what the U.S. Air Force described as a sudden temperature spike. The “catastrophic event” produced 43 pieces of space debris, according to Air Force Space Command, which disclosed the loss of the satellite Feb. 27 in response to questions from SpaceNews. The satellite, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 13, was the oldest continuously operational satellite in the DMSP weather constellation."

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Ultra-Low Power Radio Transceiver Enables Truly Wireless Earbuds

Slashdot - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 3:32pm
First time accepted submitter irl_4795 (4020741) writes At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona NXP Semiconductors will demonstrate Near Field Magnetic Induction technology in a truly wireless earbud including wireless audio streaming from ear to ear. From the article: "The wireless technology being used to enable truly wireless earbuds is based on Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI). NFMI features important properties such as ultra-low power consumption and the ability to create a very reliable network in and around the human body, with both high-quality audio and data streaming supported over small distances. An additional integration advantage is also that it requires few external components. NFMI is a short range technology and as such also creates a private network, making it is much less susceptible to interference than 2.4 GHz transceivers.

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How Ford Made Its Most Efficient Pickup Truck Ever

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 3:30pm

When Ford engineers redesigned the 2015 F-150, they put the whole truck on a diet.

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Spacewalking Astronauts Finish Extensive, Tricky Cable Job

Slashdot - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 2:30pm
An anonymous reader writes news about a three-day cable job completed outside the International Space Station. "Spacewalking astronauts successfully completed a three-day cable job outside the International Space Station on Sunday, routing several-hundred feet of power and data lines for new crew capsules commissioned by NASA. It was the third spacewalk in just over a week for Americans Terry Virts and Butch Wilmore, and the quickest succession of spacewalks since NASA's former shuttle days. The advance work was needed for the manned spacecraft under development by Boeing and SpaceX. A pair of docking ports will fly up later this year, followed by the capsules themselves, with astronauts aboard, in 2017."

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HTC Has A New Flagship Smartphone, Wearable And VR Headset On Show

ReadWriteWeb - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 2:24pm
HTC One M9

It's been a busy day for HTC announcements as Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona. The company has revealed its new flagship phone for 2015, a fitness-focused wearable, and a virtual reality headset developed in partnership with Valve.

First, the long-rumored HTC One M9. The handset brings with it a 5-inch 1080p screen, Android 5.0 Lollipop, the next-generation Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU and 3GB of RAM. In terms of design, it looks similar to last year's One M8, and perhaps the most significant upgrade is the 20-megapixel camera (with the 4-megapixel lens from the 2014 model now the front-facing camera).

The photo-taking capabilities are something that HTC is focusing on in its promotional material. "The HTC One M9’s cameras are designed to capture every moment in amazing quality, allowing you to relive those moments again and again," says the company. The phone can also record 4K video.

The HTC GripThe HTC Grip, plus the HTC One M9

The arrival of the HTC One M9 at MWC wasn't much of a surprise, and nor was the appearance of the manufacturer's first wearable. We thought we might see something at last year's Mobile World Congress, but now a smartband has finally seen the light of day.

The HTC Grip is a bulky-looking fitness tracker that also happens to tell the time. It comes with on-board GPS for tracking routes and distances without a phone, though it can also display notifications from a connected iOS or Android mobile.

The device taps into HTC's previously announced partnership with sports brand Under Armour. The wearable can track workouts, steps, calories and sleep, and HTC is promising 2.5 days of battery life —though just five hours with the GPS on. No price details yet, but it goes on sale this spring.

HTC ViveThe HTC Vive

Finally, the HTC Vive is the VR headset teased by Valve and Steam earlier this week. The hardware is a joint project between the companies and the aim is to release a consumer edition before the end of the year. We're likely to hear more about it at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week.

See also: Steam—Yes, The Videogame Outfit—Wants To Join The VR Fray

The Vive offers full 360-degree immersion, tracking controllers and high-quality graphics running at 90 frames-per-second. "Vive combines Valve's Steam VR tracking and input technologies with HTC's world-renowned design and engineering talent, setting a new gold standard for an industry that has, until now, struggled to move beyond concept stage," says HTC.

HTC and Steam say they have a number of media partners on board—including Google, HBO, Lionsgate, Vertigo Games, Dovetail Games and Wemo Labs—and envisage the technology stretching beyond gaming into entertainment, travel, retail and social.

While it's difficult to assess any product from a launch event, HTC is facing strong competition for market share in each of these three areas—its brand new hardware is really going to have to shine in order to make meaningful inroads against the likes of Apple, Samsung and Facebook's Oculus Rift.

Images courtesy of HTC

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Take That, Apple! Samsung Unveils Its Own Pay-With-Your-Phone System

ReadWriteWeb - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 2:10pm

Samsung has announced its new mobile payments system, unsurprisingly called Samsung Pay. It will apparently only work at first with the company's latest flagship phones, the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Those phones launch on April 10; Samsung says the payments system will go live in the second half of this year.

In terms of managing payments in retail stores, Samsung Pay boasts one major advantage over Apple’s competing system. While Apple Pay requires near-field communication (NFC) pads to function, Samsung Pay is already compatible with any terminal with a standard magnetic stripe credit card reader—or with NFC if the business has already adopted it.

See also: What Samsung’s Mobile Payments Acquisition Has That Apple Pay Doesn't

Samsung is building its pay system on technology it acquired when it bought LoopPay, which had a system it said was already compatible with 90% of existing credit card stripe-reading terminals.

At the moment, though, it doesn't sound like Samsung Pay will offer much, if any, functionality inside apps. Apple, by contrast, offers a software development kit and other resources to developers who want to incorporate its payment system into their apps.

For security, Samsung Pay relies on Samsung KNOX, the company’s in-house end-to-end secure mobile platform, as well as fingerprint scanning and “advanced tokenization,” the company said in a press release. “Tokenization” means that transactions will use a one-time-use token instead of your credit card number for identification.

Screenshot via Samsung

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