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Samsung Flip Phone Has Best Camera on Any Smartphone

Samsung has recently shown off their new W2018 device that is a modern twist on a classic flip phone. This is a pretty fancy device that has the same camera as the S8 and Note 8 - except that it has better glass and a wider aperature. In the end, it will probably be the best camera phone in 2017 - and possible 2018. All you need is a flip phone.

With an aperture of f/1.5, Samsung claims that the W2018’s 12-megapixel rear camera can capture sharp images in less light than the cameras on rival phones can. It also has a 5-megapixel front camera. Through software, the camera can sense when there’s enough light to switch to f/2.4 and capture more of the background in photos. The phone will launch with Android Nougat, instead of Oreo.

Source: TheVerge

Google's AI Built a Better AI

Google's AutoML project was designed to make AI build other AI is a success - and that is a little scary. This project managed to build a better AI than humans have developed and it is by far superior. Once you roll the newly created AI back into the project to develop yet a better AI, then you get even more crazy stuff as it exponentially gets better. While there are safeguards in place (in theory), I'm sure that a fourth generation (or more) self-created AI could do a bit of damage if it wanted to. While it sounds like Terminator  - and a little crazy - the fact is that all it lacks is a motive.

Machine learning is what gives many AI systems their ability to perform specific tasks. Although the concept behind it is fairly simple — an algorithm learns by being fed a ton of data — the process requires a huge amount of time and effort. By automating the process of creating accurate, efficient AI systems, an AI that can build AI takes on the brunt of that work. Ultimately, that means AutoML could open up the field of machine learning and AI to non-experts.

Source: Futurism

Crucial Ship 128GB DDR4 Modules

If you simply don't have enough memory slots in your PC to cram all the memory you need, consider the new module Crucial just launched. This new DDR4 module runs at 2666MHz and manages to cram 128GB on a single stick. That's right, in four slots you could be rocking 512GB of memory. If you have a triple channel board, welcome to the 768GB of memory bandwagon. This is designed for the server market though and the price is currently a little prohibitive. At $3999 a stick, it's not for everyone.

Crucial has started shipments of its fastest and highest density server-class memory modules to date. Crucial’s 128 GB DDR4-2666 LRDIMMs are compatible with the latest memory-dense servers. These modules should be usable in both AMD EPYC systems and Intel Xeon systems, however Crucial states that they are optimized for Intel’s Xeon Scalable CPUs (Skylake-SP) launched earlier this year, and are aimed at mission-critical RAM-dependent applications.

Source: AnandTech

HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

We have just posted our review of the HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This is a frameless, mechanical keyboard that is heavy on quality and light on bloatware and unnecessary extras. That being said, they include some extra keys to make it even classier. If you want a solid mechanical keyboard with little else, this is a solid performer. Please check our review for all the details.

All in all, for a classy, yet simple gaming keyboard, it does well. There are no macros to program and no software to install. It’s solid. The “game mode” simply locks out the Windows key so you don’t accidentally press it while in the middle of a virtual firefight. If you're looking for a gaming keyboard that’s not complicated to set up and that works as good as it looks, give the Hyper X Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard a try.

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Samsung working on new battery technology

Samsung is trying to tackle the old "not enough battery power" issues that plagues every mobile device with new graphene batteries. The talk surrounding this new battery tech sounds promising with them saying it would carry 45% more capacity than lithium-ion and be able to fully charge in 12 minutes. Let's all cross our fingers that this actually work out. TNW has the details.

While persistent efforts in phone design and software optimization have got us to the point where our handsets can now last a day on a single charge, there’s work to be done yet if we’re heading for a future rife with VR and AR apps.

To that end, Samsung says it’s inching closer to making better batteries, thanks to its breakthroughs in using graphene in place of lithium, which currently powers most phones and electric vehicles.

Coinbase ordered to turn over Bitcoin users names

We all knew this was eventually coming, the IRS has gone after Coinbase (a popular Bitcoin exchange) and has won an order to have them turn over more than 14,000 users names and vital data. So while Bitcoin users thought they were safe from the tax man, they might be as safe as they were hoping. Not too surprising that the government wants their share. Motherboard has the story.

On Tuesday, a California federal court ordered the popular cryptocurrency exchange and wallet service Coinbase to turn over records on thousands of customers to the Internal Revenue Service.

The requested records include the name, birthdate, address, and account activity for any user who bought, sold, sent, or received more than $20,000 worth of Bitcoin in their accounts between 2013 and 2015.

The order marks the end of a year-long court battle between the IRS and Coinbase that began last November when the IRS sought user records for all Coinbase customers. After meeting resistance from Coinbase and Coinbase customers, who argued that the order was overly broad, the IRS narrowed the scope of its request to only cover Coinbase customers who had trafficked in more than $20,000 worth of cryptocurrency in the specified time period.

600 Million Windows 10 Machines

Microsoft has just announced they've hit the 600,000,000 mark for Windows 10. The original goal was to hit a billion machines by 2018 but that was just too lofty of a goal and could still be over a year away at the pace they are going. Regardless of coming up short of their expectations, 600 million is a ton of software licenses. The Verge has the story.

Microsoft is providing its second Windows 10 statistics update this year, announcing that 600 million devices are now running the company’s latest operating system. The number includes PCs, tablets, Xbox One consoles, HoloLens headsets, and even Surface Hub devices and phones. GeekWire reports that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed the latest figures during the company’s annual shareholders meeting today.

Bitcoin goes up, Bitcoin goes down

Bitcoin surged to new highs on Wednesday reaching $11,441. Bitcoin then saw a $1,300 drop in just minutes which represented a 12% drop thanks to a big investor unloading a large amount of bitcoins all at once. The rise (and sometimes fall) of Bitcoin is an interesting thing to watch and if you are wanting to make an investment that is also a thrill ride than Bitcoin it right up your alley. CryptoCoins news has the story.

At approximately 10:09 ET, the bitcoin jumped to a one-hour high of $11,399, which placed it just below the all-time high of $11,441 it had set at 9:13. Apparently — after observing resistance at $11,500 — a whale had set $11,400 as his or her target exit vector because at 10:11, the candle turned red, and three minutes later, this trader unleashed a massive market sell order.

This sell order caused the bitcoin price careen down to $10,075, representing a decline of $1,324 — or 12 percent of bitcoin’s total value — in just four minutes. For reference, the bitcoin price did not even reach $1,324 until May 1 of this year.

Cyber Monday the biggest day ever for Amazon

Looks like Cyber Monday 2017 was one for the record books as Amazon recorded their biggest day ever. Year over year Amazon saw a 30% increase in sales and over the holiday weekend sold "hundred of millions" of products. Amazon's own Echo Dot device was the top seller which only made the Amazon stock prices go even higher. CNBC takes a closer look at Amazon's big day.

Amazon just had its biggest shopping day ever.

The most products ever ordered in one day on Amazon.com occurred on Cyber Monday, the company revealed Wednesday. The day's transactions surpassed those made on Amazon's recent record-breaking Prime Day, and the top-selling item was the Echo Dot.

Amazon said orders made via its app increased more than 50 percent on Cyber Monday, when compared with a year ago.

From Thanksgiving Day through Monday, Amazon said customers shopped at "record levels," ordering "hundreds of millions" of products ranging from apparel to toys to electronics. From small businesses alone, nearly 140 million items were purchased on Amazon.com.

Weekly Tech Update #415 - Bitcoin Soars to $10K Heights

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