Samsung's Galaxy Watch 3 ECG tracking comes to 31 more countries

Samsung has announced that it’s expanding the ECG and blood pressure tracking features in its latest Galaxy Watch models to the UK and Europe, along with Chile, Indonesia and the UAE for 31 new countries in total. So far, the function has only been a…

Source: Engadget – Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 3 ECG tracking comes to 31 more countries

Baby panda won't let go of zookeeper

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This is a video of six-month-old baby giant panda Fu Bao being super clingy with a zookeeper in South Korea.

Fu Bao, the first Chinese giant panda born in South Korea, made her official public debut on January 4, according to the zoo.The baby panda’s parents, seven-year-old female Ai Bao and eight-year-old male Le Bao, arrived in 2016 from China’s Sichuan province, the home of giant pandas, as part of China’s “panda diplomacy”.

The original video posted by Everland zoo last month has over 4 million views, though I suspect it’s fake, because how could anybody ever walk away from this cutie pie! I just wanna squish her and cuddle her and never leave her ever. At the end the zookeeper just walks away and leaves her all alone and nobody could ever be that cruel so obviously there’s some deepfake shenanigans going on here.

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Source: Geekologie – Baby panda won’t let go of zookeeper

Linux Says Farewell To Intel's Smartphone Attempts With Clearing Out Moorestown / Medfield

Not only are some old ARM platforms and some obsolete, obscure CPU architectures on the chopping block for some spring cleaning in the Linux kernel, but the Intel Moorestown and Medfield “Mobile Internet Device” platforms are being phased out from the Linux kernel this spring as well…

Source: Phoronix – Linux Says Farewell To Intel’s Smartphone Attempts With Clearing Out Moorestown / Medfield

Europe created more energy from renewables than fossil fuels last year

Europe is slowly reducing its dependancy on fossil fuels. A report co-published by Ember and Agora Energiewende, two think tanks focused on clean energy, has revealed that the continent generated more electricity from renewables than fossil fuels in…

Source: Engadget – Europe created more energy from renewables than fossil fuels last year

Lego's Vidiyo is a do-it-yourself music video maker for kids

Lego and Universal Music Group (UMG) are teaming up for Vidiyo, a new set to empower kids aged seven and ten to make their own music videos. It’s a bunch of figures and blocks that, when scanned into the app, will make those characters burst into son…

Source: Engadget – Lego’s Vidiyo is a do-it-yourself music video maker for kids

Grimes and Endel bring their AI-powered sleep sounds to Android

Last October, Endel announced that it had partnered with Grimes for a special ‘soundscape’ inside its music app, which is meant to help you focus, relax or fall asleep. The collaboration was called AI Lullaby and, as you might have guessed from the n…

Source: Engadget – Grimes and Endel bring their AI-powered sleep sounds to Android

TikTok patched an exploit that could've let attackers steal user phone numbers

Earlier this year, TikTok launched a bug bounty program after the discovery of vulnerabilities and threats of a ban by the former Trump administration. That effort appears to have paid dividends, as it recently fixed a serious flaw discovered by the…

Source: Engadget – TikTok patched an exploit that could’ve let attackers steal user phone numbers

Lego Vidyo Lets Kids Direct and Shoot Their Own Music Videos Using Their Brick-Building Skills

Despite building a toy empire on interlocking plastic bricks, Lego hasn’t shied away from modern technologies. Lego’s video games have been immensely popular for years, and last year it introduced the first interactive Lego figure with Lego Super Mario. This year, the toymaker has partnered with Universal Music Group…

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Source: Gizmodo – Lego Vidyo Lets Kids Direct and Shoot Their Own Music Videos Using Their Brick-Building Skills

Apple Shuffles Hardware Execs To Make Room For a Mysterious 'New Project'

Dan Riccio has served as senior VP of engineering overseeing all of Apple’s hardware since 2012, but now he’s stepping back from that role. A press release revealed he’s focusing on a mysterious “new project” at Apple and will still report directly to CEO Tim Cook. Engadget reports: Exactly what that new project is remains unclear, although recent rumors have pointed to Apple’s plans for augmented and virtual reality or building an electric car. Of course, maybe it’s a differently color iPhone or an even-more-expensive pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Riccio previously lead the iPad team before taking over as senior VP, and oversaw projects all the way up to the recently-launched AirPods Max.

Replacing Riccio on Apple’s executive team is John Ternus, who has been the VP of hardware engineering since 2013, and is noted as a key figure in Apple’s rollout of its new M1 CPUs. Meanwhile, Riccio will still hold the title of vice president of engineering and “play an instrumental role in shaping the future of Apple’s products.”

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Source: Slashdot – Apple Shuffles Hardware Execs To Make Room For a Mysterious ‘New Project’

Amazon's Alexa Guard Plus security subscription comes to the US

Amazon’s Alexa Guard Plus subscription service is now live in the US. The company unveiled Guard Plus back in September as a paid option for those who want the extra features that come with the premium version of its free Guard service. While the bas…

Source: Engadget – Amazon’s Alexa Guard Plus security subscription comes to the US

Polk Audio claims React is the 'most advanced Alexa-enabled soundbar'

Polk Audio has revealed its latest smart soundbar, which includes several Alexa-powered features. Polk React has four far-field microphones to help it pick up your voice commands even when it’s blasting audio from an action movie.The $249 soundbar ha…

Source: Engadget – Polk Audio claims React is the ‘most advanced Alexa-enabled soundbar’

MyPillow CEO Banned From Twitter For Claiming Trump Won 2020 Election

Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow and an unofficial advisor to former president Donald Trump, was permanently booted from Twitter late Monday. Why? Lindell was reportedly spreading too many lies about the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, something that can still get you banned from Twitter.

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Source: Gizmodo – MyPillow CEO Banned From Twitter For Claiming Trump Won 2020 Election

Sumitomo Aims for Green Hydrogen in 2023

Akihabara News (Tokyo) — Sumitomo Corporation is taking practical steps to realize green hydrogen production in Gladstone, Australia, by the end of 2023.

“Green hydrogen” denotes hydrogen fuel that is itself produced through a zero carbon emissions process, unlike the current production processes which contribute to global warming.

Sumitomo’s latest move sees it signing a front end engineering and design (FEED) contract with JGC Holdings.

The city of Gladstone in the State of Queensland has an existing industrial infrastructure and rich solar radiation with long daylight hours, making it ideal for capturing the solar power that would go into the green hydrogen production process.

The initial green hydrogen production plant eyed for a 2023 opening is expected produce 250-300 tons of hydrogen annually, with plans to scale up production thereafter.

Sumitomo is also collaborating with other companies to explore possible fuel ammonia production projects.

Last month, the competing Global LH2 Consortium was announced, consisting of the Iwatani Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Fortescue Metals Group, an Australian mining firm. These firms signed a joint agreement to explore the possibility of producing green hydrogen in Australia to be exported to the Japanese market.

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Source: Akihabara News – Sumitomo Aims for Green Hydrogen in 2023

‘Babylon 5 Remastered’ now available to buy or stream on HBO Max

Nearly thirty years after its first broadcast and close to twenty since its troubled DVD release, Babylon 5 is finally getting a polish. From today, Warner Bros. is launching Babylon 5 Remastered both as a digital download (from iTunes and Amazon whe…

Source: Engadget – ‘Babylon 5 Remastered’ now available to buy or stream on HBO Max

Simulating 800,000 Years of California Earthquake History To Pinpoint Risks

aarondubrow shares a report from the Texas Advanced Computing Center: A new study in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America presents results from a new earthquake simulator, RSQSim, that simulates hundreds of thousands of years of seismic history in California. Coupled with another code, CyberShake, the framework can calculate the amount of shaking that would occur for each quake. [The framework makes use of two of the most powerful supercomputers on the planet: Frontera, at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, and Summit, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory].

The new approach improves [seismologists’] ability to pinpoint how big an earthquake might occur at a given location, allowing building code developers, architects, and structural engineers to design more resilient buildings that can survive earthquakes at a specific site.

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Source: Slashdot – Simulating 800,000 Years of California Earthquake History To Pinpoint Risks

Google reveals North Korean-backed campaign targeting security researchers

Google’s Threat Analysis Group has identified an ongoing campaign that’s been targeting security researchers working on vulnerabilities over the past few months. The team says “a government-backed entity based in North Korea” is behind the attacks, w…

Source: Engadget – Google reveals North Korean-backed campaign targeting security researchers

Wacom's pen tablet for students now works with Chromebooks

For all their strengths as eduction tools, Chromebooks have their limitations. Most don’t come with a stylus, and even if they do, they’re usually not the most accurate. Enter Wacom.   The company’s One by Wacom tablet now works with Chrome OS device…

Source: Engadget – Wacom’s pen tablet for students now works with Chromebooks