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The world's deadliest hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones - Dotemirates
12/09/2018

The world's deadliest hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones

There's a reason some parts of the world get hit by hurricanes more than others — it's built into the weather system. Places in the US like Galveston, Texas, or New Orleans in Louisiana have seen their fair share of tropical storms. The same is true for other parts of the American eastern seaboard and beyond — from Florida down to the Bahamas, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. In the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the usual targets are Bangladesh, the Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Japan and India. And we'll get to some of the worst storms in a moment. First, though,...


12/07/2019

Samsung Galaxy A80 up for pre-order in China

The Samsung Galaxy A80 priced at CNY3,799 ($550/€490) can now be pre-booked in China through JD.com for CNY100 ($15/€10) and Samsung's online store by paying the full price. Orders will start shipping from July 19. Announced back in April, the Galaxy A80 is powered by the Snapdragon 730 SoC and comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. It runs Android Pie with One UI atop and packs a 3,700 mAh battery. Arguably the most interesting bit about the Galaxy A80 is its design. It comes with a triple camera setup at the back with a 48MP main sensor which elevates...
12/07/2019

Xiaomi starts MIUI 10 Android Q beta roll-out

After launching its recruiting program for the Android Q beta test, Xiaomi’s MIUI team is now ready to release the full-fledged beta to Mi 9 users in China. Those who signed up for the beta testing should see the OTA software update pop-up. If not you’ll have to go with the manual route and flash the firmware yourself. MIUI’s head Zhang Guoquan posted some sample shots of the beta working on his personal device and it looks quite similar to MIUI 9. MIUI 10 beta screenshots In general Android Q will focus on privacy by allowing users to set app-specific...
12/07/2019

Samsung Galaxy Note10 series price surfaces, will start at €999

Prices of the Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note10+ arriving on August 7 have surfaced. According to an industry tipster, the Galaxy Note10 in Europe will start at €999 ($1,125) and the Note10+ at €1,149 ($1,295). The base models of both the phones will come with 256GB storage. The prices of these phones may differ from region to region, though, depending on the discounts and other deals offered by the retailers. Samsung Galaxy Note10 Samsung hasn't divulged much about the Note10 duo but leaked renders revealed that the Note10 and Note10+ have similar designs, except that the latter comes with...

12/07/2019

Google probes leak of smart speaker recordings

Google is investigating how 1,000 conversations recorded by one of its smart speakers were leaked.Belgian broadcaster VRT exposed the recordings made by Google Home devices in Belgium and the Netherlands. The search giant said the recordings came from one of the human reviewers who helps to refine Home's linguistic abilities.It said it took steps to protect the privacy of people whose recordings its reviewers sampled.Critical reviewVRT said the majority of the recordings it reviewed were short clips logged by the Google Home devices as owners used them. However, it said, 153 were "conversations that should never have been recorded" because...
12/07/2019

Google admits employees listen to private audio recordings from smart speakers

The reaction came after reports surfaced that third-party contractors working for Google are recording and secretly listening to users' bedroom conversations via Google Assistant on smartphones, home speakers and security cameras.According to Belgian broadcaster VRT NWS, users' conversations with Google Home speakers are being recorded and audio clips are being sent to sub-contractors who are "transcribing the audio files for subsequent use in improving Google's speech recognition".VRT NWS, with the help of a whistleblower, was able to listen to more than 1,000 excerpts recorded via Google Assistant.In a statement on Thursday, David Monsees, Product Manager, Google Search said the company...

The machine that made the Moon missions possible

We've all been there: you're working on something important, your PC crashes, and you lose all your progress. Such a failure was not an option during the Apollo missions, the first time ever that a computer was entrusted with handling flight control and life support systems -- and therefore the lives of the astronauts on board. Despite an infamous false alarm during lunar descent that sent Commander Neil Armstrong's heart rate racing, it was a resounding success that laid the groundwork for everything from modern avionics to multitasking operating systems. Here are some of the ways the Apollo Guidance Computer...