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22Oct/180

NYPD pulls 2,990 body cameras after one catches fire

Axon (Vievu's parent company) told Engadget that it was partnering with the NYPD to address the situation. "We are working closely with the NYPD to investigate this issue," a spokesperson said. "The officer was not injured, however officer safety is of the utmost importance to Axon. We will do whatever is necessary to quickly and safely resolve this situation."

It's not certain whether or not there's a systemic problem with the cameras. While the NYPD suggests it might be, this could also be a one-off instance of battery damage -- a distinct possibility with any lithium-ion power pack. Either way, it's not what NYC's law enforcement wanted. The department intended to finish its body cam deployment by 2019, but it might have to push back that goal if it ends up replacing thousands of those units.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/21/nypd-pulls-body-cameras-over-fire/

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22Oct/180

Facebook reportedly aims to buy a ‘major’ cybersecurity company

It's not certain how close Facebook might be to a deal, although it could close a purchase by the end of 2018. Facebook has declined to comment.

An acquisition could help Facebook bolster its defenses, improve its expertise and reduce the chances of a coding mistake compromising millions of users. It might also be as much about the perception behind any such move as anything else. Between the hack and previous incidents like the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook's trustworthiness has taken a tumble. A large purchase would signal that the company is serious about upgrading its security, even if the newly-bought technology is only partially useful.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/21/facebook-may-buy-large-cybersecurity-company/

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22Oct/180

The latest Xprize winner harvests drinking water from the air

This not only makes it easy for people to keep WEDEW running in developing regions, it helps the environment. The gassifier can use dead biomass that might otherwise catch fire and release CO2. Its output is ideal, too. It creates a warm, humid environment ideal for water harvesting, and it outputs a form of charcoal that can foster plant life and store carbon. If that's not an option, solar power and batteries are available as alternatives.

The non-biomass version of WEDEW is already in use -- the prize will help develop and launch biomass-powered units through team-ups with non-profit groups. It would primarily be useful for places where water is scarce, expensive or both, but it could also be essential for relief in the wake of a disaster, when clean water may be virtually non-existent.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/21/water-abundance-xprize-winner/

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22Oct/180

VW starts work on its first large-scale EV factory

The factory will meet the "highest modern standards" of automation with 1,400 robots, the company said. It also promises a minimal environmental impact with technology to reduce emissions as well as lower energy and water consumption.

This won't be the very first plant making electric VWs. Production will start in Zwickau, Germany, and a recently-opened plant near the southern Chinese city of Foshan. It will, however, pump out a tremendous volume of those cars -- at its peak, it'll produce 300,000 EVs per year. That could be necessary given the sheer size of the Chinese car market, but it could also create the economies of scale that would make EVs more affordable.

The news also hints at Shanghai becoming a hub for EV activity. Tesla just secured the land for its Shanghai Gigafactory several days ago -- that's two massive regional investments in a relatively short amount of time. Combine that with existing (albeit conventional) manufacturing in the area and it may become a hotbed for the industry, especially now that China is relaxing rules on foreign companies' EV production.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/21/vw-starts-ev-factory-near-shanghai/

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22Oct/180

Molecule-level ‘CT scans’ could lead to faster drug discovery

The approach relies on electron diffraction, which sends a beams through sheet-like crystal to determine its structure much like you would with an x-ray. While that technique has previously been used to study proteins, though, the new team discovered that it could work extremely well with tiny organic molecules. It not only worked properly, it worked with materials and mixtures that hadn't been formally prepared -- they could even determine the structure of substances scraped off equipment moments earlier.

This could both speed up the process of determining chemical structures and open up detection for compounds whose crystals otherwise wouldn't be large enough for x-rays. In both cases, it could significantly accelerate drug discoveries and lead to more effective medicines. It could even help crime labs identify narcotic strains, or catch doping techniques that might otherwise slip underneath the radar.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/21/molecular-ct-scans/

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22Oct/180

Pixii is a smartphone-centric rangefinder camera with a Leica mount

"The digital camera hasn't changed much since the 90s," says PIXII's David Barth. "But now the new generation is learning photography with a smartphone: who understands why a camera still needs to bother with a screen or an SD card?"

Pixii hasn't released the price, resolution and even sensor size yet. We do know, however, that it has a CMOS sensor with a global electronic shutter, 12-bit sampling, high dynamic range and ISO from 100 to 6400 -- so it might not be a low-light champ. Like many other new cameras, there's an OLED control screen on top, letting you select ISO, white balance and other settings.

The 0.67X optical viewfinder features backlit LED frame lines, showing 40/50mm and 28/35mm lens fields of view. It also has automatic parallax correction to allow for the viewfinder being offset from the lens. Much like the incoming Zeiss ZX1 camera, there's no memory card slots. Rather, you'll be able to buy it with 8GB or 32GB of internal storage and share images to your smartphone via WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

It will supuport Leica M lenses which are compact and have great optics, but also incredibly expensive. Luckily, other lens options will be available using Leica M adapters. Leica Rumors believes it'll be around half the price of a Leica M, so still not cheap, and will likely not pack a full-frame sensor like other Leica M models. We should learn more about Pixii in the coming months.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/22/pixii-rangefinder-smartphone-centric-leica-mount-camera/

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22Oct/180

Uscita iPhone XR senza ritardi per via di una scarsa domanda?

L’uscita iPhone XR sarebbe senza ritardi e questo sarebbe imputabile anche a una scarsa domanda o, comunque, una richiesta al di sotto delle aspettative. Il nuovo smartphone di Apple di livello basico non ha subito un piccolo rallentamento della disponibilità in commercio e questo andrebbe a confermare le impressioni che si sono registrate sin dalla prima ora di un interesse non così esagerato da parte del pubblico. Un primo brutto segnale per il brand della mela morsicata?

Si sono finalmente aperti i pre-ordini di iPhone XR come preannunciato durante l’evento dello scorso 12 settembre in attesa della disponibilità in commercio che dovrebbe coincidere con il prossimo 26 ottobre. I tempi di attesa di solito si modificano piuttosto velocemente diventando ritardi per via della popolarità con iPhone XS ritardato di 3-4 settimane in appena 24 ore e iPhone X 2017 di 5-6. Ma con iPhone XR questo non è avvenuto. E il motivo sarebbe uno scarso interesse per il dispositivo.

La scheda tecnica di iPhone XR

La scheda tecnica di iPhone XR è leggermente inferiore di quello di iPhone XS, conta su un display lcd da 6.1 pollici di diagonale, il nuovo processore Apple A12 con processo produttivo a 7nm, il nuovo sistema operativo di ultima generazione iOS12, aumenta l’autonomia della batteria che ora guadagnerà qualche preziosa ora ogni giorno, nello specifico una in più rispetto a iPhone 8 Plus.

La fotocamera è a singolo sensore sia sulla parte frontale sia su quella posteriore. Quella principale è invece di 12 megapixel con apertura f/1.8 e stabilizzazione ottica delle immagini.

Il prezzo di iPhone XC

Il prezzo di iPhone XR nelle colorazioni bianco, nero, corallo, giallo e rosso è di 889 euro di partenza con uscita sui mercati a fine ottobre in Italia. A seconda dello spazio di archiviazione, il costo è il seguente.

64GB a 889€
128GB a 949€
256GB a 1059€

Article source: https://www.tecnocino.it/2018/10/articolo/uscita-iphone-xr-scarsa-domanda/135891/

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22Oct/180

Regionali Pokemon Go: l’elenco completo fino alla quarta generazione

Quali sono i regionali su Pokémon GO ora che è stata introdotta la quarta generazione? Considerando il fatto che con l’ultima tornata di nuovi mostriciattoli non si sono persi tutti quelli precedenti che si possono trovare solo e soltanto presso un determinato luogo geografico (o che ruotano, ma che comunque rimangono ben definiti) andiamo a riassumere per bene l’elenco e le posizioni. Qui sopra, un’immagine che riassume in un solo colpo d’occhio dove ci si deve recare per provare a cercare, trovare e catturare uno di questi animaletti piuttosto rari.

Un Pokemon regionale è proprio un tipo di mostro che vive soltanto in determinate zone del mondo. Ad esempio in Europa quello storico è stato Mr Mime, che Niantic ha scelto per il Vecchio Continente su Pokemon Go. Con il debutto della quarta generazione sono apparsi altri regionali che andremo ora a riassumere con un pratico elenco.

Regionali Pokemon Go, l’elenco

La Quarta Generazione di Pokémon GO ha messo a disposizione quattro nuovi regionali ossia Carnivine che sarà prerogativa di tutto il Nord America fino al Sud degli Stati Uniti della Florida. Chatot che popolerà soprattutto l’emisfero australe ma non solo con Australia, America Centrale e del Sud, Africa (ma non le Canarie), spingendosi fino alla zona più a sud della Sicilia, ma anche Nuova Zelanda e Isole del Pacifico e infine Pachirisu che si troverà soltanto sopra la latitudine 50 quindi dal nord della Francia per intenderci.

L’elenco dei regionali Pokemon Go con relativa location:

  • Mr Mime: Europa
  • Tauros: Nord America fino a metà Florida
  • Farfetch’d: Giappone, Taiwan, alcune zone della Cina e Corea del Sud
  • Kangaskhan: Australia
  • Corsola: zone costiere tra 31esimo e 26esimo parallelo
  • Heracross: America Centrale e del Sud
  • Relicanth: Nuova Zelanda e Isole del Pacifico
  • Torkoal: India e Sud-Est Asiatico
  • Tropius: Africa (non le Canarie) fino al sud della Sicilia
  • Volbeat: Europa, Giappone, Corea del Sud, Australia, India e Sud-Est asiatico, Nuova Zelanda ed Isole del Pacifico
  • Illumise: Nord America, Sud Stati Uniti, Florida, America Centrale e del Sud, Africa (non le Canarie) e alcune zone a sud della Sicilia
  • Seviper: Nord America, Sud Stati Uniti, Florida, America Centrale e del Sud, Africa (non le Canarie) e alcune zone a sud della Sicilia
  • Zangoose: Europa, Giappone, Corea del Sud, Australia, India e Sud-Est asiatico, Nuova Zelanda ed Isole del Pacifico
  • Lunatone: Nord America, Sud Stati Uniti, Florida, America Centrale e del Sud, Africa (eccetto le Canarie) e alcune zone a sud della Sicilia
  • Solrock: Europa, Giappone, Corea del Sud, Australia, India e Sud-Est asiatico, Nuova Zelanda ed Isole del Pacifico

Buona caccia.

Article source: https://www.tecnocino.it/2018/10/articolo/regionali-pokemon-go-lelenco-completo-fino-alla-quarta-generazione/135893/

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21Oct/180

Electric cars could store energy in their carbon fiber bodies

While the carbon fiber with battery-friendly characteristics is slightly stronger than steel, the scientists believed companies might need thicker layers to make up for the difference. However, that might be worthwhile. If a vehicle shell could collect, conduct and store energy, it could reduce the weight "up to" 50 percent, Chalmers professor Leif Asp said.

There's a catch, though: even in its existing form, carbon fiber is expensive. While it's becoming more common, you still tend to see it in sports cars (plus some EVs) where price isn't as important as low weight and raw performance. EV makers might have to use carbon fiber sparingly if they want to provide the benefits of that battery storage without ridiculously high prices.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/21/electric-car-carbon-fiber-battery/

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21Oct/180

How to Use Your Existing Phone Overseas

Having a phone that works just like it does at home when you're traveling internationally is probably the best thing you can do to reduce stress and maximize your ability to enjoy wherever you are. Being able to use Google Maps and Translate, staying in touch with friends and family at home, having easy access to booking sites like Orbitz and Expedia in the event of delays—these are only a few of the ways Internet access is invaluable while overseas.

But depending on your carrier, using data outside the US can be costly. The dreaded roaming fees alone can cause stress, with every moment you spend online potentially racking up budget-destroying bills.

It doesn't have to be that way. As someone who's traveled to 12 different countries in the past year alone, I've learned many ways to travel with your current phone cheaply—or at least for cheaper than you might think.

If you travel outside of the US regularly, check out our Best Cell Phone Plan for Frequent International Travel guide. Changing carriers (and maybe phones) can save you money in the long run.

Option 1: Do nothing (or almost nothing)

Every major cell phone company has some sort of international roaming option. These range from excellent to extortionate and are your easiest (though not often best) option.

If your carrier is T-Mobile, Sprint, or Google Project Fi, you're covered with some kind of unlimited data in most countries around the world. It's hard to beat that for easy. With T-Mobile and Sprint, you get unlimited—but relatively slow—2G data. It's fast enough for most messaging apps, translation tools, and maps (just be sure to download offline maps on Wi-Fi). But it's too slow to easily use image-heavy social media like Instagram or Snapchat—check out Options 2 and 3 below for ways to get faster service, if that's a priority. With Google Project Fi, you get pretty much the same high-speed 4G you have at home.

For the most part, for any of the three aforementioned carriers, you simply enable "roaming data" in your phone's settings to start using the data. But it's best to check with your provider to be sure.

If you have ATT or Verizon (PDF), make sure roaming and mobile data are turned off. The pay-per-use international roaming rates for both companies are exorbitant. These companies offer temporary data packs, but they're also expensive. We'll cover those in the next section.

Fortunately, if you're on ATT or Verizon and don't want to pay their rates, it doesn't mean you're cut off from the Internet entirely while you travel. Public Wi-Fi is everywhere, and any data you use while connected to it doesn't count as roaming. Depending on where you're headed, you'll likely find free Wi-Fi in restaurants, tourist spots, and even some public parks and metro stations. And of course, nearly every hotel and hostel will have Wi-Fi. However, the more expensive the accommodation, the more likely it is that you'll have to pay extra for Internet access.

If you're on public Wi-Fi, it's best not to access banking or other sensitive info without a VPN, just to be safe.

Option 2: Temporary data passes

These have different names—Verizon's $10 TravelPass, ATT's $10 International Day Pass, T-Mobile's $5 International Pass, and Sprint's $5 to $10 International High-Speed Data Roaming Pass—but all are the same idea. They provide a set amount of roaming data, usable for a certain amount of time, for one price. Need some 4G data while you're in Paris? That will be $5 to $10 a day. Most companies offer a month's worth of data at a slight discount off the day-pass rate. ATT, for example, will sell you 1 gigabyte of international roaming data to use over the course of a month for $60; at Verizon, it's half a gigabyte for $70.

Without question, these are all expensive, albeit less so than traditional roaming fees. If you can't unlock your phone (it's new, say), data passes might be your only way to use your phone while traveling without bankrupting yourself. For T-Mobile and Sprint, buying a data pass—which you can do whenever you want before you leave or while you're traveling—is a way to temporarily relieve the annoyance of slow 2G data. And some monthly plans, such as Verizon's Above Unlimited, include a few free data passes each billing period.

As for Project Fi, it doesn't sell passes, as you're already getting 4G data, wherever it's available, at the same rate you're paying for data at home.

For most non-Fi people, a far better option to data passes is getting a local SIM card.

Option 3: Get a local SIM card

This is an option that's common everywhere except in the United States. A SIM, or subscriber identity module, is a removable chip roughly the size of a microSD card. It lets your current phone work in another country as if you bought the phone there: local number, cheap and fast data, and so on.

When you land in a new country, just go to a local telecom store (the equivalent to Verizon or ATT, in other words), and buy a temporary SIM. It's that easy. These are often called "pay-as-you-go" SIMs, but some areas have special SIM offers for travelers. Either way, they're usually good for a month and include more data than you'll probably use. The store will likely help you install it too, which takes seconds. After a phone restart and a few minutes more, your phone works just as if you bought it new in that country. When your trip is over and you're heading home, put your old SIM back in and your phone returns to normal (make sure you've disabled data-roaming till you're back in the US, though).

I've done this dozens of times in countries all over the world. It takes maybe half an hour out of my first day in the country, and makes traveling much easier; my phone works just as it does at home. The only two drawbacks: you won't be using your "home" number while you're traveling, and you'll be without service from the time you arrive in the country till you can get to a telecom store. (This is where a $5 to $10 data day pass might come in handy, if you're worried about getting into town or finding your lodgings without phone service.)

You can also buy SIMs at the airport and many tourist/souvenir shops, but these are often more expensive. I stick with SIMs from the main telecoms in a country, assuming they'll offer the best coverage and service. For example, if there's an issue with my Vodafone SIM in the UK, I can go into countless Vodafone stores everywhere. Not so much with "Joe's Travel SIM XXXtrafast" from a random travel stand. Wikipedia lists the main providers in Europe, Asia/Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, and the Americas, so you can have an idea of what to look for when you arrive.

There are also "travel SIMs" that you can buy ahead of time that claim to work everywhere in the world, but I've researched these extensively, and all are more expensive than buying a SIM at your destination. Though prices vary, most local SIMs cost $10 to $20 and are good for a month with several gigs of data. I've paid as much as $35 and as little as $6.

The trick with this option is that your phone needs to be unlocked. Each company has different requirements to do this. Generally, the phone needs to have been on the company's network for a certain length of time, and you need to have paid the phone off (or fulfilled your contract, if you still have one). To find out more on how to do this, check out the Unlocking your phone section of our "Best Cell Phone Plan for Frequent International Travel" guide.

One drawback for some people is if someone calls your "real" number, it will just go to voicemail, and you won't see any texts from them till you put your old, home-carrier SIM back in your phone and access a cell network or, depending on your carrier, Wi-Fi. Your phone is essentially a different phone. You can give friends/family your "new" temporary number for emergencies, or ask them to use a data-based messaging service like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. You might also put your temporary number on your "real" outgoing voicemail message.

Option 4: Rent a hotspot

You rent a small device, perhaps slightly larger than a phone, that creates a little zone of Wi-Fi for you and your family. Connect all of your devices to it, then turn it off when you don't need it.

The main advantage to this option is if you're traveling with others, you and all of your gear can tether to the single hotspot instead of you all having to buy travel data. Of course, any member of the group who leaves your little Wi-Fi bubble to explore solo will have to give up Internet access while doing so.

This is something to look for at an airport, or research before you go, because you have to return the physical device. That means either dropping it off where you got it, or mailing it back when you get home.

This is not something I've tried, nor does it seem very popular, but it could work for you if the other options here aren't exactly what you're looking for. I've seen prices in the under-$10-a-day range, which is expensive compared with other options, but for a family traveling for two weeks somewhere, the cost of getting local SIMs for everyone may rival the cost of renting a hotspot.

Also keep in mind that most phones can create their own Wi-Fi hotspots, so if you get a local SIM card, you can tether a tablet, a computer, or another phone to yours and share your Internet without having to pay extra for a physical hotspot device. Some SIMs don't allow this, though, so best to check before you buy.

Option 5: Use an old phone (or get a cheap one) instead

If you're the type of person who holds on to old phones, dust off the newest of them and it could be your key to easy international travel. As long as it's not too old (under four years is a safe bet), and the battery can still hold a charge, and you're able to update its software via Wi-Fi, you should be able to use it when you travel by buying local SIM cards. Check with whatever cell phone company you used the phone with to make sure that the phone is unlocked.

Oh, and if you go this route, keep in mind that some providers will unlock only one phone per account in any 12-month period. I found this out the hard way.

Once it's unlocked (if it wasn't already), follow Option 3 above. You'll still have to get a new phone number with every SIM card, but otherwise you'll be using your familiar old handset with all of your contacts and apps just as you left them.

If you don't have a usable old phone, you could instead buy a new, but inexpensive and unlocked, phone. For example, our pick for a budget Android phone is great for the money, takes good pictures, can create a Wi-Fi hotspot, and costs $160. After three or four trips using $20 local SIMs instead of month-long data passes, you'll have made back your investment.

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