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HyperX's new CloudAlpha headphones promise comfort and clarity for pro gamers
After two years in development, HyperX has unveiled the latest in its Cloud headset family, called the Cloud Alpha. The new model replaces its previous HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset, and features memory foam and a lighter design because of its aluminum frame. Console gamers can adjust the volume and mute the noise-cancelling microphone with the headphone's detachable cable which has an in-line audio control. It's compatible with PCs and the major consoles - including Nintendo Switch, and VR systems with a 3.5mm port.
A Hunt for Ways to Combat Online Radicalization
Their ideas are grounded in a few truths about how extremist groups operate online, and how potential recruits respond. After speaking to many researchers, I compiled this rough guide for combating online radicalization. In many ways, researchers said, white supremacists are even more sophisticated than jihadists in their use of the internet. Dylann Roof - the white supremacist who murdered nine people at a historically African-American church in Charleston, SC, in 2015 - was radicalized online.
Identity theft at epidemic levels, warns Cifas
Identity theft is reaching epidemic levels, according to a fraud prevention group, with people in their 30s the most targeted group. A total of 89,000 cases were recorded in the first six months of the year by UK anti-fraud organisation Cifas. ID theft accounts for more than half of fraud recorded by Cifas, a not-for-profit organisation that shares fraud prevention tips between businesses and public bodies.
Samsung Note 8, then iPhone 8, could remedy stagnant phone sales
At an event in NYC Wednesday, Samsung is expected to launch its newest Note. Apple, with 12% of the market, should reverse flat sales and experience a 10% bump in shipments, and Samsung could see an uptick. Yet despite Samsung's $5.3 billion recall of the phones, many Samsung customers say they're willing to try their luck with a new Note. Its launch should add up to the strongest iPhone sales in three years, say financial analysts.
A good read: AI evaluates quality of short stories
The ability to predict narrative quality impacts on both story creation and story understanding, said Markus Gross, vice president at Disney Research. To evaluate quality, the AI needs some level of understanding of the text. If AIs are to create narratives, they need to be able to judge the quality of what they are producing. The researchers developed an AI that evaluated separate regions of each story-including the question that prompted each.
Flaw detector for testing composite aircrafts
A thermal flaw detector developed at Tomsk Polytechnic University will be used in the manufacturing of a new aircraft to replace the AN-2. The new model fully consists of composite materials and is developed by the Siberian Aeronautical Research Institute S A Chaplygin (SibNIA), Novosibirsk, Russia. The thermal flaw detector developed at TPU allows technicians to detect structural damage to aircraft both during manufacture and operation. The manufacturers faced a problem related to the testing methods they could put into the technological plan.
'Fashnology' a factor for picking wearable devices, researchers find
A recent study conducted by researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology provides some answers. The researchers interviewed two groups of users - one made up of university students and one made up of staff. The findings suggest that wearable technology needs to be designed with fashion, aesthetics, and the look and feel in mind. Understanding factors influencing the adoption of wearable devices is critical to improving the design and development of wearable devices, says Siau.
Mimicking the reflexive detection ability of the animal visual system for computer detection of moving objects
The detection of moving objects is one of the most fundamental and important mechanisms of the animal visual system, having evolved to quickly detect both predators and prey. Yet reproducing the ability of animals to reflexively detect moving objects has remained elusive. Studies in human and animal vision indicate that motion plays a key role in detecting objects in a scene as the animal moves, explains Sundaramoorthi.
Car industry needs cybersecurity rules to deal with the hacking threat
In response to the danger of hacked cars, the UK Department for Transport recently issued cybersecurity principles for smart car manufacturers and retailers. In other words, many cars are now cyber-physical systems, and there have been plenty of hacking incidents so far. In 2015, two cybersecurity researchers demonstrated a remote attack, taking control of a Jeep Cherokee and sending it off the road. Many countries are beginning to recognise that the car industry needs to meet cybersecurity standards.
Greening the concrete jungle-how to make environmentally friendly cement
Cement is the world's most widely used material apart from water, largely because it is the key ingredient in concrete, the world's favourite building material. With a global production of more than 4 billion tonnes a year, cement accounts for 5% of the world's industrial and energy greenhouse emissions. The BZE report calculates that 50% of the conventional concrete used in construction can be replaced with another kind, called geopolymer concrete.
It's hard to find a humble CEO. Here's why
The idea of a humble CEO is a romantic departure from the greedy self-serving corporate hero. Perhaps most telling is the finding that companies and teams led by more humble individuals, perform better. A distinctive strength of humble leaders is self-awareness - confidence in their abilities paired with accurate self-appraisal of their limitations. Acting like a CEO If finding an authentically humble CEO candidate is rare, looking at the personality profiles of people who want to be CEOs complicates matters further.
Newest solar cells underperform in cloudy countries
To determine how efficient new solar cells convert sunlight into electricity, small sample cells are tested under ideal conditions. The researchers developed their own model to predict the expected electricity yield of these tandem solar cells under realistic weather conditions. The researchers used measured temperatures, irradiances, and solar spectra to predict the performance of these cells in Utrecht and Denver. This is true even when the cells are made from the best perovskite and silicon solar cells currently available.
Tunneling Though the Internet on Vacation
I'm going on vacation to Alaska and I bought a VPN package, but I'm still not sure if it's OK for me to check my bank account or use the Wi-Fi in Starbucks. A Virtual private networks are designed to shield personal information going back and forth over your internet connection by creating an encrypted tunnel for the data to pass through between your computer and the VPN server.
Bro culture is under attack, but women say it's far from tamed
SAN FRANCISCO - Women are hopeful bro culture could be mortally wounded, but they aren't quite prepping for its funeral. It's a reaction against the entry of women into virtually every public space, which they see as an invasion, he says. Kimmel also warns of a toxic byproduct of this culture that extends beyond women. When asked more specifically about unwanted sexual attention or sexual coercion, 40% of women reported being harassed, the report found.
The solar eclipse is over, but scientists will be studying it for years
The total solar eclipse is one of nature's most rare and awe inspiring sights. The scientists who studied the eclipse will continue to pore over the data gathered and publish scientific studies for years. Total solar eclipses mostly tell us about the structure of the solar corona and its influence on the solar wind and on the interplanetary magnetic field, said Edward Rhodes of the University of Southern California.
Samsung's Bixby rolled out in 200 countries
Samsung's voice-controlled digital assistant Bixby is being rolled out in 200 countries from today. It is Samsung's equivalent of Apple's Siri and Google's Assistant - which is pre-installed already in Samsung phones as they run the Android operating system. Bixby will initially be available in only two languages - US English and South Korean. What makes Bixby different from other voice assistants is that it is deeply integrated with functionalities unique to Samsung devices, said Ian Fogg, analyst at IHS Markit.
Walmart dives into voice-activated shopping with Google
The world's largest retailer said Wednesday it's working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. Voice shopping is becoming a more important part of everyday shopping behavior, said Marc Lore, CEO of Walmart's US e-commerce business. Walmart has said Google's investment in natural language processing and artificial intelligence will help make voice-activated shopping even more popular.
Automated safety systems are preventing car crashes
At the same time, research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety raises concern that drivers may be less vigilant when relying on automated safety systems or become distracted by dashboard displays that monitor how the systems are performing. Lane-keeping systems lower rates of single-vehicle, sideswipe and head-on crashes of all severities by 11 percent, and crashes of those types in which there were injuries by 21 percent, the study found.
Google and Walmart Partner With Eye on Amazon
If Amazon is a department store with just about everything inside, then Google Express is a shopping mall populated by different retailers. Google said it planned to offer free delivery - as long as shoppers met store purchase minimums - on products purchased on Google Express. Amazon runs a similar program called Amazon Prime, offering free delivery for members who pay $99 a year.
Apple reportedly working on self-driving employee shuttle for its campuses
We've heard for some time now that Apple had decided to get out of the game of trying to build an entire self-driving car itself and was instead focusing on the software side of autonomous driving. The shuttle project is reportedly called PAIL, short for Palo Alto to Infinite Loop, and will be built on to another car manufacturer's van rather than on something Apple itself will make.

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