Samsung Galaxy S8

There is a large battle in the tech world especially between the two tech giants of the phone world: Apple and Samsung. Despite the conflicts between both Apple and Samsung users, no one can doubt that everyone is excited for the brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ due to be released on March 29th in Barcelona.

The phone will be released on March 29th 2017 in Barcelona, where it will be available for sale and will gradually make its way to the shops globally and will be released in the Uk on April 21st 2017.

The new phone will be battery tested in a more thorough procedure to prevent incidents similar to the galaxy note 7 fiasco of 2016. Also more battery space has been added as an experimental way of preventing the phone to explode.

As well as in built fire/ explosion prevention systems, the S8 has leaked features which are still yet to be verified however have a good possibility to be included.

The first and probably most exciting feature of them all is the new iris scanner and facial recognition system. The system theoretically should be similar to that that is seen in films which makes the phone even more futuristic. This system (along with fingerprint) will be used as a lock system for even more privacy and protection of identification.

The other concept features will be reviewed in less detail as they are less exciting:
2. Narrower bezel and much bigger, dual curved display.
3. Ultra HD 4K resolution.
4. A revamped virtual or rear home button.
5. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (most likely for the Uk)
6. Dual rear cameras.
7. USB-C port.

As well as all of these amazing feature the Samsung Galaxy S8 comes in a variety of colours and ultimately should be a massive step in technology and a massive improvement to previous phones to be marvelled at.

Story by Harry (Main contributor), Adam and Logan (film contributors), correspondents of the BBC school report of St Ambrose Barlow

Yahoo accounts hacked

 

Yahoo said on Wednesday that it had discovered another major cyber-attack.

They said that data from more than 1 billion user’s accounts was compromised.

“Don’t panic,” security expert Graham Cluley told the BBC, although he does add that there are plenty of reasons to be concerned.

The problem is that they have only just found out that this happened and it happened in August in 2013. 3 years ago!

Yahoo has also said it is investigating a more recent, separate issue that might have made some accounts accessible without passwords.

This means that there is another problem that Yahoo isn’t telling everyone that could have something to do with the hacking of the accounts. Another problem is that they have only just told people about the hack now so if they would have said about this in 2013 this might have been sorted but it’s a been 3 years so loads of more information has been compromised. The hacker(s) could have got used to the system and found out more ways to access the private information.

“Your email account is the central hub of your entire online existence – if they own that they can ask for password resets on other accounts you have online as well,” explains Mr Cluley. This isn’t very reassuring for people, this just makes them more worried.

Yahoo own many accounts but Yahoo has said, though, that accounts for Tumblr – which it also owns – would not have been affected.

By Alisha

The Reality of Internet Dating

The Reality of ‘Hook Up’ apps:

In 2013 the reported crimes (in England and Wales) of any dating apps were 55; according to the Freedom of Information Act. The number spiked to 204 in 2014, only to jump again to 412 in 2015. The amount of people who use dating apps is rising every day and with that rises the risk. The most common reports that police get are violent or sexual crimes, which includes grooming, rapes, and the sexual exploitation of children.

The dangers of using apps like Tinder are horrific, as Angela Jay learnt. Angela was savagely attacked by a man she met on Tinder, he stabbed and doused in petrol. Allegedly, he had gone to her home before and waited her for her to arrive from work before his attack. The 28 year old doctor was attacked as she ended their brief relationship, which Paul Lambert (the attacker) was not happy about. He blew up her phone with threatening and abusive messages, such as “You’re are not safe in that house… I have some of the house keys.” Angela actually had a restraining order on the man, yet that meant nothing to him. After she was stabbed repeatedly, she dragged her body to the neighbour’s house.  He tried to flee but was caught on the highway. The strangest thing is that it was most out of character for Lambert, which comes to show how the internet shows a different side to people, one you would never imagine.

This is only one of the many stories that show a different side to dating apps. All you see are the ‘success stories’ of how someone found their ‘soul mate’ on Tinder, yet the reality of it all may be harder to grasp, as it is much, much worse.

 

 

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Are we living in an alternate universe?

We could be living in another universe

Do you happen to know the song ‘We are the Champions’ by Queen? If so, just sing the end line of the song.

Did you happen to sing, ‘We are the champions of the world’? Well, that’s not how the song ends. This is one example of the Mandela Effect.

The Mandela effect was discovered by Fionna Broom in 2010. The “Mandela Effect” is what happens when someone has a clear memory of something that never happened in this reality. The Mandela effect is the theory that as well as parallel universes existing we switch between them all the time without realising.

Ask yourself these 3 simple question:

  • What does Darth Vader say to Luke when he reveals he is he father?
  • In Snow White, is the famous line “Mirror mirror on the Wall”?
  • Febreeze or Febreze?

 

Here are the answers:

  • “Luke, I am your father.”
  • No, it’s “magic mirror on the wall”.
  • Febreze

 

Did you get them right?

There are many other explanations to suggest there isn’t a Mandela effect and that we are not living in an alternate universe.

For example, humans love repetition and it is psychologically proven to enchant the brain. This can explain why so many people remember the end as ‘We are the champions of the world’.

Another explanation is that certain famous phrases would have been passed down centuries so people might have recited the phrases incorrectly meaning everyone  remembers it a particular way. For example “Mirror mirror on the wall” is the phrase that most people of the past 3 decades use but older people remember it as the original, “Magic mirror on the wall”.

What do you believe? Do you think we’re living in an alternate universe?

By Ines

 

Can music affect concentration?

A study was done at the Imperial College and the Royal College of Music to examine whether listening to music influenced concentration whilst doing a task.

Families often have arguments over whether children should be allowed to listen to music whilst revising and music has often been used in professional settings such as operating theatre. The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, involved playing music into participant’s ears whilst they attempted to play the board game ‘Operation’ – where players have to remove pieces with tweezers without setting off a buzzer. The 350 people had to carry out the tasks whilst being played AC/DC, Mozart and then the background music of an operating theatre.

Whilst women weren’t effected by any of the music played the men seemed to have a higher level performance when listening to Mozart. However this was only the case for people who enjoyed listening to classical music and after this was considered there appeared to be no change in their performance.

The research teams could not come up with an explanation as to why women were less affected but suggested it might be a greater susceptibility among men to “auditory stress” – where sensitivity is affected by “loud or discordant music”.

Dr Daisy Fancourt, leader author of the research, regarded the study using the board game ‘Operation’ as “tongue in cheek” but that it was a component of wider research into how music could change people’s performance, including in settings such as operating theatres.

However questions were raised about whether different types of music could influence the effectiveness of how teams worked. “This study suggests that for men who are operating or playing a board game, rock music may be a bad idea,” Dr Fancourt said.

By Finnerty

Man steals $1m on ‘Game of War’ and spends it

A Californian man, Kevin Lee Co, misused $4.8m and spent $1m of it on the app, Game of War. From about May 2008 to March 2015, he engaged in a scheme to defraud almost $5 million from his employer Holt.

Kevin abused the authority to conduct hundreds of unauthorised credit card transactions on the company’s account, to change and fraud many records regarding the credit account and to mislead the bank that held the credit account when it made inquiries about his suspicious transactions.

As part of a plea agreement Kevin Lee Co, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

In total, he must pay Holt (also the owner of Game of War) $4,542,236.08 in compensation, and he potentially faces 20 years in prison according to the plea agreement documents.

by Ben, coordinator of the Science and Technology section