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Huawei caught cheating performance test for new phones

UL, the company behind the tablet and phone performance benchmark app 3DMark, has delisted new Huawei phones from its “Best Smartphone” leaderboard after AnandTech discovered the phone maker was boosting its performance to ace the app’s test.

The phones delisted were the P20, P20 Pro, Nova 3 and the Honor Play.

“After testing the devices in our own lab and confirming that they breach our rules, we have decided to delist the affected models and remove them from our performance rankings,” the company said in a statement.

For the Huawei case, the rules are actually a little fuzzy. Phones are permitted to adjust performance based on workload, which results in peaks or dips in performance for different apps, but they are not permitted to hard-code peaks in performance specifically for the benchmark app. Huawei reportedly claimed that the peak in performance seen during the run of the benchmark app was an intuitive jump determined by AI; however, when an unlabeled version of the benchmark test was run, the phones were unable to recognize it and, as a result, displayed lower performances.

In other words, the phones aren’t so smart after all.

Huawei is not the first company caught overstepping these rules. Samsung did as well in 2013, and ironically the results of these benchmark tests actually mean little in terms of overall general performance of the phone.

While they can point to how a phone may perform during heavy stress, average performance is still best discovered through individual testing.

Huawei did not immediately return a request for comment.


Source: TechCrunch

JUST’s plant-based eggs are coming to a grocery store near you

Vegans, rejoice! JUST’s sustainable egg alternative is set to arrive in stores this fall.

The vegan foods company, formerly known as Hampton Creek, will sell the egg-free and dairy-free “egg” in certain grocery store chains across the U.S. 

JUST co-founder and CEO Josh Tetrick, whose company was valued at $1.1 billion last year, says fans of JUST have long-awaited this day.

“Launching JUST Egg is a major milestone and we’re excited for it to become a favorite part of families’ meals far into the future,” Tetrick said in a statement. “Fans of JUST have been looking forward to this moment for some time and we’re eager to hear customers’ feedback when they try it at home or in their favorite restaurants.”

JUST’s “egg” product is among its growing line of vegan foods. It also carries salad dressing, cookie dough and mayo, most of which you can buy on Amazon and in grocery stores. The company also runs a clean meat lab, where it’s competing against Impossible Foods, Memphis Meats and other startups to conquer the lab-grown meat market.

If you’re unfamiliar with JUST, you may remember Hampton Creek. The company ditched its former name in 2017 after major scandals and poor business decisions led it down a bad, bad road.

Founded in 2011, JUST was a VC darling, raising capital from Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff and Khosla Ventures, among others. But in 2016, reports emerged that employees were buying products off the shelves to increase sales figures, a move that resulted in an SEC investigation.

The company went on to lose several executives amid other reports it was blasting through $10 million per month. The final blow, however, was last July, when every member of the company’s board stepped down, except for CEO Josh Tetrick, who remains at the helm.

After a couple of months, Tetrick hit the ground running again with new board members and patents signaling a new direction for JUST.

JUST Egg will be available in Hy-Vee, Fresh Thyme, Gelson’s, Nugget, Mollie Stone’s, New Seasons, Lunardi’s, Mariano’s, Haggen, Metropolitan Market, Acme Fresh Markets and others.


Source: TechCrunch

The Truth About Amazon, Food Stamps, and Tax Breaks

Bernie Sanders wants companies like Amazon to pay when their employees rely on public benefits, but the retail giant benefits even more from economic incentives offered by local politicians.
Source: Wired

Epic NASA panorama shows Curiosity rover under dusty Mars skies – CNET

It’s a selfie and a stunning Mars landscape together in one.
Source: CNET

Twitter brings Bookmarks to the web with a new design, now in testing

Twitter is testing a new experience for web users, the company announced in a tweet on Thursday. A small number of Twitter users will see the updated version of Twitter for web, which will include access to Twitter’s Bookmarks feature, and scrolling through Twitter’s Explore section, the tweet said and a spokesperson confirmed.

However, Business Insider grabbed screenshots of the opt-in pop-up that appears when you’re invited to test the revamped website, which promises other features like night mode, data saver and more.

These are not necessarily “new” features though — Twitter rolled out its dark-themed “Night Mode” to the web client a year ago.

The differences appear to be more subtle, as it turns out. For example, Night Mode is now a toggle switch, as is Data Saver, instead of an option to click on from your settings menu.

Trends also shifted from one side of the home page to the other, underneath the “Who to follow” suggestions, which gives the interface a cleaner, more organized appearance.

The “Compose Tweet” pop-up looks different as well. Instead of a boxed-in rectangular area to write in, it’s more of an open space with an underline. The “Location” button is missing on Compose, too, and the “Tweet” button has moved to the top.

The addition of Bookmarks to the web client is the biggest and most welcome change. The feature publicly launched in February of this year on mobile platforms, but had not yet made it to the web. None of the other tweaks seem to be radical changes, though — not like the update that turned Twitter’s stars into hearts, for instance, or the one that introduced threads.

Twitter declined to say how many users were being opted in at present, or when the experience would roll out more broadly. But if you’re being offered the opt-in, you’ll see it.


Source: TechCrunch

More than 60 percent of Steam gamers have finally moved to Windows 10

Windows 10 is the most popular operating system among gamers. Windows 10 is now twice as popular among Steam gamers. It earned a more than 60 percent market share, compared to just 30 percent for Windows 7.

The post More than 60 percent of Steam gamers have finally moved to Windows 10 appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Twitter Finally Bans Alex Jones—Over a Publicity Stunt

After years of abuse and spreading conspiracy theories, Alex Jones finally went too far for Twitter with a relatively tame rant.
Source: Wired

Consejos para conseguir una cita con alguien más atractivo que usted

La actividad de los usuarios una web de citas ‘online’ revela las estrategias que siguen para encontrar pareja y su eficacia. Los resultados revelan que aumentar los contactos con personas de una ‘liga’ superior mejora las posibilidades de obtener respuesta 
Source: MIT

Finja que baila como una estrella con una cámara corriente y esta IA

Hasta ahora, transferir los movimientos de una persona a otra en un vídeo era bastante complicado. Esta investigación ha logrado el mismo proceso de una forma mucho más sencilla y los resultados son impresionantes. Las industrias del cine y los videojuegos estarán encantadas
Source: MIT

Mark your calendar: Google will launch new hardware on October 9 in NYC

Save the date: Google will announce new hardware on October 9 in New York City. The date and venue are a change of pace considering the past two October events took place on October 4 in San Francisco.

The post Mark your calendar: Google will launch new hardware on October 9 in NYC appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

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