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Alt-week 10.19.13: A bird’s eye view of Grasshopper, cyber poaching and why you probably need more sleep
Alt-week takes a look at the best science and alternative tech stories from the last seven days. Rockets. Just the word sounds exciting. Rock-et. SpaceX’s vertical-take-off-and-landing Grasshopper is how many of us here at Engadget vicariously live our unfulfilled engineering dreams, so any …
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Today, Twitter announced that brands and marketers using the company’s ad product can now plan and schedule tweets up to one year in advance.
From Twitter's advertising blog:
These can be coordinated to go live with new or existing Promoted Tweet campaigns to enable you to plan your real-time campaigns at your convenience.
The idea here is to allow companies more time to plan and orchestrate increasingly complex ad campaigns around events or specific times, as is usually done in other, more traditional advertising mediums like television. Twitter is also hoping that the long lead time will drive up the real-time promoted tweet bidding wars that advertisers have been keen to jump on in recent months.
But even though this type of advanced planning is exciting for advertisers, brands should probably think long and hard before scheduling tweets too far in advance. As many have found out the hard way, auto-tweets have a rich history of backfiring at the most inappropriate times. So, here are a few examples to consider before #scheduling #that #tweet for Oct. 14, 2014.
There's this tweet from Rep. Tim Griffin, which came out just minutes after this month's Capitol Hill shooting…
Microsoft’s Albert Penello confirmed to Gamespot at the Tokyo Game Show that the Xbox One’s HDMI input would work with any device, including its rival the PlayStation 4, but that’s not the whole story. In a forum post on NeoGAF, Penello expands on the quote by mentioning it “won’t be a great experience”, citing HDMI latency affecting interactive content, and adds that he indicated as much in his original response to the question. He’s still traveling and promised more details later, but it’s easy to fill in the blanks on how the console is intended to be used. While it can work as an HDMI passthrough for any device, the process introduces some additional lag. That’s fine for audio/video because it will still be in sync, but not so great if you’re playing games and need to be as responsive as possible.
The Xbox One is designed for placement between the cable / satellite TV box (assuming owners want to use the overlay features or control with Kinect, and have pay-TV service) and wherever it’s going, whether into a receiver or directly into the TV. You can plug anything else into it, like a PS4 or even an Xbox 360, but just because you can doesn’t always mean you should.
This is a short video of spazzy Rhode Island NBC reporter Julie Trammel demonstrating what to do in the event of a bear encounter. It’s, uh, it’s hard to take anything she says seriously. As a matter of fact, if you run into a bear I suggest doing the exact opposite of whatever Julie just said. I mean, if you don’t want to get mauled to death.
hit the jump for the video, then go practice your shifty eyes and arm flapping in the bathroom mirror.
Sink/Urinal Combo Saves Water, But Will It Encourage Dudes To Wash Their Hands? SPOILER: Probably Not
First of all, the sink/urinal combo isn’t a new concept. I posted one back in 2010 here, and I’m sure it’s existed even before then. The idea is that the combo 1. will save water by using the ‘gray’ water you just washed your hands with to flush the toilet and 2. encourage dudes to actually wash their hands because the sink is RIGHT THERE. Unfortunately, most dudes are determined to not wash their hands and don’t care if they flush a urinal or not because most men are f***ing disgusting. Literally, guys treat the sink like an obstacle they have to dodge on their way out of the bathroom. That’s why I don’t shake dude’s hands in bars. Or anywhere for that matter because the chances are they still has pecker residue on their fingers.
Thanks to Joey, who told me he always washes his hands before and after handling his goods because he cares about hygiene.
Three colors, 41 megapixels. What else is there to say about the incoming Lumia 1020? Well, The Verge has laid its hands on a picture of the previously FCC-listed detachable camera grip, which would put it closer to the side profile of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom than preceding Lumias. With a micro-USB connection and a four-dot LED display like that seen on Nokia’s own charging peripherals, it’s very likely that there’ll be some extra battery power housed inside it too. Rumored specs from UnleashThePhones say it could arrive with a 2,000mAh battery built-in, dual-core Snapdragon processor and a 4.5-inch AMOLED display identical to Nokia’s last new phone, the Lumia 925. At least it’s now just a matter of hours, not weeks, till we can cement all the details.
Source: The Verge
The FCC can be cruel sometimes, showing us devices we’re unlikely to see in the US without significant changes; this is one of those moments, unfortunately. A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has once again surfaced at the FCC, this time as the SM-T315 with built-in cellular access. However, it’s not optimized for American use — while there’s AT&T-friendly HSPA data, the LTE inside is only meant for a handful of other countries, like South Korea. As such, this model won’t be coming stateside unless there’s a frequency change. We’re not totally surprised at the lack of US-ready LTE when AT&T already offers the Galaxy Note 8.0, but it would be nice to have a little more variety in our 8-inch LTE slates.
PETMAN is a humanoid robot made by Boston Robotics. BR likewise developed Big Pet dog, the quadrupedal, brick-throwing robotic that troubles our dreams.
This robotic, shown here gussied up in a hazmat fit and gas mask, nevertheless, is far scarier. While I question he can do much right now without those cable support, simply picture PETMAN bopping up until you on a goal to keep you from entered a polluted area. Initially, he looks surprisingly life-like in this clothing and, 2nd, he would be completely deaf to your entreaties. As they state, we ’ re living in the future. It ’ s just not equally distributed yet.
Plus, PETMAN can dance.
Three’s CEO could teach Vodafone’s CEO a thing or two about diplomacy. Whereas Vittorio Colao dismissed British LTE users as “technofreaks“, Dave Dyson has merely said that he’s “fairly relaxed” about upgrading Three’s network. During a quarterly earnings report yesterday, he said he’s in “no rush for LTE” and told people not to expect Three’s newly acquired chunks of LTE spectrum to be brought to life until Q4 of this year. He intends to wait and see how O2 and Vodafone position themselves, and that’s fine — just so long as he sticks to the earlier promise not to charge extra for unlimited LTE data.
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We ’ re simply over a week away from the Galaxy S IV ’ s official unveiling in New York City, and the pieces are beginning to fall into place. Sure, we still wear ’ t know exactly what the thing is visiting look like, however consistent reports have pegged the device as sporting the same sort of plastic body that Samsung has been (in?)popular for.
While she wouldn ’ t weigh in on the Galaxy S IV specifically, Y.H. Lee, executive VP of Samsung ’ s mobile unit, told CNET ’ s Roger Cheng that the love-it-or-hate-it plastic body native to the island to the company ’ s devices aren ’ t going anywhere simply yet.
According to Lee, it ’ s just as much about practicality as it is about style: In order to churn out (and sell) as many gadgets as Samsung does, the company has to pay lots of focus on exactly how efficiently they could be made. Normally, Samsung can ’ t just pump out lots of shoddy devices and stop, so sturdiness weighs greatly on the business ’ s mind when it comes time to selecting products for a final design.
Meanwhile, would-be opponents like HTC have accepted metal with open arms in its most current flagship gadget designs. The perks are as plentiful as they are subjective — the adjective that seems to be bandied about most frequently is “ premium, ” because these metal-clad gadgets often feel more weighty and considerable when contrasted to the types of lightweight plastic bodies that numerous Android-friendly OEMs still stick to. I ’ ll be the first to accept that I prefer smartphones that feel like they could hold up against some abuse, though in fairness I ’ ve discovered that devices like the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II can handle their fair share of turmoil in spite of having light, plastic bodies.
Granted, I could see how the choice of materials could show to be occasionally bothersome for the business involved here. Crafting a device like the HTC One or an iPhone 5 out of aluminum could be more exacting (and as a result more lengthy), not to point out more expensive than sticking with a less luxuriant body.
But here ’ s things — Samsung doesn ’ t should play by those same rules. It ’ s a certain juggernaut in the smartphone space, and has proven capably over the past months and years that of course, individuals will frequently get their smartphones even when faced with options that perhaps feel more premium. That ’ s not to state that Samsung will never ever rethink its position on the products it makes use of. Lee concedes that the company “ pay attention [s] to the market ” and tries to accommodate it, so that sentiment might soon alter if the masses demand it.