Google Voice v5.9 prepares voicemail greetings to be recorded in-app [APK Teardown]

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Good things are happening with Google Voice. While the app normally stays fairly quiet, the last few months have shown a lot of positive attention is going into the service. The surface-level changes in this update aren’t too major, but a teardown shows that users will soon get a vastly improved voicemail system that features on-device recording and support for multiple messages.

What’s New

A look through the latest Google Voice doesn’t appear to bring much in the way of changes, but there are a few curious tweaks to the text visible in Settings.

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Apple Recorded More Than Half of Total Smartphone Industry Revenue in iPhone X Launch Quarter

Apple captured a record 51 percent share of revenue in the worldwide smartphone industry last quarter, which encompassed the launch of the iPhone X, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.


iPhone revenue totaled $61.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017, as Apple disclosed in its earnings report earlier this month. Strategy Analytics estimates Apple’s smartphone revenue was three times higher than its nearest rival Samsung and seven times more than Chinese competitor Huawei.

Apple accounted for more smartphone revenue than the rest of the entire industry combined in the quarter, driven by “solid demand” for the iPhone X, said Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston.


iPhone’s average selling price was $796 last quarter, up from $695 in year-ago quarter, which Strategy Analytics estimates to be almost three times higher than the overall industry average. Apple sold 77.3 million iPhones in the quarter, but it didn’t disclose how many of those sales were iPhone X models.

Priced at $999 and up, the iPhone X has undoubtedly helped Apple increase its revenue share in the smartphone industry. What’s more important is profits, however, and the iPhone often accounts for over 100 percent of net income in the smartphone industry when factoring in the losses posted by some rivals.

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We’ve Finally Recorded the Earth’s Mysterious Song

A Humming Planet

Like a permanent undertone to the dissonance of busy urban centers or nature’s own harmonious melodies, the Earth itself hums a low-frequency tune. The permanent drone, which has baffled scientists for a while now, comes from continuous vibrations too faint to be detected without a specialized instrument.

Now, for the first time ever, scientists have captured Earth’s hum — its “song,” if you will. They measured the constant humming from from the Indian Ocean seafloor using special spherical Ocean-Bottom Seismometers (OCBs).

“It’s like taking a piano and slamming all the keys at the same time,” Spahr Webb, a professor at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory not associated with the study, told National Geographic. “Except they’re not nice harmonics. They’re oddball frequencies.”

An Ocean-Bottom Seismometer being dropped into the sea, where it measured Earth's hum from the ocean floor. Image credit: RHUM-RUM experiment/Meteor Cruise
An Ocean-Bottom Seismometer being dropped into the sea. (Image credit: RHUM-RUM experiment/Meteor Cruise)

From September 2012 to November 2013, the researchers deployed 57 of these OCBs, and measured several frequencies between 2.9 and 4.5 millihertz. That’s 10,000 times lower than the average human hearing threshold, the researchers noted in their study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Measuring Movement

Scientists have known that the Earth produces this “humming” since at least 1959, but haven’t yet identified what exactly is causing it. The hum doesn’t appear to be caused by earthquakes, which happen sporadically as the earth releases stress; in contrast, Earth’s hum goes on continually.

Some theories suggest atmospheric disturbances, or the movement of ocean waves over the seafloor, trigger the continuous vibrations. Webb, who has also been searching for the hum’s cause, told the Washington Post he thought ocean waves were the most likely source, “banging on the sea floor pretty much all the way around the Earth.”

Attempts to measure the low-frequency drone had previously attempted using seismometers based on land. Now, the new measurement taken from the ocean suggests that the humming occurs globally, which the researchers found by stripping data from other vibrations — like ocean currents, waves, seismic activity and glitches — from their recordings, and comparing the recorded hum with measurements taken by a land-based station in Algeria.

Combining the measurements taken from land seismometers and the new numbers from the OCBs, the researchers said that their findings can provide new insight into the mechanisms behind the Earth’s hum. Aside from this, their study could also help map the inside of the Earth with more detailed accuracy, the researchers pointed out.

“Earth is constantly in movement, and we wanted to observe these movements because the field could benefit from having more data,” lead researcher Martha Deen from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris said in a press statement.

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These Are the Clearest Microscopic Videos Ever Recorded.

Every year Nikon holds their Small World in Motion competition for microscopic video. 2017’s winners will be announced soon. Here are some of the most amazing winners from past years.

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NASA Just Recorded the International Space Station Flying in Front of the Eclipse

As the moon sneaked in front of the sun during Monday’s total solar eclipse, a NASA photographer captured a once-in-a-lifetime sight.

Joel Kowsky, one of the space agency’s photo editors, was in Banner, Wyoming, to watch the solar eclipse when he photographed the International Space Station zooming in front of a crescent sun.

Below is a video Kowsky recorded using a high-speed camera that recorded 1,500 frames a second. He also photographed the ISS with a standard camera.

Such high-speed recording is necessary because the ISS is roughly the size of a football field, orbits Earth from 250 miles up, and moves at a speed of 17,500 mph.

To capture such a fast-moving object from the right angle requires not only months or years of planning but also a lot of luck.

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White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci to delete tweets the internet already recorded

Empty transparency.

Just one day into his job as White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci announced on Twitter that he’d be deleting past tweets. Not only is this a highly counterintuitive move for the person charged with communicating between the Trump administration and the press — not to mention a weird understanding of the term “full transparency” — it’s also patently ineffective.

His tweets have already been repeated, shared and downloaded all over the internet. So even if Scaramucci deletes them, they still exist.

The internet has already had a lot of fun with Scaramucci’s old tweets, including one where he misattributed a quote to Mark Twain. It inspired a deluge of tweets with purposefully incorrect sourcing. He’s also written plenty of tweets that don’t square with his new boss.

Fortunately his tweets aren’t going anywhere.

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Minneapolis police had body cams that should have automatically recorded Justine Damond’s killing

On the evening of July 15th, two Minneapolis police officers responded to a 911 call in the city’s upscale Fulton neighborhood. When the officers arrived, Justine Damond — a 40-year-old, white Australian woman wearing pajamas — emerged outside and stood next to the cruiser’s driver’s side window. She described the incident that caused her to call 911 — a possible sexual assault in the alleyway behind the home that she shared with her fiancé, whom she planned to marry the following month.

Because the two cops in the cruiser failed to record the interaction, it’s unclear what happened next. What we do know is that, during the interaction, the officer in the passenger’s seat, Mohamed Noor, pulled out his firearm and shot Damond through…

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