Results From This Blind Smartphone Camera Test Will Surprise You

Marques Brownlee, also known as MKBHD, hosted his third annual, 17-minute blind smartphone camera test featuring 20 new smartphones. The phones were grouped into a bracket that hid the phone names while the public voted for their favorites.

First of all, it’s important to note right from the start that this “test” is the furthest thing from scientific in nature.

“This isn’t a scientific test at all,” Brownlee says. “In fact, it’s kind of the opposite of a scientific test.”

The point of this playoff-style bracket isn’t to objectively claim one camera is better than another, but rather serves as a good case study for what people think makes a photo “good.” By the end, and after over 10 million total votes were cast, Brownlee was able to point out some interesting conclusions from the information he gathered.

The concept of the test is simple: Brownlee put together a seeded

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Supernova surprise creates elemental mystery — ScienceDaily

Michigan State University (MSU) researchers have discovered that one of the most important reactions in the universe can get a huge and unexpected boost inside exploding stars known as supernovae.

This finding also challenges ideas behind how some of the Earth’s heavy elements are made. In particular, it upends a theory explaining the planet’s unusually high amounts of some forms, or isotopes, of the elements ruthenium and molybdenum.

“It’s surprising,” said Luke Roberts, an assistant professor at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, FRIB, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, at MSU. Roberts implemented the computer code that the team used to model the environment inside a supernova. “We certainly spent a lot of time making sure the results were correct.”

The results, published online on Dec. 2 in the journal Nature, show that the innermost regions of supernovae can forge carbon atoms over 10 times faster than

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Google Hit With Surprise Labor Rights Complaint Over Fired Workers

File photo of Google’s main campus in Mountain View, California in 2019.

File photo of Google’s main campus in Mountain View, California in 2019.
Photo: Amy Osborne (Getty Images)

The National Labor Relations Board filed a surprise complaint on Wednesday accusing Google of illegally surveilling and firing two workers who had tried to form a union at the tech giant. What’s so surprising? The Trump administration isn’t exactly known as a defender of labor rights.

Google fired several employees in 2019 over what the company called in an internal memo, “clear and repeated violations of our data security policies.” Those policies included use of work calendar apps for protest organizing, a policy the NLRB says didn’t actually exist before they were fired according to the new complaint.

Two of the fired employees, Laurence Berland and Kathryn Spiers, have identified themselves as being named in the new complaint, though the copy that has been issued redacts many of the

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Neuroscientists use sports to study surprise — ScienceDaily

The gasp of surprise. Fans leap to their feet. Shouts ring out.

The most exciting moments in sports are often linked to surprise, an unexpected change of circumstances that abruptly shifts the anticipated outcome of the game.

Princeton neuroscientist James Antony decided to capitalize on these moments to study how human brains process surprise.

“We’re trying to figure out how people update their understanding of things that are occurring in the real world, based on how events unfold over time — how they set up these contextually-based predictions, and what happens when those are confirmed or contradicted,” said Antony, a CV Starr Fellow in Neuroscience and the first author on a paper published today in the journal Neuron.

The researchers observed 20 self-identified basketball fans as they watched the last five minutes of nine games from the 2012 men’s NCAA March Madness tournament. While they watched the games, a

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Surprise Galaxy S21 Leak, Honor Leaves Huawei, Google Pay’s New Adventure

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the stunning Galaxy S21 screen leaks, saying goodbye to the Galaxy Note, Google Pay’s new banking play, reviewing the OnePlus Nord N10 5G, Huawei’s route to Qualcomm, Honor gains independence, and a rollable smartphone screen…

Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).

Samsung’s All Screen Galaxy S21

As discussions continue about Samsung’s Galaxy S21 arriving one month ahead of schedule in January, more details on the South Korean company’s flagship have leaked. The latest includes a closer look at the display, with almost total coverage.Forbes’ Gordon Kelly:

“Thanks to newly leaked CAD files, we know the front of the Galaxy S21 Ultra will

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Apple ‘Christmas Surprise’ Is On The Way, Leaker Says


  • Apple has already released a slew of hardware and software products this year
  • A leaker claims the company still has a surprise coming for everyone
  • The surprise is “good for winter,” the leaker says

Apple just launched a slew of new Macs running on its own silicon, the iPhone 12 series of smartphones, Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE. A noted leaker, however, claims that the Cupertino tech giant isn’t done with its surprises yet.

The leaker known only as L0vetodream tweeted Saturday that consumers will “get a Christmas surprise” from Apple.

The tipster didn’t explicitly mention what kind of surprise this is but teased that it is a “winter exclusive” and that it is “good for winter.”

The teasers do not end there. In another tweet, L0vetodream admitted that they intentionally declined to give details regarding the item in question.

“I did not mention

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Surprise Samsung Galaxy S21 Will Cause New Problems For Google, Apple

Not only will the Galaxy S21 arrive surprisingly early next year, it looks like Samsung will dramatically shake up its Note and Galaxy S ranges too. 

Last week respected tipster Ice Universe claimed that the S21 Ultra will support S Pen useage. Another reliable tipster, Max Jambor, added that the new handset won’t have an in-built space to house the stylus, rather the S21 Ultra will simply support its functionality.

Yesterday, sources speaking with Android Police confirmed that the S21 Ultra will support the stylus, but it won’t be included in the box. Instead, Samsung will sell a case that comes with the S Pen. If accurate, it looks like 2021 could finally be the year Samsung merges the

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Surprise Galaxy Upgrade, Honor 10X Lite Revealed, Fixing Gmail’s New Icons

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes new Galaxy S21 details, Samsung updates S20 Fan Edition, Honor 10X Lite launched, Moto G9 Power’s massive battery, Pixel 5 screen gap confirmed, OnePlus Nord N10 5G on sale, and how to return to Google’s old icons.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).

The Galaxy S21’s Faster Schedule

Samsung looks set to announce the new Galaxy smartphones – the presumptively named Galaxy S21 family – a month earlier than usual. The details come from noted industry Jon Prosser:

“Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra; Announcement: January 14, 2021; Pre-order: January 14, 2021; Launch: January 29, 2021; Black, White, Grey, Silver, Violet

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Why Cognizant Technology (CTSH) Might Surprise This Earnings Season

Investors are always looking for stocks that are poised to beat at earnings season and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation CTSH may be one such company. The firm has earnings coming up pretty soon, and events are shaping up quite nicely for their report.

That is because Cognizant Technology is seeing favorable earnings estimate revision activity as of late, which is generally a precursor to an earnings beat. After all, analysts raising estimates right before earnings — with the most up-to-date information possible — is a pretty good indicator of some favorable trends underneath the surface for CTSH in this report.

In fact, the Most Accurate Estimate for the current quarter is currently at 92 cents per share for CTSH, compared to a broader Zacks Consensus Estimate of 90 cents per share. This suggests that analysts have very recently bumped up their estimates for CTSH, giving the stock a Zacks Earnings

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