Android P DP1 is breaking the ‘OEM Unlock’ toggle for some, but there’s an easy fix

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After the Android P DP1 hit, a few people reported running into difficulty unlocking their bootloader if it wasn’t already prior to flashing the developer preview. Turns out, there is a fix, and you don’t have to wipe your device. Simply disabling whatever lockscreen security setting you might have is enough to fix things. 

The problem, in this case, is pretty simple. The “OEM unlocking” toggle in Developer options that governs your ability to unlock the bootloader in Fastboot might appear to work, but it actually just bugs out if you try to use it.

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Apple Just Released iOS 11.3 (But There’s a Catch)

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If you’ve been waiting eagerly for the latest version of iOS, you’ll have to wait a little longer. Unless you have a sixth-generation iPad that is.. According to MacRumors, Apple released iOS 11.3 today, but only for Apple’s latest iPad. Seeing as the iPad was just announced (and available to order) yesterday, it’s likely many people […]
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There’s a Previously Undiscovered Organ in Your Body, And It Could Explain How Cancer Spreads

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Ever heard of the interstitium?

No? That’s OK, you’re not alone — scientists hadn’t either. Until recently.

And, hey, guess what — you’ve got one! The interstitium is your newest organ. Scientists identified it for the first time because they are better able to observe living tissues at a microscopic scale, according to a recent study published in Scientific Reports,

Scientists had long believed that connective tissue surrounding our organs was a thick, compact layer. That’s what they saw when they looked at it in the lab, outside the body, at least. But in a routine endoscopy (exploration of the gastrointestinal tract), a micro camera revealed something unexpected: When observed in a living body, the connective tissue turned out to be “an open, fluid-filled space supported by a lattice made of thick collagen bundles,” pathologist and study author Neil Theise told Research Gate. This network of channels is present throughout the body and works as a soft, elastic cushion, protecting the organs from external shocks as the body moves.

Theise suspects the sampling procedure used to make slides, previously the only way for scientists to inspect the tissue in detail, did change the specimens’ shape. “Just taking a bite of tissue from this space allows the fluid in the space to drain and the supporting collagen bundles to collapse like the floors of a collapsing building,” he said.

Researchers could see tiny cracks in the tissue under the microscope, but they thought those cracks happened when the tissue was pulled too hard as it was loaded onto slides. “But these were not artifacts,” Theise said. “These were the remnants of the collapsed spaces. They had been there all the time. But it was only when we could look at living tissue that we could see that.”

But the interstitium isn’t just the “space between cells.” Theise and his collaborators think it should be reclassified as a proper organ because of its unique properties and structure which, Theise said, are “highly specific and dependent on the unique structures and cell types that form it.”

They had been there all the time. But it was only when we could look at living tissue that we could see that.

Better understanding of how our bodies work is never a bad thing. But scientists speculate that these useful properties could also work against us, allowing cancerous cells to spread throughout the body.

Theise’s team found that in patients with some types of malignant cancers, cells could leave the tissues where they originated and leak into these channels, eventually contaminating the lymphatic system. “Once they get in, it’s like they’re on a water slide,” the pathologist told New Scientist. “We have a new window on the mechanism of tumor spread.”

With further analysis of the fluid traveling across the interstitium, the researchers hope they may be able to detect cancer much earlier than they can today.

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There’s an algorithm to simulate our brains. Too bad no computer can run it

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Scientists just created an algorithm capable of performing a complete human brain simulation. Now we just have to wait for someone to build a computer powerful enough to run it. The team, comprised of researchers from Germany, Japan, Norway, and Sweden, recently published a white paper detailing the new algorithm, which connects virtual neurons with nodes. It’s designed to simulate the brain’s one billion connections between individual neurons and synapses. A human brain’s neuronal activity is incredibly complex and simulating it at a 1:1 ratio is impossible with current technology. Achieving just a 10 percent simulation rate maxes out the…

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There’s A New Kind of Aurora on Earth, And its Name is Steve

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Steve is a narrow, east-west running ribbon of purple light, sometimes slivered with green.

And it looks nothing like the wispier, wider curtains of other auroras.

Aurora-chasers in southern Canada who first spotted it started calling the mysterious streaks “Steve” after a joke in a 2006 animated film. Between 2015 and 2016, these citizen scientists sent some of their photos to Elizabeth MacDonald, a NASA space physicist, through her playfully-named citizen science platform Aurorasaurus. After looking at over 30 reports, she knew that something different was going on.

Normally, auroras occur when energized particles from the sun interact with the Earth’s magnetic field. But at didn’t explain Steve’s purple streaks. Different physics must be at play, MacDonald concluded.

But scientists didn’t know what made Steve special until July 2017, when, just by chance, one of the European Space Agency’s Swarm satellite set up to study the Earth’s magnetic field, happened to pass right over an area where the mysterious purple streaks were showing up.

Using Swarm data, MacDonald and her colleagues found that Steve appears when solar particles are moved rapidly from east to west by the interaction of both electrical and magnetic fields. This interaction only happens at points around 60 degrees north of the equator. Researchers have known about this flow of hot, fast-moving particles since the 1970s. They’re usually given the (way less fun) name of sub auroral ion drift, or SAID — but scientists never knew that there was any visual phenomena associated them. Luckily, MacDonald’s team decided to keep the more fun name by way of an acronym: Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement (STEVE).

It was only thanks to smartphones and high-quality digital cameras in the hands of passionate citizen scientists that physicists were able to realize what’s been under our noses — or, rather, over our heads — all along.

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There’s already strong demand for next iPhone

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Nearly a quarter of current iPhone users already plan to buy Apple’s next smartphone — even before they know what new features it will bring. That’s the most surprising finding from a new poll, which also shows demand for iPhone upgrades has stabilized at a high level. Heavy demand for an unannounced product shows trust […]

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There’s a currency miner in the Mac App Store, and Apple seems OK with it

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Enlarge / A version of Calendar 2 downloaded on Sunday from the Mac App Store.

Resource-draining currency miners are a regular part of the Google Play market, as scammers pump out apps that covertly harness millions of devices, in some cases with malware so aggressive it can physically damage phones. A popular title in the Mac App Store recently embraced coin mining openly, and so far Apple gatekeepers haven’t blocked it.

The app is Calendar 2, a scheduling app that aims to include more features than the Calendar app that Apple bundles with macOS. In recent days, Calendar 2 developer Qbix endowed it with code that mines the digital coin known as Monero. The xmr-stack miner isn’t supposed to run unless users specifically approve it in a dialog that says the mining will be in exchange for turning on a set of premium features. If users approve the arrangement, the miner will then run. Users can bypass this default action by selecting an option to keep the premium features turned off or to pay a fee to turn on the premium features.

Feels like the first time

If Calendar 2 isn’t the first known app offered in Apple’s official and highly exclusive App Store to do currency mining, it’s one of the very few. The discovery comes as sky-high valuations have pushed the limits of currency mining and led to a surge of websites and malware that surreptitiously mine digital coins on mobile devices, personal computers, and business servers. Calendar 2 is slightly different in the sense that it clearly discloses the miner it runs by default. That puts it in a grayer zone than most of the miners seen to date.

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Alexa spontaneously laughing at customers, Amazon hopes there’s a fix

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HomePod may leave a lot to be desired in its current state (and the occasional wood-stained ring), but we’ve seen no reports of Siri spontaneously laughing for no apparent reason. The same can no longer be said for Amazon Echo’s Alexa…

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The Best Guide To Selling Your Old Phones With High Profit

 Hall One at Mobile World Congress – a single space more massive than most conference centers in major cities – contained only a few displays. Although a quarter of the room housed small phone and mobile manufacturers, Huawei controlled the rest, creating a walled-off compound patrolled by women in folk costumes from many lands. The Small World After All jollity stopped at the gates. Read More
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Apple Confirms Using Google Servers To Store Some iCloud Data But There’s No Need To Panic

Apple has just confirmed that it’s using Google servers as part of its storage solution for some of iCloud data. Here are the details.

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