Hot new phones, hot new colors — it's always exciting to see what a manufacturer has in store for us with its new product. Smartphones have become such a lifestyle accessory that we are often drawn to pick models based on favorite colors or unique-looking finishes. Which is why we are all foaming at the mouth, waiting to see the Galaxy S10's new clothes.Tech site MySmartPrice has gotten a hold of what are allegedly official renders of a new color that the Galaxy S10e will launch with. While it is believed that it will come in the good old Green, Prism White, and Prism Black that we saw about 10 days ago, this new leak also has us thinking that it might come in a set of super-vibrant paint jobs as well. This is Canary Yellow:Since the Galaxy S10e is positioned as a direct iPhone XR competitor, we would hope it gets some more bright and vibrant color options. After all, one of the iPhone XR's selling points (aside from being the only 2019 iPhone with a digestible … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy S10e coming after the iPhone XR with an eye-burning yellow color!
RIP this poor star, which has been shredded by a black hole. The European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton space observatory captured this photo of a point of light’s final days. The massive gravity of black holes can devour stars if they get too close, and as part of that deadly process, some of the material that gets sucked in, heated up, and blown back out at high speeds that glow intensely in x-ray light. Those x-rays are, in fact, how observatories detect these ultraviolent events in the first place. Zooming out from the so-called Cow, we get a broader perspective on CGCG 137-068, a galaxy known to be home to a lot of stellar births. Astronomers are excited about the possibility that the Cow could be a nascent black hole or neutron star with a powerful magnetic field—and that witnessing such a phenomenon might be a scientific first. Consider this one of the newest and biggest mysteries of the universe. Take a look at the spot marked by the two white lines. … [Read more...] about Space Photos of the Week: A Really, Really Bright Mystery
Marques Brownlee, on his wildly successful MKBHD channel, has put together an extraordinary blind camera shootout: No spoilers, but it turns out the cameras nerds love for color accuracy and sharpness aren't the ones everyone, including nerds, prefer when seeing them side by side on small, highly compressed social media sites. There, bright, highly saturated, images win. I wonder if full-frame Canon and Nikon cameras with the best glass had been included, if they'd have fared any better. I think not. Of course, if you have an iPhone, Pixel, Samsung, etc. photo you have far more room to tune, adjust, and even recover it if you need to, where pre-brightened, over-saturated, and black-crushed images won't afford you any of that. But still, results like this have to make everyone pause and think. I still think the better cameras are better cameras. Just because millions hit and maybe even prefer McDonald's every day, doesn't mean all the top chefs should give it up for burger flipping. … [Read more...] about Blind smartphone shoot-out burns my brain out
Are you done binge-watching Homecoming yet? The first season of the psychological thriller starring Julia Roberts hit Amazon Prime Video on Friday, and if you've already seen all 10 episodes, you might be scratching your head. Fortunately, I have a couple of answers/theories for some of the burning questions you might have. And some more questions of my own. But first, a warning: If you still haven't seen the whole first season, stop reading now. Unless you don't mind spoilers, that is. Director Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot) and creators Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz do a good job bringing some closure to Homecoming, which follows caseworker Heidi Bergman (Roberts) at a facility that's supposed to help soldiers transition back to civilian life. Yet there are many things I still don't quite understand from this show, which was designed from the very beginning to run for at least two seasons. What's up with the trees?It's not only the constant chatter about Florida's palm … [Read more...] about Julia Roberts thriller Homecoming leaves some burning questions
Tech & Science Ever think the night sky is just too darn dark? Perhaps you wish your city had a better way to illuminate its back streets than aging sodium lamps and the background glow of office blocks. If so, fear not—a Chinese company wants to launch a fake moon that can bathe one city in a dusky glow eight times as bright as the light from our faithful rocky friend. Stumbling home by the flickering glare of street lamps could become a thing of the past for the residents of Chengdu in 2020, People's Daily reported. No longer will each month’s waning moon deprive the city of light and no more will its residents fumble for their keys by the light of a cell phone, if the company gets its way. Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute said his company has been testing a so-called “illumination satellite,” the publication reported. This artificial moon … [Read more...] about Artificial Moon Bright Enough to Replace Street Lamps Planned for Chinese City