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An Amazing Flyover of New York in a Resolution Higher Than Your Monitor Can Handle

To film this jaw dropping 12K flyover of New York City, Phil Holland had to create a one-of-a-kind aerial camera array consisting of: 3X RED Weapon Monstro 8K VV cameras, which once processed creates stunning 100 megapixel motion picture images with a sensor size of approximately 645 Medium Format Film. The resulting 12K by 8K footage is 48.5 times the resolution of HD 1080p and full of captured detail. This YouTube video is a mere 8K export of the footage, best viewed in 4K or 8K full screen. Enjoy! Read…

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The $4,000 Tesla iPhone X claims to charge your phone with solar panels

Image: caviar Remember the company that created the iPhone 6S with Putin’s head encrusted in gold? Well, they’re back with a raaaaather different homage—this time, to Elon Musk.  Russian phone accessory maker Caviar—renowned for its ultra-expensive and over-the-top iPhone cases—has created something called the iPhone X Tesla, which it claims “is able to charge from light.” SEE ALSO: A $3,200 iPhone 6S has Putin’s head encrusted in gold Oh, and it’s all yours for a whopping $4,590 (£3,392). A bargain!  “iPhone X Tesla by Caviar is equipped with a solar…

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Boston Dynamics freaky robot dogs, now climbing stairs, may enter society in 2019

The yellow robot dogs that so unsettled people in February by opening a door for one another can now easily walk up and down stairs on their own.  Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert — who founded the robot company known for building machines that mimic real animal and human movements — said Friday at the TechCrunch Robotics Sessions conference at UC Berkeley that the robots, called SpotMini, will be ready for purchase in 2019. While declining to offer a price on the 66-pound, relatively quiet, and uniquely agile robot dogs,…

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Microsoft is switching from a gun emoji to a water pistol, too

Finally, consistency, and safety.Image: emojipedia Cross-platform consistency, and gun sense, has taken hold in the emoji universe. Microsoft announced on Friday that it will be switching its gun emoji to a water pistol. The change came two days after Google rolled out an update that replaced its gun emoji with the colorful water pistol toy. Facebook also confirmed to Emojipedia on the day of the Google update that it was in the process of making the switch, too.  SEE ALSO: Everyone (except Microsoft) is using the water pistol emoji now…

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How private is your DNA? Police tap genealogy websites to find suspected ‘Golden State Killer.’

Do you know where your DNA data is?Image: Getty Images/Science Photo Library RM Think twice before you send companies your spit.  A suspected serial killer was caught when investigators compared his DNA to samples collected by ancestry websites. SEE ALSO: Facebook’s richer than ever, despite data privacy scandals Services like 23andMe and Ancestry have become popular by using DNA from users who want to learn more about their family history. But few people think the DNA samples they send in might be used by law enforcement.  On Tuesday, Joseph James…

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Google Chrome finally makes annoying autoplaying video shut up for good

Thank you, Google Chrome.Image: AFP/Getty Images Google just gave us a very long overdue gift: the ability to browse in silence. That’s because Google Chrome will finally mute annoying autoplaying videos by default. The update, part of Google Chrome 66, launched today for the browser’s desktop and mobile apps. SEE ALSO: Google Clips review: AI is not ready to be your photographer With the update, you’ll no longer have to manually mute sites that autoplay videos with sound. Instead, Chrome will block the videos from playing altogether (note that videos…

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This Firefox extension stops Facebook from tracking you

Facebook tracks its users online, far beyond the app and other services. Given the latest data privacy scandal involving Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica, Mozilla is letting internet users fight back.  SEE ALSO: Mozilla pulls ads from Facebook until Zuck makes good A new browser extension called the “Facebook Container” lets Firefox users isolate their activity on Facebook to Facebook.com, making it more difficult to track users’ actions elsewhere on the web. The hope is that someone searching for and booking a trip wouldn’t then cause related ads to appear…

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Huawei P20 Pro has three rear cameras and one of them is 40 megapixels

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro both have the notch on the front, but you can hide it with a black bar if you like.Image: Raymond Wong/mashable Huawei has a new flagship, and boy is it hot.  The company officially launched the oft-leaked P20 and P20 Pro today at a special media event in Paris. (A third variant, the P20 Lite, was soft-launched in China a week ago.) This time, Huawei’s got one goal: Crush every other smartphone camera with an insane amount of resolution. SEE ALSO: Best Buy just screwed…

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Facebook is more dangerous than ever. You can make it stop

Cambridge Analytica's chief executive officer Alexander Nix. His firm recently found itself in the spotlight for misrepresenting itself and harvesting data from millions of Facebook users to aid the Trump campaign / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAImage: AFP/Getty Images Remember the Marlboro Man? He was a sexy vision of the American west, created by a cigarette corporation to sell a fatal product. People knew this and used that product anyway, at great detriment to themselves and those around them who quietly inhaled toxic secondhand smoke, day into long…

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How to make sure sketchy Facebook apps aren’t spying on you

Image: Vicky Leta/Mashable Over the years, you’ve probably logged into a lot of services on Facebook without thinking about how those services use your data. Some of those services may have leveraged your data to undermine the very foundations of American democracy. Hard to say! New reports from the Guardianand New York Timesreveal how a Trump-aligned data-gathering service called Cambridge Analytica “exploited” information from millions of people in the lead-up to the 2016 election. It was pretty simple: The firm created a personality test app called “thisisyourdigitallife,” and people opted…

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Genius modifies his car to play Toto’s ‘Africa’ instead of those annoying door chimes

If you were forced to hear something every time you opened your car door, you could do worse than Toto’s “Africa” — a pleasant tune that would surely leave you in a good mood for your ride.   Self-described Volvo enthusiast Chris Ng wanted to customize the door chimes on his old Volvo 240. Now, every time he opens his car door and his keys are still in the ignition, an 8-bit version of Toto’s “Africa” plays instead of those annoying bells. On his Kickstarter page, Ng notes that it…

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Apple targets Android users with new ‘Switch to iPhone’ ad campaign

Image: screenshot: monica chin/apple/youtube There’s a certain aesthetic that consumers have come to expect from Apple: black backgrounds, hip-hop beats, flashy text and visual effects.  The latest set of ads from the company, however, feature a new look. They’re charming, light-hearted, and — most pointedly — out to woo the world’s Android users. SEE ALSO: Apple releases emotional ad to celebrate marriage equality All four ads feature a screen divided into two regions: a gray half labeled “your phone” and a light blue half labeled “iPhone.” They’re less than 20…

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Cryptojackers used YouTube ads to secretly mine cryptocurrency

Image: Peter Dazely / Getty Images YouTube is turning passive viewers into cryptocurrency miners, and Google isn’t happy. The issue became apparent earlier in the week as complaints surfaced on social media claiming that YouTube ads were raising red flags in anti-virus software. A service called Coinhive was hijacking a viewer’s CPU and using its power to mine crypto. SEE ALSO: CryptoCelebrities are the newest irritating kid on the blockchain A Friday blog post from Trend Micro, an international cybersecurity company, confirmed the sharp uptick in Coinhive use earlier in…

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