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Sawasdee ! How are you doing ?

A news today that make surprising : Do toilet papers have a heartbeat? Fitness trackers say yes. And its description

as below;

In a series of images, users who strapped their fitness trackers around a roll of toilet paper got readings like 71bpm

(beats per minute) while a user with an Apple Watch got a reading of 69bpm.

 Many thanks to Google Translate again.

 

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Taylor Swift Jumps into Politics

October 09, 2018

FILE - Taylor Swift poses in the press room with the award for top female artist and the award for top selling album for
FILE - Taylor Swift poses in the press room with the award for top female artist and the award for top selling album for "reputation" at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
 

This is What’s Trending Today…

Taylor Swift is one of the biggest names in American pop music. Millions of fans follow the singer-songwriter on social media for the latest in music and fashion.

On Sunday night, Swift did something that she has never done before. She announced her opposition to one candidate, and her support for others, running in November’s midterm elections.

Swift wrote, “due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years…I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.” She added that she “will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.”

Blackburn is a Republican Party lawmaker representing the state of Tennessee. She serves in the United States House of Representatives. Swift wrote that Blackburn is against gay rights, equal pay for women and legislation to protect women from domestic violence, stalking and date rape.

Taylor Swift's Instagram post
Taylor Swift's Instagram post

President Donald Trump, who has campaigned for Blackburn, dismissed Swift’s opinion of the candidate. He said, Swift “doesn’t know anything about her. And let’s say that I like Taylor’s music about 25 percent less now, OK?”

The singer also asked her 112 million followers on Instagram to register to vote. She wrote, “October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting!”

The non-profit website vote.org reported a flood of new voter registration after the post. A spokeswoman told Buzzfeed, "We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift's post.”

The site reported that 190,178 new voters were registered in the entire month of September and 56,669 were registered in August. The vote.org spokeswoman said, “Thank God for Taylor Swift.”

Republican Party politician and television host, Mike Huckabee, however, dismissed that idea. He tweeted that Swift “won’t impact election unless we allow 13 yr old girls to vote.”

And that’s What’s Trending Today.

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appall - v. to cause someone to feel fear, shock, or disgust

domestic - adj. relating to or involving someone's home or family

impact - n. a major influence or effect

allow - v. permit

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Google Launches New Phones, Tablet, Home Hub

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The Google Pixel 3 XL, left, and Google Pixel 3 smartphones are shown in this photo, in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Google Pixel 3 XL, left, and Google Pixel 3 smartphones are shown in this photo, in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
 

Google has launched the latest versions of its Pixel smartphone, as well as a new tablet computer and a smart home controller.

The new products were announced during an event Tuesday in New York.

Google launched the first Pixel smartphone two years ago as part of a major new effort to develop hardware. The company is better known for building software to power internet search technology and the Android smartphone operating system.

Over the past two years, Google has sold about 7 million Pixel phones, the technology research company IDC estimates. Those sales are a very small part of the estimated 3.6 billion phones sold by all manufacturers during that same two-year period. Apple, for example, sold about 388 million iPhones during the two years.

 

 

Google’s new smartphones – the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL - appear aimed at providing iPhone-like features at a lower price.

The Pixel 3 will be available October 18 in the United States for $799. The larger Pixel 3 XL will cost $899. This compares to the iPhone Xs, which sells for $999, and the iPhone Xs Max, priced at $1099.

Both new Pixels are also being released in 12 other countries, including Japan, Singapore and India.

During Tuesday’s launch event, Google officials demonstrated new features and improvements to the Pixel 3. At times, they made direct comparisons to iPhones.

Google promises better camera performance in its Pixel 3 devices. A new tool is designed to use machine learning software to produce better low-light and close-up shots. The tool works by combining many shots quickly taken one after the other. The camera also uses machine learning to examine the many photos it takes in an effort to find and suggest the best ones.

The cameras on the back of the Google Pixel 3 XL, left, and Google Pixel 3 smartphones are shown in this photo, in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The cameras on the back of the Google Pixel 3 XL, left, and Google Pixel 3 smartphones are shown in this photo, in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Pixel 3 phones were also built with two camera lenses in front, which Google demonstrated as a helpful tool when taking selfieswith large groups.

The phone is also able to answer itself if the user cannot or does not want to pick up. If a call comes in, the user can touch the screen to have the phone answer and ask who is calling. The answer from the person placing the call is then put into a text message and shared with the user in real time.

Google Product Manager Liza Ma said the feature puts the user in complete control of the phone.

“You can decide whether to pick up, send a quick reply, or mark the call spam. You’ll never have to talk to another telemarketer.”

As with the earlier models, the new Pixels center heavily on the company’s search engine and other products. These include maps, Google Assistant and YouTube video service.

Google also introduced its new Home Hub, an internet-connected smart speaker and home controller with a small screen. The device is similar to Amazon’s Echo Show and Facebook’s new Portal.

A Google Home Hub is displayed in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
A Google Home Hub is displayed in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The company said Home Hub is designed to be a central controller for many devices throughout the home, such as lights, outdoor cameras, temperature controls and televisions. Like similar devices, it can be activated by voice to play music and look up information on the internet.

Home Hub will cost $149 when it goes on sale later this month in the United States, Britain and Australia. This compares to the new version of Amazon’s Echo Show, which sells for $229. The cost of the Facebook Portal starts at $199.

The Google Pixel Slate, with keyboard and stylus, is displayed in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Google Pixel Slate, with keyboard and stylus, is displayed in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Google also announced it would launch a new computer tablet later this year called the Pixel Slate. The company says the device will be powered by its own newly designed Chrome OS system. It appears aimed at competing with Apple’s iPad Pro.

The Slate will run Android phone apps, but Google says it offers performance closer to a desktop computer. It is priced at $599. An exact release date has not yet been announced.

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Words in This Story

 

tablet – n. a small computing device that is controlled by touching the screen or by using a special pen

software – n. the instructions that control what a computer does

hardware – n. machines or equipment used inside computers or together with electronic devices

feature – n. an interesting or important part, quality, ability, etc.

lens – n. curved piece of glass used by cameras to capture pictures

selfie – n. a picture that you take of yourself especially by using the camera on your smartphone

spam – n. unwanted internet messages

telemarketer – n. a person or company that sells a product or service by phone

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Mu Pa rescue an inspiration for the world, says mission chief

Breaking News October 11, 2018 01:00

By THE NATION

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THE multinational rescue operation to free the Mu Pa football team members from Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province should be an inspiration for people around the globe to help one another, the mission’s chief, Narongsak Ostanakorn, said in New York.

“I hope this experience inspires people to start living for others,” Narongsak said. “That would be a game changer for the world.”

Narongsak was speaking after receiving the 2018 Game Changer of the Year award at a ceremony hosted by Asia Society.

Narongsak, now the governor of Phayao province, was Chiang Rai governor when 12 Mu Pa football players and their deputy coach went missing in Tham Luang cave in late June. He led the 17-day successful mission that caught global attention and dominated world headlines.

Narongsak was joined on stage by deputy coach Ekkapon Chantawong and one of the young footballers, Adul Sam-on.

Adul had earned international praise for his English-language skills during a conversation with two British divers who first found the group 10 days after they had gone missing, without food in the dark, cold and flooded cave. Ekkapon was also hailed for taking care of the boys and for his advice in helping them survive the ordeal.

The other Mu Pa members were attending the International Youth Games in Buenos Aires at the invitation of the International Olympic Committee. They will follow the three and take part in “Thanking the World” activities in New York.

In a panel talk hosted by Asia Society’s Tom Nagorski, Ekkapon told UPI news agency through an interpreter, “It is unbelievable that everybody, every person around the world, would come and rescue us. I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to everybody who helped us.”

Narongsak was quoted as saying that there was a lot of pressure on his shoulders. By the 10th day of the mission, people didn’t believe [the children] could be still alive.”

UPI reported that inside the cave, where the group may have been digging a tunnel to the outside world, Ekkapon began to meditate and taught the boys to do the same.

Ekkapon, a former Buddhist monk who guided the teens to stay calm, may have saved their lives, said the governor.

Adul, who has been the focus of media attention said on Tuesday, “I’m not special. I am just like anybody else.” 

The same award was also presented to Indra Nooyi, the chairman and former CEO of PepsiCo, the heroes of Fukushima, and Dr Munjed al-Muderis, who has given injured men and women the gift of mobility. 

 

Do toilet papers have a heartbeat? Fitness trackers say yes

Breaking News October 10, 2018 15:34

By The Star 
Asia News Network

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You may want to reconsider how you feel about the toilet paper after reading this story.

Recently, a number of users on Chinese social media platform Weibo discovered that their wearable fitness trackers can be used to detect the heartbeat of everyday items like toilet paper. 

In a series of images, users who strapped their fitness trackers around a roll of toilet paper got readings like 71bpm (beats per minute) while a user with an Apple Watch got a reading of 69bpm.

One user tried it on a glass bottle and got a reading of 88bpm. A can of soft drink registered a reading of 97bpm.

Website Abacus posted a video on Oct 9 showing that the fitness tracker can also detect heartbeat in objects like a mug and even a banana. 

Now before you go saving all the bananas from being eaten and toilet papers from being used, the Abacus site also provides an explanation.

Fitness trackers beam green light on the skin and then use the reflection to measure heart rate – the faster the heart beats, the faster the blood flows so more green light will be absorbed. 

As objects can reflect light, it confuses the sensor as it’s designed to detect a pulse even when there isn’t one. So what you get is just a false reading. Phew.

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