Smartphones Prove to Be Time-Saving Tools for Soil Analysis

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Experimental set up showing soil sample on a 3D-printed turntable with cell phone. A light provides consistent illumination while a white background and white turntable top reduce background influence. The soil sample is rotated on the turn table while taking an image every one fourth rotation.

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Seemingly everyone has a smartphone in their pocket, and we find new uses for them every day. They can help us avoid traffic jams or connect us to family from afar. They can even translate languages on the fly.

Now, scientists have figured out a new trick. Using a regular smartphone camera and some 3D-printed tools, they’ve developed an easier way to measure soil density. With the volume and weight of soil samples, scientists can compare the nutrient or carbon stocks in soils so we better manage them. With their new system, they cheaply reproduced expensive, time-consuming methods that require lasers or

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Pick Up The 16MP Pop-Up Motorola One Fusion+ In The US From Tomorrow

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Motorola is finally launching its One Fusion+ in the US, with the device going on sale as of tomorrow. Now, if this smartphone sounds familiar that’s because it actually launched in other regions in early June. But this is the first time the Motorola One Fusion+ is set to arrive in the US.

As to the phone itself, that’s priced to move and comes with a 6.5-inch IPS LCD display. But there’s no punch-hole in that panel either and that’s one of the top-selling points of this handset. Instead, the Full HD+ 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 395 PPI, and 19.5:9 aspect ratio display is entirely free of obstruction. The front camera, a Full HD resolution video-capable 16-megapixel snapper, sits on a pop-up mechanism.

So that slips in and out of the top edge as needed, leaving the entire screen for media, games, and apps. Motorola also equipped that sensor with

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What’s next, an Apple in every pot?

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a hand holding a cellphone: As of 2018, Statistics Canada says, 88 per cent of Canadians 15 years of age or over had a smartphone.

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As of 2018, Statistics Canada says, 88 per cent of Canadians 15 years of age or over had a smartphone.

How long do you suppose it will be before the prime minister descends the steps of Rideau Cottage and announces the federal government will be providing a new smartphone to every Canadian who doesn’t own one that’s less than five years old? (“We have your back pocket.”) This would be to repair the now clearly outrageous unfairness of his earlier announcement that the government is providing a free COVID-tracing app that will allow Canadians to discover whether they’ve spent dangerous lengths of time within infection range of an app user who has tested positive for COVID-19.


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Being free, voluntary and decentralized, the new app seemed like a good idea at the time but it was immediately and roundly denounced for the flaw that it

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LSU will go cashless with concessions, merchandise in venues for 2020 athletic events | LSU

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The LSU athletic department has announced it will only accept credit card and mobile payments for merchandise and concessions this fall. It is the school’s second move this week to reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus at events.

The decision to go cashless in 2020 comes a day after LSU announced it will use mobile ticketing for the football season, a move aimed to create contactless transactions at Tiger Stadium.

Within a news release Thursday, LSU announced fans at its athletic events will be able to purchase concessions and merchandise using all major credit cards, Apple Pay and Android Pay. Tiger Cash can only be used for concessions.

LSU said it is working on a prepaid card purchase option for people who don’t have one of the four payment types available.

“This is all about improving the fan experience and safety at our venues,” LSU senior associate athletic director Robert

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5 reasons OnePlus Nord wins 2020

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OnePlus and other smartphone companies made more powerful smartphones than the OnePlus Nord in the year 2020. But because of the OnePlus Nord’s unique combination of features, price, and design finesse, this is a smartphone that’s not to be missed. The potential for OnePlus in the near future is far more important than the release of this one phone – but it’s this one phone that gives us every indication that OnePlus has a future with great potential.

5. Graphic Design

OnePlus got smart about graphic design rather early, they’ve had decent design on basically every smartphone since the start. In the last couple of years, OnePlus really sharpened their graphic style, and clarity of intent. OnePlus Nord reveals OnePlus as a company that’s as intelligent about design evolution and refinement as it is about hype.

4. OxygenOS

OxygenOS is the name OnePlus uses for their ever-so-slightly modified version of

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Rite Aid deployed facial recognition in hundreds of stores, report finds

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Enlarge / A woman wearing a mask walks past a Rite-Aid store in Portland, Oregon, in May 2020.

Pharmacy chain Rite Aid deployed facial recognition technology in hundreds of store locations in the nation’s largest cities, particularly in low-income neighborhoods predominantly home to people of color, a new report has found.

Reuters today published an in-depth report citing internal documents, interviews with more than 40 sources familiar with the systems, and first-hand observation of cameras in stores, which found the technology was deployed in at least 200 stores, including 75 identified in New York and Los Angeles.

Whenever a customer entered a store that uses the tech, their image was logged in a database. On return visits, the software added new images to existing customer profiles. It then ran those images against a list of “people Rite Aid previously observed engaging in potential criminal activity.” When the software made a

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How the CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook plan to defend Big Tech today

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Ahead of the antitrust hearing that’s due to take place later today, the opening statements from the CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook have been published on the House Judiciary Committee’s website. Ranging in length from four to eight pages, the statements give us our best look yet at how Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg plan to defend their companies from this latest wave of antitrust scrutiny, and accusations that some of their actions harm consumers and stifle competition.

There are a lot of similarities between the four statements which you can read in their entirety here:

For example, they all make appeals to American patriotism (“The rest of the world would love even the tiniest sip of the elixir we have here in the U.S,” Bezos claims), and talk about the benefits their products offer to consumers, as well as small businesses. All four

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Red Magic 5S goes official with a starting price of $542, improved cooling and SD 865 SoC in tow

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As scheduled, Nubia launched its much-awaited flagship gaming smartphone dubbed Red Magic 5S. This new smartphone succeeds in the previously launched Red Magic 5G which was launch back in March. It’s safe to assume that the new Red Magic 5S is an improved version of the Magic 5G that brings features such as improved cooling system, powerful chipset along with high refresh-rate display panels. Here is everything you need to know about the device from internals, pricing to availability.

Nubia Red Magic 5S: Pricing, Availability

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The Red Magic 5S comes in three storage configurations – 8GB+128GB, 12GB+256GB and 16GB+256GB options. The base variant of the smartphone comes with a price tag of CNY 3,799 (i.e. $542) while the top-end will set you back CNY 4,999 (i.e. $715). The 12GB memory variant, on the other hand, sits in the middle sweet spot costing you CNY 4,399 (i.e. $628).

In terms of

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Top 7 Antivirus Apps for Your Smartphone 2020

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What do you do when you buy a new Android smartphone? First of all, you download favorite applications that you often use. On your list, there can be a lot of social networks apps – such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram. And also – favorite games, software for editing photos, and sharing files. But did you think about ensuring the security of your device? Antiviruses remain one of the most popular types of applications on Android. Whether they are needed or not, this topic is constantly discussed. As a rule, antivirus is not required if you comply with security rules, download everything from the Play Market, and include the settings necessary to protect against viruses. Nevertheless, there are those who like to take risks and do not do so. Everyone who wants to ensure one’s smartphone security can make use of Total AV free antivirus or pick a solution from our

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LG Velvet 5G Smartphone Available In U.S. Beginning July 22

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ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., July 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics USA announced today that the new LG VELVETTM 5G smartphone will be available in the United States beginning tomorrow. Created for today’s mobile experience, LG VELVET 5G has a premium and stylish design, consumer-friendly hardware and software features, 5G connectivity1 and an attractive price tag.

LG VELVET 5G will be available at AT&T for purchase beginning July 22, followed by T-Mobile and Verizon later this summer. Verizon will offer the LG VELVET 5G UW with access to its 5G Ultra Wideband network and 5G low-band network (coming later this year).

Pricing will start at $599 when LG VELVET 5G begins to become available this week. In the U.S., LG VELVET 5G will come in Aurora Gray, Aurora Silver, Aurora Red and Pink White. Specific

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