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Samsung Galaxy A55 review: A long-awaited return to form!

The Galaxy A55 is Samsung's latest mid-range phone to promise a flagship-like experience without a flagship-like price, and in some ways, it really is the most premium mid-ranger from the Korean giant yet. From a design that includes Gorilla Glass Victus+ and a metal frame to a new Exynos chip that has a GPU based on the same AMD architecture as Samsung's high-end Exynos chips (though the A55 lacks ray tracing support) and up to 12GB of RAM, the A55 feels more of an upgrade than the A54 did compared to the A53. Testing…

Syntax: the language form

Language processing in humans and computers: Part 3How do you know that this is a sentence?Syntax is deep, semantics is arbitraryPeople speak many languages. People who speak different languages generally don’t understand each other. How is it possible to have a general theory of language?Life is also diversified in many species, and different species generally cannot interbreed¹. But life is a universal capability of self-reproduction and biology is a general theory of life.General linguistics is based on Noam Chomsky’s…

Span smart panel expands homebuilder/utility footprint with additional form factors

It has been a big few weeks for smart electrical panel-maker Span. They announced major deals with Pulte Homes and through some of the largest energy utilities with Landis + Gyr. The startup also expanded its lineup to include small home and apartment-sized panels and even subpanels. But why do we even need smart electric panels? We last caught up to Span last year when they announced a smart EV charger and funding. Founded by the former head of Powerwall development and Tesla Energy Arch Rao, Span…

The Smile review – Thom Yorke on jolly and utterly joyful form | Thom Yorke

The precise status of the Smile is intriguingly TBC. Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood began making music with Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner to stay busy during the pandemic and they have already released more music in two years than Radiohead have managed in 15. While Yorke’s solo albums were clearly a side hustle – opaque, electronic, on the run from tunes – and Greenwood’s film scores something else entirely, the Smile have enough substance to rival the day job. The restless Greenwood once said he wished that…

Activision QA workers form the largest US video game union yet

Around 600 workers in Activision Publishing’s quality assurance department have formed a union. Assisted by the Communications Workers of America, the employees completed their vote with the results certified on Friday, March 8th. With that, Activision Quality Assurance United – CWA becomes the latest union to arise out of Microsoft’s gaming division and the largest video game union in the United States.In an interview with The Verge, Tom Shelley, a technical requirements specialist and one of Activision Quality Assurance…

X rollouts long form 'Articles': All you need to know

X (formerly Twitter) has rolled out a new feature for Journalists and creators. A new feature called Articles allows users to publish long-form articles on the platform. The newly introduced feature is currently available to verified organisations and Premium+ subscribers. X (formerly Twitter) has rolled out a new feature for Journalists and creators. A new feature called Articles allows users to publish long-form articles on the platform. The newly introduced feature is currently available to verified organisations…

Many Dementia Cases Could Actually Be a Hidden Form of Liver Disease : ScienceAlert

A recent study of US veterans found that 10% of those diagnosed with dementia actually had a liver condition called hepatic encephalopathy (HE) – a treatable condition.The liver can be damaged by several things, including alcohol, fatty deposits and hepatitis viruses. When the damage continues over several years, the liver becomes scarred (known as cirrhosis) and, at a certain point, can no longer perform one of its critical tasks: detoxifying the blood. Toxins (mainly ammonia) can build up and get into the brain,…

Visteon and Shinry form JV in US to advance power electronics technology, ET Auto

This collaboration brings two best-in-class companies together to further advance the state-of-the-art technologies in power electronics for the automotive industry.Visteon, a global technology leader at the forefront of driving digitalization and electrification trends in the mobility industry, has created a Michigan-based joint venture with Shinry Technology Companies Ltd., a China-based Tier 1 supplier specializing in charging and distribution solutions for new energy

‘The internet is an alien life form’: how David Bowie created a market for digital music | David Bowie

It is far from his best album, and not even his best album of the 1990s, but Hours... is David Bowie’s most significant album that decade. Not because of the music, however, but how it was released: the first album by a major artist on a major label to emerge as a download before it arrived physically.Writing about the album in August 1999 ahead of its September release, Rolling Stone called Hours… a “cyber-coup”: a continuation of Bowie’s fascination with releasing music online, which he started with the Telling Lies…

Physicists Reveal a Strange Form of Crystal Where Electrons Can’t Move : ScienceAlert

Quantum traffic laws applied to the 3D streetscape of a specific kind of crystal can put the brakes on electron rush hour.In a search for novel materials that can contain bizarre new states of matter, physicists from Rice University in the US led an experiment that forced free-roaming electrons to stay in place.While the phenomenon has been seen in materials where electrons are constrained to just two dimensions, this is the first time it's been observed in a three-dimensional crystal metal lattice, known as a…