Verizon To Start Throttling All Smartphone Videos To 480p or 720p

Slashdot - 49 min 11 sec ago
Verizon Wireless will start throttling video streams to resolutions as low as 480p on smartphones this week. Most data plans will get 720p video on smartphones, but customers won't have any option to completely un-throttle video. From a report: 1080p will be the highest resolution provided on tablets, effectively ruling out 4K video on Verizon's mobile network. Anything identified as a video will not be given more than 10Mbps worth of bandwidth. This limit will affect mobile hotspot usage as well. Verizon started selling unlimited smartphone data plans in February of this year, and the carrier said at the time that it would deliver video to customers at the same resolution used by streaming video companies. "We deliver whatever the content provider gives us. We don't manipulate the data," Verizon told Ars in February. That changes beginning on Wednesday, both for existing customers and new ones. The changes were detailed today in an announcement of new unlimited data plans. Starting August 23, Verizon's cheapest single-line unlimited smartphone data plan will cost $75 a month, which is $5 less than it cost before. The plan will include only "DVD-quality streaming" of 480p on phones and 720p on tablets.

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Prey cannot evolve resistance to tiger snake venom

Science Daily - 1 hour 31 min ago
Australian tiger snakes have 'hit the jackpot' because prey cannot evolve resistance to their venom. While that may sound foreboding, an expert said that this discovery may have a medical benefit for humans.
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Getting fat to 'talk' again could lower blood glucose and weight

Science Daily - 1 hour 31 min ago
Researchers are exploring a novel approach to treating diabetes: implanting a polymer sponge into fat tissue. Their study has shown that in obese mice with symptoms resembling Type 2 diabetes, the implant reduced weight gain and blood-sugar levels -- by getting the fat to 'talk' again.
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Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds

Science Daily - 1 hour 31 min ago
Photosynthesis provides energy for the vast majority of life on Earth. But chlorophyll, the green pigment that plants use to harvest sunlight, is relatively inefficient. To enable humans to capture more of the sun's energy, scientists have taught bacteria to cover themselves in tiny, highly efficient solar panels to produce useful compounds.
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'Coffee-ring effect' harnessed to provide rapid, low-cost analysis of tap water

Science Daily - 1 hour 31 min ago
'What's in your water?' has become an increasingly fraught question for many people, and getting the answer isn't always easy or cheap. Today, scientists are reporting that they are using the familiar 'coffee-ring effect' to analyze multiple components in a single drop of water easily, quickly and cheaply.
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Turning human waste into plastic, nutrients could aid long-distance space travel

Science Daily - 1 hour 31 min ago
Imagine you're on your way to Mars, and you lose a crucial tool during a spacewalk. Not to worry, you'll simply re-enter your spacecraft and use some microorganisms to convert your urine and exhaled carbon dioxide into chemicals to make a new tool. That's one goal of scientists developing ways to make long space trips feasible.
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Contact in sports may lead to differences in the brains of young, healthy athletes

Science Daily - 1 hour 31 min ago
People who play contact sports show changes to their brain structure and function, with sports that have greater risk of body contact showing greater effects on the brain, a new study has found.
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Growing number of people in Ontario treated for opioid addiction

Science Daily - 1 hour 31 min ago
The rate at which people are being prescribed opioids to treat pain in Ontario has stabilized while the amount of drugs they receive has declined considerably, a new report has found.
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Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat to power wearable devices

Science Daily - 1 hour 32 min ago
A team of engineers has developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat and are capable of powering electronics, such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios. The biofuel cells generate 10 times more power per surface area than any existing wearable biofuel cells. The devices could be used to power a range of wearable devices.
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A potential breeding site of a Miocene era baleen whale

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Baleen whales are amongst the largest animals to have ever lived and yet very little is known about their breeding habits. One researcher's second look at previously found baleen whale fossils from Japan provides new evidence of a now long-gone breeding ground of the extinct baleen whale Parietobalaena yamaokai dating back over 15 million years.
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Is childhood obesity a psychological disorder?

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A team of researchers used fMRI to investigate neural responses to food cues in overweight compared with lean adolescents.
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Brain's self-regulation in teens at risk for obesity

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In a small study that scanned the brains of teenagers while exposing them to tempting 'food cues,' researchers report that reduced activity in the brain's 'self-regulation' system may be an important early predictor of adult obesity.
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Can 'large stars' anti-aging research' help future memory devices?

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Nothing is forever, but is it possible to slow down inescapable decay? An inquiry into the delay of deterioration of quantum memory devices and formation of black holes explained with intuitive analogies from everyday life.
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Fujifilm's Instax SQ10 Instant Camera Review: It Mixes Analog and Digital, With Mixed Results

Wired News - 1 hour 54 min ago
Fujifilm's latest instant camera shoots square film, but is it worth tolerating a quirky camera?
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Bricklaying Robots and Exoskeletons Are the Future of the Construction Industry

Slashdot - 1 hour 54 min ago
David Silverberg reports via Motherboard: One of the most staid and digitally conservative industries is on the verge of a robotic makeover. The global construction space isn't known for ushering new tech into their workforce, but a painful labour shortage, calls for increased worker safety and more low-cost housing, and the need to catch up to other tech-savvy sectors is giving upstarts in robotics and exoskeletons their big moment. The construction industry isn't immune to this phenomenon, but robots and humans may increasingly work hand-in-hand in industrial sectors, according to Brian Turmail, senior executive director of public affairs at the Associated General Contractors of America. This is especially true when the construction industry en masse uses exoskeleton vests, which aim to assist workers with heavy loads and thus reduce their risk of injury. The Hadrian X is a bricklaying robot courtesy Australia's Fastbrick Robotics, which uses its 30-meter metal arm to lay bricks at a rate of 1,000 bricks per hour, compared to a human worker's average of 1,000 a day. Due for release in late 2017, Hadrian X can read a 3D CAD model of the house and then it follows those instructions precisely, working day and night. New York-based Construction Robotics has also developed its take on a bricklaying robot. SAM can lay 3,000 bricks a day, and the company said it's about time this industry got a whiff of the change almost every other market has been seeing.

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Netflix Is Using 'The Defenders' to Understand Its Audience

Wired News - 2 hours 54 min ago
The crossover show lets the streaming service see how their shows' fans overlap.
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Watch Hackers Hijack Three Robots for Spying and Sabotage

Wired News - 2 hours 54 min ago
An early taste of the hacked robot uprising.
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After 'Super Bowl of Eclipses,' US Looks Forward to 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Space.com - 3 hours 24 min ago
The Great American Solar Eclipse has ended, but another total solar eclipse is coming to the U.S. in 2024 and planning is already underway.
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'Mr. Eclipse' Explains Why the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Is Special

Space.com - 3 hours 24 min ago
First-timers and experienced eclipse observers alike gathered in Casper, Wyoming, to observe this incredible celestial sight.
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See the Latest Videos of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, from Across the U.S.

Space.com - 3 hours 25 min ago
See the latest videos of the 2017 total solar eclipse as they come in from observers across the U.S., in the air and in space here.
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