Xiaomi Black Shark 2 review: An affordable flagship gaming phone

Gaming phones are an ancient idea. Nokia released the N-Gage, which was like a phone built into a game controller, in 2003. And it didn’t do very well. But the concept has made a resurgence recently thanks to devices from Razer, Asus, and Xiaomi. Now, Xiaomi has launched its second-generation gaming phone called the Black Shark 2. The Black Shark 2 has a suite of features that make it a great way to play games on the go. It’s also affordable, starting at $420 for the version with 128GB of…

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Robots in the classroom: Could robots replace tutors, teachers?

Robots have been shown to be effective at increasing cognitive and affective outcomes In “Social Robots for Education,” a study published last August in Science Robotics, the abstract conveyed: “Social robots can be used in education as tutors or peer learners. They have been shown to be effective at increasing cognitive and affective outcomes and have achieved outcomes similar to those of human tutoring on restricted tasks. This is largely because of their physical presence, which traditional learning technologies lack.” The study indicated a few reasons why educational robots are…

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Stormquakes: Scientists discover hurricane, earthquake mash-ups

Scientists say that while hurricane-earthquake combinations are real, they are not dangerous. Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters – hurricanes and earthquakes – and they’re calling them “stormquakes”. The shaking of the seafloor during hurricanes and nor’easters can rumble like a magnitude-3.5 earthquake and can last for days, according to a study in this week’s journal Geophysical Research Letters. The quakes are fairly common, but they were not noticed before because they were considered seismic background noise. A stormquake is more an oddity than something that can…

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Felicity Huffman begins two-week sentence in US college scandal

Huffman was the first parent sentenced in the US college admissions scandal. American actress Felicity Huffman reported on Tuesday to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence in a college admissions scandal that underscored the lengths some wealthy parents will go to get their children into top universities. Huffman’s husband, actor William H Macy, dropped her off at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin, a low-security prison for women in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to TASC Group, which represents Huffman. The prison has been described by…

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HOTTOPIC: School calls rape-awareness note bullying, suspends student

Aela, 15, is taking a Maine school district to court for suspending her over a note drawing attention to sexual assault. A 15-year-old girl was suspended for bullying after trying to draw attention to what she believed was an unaddressed problem of sexual assaults involving students at her high school. Now, she is taking the school district to court. Aela Mansmann, a 15-year-old sophomore at Cape Elizabeth High School outside Portland, Maine, has been at odds with Cape Elizabeth Schools for a month after posting a note in a toilet…

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Gender study: To shatter the glass ceiling, fix the ‘broken rung’

More women are in the C-suite than five years ago, but the management ladder remains a huge obstacle to true parity. There are more women in the C-suites of major companies than there were five years ago, a new study shows. But the “broken rung” on the ladder to top management jobs has helped stall gender parity in the workplace and led women – especially those of colour – to continue to be “underrepresented at every level”. The 2019 Women in the Workplace study, conducted by McKinsey & Company and…

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