02-13-2020 07:52 PM So as with most my phones my go to case has been uag, but with my note 10+ I tried the tech21 Evo check case and let me tell you for me at least it's saved my phone more then once along with the whitestone dome screen protector. My note 10+ is the first large phone I've owned so yeah I've dropped it quite a lot lol. I'm getting the blue color phone so I wanted to get a clear case so I ordered the... … [Read more...] about What Galaxy S20 cases are you getting?
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This Black Friday, I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for a pet camera to keep a watchful eye on my elderly cat and my hyperactive puppy – I want to know what they get up to when I'm at work! There are some really cool models out there at the moment, and I'm particularly keen on the PetCube Bites 2; it comes with two-way audio so you can talk to your pets, as well as a treat dispenser that lets you fling treats using your smartphone. It even has Alexa built-in, so you can ask the camera to dispense treats and even reorder more supplies, without the need for a separate Amazon Echo speaker. … [Read more...] about These are the best Black Friday deals TechRadar staff are looking forward to
iFixit also found problems with the plastic protective layer on top of a middle glass layer. This protective layer was behind the poor results in scratch tests carried about Zack Nelson, publisher of the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel. He found even a finger nail could scratch the screen. … [Read more...] about Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip: Testers leave the new foldable all dusty and scratched up
There are a few surprises, too. iFixit found a Knowles 8508A quad-core audio processor in the Pixel 4, which sounds like it would help with all the on-board voice processing the Pixel 4 does. The Pixel 4's next-gen Google Assistant, the new voice recorder app, and the live caption feature all rely on local voice-to-text processing. This chip uses an ARM Cortex M4 and a collection of DSPs, and it is not listed on the Pixel 4 spec sheet. What is listed on the Pixel 4 spec sheet is something called a "Pixel Neural Core," and while everyone assumes this is a single physical chip developed by Google (as was the case in years past), the company as never gone in-depth explaining what the "Pixel Neural Core" is. The best description we've gotten is from the Pixel 4 launch blog post, which says, "Pixel Neural Core is the engine for on-device processing, always-on computing, and machine learning, meaning more tasks are done on the device for performance and … [Read more...] about Pixel 4 teardown finds two surprise chips, Soli radar system
The average medical or Internet of Things (IoT) device relies on multiple free software or open source utilities. These pieces of software are maintained by any number of third parties—often by just one or two people. In the case of Network Time Protocol (ntp)—software that is in billions of devices—its code is maintained by a single person. And when the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability came out in 2014, the OpenSSL project had two developers working on it. While there are many more developers working on it now, the Heartbleed crisis is emblematic of what happens when we use free software in our devices—the software gets adapted, not really patched, and not really maintained on the device, and little benefit goes back to the project. … [Read more...] about Why fixing security vulnerabilities in medical devices, IoT is so hard