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  • Facebook Does Not Plan To Notify Half-Billion Users Affected by Data Leak (1090 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 18:05:00 -0400Facebook Does Not Plan To Notify Half-Billion Users Affected by Data LeakSlashdot

    Facebook did not notify the more than 530 million users whose details were obtained through the misuse of a feature before 2019 and recently made public in a database, and does not currently have plans to do so, a company spokesman said on Wednesday. Reuters: Business Insider reported last week that phone numbers and other details from user profiles were available in a public database. Facebook said in a blog post on Tuesday that "malicious actors" had obtained the data prior to September 2019 by "scraping" profiles using a vulnerability in the platform's tool for synching contacts. The Facebook spokesman said the social media company was not confident it had full visibility on which users would need to be notified. He said it also took into account that users could not fix the issue and that the data was publicly available in deciding not to notify users. Facebook has said it plugged the hole after identifying the problem at the time. Further reading: Facebook Says It's Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers.

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  • United launches free inflight messaging trial on select planes (2245 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 17:47:00 -0400United launches free inflight messaging trial on select planesThe Points Guy

    Staying connected while flying with United might be getting much easier.

    The Chicago-based carrier will pilot a free inflight messaging trial, giving select flyers the option to connect to various internet-based chat platforms without needing to purchase a Wi-Fi package.

    Stay up-to-date on airline and aviation news by signing up for our brand-new aviation newsletter.

    Only certain pre-downloaded apps are eligible for the pilot, including iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and WeChat. The free messaging functionality excludes sending SMS texts, photos, videos, as well as web browsing.

    Note that the pilot is limited to flights between April 12 and April 18 on a subset of Boeing 737-900ER aircraft. Specifically, it’ll be available on what United dubs the “37K” variant, of which the carrier has more than 120 in its fleet. You can check the aircraft assigned to your route roughly two days before your flight using the United mobile app or website. Click on “amenities” and check if it lists “free messaging.”

    United’s 737-900ER fleet is equipped with both Thales and ViaSat Wi-Fi satellites, and the free trial will work on both variants.

    Connecting to the free messaging service takes just three easy steps, as follows:

    1. Join the United Wi-Fi network
    2. Go to unitedwifi.com
    3. Click on the “free messaging” option

    United’s positioning this pilot as a test that could be expanded depending on performance and feedback. The carrier confirmed that it’s considering rolling this out more broadly, but that’ll be based, in part, on the six-day trial.

    Related: Which airlines offer free inflight messaging

    Hopefully, United sees the value in expanding this service. After all, messaging uses limited bandwidth, so it shouldn’t degrade the network performance for flyers who purchase an internet package. If you’re on an eligible flight, be sure to fill out the post-flight survey with your experience.

    A handful of major U.S. airlines, including Alaska, Delta and Southwest, already offer free messaging. JetBlue takes it up a notch with free gate-to-gate Wi-Fi, which, of course, supports messaging as well.

    Featured photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy

  • This is a Designer?s Vision of a Full Frame MagSafe Camera for iPhone (3536 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 17:40:00 -0400This is a Designer?s Vision of a Full Frame MagSafe Camera for iPhonePetaPixel

    Last year, Apple brought back the MagSafe by integrating a magnetic attachment to the back of its iPhone 12 phones. While to this point it has only been used to charge the device and hold accessories, what if it could be leveraged to attach a full-frame sensor to the iPhone?

    YouTuber the Hacker 34 — whose real name is Kevin — makes tech concepts on his YouTube channel that range across devices. He’s shown what he thinks the new iMac 2021 would look like in the middle of last year, has shared a concept for the AirPods 3, and even came up with a concept trailer for Windows 11.

    Many of these ideas are his takes on known or speculated future devices, but his latest is an entirely unique vision for an iPhone accessory.

    Called the Apple MagCam (or MagSafe Camera), Kevin describes it as the “iPhone camera on steroids.” In his vision, this devices would feature the first full-frame sensor on a smartphone, making it the lightest (only 210 grams) true professional camera system on the planet.

    “Say hello to Smart HDR and 8K on a full-frame 50MP sensor: Compatible with any E-mount lenses, powered by the iPhone’s reverse charge capability, and runs on the A14 Bionic of the iPhone,” Kevin writes.

    He also envisions stellar photo and video quality thanks to a new pro mode and “industry-leading” integration through iOS. The renderings boast some impressive specs and include 50-megapixels, a mix of optical and electronic 5-axis image stabilization, 759-point phase-detection autofocus that includes Eye-AF, an ISO range of 50 to 204,800, Smart HDR and Deep Fusion, 30 frames per second burst, and up to 8K at 30 frames per second and 4K at up to 120 frames per second with both in Dolby Vision. The camera would also be able to shoot in ProRAW and HEIF. Oh, and this device would clearly be a very public partnership with Sony, as it would accept all E-mount lenses. All this, for a theoretical price of just $799.

    This is clearly just a fun idea and not a concept that has any hope of being a real product given the present physical limitations — at least not one that can closely match the renderings. Not only does the MagCam device look a bit too thin to correctly accommodate E-mount lenses (not to mention stabilization), but the real issue is also heat dissipation. This device is so thin and lightweight that it would be very easy to overheat it given the incredible top-of-the-line specs that Kevin envisions.

    As neat as this idea is, market research probably wouldn’t see it come to market notwithstanding the aforementioned technical limitations building such a device would face. In 2015, Olympus tried a similar concept called the Olympus Air: a 16MP camera with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount that was operated by a smartphone. While it didn’t take advantage of a proprietary technology like MagSafe, it did offer a lot of the experience that Kevin envisions for the MagCam. That device hasn’t seen widespread success, and while Olympus still markets it as a concept it supports, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one new to purchase. As it turns out, people don’t seem to like carrying big lenses to use in tandem with their small, pocket-sized devices.

    But it’s fun to dream, right?

    For more from the Hacker 34, you can subscribe to his YouTube Channel and follow him on Instagram.

  • Broadband Use Surged More Than 30% During Pandemic (1448 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 17:25:00 -0400Broadband Use Surged More Than 30% During PandemicSlashdot

    Broadband use surged 30% to 40% during the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, and even reached 60% in some areas, an industry group has concluded. CNET reports: The Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group released data this week that it gathered from internet service providers, broadband analytics firms, and networking companies that help deliver data. We all consumed more downstream data -- the flow from the internet to the home -- but upstream use grew faster. That's an important consideration given that most cable and DSL services offer much higher downstream capacity. All those videoconferences for work meetings and online schooling likely were involved in the upstream data traffic. "Some networks saw more than 300% increase in the amount of video conferencing traffic from February to October 2020," the report said. Though the internet itself held up well overall, there are problems. "Rural and low-income households have struggled" with broadband access to online services, the report said, and some households suffered with older equipment that couldn't handle heavy traffic or the increase in networked devices in the home. If you're having problems at home, you should consider an Ethernet cable connection to your network router, upgrading to a mesh network with multiple network access points, upgrading your PC or phone, or paying for a faster internet connection if it's available.

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  • Register for next Return of Travel webinar with the CEO of Discover Puerto Rico (3233 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 17:00:00 -0400Register for next Return of Travel webinar with the CEO of Discover Puerto RicoThe Points Guy

    Register here

    Despite ongoing progress with vaccinations in the U.S., much of the world is still largely closed to American visitors ? and testing requirements upon return may deter travelers from visiting those spots that are open.

    However, there are a number of spots in the Caribbean that are welcoming tourists from the U.S., including some that are actually domestic locations and thus don’t require a negative COVID-19 test to fly home (though they may require one to enter).

    And on our next Return of Travel webinar, you’ll have a chance to hear from the head tourism official from one such destination.

    Next week, join TPG’s founder and CEO Brian Kelly as he welcomes Brad Dean, the CEO of Discover Puerto Rico. The pair will dive into a number of topics covering Caribbean vacations, including why tropical destinations are so appealing to American travelers, what safety precautions remain in place, and why Puerto Rico should be at the top of your list to visit as we come out of the pandemic.

    Date: Wednesday April 14, 2021
    Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time
    Location: Zoom Webinar ? Register here

    Even if you can’t make the live session, please go ahead and register anyway. All registrants will automatically receive a link to the recap article and recording within 24 hours of the webinar.

    Brad started his career in finance but quickly found his way to the tourism industry, joining the chamber of commerce in Myrtle Beach, SC in 1998. After becoming president and CEO in 2003, the area enjoyed record growth in tourism ? and his organization was even named chamber of commerce of the year in 2015. He was then tapped to lead Discover Puerto Rico in 2018, a new tourism organization created after Hurricane Maria devastated the island the previous year.

    As a current resident of San Juan, Brad can speak directly to the appeal of visiting the U.S. territory, but he’ll also speak more broadly about the Caribbean and why these tropical locales hold such strong appeal for Americans. He and Brian will also discuss what you need to know about visiting ? including testing requirements and safety precautions ? along with exciting developments on the horizon.

    If Puerto Rico (or another Caribbean island) is on your list for 2021, this is a session you don’t want to miss! Register now to secure your spot, as registration closes as soon as the session begins.

    Register here

    “The Return of Travel with Brian Kelly” is a series of live events to help consumers prepare for the comeback of travel as the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic. Join Brian as he interviews top experts and company executives on a range of topics, including the anticipated boom in leisure travel, what travel looks like for various groups, the return to cruising, destination reopening and much more.

    You can view a recap and recording of the first episode at the following link:

    For recaps of this series’ predecessor ? “The Future of Travel with Brian Kelly” ? please visit this page.

    Featured photo by Jamie Oppenheim / The Points Guy

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  • Twitter Held Discussions To Buy Clubhouse For $4 Billion (846 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 16:40:00 -0400Twitter Held Discussions To Buy Clubhouse For $4 BillionSlashdot

    Twitter held talks in recent months to acquire Clubhouse, the buzzy audio-based social network, Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. From the report: The companies discussed a potential valuation of roughly $4 billion for Clubhouse, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. Discussions are no longer ongoing, and it's unclear why they stalled, the people added. [...] Clubhouse is barely a year old but has drawn appearances from some of the biggest names in business and Hollywood. Established social media companies have quickly gone to work on their own versions of Clubhouse, including Twitter. Facebook is exploring one, too, and Microsoft's LinkedIn and Slack have also said they're working on similar features for their networks.

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  • You can now earn Star Alliance Gold status without flying ? here?s how (13571 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 16:30:00 -0400You can now earn Star Alliance Gold status without flying ? here?s howThe Points Guy

    You can now earn Star Alliance Gold status by transferring 250,000 American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards or Citi ThankYou points to Singapore Airlines Krisflyer.

    Singapore Airlines is awarding KrisFlyer elite status qualifying points on non-travel points earning through Feb. 28, 2022. This includes things like points transfers, shopping purchases and spending on international cobranded credit cards. This has the potential to be a great deal if you’re looking for full-fledged Star Alliance Gold status ? but there are a few things you should keep in mind.

    In this article, I’ll give you a quick look at this promotion, discuss KrisFlyer Elite Gold benefits, and show you a couple of interesting ways to earn status with this promotion. Then, I’ll round discuss what you should consider before earning status with this promotion.

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    Singapore Airlines’ new status promotion

    Today, Singapore Airlines announced that it will award elite qualifying miles on several points earning methods. This includes things like points transfers from transferrable points programs and spending on shopping the Singapore Airlines shopping portal. You can use this to outright qualify for Singapore elite status, including Singapore KrisFlyer Gold. This tier includes Star Alliance Gold benefits which we’ll discuss in the next section.

    According to the Singapore Airlines website, you can use this promotion to earn, upgrade or requalify for KrisFlyer elite status. You can also use the promotion to earn PPS Value points, but you cannot earn PPS Club status outright with the promotion.

    There are many ways to earn status qualifying miles with this promotion. Each of these has a different earning rate ? here’s a look:

    U.S.-based travelers will want to pay attention to bank points conversions, spending with non-air partners and earning with KrisShop. These are the easiest ways to earn KrisFlyer points for Americans and they earn at the following rates:

    • Converting bank points: 1 Elite mile per 5 points converted
    • Spend or conversion with non-air partners: 1 Elite mile per 5 points earned or converted
    • Shopping with the KrisShop: 3 Elite miles per $1 SGD (~$2.23 USD) spent

    The most interesting of the three is converting “bank points” to Singapore miles. This includes transfers from American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou. You’ll earn 1 Elite mile per 5 points converted, meaning you’d earn 100,000 redeemable Singapore miles and 20,000 Elite miles if you transfer 100,000 points from Amex to Singapore.

    The easiest way to earn with non-air partners is by shopping through the Singapore Spree shopping portal. This portal awards bonus points whenever you spend with one of Singapore’s partner merchants. The number of redeemable miles varies by merchant, and some eligible merchants include Apple, Staples, Marriott and others. Marriott earns 11 redeemable miles per $10 spent, so a $200 hotel stay yields 220 miles and 44 Elite miles.

    Finally, KrisShop is Singapore Airlines’ online store that sells merchandise from a variety of retailers. All prices are in Singapore Dollars and many products only ship to Singapore. That said, there are some exceptions, like Apple products. You will be able to select “international” shipping when you add an item to your card. Just make sure that the price of the product you’re purchasing is comparable to other retailers before you make a purchase.

    Even better, you’ll earn double elite qualifying miles when you spend with KrisShop, KrisFlyer Spree and at Kris+ partners between now and Apr. 21, 2021. This effectively doubles your earning to 6 Elite miles per $1 SGD spent at KrisShop and 2 Elite miles per 5 points earned with the KrisFlyer Spree shopping portal.

    Related: Credit cards that can help you earn airline elite status

    Benefits of earning KrisFlter Gold elite status

    Singapore Airlines has two KrisFlyer elite status tiers: KrisFlyer Elite Silver and KrisFlyer Elite Gold. Silver status requires 25,000 Elite miles to earn, while Gold status requires 50,000.

    Silver status has minimal benefits on Singapore Airlines and its Star Alliance partners, so I’d recommend skipping it for this promotion. This status tier includes seat selection on Singapore Airlines flights, a 25% bonus on miles earned when flying Singapore Airlines and Star Alliance Silver status.

    KrisFlyer Elite Gold status, however, is a bit more intriguing. It gives you a basic set of benefits on Singapore Airlines flights, but the real benefit comes with the included Star Alliance Gold status. Using this, you’re entitled to priority boarding and extra baggage on all Star Alliance flights. Plus, you’ll gain access to Star Alliance business class lounges regardless of your class of service. This even includes United Clubs when flying domestically.

    Ironically, United Premier elite members don?t get United Club access on domestic flights. This benefit alone can be worth a lot depending on how often you fly United Airlines. United sells United Club memberships for $650 per year. It’s also included with the United Club? Infinite Card, which has a $525 annual fee.

    So if you’re a frequent United or Star Alliance flyer who wants access to these benefits, it may be worth earning Singapore KrisFlyer Gold status with this promotion. Just make sure to look through your future travel plans and see if the effort (and potential points transfer) is worth your time and transferrable points.

    Related: How do I earn elite status with an airline alliance?

    Strategies for earning KrisFlyer Gold status

    There are a few strategies for earning status with Singapore’s new status promotion ? here’s a look.

    Transfer 250,000 points from Amex, Chase or Citi

    The fastest way to earn KrisFlyer Elite Gold status with this promotion is to transfer 250,000 points from Amex, Chase or Citi to Singapore Airlines. This would give you 250,000 redeemable miles and 50,000 elite qualifying miles ? just enough to earn Gold status. You should see Gold status reflected in your KrisFlyer account shortly after the transfer is completed.

    If you’re interested in earning Chase points to transfer, consider opening one of these cards:

    • Chase Sapphire Preferred Card ? Earn  80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. Plus, earn up to $50 in statement credits towards eligible grocery store purchases in the first year of account opening. Earns 2x points per dollar spent on travel and dining purchases.
    • Chase Sapphire Reserve ? Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases  in the first three months from account opening. Earns 3x points per dollar spent on travel and dining purchases.
    • Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card ? Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $15,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.

    Spend through the Singapore shopping portal

    You can also opt to earn Singapore status by shopping through Singapore Spree. Remember, each merchant offers a different number of points per dollar spent, but I’ve found most to offer between 10 and 20 redeemable miles per $10 spent. If you average 15 miles per $10 spent ? or 1.5 miles per dollar ? you’d need to spend $166,670 through the portal to earn Gold status. This would result in just over 250,000 redeemable miles and 50,000 elite qualifying miles.

    While this sounds like a lot on paper, it may be relatively easy for business owners. For example, if you need to buy new computers for a 50-person team, you can earn 19 miles per $10 spent at HP.com. Alternatively, Staples earns 11 miles per $10 spent, FedEx Office earns 19 miles per $10 spent and Dell earns 15 miles per $10 spent.

    Also, remember that you’ll earn double elite qualifying miles on Singapore Spree purchases made by Apr. 21, 2021. So if you have a large purchase coming up, it could be worth running it through the portal for bonus points.

    Combine multiple earning strategies

    Of course, you’re not limited to one of these strategies. You could opt to credit some United flights to Singapore Airlines, buy a new set of AirPods through KrisShop and earn 5,000 Elite miles through the Singapore Spree portal. Then, you could transfer in the remaining points required from a transferrable points program. Run the numbers and see if you can build an earning strategy that works for you.

    Related: Crediting United flights to Singapore KrisFlyer

    Things to consider before earning status with this promotion

    This all looks great on paper, but there are a couple of things you should consider before you earn Singapore airlines elite status with this promotion.

    You’ll end up with a lot of redeemable Singapore miles

    The first is that ? if you plan to transfer points to earn status ? you’re locking up your Amex, Capital One, Chase or Citi points with Singapore Airlines. These points cannot be transferred back to your credit card, so you’ll have to redeem them with the KrisFlyer program. While there are many great redemptions out there, you’ll lose the flexibility that comes with transferable points.

    Singapore miles expire after three years with no way to extend. Make sure you actually plan on using your Singapore miles before you transfer to earn status. I’d stay away from this promotion if you either don’t plan on taking a trip with these miles in that timeframe. Some good redemptions include United flights to Hawaii and Singapore Airlines flights to Singapore and beyond in its posh Suites first-class product.

    There’s an opportunity cost with this promotion

    Further, there’s an opportunity cost involved with using the Singapore Spree shopping portal. This portal doesn’t always have the best earning rate compared to shopping portals like the Alaska Airlines portal or Rakuten. Consider whether you value Singapore status enough to offset the potential value you’re losing compared to earning with another program.

    You’ll have to credit partner flights to Singapore to use some benefits

    In some cases, you’ll have to credit your Star Alliance flights to use your KrisFlyer Elite Gold benefits ? including United flights. Unlike United MileagePlus, you’ll earn Singapore miles based on the length of your flight. This can be advantageous for cheap flights, but not all fare classes earn 100% miles flown. Here’s a look at Singapore’s United earning chart:

    Say you’re flying on United’s new route from New York-JFK to Los Angeles (LAX) in W fare economy. You’d earn 75% miles flown on a 2,475-mile flight for 1,856 Singapore miles. On the other hand, if the ticket costs $150 before taxes, a United MileagePlus member without elite status would earn 5x points per dollar spent for 750 miles.

    The math works in favor of Singapore in this case, but this may not be the case on expensive short-haul tickets.

    Of course, some Star Alliance Gold members have reported success in accessing lounges by showing their elite status cards. There’s no guarantee that this will work, but you may be able to credit Star Alliance flight miles elsewhere if you so choose.

    Requalifying isn’t easy

    One last thing: Singapore elite status is valid for 12 months from the date you earn it. Ensure you’re able to use status benefits enough over the next year to justify earning it with this promotion. After this, you’ll have to requalify for Singapore elite status “the hard way” (flying with Star Alliance airlines) before your current status expires. Again, KrisFlyer Elite Gold status requires you to earn at least 50,000 elite qualifying miles.

    Since the promotion goes through February of next year, you may want to earn status near the end of the promotion if you’re not traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. So if you transfer 250,000 Chase points to Singapore in January 2022, your status is valid through January 2023.

    Related: When should I transfer points to airline and hotel partners?

    Bottom line

    This promotion is a great way to earn Star Alliance Gold status without stepping foot on a plane. While it requires a lot of spending or points transfers, it can be lucrative if you already plan on redeeming miles with Krisflyer. Benefits like free checked bags, lounge access and priority boarding on United flights have the potential to be worth thousands if you fly a lot. Simultaneously, make sure you actually value the status and KrisFlyer miles enough to part ways with your transferrable points.

    Feature photo by viper-zero/Shutterstock

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  • With Virus Origins Still Obscure, WHO and Critics Look To Next Steps (2430 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 16:05:00 -0400With Virus Origins Still Obscure, WHO and Critics Look To Next StepsSlashdot

    The joint international and Chinese mission organized by the World Health Organization on the origins of Covid released its report last week suggesting that for almost every topic it covered, more study was needed. What kind of study and who will do it is the question. From a report: The report suggested pursuing multiple lines of inquiry, focused on the likely origin of the coronavirus in bats. It concluded that the most likely route to humans was through an intermediate animal, perhaps at a wildlife farm. Among future efforts could be surveys of blood banks to look for cases that could have appeared before December 2019 and tracking down potential animal sources of the virus in wildlife farms, the team proposed. Critics of the report have sought more consideration of the possibility that a laboratory incident in Wuhan could have led to the first human infection. A loosely organized group of scientists and others who have been meeting virtually to discuss the possibility of a lab leak released an open letter this week, detailing several ways to conduct a thorough investigation. It called for further action, arguing that "critical records and biological samples that could provide essential insights into pandemic origins remain inaccessible." Much of the letter echoes an earlier release from the same group detailing what it saw as the failures of the W.H.O. mission. This second letter is more specific in the kind of future investigations it proposes. The group is seeking a new inquiry that would include biosecurity and biosafety experts, one that could involve the W.H.O. or a separate multination effort to set up a different process to explore the beginnings of the pandemic and its origins in China. Jamie Metzl, an author, senior fellow of the Atlantic Council, an international policy think tank and signer of the scientists' letter, said the renewed calls for a more thorough investigation reflected the need for greater monitoring of and restrictions on what viruses can be studied in labs around the world. "This is not about ganging up on China," Mr. Metzl said. Mr. Metzl's group was among those disappointed by the report issued last week, as it dismissed out of hand the possibility of a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, calling it extremely unlikely. Further reading: Data Withheld From WHO Team Probing COVID-19 Origins in China: Tedros.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • 0.1aF Detection Accuracy Capacitive Sensor (1132 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 15:33:00 -04000.1aF Detection Accuracy Capacitive SensorImage Sensors World

    Japanese ITE Transactions on Media Technology and Applications publishes an invited paper "High Accuracy High Spatial Resolution and Real-Time CMOS Proximity Capacitance Image Sensor Technology and its Applications" by Rihito Kuroda, Masahiro Yamamoto, Yuki Sugama, Yoshiaki Watanabe, Manabu Suzuki, Tetsuya Goto, Toshiro Yasuda, Shinichi Murakami, Yayoi Yokomichi, Hiroshi Hamori, and Shigetoshi Sugawa from Tohoku University and OHT Inc.


    "This paper presents a CMOS proximity capacitance image sensor technology achieving 0.1aF detection accuracy with high spatial resolution with real-time imaging capability for industrial, life science, and biometric applications. The proposed image sensor circuits, its working principle and device structures are described in this paper, and additionally, we discuss the foreseen technology roadmap. The fabricated chips with 16um pitch pixels achieved a 0.1aF detection accuracy with the input voltage of 20V, thanks to the employed noise reduction technology. The examples of capacitance imaging using the fabricated CMOS proximity capacitance image sensor are demonstrated."

  • How the Calibration Tool in Adobe Lightroom Actually Works (4384 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 15:30:00 -0400How the Calibration Tool in Adobe Lightroom Actually WorksPetaPixel

    One of the most misunderstood tools in Adobe Lightroom is the Calibration tool. This is kind of a shame, because it’s also one of the most powerful tools available to us as photographers, both from a correction perspective and a creative perspective.

    The Calibration tool is incredibly powerful but I find that so few photographers use it, and that seems to be based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what the tool is designed to do. So what is it, really?

    To answer that, we first have to talk about “color science.”

    Well, you know when people say “Canon?s skin tones are better,” or that Sony?s are more “true to life,” or that Fujifilm?s skies are “too blue?” These comments are about the end result, but what does this truly, deeply, mean when we try to peel back what’s going on under the hood there?

    See, every pixel has a mixture of red, green, and blue. But stop here for a second and think: how does a shade of blue get determined? What shade is it? That is to say, what mixture of red, green, and blue make up that particular shade of blue? And then is that particular shade of blue the same as a different camera manufacturer’s blue?

    No, it?s not.

    When people say ?I like Canon?s skin tones,? what they?re actually saying is that they like that Canon puts more saturation in its red pixels, making the way its cameras portray skin have a little bit more pop, even if it?s at the expense of other colors in the image. This is of course subjective and up to the opinions of the photographer to determine what they think is best.

    Well, color science is simply the interpretation of that color by a given manufacturer. When people say they love the cinematic Sony ?Venice Look? they?re saying that the combination of reds, greens, and blues in each and every individual color gives a specific look and feel that they like. That?s what is happening every single time you press the shutter, RAW, JPEG, or whatever. You?re baking in the camera manufacturer’s opinion of what their set of ?colors?, or their ?color science? is.

    The Calibration tool, then, is a tool in Lightroom used to change those values. To change the mixture of red, green, and blue within each pixel to something that might suit the scene, or the lighting conditions, or even your own personal stylistic vision a little better. When used correctly, the Calibration tool can give you the Canon look without having to use a Canon camera, for example.

    You can use the Calibration tool to remove color cast from images without removing that color from objects that actually need to be that color. For example, below I removed the yellow color cast without removing the yellow from the sign on the right side of the image.

    You can also use the Calibration tool to make major stylistic color changes. For example, you can take all the tones of green and yellow and turn them all into shades of green. Do you always want to do this? Not necessarily, but this is an example of how, artistically, you can make that choice.

    In this next example, this image will give you an idea of how I personally have been styling my images for the last several years. I try to go for not a teal or orange look, but more of like a cobalt blue, orangey kind of feel. In the image, you can see a wall of books that have a whole bunch of different colors. My goal is to homogenize all these colors into a couple of colors like blue or orange using the Calibration tool.

    A common misconception with the Calibration tool is that it’s just another way to adjust photos as you find with the hue slider when in fact it is a very different tool, and hopefully, in my video above where I go through each of these examples in detail, you will see why.

    About the author: Pat Kay is an award-winning travel photographer and multi-disciplinary content creator based in Sydney, Australia. With a passion for travel and adventure, Kay specializes in exploring the contrast between nature and urban, through landscape, cityscape, aerial, lifestyle, and street photography. He has worked with many of the world?s top brands such as Sony, Adobe, Microsoft, Samsung, Nike, Adidas, Ford, Toyota, Lexus, DJI, Razer, Instagram, and more. For more from Kay, follow him on Instagram and subscribe to his YouTube Channel.

  • Gazelle Brings Back Its Phone Trade-in Program Two Months After Discontinuing It (1297 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 15:21:00 -0400Gazelle Brings Back Its Phone Trade-in Program Two Months After Discontinuing ItSlashdot

    Trade-in provider Gazelle exited the online trade-in business back in February, and now the company says it's changing its mind. From a report: Gazelle is back to accepting online trade-ins of iPhones, Samsung phones, Google Pixel devices, and iPads and other tablets on its website, the company confirms to The Verge. The program resumed accepting new offers on April 5th, a Gazelle representative clarified. "Earlier this year, we announced that we will no longer be offering our trade-in option on Gazelle. After careful consideration, including feedback from customers like you, we have decided to keep Gazelle Trade-In going. Today, we are happy to say, 'We're back, baby!'" reads an email Gazelle sent to prospective customers. "Gazelle Trade-In is a pioneer of the electronics trade-in space and we are happy to continue building on our legacy by offering a simple process and immediate payouts for those unwanted devices." Gazelle emerged as one of the leading trade-in providers of the smartphone era. But its business model didn't fare as well when the US mobile phone business underwent major shifts away from two-year contracts and outright device purchases and toward phone leasing and carrier and device maker trade-in programs like Apple's.

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  • House Democrats have little room for differences when it comes to passing Biden?s infrastructure proposal (338 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 15:01:00 -0400House Democrats have little room for differences when it comes to passing Biden?s infrastructure proposalPost Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More - The Washington Post

    Speakers normally operate with a much larger majority than their counterparts in the Senate, giving them more control of the legislation that passes through the House. But Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) now finds herself in a position not too distant from Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) who oversees an evenly divided Senate.

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    Speakers normally operate with a much larger majority than their counterparts in the Senate, giving them more control of the legislation that passes through the House. But Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) now finds herself in a position not too distant from Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) who oversees an evenly divided Senate.

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  • How the pandemic has altered ? or eliminated ? hotel amenities we once took for granted (9311 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 15:00:00 -0400How the pandemic has altered ? or eliminated ? hotel amenities we once took for grantedThe Points Guy

    The travel industry has undergone changes we could have never imagined in 2019. Airlines have shrunk dramatically as a result of the collapse of international travel. Cruise lines have laid up their ships and many hotels closed for several months — or forever.

    Hotels that remained open during the pandemic had to make some changes — and most of those changes are still in force.

    Hand sanitization stations are abundant, floors and walls are marked with reminders to maintain your distance and elevators are largely capped to one person or “family unit” per ride.

    Aspects of a hotel stay that guests took for granted before the pandemic have been altered or eliminated altogether. Right now, there’s no telling whether some of these changes will stick around after the pandemic subsides. Regardless of what happens, any major change is likely to be controversial among the traveling public.

    Let’s take a look at how hotels have changed up their amenity offerings in the past year.

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    Housekeeping services

    How hotels approach housekeeping is perhaps the most striking change that COVID-19 has had on day-to-day operations.

    In the beginning of the pandemic, hotels across the spectrum were quick to stop offering daily housekeeping services. While this wouldn’t come as a huge shock to a guest staying at a limited-service hotel, guests at five-star resort properties got accustomed to having their rooms looking spick-and-span after a day at the pool or beach, in addition to nightly turndown service where housekeepers would leave neatly placed slippers at the side of the bed and indulgent chocolates on the pillow.

    Now, however, no one should go into a hotel stay — no matter the property — expecting daily housekeeping services. According to guidance from both the CDC and the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), hotels are currently not advised to clean rooms that are occupied by the same guest(s) for multiple days on a daily basis.

    Of course, there is some variation between specific properties. During a recent stay at The St. Regis Aspen, TPG’s Becca Manheimer noted that her room was serviced daily and even left chocolates next to the bed as part of the nightly turndown service. And, Summer Hull discovered that the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek also had daily housekeeping service. But, as noted in the full review, housekeeping had to be requested at the W Miami.

    Going forward, it’s relatively easy to postulate that hotels on the lower end of the price spectrum may continue to offer housekeeping by request only.

    But, it becomes trickier on the higher end of the spectrum, where guests expect more in exchange from their nightly rate but hotels struggle to staff their properties at the appropriate levels, especially at urban properties where demand has been weaker than their beachfront and mountain-adjacent counterparts.

    On-property food and beverage

    In a bid to decrease the amount of congregating happening in the lobby, many hotels pulled their selection of snacks and/or beverages that may have been offered as complimentary in the lobby before the pandemic.

    While we’ve begun to see certain hotels bring this type of amenity, it doesn’t quite look the same as before.

    Maybe it’s designed to discourage gathering, maybe it’s designed to make up some extra revenue after losing so much in 2020 or maybe it’s both, but some hotels — especially higher-end ones — are now charging guests for things like coffee in the lobby, to the tune of $6 to $8 per cup.

    Summer Hull noticed this on her recent trip to two luxury ski resorts in Colorado, and it’s a marked change for properties that already charge a pretty penny for a room.

    It certainly will be disappointing if, even post-pandemic, hotels continue to charge guests for amenities that were previously included in the price of entry. There’s no doubt guests will begin to feel nickel-and-dimed for things like this, especially in an age of ever-increasing resort fees.

    Additionally, hotels just about everywhere have modified their food-and-beverage programs. Some properties have restaurants and bars that remain shuttered, some are operating on modified hours and some are operating at full strength.

    Typically, room service is one of the most indulgent aspects of a hotel stay, but these days it’s up to the individual hotel to decide how room service will be delivered. During a recent stay at the Four Seasons New York Downtown, room service breakfast felt remarkably normal, with all items served on a tray that turned into a table with “real” dishes and flatware.

    But during Summer’s stay at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, room service breakfast was left outside the door in a paper bag and served in to-go dishes. It stands to reason since “traditional” room service hasn’t gone away completely, we could see most — if not all — hotels return to serving it in the way we were accustomed to after the pandemic subsides.

    In-room changes

    Anyone who’s stayed at a hotel since the pandemic began has noticed changes in their rooms.

    Things like decorative pillows and throws have been removed entirely, and plastic abounds, whether it’s plastic cups — wrapped in plastic — to replace wine glasses or a TV remote wrapped in a plastic covering with the purpose of reducing contact between housekeeping staff and guests.

    Interestingly, many hotels have chosen to remove pens and notepads from their rooms. Some have maintained pens in guest rooms, but they’ve also been wrapped in plastic. As a frequent hotel guest (at least before the pandemic), I’ve been disappointed by the lack of pens in a hotel room. It’s one of the things that I’ve come to expect every single time, no matter the price point of the hotel I’m staying at.

    Research over the last several months has indicated that COVID-19 doesn’t spread on surfaces, so it will be very interesting to see how hotels react as the industry recovers. I have no qualms about a property replacing the TV remote with a system that allows you to control it through scanning a QR code on the screen, but I’m certainly ready for things like wine glasses, ice buckets and pens and paper to return to hotels on a widespread basis.

    Plexiglass and less human interaction

    One of the definitive markers of the pandemic era will certainly be the rise of plexiglass dividers — at check-in desks, in restaurants and bars and more.

    Of course, they’re designed to slow or stop entirely the transmission of potentially harmful aerosols that spread when people talk and interact in close proximity.

    While decreased human interaction may not be in vogue forever at all properties, it looks like some hotel brands are betting that guests will continue to be happy with some interactions being replaced with machines. For example, Marriott just shared the details of two programs it’s beginning to roll out at some of its select-service hotels. It’s adding automated self-service check-in kiosks as well as vending machines that sell food (even hot breakfast items), drinks and more that are paid for with contactless payment systems.

    And, the major hotel chains have beefed up the functionality of their mobile apps to allow guests to complete things like checking-in, unlocking their room and checking out all from their smartphone.

    Surely, hotels — especially in the select-service category — will be eager to reduce labor costs by replacing some functions that were formerly completed with humans with machines and technology. Unfortunately for workers in the hospitality industry, it’s unlikely, at least in the short term, that we’ll see a complete restoration of pre-pandemic services at the middle and lower end of the price spectrum.

    Bottom line

    The pandemic has changed what’s offered — and what’s expected — at hotels.

    As the industry rebounds and more people return to hotels around the country and the world, properties everywhere are going to have to begin making decisions on what the new normal will look like at their hotels.

    We don’t yet know what this will look like, but hotel guests everywhere can expect things to not return to exactly how they were before the pandemic. Some of these lasting changes could prove to be positives overall, but all signs, right now at least, point to a future of less human interaction and more automated processes for tasks that used to happen in person.

    Whatever happens, hotels, please just give us our pens back.

    Featured image by Nick Ellis/The Points Guy

  • YouTube Kids 'a Vapid Wasteland', Say US Lawmakers (509 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 14:46:00 -0400YouTube Kids 'a Vapid Wasteland', Say US LawmakersSlashdot

    A US government committee has described YouTube Kids as a "wasteland of vapid, consumerist content." From a report: In a letter to YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki, the US sub-committee on economic and consumer policy said the platform was full of "inappropriate... highly commercial content". Google launched YouTube Kids in 2015 as a safe place for children to view appropriate content. YouTube said it had worked hard to provide "enriching content for kids."

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  • Boston in the 1970s (35 photos) (750 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 14:44:00 -0400Boston in the 1970s (35 photos)In Focus

    Here?s a collection of some of the sights and events taking place in and around Boston from 1970 to 1979. Below, images of the blizzard of 1978, a victory parade for the Bruins after they won the 1970 Stanley Cup, enforcement and opposition to school segregation by busing, a Celtics game in Boston Garden, urban renewals and restorations, a St. Patrick?s Day parade in South Boston, anti-war protests, charm-school lessons, and much more.

  • Allegiant opening base in Austin, becomes latest to double down on Texas capital (4242 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 14:30:00 -0400Allegiant opening base in Austin, becomes latest to double down on Texas capitalThe Points Guy

    As airlines redraw their route networks, Austin is emerging as a clear winner.

    On Tuesday, Allegiant announced that it’ll invest $75 million to open a new base at Austin airport’s South Terminal (AUS), creating at least 89 jobs and housIng three Airbus A320 aircraft.

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    By opening a permanent base, Allegiant will station crew members and aircraft in the city, which could pave the way for the carrier to add more frequencies and expand its route network. The airline will immediately begin hiring pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and ground personnel to support the Austin operations.

    “It makes perfect sense to establish a permanent base in Austin, further establishing Allegiant as a hometown airline in a city we love and where we plan to grow. Having locally-based operations will mean opportunities for expanded hours, as well as more ? and more frequent ? flight offerings for visitors and locals alike,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant’s senior vice president of revenue, in a statement.

    Allegiant’s route network is notably different than the legacy carriers ? there are no “hubs.” Instead, the Las Vegas-based airline operates an “out-and-back” model, meaning that flights start and end the day at one of 19 bases, instead of funneling operations through major hub airports. (That’s also a plus for flight crew, who return home nightly.)

    Allegiant first started operating at AUS in October 2013 with just one route to Las Vegas (LAS). Since then, the carrier’s grown its Central Texas route-map to 14 nonstop destinations, including soon-to-launch service to Bozeman, Montana (BZN) and Bentonville, Arkansas (XNA).

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    When the new base opens on Nov. 18, 2021, Allegiant will face stiff competition for traffic. Austin is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, and there?s been a steady stream of companies moving into the Texas capital. Plus, with the city?s vibrant arts and entertainment scene, it?s a popular destination for leisure travelers.

    So, it’s no surprise that airlines are noticing.

    American Airlines recently unveiled ten new year-round and seasonal Austin routes beginning on May 6, in what the Fort Worth-based carrier is calling a “long-term” play that’s “at the front-end of our growth” in the city.

    Despite the pandemic, American’s strategy appeals to both leisure travelers and corporate road warriors, who haven’t yet return to the skies en masse. The carrier is seemingly trying to position itself as the airline of choice for Austin-based travelers, though it’s not yet ready to call it a “focus city.”

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    Less than two weeks ago, Southwest detailed its latest pandemic-era network expansion, which included seven new routes to Austin, bringing the summer 2021 total to a whopping 37 cities served nonstop from AUS.

    In the announcement, Andrew Watterson, Southwest?s chief commercial officer, didn’t mince his words: “While other carriers have fallen in and out of love with Austin across the years, we?re continuing to build on nearly 45 years of offering affordable and relevant air service for Central Texans and those who are headed there.?

    Meanwhile, Delta also remains committed to Austin ? only two of the carrier’s five focus cities will survive the pandemic, with Austin and Raleigh-Durham (RDU) returning. (Former-hub Cincinnati (CVG), as well as Nashville (BNA) and San Jose will lose their focus-city status.)

    More Delta news: Delta pares back San Jose, drops New York-JFK nonstop 

    It’s not just “Big 4” that are boosting Austin. AlaskaHawaiian Airlines and JetBlue have all unveiled new routes to the city this year. The one notable exception is United, which continues to exclusively serve the city from its seven domestic hubs.

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  • Seagate Performed Best in Backblaze?s 2020 Hard Drive Failure Report (4238 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 14:17:00 -0400Seagate Performed Best in Backblaze?s 2020 Hard Drive Failure ReportPetaPixel

    Backblaze, one of the leading cloud storage and backup companies, has just released information on its hard drive failure rates throughout 2020, revealing which models fared better than others.

    As noted by DPReview, Backblaze reports that 39,792 hard drives were added to its assortment in 2020 and by the end of the year, the number of drives under its management reached a total of 165,530. Out of those, 3,000 were boot drives and the rest of the 162,530 were hard drives. For this report, the company omitted 231 hard drives in its research as they were used for testing or if the company did not have at least 60 drives of a certain model. 

    The company explains that the reason for excluding boot drives from gathering this data is simply because their function is greatly different from that of a typical hard drive, however, if any useful data is gathered in the future, Backblaze intends to publish it. After all exclusions, the company was left with 162,299 hard drives that it used to compile the data below.

    Somewhat unexpectedly, for drive models with over 250,000 drive days over the course of 2020, the Seagate 6TB drive (model ST6000DX000) led the way with a 0.23% annualized failure rate (AFR) despite it being the oldest model of all the drives listed on the table.

    AFR refers to the estimated probability of a hard drive failure during a full year of use. While there are other drives that may show a lower failure rate, such as Toshiba, the number of drives tested was too low or the amount of time they have been active was too short to assume the AFR would be consistent over a larger number of drives. That said, Backblaze has high hopes.

    “The new Toshiba 14TB drive (model: MG07ACA14TA) and the new Toshiba 16TB (model: MG08ACA16TEY) were introduced to our data centers in 2020 and they are putting up zeros, as in zero failures,” the company writes. “While each drive model has only been installed for about two months, they are off to a great start.”

    Close runners up to Seagate were two HGST 4TB drives (models HMS5C4040ALE640 and HMS5C4040BLE640) with 0.27% AFR, followed by the 8TB drive (model HUH728080ALE600) at 0.29% AFR, and the 12TB drive (model HUH721212ALE600) at 0.31% AFR. An improvement compared to the year prior, the AFR for all of the models included in the 2020 report was 0.93% which was less than half the AFR for 2019 which stood at 1.89%.

    So while Seagate led the way, just about everyone saw marked improvements.

    Backblaze describes the notable improvement of AFR across the board as “a group effort.” On one hand, older drives as a group — which consists of 4TB, 6TB, 8TB, and 10TB capacity drives — improved in 2020 by going from 1.35% AFR in the year prior to 0.96% AFR. On the other hand, 30,000 larger drives were added to the list — of capacities 14TB, 16TB, and 18TB — and as a group, they too improved to achieve 0.89% AFR. Overall, regardless of the drive capacity or its age, the improvements were visible throughout the entire range of different hard drive models in 2020.

    Backblaze set a goal at the start of 2020 to diversify the drive models it offered, which came in useful later on when COVID-19 began affecting the world economy and consequently the supply chain. This particular tactic helped the company to navigate the market needs and limitations during a global pandemic. Although such extreme implications, like those experienced due to the global pandemic, couldn’t have been predicted, Backblaze had already gone through a supply chain disruption in 2011 when severe flooding affected Thailand. Since then, particular attention was paid to improving supply strategies.

    If you are interested in deep diving into all of the data collected, you can visit all previous Backblaze reports, ranging from 2013, on their statistics page. While it might not seem like something a non-Backblaze user would be interested in, these failure rate statistics are very useful in determining which drives to invest in for home or office use, especially for photographers who regularly have to expand storage in order to accommodate growing image libraries.

    Image credits: Header image by Anete Lusina

  • Microsoft Previews Its Open Source Java Distribution, Microsoft Build of OpenJDK (589 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 14:01:00 -0400Microsoft Previews Its Open Source Java Distribution, Microsoft Build of OpenJDKSlashdot

    Mark Wilson writes: Microsoft has launched a preview version of its own distribution of Java, making it available for Windows, macOS and Linux. The company has named the release Microsoft Build of OpenJDK, and describes it as its "new way to collaborate and contribute to the Java ecosystem". The company has made available Microsoft Build of OpenJDK binaries for Java 11, which are based on OpenJDK source code. Microsoft says it is looking to broaden and deepen its support for Java, "one of the most important programming languages used today".

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  • Watch a Major League Baseball Player Shatter a Lens with a Foul Ball (2813 characters)

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 13:49:00 -0400Watch a Major League Baseball Player Shatter a Lens with a Foul BallPetaPixel

    Major League Baseball player Tyler O’Neill hit a foul ball off at just the right angle to send it flying into the lens of the backstop camera. The damage caused a slight delay in play as the grounds crew dealt with the bits of shattered glass.

    As reported by DPReview, O’Neill — an outfielder for the Saint Louis Cardinals — ripped the foul ball off an 0-1 pitch delivered by Miami Marlin’s pitcher Sandy Alcantara during the two teams’ April 6 meeting. The pitch came in at O’Neill at 90 miles-per-hour and was classified as a “changeup,” or pitch that appears to the batter to be a fastball but moves much slower than a pitcher’s maximum velocity.

    Because the ball arrived much later than O’Neill anticipated, he only tipped the ball as he swung the bat out in front and fouled it directly behind home plate. By happenstance, it made direct contact with a broadcast camera.

    In the video below, you can even hear the loud “crack” as the ball shatters the front of the lens.

    As DPReview notes, the lens it destroyed appears to be a Fujinon WCV-L85 0.8x Wide Angle Converter Lens attached to the front of a Fujinon UA18x7.6BERD broadcast zoom lens. The converter retails for $1,800 while the lens comes in at a much higher $22,495. Luckily, it appears that only the wide-angle converter was destroyed by the ball, making the pain of having to replace the part a bit easier to stomach.

    Below are a couple of frames that show a before and after look at the damage:

    Because of COVID-19 protocols, the broadcast team’s technical crew wasn’t allowed on the field, meaning that two batboys had to hastily sweep the shards of glass of the track and the back wall before play could resume. O’Neill would strike out on the next pitch, but the Cardinals would go on to win the game 4-2.

    “I’ve never seen it,” said Cardinals manager Mike Shildt to MLB.com, “but it’s one thing that’s great about our game. You can go to a ballpark, and you have a good chance to see something that you’ve never seen, regardless of how many times you’ve walked in the stadium. One of the beautiful things about our game.”

    Sports and cameras have a bit of a dicey history, and this isn’t even the first time a baseball player has found a way to destroy broadcasting equipment. In 2010 during a Yankees and Rangers game, a player broke his bat and the pieces flew directly into a $90,000 Canon broadcast lens which resulted in a $20,000 repair bill. In 2013, Danish professional golfer Thomas Bjorn sent a ball directly into the front of an ESPN broadcast lens, destroying it.

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