Honor View 20’s hypnotic colors will make your jaw drop Phantom blue Honor 8X is pure eye candy The Honor View 20 may be Huawei’s only new phone at CES 2019 (and, in fact, the only satisfying phone of the entire show), but the company threw in a bonus device. Or rather, a bonus color for the Honor 8X: Phantom Blue. Take a look at the photos below — it’s pretty.What makes the color “phantom” is the shifting quality of its finish, which changes from blue to purple and pink when it catches the light. It’s a technique that Huawei and other Chinese rivals have used on phones in 2018 to eye-catching effect. The Huawei P20 Pro was one particularly successful example, with a similar color gradient to the new Honor 8X shade. $174 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 2:58 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Dazzling Honor View 20 has you in its thrall at CES 2019 14 Photos Mentioned Above Huawei Honor 8X (black) CES 2019 0 Huawei Honor 8X See it Preview • The Honor 8X is like a super-cheap iPhone XS Max, in all the best ways Dazzling Honor View 20 phone will dazzle you Phones Tags 28 Photos Huawei has sold 6 million Honor 8X phones, the company announced ahead of CES 2019.The Honor View 20, which we also saw here at CES, comes in Phantom Red and Phantom Blue, which are equally mesmerizing. See what I mean in the gallery below. Huawei Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Colors may not seem like the last thing people should care about when buying a new phone, but bright hues and eccentric finishes are one surefire way for companies to grab buyers’ attention in a crowded marketplace. While Huawei is struggling to sell its phones in an increasingly hostile global environment that questions the company’s close relationship with the Chinese government, it nevertheless continues to push phones in friendly markets and innovate on features, software and design.
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Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel in Inn Din village. Picture taken 1 September 2017. ReutersMyanmar’s Rohingya refugees have told a UN envoy who visited their camp in Bangladesh this week that they will return home if it is safe and if they are granted citizenship rights, a UN statement said Tuesday.UN envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, met the Muslim Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar during a three-day visit to Bangladesh from July 14 to 16, just weeks after holding talks with Myanmar’s leaders on the refugee crisis.The envoy “heard from the people accounts of unimaginable atrocities committed in Rakhine State,” said a UN statement.“Despite these serious violations of human rights, they expressed to the envoy their hope to return home if security could be guaranteed and citizenship could be provided,” it added.More than 700,000 ethnic Rohingya have fled an offensive by Myanmar troops launched nearly a year ago in reprisal for attacks on border posts by Rohingya rebels.UN rights officials have documented allegations of mass killings, rape and torching of villages at the hands of Myanmar’s military, which the Myanmar authorities have denied.The United States, Britain and France as well as the United Nations have described the military campaign as ethnic cleansing.Schraner Burgener, who was appointed in April, said Bangladesh needs more international aid to host the Rohingya and tackle the risk of landslides from monsoons that have already killed 12 people near the camps.The envoy will deliver her first briefing to the Security Council on Monday, which will be held behind closed doors.
“Through our successful fabrication of ultrathin perovskite oxides down to the monolayer limit, we’ve created a new class of two-dimensional materials,” says Xiaoqing Pan, professor of materials science & engineering and Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering at UCI. “Since these crystals have strongly correlated effects, we anticipate they will exhibit qualities similar to graphene that will be foundational to next-generation energy and information technologies.” Credit: Xiaoqing Pan / UCI Explore further Growth and transfer of ultrathin freestanding SrTiO3 films. a, Schematic of a film with an SAO buffer layer. b, The sacrificial SAO layer is dissolved in water to release the top oxide films with the mechanical support of PDMS. c, New heterostructures and interfaces are formed when the freestanding film is transferred onto the desired substrate. d, e, Atomically resolved cross-sectional (d) and low-magnification plan-view (e) HAADF images of a two-unit-cell freestanding STO film transferred to a silicon wafer and a holey carbon TEM grid, respectively. f, g, Atomically resolved cross-sectional (f) and low-magnification planview (g) HAADF images of a representative four-unit-cell freestanding STO film, showing the excellent flexibility of ultrathin freestanding films. Credit: Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1255-7 More information: Dianxiang Ji et al. Freestanding crystalline oxide perovskites down to the monolayer limit, Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1255-7Press release © 2019 Science X Network Birkhölzer and Koster point out that the work done by the combined Chinese and American team demonstrated that it is possible to produce at least some transition-metal oxides in a thin film format. Their research also allayed fears that such a film would collapse, making it unusable. Birkhölzer and Koster point out that many new materials are made by going to extremes—making them really big or really small. Making them small has led to many recent discoveries, they note, including a technique to make graphene. One area of research has focused on ways to produce transition-metal oxides in a thinner format. It has been slow going, however, due to their crystalline nature. Unlike some materials, transition-metal oxides do not naturally form into layers with a top layer that can be peeled off. Instead, they form in strongly bonded 3-D structures. Because of this, some in the field have worried that it might never be possible to produce them in desired forms. But now, the researchers with this new effort have found a way to produce two transition-metal oxides (perovskite oxides strontium titanate and bismuth ferrite) in a thin-film format.The process developed by the researchers involved using molecular beam epitaxy to apply a buffer layer onto a substrate followed by a layer of perovskite. Once the sandwich of materials was made, the researchers used water to dissolve the buffer layer, allowing the perovskite to be removed and placed onto other substrates. The researchers report that their process worked so well they were able to extract films of perovskite near the theoretical limit—one square unit cell (with approximately 0.4-nanometer sides). Citation: Researchers find a way to produce free-standing films of perovskite oxides (2019, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-free-standing-perovskite-oxides.html Journal information: Nature A team of researchers from Nanjing University in China, the University of Nebraska and the University of California in the U.S. has found a way to produce free-standing films of perovskite oxide. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes the process they developed and how well it worked when tested. Yorick Birkhölzer and Gertjan Koster from the University of Twente have published a News and Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. Inorganic perovskite absorbers for use in thin-film solar cells This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Rijiju said Home Minister Rajnath Singh had already said in Parliament that government will leave no stone unturned to bring back Dawood, believed to be hiding in Pakistan with the patronage of ISI.“Indian government is committed to bring back Dawood,” Rijiju told reporters.The Minister of State for Home was replying to a question on when Dawood will be brought back to India to face law for his various crimes, including 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai, in the wake of Rajan’s arrest. Asked how soon Rajan would be brought back to India from Indonesia, where he was arrested two days ago, Rijiju said the laws in Indonesia and India were different and both countries were exploring them.“We are exploring all provisions of law and bilateral agreement between India and Indonesia. The process is on to bring back Chhota Rajan to India soon,” he said.Chhota Rajan, one of India’s most wanted gangster, was arrested in Bali, Indonesia, on a Red Corner Notice.
Register Now » August 4, 2014 The only way that human beings could ever have survived as a species for as long as we have is that we’ve developed another kind of decision-making apparatus that’s capable of making very quick judgments based on very little information. — Malcolm GladwellThis explains why the horizontal layout doesn’t work. Its construction implies closure and a pattern more typical of the bottom of a page. When we see the closed horizontal structure, Gestalt’s Law of Closure kicks in and we experience a complete closed shape. As a result, we do not look for more information and end up overlooking the remainder of the page.Other problematic layouts. The horizontal layout is just one example of website design that conflicts with our natural object recognition processes. For example, here is a recent redesign of the Pinterest homepage:As you can see, it shows us an iPad and iPhone that are both cut off at the bottom of the page, creating the impression that the rest of the images (and potentially additional content) are hidden below the fold. This automatically cues us to scroll down — but there is nowhere to scroll down to, leaving us frustrated and anxious. Had the page been longer, this would’ve been an excellent way to cause visitors to scroll down, as everyone wants to see a complete shape. Pinterest has since updated the page to a very nice, sleek and dynamic look, resolving this issue.Our minds are similarly confused when we encounter elements on a page that look clickable due to their button-like shape (for example, a small rectangle with text that looks like a call to action). When the element is not clickable and turns out to be just a simple image, we are inevitably annoyed.We are easily capable of filling in the gaps and working out the surface meanings of elements when we understand the underlying pattern. The problem is that website interfaces often lack any visual cue indicating what patterns are being employed. Helping your visitors understand the surface meaning of your site’s elements will affect how they interact with the page — and more importantly, how they feel about it. Therefore, it is crucial that you make your visitors feel good about interacting with your products by ensuring that the surface elements can be quickly and accurately interpreted.The way you design your interaction experiences must take into account the limitations of our cognitive systems. The more you use established interaction design patterns on your website, the better your visitors’ understanding will be and the more satisfying an experience they will have.Udi Zisquit is a customer-experience consultant for ClickTale.Related: How to Keep Customers Focused on Your Website 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Co-authored by Udi ZisquitIt’s natural for companies to experiment with new website designs that promise to boost the effectiveness of their online presence. But one popular new trend is having the opposite effect for many of the organizations employing it.You have probably run across a new breed of sites that are moving away from the old-fashioned vertical layout towards a neat and elegant, modern-looking horizontal layout. We are seeing this layout more and more as web designers invest their time and resources to stay up to date with what they see as important changes in the industry. But how effective is this horizontal layout?Related: Drive Sales With a Website That’s Adapted for an Evolving Online SpaceWhen a certain large content and information website recently unveiled its new horizontal design, I absolutely loved it. The layout was modern and elegant, and I intuitively assumed that it would be far more engaging and successful than the previous “old-fashioned” vertical layout of the page. However, by reviewing heatmaps of customer activity before and after the transition, I discovered that I was completely mistaken.The company’s objective is to have visitors read as many articles as possible and be exposed to large amounts of content. The site hosts no advertisements, so all metrics reflect directly on visitors’ engagement with the actual articles and content on the page.As shown below, the original homepage had laid out the articles in a long vertical list, while the new layout — displayed to 50 percent of traffic as part of an A/B test — contained the same articles laid out horizontally.Interestingly, visitors were far less engaged with the new horizontal layout than they’d been with the original vertical one. The heatmaps below show users’ mouse moves and scroll reach, revealing that visitors scrolled 34 percent further down on the original homepage than on the new horizontal one, and were therefore also hovering, interacting and clicking on more articles in the original layout than in the new one. In fact, visitors were hardly even exposed to the articles that were laid out horizontally. Why was this happening?Original vertical layout:New horizontal layout:Let’s take a closer look at the two variations. Below are screenshots of the “Average Fold” for each version, showing us what visitors to the website see on their screen upon landing on the page, before scrolling down:In the original version on the left, visitors received a glimpse of the vertical columns, indicating that there is more content waiting below and a full scrolling experience to be explored. In comparison, the newer horizontal layout gives no indication that there is more to scroll down to — visitors assume that this is the end of the page and leave the articles below hidden and unexplored. Furthermore, even when visitors do scroll down, every horizontal row that is revealed at any point of the page could be mistaken for the end of the page, whereas a vertical encapsulation always indicates that more content waits below.This behavior can be explained at both an observational and a psychological level. The example above demonstrates the difference between a vertical layout, which encourages scrolling (and thus uncovering and engaging with more content), and a horizontal layout, which doesn’t trigger scrolling. Related: The 10 Most Deadly Mistakes in Website DesignPsychological insights. The term “Object Recognition” denotes the way we interpret the meaning of an object. The recognition of objects is crucial for our survival, as we must identify objects before we can infer their relevant characteristics and features. Once we identify an apple, we immediately know that it is edible. Once we identify a wolf, we know not to disturb it.Our brains like to recognize patterns that have previously led to successful interactions. In How We Decide, Jonah Lehrer writes that our brains produce a pleasure-inducing neurochemical, dopamine, when we recognize familiar patterns in the world around us. When we act on these patterns and are successful in whatever we are trying to do, we get an additional burst of this pleasing chemical.Our recognition of objects relies mainly on their shapes. In the very early stages of recognition, our perceptual system uses information on the retina to identify the object by primitive features such as lines, edges and angles. Later stages of recognition include matching the object descriptions with the most prototypic shape definitions stored in our memory, thus constituting a top-down process in which the higher order cognitive levels flow down to lower level functions like our senses. Only small amounts of input are required for this process to take place. Our system seeks confirmation by “template matching,” allowing us to immediately identify the letter “B” as part of the alphabet, and not as an abstract shape.One of the most famous theories on how we visually perceive elements is the Gestalt principle, a psychological concept originally introduced in the late 19th century in Germany. “Gestalt” literally means “form” or “configuration,” and the theory of Gestalt explains that there are inherent mental laws that dictate how we visually perceive objects — specifically, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For example, when we look at the figure below, we automatically interpret it as a triangle, and not as three individual angles. This indicates that our brain first sees the overall form of an object, and only afterwards begins picking out the details.Based on Gestalt’s “Law of Closure,” our mind tends to complete incomplete shapes and create mental objects even if only a small part of the shape is displayed. Our mind does this by ignoring gaps and completing contour lines to form shapes already represented in our minds.A great example of the Law of Closure is the Kanisza Triangle, seen below. This illusion, originally explored by Italian psychologist Gaetano Kanizsa in the 1950s, demonstrates how we see two overlapping triangles even though no complete triangles are present in the image. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.