• Does It Matter That the DOD Released Those UFO Videos?

    On Monday, the US Department of Defense officially released three videos depicting encounters between Navy pilots and unidentified aerial phenomena. These events occurred in 2004 and 2015, but the videos didn’t publicly surface until The New York Times included them with a front-page story about the Pentagon’s “mysterious UFO program” in 2017. The Navy previously acknowledged that the videos are authentic, but the Pentagon never authorized them for release. Now it has.

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    Each of the three videos contains footage captured by Navy pilots that show a strange-looking oval zipping through the air and over the ocean. In a video from 2015 called “Gimbal,” a flying object shaped like a Tic Tac whips through the clouds before it slows and begins to rotate. The pilot filming the encounter describes

  • LG Velvet Specs Revealed Ahead Of Its Official Announcement

    A couple of weeks ago, LG revealed the “Velvet” smartphone which showed off the company’s new design language. The handset is expected to be announced next week, but in true LG style, it seems that the company has revealed the specs of the phone in full ahead of the official announcement.

    According to LG, the upcoming Velvet smartphone will come with a 6.8-inch 20.5:9 OLED display, a set of stereo speakers that will be powered by AI that will help control the volume and optimize the sound. The phone will also sport curved sides that LG claims will make the phone easier and more comfortable to hold.

    As for the camera, LG will be adopting a “raindrop” design which sports a 48MP main lens, an 8MP ultrawide lens, and a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, the phone will come with a 16MP shooter. That being said, for a

  • Apple Maps now shows COVID-19 testing sites

    Apple Maps will now show COVID-19 testing sites in all 50 states and Puerto Rico (via TechCrunch). When you search using terms like “COVID-19 test” or “coronavirus test,” places that offer COVID-19 tests will be marked on your map. If you start typing COVID-19 into the search bar, you’ll also see the “COVID-19 Testing” search term appear at the top of your search bar, like what you’d see if you started typing something like “groceries” or “coffee shops.”

    Apple’s information cards for the testing sites include the site’s hours, address, and phone number, as well as a warning that “COVID-19 testing may require a doctor’s referral and an appointment at the testing center” and a link to the website of the healthcare provider offering the test.

    The new testing sites in Apple Maps follow Apple launching a

  • Can Expertise Replace Human Intelligence? Matters In Digital Media Spring 10

    Biotechnology and faith often do not combine. Choices, choices, selections. A lot of the choices I make are inconsiderate — with out thought, not imply spirited. Daily, run-of-the-mill, life selections. We simply make them based mostly on expertise, instinct, inertia. about information technology When to do one thing. What path to take. It’s when choices are unusual — like once you’re sick, then they’re selections we hope can be thoughtful. Choices primarily based on earlier, associated selections, or with people we trust. In conditions like that, it’s the grownup’s job to make the expertise time more worthwhile and interactive by asking questions and connecting a baby’s virtual experience on the display with actual-life experiences in her world.

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  • WhatsApp’s Forwarding Limit Seems To Be Working Wonders

    During high-profile events, like elections and the current global pandemic, everyone is constantly seeking as much information as they can find and sharing it. Sometimes this information can be false or wrong, and given how fast messages can spread and go viral, this can be dangerous.

    WhatsApp has in the past attempted to curb misinformation by limiting the number of people a message can be forwarded to, although more recently, the company has further increased those limitations by limiting highly-forwarded messages to just one person at a time. It turns out that it was a great idea.

    According to a statement made by a company spokesperson, they told TechCrunch that ever since they introduced this new limitation, they are seeing a 70% decrease in highly-forwarded messages. “We recently introduced a limit to sharing ‘highly forwarded messages’ to just one chat. Since putting into place this new limit, globally there

  • A Brain Implant Restored This Man’s Motion and Sense of Touch

    Burkhart says that having the ability to move objects was “fantastic,” but he was limited without a sense of touch. Without this feedback, grabbing objects required his full attention. Unless he was looking at it, he couldn’t say whether he was holding something or not. “That’s really challenging, especially if I want to grab something that’s behind me or in a bag,” Burkhart says. Even when he could see the object, the firmness of his grip was out of his control, which made handling delicate objects difficult.

    Adding a sense of touch into the system proved more difficult. Neuroscientists have successfully reproduced the sensation of touch in quadrepeligic people by relaying data from sensors in a robotic prosthetic hand to a chip in the user’s brain. The problem was Burkhart’s BCI wasn’t designed for that kind of input. It wasn’t even located in the right place. Touch is registered in