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Instagram Users with 100,000+ Followers Get Free Food for Posts

The "This is Not a Sushi Bar" restaurant in Milan, Italy is offering Instagram users with 100,000+ followers free food if they post a picture of their meal and tag the restaurant on social media. "Owner Matteo Pittarello said he hoped the offer would attract millennials as patrons and create '2.0 word-of-mouth that could make our brand strong and viral.'"

Italian fashion blogger Clizia Incorvaia had a free sushi lunch on Tuesday courtesy of her 200,000 Instagram followers. Incorvaia said: "We tasted everything from gunkan to tartare, and I have to say it is all really good."

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Posted by cageymaru October 16, 2018 4:23 PM (CDT)

Here Is an Early Build of the "Beyond the Baltic Sea" DLC for Euro Truck Simulator 2

The developers of Euro Truck Simulator 2 have decided to release some footage of their upcoming map expansion called Beyond the Baltic Sea. The DLC will feature locations within Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, and parts of Russia. It is expected to launch on the Steam Store later this year.

A few glimpses from driving through Saint Petersburg in Euro Truck Simulator 2's upcoming DLC Beyond the Baltic Sea.

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Posted by cageymaru October 16, 2018 3:01 PM (CDT)

IFIXIT Google Pixel 3 XL Teardown Guide

IFIXIT has written a guide on how to teardown the Google Pixel 3 XL. In this guide there is lots of hardware pron shown like glued screens, dual selfie cameras, torx wrenches and a tool called the Halberd Spudger; so cover the eyes of the tech uninitiated. The Google Pixel 3 XL received a 4 out of 10 Repairability Score due to the effort required to repair the display and the glue work necessary to remove the glass rear panel. The additional glass panels found on the newly released phone means more vulnerability to fall damage. IFIXIT did like the uniformity of the screw size used throughout the phone and the repair-friendly stretch- release adhesive securing the battery.

Let's take a look at the tech that lies under the Pixel 3 XL's newly-notched exterior: 6.3" OLED display with QHD+ 1440 x 2960 resolution (523 ppi) and Gorilla Glass 5. Octa-core, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (2.5 GHz + 1.6 GHz) with 4 GB LPDDR4x RAM. 12.2 MP, f/1.8, OIS main camera with dual-pixel phase detection autofocus; dual 8.1 MP selfie cameras. 64 GB or 128 GB built-in storage. Qi wireless charging. IP68 water resistance. Android 9.0 Pie.

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Posted by cageymaru October 16, 2018 2:35 PM (CDT)

Eminem's Performance of "Venom" Was Recorded with Google Pixel 3 Phones

Eminem recorded his performance of "Venom" on Jimmy Kimmel Live using the camera on the recently released Google Pixel 3 phone. The video playback is set to 720p60 HD which never looks the best on my 4K screen. What do you think of the video quality? Worth $800 - $1,000?

Eminem's exclusive performance of "Venom" from high atop the Empire State Building. Presented by Google Pixel 3.

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Posted by cageymaru October 16, 2018 2:28 PM (CDT)

Google Pixel USB-C to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter Performance Review

Most everyone misses the headphone jack on modern phones. Companies such as Google and Apple have replaced them with USB-C dongles with a DAC+amp built into them. Audio Science Review performed testing on 3 flavors of adapters to find out just how well designed are these USB-C to 3.5mm adapters. For comparison, read the glowing review of the ESS quad DACs ES9218P with integrated headphone amplifier found in the LG G7 ThinQ Smartphone.

I did some brief testing of the dongles using my Sennheiser HD-650 headphone. Here, I was surprised that the original Pixel V1 had decent amount of bass with clear response and loud enough for enjoyment. In sharp contrast, the other two dongles would not even reach my normal listening level. Yes, you can hear the music but this is no way to treat the HD-650. This whole business of removing the headphone jack is anti-consumer. No phone is thinner than the 3.5 mm jack allows. I don't like the idea of a dongle as it can get lost, get damaged, etc. If you are going to get one for your Pixel phone (or whatever else it may work with), then my strongest suggestion is to buy the original version before the stock runs out on them. It has far more power, and better performance. The other two dongles, the Google Pixel 2 and Venture/Veclan are what we name "phoned in design." You call a shop in China and ask them to produce a checklist item with no attempt to set quality and performance standard. What you get produces sound but it is a very poor attempt at engineering.

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Posted by cageymaru October 16, 2018 1:09 PM (CDT)

Sony Wants to Use Blockchain for DRM

Sony is officially jumping on the blockchain bandwagon. The company announced that it intends to integrate blockchain technology into their current DRM scheme for "electronic textbooks and other educational content, music, films, VR content, and e-books" and possibly more. We've noted that blockchain doesn't necessarily work with every problem, and the effective's of Sony's new DRM remains to be seen.

Today, advances in technologies for digital content creation allow anyone to broadcast and share content, but the rights management of that content is still carried out conventionally by industry organizations or the creators themselves, necessitating a more efficient way of managing and demonstrating ownership of copyright-related information for written works. This newly-developed system is specialized for managing rights-related information of written works, with features for demonstrating the date and time that electronic data was created, leveraging the properties of blockchains to record verifiable information in a difficult to falsify way, and identifying previously recorded works, allowing participants to share and verify when a piece of electronic data was created and by whom. In addition to the creation of electronic data, booting up this system will automatically verify the rights generation of a piece of written works, which has conventionally proven difficult. Furthermore, the system lends itself to the rights management of various types of digital content including electronic textbooks and other educational content, music, films, VR content, and e-books. As such, Sony is contemplating possible uses in a wide range of fields.

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Posted by alphaatlas October 16, 2018 11:44 AM (CDT)

Police Obtain Search Warrant Seeking Electronic Evidence from PlayStation Vita

Nearly 4 years ago the body of Anjelica "AJ" Hadsell was found partially buried in a ditch behind a home in Southampton County, VA. Her stepfather's GPS in his work van had led the police to her body. Wesley Hadsell's work van contained a dirty shovel, gloves and a roll of duct tape. He is currently in jail for an unrelated federal weapons charge. Police have obtained a search warrant to check his PlayStation Vita for clues such as emails, texts, videos, pictures, etc to link him to the crime.

Recently, police took out a search warrant for the gaming system. They seized electronic records looking for evidence -- like pictures, videos and emails -- that might link Wesley Hadsell to his stepdaughter's disappearance, according to court documents. "It has been my experience that individuals often communicate with their victims via e-mail and through other computer-based programs," a Norfolk officer wrote in a search warrant. "In addition, a suspect's electronic equipment often has digital evidence of crimes committed by the suspect."

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Posted by cageymaru October 16, 2018 11:39 AM (CDT)

WinAmp is Coming Back From the Dead in 2019

Radionomy, the company that bought WinAmp back in 2014, told TechCrunch that the old desktop media player is coming back from the dead. Its primarily going to relaunch as a music service aggregating mobile app, but Radionomy said that the desktop app is getting some love too. Although it leaked earlier this year, the deskop version of WinAmp is officially getting updated to version 5.8 on October 18, while the mobile app and version 6 of the desktop app are supposed to come in 2019.

"What I see today is you have to jump from one player to another player or aggregator if you want to listen to a radio station, to a podcast player if you want to listen to a podcast - this, to me, is not the final experience," he explained. It's all audio, and it's all searchable in one fashion or another. So why isn't it all in one place? The planned version of Winamp for iOS and Android will be that place, Saboundjian claims. On desktop, "the war is over," he said, and between the likes of iTunes and web apps, there's not much room to squeeze in. But mobile audio is fractured and inconvenient.

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Posted by alphaatlas October 16, 2018 10:57 AM (CDT)

Battlefield 5 Gets a Singleplayer Campaign Trailer

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 may have ditched the campaign mode for more multiplayer content, but Battlefield 5 still has a singleplayer campaign. Check out the new trailer for it below.

Discover the untold stories of World War 2 with Battlefield V's single player War Stories. In Nordlys, resist German occupation in Norway, sabotage behind enemy lines as an unlikely English soldier in Under No Flag, fight for a home you've never seen in Tirailleur, and in The Last Tiger (available in December) join the crew of a Tiger I as they question why they fight. Battlefield V is out worldwide November 20.

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Posted by alphaatlas October 16, 2018 10:20 AM (CDT)

Eta Compute Brings AI to Tiny Computers Near You

Don't have enough AI in your IoT devices yet? Eta Compute has you covered. At ARM con, the California-based startup demonstrated low power processors that can train their own neural networks, which they call "One of the holy grails of machine learning." In typical low power devices, neural networks are trained on powerful external hardware, like high power GPUs in datacenters. At best, the smart device runs the inference algorithm itself, although many services do that in a datacenter too. But Eta Compute managed to squeeze a chip that can train neural networks into a 50-500 microwatt power envelope. Like Brainchip, the device uses a spiking neural network architecture. Production is expected to begin in early 2019.

The TENSAI chip consists primarily of an Arm M3 core and an NXP CoolFlux digital signal processor core. The DSP has two arrays dedicated to doing deep learning's main computation-multiply and accumulate. These cores are implemented in a manner that's called asynchronous, subthreshold technology. It allows them to operate at as low as 0.2 volts (compared with the 0.9 V most chips use), and with a clock period that can be scaled up or down to suit the computational need. The feat required a good deal of analog design work, even for the digital parts, says Washkewicz. "We spent a lot of engineering time on analog; it's a source of advantage."

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Posted by alphaatlas October 16, 2018 9:44 AM (CDT)

Samsung Puts Exynos and ISOCELL in Cars

Samsung is adapting some of the tech from their smartphones for use in the auto industry. According to their press release, Samsung's Exynos automotive processors will retain the performance of their smartphone relatives, while meeting stricter environmental requirements. Samsung touts support for multiple displays and multiple operating systems, including "Android, Linux, and QNX," and claims the processors will be built on a 10nm or 14nm FinFET process. The Exynos automotive lineup will be subdivided into three categories: "Exynos Auto V series for advanced in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems; Exynos Auto A series for ADAS; and Exynos Auto T series for telematics solutions." Meanwhile, Samsung says their ISOCELL image sensors will provide excellent low light performance, while operating within a wide temperature range. Competition in the automotive processing market is heating up, and Samsung will have to face existing competitors like Nvidia and Qualcomm.

Samsung's Exynos Auto and ISOCELL Auto products will be demonstrated at the International Suppliers Fair (IZB) in Wolfburg, Germany, from October 16 to 18 at Hall 1.

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Posted by alphaatlas October 16, 2018 8:27 AM (CDT)

Liven up the Office with UpTown Spot

Boston Dynamics has released a fun "UpTown Spot" robot video to liven up your office today.
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Posted by cageymaru October 16, 2018 7:55 AM (CDT)