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Kodak made a smartphone that's more of a camera

Kodak made a smartphone that's more of a camera

Kodak has revealed their second smartphone, a device that is more camera than it is phone.

Dubbed "The Ektra," the phone has inspiration from the company's classic 1940s Ektra camera and has a powerful and feature-rich 21MP shooter.

The phone has a steel-rimmed f/2.0 aperture 26.5mm lens for the 21MP camera, including 4K video capture and a powerful Sony IMX230 image sensor. From a design standpoint, the Ektra has a curved bottom, a leather back for easier grip and a dedicated camera shutter button.

Kodak used Bullitt to build the device, which runs on a mostly stock Android 6.0 and runs on a Helio X-20 deca-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and a 3000mAh battery. The device also has a 1080p 5-inch screen, a 13MP selfie camera and can take microSD cards. The specs are certainly above mid-range but are nothing to write home about.

It will be interesting to see the kind of buyers that Kodak lines up for this type of device, especially at 500 euro when it launches in December.


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If You Are What You Eat, Why Not Be A Dumpling?

Have you ever gnoshed something that made you feel like the physical embodiment of that food? There are bad foods for this to happen with, like when you eat pizza and then feel as if you’re a slice of pizza—greasy, shiny, red, slightly overheated. I wouldn’t wish transforming into a pizza on anyone, despite my love for pizza.

But when this phenomenon has positive results, it’s one of the greatest things in the world. And that is where dumplings come in. Dumplings are wonderful. They are plump, cute, take only two bites to eat, and cost next to nothing.

But the best part is, after you’re done eating them, you sometimes feel like a dumpling. Not that you become plump and cheap necessarily, but if dumplings could be emotions, one might describe such emotions as warm and fuzzy. Personally, after I eat a dumpling, I feel like I’m being enveloped in warmth and good vibes. Sometimes I feel a little ticklish. Not sure why that happens, but I’m sure the experience varies from person to person.

Dim sum

Beyond feeling like a human version of a dumpling after I finish consuming them, I think dumplings are great because there’s a certain decisiveness that comes with them that doesn’t always exist with other foods. This makes dumplings one of the most efficient foods out there.

Often you’ll hear the question phrased like, “Would you like to grab dinner?” followed up with, “Okay, what do you feel like?” When you can’t decide, you start to get angry because you’re hungry and it all goes downhill from there. It would have been easier to just suggest dumplings from the start.

All of this is to say that dumplings equal productivity, positivity, and togetherness—one doughy chomp at a time.

Arguably, dumplings originated from Roman recipes in which meats were minced and combined with herbs, then mixed with fat and poached in seasoned water.

The most familiar form of dumplings, and perhaps what most often comes to mind when talking about dumplings, are Chinese dumplings (steamed or pan-fried). According to Chinese legend, during the Han Dynasty, a man named Zhang Zhongjing came up with a solution to frostbite, of all things, by wrapping meat and herbs in scraps of dough, boiling them, and giving them to people to put on their frostbitten ears.

But every culture has a dumpling form.

In Middle Eastern culture, there are various versions of dumplings that are reminiscent of earlier and later types. There’s kafta, which are more on par with earlier Roman dumplings: meaty herb balls, often cooked alone or in a spicy sauce. The process of making them is simple, but communally oriented. Middle Eastern families come together to pack meat and herbs into the palms of their hands. It’s the same when my family gets together to make kafta—everyone, literally and figuratively, has a hand in the completion of the meal.

Nepalese momos with a spicy sauce

Momos from Nepal, which resemble Chinese dumplings, are typically more satchel-like in appearance. These bite-sized cuties are known as a delicacy and are a crowd favorite in the Nepalese region. Today, they’re usually filled with buffalo or chicken meat, but a variety of flavors have become popular over the years, including yak meat, ginger, and garlic. Roughly the size of a marble, they’re best eaten in one bite to experience the full explosion of flavor that each momo has to offer.

A traditional Polish meal of beer and boiled pierogi. Graeme Maclean/Flickr

There’s the pierogi, which is most famously known as a Polish delight, though they are eaten all throughout Eastern Europe. There’s a sweet and savory component to the flavorful journey that your palette embarks on during a meal with pierogi. (In English, we pluralize the word by saying pierogies, though in Polish, the word pierogi is already plural). They’re commonly served with sour cream and fried onions and often found with any combination of fillings that include ground meats, cheeses, fruits, and potatoes.

The Swedish folks have their own delicious-sounding dumpling called kroppkaka (the plural is kroppkakor). These potato dumplings are filled with either bacon or pork and onions. They’re compared to the Lithuanian dumpling, cepelinai, which are similar, save a few differences. The outside is made from grated and riced potatoes and they’re stuffed with ground meat, though sometimes they can be stuffed with mushrooms and dried cottage cheese.

As I’ve attempted to find the origins for many of the dumplings that I’ve come across on the internet, I’ve run into ambiguity across the board. It’s difficult to pin down the exact origin of any region’s particular version of a dumpling, which I think makes it all the more popular. With so many iterations of the meal, it’s nearly impossible to give any one person credit (with the exception of Zhang Zhongjing—that origin seems to be the most legit).

Bulgogi dumplings. Joyosity/Flickr

With so many different types of dumplings to feel like, I wonder if when someone in Chinatown eats a dumpling, they feel different than when someone in Lithuania eats a cepelinai or when someone in Kathmandu eats a momo. But I’ll bet the feelings that the different dumpling bring about are similar—warmth and happiness, enveloped in fuzzy emotions and positive surroundings.

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Many Popular Web Sites Including Twitter, Reddit, And Netflix Have Been Taken Offline By Massive Continuing Cyberattacks

Many of us may have presumed that the biggest, most used websites were somehow impervious to hackers and online threats. We were reminded twice on Friday morning that certainly isn’t the case.

Internet users on the east coast woke up this morning to find that many of their most-visited sites were down as a result of an attack on Dyn, a company that manages DNS (Domain Name System) servers for many of the most familiar sites on the internet.

Though the effects seem varied among the sites – some were rendered completely unresponsive, others were slowed or offered limited features – they were all hit by the same “DDoS” attacks. DDoS stands for “distributed denial of service,” which occurs after sites are bombarded with orchestrated requests in a short period, rendering the sites slowed or entirely useless.

This heat map from Level3, which monitors internet usage, shows the extent of the outages early on, when internet users were predominately on the east coast due to the early hour: 

An incomplete list of the sites affected can be viewed here, but a quick inventory offers up some of the biggest names on the internet across all verticals, though it seems to affecting largely U.S. internet users. It includes:

  • Kayak
  • eBay
  • HBOGo
  • Verizon
  • YouTube
  • Reddit
  • Comcast
  • AT&T
  • Gmail
  • Amazon
  • Souncloud
  • Sprint
  • Outlook
  • Netflix

The attack started at 7 AM ET, and at 9:45 Dyn issued a statement saying that services have been restored, although users are still reporting outages and lag.

Another DDoS attack took place at 12:47 PM ET, with many sites, such as Twitter, still down from the attacks.

As of yet, it’s not clear where the DDoS effort came from or what party or parties are responsible for it. Nor is it clear if we’ve seen the end of the attack. The White House has announced that Homeland Security has an investigation underway to find those behind the attacks. 

An NFL Player Never Bothered To Correct Anyone On The Spelling Of His Name…And Now He’s Stuck With The Wrong One

If you were told that Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka’s name is commonly misspelled, you wouldn’t think it would be the “Steven” part that really caused him trouble, would you?

Well, you’d be wrong.

A photographer for Seattle-area Fox affiliate Q13 was double-checking the spelling of the kicker for the Seattle Seahawks when he found something odd – the player known to his club and fans as “Steven Hauschka” is actually “Stephen Hauschka.”

The organization, the league, and even his team have been spelling it incorrectly for years.

When interviewed by Q13 when they learned of the curious inconsistency, he replied simply, “There was a little mix-up in college.” 

Asked which he prefers (in light of this new confusion), Hausckha, ever the artful dodger, stated, “Uh … I just like to go by Steve.”

The interview apparently didn’t prove all that enlightening in how his name got magically transformed during his journey from Middlebury College to the NFL, but if he’s fine going by “Steve,” that’s certainly his right. 

Anyone out there who’s grown tired of spelling out their names or correcting people can relate (painfully, perhaps) to the headline contained here: 

But as long as Steve, Steven, or Stephen keeps up performances like this:

Seahawks fans will no doubt be happy to call him whatever he would like. 

This 5-Year-Old Soccer Fan Called A Pro Team To Apologize For Missing A Game

Louis Kayes may be young, but his enthusiasm knows no bounds when it comes to his favorite soccer club, Celtic. This year, Louis had season tickets for all the home games, but was unable to make last weekend’s game against Motherwell because he had a prior obligation to attend his friend’s birthday party.

Now, bear in mind that Celtic happened to win this game 2-0 in spite of young Louis’s absence from the stands, but the guilt the five-year-old was feeling was just too much.

Without telling his mom, Louis used her phone to call the soccer club’s front office to both apologize AND explain his absence, in the event that the soccer team had noticed him missing and gone looking for him. He was looking to speak to both the club’s manager, Brendan Rodgers and the team’s captain, Scott Brown (who happens to be Louis’s favorite player). 

You have to admire the responsibility he shows at such a young age.

His mom, Lisa Kayes, said he was suffering from a “bit of a guilt trip” and recounted the call to the BBC:

“He was in the living room with my phone and then I heard the voicemail message from Celtic Park saying ‘thank you for calling’. He wanted to let both of them know he’d missed it in case they were looking for him.”

Naturally, some Celtic fans are giving him a hard time (good-naturedly, of course) on Twitter, because he’ll have to lear to prioritize a little bit better to achieve superfandom: 

In case there was any doubt, Louis’s mom assured the public and the club that the youngster won’t be missing any more games this season. I’m sure Celtic will be relieved to have such a dedicated fan cheering for their side the rest of the season.

Vancouver Fans Come To The Rescue, Belting Out The ‘Star Spangled Banner’ When Singer’s Mic Cuts Out

Since the St. Louis Blues, an American team, were playing the Canucks in Vancouver last night, bluesman Jim Byrnes was set to pull double duty, belting out not just “O Canada,” but “The Star Spangled Banner” as well. 

Unfortunately, things hit a snag early on as the mic began to audibly cut in and out as he was finishing the American National Anthem. Luckily, the enthusiastic crowd was willing and able to step in and finish the song. 

Here they are, not only wrapping up “The Star Spangled Banner,” but kicking off and seeing through “O Canada” as well:

Byrne, not one to abandon his post in the face of a technical glitch, led the crowd in both songs, continuing to sing with no amplification. It was clearly a spirited way to kick off the game.

Oh, and in case you thought an American venue wouldn’t be able to return the favor  (like I did) because they wouldn’t know the words to “O Canada,” I’m happy to say there’s definitive proof that’s NOT the case.

In November of 2014, a singer’s mic dropped out in similar fashion, leading Toronto fans to finish the “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to a Predators-Maple Leafs game. Then, months later, Predators fans in Nashville were quick to return the favor when the Maple Leafs came to town.

Here’s the Nashville crowd belting out “O Canada” to honor the opposing team:

Nice to see our two countries can cover for each other isn’t it? 

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