A new report from Flurry says people are spending more time in mobile apps than watching TV. In 2015, U.S. consumers spent 198 minutes in mobile apps per day compared to 168 minutes watching TV. That time in mobile apps is up from 139 minutes in 2014 and 126 minutes in 2013, and that doesn’t include time spent in mobile browsers.
The report also notes it’s difficult to quantify how much of that time spent on apps overlaps with time spent on TV, since lots of people use their phones while watching TV. And
while apps are making headway, TV usage isn’t decreasing.
BANGKOK, Sept. 13 (UPI) — A six-carat diamond worth about $300,000 was surgically removed from the intestines of a Chinese woman who swallowed it in an alleged smuggling attempt in Bangkok, Thailand.
Jiang Sulian, 30, allegedly stole the diamond from the M.Tarun Diamonds Company during the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair on Thursday. Authorities said she was recorded by security cameras stealing the diamond and replacing it with a fake gemstone.
Sulian was arrested on Saturday at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. She initially denied the accusations, but an X-ray showed the diamond was in her intestine.
Sheriff’s deputies in California claimed they feared for their lives after shooting a man who was filming them from his own garage.
The Sacramento sheriff’s deputies shot Danny Sanchez on Friday. Sanchez is currently in the hospital at the UC Davis Medical Center, where he underwent surgery to remove bullet fragments, according to his father, John Sanchez.
The shooting occurred when the Sheriff’s department SWAT team showed up to arrest a neighbor, Ben Ledford, 62, after he fired off an illegal machine gun across the street.
When Sanchez saw the incident, and the SWAT team converge, he began recording from his garage. He assumed there wouldn’t be any problem, since he was so far away from the incident, on his own property and even out on the edge of the garage.
Have you noticed recently that your Internet connection was slower than usual, the free space on your system drive shrunk, and maybe you even maxed out your Internet data cap? This time you can probably blame Microsoft! If you’re getting automatic updates on Windows 7 or 8, Windows Update may have downloaded the Windows 10 installation files behind your back…
We can’t give you your lost bandwidth back, but we can help you to stop it from getting stolen. We’ll also show you how to delete the hidden Windows 10 files from your system and stop Windows Update from doing this again.
With Swyft Media’s new Popemoji keyboard app, available for both iOS and Android, we can all celebrate Pope Francis’ first visit to the US on September 22 with cute illustrations of him eating a giant sandwich and riding in a taxi.
There are 52 stickers (both cartoon versions and real-life photos) and 14 animated GIFs in total of the pope having fun on his trip.
“Emoji are so ingrained in digital and social language, particularly among young people, that it was natural to make them an element of our digital effort to support Pope Francis’ visit to the US,” Kathleen Hessert, founder of Sports Media Challenge, the company that oversees Aleteia.org’s efforts, said in a statement. “Besides, the pope has a great sense of humor, is totally approachable and dedicated to engaging people where they communicate.”
You’re “sexually racist” if your sexual history lacks diversity, study claims.
You’re racist if you don’t sleep with people outside your race, a study claims.
In the study entitled “Is Sexual Racism Really Racism,” researchers with the University of New South Wales assert that having racial preferences when it comes to sex is “sexual racism.”
“In fact, men who used online dating services more frequently were generally more likely to register as racist…,” feminist Samantha Allen wrote in an article about the study. “Sex researchers Denton Callander, Christy Newman, and Martin Holt asked over 2,000 gay and bisexual Australian men how they felt about race and dating through an online survey; these men also completed a region-specific version of the Quick Discrimination Index (QDI), a standard survey instrument that measures attitudes on race and diversity.”
Physicists in Hong Kong have discovered an experimental way to achieve perfect sound absorption. Photo by PathDoc/Shutterstock
HONG KONG, Sept. 12 (UPI) — Physicists from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have achieved the goal of almost perfect silence via total sound absorption.
Instead of building multi-layered gradient-index material meant to absorb all frequencies — which would be quite thick considering the amount of wavelengths there are — the researchers used two resonators to come close to completely canceling out sound waves.
In a paper published Friday in the journal Applied Physics Letters, researchers explain their use of destructive interference to halt the scattering of sound waves, thus achieving near perfect quiet.
Researchers tuned two resonators to the same frequency, which was matched to the background sound’s average impedance. The result was absolutely no audible backscattering. They used decorated membrane resonators to complete their two experiments. The first consisted of a flat panel DMR and a pair of coupled DMRs; the second used a tube-ventilated DMR and a sidewall device backed by a cavity.
The rate of sound absorption at the end of both of these experiments came up to 99.7 percent — almost complete silence.
Scientists can predict epidemics of mosquito-borne dengue virus using mobile phone records.
A new study shows a good use of mobile phone records and it has nothing to do with the NSA spying scandal.
A team of researchers led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that mobile phone records can be used to predict the geographical spread and timing of dengue epidemics.
More people around the world are becoming vulnerable to this deadly virus as climate change expands the range of the mosquito that transmits dengue and infected travelers spread the disease across borders.
Utilizing the largest data set of mobile phone records ever analyzed to estimate human mobility, the researchers developed an innovative model that can predict epidemics and provide critical early warning to policy makers.
As Google, Tesla, Volvo, and other companies make great strides with their self-driving car technology, we’ve started moving past questions about whether the technology will work, and started digging into the ethics of how it should work. For example, we recently discussed whether or not cars should be programmed to sacrifice their own driver if it means saving the lives of countless others (like a number of children on a school bus). Programmers are also battling with how to program vehicles to obey all rules — yet still account for highway safety’s biggest threat: shitty human drivers.
But another key question recently raised its head in discussing what this brave new self-driving world will look like. Just how much power should law enforcement have over your self-driving vehicle? Should law enforcement be able to stop a self-driving vehicle if you refuse to? That was a question buried recently in this otherwise routine RAND report (pdf) which posits a number of theoretical situations in which law enforcement might find the need for some kind of automobile kill switch:
One hundred years ago today, Britain declared war on Germany, thereby entering World War I. The day before, Germany had declared war on France. Before long, the world’s nations would be pitted against each other in a grueling conflict that would eventually take the lives of more than nine million soldiers.The iconic trenches of World War I were themselves an “unforeseen enemy,” though. The unceasing machine-gun fire led to a fate that was, at the time, almost as bad as death. Western front soldiers who popped their heads above their trenches would come back down with a nose, jaw, or even an entire face missing.
Last week, the state of cellphone tracking became slightly more confusing. The U.S. Department of Justice announced that, except in emergency situations, federal agents would now seek warrants before using “Stingrays.” Stingrays are devices that mimic cellphone towers and can pinpoint a phone’s physical location or record which number they’re calling.For people who follow the issue closely, like the ACLU, the news was welcome if limited. But for many, it made the situation around cellphone surveillance even trickier than it was before. How many different ways can the government surveil cellphones? What can each method do? Here’s a primer.
If law enforcement wants to surveil your cellphone, they have two ways to do it. They can do it through a phone company; or they can do it directly, using a device like a Stingray.
Let’s talk about the first way. If the government goes through the phone company, they probably do it by seeking cell-site location information, or CSLI. CSLI is created whenever a cellphone talks to a cell tower: It’s a record of towers that a cellphone pinged, what direction the cellphone’s ping came from, and what time the ping came.