Researchers discover hidden details lurking beneath a Picasso masterpiece


There are many layers to great art — sometimes literally. 

We are reminded of this fact by researchers at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts, who have revealed hidden details lurking beneath the Pablo Picasso masterpiece “La miséreuse accroupie.” 

While the presence of another artwork — specifically, a painting of the Catalan countryside by a different artist — below Picasso’s “Crouching Beggar” has been known about since the 1990s, Science reports that we now are able to see previously hidden elements of Picasso’s work.  Read more…

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The hidden cost of affordable high-end phones in China

“Affordable high-end phones.”
This phrase sounds like a self-contradicting mix of words, but it is exactly what flagship phones in China seem to be. Launching at prices severely undercutting high-end phones like Samsung Galaxies and especially Apple’s iPhones in the West, these devices claim to have an identical set of features and hardware, just for a lower price.
But there is a catch.
One of the big stars of the Chinese smartphone market is Xiaomi, a poster child for the “affordable high-end …

Leaked Vivo Xplay 7 slides tout true 'all-screen' phone with hidden finger scanner

Make of it what you will, but it was not Samsung or Apple, and rather the Chinese phone maker Vivo (which shares a parent company with OnePlus) that showcased a working prototype of a phone with under-display finger scanner, based on its Xplay 6 model. Now, for the Xplay 7 next year, Vivo might have polished the technology enough to place it in a retail device, leaked intracompany presentation slides suggest.

Vivo uses Qualcomm’s ultrasonic tech that is not as elaborate as the one from Synaptic, but given that both Apple and Samsung reportedly struggled …

Hidden iPhone 8 Plus features and toggles that you should know about

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If you’ve been an iPhone user for a while, you probably know your way around the device. But still, there may be some small tidbits here and there that you missed or forgot about. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at all the little-known secrets that Apple’s current most-powerful iPhone — the iPhone 8 Plus — …

The Google Pixel 2 has a special image processing chip hidden inside

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But it turns out that Google has a trick up its sleeve this year: yes, HDR+ is back and in top shape, but Google has decided to enhance it on the hardware side as well. That …

Productivity overwhelming – App Pairs is one of Galaxy Note 8's best hidden features

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A favorite feature of ours that’s an integral part of the Note 8 multi-tasking experience is app pairs, a functionality that lets you create easily-accessible multi-tasking shortcuts accessible from the slide-out edge panel on the Note 8. Sadly, that feature is not available on the Galaxy S8/S8+ and will likely never be, which is a shame.
Say …

Your OnePlus 3 or 3T has hidden hardware diagnostic tests – here's how to access them

Is your OnePlus phone acting funny lately? There might be something going on under the hood that you are yet to find out about. If you want to do a brief check-up before heading to the phone doctor, just punch in *#808# into the dialer app and you’ll access a hidden (of sorts) menu with diagnostic options that are too many to count.

Pieces of hardware that can be tested include screen components, hardware keys, vibration, LCD brightness and effects, sensors, GPS, and a great deal of additional functionality.

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Like to support the underdog? Google Play Store has an Indie Corner, though, it's a bit hidden

For the past couple of years, Google has been making strides to improve the searching and sorting experience in the Play Store… albeit it has been very, very slow at implementing new features. For example, we have a filter to only see apps with a rating of 4+ stars if we use the desktop version of the Store, but no such option on mobile. But that’s not the only feature you may not know about.

The Play Store has an Indie Corner — a gallery, which highlights the best and most innovative titles from small studios — the smart little games that usually get drowned …

Hidden Nokia Secret Codes 2017

Nokia Secret Codes edition : There are many secret and hidden features in nokia. There are many features which are hidden from the normal users which you can access via only hidden secret codes . Nokia developers also creates many backdoor through which you can enter into the system and you can change settings. It is not meant to be used these backdoor for malicious intent because developers blocked some modes and these backdoor are the way or allow the users to enter into the system and let you become familiar to the system. In smartphone these backdoor are called secret codes. These are the numeric/symbolic sequences which allow you to access system settings for several uses. So here we collect some nokia secret codes. May be some of them not work on specific device but you can try it if you can !


Nokia Secret Codes 2017

On the main screen type

*#06# for checking the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity).

*#7780# reset to factory settings.

*#67705646# This will clear the LCD display (operator logo).

*#0000# To view software version.

*#2820# Bluetooth device address.

*#746025625# Sim clock allowed status.

*#62209526# – Display the MAC address of the WLAN adapter. This is available

only in the newer devices that support WLAN

#pw+1234567890+1# Shows if sim have restrictions.*#92702689# – takes you to a secret menu where you may find some of the information below :

• 1. Displays Serial Number.
• Displays the Month and Year of Manufacture
• Displays (if there) the date where the phone was purchased (MMYY)
• Displays the date of the last repair – if found (0000)
• Shows life timer of phone (time passes since last start)*#3370# – Enhanced Full Rate Codec (EFR) activation.
• Increase signal strength, better signal reception. It also help if u want to use GPRS and the service is not responding or too slow. Phone battery will drain faster though.

*#3370* – (EFR) deactivation. Phone will automatically restart. Increase battery life by 30% because phone receives less signal from network.

*#4720# – Half Rate Codec activation.

*#4720* – Half Rate Codec deactivation. The phone will automatically restartIf you forgot wallet code for Nokia S60 phone, use this code reset: *#7370925538#

Note, your data in the wallet will be erased. Phone will ask you the lock code. Default lock code is: 12345Press *#3925538# to delete the contents and code of wallet.Unlock service provider: Insert sim, turn phone on and press vol up-arrow keys) for 3 seconds, should say pin code. Press C, then press * message should flash, press * again and 04*pin*pin*pin#*#7328748263373738# resets security code.
Default security code is 12345*#1471# Last call (Only Vodafone)*#21# Allows you to check the number that “All Calls” are diverted to*#30# Lets you see the private number

*#43# Allows you to check the “Call Waiting” status of your phone.

*#62# Allows you to check the number that “Divert If Unreachable (no service)” calls are diverted to

*#67# Allows you to check the number that “On Busy Calls” are diverted to

*#67705646# Removes operator logo on 3310 & 3330

*#73# Reset phone timers and game scores

*#746025625# Displays the SIM Clock status, if your phone supports this power saving feature “SIM Clock Stop Allowed”, it means you will get the best standby time possible

*#7780# Restore factory settings

*#8110# Software version for the nokia 8110


Displays – 1.Serial Number, 2.Date Made,
3.Purchase Date, 4.Date of last repair (0000 for no repairs), 5.Transfer User Data

12345 This is the default security code

press and hold #
Lets you switch between lines.

So, this is the list of all hidden nokia secret codes 2017 edition which are working on almost all nokia devices. I hopes these codes will help you a lot. If you are facing any error or found any wrong codes then just drop it down in comment section. Feel free to share these codes with your friends.

The smartphone gun: cheap, hidden and deadly – Video

A US businessman has unveiled a new weapon that could soon hit stores: the smartphone gun. Creator Kirk Kjellberg, the CEO of Ideal Conceal, told Fox Business that the weapon is the perfect choice for gun owners looking to secretly carry a weapon. The gun, which when folded resembles a smartphone, could be available as early as mid-2016, and at a cost of $395 is cheaper than most iPhones on the market.

Senator Chuck Schumer has called on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Justice Department to investigate a new firearm designed to look exactly like a smartphone.

“What’s next, a gun made to look like a chocolate bar?” Schumer said at a press conference on Monday. “Enough is enough.”


The weapon, marketed by the company Ideal Conceal is a two-shot .38 caliber derringer – or small pocket pistol – with a foldout handle. When the handle is collapsed in, the weapon looks nearly indistinguishable from a smartphone device.

“Smartphones are EVERYWHERE, so your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment,” the manufacturer’s site reads. “In its locked position it will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight.” The weapon is selling for $395, substantially less than the current generation of flagship mobile devices, and is expected to be available in mid-2016.

A spokesperson for the ATF said the agency had no comment.

Schumer worried that such a concealable weapon would make it easier for people intending to commit violence to evade law enforcement. “Why would we want to make it easier for criminals or terrorists like those who attacked Paris and Brussels to wreak havoc?” he said.

Widespread availability of the device could also lead police officers to uncertainty in tense interactions with citizens. “Imagine a scenario in which a police officer is not able to tell whether a violent criminal is pulling out a gun or an iPhone,” Schumer said. Even without the Ideal Conceal weapons available, officers sometimes claim they mistook a mobile device for a weapon after a shooting incident.

Federal law mandates that toy guns be marked with a “blaze orange” tip to differentiate them from real ones, but those laws do not work the other way. Some jurisdictions ban the disguise of real guns as fake, but laws intended to prohibit the disguise of guns as other objects are less clear.

“Typically guns that can be concealed, guns that look like wallets, pens and knives, are illegal under the law,” Schumer later said in a statement.

A provision of the National Firearms Act does address what it calls “Any Other Weapons” including concealable firearms. At the time of the act’s passage in 1934 this meant devices such as pen guns, wallet guns and umbrella guns. The devices were not banned outright by the act, but rather required to be registered, taxed more heavily than a traditional firearm, and their manufacturing subject to approval by the ATF.

Failure to obtain this clearance for a disguised explosive weapon like the smartphone gun constitutes a felony under the act. Neither the ATF nor the manufacturer immediately responded to an inquiry on whether this approval had been granted.

Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at UCLA, said the NFA was intended to restrict the type of firearms criminals use and said the smartphone gun fits that description. “This kind of gun is not preferred by law-abiding people generally,” he said, noting that they are often less reliable. “If you’re a criminal, though, having a gun that’s less effective but more disguised becomes a priority.”

In his statement, Schumer also pointed to the fact that the weapon might be illegal under laws that require guns to appear a certain way by x-ray. Ideal Conceal’s CEO, Kirk Kjellberg, said on an appearance with Fox Business that he is working with the Department of Homeland Security so they can “properly train their folks on how to detect this”.

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