Computer coding as child’s play at Saturday festival in Augusta

With just a few keystrokes Vincent Blanchard programmed a computer, at the Maine Digital Festival, to draw a circle and a three-dimensional cube, though the 11-year-old confessed to the workshop instructor Jon Janelle he wasn’t entirely sure how he managed to draw the cube.

“It took a lot of coding,” the Augusta boy said. “A lot of thinking, too. Actually I don’t know how I got this, to be honest.”

Janelle, a software engineer for Tyler Technologies and a former teacher, said that’s okay, and assured Vincent that there is a lot of trial and error, and trying things you don’t know how to do, and even doing things without really knowing how you did them, in coding, even for adults whose career is in programming.

“I, all the time, if I don’t know how to do something, I just give it a shot,” said Janelle. “If it doesn’t work, it’s okay. We do this a lot in programming. That’s how you learn what things do. You just try stuff.”

Janelle explained the basics of what they needed to do but let the half-dozen middle-school-aged students taking part in the workshop Saturday figure out the details themselves, and also gave them time to just try out the programming language they were using, Python, which allows users to draw, and animate, pictures.

Vincent managed to draw what looked like a circle, without that particular skill being shown to him, by typing in commands and numbers to make the program draw a line making 180 separate turns on his laptop screen. His parents, Vanessa and Zach, also took part, though their drawings, for the most part, appeared to be less elaborate than his.

Vincent said he’d already done some coding before taking part in Saturday’s workshop on how to code using the Python programming language, making video games. He said he also likes to tweak codes, to see what changing them does to the program. He said he’d consider, when he grows older, seeking a career programming computers.

Jason Judd, program director for Project>Login, a nonprofit program of Educate Maine which seeks to interest, and educate, Maine students in computer science and programming, said the Maine Digital Festival also has the same goal, to instill an interest and knowledge in computers in Maine students.

“We believe every student in Maine should have access to computer science,” said Judd, who added that less than 30 percent of Maine schools have computer science programs for their students. “We see it as a foundational subject, like math or reading. We want to make sure students are learning to program and learning to code, so kids understand they can tell a computer what to do. Part of that is showing kids computer science is accessible, and enjoyable.”

Toward that goal of showing that coding can be fun, even for students as young as kindergarteners, Saturday’s festival at the Augusta Civic Center included activities for young students including assembling Code-a-pillars, caterpillar-like devices which kids assemble out of individual pieces, each of which represents a different command, such as to go straight or turn left or right.

By altering their placement of the individual sections, youths change the path the Code-a-pillars take when they are set loose to roam on their own.

Saturday students from the math club at the University of New England setup an obstacle course of fake mushrooms, with a basket full of prizes in the corner behind them. Kids who successfully assembled, or coded, their Code-a-pillars to make it through the maze of mushrooms to the basket got a prize. Jennifer Fatula, an assistant lecturer at the Biddeford college, said many youngsters were able to do so.

Shawn Pilling, a UNE student volunteering at the event, said it’s one of the club’s biggest events of the year and he and his fellow students wanted to help get young students interested in computer coding at an early age. He said he didn’t do any coding until he was 19 years old.

The Maine Digital Festival, which Judd said drew about 120 students, was held on the second floor of the Augusta Civic Center as, below in the auditorium, the Maine FIRST LEGO League state championship robotics competition took place. Students, who were between 9 and 14 years old, in that competition programmed robots they assembled as teams to complete a variety of scored tasks, primarily involving moving objects on a gaming table.

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Nokia 8.1 goes on pre-order in Taiwan, comes with a free case

The Nokia 8.1, the global version of the Nokia X7 is now available to order in Taiwan after going official yesterday.

The phone is priced at NT$ 9,990 (€285), which is a significant step down from its projected €400 ($454) price in Europe. Nokia Taiwan even bundles a clear case with the phone and also offer the official flip case at a discounted price of NT$ 22 ($0.71). So far it looks like the only available color is Steel. Pre-orders are live now and shipments are expected to start on December 12.

The United Arab Emirates are expected to start Nokia 8.1 pre-orders later today at a price of AED 1,500 ($410).

The Nokia 8.1 packs a 6.18-inch IPS LCD of 1080x2280px resolution, a Snapdragon 710 chipset with 6GB of RAM, a 3,500mAh battery and a dual 12MP + 13MP main camera at the back.

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Elderly woman loses $42K in computer scam

Detectives with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office are investigating after an elderly woman said she was he victim of a computer hacking scheme.

“Somebody got into my computer!” explained the 72-year-old woman, who asked not to be named in this report.

The man claimed her internet provider owed the victim $300, which could be refund remotely.

“It’s an art form,” said Flagler County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Lutz. “They got onto the computer, took control of the computer, basically locked her computer and bank accounts, so she couldn’t view them.”

Deputies said the woman turned the computer off, but the scammer called back, saying he accidentally put too much money into her account and they needed that money back.  The woman said that’s when the caller became aggressive, and she got scared.

He told her to go buy gift cards and read him the serial numbers. He kept saying the cards didn’t work. She called police after spending $42,000 on cards.  Deputies say scammers like to target seniors.

“Especially during the holiday season,” Lutz added. “It’s going to be easy to fall for it, because you’ll be out shopping!”

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note9 in First Snow White, coming in early December

Right on schedule Samsung unveiled a white version of the Galaxy Note9. Dubbed “First Snow White” it was introduced in Taiwan and comes with a matching white S Pen.

Samsung Galaxy Note9 in First Snow White Samsung Galaxy Note9 in First Snow White
Samsung Galaxy Note9 in First Snow White

The new paint job makes its debut in Taiwan and, unfortunately, that’s the only location where it is available. It will land at Samsung stores and Chunghwa Telecom in the beginning of December at a price of NTD 30,900 for the 128GB model.

Buying a white Galaxy Note9 before December 31 will net you a free Fast Wireless charger (normally worth NTD 1,190).

Samsung Galaxy Note9 in Ocean Blue Samsung Galaxy Note9 in Lavender Purple Samsung Galaxy Note9 in Metallic Copper Samsung Galaxy Note9 in Midnight Black
Samsung Galaxy Note9 in Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple, Metallic Copper and Midnight Black

Anyway, this is the fifth color option for the Galaxy Note9 and one it doesn’t share with the Galaxy S9. Still no gradient colors, though.

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Xiaomi moves 600,000 Redmi Note 6 Pro units in first India sale

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India a couple of days ago, and the device has so far been a resounding success in the subcontinent.

In its first sale in the country, the company managed to move more than 600,000 units. That’s pretty impressive, and Xiaomi expects to sell even more in upcoming sales.

The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the new king of the Redmi series, which focuses on pairing good specs with very affordable prices. It starts at just INR 13,999 ($198 or €175), while packing a 6.25-inch 1080×2280 notched touchscreen, the Snapdragon 636 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a 12 MP main rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and 1.4µm pixels, a 20 MP main selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture, and a couple of depth sensors for bokeh – one on the back, one on the front.

It has a 4,000 mAh battery and runs Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9 on top.

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New Crypto-Miner PowerGhost Targeting Corporates in India: Kaspersky Lab

New Crypto-Miner PowerGhost Targeting Corporates in India: Kaspersky Lab

A new cryptocurrency miner, dubbed PowerGhost, is targeting corporate networks in India and several other regions in the world, according to new research from Russia-based cyber-security company Kaspersky Lab.

PowerGhost uses multiple fileless techniques to discreetly gain a foothold in corporate networks, meaning that the miner does not store its body directly onto a disk, increasing the complexity of its detection and remediation, showed the study published in Securelist, the online headquarters of Kaspersky Lab security experts.

The main victims of this attack so far have been corporate users in India, Brazil, Colombia and Turkey, it added.

Cryptocurrency mining software creates new coins by using the computing power of a victim PC and mobile devices.

The threat from cryptocurrency mining software has skyrocketed in recent times, replacing ransomware as the main type of malicious software, as previous Kaspersky Lab research had shown.

As this trend grows, enterprises will be put at risk, as miners sabotage and slow down their computer networks, damaging overall business processes and lining their own pockets in the process.

However, the emergence of PowerGhost adds a new dimension to the trend. It demonstrates that malicious miner developers are shifting to targeted attacks to make more money.

PowerGhost is distributed within corporate networks, infecting both workstations and servers, the study said.

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Xiaomi Mi A2 Set to Launch in India Tomorrow: Here’s Everything You Should Know

Xiaomi Mi A2 Set to Launch in India Tomorrow: Here’s Everything You Should Know

Xiaomi Mi A2 India launch is scheduled to start in less than 24 hours, marking the entry of only the second Xiaomiphone part of the Android One initiative in the country. The new Mi A2 smartphone is the follow-up to last year’s Mi A1, and the company is emphasising its cameras in its social media teasers. Gadgets 360 has previously learnt the smartphone’s base variant, unveiled in Spain last month, will not be coming to the Indian market. Instead, the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model will serve as the entry point for the new model. Also, the smartphone will be an Amazon exclusive in India. The specifications of the handset are already known, so the Xiaomi Mi A2 price in India will be the big draw for all the fans. Here’s what you should know about tomorrow’s launch:

Xiaomi Mi A2 live stream

The Xiaomi Mi A2 India launch is scheduled for 4pm IST, and there will be a live stream. However, the link is not yet live, and we will update this story as and when it becomes available. Xiaomi fans looking forward to the Mi A2 launch in India can register for the live stream on the official site and 100 of these registrants will win F-codes for the handset.

Xiaomi Mi A2 price in India, specifications

As mentioned above, the Mi A2 price in India is not yet known. The smartphone was unveiled with price tag of EUR 279 (about Rs. 22,500) for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant and EUR 349 (about Rs. 28,000) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option. While the former is confirmed to launch in India at tomorrow’s event, the company was said to be still deliberating on the latter.

ALSO SEEXiaomi Mi A2 vs Mi A2 Lite: What’s Different?

As for the specifications, the dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Mi A2 runs an optimised stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo, certified by Google’s Android One programme, and sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with a 18:9 aspect ratio, 2.5D curved glass, and Gorilla Glass 5. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, paired with an Adreno 512 GPU.

 

In the camera department, the handset sports a dual rear camera setup. It consists of a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 with f/1.75 aperture and 1.25-micron pixels, and a 20-megapixel secondary Sony IMX376 sensor with f/1.75 aperture and a 2-micron 4-in-1 Super Pixel size. The rear camera setup comes with dual-tone LED flash and PDAF. On the front, the handset gets a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 selfie camera with f/1.75 aperture, fixed focal length, and a soft-LED flash. There is a 3,010mAh battery under the hood, and the India variant will come with Quick Charge 4 for fast-charging support.

In terms of connectivity, the smartphone includes 4G LTE, Bluetooth v5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Miracast, an IR emitter, and USB Type-C. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack on the Xiaomi Mi A2. Sensors on the handset include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor.

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Resolution1080x2160 pixels
RAM4GB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Storage32GB
Rear Camera20-megapixel
Battery Capacity3010mAh
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 AI Camera Features Leaked, S Pen to Come in Colour Options

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 AI Camera Features Leaked, S Pen to Come in Colour Options

S Pen will come in different colour options and Samsung will sell them separately

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will get unveiled this week, but with all the rumours that have been surfacing on the Web, we probably know what to expect from the smartphone. Besides all the leaks, the Galaxy Note 9 has also been showcased in several teasers released by Samsung itself. However, leaks are still pouring in tipping the expected specifications and features of the upcoming handset. A recent leak has suggested that the Galaxy Note 9 will have AI-based features. Samsung will also reportedly give early Galaxy Note 9 buyers a choice between the AKG Y50 Bluetooth wireless headphones and 15000 Fortnite V-Bucks. Additionally, a leak has also suggested the features of the S Pen stylus that will reportedly also be sold standalone by Samsung.

As per a post by a tipster on Reddit, citing an unnamed Samsung trainer, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will come with AI-based features that will be able to optimise the camera based on the subject detected, such as landscape, portrait, food, and more. The new camera is also said to have speech bubbles that pop out if it detects an image having any imperfections such as “blurriness, eyes blinking, and hand shaking too much.”

According to the Reddit user, pre-order offers on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 include wireless noise-cancelling headphones from AKG worth $299 or the Fortnite package. Also, buyers would be given the option to get both if they pay $100, the user added. This piece of information has been reaffirmed by an image of Galaxy Note 9 Value Pack retail box shared by Dutch site Techtastic. The retail box includes the AKG headphones along with a car mount.

The leaks suggest that the S Pen stylus in Galaxy Note 9 will let users double tap a button to flip camera mode via by doubling as a remote shutter. Also, the S Pen will be able to deliver up to 30 minutes of use by charging for just 40 seconds. Also, the leak suggests that S Pen will come in different colour options and Samsung will separately sell different colour styli. However, there is no information on the pricing. The colour of the stylus is also said to determine the colour of the on-screen memo font.

Also, when it comes to Samsung Dex, the Galaxy Note 9 will reportedly be able to enter Dex mode without a dock, just by using a USB Type-C to HDMI cable. The display of the Galaxy Note 9 will be 6.4-inch but the footprint of the smartphone will remain the same as the Galaxy Note 8, the Reddit user added.

Meanwhile, a new report has hinted at the features of the S Pen stylus that will arrive with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. As per a WinFuture report, the S Pen will get Bluetooth support, a feature that has been suggested in leaks multiple times. The report says that the button at the top of the stylus can now be used for the first time as a remote control for the smartphone. The report claims that the S Pen can be used to trigger images, remotely control presentations, or even operate other apps without having to touch the handset itself. The images leaked in the report suggest that the stylus comes with a finer tip and now supports 4,096 levels of pressure for a very precise control over your drawings or hand-written messages.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Goes on Sale via Flipkart, Mi.com in Big Freedom Sale; Redmi 5A Pre-Orders Today

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Goes on Sale via Flipkart, Mi.com in Big Freedom Sale; Redmi 5A Pre-Orders Today

Redmi Note 5 Pro has gone on sale in India today, via Flipkart and Mi.com. While Friday is a weekly flash sales day for Chinese electronics firm Xiaomi, which also holds its Mi TV 4 and Mi TV 4A flash sales on the day. Thanks to the Flipkart Big Freedom Sale, all three are available to buy without flash sales. At the time of writing, the 6GB RAM variant of the Redmi Note 5 Pro had gone out of stock on both Flipkart and Mi.com. The very popular Redmi 5A will also be made available for what XIaomi calls “pre-orders” on Mi.com at 12pm IST. Xiaomi as part of its own Independence Day Sale has put the Mi TV 4 and Mi TV 4A models on sale on Mi.com, however, they are yet to be made available on Flipkart at the time of writing.

While the Redmi Note 5 Pro’s popularity in India was seen recently with its second rank in Q2 India smartphone shipments report, it is set to be upstaged by the Xiaomi Mi A2. The second generation in Xiaomi’s Android One family, the Mi A2 was launched in India just yesterday. Priced at Rs. 16,999 for its 4GB/ 64GB model, it takes on the top model (6GB/ 64GB) of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which shares the same Rs. 16,999 price tag. However, the Redmi Note 5 Pro sports inferior Snapdragon 636 compared to the Snapdragon 660 on the Mi A2.The  Redmi Note 5 Pro price in India starts at Rs. 14,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage mode and it was launched back in February this year. It will be available in Black, Blue, Gold, and Rose Gold colour variants. On Mi.com, the company is touting a Rs. 2,200 cashback with up to 4.5TB additional data on Jio, as well as a 3-month subscription to Hungama Music.

ALSO SEEMi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Price, Specifications Compared

On the other hand, the Redmi 5A was launched in November last year. As we mentioned, the budget smartphone will go up for pre-orders on Mi.com from 12pm IST. The Redmi 5A price in India starts at Rs. 5,999 for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant, and goes up to Rs. 6,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant. It will be available in Blue, Dark Grey, Gold, and Rose Gold colour variants. Xiaomi is offering a Rs. 2,200 cashback with Jio Rs. 198 and Rs. 299 plans, apart from a 3-month subscription to Hungama Music. These pre-orders are said meant to be a way to avoid the hassle of flash sale, and instead book the smartphone with full payment at the time of ordering – the company then assures a delivery time of 5 business days.

Xiaomi has put its Mi TV 4 and Mi TV 4A series of televisions up for sale today as well, via both Flipkart and Mi.com. Starting with the cheapest, the 32-inch Mi LED Smart TV 4A price in India is Rs. 13,999, and on Mi.com the company is offering free 3-month subscriptions to Hungama Play and Sony LIV on Mi.com, apart from a JioFi cashback offer. The 43-inch Mi LED Smart TV 4A price in India is Rs. 22,999, and it comes with the same offer on Mi.com, while the 55-inch Mi LED Smart TV 4 price in India is set at Rs. 44,999, but forgoes the JioFi cashback offer seen with the other two TVs. At the time of writing, the 55-inch Mi TV 4 was sold out on Flipkart.


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Redmi Note 5 Pro

Redmi Note 5 Pro

Rs.14,999
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  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Bright and vivid display
  • Good build quality
  • Competent cameras
  • Great value
  • Bad
  • Fast charger not bundled
  • Lacks USB Type-C
  • Preinstalled bloatware
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  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (Rose Gold, 64GB, 4GB RAM) – OFFER
    Rs.14,999
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (Rose Gold, 64GB, 4GB RAM)
    Rs.15,861
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (Gold, 64GB, 4GB RAM)
    Rs.15,988
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (Gold, 64GB, 4GB RAM)
    Rs.16,699
Redmi 5A

Redmi 5A

Rs.5,999
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  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Extremely affordable
  • Good performance
  • Great battery life
  • Bad
  • Weak cameras
  • Nothing new compared to the Redmi 4A
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  • Xiaomi Redmi 5A (Grey, 16GB, 2GB RAM) – OFFER
    Rs.5,999
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5A (Rose Gold, 16GB, 2GB RAM)
    Rs.6,428
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5A (Gold, 32GB, 3GB RAM)
    Rs.9,200

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Vivo X23 Specifications, Images Spotted in Leaks, Tipped to Sport 3D Facial Recognition, Display Notch

Vivo X23 Specifications, Images Spotted in Leaks, Tipped to Sport 3D Facial Recognition, Display Notch

Images of an alleged Vivo X23 phone has surfaced in China

Chinese manufacturer Vivo is rumoured to launch a new smartphone – Vivo X23 – as the successor to the Vivo X21. Leaks and rumours surrounding the upcoming smartphone have already started surfacing on the Web. A report has tipped the specifications of the alleged Vivo X23, while another one has leaked a few images of the handset. The latest information suggests that the Vivo X23 will come with advanced 3D face recognition, a next-gen in-display fingerprint scanner, a display notch, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor with 8GB RAM, and more. Earlier this week, the smartphone’s launch date was tipped as August 23.

As per details shared by a tipster on Weibo, the alleged Vivo X23 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC, paired with 8GB of RAM. It will sport a 6.4-inch fullscreen display. As per the leaked specifications, the Vivo X23 will come with advanced 3D facial recognition technology and improved under-display fingerprint scanner, similar to the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition. Additionally, the smartphone will feature “independent” audio DAC as well. The leak does not reveal where the information is coming from, nor does it provide any details on the availability or price of the Vivo X23. Notably, earlier this week, the Vivo X23 was tipped to launch on August 23, with the company’s Jovi digital assistant apparently providing the answer.

Separately, another tipster on Weibo has shared live images of an alleged Vivo X23 handset. The images show a person using the smartphone in public. The images show the phone only from the front, indicating that it will come with a small display notch, similar to the Oppo F9 and Oppo F9 Pro. The images first spotted by ITHome, show that the Vivo X23 will use a “water drop screen”, a Snapdragon 670 processor, a new fingerprint scanner, a rear 3x telephoto lens, and 8GB of memory. The phone seen in the image has a cover, making it difficult for us to comment on the smartphone’s design at the sides and the back.

To recall, Vivo X21 was launched in India in May this year, following a China launch in March. The smartphone’s biggest highlight is, of course, the under-display fingerprint sensor that made it amongst the first production smartphones to offer the feature. It is worth noting that Vivo has not officially confirmed anything regarding the Vivo X23 smartphone. As of now, it is advisable to take the leaks with a pinch of salt.

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