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Yongnuo Macro Lens YN 60mm F2 MF

Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo, best known for their affordable versions of Canon lenses, have announced the YN 60mm F2 MF macro lens. The nearest focus distance can reach 0.234m and it has a 1:1 magnification ratio . The built-in electromagnetic aperture supports automatic exposure in M/Av/Tv/P/B and other shooting modes, it has a half-press shutter manual focus prompt, and there are 7 aperture blades. No word yet on availability or pricing.

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On Fridays, HQ Trivia will let you see your friends’ answers during the game

HQ, the live trivia game that is now seeing up to 2 million players per game, is introducing some new social features, including answer sharing with friends. The company has been testing this feature across a small group of users already, but on Friday the feature will roll out to all HQ users. Here’s how it works: Users can connect their address book to HQ and add their friends. Once they have added friends, they can see which of their friends are playing the game alongside them. Users can put their own avatar on the answer to a question to share their choice, which is viewable by friends. The idea is that answer sharing mimics what many people do while playing HQ IRL, yelling out answers to their coworkers in the office or sharing with their friends and family in a bar or at home. “We understand the power of the crowd and playing together,” said HQ product manager James Ruben. “That doesn’t necessarily exist everywhere. Our goal is to spread that power to people who maybe aren’t playing in the office together.” This comes on the heels of HQ’s introduction of “Friends on HQ” from April , which let users see friends playing in the same quiz and see their progress through the game. Answer sharing simply takes that a step further. Interestingly, answer sharing won’t be available on each HQ Trivia quiz. Instead, the feature will debut on Friday of this week, and continue to be available on Friday games. “We understand that it’s a change to the game play,” said Ruben. “Friday is an interesting time to experiment and try out answer sharing because Fridays tend to be a bit more social than other days.” Alongside answer sharing, HQ is also adding yet another social layer to the game with Nearby Friends. The feature will allow HQ players to see other people (not in their address book) who are in the same quiz as them and physically nearby, perhaps in the same office building or in the same bar or restaurant

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Google makes the camera smarter with a Google Lens update, integration with Street View

Google today showed off new ways it’s combining the smartphone camera’s ability to see the world around you, and the power of A.I. technology. The company, at its Google I/O developer conference, demonstrated a clever way it’s using the camera and Google Maps together to help people better navigate around their city, as well as a handful of new features for its previously announced Google Lens technology, launched at last year’s I/O. The maps integration combines the camera, computer vision technology, and Google Maps with Street View. The idea is similar to how people navigate without technology – they look for notable landmarks, not just street signs. With the camera/Maps combination, Google is doing that now, too. It’s like you’ve jumped inside Street View, in fact. In the interface, the Google Maps user interface is at the bottom of the screen, while the camera is showing you what’s in front of you. There’s even an animated guide (a fox) who you can follow to find your way. The feature was introduced ahead of several new additions for Google Lens, Google’s smart camera technology. Already, Google Lens can do things like identify buildings, or even dog breeds, just by pointing your camera at the object (or pet) in question. With an updated version of Google Lens, it will be able to identify text too. For example, if you’re looking at a menu, you could point the camera at the menu text in order to learn what a dish consists of – in the example on stage, Google demonstrated Lens identifying the components of ratatouille

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Green Power Exchange enables peer-to-peer energy sharing

True friends share everything, from purses to lawnmowers to the limitless energy they pull from the sun, wind, and deep underground. Green Power Exchange aims to make one of those sharing scenarios a bit simpler. Green Power Exchange or GPX is running an ICO to create a coin that lets you trade energy. While there are a number of efforts on this front, GPX is fairly far along and already has 62 solar sites signed up to try the tech when it launches. Founder Christian Wentzel sees the project as a solution to the energy monopolies. “The utility and power company either is a direct or quasi-monopoly, leaving no customer choice,” he said. “We want to change that and save consumers a ton of money while improving the environment.” “Solar and wind power is cheap, so we want people to use more of it.” The system essentially greases the wheels of energy trading. Whole current solutions require complex transactions and contracts, this solution lets energy generators sell their excess energy to other people with a minimum of fuss. The team plans to launch in 2019. The have created two coins, the GPX and the GET. The GPX is a liquid coin that can be used to buy and sell power while the GET is tied to the actual generation of energy. You would buy and sell GPX, for example, and manage your energy purchases using the GET token. GPX’s goals are noble and these sorts of markets are definitely headed toward the blockchain. ” One of the largest barriers to renewable power development in these markets is the complexity of PPA negotiations and the rigidity of the agreements,” said Wentzel

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Thanos Will Be In Fortnite For A Limited Time – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Thanos Will Be In Fortnite For A Limited Time Ubergizmo What happens when a character from the biggest movie on the planet right now crosses over into one of the most popular games? Well, a lot of people get happy. Fortnite players will be happy to know that Thanos will be in Fortnite for a limited time ... Thanos is coming to Fortnite for epic Avengers: Infinity War crossover EW.com all 897 news articles »

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Our “modern” Congress doesn’t understand 21st century technology

Lorelei Kelly Contributor Lorelei Kelly leads the Resilient Democracy Coalition , a group working to make sure Congress succeeds in the Information Age. More posts by this contributor The banana republic of big data Slowly but surely, Congress will join us in the 21st century Robert Bjarnason Contributor Share on Twitter Robert Bjarnason was formerly a game company executive in Silicon Valley. He is now the President and CEO of Iceland's Citizens Foundation . When Facebook’s Founder Mark Zuckerberg testified before House and Senate panels earlier this month, he explained how his company uses the data of millions of Americans. This particular set of hearings was urgent because our elected leaders have realized the power that lies in Facebook’s hidden trove of networked knowledge — its potential to violate privacy and the menace it poses to the integrity of our democratic institutions. Facebook is a business that sells social connection, its algorithms are made for targeted advertising.  The data that we users provide via friends, likes and shares makes their model lucrative. But connecting a person to a pair of shoes cannot be the same engagement algorithm that we use to build a cohesive democratic society.  Watch any hearing on Capitol Hill. It’s a durable, if old fashioned bridge between leaders and citizens. Informed deliberation could be a lot more compelling, but it can never compete on the same turf with funny GIFs and targeted videos.   Algorithms optimized for commercial engagement do not protect public goods like democratic discourse. They are built for shareholders, not citizens. To the contrary, they can exploit and damage democracy’s most precious resource– civic trust. One hundred cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018

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Deadpool Teams Up With Celine Dion For New Music Video – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Deadpool Teams Up With Celine Dion For New Music Video Ubergizmo Subscribe to Ubergizmo on Youtube. So Deadpool is coming out soon and so far we've seen the movie's actor Ryan Reynolds put in maximum effort (see what we did there?) in promoting it. We've seen various trailers, posts on Twitter, Instagram, and even ... Céline Dion - Ashes (from the Deadpool 2 Motion Picture Soundtrack) YouTube This Story Has Already Stressed Ryan Reynolds Out New York Times Ryan Reynolds: 'I don't know that there would be a Deadpool 3' EW.com all 427 news articles »

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NASA’s InSight Mars lander will gaze (and drill) into the depths of the Red Planet

NASA’s latest mission to Mars, InSight , is set to launch early Saturday morning in pursuit of a number of historic firsts in space travel and planetology. The lander’s instruments will probe the surface of the planet and monitor its seismic activity with unprecedented precision, while a pair of diminutive CubeSats riding shotgun will test the viability of tiny spacecraft for interplanetary travel. Saturday at 4:05 AM Pacific is the first launch opportunity, but if weather forbids it, they’ll just try again soon after — the chances of clouds sticking around all the way until June 8, when the launch window closes, are slim to none. InSight isn’t just a pretty name they chose; it stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, at least after massaging the acronym a bit. Its array of instruments will teach us about the Martian interior, granting us insight (see what they did there?) into the past and present of Mars and the other rocky planets in the solar system, including Earth. Bruce Banerdt, principal investigator for the mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has been pushing for this mission for more than two decades, after practically a lifetime working at the place. “This is the only job I’ve ever had in my life other than working in the tire shop during the summertime,” he said in a recent NASA podcast . He’s worked on plenty of other missions, of course, but his dedication to this one has clearly paid off. It was actually originally scheduled to launch in 2016, but some trouble with an instrument meant they had to wait until the next launch window — now. InSight is a lander in the style of Phoenix , about the size of a small car, and shot towards Mars faster than a speeding bullet. The launch is a first in itself: NASA has never launched an interplanetary mission from the West coast, but conditions aligned in this case, making California’s Vandenberg air base the best option. It doesn’t even require a gravity assist to get where it’s going. Did you know?

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Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH Review

The Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH is a new ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for the Leica SL mirrorless camera system, expanding the SL portfolio of zoom lenses to cover a range of focal lengths from 16mm to 280mm. Read our Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH review with full-size sample images now...

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Power Ledger deploys first blockchain-based P2P energy trading system in Chicago

When blockchain first appeared, especially Ethereum’s innovation of ‘smart contracts’, a number of people posited that it could be used to trade energy between one source and another, such as power supplies or batteries. The idea would be to enable consumers to buy and sell renewable energy directly between one another, in a peer-to-peer (P2P) trading manner. Blockchain would be ideally suited to this, creating a transparent, auditable and automated record of energy generation and consumption. As a result energy savings could be made, having a positive effect on costs and the climate. Few, however, have achieved this. Until now. The Australian-born Power Ledger is now moving beyond trials and into the commercial deployment of its platform. It’s a sign that the market is not only open to the concept of peer-to-peer trading but ready to start implementing. Power Ledger has partnered with the Clean Energy Blockchain Network, launching its first commercial deployment in the US at the Northwestern University Evanston campus. Power Ledger’s platform lets consumers buy and sell renewable energy directly between one another, using a blockchain platform, and will enable Northwestern University to trade clean energy both on-campus and between campuses with no hardware, software or subscription fees, by using pre-existing meters. Power Ledger Co-Founder, David Martin says: “Moving beyond trials and into commercial deployment of the Power Ledger energy trading platform in a historical trading market like Chicago is a major opportunity. We’re excited to demonstrate how the platform can assist with cutting both costs and carbon with a secure, clean energy source.” The commercial, utility-grade deployment will initially run across four buildings curated by Northwestern University’s Master of Engineering Management Program with plans for implementation to kick off in the coming months

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