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New ‘shady’ research from MIT uses shadows to see what cameras can’t

What if you could look at an existing video and determine what was happening just beyond the camera's view? That's the idea behind new research from MIT that uses shadows to recreate the objects that lie outside the frame.

New ‘shady’ research from MIT uses shadows to see what cameras can’t

What if you could look at an existing video and determine what was happening just beyond the camera's view? That's the idea behind new research from MIT that uses shadows to recreate the objects that lie outside the frame.

Pick your nose in a crowd of 10,000 and this 500 megapixel camera will know

Hiding from a security camera becomes even harder when that camera can see five times the detail that the human eye can.

Tiny bubbles in your body could be better at fighting cancer than chemotherapy

New research suggests that tiny bubbles that already exist in our body might potentially be used to treat cancer — and work better than chemotherapy.

International Space Station communications get an upgrade, doubling data rate

Components of the Space Network have been upgraded to double the rate at which data can be sent from the ISS back to Earth.

Scientists created a pair of contacts that zoom in when you blink

Ever wish your eye came with a zoom lens? Soon they might. Scientists at the University of California San Diego have successfully created a pair of contact lenses that zoom in on something when you blink twice.

Researchers sent a fake, unblockable presidential alert to a 50,000-seat stadium

A group of researchers was able to send out fake, unblockable presidential alerts to phones in a 50,000-seat football stadium. The team from the University of Colorado Boulder figured out a way to spoof the alert and send it out.

Mount Everest is now home to the world’s highest weather station

A team of scientists has created a new record with the installation of the world’s highest weather station atop Everest. Data from the expedition will help researchers better understand the effect of climate change on the region.

Eat up! This robot is built to feed dinner to people who can’t feed themselves

Engineers have developed a robot that can feed people dinner. Powered by an artificial intelligence algorithm, the system detects pieces of food on a plate, stabs them with a fork, and transports the morsels to a person’s mouth.The post Eat up! This robot is built to feed dinner to people who can’t feed themselves appeared first on Digital Trends.

Scientists discover a strange shape that blocks almost all sound

Called an “acoustic meta-material,” the shape was developed based on a mathematically modeled design that enables it to cancel up to 94 percent of sound by reflecting certain frequencies back to their source.The post Scientists discover a strange shape that blocks almost all sound appeared first on Digital Trends.

Artificial ‘superhuman’ skin could help burn victims, amputees ‘feel’ again

Researchers have developed a new kind of sensor designed to enable artificial skin to sense pressure, vibrations, and even magnetic fields. The technology could help burn victims and amputees feel again through their prosthetic limbs.The post Artificial ‘superhuman’ skin could help burn victims, amputees ‘feel’ again appeared first on Digital Trends.

3D printing could help regrow bones of injured combat veterans

A scientist at the University of Arizona is investigating ways to mend broken bones using 3D printing and adult stem cells. The research is geared toward helping veterans who suffer combat injuries.The post 3D printing could help regrow bones of injured combat veterans appeared first on Digital Trends.

Frogs regrow ‘paddle-like’ limbs when placed in a bioreactor

Frogs have partially regrown amputated limbs thanks to a bioreactor at Tufts University. By jump-starting tissue repair, the bioreactor helped the amphibians regenerate a bigger, more complete appendages than they usually do.The post Frogs regrow ‘paddle-like’ limbs when placed in a bioreactor appeared first on Digital Trends.

Scientists want to bore holes through clouds using lasers from satellites

Researchers at the University of Geneva in Switzerland have proposed a plan to use ultra-hot and ultra-short laser beams to punch through cloud layers and transmit information from satellites to Earth.The post Scientists want to bore holes through clouds using lasers from satellites appeared first on Digital Trends.

Biologists have found a protein that could make space farming possible

Researchers have shown how space farming may be possible. By encouraging plants to excrete a certain hormone, they’ve demonstrated that crops can thrive despite challenging conditions, such as low-nutrient soil and microgravity.The post Biologists have found a protein that could make space farming possible appeared first on Digital Trends.

Shrimp eyes inspire new camera focused on helping self-driving cars see better

By mimicking the vision of mantis shrimp, researchers were able to make significant improvements on today’s commercial cameras. They hope their technology can help mitigate accidents by letting self-driving vehicles see more clearly.The post Shrimp eyes inspire new camera focused on helping self-driving cars see better appeared first on Digital Trends.

Women may be immune to brain damage from cosmic rays, study finds

In a recent paper, researchers show that female mice are immune to the cognitive damage that results from simulated space radiation. The study may pave the way toward treating this hazardous consequence of space travel.The post Women may be immune to brain damage from cosmic rays, study finds appeared first on Digital Trends.

These yeast colony patches are like living Geiger counters

A team of researchers from Purdue University have designed a patch that can help measure radiation exposure in nearly real time. They're simple, made out of little more than paper and yeast, and cost pennies on the dollar.The post These yeast colony patches are like living Geiger counters appeared first on Digital Trends.

Scientists pinpoint exoplanets where life could bloom like here on Earth

New research suggests that the likelihood that life will develop on an Earth-like planet is closely connected with the light given off by its host star. The findings help pin down candidate planets for life.The post Scientists pinpoint exoplanets where life could bloom like here on Earth appeared first on Digital Trends.

Fishy surveillance system could keep tabs on ocean animals

Symbiosis is a system that uses optical and acoustic technologies to detect and identify entire schools of fish, and could offer a noninvasive means of protecting environmental interests.The post Fishy surveillance system could keep tabs on ocean animals appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Cut the cord: This $25 HD TV antenna grabs streams from up to 50 miles away

TL;DR: This money-saving digital HD antenna is 58% off, and provides you with a ton of high-definition content.If you’re thinking about cutting the cord, you’re not alone. Many people have, and the reasons to get away from traditional cable continue to grow. Similarly, we’ve seen a rise in people who never even bother with signing an agreement with a cable provider.While a lot of us like Hulu, Netflix, and the other streaming players, some still like the local channels for live broadcasts of news, sports, and general programming. Awards shows, season finales, and playoff games are serious business and work best live. If you’re among those aching for the live shows, listen up.There are options that let you cut the cord, or not have to worry about signing up for cable. In fact, it’s cheap, too. Consider the current offer in the AG Deals Store: the Liger HDTV 50-Mile Ultra-Thin Antenna & Amplifier. Priced just $25, it’s all you’ll ever need to spend for your local broadcasts. The Liger HDTV 50-Mile Ultra-Thin Antenna & Amplifier is super thin, easy to set up, and receives signal from up to 50 miles away.It’s easy to install; plug it in and scan for channels with one click. Before you know it, you’ll have access to the channels available in your area for news, weather, and sports.Liger HDTV 50-Mile Ultra-Thin Antenna & Amplifier FeaturesRevamped range for up to 50 milesFine-tuned frequency picks up plenty of stations10 to 15dB gain strengthens premium picturesCan be used as a TV antenna amplifier boosterThe best part of this whole deal is you only pay a one-time fee for the antenna and end up with free TV for life. Get the Liger HDTV 50-Mile Ultra-Thin Antenna & Amplifier for just $24.99, or 58% off the original cost — at the AG Deals Store.Save even more!In addition to the savings above, when you buy through AndroidGuys Deals, for every $25 spent, you get $1 credit added to your account. What’s more, should you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.If this is your first time buying, then you are also eligible for a further 10% discount when you subscribe for email updates.How about a freebie?Not looking to spend any money today? That’s alright, we understand. Why not visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and take something anyhow? Go ahead, grab two!

LG Wing pre-orders now available at Verizon

One of the most interesting phones that has come out in a long time, the LG Wing, is finally available through Verizon. With one of the most unique designs on the market, time will tell how durable the phone is. If anything, it will definitely be a head turner.Pre-orders are currently underway with the launch date of October 15.  The all-important question is how much it will cost. Indeed, Verizon and LG are pricing it at $999. If you go through the carrier’s payment plan, it will cost you $41.66 per month.Verizon has some pretty sweet offers for the LG Wing which will help interested buyers save money.If you add a line on select Unlimited Plans and you trade in an eligible device you get $750 offGet up to an additional $250 Verizon eGift Card if you port a number to Verizon while buying the LG WingIf you’re an existing customer on an eligible Unlimited Plan you can get up to $500 when you trade in an eligible device.If you buy the LG Wing, trade in an eligible device, and port a number you can get the Wing free. Unfortunately, I don’t have info as to what exactly the eligible devices are, but I would imagine roughly any flagship from Samsung, Apple, Google, and maybe even LG from the last 1-2 years would qualify.I may be part of a small minority here, but I’m legit excited for the LG Wing. It is almost a ray of sunshine in a sea of otherwise ‘same’ looking devices. Are you as excited for the Wing as I am?Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear what you think about it!

The best phones available at Boost Mobile (October 2020)

Boost Mobile may no longer belong to Sprint, but that doesn’t mean it’s a completely different company under DISH. In fact, it’s largely business as usual to the average consumer. As is the case with other MVNOs, Boost has its own rate plans, customer service, and phone selection. Here, we’ll dig into the devices offered at Boost.We’ve gathered up a handful of the best phones you can purchase at Boost Mobile today. In addition to what’s offered through Boost, we always suggest buying an unlocked phone for use with a carrier. The options are plentiful in both directions and you’ll likely get something more powerful.Samsung Galaxy S20The Samsung Galaxy S20 reigns as the current king of the hill and is the standard bearer by which other phones are measured. For your money you’ll get a 6.2-inch Infinity-O display that reaches edge to edge and features a hole-punch front-facing 10-megapixel camera.Around back are a trio of cameras in the form of a 12-megapixel ultra-wide and 12-megapixel wide-angle, and 64-megapixel telephoto camera.Powering things are a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core processor, 12GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage. Need more room for media? Toss in a microSD card and add up to 1TB more space.This one will be powerful enough to handle daily tasks for two or more years.Samsung Galaxy S20 at Boost MobileSamsung Galaxy A21The Galaxy S series gets all of the fanfare, but the Galaxy A line is just as good for a lot of people. Indeed, these lower cost options give consumers the same great Samsung design but with just the right amount of features. We’re talking maybe one-third the price yet still plenty of power.Standout features in the Galaxy A21 include a 6.5-inch HD display, and quad-camera (16MP main lens, 120 degree ultra wide, 2MP depth camera, and 2MP macro) array. An octa-core processor with 3GB RAM/32GB ROM is paired with Android 10, and the 4,000mAh battery should get typical users far beyond a full day.Samsung Galaxy A21 at Boost MobileLG Stylo 6For Notes, Photo Markups and DocsBig, practical, and the only one with a stylus, the LG Stylo 4+ provides users with a large screen and an extra bit of functionality. The 6.8-inch display offers up plenty of high-definition space for scribbling notes, marking up documents, and more.Running Android 10, the phone is powered by an octa-core processor with 3GB RAM. Storage comes in at 64GB but a microSD expansion card slot opens the door for up to 2TB external media.Wrapping things up, the LG handset has a triple camera configuration on the rear, front-facing 13-megapixel selfie camera, and a 4,000mAh battery.LG Stylo at Boost MobileMotorola Moto EStock Android on a BudgetWe absolutely love what Motorola does with its Android phones. They run a bare bones software experience that leaves things the way Google intended, and feature affordably priced alternatives to flagships.Here, you get a big (6.2-inch) screen, a very modern build of Android (10), and respectable smattering of mid-range hardware. Key details include an octa-core processor, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot for external media.Other things we appreciate? A water resistant coating, USB Type-C charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.Motorola Moto E at Boost MobileCoolpad LegacyFirst-time BuyerOn the lower end of the spectrum we find phones which might be decent for first time smartphone users. Whether that means grandma or the ten year old who’s responsible enough for a handset, it matters little.The Coolpad Legacy rivals other, pricier models in terms of hardware but its rock-bottom price puts it among the most affordable.Key details include a 6.3-inch display, a dual (16-megapixel and 5-megapixel) rear camera setup, and front-facing 13-megapixel selfie camera. Inside are a quad-core processor, 3GB RAM, and 32GB storage; a microSD card slot allows for up to 128GB media.Coolpad Legacy at Boost Mobile

Cheap cell phone plans that use the AT&T network (October 2020)

AT&T, like other major wireless providers, is not only one that uses its towers. Indeed, there are other brands and services which pay for access to AT&T’s network.Each of these mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) offers its own rate plans, phone selection, billing, and customer service. These companies simply rely on AT&T for cellular coverage.If you have AT&T and want to switch providers, you might want to hold on to your device. After all, you paid for it and aren’t ready to give it up. Or, maybe you just love the coverage.Where can I buy an unlocked phone?Buying an unlocked phone? Consider these questionsTips for buying a used phoneWe’ve gathered up some of the cheapest rate plans you can find for the various carriers that use AT&T’s network. This isn’t every option available, but rather a list of the ones we like best.Editor’s ChoiceH20 Wireless6GB 4G LTE Data ($30)For the money, customers receive unlimited talk and text with 6GB of high speed data as well international talk to more than 50 countries. Download speeds, for what it’s worth, are limited to 8Mbps and video streams are at 480p, both of which are par for the course for MVNOs. Sign up for automatic bill payment and save a few bucks each month.Simply put, there are no other plans with this much high speed data at this price.Shop H20 Wireless!Consumer CellularUnlimited Talk & Text + 3GB Data Plan ($30)For $30 per month subscribers receive unlimited talk and text with 3GB of data. Given that the carrier’s target demographic is for senior citizen this ought to be plenty of data. In a related note, AARP members can save 5% on their monthly bill.Shop Consumer Cellular!CricketUnlimited Talk & Text with 10GB LTE Data ($40)Customers receive unlimited talk and text with 10GB LTE data in this rate plan. Hit the data threshold and you’ll still have data, just slowed to 128Kbps, or what’s commonly referred to as 2G speeds.Shop Cricket!Net10$20 Unlimited Plan ($20)Among the cheapest rate plans you’ll find with “unlimited” data, this $20 option gives subscribers 2GB of high speed access. Hit the threshold and speeds are slowed to 2G for the rest of the month, but that might not matter to its target users. Also comes with unlimited talk and text.Shop Net10!Straight TalkUnlimited Plan with 5GB ($35)Pick up unlimited talk, text, and 5GB of high speed data for the price of a steak dinner. Of course, you can have more data after hitting the threshold, but it’s slowed to 2G for the rest of the billing cycle. Save a buck on your plan each month by signing up for automatic refills.Shop Straight Talk!TracFoneUnlimited Talk & Text 3GB Plan ($30)A new option from the carrier, this rate plan gives users unlimited talk and text for 30 days with up to 3GB of high speed data. Stay active on the plan and you’ll be able to carry unused data with you indefinitely. Save 5-10% on your bill with automatic bill payment.Shop TracFone!