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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 leak shows design without a rotating bezel (2 minute read)
Samsung's new Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will have a capacitive touch bezel instead of a rotating bezel. It will have a raised bezel to provide more protection to the watch face. The lower-end model will have a similar look but with a flat front. Both models have a rubber watch band. Both watches should be released in August. Leaked images of the watches are available in the article.
Vision-based AI drones outfly world-class human pilots (4 minute read)
A trio of champion drone racers recently faced off against vision-based AI drones in a race and lost. The drones used onboard vision systems and their own computers to fly. They did not have the aid of motion-capture systems or off-board computers. Motion capture systems can provide near-perfect state estimation, making a race between humans and AI completely unfair. Several drone racing clips are available in the article.
Electron whirlpools: Scientists witness electricity behaving like water (2 minute read)
Researchers at MIT have observed electron whirlpools for the first time in crystals of tungsten ditelluride. Electricity is made up of discrete particles, and it can flow with the viscosity of honey under the right conditions. Tungsten ditelluride is a new quantum material that allows electrons to strongly interact and behave as quantum waves rather than particles. The study confirmed a long-standing prediction and it could lead to more efficient electronics designs.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Holograms, light-leaks and how to build CSS-only shaders (10 minute read)
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Netflix brings spatial audio to its lineup of original series and movies (1 minute read)
Netflix has partnered with Sennheiser to bring spatial audio to its original programming for all devices. The feature will start rolling out today. It was previously only available on specific Apple devices. Spatial audio will be automatically enabled when using stereo audio. Users can search for shows with the feature by typing 'spatial audio' into the search bar.