Would you get on a plane that didn't have a human pilot in the cockpit? Half of air travelers surveyed in 2017 said they would not, even if the ticket was cheaper. Modern pilots do such a good job that almost any air accident is big news, such as the Southwest engine disintegration on April 17. But stories of pilot drunkenness, rants, fights and distraction, however rare, are reminders that pilots are only human. Not every plane can be flown by a disaster-averting pilot, like Southwest Capt.
The Apple AirPods started the "true wireless" earphones trend and now it looks like Mobvoi has come up with its own version. Called the TicPods Free, the new AirPods competitor is a more affordable alternative that costs $129. For the unaware, Mobvoi is the same company behind the TicHome Mini Google Assistant speaker and the TicWatch smartwatches. With a smart speaker and smartwatches already under its belt, the company is now taking on the Apple AirPods head on with the TicPods Free. The TicPods Free comes with two separate earbuds that do not feature any wires.
Samsung Electronics has unveiled new premium QLED TV models in its home country, South Korea. The tech giant is also introducing six more models by the end of this year as it seeks to widen the gap with its rivals. Korea Herald reported that Samsung showcased its 2018 QLED TVs in South Korea on Tuesday. All new models are said to come with various artificial intelligence features, intelligent displays and the all-new Ambient Mode. The Galaxy S9 maker also revealed that 11 of its new QLED TVs are hitting the market throughout June, then six more models will be released before the year ends.
Elite dating apps are conspicuously widening the wealth gap in America, and everyone seems to be perfectly fine with it. Apps like the League, Tinder Select and Raya have become a convenient tool for rich singles to hook up with their fellow rich singles, leaving no room for people with measly income to join their privileged dating game. Bloomberg's Jeanna Smialek wrote Tuesday about how elite dating apps continue to worsen the wealth inequality in the U.S. due to their rules and regulations that cater only to the rich and the moneyed. One such app that Smialek tackled in her piece is the League, a social and dating mobile application that launched in 2015 and available only in select cities of the country. The League was intentionally made for those who are looking for love from people belonging to a high socioeconomic status.
In the largest survey of its kind so far, researchers have looked at the "DNA" of over 340,000 stars in our home galaxy, to identify the stars with the same chemical composition as the sun. Stars with the same chemistry originated in the same star clusters, and the survey would help astronomers find siblings of the sun before the Milky Way tore apart the stellar nursery where they all formed. The research is led by astronomers from Australia, supported by colleagues from Europe, and is called the Galactic Archaeology survey, or GALAH. It "is a large-scale stellar spectroscopic survey of the Milky Way and designed to deliver chemical information" about a large number of stars. The announcement Tuesday about 342,682 stars was the first major public release of data by GALAH, which will eventually look at over one million stars.
A Japanese engineer has created a gigantic robot, one that looks like a real-world transformer and works just as well as any other humanoid on the block. The two-legged robot, dubbed Mononofu, weighs around seven tons and stands a whopping 28 feet tall. However, that should not raise any alarms as the whole thing is controlled by a human rather than artificial intelligence. An operator has to get into the robot's cockpit in order to work the levers designed to control its functions. We have seen many manually-controlled robots in the past, but this one draws particular attention due to its striking resemblance to the machines featured in the Transformers movie series.
The trio is considered the best players in the world right now with Messi and Neymar playing alongside each other for Barcelona from 2013 to 2017 in a spell that saw the club win two La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys, one Champions League crown and the FIFA Club World Cup. However, Neymar shockingly made the move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last summer after the oil-rich Ligue 1 side activated his €222 million ($273.7 million) release clause in what is still the world record transfer deal. It is highly believed that the Brazilian did not move for money but rather, the chance to play for a side built around him rather than Messi as with his current injury aside, he has flourished this season with 29 goals and 19 assists in 30 games in all competitions with PSG requiring just four points from their last six games to seal a fifth Ligue 1 title in six years. But, there are rumors that the 25-year-old is unhappy in Paris with speculation rising that he could return to La Liga for Barcelona or even rivals Real Madrid where he would be teammates with Ronaldo. There were also reports that Zahavi, who acted as an intermediary for Neymar's move last summer, accompanied a PSG delegation to Brazil last month to check on his injury and determine his value for another potential transfer.
The LG G7 ThinQ is scheduled to be announced on May 2, but LG also appears to be working on a new entry in the V series. The specs for the new LG V35 ThinQ have been leaked online, and it looks like the device will carry over some of the features found on the V30 and V30S ThinQ. Information on the LG V35 ThinQ was first shared online by AndroidHeadlines. The site claims that it was able to get the information from a reliable source which has been verified through an in-house documentation by LG. The LG V35 ThinQ is said to arrive with a 6-inch quad HD OLED display.
A recently published FCC filing shows a Google-branded HDMI dongle that's running Android TV. The device is listed with the model number "SN5B6AD" and it is described as a "4K ATV Stick." The mysterious device is listed as being manufactured by "Shenzen SEI Robotics Co. Ltd." The dongle itself features Google's signature "G" logo and it's accompanied by its own remote. The device appears to have a design that closely resembles a next-generation Chromecast, but it's running the Android TV operating system.
Deep learning, a powerful form of artificial intelligence (AI), has wide spanning uses in a number of fields. Many people worry the technology could prove devastating for humanity, but recently, a group of researchers has shown how it could drastically benefit people, particularly those living in underdeveloped parts of the world. The team, coming from UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, Los Angeles, leveraged deep learning to take standard smartphone camera capabilities up to the level of a lab-grade microscope. This means the images will be taken from a phone, but their quality will be as detailed and precise as from a high-tech laboratory microscope. This could ultimately be used to conduct inexpensive lab-grade analysis in poor parts of the world, where technologies for high-quality diagnostics are unavailable.