The web interface for Google Fit is going away. This isn’t particularly notable other than a tool some might have used, and a potential attack vector to steal your information, is gone as of March 19th.
The app will still function and all your data will be updated there and Google Fit isn’t going anywhere for a while.
Anyone here ever use the Google Fit web dashboard?[Android Police]
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This is the first phone I’ve worked with that I think is aimed directly at contractors, handymen, wiring and lighting techs, computer technicians, rock climbers, and anyone who has to manually work while physically in possession of a (usually,) breakable device.
Let’s start with how long it lasts… I don’t know honestly. It’s got a 5050mAh battery built in, and a clip-on 5000mAh battery that you can recharge separately, and after a day of playing with it I managed to only knock the 5000mAh down by about 20%. I’ll note, as with anything your experience will vary due to carrier signal, usage, etc.
You can slap the power bank onto the phone, it turns into something the size of phones straight out of the mid 90’s, and will charge your phone and main battery up at which time you can just pop it off and put it on.
Doogee S90 specs
Protection: IP68 / IP69K / MIL-STD-810G
CPU: Helio P60 Octa-core processor (2.0ghz?)
GPU: ARM Mai-G72 MP3 800MHz GPU
Storage: 128GB internal storage
Battery: 5050 mAh
Charging: 10W Fast Wireless, USB-C (unlisted speed)
Dual SIM (or SIM+Micro-SD) (uses nano-SIM)
Bands: 6 modules of 29 bands Full Netcom
Camera: 16+8MP rear Samsung AI sensor, dual PDAF, LED Flash, F/2.0
Front cam: 8MP Sony IMX134, 90 degree wide angle.
Fingerprint, code, swipe, face unlock
OK, so let’s talk about what makes this particularly an interesting phone. First off it’s modular, which has killed some lines of phones in the past.
You want more battery? Clip it on. You need a walkie talkie? Clip it on. You want a game device? Clip a controller on. You want a night vision camera (light enhancing, not IR.) Clip it on.
The rear of the phone has the pinouts for a USB done in such a way that their devices, which attach magnetically to the rear of the phone, just snap into being plugged in. No need to expose the USB-C port to water, debris, etc.
You need a flashlight? It’s got two son. You want to trigger that flashlight without unlocking the phone? You have a programmable button.
Do you need to take photos in the rain? There’s an app for that… and you may be thinking – but how am I going to launch this with the rain pouring down and the answer is that programmable hardware button. You can change apps by 1 press, 2 press, or long press. I’ve set the water-based camera up for a long press.
The water camera only responds to pressing the waterproof hardware buttons. So no danger of taking photos when the rain manages to fall on the screen. Need to take photos underwater? You can do that and we’ll have some test shots soon.
Every corner of this phone has guards to ward off shattering.
We’ll discuss the modules later when I’ve had more times to play with them. I’ve received the battery pack and the low light/night vision camera and I’m working on how to properly visually display how the low light camera works – think it’s just going to end up being “this is brighter than it appeared to my eyes” as I can’t really do a dual capture.
In case the captions above don’t show, the above benchmarks are for a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (about $1000 at launch Sep 2017, Antutu 198,866) vs the Doogee S90 (about $300 at launch Feb 2019, antutu 131,430.)
Paul complains about everything
Bearing in mind this is only a few days in for me, here’s what annoys me about this phone so far.
If the battery’s on you don’t have a fingerprint sensor. Solution: pop off the battery or use a different biometric to unlock.
Hardware special functions button cannot be accessed while screen off. All this means is you have to press the power button first to access the hardware special functions, but if I want a flashlight in the dark I don’t want to be temporarily blinded by the screen light. Should be noted you do not have to unlock the phone, just power the screen.
Notifications in the OS are somewhat odd. I’m not sure if I just haven’t played with AOSP based ROMs lately or what but it feels like sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, and sometimes I’ve got something else over them if I’m in landscape mode. Software correctable.
Not a fan of the launcher, but that’s easy enough to change.
Something about the display isn’t quite right. I’m still working on figuring out whether it’s the display on this phone or the display I’ve become used to on my Note 8. Colors feel like they’re wider and more vivid, but not in the right way. There’s a display enhancement software included I’m playing with, but colorblind man trying to figure out why the colors don’t look right.
Overall there are some kinks to be ironed out of the OS, but nothing insurmountable that I’ve run across.
Testing the Doogee S90 on a live network
You may recall I use Ting for secondary devices – I’d been using it for a tracking watch for my 5yo (only when we went to a science center where there’s a 7-level playground that goes across 3 floors and there’s no way for me to follow) and I decided to try it out with the S90.
Ting’s contracting with T-Mobile in my area, I blew $10 for a gig of data and did an OTA speed test coming in at about 40mbit, which judging by my friend’s at my house is the maximum speed you get when in the shadow of the building across the street on T-Mobile. So decent radios.
Local speed tests indicated the WiFi was pretty good. I usually get a 300mbit+ speed test on my router, think I was about 270. Running head to head with my Note 8 the WiFi just a bit slower every time. Please bear in mind most aren’t going to use over 50mbit for 4K streaming, just testing out things.
Phone calls seemed unremarkable. It claimed it was in HD anyone I called. Sounded about what my Note 8 sounds like, which is perfectly acceptable.
I’ll be playing with this the next few days and get back for an update soon.
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- Learning to Generalize from Sparse and Underspecified Rewards (Google) — where an agent receives a complex input, such as a natural language instruction, and needs to generate a complex response, such as an action sequence, while only receiving binary success-failure feedback. Such success-failure rewards are often underspecified: they do not distinguish between purposeful and accidental success. Generalization from underspecified rewards hinges on discounting spurious trajectories that attain accidental success, while learning from sparse feedback requires effective exploration. […] The MeRL approach outperforms our alternative reward learning technique based on Bayesian Optimization, and achieves the state-of-the-art on weakly-supervised semantic parsing. It improves previous work by 1.2% and 2.4% on WikiTableQuestions and WikiSQL datasets respectively. An important area of machine learning because most successes and failures don’t come with a root cause analysis.
- Generating Combinations — Gosper’s Hack is a very elegant piece of code for generating combinations. I love hacks like this (this one first appeared in the classic MIT text, HAKMEM. Gosper is Bill Gosper who also invented the Game of Life glider gun among his many claims to fame).
- Manifold’s Decision-Making Process — there’s nothing specific to Manifold here, this is just good advice about knowing who is making a decision and then involving people according to the consequence and irreversibility of the decision. Every organisation has to learn how to make decisions before its dysfunction grinds progress to a halt.
- Workism is Making Americans Miserable (The Atlantic) — The economists of the early 20th century did not foresee that work might evolve from a means of material production to a means of identity production. They failed to anticipate that, for the poor and middle class, work would remain a necessity; but for the college-educated elite, it would morph into a kind of religion, promising identity, transcendence, and community. Call it workism. The punchline is great, and the journey there is hard to argue with: The vast majority of workers are happier when they spend more hours with family, friends, and partners, according to research. Work is not that.
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Huawei Mate X vs Samsung Galaxy Fold! The Mate X features 3 screens (6.3″, 6.8″, 8″ OLED) fully-foldable design, 5G and superfast 55W charging with the Kirin 980! Is the Mate X the folding future of smartphones? The Tech Chap goes hands-on (sort of…)!
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ST. JAMES –
Suffolk police say a man is facing charges for shooting a drone out of the sky with a shotgun Saturday in St. James.
They say members of Missing Angels-Long Island, a group that seeks missing pets, were using a Mavic 2 Zoom drone to look for a lost dog. The drone became unresponsive shortly before 5 p.m.
The group used the drone’s GPS to determine that it was last above a home on Rutherford Street in St. James.
Police say an investigation determined that a resident of the home, 26-year-old Gerard Chasteen, had fired three shotgun shots into the air from his yard, taking out the drone.
Suffolk police say multiple shotguns were confiscated from the home.
Chasteen is charged with criminal mischief and prohibited use of a weapon. He was issued a field appearance ticket.
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