No blog post is going to do justice to the difficulties of being a migrant, crossing the Mediterranean, and finding yourself in an impossible position in Greece.
One thing that makes the journey a little easier is cellphones, and by extension access to resources abroad, and family and friends at home. But staying charged up when you’re in refugee camps is presumably difficult, which is something that one team of students is trying to remedy.
As Reuters reports, a group from Edinburgh University has come up with a solar-powered phone-charging station. They have installed two units so far, in partnership with Greek solar technology company Entec. Each unit has 12 plugs powered by solar panels, theoretically enough to charge hundreds of phones per day, all free of charge.
Apparently the hardest part of the project wasn’t technological — it was avoiding red tape in Greece. “Initially it was quite difficult. Everything in Greece is quite bureaucratic,” one of the students said.
The team isn’t stopping with two units. Another three are in the works with money from a crowdfunding campaign, and the ultimate aim is to reach dozens of camps around Greece.
It’s not the first project that aims to help migrants with cellular technology. A cell company in Canada made headlines by offering refugees free service and free handsets on arrival in Canada, a move that’s been copied around the world. Access to a basic smartphone often means access to online banking, news reports, communications and helps with finding jobs and housing.
If you grew up during the 1980s and the 1990s like myself, you gotta check out this video created by Smash TV called Megaplex. It’s the ultimate audio and visual nostalgia trip: a mashup of over 80 movies, fake trailers, and more edited together with some retro music from the era. This thing is absolutely ridiculous in the greatest of ways and it made me miss the good ol’ days. Here’s the note that came along with the video:
Megaplex is the most insane double feature the world has ever seen. With a running time of 80 minutes and thousands of cuts from more than 80 movies, Smash TV has spent the past year and a half cramming the most entertainment possible into every second. It’s dense enough to pressurize these diamonds in the rough into gleaming treasures.
Megaplex is the long awaited followup to the critically acclaimed Skinemax, much more fully realized, utilizing myriad editing and layering tricks picked up over the past five years. Deeper, darker, and definitely more bizarre.
Borrowing from the Grindhouse tradition and from Tarantino’s more recent tribute, Megaplex is a double feature that both members of Smash TV worked on independently.
As a palette cleanser in between, Smash TV is proud to present Coming Attractions, a 15 minute collection of vignettes editing together previously unexplored genres and style
Prepare to relive the awesomeness of the 80s and 90s. The first part of the double feature is called Turbo and the second part is called Beyond. They are both NSFW. The video was created by Ben Craw. Below the video, you’ll find additional details on the double feature.
STARRING MICHAEL JACKSON
Edited by Ben Craw
Turbo, Side A of Smash TV’s Megaplex, is the coolest thing you’ve ever seen if you were a late-night-movie-brainwashed 8 year old in 1990. It is the ultimate in-your-face, balls to the wall, no holds barred, over the top, end of the world electric boogaloo dance party, fueled by neon, spandex, ooze, and steroids. So many steroids.
It’s the movie you and your best friends stumble across at the end of the night after frying your brain with nine straight hours of Sonic 2, Streets of Rage 2, and ToeJam & Earl on your Sega Genesis. Or is the whole thing just a Pepsi-induced sugar coma fever dream? It’s impossible to say. But you probably shouldn’t have drunk that fifth two-liter bottle.
Turbo is utterly shameless in its love for the most ridiculous and awesome movies that the 1980s and early 90s had to offer. It’s what would happen if Cannon Films and New Line Cinema got a little crazy at the club and ended up boning in the bathroom. It’s the nights from your childhood that you’ll never forget. Those nights are gone. But Turbo lives on in your dreams forever…and Beyond…
Download Mix: bit.ly/1TSe1sQ
HBO 1983 Intro
Mr. Oizo – Hun
Actress – Image
Stephen Farris – Pepper
Jean Michel Jarre – Zoolookologie
VHS Head – Camera Eyes
Phono Ghosts – Suntan Spies
Harold Faltermeyer – Fletch Theme
Oliver – Light Years Away
Tiger & Woods – Gin Nation
Solar Bears – A Sky Darkly
Edited by Brendan Shields
Coming Attractions is a collection of vignettes exploring different genres and themes. Comprised of fake trailers, genre retrospectives, and tributes to luminary actors and directors, it acts as a palette cleanser in between the two halves and provides an opportunity to experiment on a smaller scale.
Music: Midnight Television – Commercial Dreams
Music: Sparkles_161244545 – IDEALISMム
Music: Suzanne Ciani – Atari Summer
Music: Miki Matsubara – Safari Eyes
Music: Suzanne Ciani – The First Wave: Birth Of Venus
Sunday Will Never Be The Same
Music: Spanky And Our Gang – Sunday Will Never Be The Same
Music: Autechre – d-sho qub
Music: Suzanne Ciani – Inside Story
Edited by Brendan Shields
Beyond, Side B of Megaplex, is a psychedelic vision quest for B-movie lovers. Comprised of some of the strangest imagery from the 80s and early 90s, Beyond is a hallucinatory experience designed to amaze, bewilder, and terrify.
Highlighting choice cuts from a strange time in the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres, Beyond harkens back to late nights of channel surfing, catching out of context glimpses of the bizarre and fascinating. Something unlike anything you’d ever seen before…something you weren’t supposed to see…
Combining the darkest moments of Skinemax with the layering experiments of Memorex, Beyond is a descent into euphoric madness as reality begins to unravel.
It’s the unmarked tape lying in wait at an abandoned Blockbuster, anticipating its next victim.
An Ayahuasca trip at 24 frames per second.
Fantasia meets Videodrome.
Beyond the limits of good taste
Beyond the subconscious
Beyond the stars
Download Mix: bit.ly/1X7AOGU
Franco Micalizzi – Stridulum Theme
VHS Head – Farewell Africa
Gatekeeper – Serpent
VHS Head – Angels Never Sleep
Madlib – Gentle Pilz
ADR – Sidewinder
Public Image Ltd. – The Order Of Death
Fluorescent Grey – Gnoble Door Moo Rig Rig
VHS Head – Frozen
Trust – Bulbform
iamamiwhoami – Goods
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On one side, we have a reasonably priced flagship phone that features the latest mobile processor money can buy and a whopping 6GB of RAM. On the other, we have the iPhone 6s, a phone with a dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Which one do you think does better in real-life speed tests?
After YouTube channel C4Tech showed us that the OnePlus 3 is no match for the Galaxy S7 edge in a real-life performance test, we now have a similar test between the newest OnePlus handset and the iPhone 6s. If you think the OnePlus 3 is the speedier of the two, you couldn’t be more wrong. The iPhone 6s blows past the OnePlus 3, even though the latter has a clear advantage when it comes to specs, at least on paper.
Once again, a phone from a company that controls both the hardware and software aspects of smartphone design comes out on top – the iPhone 6s also beat the Galaxy S7 and other devices in similar tests.
But what’s so surprising is that the OnePlus 3 seems to take its time opening some apps. And the memory management is so bad that it doesn’t even keep apps in RAM, so it has to reload them on the second lap in the test. This type of issue probably won’t impact normal usage very much, but these tests show that simply cramming as much RAM as possible inside a phone will not amount to anything good if software optimizations aren’t also there. Thankfully, these sort of issues can be ironed out in future firmware releases.
The comparison test follows below, while the OnePlus 3 vs. Galaxy S7 Edge video is available at this link.
Hugh Jackman has been wanting to make a musical biopic about P.T. Barnum for years, but the project has never gained enough steam to actually begin production. It’s closer now than it’s ever been, with director Michael Gracey attached and Variety’s announcement that Zac Efron is in negotiations with 20th Century Fox to co-star in The Greatest Showman on Earth.
Jackman will star as Barnum in the title role, a man who made his fortune by founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus and promoting hoaxes to the general public. He seems to have been a progenitor of the “freak show” aspects you might have seen at carnivals. No word yet on which character Efron might play, but he could probably pull off a song-and-dance man type of role, considering his background as a Disney Channel musical star.
Efron recently wrapped production on the Baywatch movie opposite The Rock…and now that I think about it, Fox should really work on getting Dwayne Johnson in this movie too, because he might actually be the greatest showman on Earth.
A team of astronomers from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and San Diego State University has announced the exciting discovery of a planet with two suns within the Cygnus Constellation, using the Kepler Space Telescope.
Named Kepler-1647 b, the planet is located 3,700 light years from Earth, and thought to be similar in age to our planet, around 4.4 billion years old.
The planet’s double-star system contains one star that is slightly larger than the Earth’s sun, and one that is slightly smaller, according to the team.
The team wrote on the SDSU website that it takes the planet about 1,107 days, or a little over three years, to orbit its host stars. This marks the longest confirmed period it takes for a confirmed exoplanet to orbit its suns.
Planets that orbit two stars are known as circumbinary planets. They are sometimes affectionately referred to as “Tatooine” planets, named for Luke Skywalker’s home in the cult space epic “Star Wars.”
William Welsh, a SDSU astronomer, and one of the co-authors of the study, said that double-star planets are a rare find. “The transits are not regularly spaced in time and they can vary in duration and even depth,” he said.
According to the team, Laurance Doyle, a coauthor on the paper and astronomer at the SETI Institute, noticed a transit back in 2011. But the team needed more data and several years of analysis before confirming the transit was from a planet with two stars.
Additional support from amateur astronomers in the KELT Follow-Up Network aided the team in assessing the planet’s mass. The team was also able to determine that the planet is made up of gases, similar to Jupiter.
“[Kepler-1647 b] is important because it is the tip of the iceberg of a theoretically predicted population of large, long-period circumbinary planets,” Welsh said.
by Grace Williams
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The game will be available in four editions: Standard, Gold, Steelbook Gold, and Collector’s.
One of the main iOS 10 features concerns Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant that’s now getting smarter than ever with the help of developers.
Be sure to check out our WWDC 2016 hub for all the latest news from Apple’s big developer event.
Mattel has revealed their collection of exclusive toys that will only be available at San Diego Comic-Con this year. My favorite in the bunch is Wonder Woman and her invisible jet. Some of the other toys they’ve revealed include She-Ra, Ghostbusters, Katana from DC Super Hero Girls, Barbie Wonder Woman, Barbie Star Trek alien girl, Joker from Suicide Squad, and more.
There’s not a lot of information on the Wonder Woman figure, but it looks like the invisible jet actually could be the packaging for the new action figure.
One of the more surprising aspects regarding the locked iPhone 5c involved in the San Bernardino terrorist attack of 2015 was that the FBI was unable to unlock the device by themselves. What’s more, we would later find out that even the NSA — who the FBI asked for assistance — lacked the requisite tools to unlock the device, a somewhat startling fact given all we know about the NSA’s activities and expertise.
Speaking at a conference on military technology this past Friday, NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett addressed the topic and explained why the NSA was unable to access Syed Farook’s iPhone 5c. And as it turns out, it’s not necessarily that the task was beyond the NSA’s capabilities. Rather, the iPhone 5c wasn’t a sufficiently popular device that would have warranted the NSA’s attention in the first place. In other words, the iPhone 5c was never on the NSA’s radar because the people it had an interest in tracking and spying on were using other devices.
In remarks relayed by The Intercept, Ledgett explained that the NSA only works on exploits for certain devices.
“We don’t do every phone, every variation of phone,” Ledgett said. “If we don’t have a bad guy who’s using it, we don’t do that.”
With limited resources, the NSA understandably has to focus on just a few devices. Indeed, developing exploits for every smartphone and variation of a mobile OS that hits the market would be nothing short of a waste of time. Consequently, the NSA’s deputy director said that the agency prioritizes the devices that “bad guys” use as opposed to blindly developing attack vectors for whatever device happens to be popular amongst mainstream users.
And for the record, the iPhone 5c wasn’t really popular with anyone. Even Tim Cook at one point conceded that the device never sold as well as Apple initially thought it would.
The NSA’s abilities aside, the FBI ultimately managed to access the terrorist’s locked iPhone by purchasing a hack from an unidentified third-party.