Measure your tapping skills in SEGA's new WWE Tap Mania for iOS and Android

Announced back in April, SEGA’s WWE Tap Mania mobile has just been released on Android and iOS. Even though it wants to appeal to WWE fans, the game plays and feels like a mindless clicker.

WWE Tap Mania mixes idle clicker and card game elements, as players must collect Superstar cards, build their decks and fight in arenas to become the WWE Champion.

The action in the ring is limited to taps that enable players to unleash powerful combos if timed correctly. All Superstar cards can be enhanced to increase your deck’s power and unlock each character’s …


This coming Tuesday's weekly T-Mobile contest features free Samsung devuces including the Galaxy S8

Every Tuesday, T-Mobile gives away freebies to subscribers, and also holds a contest with some great prizes. This coming Tuesday, Samsung figures very heavily in the contest prizes, including the Samsung Galaxy S8. We’ll get to the contest in a second. First, let’s go to the giveaways. On Tuesday, T-Mobile subscribers will receive a free e-book from Disney Story Central. There are 10 possible options to choose from.

Next week, T-Mobile subscribers will get access to HotelStorm’s discounted locations with an average price break of 25% on each hotel. How does 25% off an order placed from Papa …

Lenovo's foldable tablet makes a second consecutive visit to Tech World

You might remember how Lenovo grabbed the attention of the tech world on June 9th last year during the company’s Tech World  gathering. YouTuber Meghan McCarthy displayed a bendable phone that was folded into a contraption that she wore around her wrist. She also presented a tablet that was folded into the size of a phablet, and put up to her ear in order to simulate a phone call.

Today, the company continued the conversation by introducing the Lenovo Folio concept during Lenovo Tech World 2017. The device features a flexible touchscreen that grows from 5.5-inches to 7.8-inches …

Does Marcelo Claure's tweet to John Legere hint at an upcoming merger?

Is it possible that the icy relationship between T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure is defrosting? As recently as January, Legere took Claure to task for laughing (via a tweet) at a joke made by Chelsea Handler about a woman who drove her car into a T-Mobile store in Florida. The woman was told that she could not get a free replacement for a damaged iPhone. As Legere noted in a tweet to Claure, “many lives were endangered & it was a criminal act. It’s actually not funny.”

But it seems as though there has been a change, at least on Claure’s part. On Thursday morning, …

HP Elite x3 coming to Verizon?

The HP Elite x3 is the most capable of any Windows 10 Mobile handset. Currently, the device is offered only with support for GSM bands, but that appears likely to change. HP is working on obtaining new certifications for the Elite x3, this time with support listed specifically for Verizon. That would mean that the new version would have the ability to run over CDMA pipelines. Among the new applications HP sent out include one for the FCC, one for the Bluetooth SIG and another for the Wi-Fi Alliance.

In case you’re not familiar with the phone, the HP Elite x3 features a 6-inch AMOLED display …

Mms – the Best Messaging Technology

MMS is a multimedia messaging service and has created a revolution in the messaging method. MMS provides an entire multimedia experience of photos, text, pictures, animations, audio and speech. By using the MMS, the mobile users can send their multimedia messages from their multimedia enabled mobile handset to other email and mobile users. With the MMS technology the mobile users can receive multimedia messages from mobile users, multimedia enabled applications and email users. MMS can support audio formats like WAV, MIDI and MP3. MMS is also used for sending Video clips of a movie or show to other mobiles.

MMS functions in a way similar to SMS. A SMS contain text messages with minimum character limits. But a MMS can send messages with more text capacity. SMS has limitations like only pictures and text can be sent. MMS is user friendly as you can send audio and video clips with text. It provides you advantages like by using MMS you can receive certain MMS messages after your working hours. Older mobile handsets will not have the MMS support and so you cannot have the MMS technology inbuilt in them. Recently introduced handsets of Sony Ericcson, LG and Nokia companies are Multimedia Message Service enabled. The price of these mobile sets has also been reduced significantly. All the service providers have also started to offer MMS to their customers. MMS is used by all the mobile users and has reached similar acceptance level like SMS.

MMS provides the user complete multimedia knowledge and is definitely going to increase the mobile communication usage. Many in the communication industry, for networks of 2.5 G and 3G, consider MMS as one of the biggest potential moneymakers. It is a standard telephony messaging system that allows transferring messages containing multimedia objects like video, audio and objects along with text messages as in SMS. MMS is mainly used in mobile networks along with similar messaging systems like Mobile Instant Messaging, SMS etc. In today’s context, MMS is considered as best and proven messaging technology and it has surpassed Electronic mail and SMS. The penetration of MMS was slow and though it was introduced into the market way back in 2002. In the recent years it has attained mass-market acceptance. By improving its technology, MMS has reached wide adoption by major market players as it offers them greater business opportunity in the whole telecommunication market. Short Message Service or SMS is transformed in full form as MMS. With the MMS technology in a mobile handset, the mobile user need not confine his messages to text only. MMS is designed to operate with GPRS, 1x/EVDO mobile packet data services.

MMS enables a large number of applications used for private communication, business, entertainment and information. MMS is delivered in two modes and they are immediate and deferred. You can take a snapshot using your camera phone and send the image by using MMS to your friend with animated picture messages. You can also send your favorite audio files and can also do simultaneous playback advertising. MMS faces lot of challenges like bulk messaging, distribution lists, WAP Push, handset configuration and content adaptation. MMS is different from EMS that is Enhanced Messaging service that is SMS with additional capabilities. MMS is going to be used as community-based communication method in the future years.

Source by: David Hensley
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Astronomers On Life In The Universe

When it comes to the subject of extraterrestrial life, exobiology or astrobiology, the profession most oft associated is that of the astronomer*. That should be nonsense as the focus should be on the word “life” or “biology” not on the word “extraterrestrial”, “exo” or “astro”. I’ve often said that when it comes to UFOs, for example, astronomers are out of their league because the subject of UFOs is not a proper astronomical subject for astronomers to professionally study and thus comment upon in a professional capacity. Astronomers, being human and all that entails, do not always draw a line in the sand between what they believe professionally through academic study and research and what they believe personally, without benefit of academic study and research.  

 

The only astronomer who ended up making a serious professional study of UFOs, in fact employed as a consultant to the USAF on UFOs – astronomical at first, hence all facets – was the late J. Allen Hynek, so he’s qualified to wax lyrical. What’s interesting is he started off sceptical on the bona-fides of the field, but came around to the opinion that UFOs were serious scientific business. 

 

The turf of astronomers starts at the top of Earth’s atmosphere and goes outward bound from there, although I’d maintain that things like meteorites are the realm of mineralogists; Transient Lunar Phenomena (TLP) and the ‘Face’ on Mars and other dynamic visible features on planetary and satellite ‘surfaces’ are more the turf of meteorologists, geologists, and maybe even oceanographers (i.e. – Jupiter’s moon, Europa).

 

WHAT ASTRONOMERS CAN, SHOULD, CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT COMMENT ON REGARDING EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE

 

Probability of Extraterrestrial Life: Astronomers can tell us roughly how many stars there are per galaxy and what kind of stars they are and how many galaxies there are in the visible universe and roughly what the average solar system might be like, it’s components and constituents, but that’s as far as it goes. When it comes down to whether life arises and evolves on any of these extra-solar planets up through and including intelligence and technologies is an exercise better left to biologists and anthropologists.

 

Extra-Solar Planets and Planetary Systems: Astronomers are doing an outstanding job in discovering planets orbiting around other stars than just our Sun. They can pretty much estimate, maybe guesstimate, their size and orbital characteristics. They can also determine what the atmospheric constituents are – if any. However, what precisely that composition signifies – constituents perhaps in chemical disequilibrium suggestive of biomarkers – is an analysis best left to chemists and biochemists.

 

Origin of Life and Panspermia: Astronomers have no academic bona-fides that enables them to wax lyrical on these topics. Maybe terrestrial life originated on Earth; maybe it came via spores (or some such) from outer space (panspermia), but that’s not a subject that’s part and parcel of astronomy, even if extrapolated to abodes somewhere out there.

 

Transition from Simple (Unicellular) to Complex (Multicellular) Life: Any pontificating on this subject by astronomers is pure and simply their personal opinion. Astronomers would be pissed if evolutionary biologists got press coverage for commenting on the astrophysics of Black Holes, yet astronomers seem to feel capable of practicing biology, as long as it’s called extraterrestrial biology, astrobiology or biology in outer space.

 

Evolutionary Rise of Intelligence, Technology and the Longevity of Civilizations: Any such speculations are best left to anthropologists as these topic fall way, way, way outside of the realm of academic astronomy.  

 

Life Not As We Know It: Any speculation on alternative biochemistries (substitute silicon for carbon; ammonia for water; etc.), in fact the entire definition of what life itself is, is best left to biochemists and related disciplines.

 

Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI): Professionally, astronomers seek out photons – visible light photons; radio photons, microwave photons, gamma-ray photons, infrared photons, ultraviolet photons, etc. Astronomers have a good handle on what naturally originating photons are like and what they can tell us about astronomical objects. Thus, astronomers should be able to spot anomalous photons – artificially originating photons with the accent on the artificiality. If astronomers spot unnaturally emitted photons then the odds are rather good that they have found an extraterrestrial intelligence, an intelligence that has the ability to emit artificially produced photons – like radio signals, optical (laser) signals, etc. Of course there have been false alarms. Pulsars were first thought to be artificial signals; ditto some quasars; and there were those who thought they had picked up radio broadcasts from Mars in the early years of the 20th Century. However, once astronomers have detected anomalous photons and unanimously concluded they came from an extraterrestrial technological civilization, then any extrapolation from that is out of their bailiwick and resides more with anthropologists, linguistics experts, and other social science academics. 

 

First Contact: While there are lots of terrestrial examples of first contact, astronomers aren’t historians, sociologists or anthropologists and thus shouldn’t professionally speculate as being all-knowing on the subject of extraterrestrial first contact.

 

AREAS WHERE ASTRONOMERS NEED TO REALLY BUTT OUT

 

Visitors from Outer Space: Astronomers are qualified to tell us about the vastness of the cosmos and the immense distances between stars and our neck of the woods. But, the ability of advanced technological extraterrestrial civilizations to transverse those distances is a matter for engineers not astronomers.

 

Unidentified Flying Objects: UFO crashes in general and Roswell (July 1947) in particular falls way outside the province of professional astronomy (unless such a ‘crash’ can be positively identified as an impacting meteorite). Yet astronomers feel quite capable to wax lyrical on the subject. However, any opinions expressed by astronomers are really personal, not professional ones, and have no more validity than comments by Joe and Josephine Citizen.

 

UFO abductions, or abductions by ufonauts (the ‘greys’), fall outside the province of professional astronomy and are more properly the province of mental health professionals.

 

Government programs associated with investigating UFOs, UFO censorship or cover-ups fall outside the province of professional astronomy. Astronomers aren’t experts in national security matters, defence protocols, political science and other associated areas that deals with intelligence operations.

 

Close Encounters of any kind including geophysical, physiological, electromagnetic, ground trace cases, fall outside the province of professional astronomy.

 

Analysis and commentary on UFO films and photographs fall outside the province of professional astronomy.

 

Analysis of radar returns from UFOs, a rather technical and complex matter, tends to fall outside the province of professional astronomy even though radar has been used to probe some of the planets and satellites of our solar system, and thus their ground topography which puts such data in the realm of the geologist in any event.

 

Alien motivations (i.e. – why don’t they land on the White House lawn, etc.) fall outside the province of professional astronomy. At best this is a matter for psychologists and anthropologists and sociologists, though when it comes to what motivates an alien or alien culture neither is anyone else really qualified for that matter.

 

The only intersection between astronomy and UFOs is where assistance is required in ruling in or out astronomical bodies (the moon, planets, stars, meteors, etc.) as the cause or unlikely cause of a UFO sighting event. Or, perhaps where statements by so-called ‘contactees’ contradict known astronomical data. Otherwise, UFOs are the province of meteorologists, experts in optics and atmospheric optical phenomena, psychologists, etc.  Yet astronomers wax lyrical on all facets of the UFO phenomena as if all things UFO were exclusively part and parcel of their turf.

 

So 99% of what astronomers do (like Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth Shostak, and Donald Menzel) when pontificating about UFOs, are in reality spouting off personal opinions, not professional or professionally related (i.e. – astronomical related) factual knowledge.

 

Ancient Astronauts: Astronomers are not archaeologists, anthropologists, historians or usually conversant with mythologies, and thus should steer clear of anything to do with the subject of “ancient astronauts”.

 

Associated Facets:

 

Crop circles fall outside the province of professional astronomy, even though IMHO crop circles have probably nothing to do with ETI.

 

The animal (wildlife and livestock) mutilation phenomena fall outside the province of professional astronomy.

 

Ball lightning and other associated anomalous lights (like the Australian Min-Min Lights) fall outside the province of professional astronomy or astronomers who are not geophysicists.

 

Again, any commentaries by astronomers on these issues quasi-associated with ETI are, when all is said and done, when crunch comes crunch, are personal, not professional commentaries.

 

 

* And if not the astronomer then physicists. In fact the bulk of material dealing with life in the universe is penned by physical scientists, not biological or life scientists or naturalists. When I did a course in the subject of life in the universe, SUNY @ Stony Brook, it was of course taught by an astronomer, Tobias C. Owen, who has since co-authored along with Donald Goldsmith an entire textbook on the subject “The Search for Life in the Universe” (third edition – 2001).


Source by: John Prytz

Carphone Warehouse takes 10% off the price of the BlackBerry KEYone

U.K. online retailer Carphone Warehouse is taking 10% off the price of the BlackBerry KEYone. That takes the handset with the physical QWERTY keyboard and the impressively long battery life from £499 ($648 USD) to £449 ($583 USD). Interestingly, Carphone Warehouse didn’t say whether this is a limited time offer, or a permanent new price. The model receiving the price cut is the SIM free unlocked version of the handset.

The BlackBerry KEYone is a great phone for those who push out many emails and texts, thanks to the physical QWERTY keyboard. Typing is faster and more accurate, and this just …

Update to Duo adds video calls to your phone's native call log

Google’s video chat app Duo has been a mighty fine addition for both Android and iOS users, and some new features make Duo even more capable. Anyone in your Android contacts list who you’ve called using Duo can be the recipient of a voice-only or video-only call. This is a great feature to use when you are not looking your best, or you don’t want the other end of the call to hear background noise. The Knock Knock feature allows the recipient of a Duo video call to see a few seconds of the caller live before the connection is officially made. This allows the person receiving the call to see who …

Fortune: Apple is the most profitable company in the world

Thanks to the iPhone, Apple is already the most valuable company in the world. Based on its market capitalization (share price multiplied by shares outstanding), Apple is worth more than $784.5 billion. The company grossed $215 billion during its latest fiscal year, which placed it ninth in the world for that category. For the second fiscal quarter of 2017, the iPhone was responsible for 63% of Apple’s revenue which shows you how important that product is to the success of the company.

What good is attracting all of this business if the company is not profitable? Apple surely doesn’t have …