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When you think of Kevlar, you might think of how it is more commonly known for its use in bulletproof vests, which in turn helps to potentially save lives. Now it seems that researchers have found another benefit of Kevlar that could also affect lives in a positive way, and that is through the creation of Kevlar cartilage that could be used to help with joint injuries.
Developed by researchers at the University of Michigan and Jiangnan University, it seems that scientists were stumped trying to create a synthetic material that could potentially match the cartilage in our bodies, at least until they created what is known as “Kevlartilage”, a Kevlar-based hydrogel that mimics the behavior of natural cartilage.
According to the researchers, “The synthetic cartilage boasts the same mechanism, releasing water under stress and later recovering by absorbing water like a sponge. The aramid nanofibers build the framework of the material, while the PVA traps water inside the network when the material is exposed to stretching or compression. Even versions of the material that were 92 percent water were comparable in strength to cartilage, with the 70-percent version achieving the resilience of rubber.”
That being said, it seems that it might be a while before we actually see this being used in hospitals for treatments, but as it stands the university is seeking patent protection and partners to help bring the tech to the market.
Ever since Apple launched the iPhone X with its Face ID facial recognition feature, the rumors are now all claiming that Android OEMs are expected to follow suit, but could Samsung be one of them? According to a report out of Korea from ETNews (via PhoneArena), the answer is yes, and that the Galaxy S9 could feature a facial recognition system.
This is actually not the first time we’re hearing that the Galaxy S9 could sport facial recognition, but whether or not it will be able to match up with Apple’s Face ID remains to be seen. The report goes on to claim that the Galaxy S9 will also see an improved iris scanner, although it was not stated as to what might be improved on, perhaps faster recognition.
Note that previous Samsung handsets did come with facial recognition, although it used a different system compared to the TrueDepth setup on the iPhone X and wasn’t quite as adept or as secure. So far the rumors we’ve heard about the Galaxy S9 is that it could maintain its 4GB of RAM setup, and that it will be packing the Samsung Exynos 9810 chipset that was officially announced by Samsung earlier this month.
However there have also been reports that the phone could feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, but presumably there will be different models for different markets like we’ve seen in the past.
Apple’s iPhones currently do not support gigabit download speeds, or rather to ensure a uniform experience across iPhones, Apple has capped the speeds on iPhones using Qualcomm’s modems to match those of Intel’s. For those who are wondering what’s the difference, a video uploaded by Booredatwork.com on YouTube demonstrates the differences.
As you can see in the video above, it compares the LTE speeds between that of the iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. It is pretty obvious from the video that the Note 8 is much faster, thanks to it being equipped with a gigabit LTE modem. While the Note 8 couldn’t hit the 1Gbps speeds (there are many reasons why, such as coverage, how many people in the area are using the network, and so on), it is still much faster than that of the iPhone X which topped out at 600Mbps.
Whether or not these differences in speed can be felt by users is a different story. If you’re just doing some light work like checking emails, surfing the web, sending instant messages, then chances are the differences might not be so obvious. However if you’re watching movies, playing games, or downloading larger files, then perhaps it will be.
That being said, last we heard Apple’s 2018 iPhones are expected to feature faster baseband chips, but whether or not this will allow the iPhones to achieve gigabit speeds remains to be seen.
With Android phones, finding a model that comes with dual SIM support isn’t exactly hard to come by. Unfortunately for iPhone users who want dual SIM support, you guys have been pretty much out of luck for the past decade or so. However that could change come 2018, at least according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
According to Kuo’s latest research note (via MacRumors), he claims that next year’s iPhones will feature dual SIM support with LTE+LTE connections, and it will also allow for both SIMs to be active simultaneously while only using one set of chips. “Unlike existing DSDS phones, which commonly support LTE+3G connections, we believe next-generation iPhone models will support LTE+LTE connections, in a bid to enhance the user experience.”
This seems to be in line with the way Apple does things, where they might seem like they’re slow to the market with certain features, but when they do they try to come in over the top and offer a slightly better experience. Whether or not this report is true remains to be seen, but Kuo’s track record has been pretty good so far.
However it is unclear if the 2018 iPhone will support dual SIM card slots/trays, or if one will be embedded in the iPhone itself, like we’ve seen with the Apple Watch Series 3 and the newer iPads with cellular capabilities.
A couple of weeks ago, Samsung released an ad called “Growing Up” which was clearly aimed at Apple and their iPhones. We’re not sure if it was a coincidence or if Samsung was slightly prophetic because according to a recent survey conducted by Propeller Insights on behalf of Ebates (via Forbes), Samsung was right: adults want Samsung products.
The survey asked participants what devices they wanted for Christmas, and based on their findings, those who the survey deemed as adults said that they wanted the Samsung Galaxy S8. The survey found that 38% of adults said they wanted the device, versus teens in which only 28% said they wanted the Galaxy S8.
When it came to Apple’s new iPhones, it seems that the handsets are popular amongst teens, where 25% said they wanted the iPhone 8 Plus versus 23% in adults; 35% for the iPhone 8 versus 22% of adults; and 35% for the iPhone X versus 20% in adults. The survey does not mention why teens prefer iPhones and adults prefer Samsung, but it does provide some insight as to what kind of customers Apple/Samsung should be targeting.
It is also unclear why there were no other Android brands mentioned, so we’re not sure how other brands like LG, HTC, and so on would have fared.
Autonomous robots might take over most of our jobs in the future but there’s enough concern among the international community to prevent them from finding their way on to the battlefield. Representatives from countries across the globe recently discussed weapons systems at the United Nations’ Convention on Conventional Weapons. A call was placed by 22 nations to announce an outright ban on the development and use of autonomous weapons that are also known as “killer robots.”
Prior to the convention many artificial intelligence and robotics experts sent letters to world leaders, calling them to support a blanket ban on autonomous weapons.
The concerns have heightened as militaries and private defense companies have already started investing heavily in autonomous weapons.
However, there wasn’t a breakthrough regarding this during the meeting. They were only able to set the groundwork for future talks. It can’t be said at this point in time if there’s ever going be a ban on such killer robots.
Most nations represented at the convention agreed that there needs to be a “legally binding instrument” that dictates the use of these technologies. Most of the nations have also accepted “that some form of human control must be maintained over weapons systems.”
There has been a lot of hype surrounding this issue which India’s disarmament ambassador Amandeep Gill tried to clear by saying “Ladies and gentlemen, I have news for you: the robots are not taking over the world. Humans are still in charge.” He added that they need to be “careful in not emotionalizing or dramatizing this issue.”
Marvel’s next original TV series has now been released on Netflix. The online streaming giant has been developing this series based on Frank Castle or The Punisher for quite some time now. The character was first seen in the second season of another Netflix-Marvel collaboration, Daredevil. Since the character was well received, it was decided to give The Punisher his very own series.
Netflix released the official trailer for its The Punisher series a couple of months back. Jon Bernthal reprises his role as Frank Castle while Ebon Moss-Bachrach plays Microchip, an ally of the protagonist. Deborah Ann Woll, who plays Karen Page in the Daredevil series, also makes an appearance.
The show’s narrative feels different from what we’ve previously seen in other Netflix-Marvel original series such as Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and more. The initial reviews have been good. Critics have praised Bernthal’s performance as the vigilante without superpowers Frank Castle. The sharp and conscious storytelling has been appreciated as well.
All 13 episodes of this original series have now been released on Netflix. They’re available for streaming right away. It’s up to the subscribers if they want to binge watch them all in one go or take their time in experiencing the story.
OnePlus recently launched its much-awaited smartphone, the OnePlus 5T. The company is known for making smartphones that offer great value for money with a decent build quality. If you were wondering whether that changed with the new handset, you’d be happy to know that the OnePlus 5T durability test is going to leave you impressed.
YouTuber JerryRigEverything has posted his OnePlus 5T durability test video online and it shows that the company has retained the impressive build quality that we’ve seen on previous OnePlus handsets.
The new bezel-less display scratches at the same point as you would expect any 2017 flagship to as it has the same Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The coverage extends to the 16 megapixel front camera as well so there’s no risking of scratching it in your pocket when it’s in there with keys and change.
The anodized aluminum alloy back plate is tough enough for normal use and if you don’t plan on taking a razer blade to it, then you’ll be happy with how it holds up. The fingerprint sensor is on the back now and it’s made out of durable ceramic so it’s basically immune to scratches.
This OnePlus 5T durability test also tried to ascertain whether the handset can be bent when an unusual amount of force is applied. It does flex a little initially but then locks out to prevent serious bending.
If durability has been your concern, then this OnePlus 5T durability test should put your mind at ease.