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  1. First Look at GOG Galaxy 2.0 gaming client The game distribution service GOG flies a bit under the radar in the grand scheme of things. It is not the largest nor the store with the biggest selection of games. GOG is different in several key aspects, however, and that makes it an interesting choice for some users. GOG offers DRM free games and content, has a strong focus on classic games, and does not require the installation of a gaming client. The company launched GOG Galaxy, its gaming client, in 2018 as an optional component. Customers could, but did not have to, download GOG Galaxy to better manage games, game updates, and use functionality that GOG added to the client regularly. A major update, GOG Galaxy 2.0, was teased in May 2019 and customers could sign-up for a place in the beta of the client. One of the revealed features made version 2.0 of the client a very interesting update, one that could very well boost the popularity of the client significantly. GOG highlighted that Galaxy 2.0 would function as a multi-platform client so that customers could manage all their games using it. One of the main issues today on PC is that several gaming companies and publishers created platforms to sell games. Steam may be the largest on PC but there are also stores by EA, Ubisoft, Epic, and Microsoft, to name just a few of the larger players. I received my invite to the closed beta recently and spend some time using the client. The client picks up data from an existing GOG Galaxy installation and can be installed on Windows 8 or newer versions of Windows. The current client, GOG Galaxy 1.2, supports Windows 7 as well. The new client is also available for Mac OS X 10.12 or newer. Note: the client is still in beta. Some features may not work properly yet and bug are to be expected. I did not experience many though during my initial test of the platform update. GOG Galaxy 2.0 should pick up all games purchased on GOG automatically after you sign-in to the client. You can manage these just like before and browse the library, install or uninstall games, and start to play them. The major new feature of the new version is the ability to connect to other platforms. A click on "add games & friends" and the selection of "connect platforms" begins the process. The current version of the client supports the following platforms besides GOG.com: Xbox Live, Epic Games Store, Origin, Playstation Network, Steam, Uplay. All you need to do at this point is to click on the "connect" button next to the platform that you want to integrate. GOG Galaxy 2.0 downloads a component that is required for the integration and displays the supported features in a prompt. To use Steam as an example. Steam users get to integrate the game library in the GOG Galaxy 2.0 client, may install and launch games from the platform, and get to use achievement and game time features. The friends functionality is limited as only recommendations by friends are provided but not the list of friends or chat functionality. Once you hit connect you get a new login prompt for the service to authenticate. All games of the library are imported then and any game that is already installed on the system will be recognized as such. GOG plans to integrate single game imports in a future version. Galaxy 2.0 divides games by client and provides a full listing of all games next to that. You may use filters, e.g. by platform or system, to limit results. If installations are supported, you may install any game directly from the Galaxy 2.0 client if you want to. You may also install using the native client and GOG Galaxy 2.0 will pick up the installation automatically. Note that installations and playing of third-party platform games requires the installation of these platforms on the device. You still end up having to install them all if the platforms require that but can manage all games from a single client. Closing Words GOG Galaxy 2.0 left a great impression. While still in beta, it worked well and for the most part as expected. The idea to create a client to manage games on multiple platforms is great as it improves manageability significantly. If GOG manages to integrate friends and chats for all these platforms as well, or at least notifications when friends start to play certain games, it could very well turn out to become my main gaming client on Windows. Source: First Look at GOG Galaxy 2.0 gaming client (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  2. The galaxy is not flat, researchers show in new 3D model of the Milky Way Six years of tracking a special class of star have yielded a new and improved 3D model of our galaxy, based on direct observation rather than theoretical frameworks. And although no one ever really thought the Milky Way was flat flat, the curves at its edges have now been characterized in better detail than ever before. Researchers at the University of Warsaw in Poland took on this challenge some time ago with the desire to observe the shape of the galaxy directly rather than indirectly; although we have a good idea of the shape, that idea is based on models that involve assumptions or observations of other galaxies. Imagine if you wanted to know the distance to the store, but the only way you could tell was by looking out the window and observing how long it took for someone to get there and back; by calculating their average walking speed you can get a general idea. Sure, it works to a point — but wouldn’t it be nice to just lean out the window and see exactly how far it is? The trouble in astronomy is it can be incredibly difficult to make such direct observations with our present tools, so we rely on indirect ones (like timing people above), something that can be helpful and even accurate but is no substitute for the real thing. Fortunately, the researchers found that a certain type of star has special qualities that allow us to tell exactly how far away it is. “Cepheid variable stars” are young stellar bodies that burn far brighter than our own sun, but also pulse in a very stable pattern. Not only that, but the frequency of that pulsing corresponds directly to how bright it gets — sort of like a strobe that, as you turn the speed up or down, also makes it dimmer or brighter. What this means is that if you know the frequency of the pulses, you know objectively how much light the star puts out. And by comparing that absolute amount to the amount that reaches us, you can tell with remarkable precision how far that light has had to travel. “Distances to Cepheids can be measured with an accuracy better than 5%,” said lead author Dorota Skowron in a video explaining the findings. In comments to Space.com, she added: “It is not some statistical fact available only to a scientist’s understanding. It is apparent by eye.” Not only are these beacons reliable, they’re everywhere — the team located thousands of Cepheid variable stars in the sky via the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment, a project that tracks the brightness of billions of stellar objects. They carefully cataloged and observed these Cepheids (highlighted in the top image) for years, and from repeated measurements emerged a portrait of the galaxy — a curved portrait. “Our map shows the Milky Way disk is not flat. It is warped and twisted far away from the galactic center,” said co-author Przemek Mroz. “This is the first time we can use individual objects to show this in three dimensions,” some, he said, “as distant as the expected boundary of the Galactic disk.” The galaxy curves “up” on one side and “down” on the other, a bit like a hat with the brim down in front and up in back. What caused this curvature is unknown, but of course there are many competing theories. A close call with another galaxy? Dark matter? They’re working on it. The researchers were also able to show by measuring the age of the stars that they were created not regularly but in bunches — direct evidence that star formation is not necessarily constant, but can happen in bursts. Their findings were published today in the journal Science. Image Credits: Skowron et al. Source: The galaxy is not flat, researchers show in new 3D model of the Milky Way
  3. A mysterious Windows 10-powered Samsung Galaxy device appears on Geekbench If you’re on the lookout for a Samsung Windows 10 device, it’d be hard for you pick one as the choices are limited; the Korean manufacturer’s Windows 10 efforts aren’t praiseworthy at all. However, it releases a couple or sometimes more devices to a few markets every year. And it looks like the time has come for Samsung to release yet another Windows 10-powered device. Named Samsung Galaxy Space, the unannounced Windows 10 device has been spotted on Geekbench( via WindowsLatest). Samsung Galaxy Space that has been spotted on Geekbench offers up to 8GB of RAM; the processor inside it has eight cores, with a clock speed of 2.84 GHz. And as you can see in the above image, the single-core performance of it is 2011, while Multi-Core Score stands at 6047. And that’s pretty much all that we know about the Galaxy Space device. From the looks of things, it’s pretty much safe to say that Galaxy Space is a new portfolio device portfolio from Samsung, and if the product sees a success, Samsung will definitely offer a refreshed model every year. That said, the form factor of Galaxy Space is still a mystery. We’ll have to wait until the launch event to find more details about the Galaxy Space. Meanwhile, Samsung will prepare the Galaxy Space, with the target of launching it before back to school shopping starts. Source: A mysterious Windows 10-powered Samsung Galaxy device appears on Geekbench (MSPoweruser)
  4. The ultimate all-in-one style mobile device has been a desire for years, and even though Canonical themselves tried and failed to fund their own Ubuntu phone, Samsung’s Linux on DeX beta has actually realised the full desktop OS on a mobile device experience. While we trialled the beta software at the tail end of last year on the Galaxy Note 9, it was only available to those who had access to the Note 9 or Galaxy Tab S4. That did leave a sour taste in the mouth for many wanting to try out Linux on their own Samsung handsets. Samsung has today confirmed that the Linux on DeX beta has now extended to a further set of devices, and now fully supports Android Pie and their own One UI OS skin. Users with the Galaxy S9, S9+, S10, S10e, S10+, S10 5G and the Tab S5e can now download the application and get started with Linux on their Galaxy devices. It’s worth noting that to download and install the app, you will need 8GB of free storage space on your device available. Galaxy devices supported Android Oreo Note9 Tab S4 Android Pie Note9 S9 & S9+ S10, S10e, S10+, S10 5G Tab S4 Tab S5e While fans of other Linux distros may not be too happy using Ubuntu, the ability to flick between Android and then a fully fledged desktop OS is still neat even if you’re a fervent advocate for another version fork of Linux. How to install Linux on DeX Download the Linux on DeX beta application. Ensure you have at least 8GB of storage remaining on your Galaxy device Once you are accepted to the Linux on DeX beta program you will receive a link to download the application on your Samsung device. Open the application and download the official Ubuntu build for Samsung DeX devices to your local storage. Once completed, you can assign storage limits before launching directly into your Ubuntu desktop. What can you do with Linux on DeX beta? Download your source code from Git repository and run and maintain your code base Manage and monitor your server using server CLI Create C/C++/Java projects using your favorite IDE Enjoy a true desktop PC experience using an Android-powered device Where can you get DeX? Get the Samsung DeX docking station Get the Samsung DeX Pad Get the Samsung DeX cable It’s worth noting that the Linux on DeX beta is not guaranteed to lead to a fully fledged release on Samsung devices in future. That said, the beta program being opened up to more devices is a great sign that we will eventually see Linux on future Galaxy devices. Source
  5. Sixty-seven million light-years away, a galaxy is blowing enormous bubbles. We know what they are. Known as nuclear superbubbles, the structures are likely created by the supermassive black hole in the galaxy's centre. Now, thanks to new data, we know something incredible is occurring inside them. Observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory of spiral galaxy NGC 3079 have revealed that the bubbles are actually a huge cosmic particle accelerator, producing energetic high-speed particles around their edges. Nuclear superbubbles are like a younger version of something called Fermi bubbles, which we have here in the Milky Way galaxy, too. Astronomers think these occur when the supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy feeds (known as an active galactic nucleus). When a black hole is feeding, enormously powerful jets of plasma shoot from its poles, at velocities approaching light speed. How this happens is unclear, but astronomers think that material from the inner part of the accretion disc is channelled towards and launched from the poles via the magnetic field lines around the outside of the black hole. So these jets, the hypothesis goes, rocket out into space, carving huge cavities into the space above and below the galactic plane. In the Milky Way, the Fermi bubbles span a distance of about 50,000 light-years, so the feeding event that caused them (if feeding event it was) must have occurred some time ago. NGC 3079's bubbles are a little smaller - one is 4,900 light-years across, the other 3,600 light-years - so they're probably a bit younger. But they're also really good to study. The bubbles are at a distance, which means it's easier for us to see them in their entirety; and because they're younger, they can help us understand the evolution of these objects. So astronomers took a look with Chandra, and found something strange in the data - features in the highest energy X-rays consistent with synchrotron emission. In other words, that there is a giant particle accelerator. In fact, this is the first direct evidence of synchrotron radiation emanating from galactic bubbles - although, oddly, it was only detected in one of them, the smaller one. As the bubbles expand into the surrounding gas of the interstellar medium, they generate shock waves, which in turn produce tangled magnetic fields. According to the research team from the University of Michigan, particles ricochet around these shock magnetic fields; when they pass through the shock front, they get an acceleration boost. These particles could not have originated in the galactic centre - they would have lost too much energy by the time they reached the edge of the bubble. This accelerator effect could result in particles 100 times more energetic than the Large Hadron Collider's capabilities. If this happens, it could be the source of another mysterious phenomenon - cosmic rays. We don't know what produces these extremely energetic particles. In fact, we've only recently discovered that they can come from outside the Milky Way. But if Fermi bubbles were acting as a particle accelerator, and some of these accelerated particles escaped the bubbles, it's possible they could eventually make their way to Earth as cosmic rays. That's a lot of maybes, but it's not like we can just go there and look (although that would be amazing). We don't even know for sure that it's a black hole that makes the bubbles - it could be powerful stellar winds from baby stars. "Future deeper radio/X-ray observations, careful measurement and modelling of the magnetic field, as well as theoretical modelling of the superbubble in different scenarios, will help to better examine the nature of the hard X-ray excess in the SW bubble and to better understand the origin of galactic nuclear superbubbles," the researchers wrote in their paper. Time - and more research - is bound to reveal more about these fascinating structures, along with providing some firm answers. The research has been published in The Astrophysical Journal. source
  6. Black Hole Researchers have captured the best-ever image of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, by using a new computer model to see through the haze of plasma surrounding the cosmic monster. “The galactic centre is full of matter around the black hole, which acts like frosted glass that we have to look through to see the black hole,” Max Planck Institute researcher Eduardo Ros told New Scientist of the discovery. Powerful Jet The fresh image of the black hole, which is twice the resolution of the previous best one, is described in a new paper in The Astrophysical Journal. Researchers used 13 powerful telescopes around the world to capture the image and have been teasing its release since earlier in January. According to New Scientist, astrophysicists had assumed that such a black hole would show a gigantic jet of matter and radiation. Surprisingly, they didn’t find such a jet coming out of the Milky Way’s monstrous black hole. Either it doesn’t have one — or they can’t see it because it’s pointed directly at us. No Danger Even if that were the case, Ros cautioned, it’s not cause for alarm. “If anything is there, it will be a length that is 1,000 times less than the distance to us,” Ros told New Scientist. “There is no danger at all – we should not fear the supermassive black hole.” source
  7. In an incredible world first, astrophysicists detected multiple planets in another galaxy earlier this year, ranging from masses as small as the Moon to ones as great as Jupiter. Given how difficult it is to find exoplanets even within our Milky Way galaxy, this is no mean feat. Researchers at the University of Oklahoma achieved this in February thanks to clever use of gravitational microlensing. The technique, first predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity, has been used to find exoplanets within Milky Way, and it's the only known way of finding the smallest and most distant planets, thousands of light-years from Earth. As a planet orbits a star, the gravitational field of the system can bend the light of a distant star behind it. We know what this looks like when it's just two stars, so when a planet enters the mix, it creates a further disturbance in the light that reaches us - a recognisable signature for the planet. So far, 53 exoplanets within the Milky Way have been detected using this method. To find planets farther afield, though, something a little bit more powerful than a single star was required. Oklahoma University astronomers Xinyu Dai and Eduardo Guerras studied a quasar 6 billion light-years away called RX J1131-1231, one of the best gravitationally lensed quasars in the sky. The gravitational field of a galaxy 3.8 billion light-years away between us and the quasar bends light in such a way that it creates four images of the quasar, which is an active supermassive black hole that's extremely bright in X-ray, thanks to the intense heat of its accretion disc. Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray observatory, the researchers found that there were peculiar line energy shifts in the quasar's light that could only be explained by planets in the galaxy lensing the quasar. It turned out to be around 2,000 unbound planets with masses ranging between the Moon and Jupiter, between the galaxy's stars. "We are very excited about this discovery. This is the first time anyone has discovered planets outside our galaxy," Dai said. Of course, we haven't seen the planets directly, and are unlikely to in the lifetime of anyone alive today. But being able to detect them at all is an incredible testament to the power of microlensing, not to mention being evidence that there are planets in other galaxies. Of course, common sense would dictate that planets are out there - but evidence is always nice. "This is an example of how powerful the techniques of analysis of extragalactic microlensing can be," said Guerras. "This galaxy is located 3.8 billion light years away, and there is not the slightest chance of ob serving these planets directly, not even with the best telescope one can imagine in a science fiction scenario. "However, we are able to study them, unveil their presence and even have an idea of their masses. This is very cool science." The research was published in The Astrophysical Journal. source
  8. Samsung earlier launched its own assistant to take on the likes of the Google Assistant, Siri, and Cortana. Now, the firm will be releasing a huge update to it with Bixby 2.0. The firm initially announced Bixby 2.0 last year, and today Samsung's Gary G. Lee, head of Samsung Research's AI Center, shared more on the upcoming update. Lee focused primarily on the AI functionality of Bixby, as is his remit, telling the Korean Herald that Bixby will gain enhanced natural language processing, improved noise resistance, and faster response times for a more natural voice control experience. Samsung had earlier revealed that Bixby 2.0 will integrate with technology powered by Viv - another AI platform that the firm acquired from the creators of Siri. It is likely that these updates to Bixby 2.0 are powered by Viv technology, providing the capacity for parsing more complex commands and phrasing from its users. Select developers have been able to test their apps against its SDK for months now. “Bixby 2.0 will introduce deep linking capabilities, and enhanced natural language abilities — to better recognize individual users, and create a predictive, personalized experience that better anticipate their needs,” Samsung said last year to VentureBeat, as they announced the update. We also know that Bixby 2.0 will make its debut on the Galaxy Note9, Samsung's second major flagship release this year. The firm will most likely retain its much-maligned Bixby button on its flagship as it continues to push Bixby on its smartphones, aiming to connect 14 million units of its smart products to Bixby this year - and all by 2020. Source details < Clic here >
  9. This week we’re having a peek at the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 as it exists in this very pre-official state. At the moment, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in a sort of limbo between development and reality. As such, the specifications we’ve got today are in a bit of a limbo as well. We’re relying mostly on the kindness of anonymous insider sources from South Korea and/or China on this one – for now. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s baseline is the Samsung Galaxy S9. We know what the Galaxy S9 is capable of, now we’ve got to ramp up the game just a tiny bit. Or, hopefully, Samsung will ramp up their game in a major way – complete with some heavily guarded secret features. Generally I’m all about the stability over the new features, and the software updates over the needless spec-pushing. But right now, since we’ve come to trust Samsung’s smartphones, I’m all about that adventure and excitement. I hope Samsung’s got something completely unexpected up their sleeve. For now, we’ve got a pretty basic idea of what the Galaxy Note 9 is going to bring to the table. That begins with a display that’s not all that different from last year’s Note 8. We’re estimating a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED panel with 2960 x 1440 pixels all jammed in tight. There’s also probably an in-screen or under-screen fingerprint scanner. Samsung’s been working on that business for months – it’s gotta be time to fire that cannon sooner rather than later. There’s probably a battery in the Galaxy Note 9 that’s either 3850 or 4000mAh. The Galaxy Note 9 probably has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or 855 and an Exynos 9820 (dependent on region launch). The information we’ve got so far – in that chart above – is not straight from Samsung. Instead, it’s our most recent, best approximation of what the Galaxy Note 9 will present. Information comes from anonymous sources, insider (also anonymous) tips, and informed assumptions. Have a peek at the timeline below to learn more about the next Note! source
  10. When two galaxies slammed into each other, they sent stars and gases swirling, forming this entrancing "eye." When galaxy IC 2163 collided with galaxy NGC 2207 (a portion of its spiral arm is shown on right side of image), the huge wave of stars and gas created this galactic eye. Sometimes it's tough to see the beauty of the forest for the trees. Or, in the case of this gorgeous image, to see the spectacular galactic "eye" for the individual stars and interstellar gas. If you were standing anywhere on a planet in galaxy IC 2163 shown above, you'd be much too close to appreciate the view that the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) captured. That's just one reason it's better to be here than there. ("There" is 114 million light-years from Earth.) This "eye" was formed by a tsunami of stars and gas set in motion by galaxy IC 2163's glancing collision with galaxy NGC 2207, an event that probably created all kinds of chaos in that section of the universe. "Although galaxy collisions of this type are not uncommon, only a few galaxies with eye-like, or ocular, structures are known to exist," said astronomer Michele Kaufman in a release. Kaufman is the lead author of a study about the find published Friday in the Astrophysical Journal. "Galactic eyelids last only a few tens of millions of years, which is incredibly brief in the lifespan of a galaxy." Yes, that does mean that, galactically speaking, you don't want to blink in the face of this stunning eye, or you just might miss it. You can see a wider view of the actual collision below. Both images were created by using ALMA to capture the motion of gases as shown by imaging carbon monoxide in orange and then overlaying those observations on a picture of the blue galaxies captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Article source
  11. By Zach Epstein on Feb 12, 2014 at 9:49 AM When Samsung unveils its highly anticipated flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone later this month, it will likely be one of the most impressive handsets the world has ever seen. Rumors suggest it will have an amazing Super AMOLED display that measures 5.25 inches diagonally and packs 2K resolution for crystal-clear viewing. It will also supposedly feature either a cutting-edge quad-core Snapdragon chipset or Samsung’s own eight-core Exynos processor, as well as a huge battery, an impressive 16- or 20-megapixel camera and the latest version of the Android operating system. As great as that all sounds, however, you probably shouldn’t buy Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 when it launches in the weeks to come. Samsung plans to take the wraps off of the new Galaxy S5 during a press conference in Barcelona, just before the annual Mobile World Congress trade show gets underway. Millions of smartphone fans around the world are waiting with bated breath, and it will undoubtedly be a gorgeous device. But those who can fight the urge to purchase one the instant it launches will be rewarded, according to the results of a recent study. Consumer electronics price comparison specialist Idealo on Wednesday published the results of its research into the price trends of recent Galaxy S flagship phones in the months following each release. By analyzing the data it gathered, the firm was able to predict that the Galaxy S5′s price will decline substantially following its launch, which is expected to take place next month. Samsung’s Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III and Galaxy S4 all followed remarkably similar trend lines in the long run in terms of unlocked price trends following launch. In the short term, however, the prices of Samsung’s flagship phones have been dropping faster with each new generation. Within three months of being released, the prices of the S II and S III had each dropped by more than 10%, and the S4 fell by nearly 20%. According to Idealo’s projections, the average retail price of the Galaxy S5 will dip by 24% after just three months on the market. That’s a discount of nearly one-quarter for those who can manage to wait just three months. “The average price of the Samsung Galaxy S2 had reduced by 13% of its initial value after three months of being on sale,” Idealo explained in a post on its blog. “Its successor, the Galaxy S3, experienced a price decline of 14%. One generation down the line, we notice an even more significant price decline. The Galaxy S4, which was released in May 2013, was 18% cheaper by August 2013.” The post continued, “Based on this data, we can predict that after just 3 months, the new Galaxy S5 could be available for just 76% of its original release price, which makes up a price reduction of almost a quarter, just three months on from market release.” It’s always difficult for gadget enthusiasts to hold off on purchasing a new device the moment it launches, especially one that’s as highly anticipated as the Galaxy S5. Those who can exercise some self-control and wait a bit, however, stand to be handsomely rewarded. http://bgr.com/2014/02/12/galaxy-s5-price-details-sale
  12. A new report from the Korea Times cites unnamed Samsung officials who claim the company is presently developing a competitor to Google's Glass — tentatively named Galaxy Glass — which could make its debut at the IFA trade show in Berlin this September. One of the officials is quoted as saying that "wearable devices can’t generate profits immediately. Steady releases of devices are showing our firm commitment as a leader in new markets." The tone of this disclosure is very similar to what Samsung had to say before the unveiling of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which was the company's big novelty at last year's IFA. The goal for the Korean giant is evidently to establish a first-mover advantage in the wearable sector, disregarding how profitable those early efforts may be. The Korea Times article goes on to say that the Galaxy Glass accessory would connect to a smartphone and let you handle calls and listen to music, duplicating the Gear's companion functionality. That also evokes the so-called sports glasses that Samsung won a patent for in Korea last year, suggesting that Google's most successful Android partner is indeed preparing to more directly compete with the Mountain View team. Source
  13. By Chris Matyszczyk January 25, 2014 2:26 PM PST Consternation and angst reign after the famed physicist suggests there are no black holes from which light can't escape to infinity. Wait, so my life may not have disappeared down a black hole after all? There is a chance for it to emerge and bloom like the career of David Hasselhoff? It's charming when a phrase enters the language and we think we all know what it means. In the case of "black hole," we think of an infinity of black nothingness that swallows everything that slips into it. But now, in a new paper called "Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting for Black Holes," Stephen Hawking has cast the cat among the black, holey pigeons and caused a scattering of incomprehension. His precise words were: "The absence of event horizons mean that there are no black holes -- in the sense of regimes from which light can't escape to infinity." It seems clear. There are no forever and ever holes of blackness. There is always the chance that light might emerge. Hawking continued, however: "There are however apparent horizons which persist for a period of time. This suggests that black holes should be redefined as metastable bound states of the gravitational field." So there are black holes. It's just that we should redefine them a touch. So what's this apparent horizon? Well, it's "a surface along which light rays attempting to rush away from the black hole's core will be suspended." But if they're suspended, they will never emerge, stuck in solitary confinement like the Man in the Iron Mask. The result is surely still the same. Once something disappears into a black hole, it's done for. At times of existential stress like these, I turn to Nature magazine for help. It suggests that, at least in theory (and, let's face it, this is all theory), black holes might at some point disappear. However, the magazine offers a dispiriting set of words from Don Page, a physicist from the University of Alberta in Canada. It might be possible that particles could emerge from black holes, he said. Oh, cry of joy. However, if particles did "it would be worse than trying to reconstruct a book that you burned from its ashes." Ah, now that's a feeling I'm familiar with. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57617796-71/stephen-hawking-declares-there-are-no-black-holes Edit: Added abstract and full text of aforementioned Hawkin's paper Full Text Paper in PDF: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1401.5761v1.pdf
  14. Andy Weir 25 January 2014 - 08:00 Earlier this week, we reported that Samsung's new Galaxy S5 was expected to launch on February 23, at an event in Barcelona ahead of the annual Mobile World Congress in the Spanish city. The source of that information was Eldar Murtazin, whose history of predictions is somewhat patchy - but given that he accurately predicted the launch date of the Galaxy S4 last year, we thought we would give him the benefit of the doubt. Alas, it seems that Murtazin was wrong. ZDNet Korea has revealed that the event in question isn't for the Galaxy S5 at all - it's actually for Samsung's Tizen OS, and invitations to the event have already gone out. TheDroidGuy reports that the invitations reveal that attendees "will get an exclusive sneak preview of the newest Tizen devices as well as an opportunity to learn about the major milestones that the Tizen project has hit". Samsung's mobile OS suffered a setback last week when Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo shelved its plans to add a Tizen handset to its range. Never one to admit that he is wrong, Murtazin took to Twitter to claim that Samsung had completely changed their launch plans for the Galaxy S5 after he leaked them: Call us sceptical, but that sounds unlikely to us. Almost as unlikely as Murtazin's prediction that Microsoft is abandoning its Modern UI and creating an all-new user interface for Windows Phone 9. http://www.neowin.net/news/no-galaxy-s5-launch-at-feb-23-event---its-for-samsungs-tizen-os-instead
  15. hitminion

    Galaxy S2 Problem

    Hello Nsane, So I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone and I am having this frustrating problem. It's like this, my android is on the table and i press the Home Button to check for any notifications and I realize it's off so I Long Press the Power Button to turn it on nothing happens. The only way to turn it on is by removing the battery and putting it back again and then Long Pressing the Power Button will turn my S2 on. I honestly don't know what is causing this, if it is a hardware or a software problem. It's very annoying because sometime awaiting for an important call while your android is dead can have serious results. Model Number: GT-I9100G Android Version: 4.1.2 Baseband Version: I9100GXXLSP Kernel Version: 3.0.31-893450 [email protected] #2 Build Number: JZO54K.I9100GXXLSR Thank you.
  16. Samsung have been falling over themselves making different statements to users about the controversial region-locking of the Note 3, now they may extend this to older devices such as the Galaxy S3. Last week we reported on the unpopular move made by Samsung to region-lock the Galaxy Note 3, and since then Samsung have attempted to clarify the move with even more confusing statements to the press and customers on the issue. One Samsung official said that if the Note was activated "the right way" in the region it was purchased, then sim cards from other regions could be used in the device; which just leaves us wondering what purpose a region lock serves at all. However in practice this doesn't seem to be the case; users on XDA have been complaining that even though the European model was activated correctly, the Note 3 would not accept cards from other regions such as Africa or Asia, which has resulted in anger from customers and some scathing reviews on Amazon UK. Another rep also told a customer over the phone that the European Galaxy Note 3 handsets are only meant to work in that region, and once Android 4.4 KitKat arrives the regional lock will be extended to some older Galaxy devices that include the Note 2 and Galaxy S3, even if they are over a year old. However, if the varying statements made by Samsung are anything to go by, things could change by the time Android 4.4 comes around - one would at least hope. Galaxy S4 units sold in Europe and Latin America have also been shipping with the same sticker that warns that the device can only be used with sim cards in that region. Samsung has defended the move by stating that the practice will help stop the illegal import of their devices in certain countries, but if their earlier claim is true in that people can still activate in the region it was purchased, and then be able to use a sim card in another region, this doesn't seem to align with their claims that they need this to stop the illegal imports. All this serves to do is anger customers, create a situation where Samsung owners are forced to accept the higher roaming charges, and possibly even deter those customers from buying another Samsung handset in the future. Backpedaling on older devices is also something that won't go down well with owners; is Samsung really that worried about illegal imports of the older Galaxy S3, or is something else at play here? News Source: http://www.phonesreview.co.uk/2013/10/03/galaxy-note-3-region-lock-may-spread-with-4-4-kitkat-update/ & http://www.neowin.net/news/samsung-region-lock-may-be-extended-to-older-devices-with-kitkat-update
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