Caltech’s ‘lensless camera’ could make our phones truly flat

Even as our phones get thinner, there's one spot that keeps sticking out: the camera lens. Taking good pictures and being able to focus at multiple distances requires a layer of glass that's a certain size, but there's really no getting around it –…
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Today’s ‘Hearthstone’ Brawl is Webspinners and Random Spells, Again

I hope you’re not afraid of spiders, because this week’s Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is a classic one called Spiders, Spiders Everwhere, which is, as you might have guessed already, all about spiders. This Brawl premiered back in 2015 and was one of the very first ones, although we’ve played it a few times since then. In Spiders, Spiders Everywhere, you get a deck full of Webspinners and random spells from your class. Webspinners’ deathrattle gives you a random beast, so expect to have plenty of beasts in your hand, and so will your opponent.

As reddit users have pointed out, the Un’Goro beasts make this version of the Brawl more fun than previous ones, although there do seem to be too many poisonous ones that can make for frustrating moments. Go enjoy a beastly party.


An App Can Identify Highly Polluted Areas In Cities

The Rise of Air Pollution

Air pollution is typically seen as a problem that affects entire cities or regions. But a new study shows that air quality can vary tremendously within a city — even block by block. The unexpected finding suggests that it might be possible for local authorities to pinpoint pollution hot spots that would otherwise go undetected — and help citizens avoid living in or traveling through those areas.

For the study, published last week in the journal of Environment Science & Technology, researchers from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the University of Texas, and Aclima, an environmental sensor company, tracked two Google Street View cars rigged with air quality monitoring equipment as they drove throughout Oakland, Calif.

The vehicles measured the levels of black carbon, nitric oxide, and nitrogen dioxide in the air, collecting a total of 3 million data points during the yearlong study.

The results showed that traffic, time of day, and other variables create dramatic shifts in pollution levels near highways, bridges, and even fast food restaurants, adding to the “invisible threat” that has been linked to asthma, heart disease, and strokes.

The data was used to create detailed interactive maps featuring red, orange, and yellow dots to indicate levels of pollution at particular locations. The colors often shifted with traffic and at different times of the day, week, and year. Pollution levels varied as much as five times from block to block, says study co-author Dr. Steven Hamburg, chief scientist at the EDF.

Technology Could Be the Answer

“We have to understand the patterns better and we believe the Oakland data and the learnings from that and the subsequent cities we map will be able to highlight and illustrate exactly how to do that,” Hamburg says.

The study will soon expand to other cities. And Aclima, the San Francisco-based environmental tech company that equipped the cars, is exploring the possibility of putting its air-sampling systems on city buses and delivery trucks and at stationary locations in major cities to gather up-to-date air pollution measurements.

The data could be incorporated into Google Maps and other map apps so users could simply open their smartphones to know which hotspots to avoid. The information could make it possible for users to select a running route with clean air, for example, or focus their apartment searches to areas with low pollution.

“Doing the science is a means, not the goal,” Hamburg says. “Our goal is to ensure that the data becomes available and is used and is affecting people in a real substantive and positive way.”

App for Air Pollution Could Make City Living a Lot Safer was originally published by NBC Universal Media, LLC on June 15, 2017 by Matthew Kitchen. Copyright 2017 NBC Universal Media, LLC. All rights reserved.

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DJI drones can get past no-fly zones thanks to this Russian software company

A Russian software company, ironically named Coptersafe, is selling modifications to help consumers get past government- and military-enforced no-fly zones.

In recent years, the US government has cracked down on unauthorized drone flights. As a response to the warnings and fines imposed by the law, drone maker DJI has put a number of safety measures in place, including geofencing and setting limits on speed. A statement on the Federal Aviation Administration website encourages people to report drone sightings around planes and other aircraft.

Coptersafe’s mods are made specifically for DJI drones, according to a report by Motherboard. Coptersafe offers modifications to those limits. You can confuse your drone’s GPS into…

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HTC Desire 10 Pro getting new update

HTC has started pushing out a new update to its Desire 10 Pro smartphone. Arriving as version 1.18.400.20, the update’s official changelog lists system-related enhancements. @LlabTooFeR System enhancement update for HTC Desire 10 Pro India— Shantanu (@PSYH4LLUCI) June 21, 2017 We don’t get more specifics, but we assume there are no new features included in the new release. The update weighs in at around 465MB, and is currently hitting units in India. As is usually the case with OTA roll outs, it might take some time for the update notification to pop… – Latest articles

Giveaway: Win a brand new, unlocked LG G6 ($699 value) from LG and Android Police [US only]

LG and Android Police are teaming up to give a lucky reader a brand new LG G6. Even better, with the unlocked version just released to the public, the winner will get the unlocked version to use with their favorite carrier.

The G6 is LG’s latest flagship phone and is a worthy successor to past generations. It boasts a 5.7″, QHD+ (564 ppi) display with Dolby Vision HDR and protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.

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Imagination puts itself up for sale after being dumped by Apple

Once the world learned that Apple will design its own GPU for upcoming iPhones and iPads instead of using Imagination Technologies PowerVR tech, the UK company quickly lost 70 percent of its value. While it's still in "dispute" with Apple over the br…
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Under fire from major investors, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick steps down

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Following an indefinite leave of absence, and at the request of five major investors, Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick has resigned — but will remain on the board of directors, and still owns a majority of the company’s voting-eligible stock shares.
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Can machine learning secure your competitive advantage?

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Business dynamics are evolving with every passing second. There is no doubt that the competition in today’s business world is much more intense than it was a decade ago. Companies are fighting to hold on to any advantages. Digitalization and the introduction of machine learning into day-to-day business processes have created a prominent structural shift in the last decade. The algorithms have continuously improved and developed. Every idea that has completely transformed our lives was initially met with criticism. Acceptance is always followed by skepticism, and only when the idea…Read More

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