These Drones Go Where Humans Cannot in Search of Rare Plants in Hawaii

If you find drones buzzing near your backyard in cities quite creepy and annoying, it’s a bit different when drones are used in the mountains of Hawaii. As it turns out, a drone’s spying abilities can be useful in trying to find some super-rare plant on a steep cliff on the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi. […]
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Harvard Students' Ouster Over Offensive Posts Stirs Debate

Few college-bound kids lose their shot, and their slot, at their dream school once they get in, but it happened at one of the world’s most elite institutions and for a reason that has, until recently, hardly registered in the university admissions process: social media.

Harvard University’s decision to rescind admission offers to 10 incoming freshmen because of offensive Facebook posts comes at a time of heightened attention to free speech and student conduct on U.S. college campuses, and has stirred debate far beyond the halls of the Ivy League school.

Other schools say it’s an eye-opener for those involved in the admissions process.

“We’re going to continue to watch how this unfolds and, with other higher ed institutions, learn from it,” said Janet Bonkowski, spokeswoman for the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay.

Harvard rescinded the admission offers after discovering the students had traded offensive images and messages on a private Facebook group, student newspaper The Harvard Crimson reported. The posts were often sexually explicit and mocked Mexicans, the Holocaust, sexual assault and child abuse.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts, university declined to comment, but the school does tell accepted students their offers can be withdrawn if their behavior “brings into question their honesty, maturity or moral character.”

Its decision may have been rare, but the situation it addressed was not: young applicants crossing lines in their social media posts.

Mike Reilly, a former college admissions officer in Washington state and now an executive with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, said Harvard’s move can be seen as incongruent with free speech.

But Nancy Beane, a high school counselor in Atlanta and president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, said zero tolerance for racist comments should be the standard for all institutions of higher education.

“We’re all humans. We’re all going to make mistakes and…
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Samsung Pushes Security Update to Galaxy S8 and S8+

Samsung recently seeded a software update to its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. The update applies the June security patches from Google, stabilizes memory card performance, and adjusts some user interface elements of Bixby. The update comes in at about 150MB and can be downloaded and installed over the air.

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LG Debuts G6+ with More Storage and Better Music

LG today announced the G6+, a refined version of its flagship smartphone that offers a few under-the-hood improvements. The G6+ ships with 128 GB of on-board storage (rather than 64 GB) and premium headphones from Bang & Olufsen that are better able to take advantage of the 32-bit quad DAC. LG says the result is richer-sounding music. LG made some cosmetic improvements, too; for example, the rear glass panel how has a lenticular film to help create optical effects in the glass, and the bezels surrounding the display have been turned black in order to blend in with the screen (when off). The G6+ and the existing G6 are available in an expanded range of colors, including Optical Astro Black, Optical Marine Blue, and Optical Terra Gold. Beyond the G6+ hardware, LG also announced some new software features. LG plans to update the G6 with a Face Print feature, a new low-power consumption tool, and a covered lens warning. The Face Print feature is a security option that relies on facial recognition. Users hold the G6 up to their face and the user-facing camera will scan them and unlock the phone. The covered-lens warning is meant to tell users that their finger is blocking the camera. The idea is to prevent bad shots. These features will be preloaded on the G6 and G6+ moving forward, and will hit existing phones next month. LG said the timing of the G6+ launch and the software update will vary on a market-by-market basis. Pricing for the G6+ wasn’t disclosed.

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Three UK are the only network to hold roaming prices post-Brexit

Can our hung parliament and chaotic government really “take back control” from the EU? Who knows, but it does raise an interesting question.

What will happen with our newly-acquired EU roaming deal?

After Brexit, if we ever get it sorted out, will Brits see a return to the insane roaming prices across the EU?

Well, that’s a tricky question. In theory it’s going to be one very hard sell for networks to re-introduce the baffling pricing model and increase costs, but how many promise NOT to bring it back?

Three UK are the only network to hold roaming prices post Brexit

Our friends at Gizmodo tried to find this out, and asked all the larger UK networks whether they’ll promise NOT to bring the crazy EU roaming charges back in after Brexit. All four (EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three UK) responded, but only Three promised not to re-introduce the costs…

A spokesperson told the site that ..

We are committed to retaining Feel at Home in the EU and regardless of the outcome of Brexit negotiations.

The other networks answered too, but did not fully commit. So, if you want to be sure of what will happen if / when Brexit ever gets done, stick with Three.

Right, I’m off to have a lie down 🙂

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  • HTC U11 – Photo special

    HTC U11   Photo special

    HTC have dropped out of the limelight of late. Vodafone don’t seem to be ranging any of their handsets and Three are all out of stock of the HTC 10. Whilst playing with their U Play and U Ultra it occured to me that both handsets had pretty much appeared without anyone noticing. It was a bit of a shame too, because they really are rather good phones.

    Likewise, this, the HTC U11, has a lot of the shiny similarities and it’s good to see both EE and O2 ranging the handset.

    HTC U11   Photo special

    This, out of the box, is great just to look at alone. That super-shiny back is gorgeous.

    The phone has a new HTC feature which we call “squeezy” and they call “HTC Edge Sense”. After a quick squeeze on the sides of the phone you can launch certain features which we’ll be looking at more in the review when it goes live.

    HTC U11   Photo special

    Until then though, here’s an up-close look at the thing. It’s 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 and weighs 169g. It’s powered by Android 7.1 and has a 12 megapixel camera (HTC UltraPixel) with “UltraSpeed Autofocus”, an ƒ/1.7 aperture and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). You’ll also notice the dual LED flash.

    HTC U11   Photo special

    Up front, and this might seem a little weird, is a 16 megapixel camera – yes, more megapixels. This has an ƒ/2.0 aperture and you can beautify yourself with live make-up. It also has an auto selfie and voice selfie mode plus timers and a HDR boost for better shots.

    HTC U11   Photo special

    Along with the usual Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi, FC, VoLTE, WiFi Calling and GPS, you’ll also get some news sound features such as HTC USonic. This combines active noise cancellation with that tune-able audio we’ve seen on HTC handsets before, so it not only suits your ears but also blocks out external noise. If you choose not to use the headphones, the BoomSound Hi-Fi speakers are beefier than before.

    HTC U11   Photo special

    When you record video, there’s also omni-directional microphones for 3D audio recording, so when you zoom in it’ll concentrate the amplification in that direction.

    HTC U11   Photo special

    The U11 has an IP67 water protection rating and the screen is a 5.5″ Quad HD unit (2560 x 1440 pixels) with 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It’s all powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 64 bit octa-core CPU running at up to 2.45 Ghz. You’ve got 64GB storage, 4GB RAM and a microSD card for more.

    HTC U11   Photo special

    There’s 3000 mAh battery with Quick Charge and “Extreme power saving mode” if you need to squeeze (geddit?) some extra juice out of it.

    We’ll be bringing you a full review of the HTC U11 very soon, but until then, enjoy the photos and get more information at HTC.com. You can also buy it SIM-free for £649.

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  • Time-killing apps for your holiday

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    Go on, have a look on iTunes and you’ll see over 2 million apps now. That’s a pretty massive selection, and means that everyone in the Republic of Macedonia could have one app each. At the top of the app charts you’ll find a constantly shifting set of games and sometimes they’ll reflect what’s happening in society. As an example, in recent weeks, it’s been the never-ending fidget spinner craze. My son has about 5 of the things now and they range in quality. The thing is though, he now seems to be more interested in the virtual version because it lets him have additional fidget spinners in exchange for lots of spinning, or swiping, of the screen.

    Time killing apps for your holiday

    They’re not real fidget spinners of course, they’re just graphics on the screen, but it seems to hit the mark. Look through the top apps charts and you’ll see another fidget spinner app, so this is obviously not a craze which is going to die down any time soon.

    Time killing apps for your holiday

    Another thing that can affect the charts is the time of year. In the summer, as it is now, you can see a lot of time-killing apps getting downloaded. Quiz apps like Word Cookies is definitely one I’ve seen being used on flights, and Piano Tiles is another app that, from the music alone, is doing well.

    Time killing apps for your holiday

    One app that’s stubbornly stuck in the charts amongst the top gaming apps is the unkillable Pokemon Go, which still seems to be getting kids outside in the sun, even if it’s not quite as popular as it was last year. Indeed, Angry Birds is still proving popular too, as is Candy Crush, Cut the Rope, Temple Run, Talking Tom and yes – even Pac Man.

    Amongst the top apps and games you’ll also find card games like Solitaire and poker, plus casino games – including MrGreen Mobile Casino of the Year. A game we played on a recent fight (much to the slight annoyance of other passengers) was the infamous “Heads Up!”, which is a modern take on the old game involving you sticking a piece of paper to your head with a celebrity name on. Just try and guess who you’re supposed to be with yes and no question, but in this modern version there’s stacks of categories to download and try – all of which can be downloaded ahead your trip away so that you can fill those hours of travelling or while you’re sunning yourself on the beach.

    Time killing apps for your holiday

    One particularly annoying game that my son has got me into recently is Hill Climb Racing 2. I’ve lost count of the amount of back-flips I’ve done on this one.

    We’d love to hear what apps you’re downloading ready for your holiday. What apps and games do you rate ? Which apps will you be using on your flight or long drive this summer? Are you a bookworm instead? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Patreon Makes It Easier for Content Producers To Get Paid

    Patreon, a membership site where anyone can turn their craft into monthly income, is getting serious about its business prospects.

    Launched in 2013, Patreon caters to people who want to make money from their passions or pet projects. The platform, backed by more than $47 million in venture capital, is designed for podcasters, musicians, artists, video-makers and pretty much anyone else making something that isn’t already handsomely rewarded by the web’s business-model of choice: advertisements.

    These “creators,” as they’re called on the site, range from unknowns and YouTube personalities to comedians of Adam Carolla’s caliber. Creators craft their own subscription tiers, offering patrons extras or rewards — say a bonus podcast episode — for contributing a small monthly sum, often $10 or less, to support them.

    Wednesday, the San Francisco-based startup is upgrading its web and mobile apps, aesthetically and beyond, to present a more professional face to the world. The changes most obvious to visitors will be the cosmetic ones, including a new brand design and logo.

    The bigger enhancements are a number of behind-the-scenes improvements, and a Snapchat-like app, for clientele who want to give more to fans and boost monthly income. Getting people paid is the whole point.

    Patreon currently counts more than 1 million paying active patrons, which suggests that content, even in the age of internet freebies, is still worth something to some people.

    The company says its on track to pay out $150 million this year to its 50,000 creators.

    For its part, Patreon takes a 5 percent cut of funds pooled, leaving creators with 92 percent of fan contributions after credit card processing fees. The model is intended to be more generous than the ad-revenue splits offered by YouTube or Facebook, and the developer programs run by Apple and Google.

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    Dropped action cam. What happens next will amaze you!

    Yes, I’m trying a click-bait headline. Let’s get it pushed all over Facebook by some faceless SEO company and then earn stacks of cash from it, then I might be able to fix the massive hole in my kitchen ceiling shall we?

    I hate plumbing problems.

    Anyhow, there’s a story behind this one, and apparently I’ve severely missed the boat because it went viral years ago. Pah, no matter. I need a kitchen ceiling, so I’m going to re-hash it as a new story to generate more social media nonsense. It’s the future apparently.

    Dropped action cam. What happens next will amaze you!

    Mia Munselle found a GoPro camera in her pig pen. She lives in Cloverdale, California, and decided to see what was on the storage card. Apparently it was 8 months before she found the thing and then she wanted to know how it had got there. As we all would, she uploaded it to YouTube via a tasty licensing deal. I’ll gloss over all that though, because using some media company to control the one and only YouTube video you’ve ever uploaded is what all normal people do, right?

    You need to watch it until the end, so bear with the spinning descent. If nothing else, it shows just how good those GoPro cameras are, and with 22.3 million views it would be a great advert for GoPro. If, that is, this was all cleverly edited and uploaded just to advertise GoPro… which I’m sure it isn’t… oh no…

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