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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

iPhone X: Absolutely everything you need to know

iPhone X: Absolutely everything you need to know



In the few brief moments we spent with the new iPhone X, we got a sense of its truly game-changing potential. Since then, we've taken a close look at the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and found them to be incremental, high-quality updates to last year's models. They're safe and sensible phones that, for now, remain overshadowed by the potential of the forthcoming iPhone X. Our initial assessment: unless you need a new iPhone before the end of 2017, we think it's worth holding out to see how the iPhone X performs. (Not everyone agrees.)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Apple TV 4K


Apple TV 4K review

iFixit’s iPhone 8 teardown shows that you really don’t want to crack that glass back


iFixit’s iPhone 8 teardown shows that you really don’t want to crack that glass back

The iPhone 8 has finally arrived, and iFixit got a jump on its teardown of the updated device by traveling to Sydney, Australia to pick it up a bit early. Its examination of the phone shows that while it’s similar in some respect to the iPhone 7, you really want to make sure that you don’t break that glass back.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Google’s new Doodle



Google’s new Doodle celebrates the 100th birthday of Indian chemist Asima Chatterjee

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ford Motor Puts Design Strategy Under the HoloLens


Ford Motor Company on Thursday unveiled details about its use of Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality technology in the automotive design process. Ford's design teams have swapped out their clay-sculpting tools -- a staple of the automotive world since the 1930s, when Harley Earl introduced them at General Motors -- for mixed reality headsets and visualization software.

Unlike with the clay models, which can weigh 5,000 or more pounds, designers with HoloLens can make instant changes to side mirrors, grilles, interiors and other vehicle elements. And they can do so without even getting their hands dirty.

Ford has been working with Microsoft's HoloLens technology at its Dearborn, Michigan, studios for the past year. The mixed reality tech has allowed designers to consider proposed virtual design elements as if the additions were part of a physical vehicle. It has allowed engineers to see different shapes, sizes and even textures on vehicles. These displays can be rendered in minutes or hours, whereas using clay models to evaluate the same changes would take weeks or even months.

Ford Motor Company on Thursday unveiled details about its use of Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality technology in the automotive design process. Ford's design teams have swapped out their clay-sculpting tools -- a staple of the automotive world since the 1930s, when Harley Earl introduced them at General Motors -- for mixed reality headsets and visualization software.

Unlike with the clay models, which can weigh 5,000 or more pounds, designers with HoloLens can make instant changes to side mirrors, grilles, interiors and other vehicle elements. And they can do so without even getting their hands dirty.

Ford has been working with Microsoft's HoloLens technology at its Dearborn, Michigan, studios for the past year. The mixed reality tech has allowed designers to consider proposed virtual design elements as if the additions were part of a physical vehicle. It has allowed engineers to see different shapes, sizes and even textures on vehicles. These displays can be rendered in minutes or hours, whereas using clay models to evaluate the same changes would take weeks or even months.

Ford is not the only automaker to utilize HoloLens technology. Microsoft and Volvo Cars in 2015 announced a partnership that would allow buyers to stay in the physical world while being able to browse an augmented reality showroom that highlighted car customization options, and even allowed potential car buyers take part in virtual test drives.

Augmented Designs


Unlike virtual reality, in which everything the viewer sees is simulated, the HoloLens augmented or mixed reality experience lets designers to see photo-quality backdrops along with other elements that merge with a physical object.

Designers wear wireless headsets that allow them to see real objects with virtual elements overlaid. The HoloLens technology, which is compatible with off-the-shelf Windows 10 computers, provides 3D holographic images. For designers, it means speeding the process. For engineers, it means visualizing the effects a design choice could have on driving conditions -- such as how the placement of a side mirror might create blind spots for the driver.


The headsets can be synced so that multiple team members can view a design simultaneously, aiding the collaborative process. Team members can record audio notes as well.

"VR, and now mixed reality, has been gaining a significant amount of traction in most facets of design," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

"The advantage of being able to create a seemingly life-size image you can explore and often place in real settings is reducing substantially the need for and eliminating the time to create physical models," he told TechNewsWorld.

"You can only get so much out of plans and artists' rendering," Enderle added. "With MR, you can now see the object as it will exist before you create it in natural settings. You can even use simulators and then observe the car from the outside long before it is built, let alone ready for track testing."

Commercial Applications


It would seem that virtual reality in its present state would offer more in the way of consumer applications, whereas augmented or mixed reality would serve the commercial world more effectively.

"The collaboration between Ford and Microsoft is an example of the practical application of AR in commercial settings," suggested Kevin Krewell, principal analyst at Tirias Research.

"While many focus on consumer AR, Microsoft and companies like Epson, ODG, Meta and others have seen a real market in commercial applications," he told TechNewsWorld.

Mixed reality could be not only a time saver, but also a cost and labor saver for designers and engineers alike.

"It has real benefits in the design process to visualize parts of the car before building clay models and sheet metal," added Krewell.
Opportunities for Innovation

A faster design process also would allow auto makers to refocus their efforts on innovation as they strive to beat rivals to the finish line -- or at least to the showroom floor.

Mixed reality technology can't yet replace all physical testing, but it can increase dramatically the pace of development efforts.

"This is critical for firms like Ford, who are trying to catch Tesla and adjust for the coming world of electric autonomous cars," observed Enderle.

Moreover, while mixed reality might not be an entertainment technology for consumers in the way that VR promises to be, it could enhance their experiences on the showroom floor.

"From the consumer perspective, it creates better ways to configure the car, because they can see a configuration even if it doesn't exist in pictures or on the showroom floor, just by donning the VR or MR goggles," Enderle said.

"Because this allows for more experimentation during the design process, the cars they eventually get should be more pleasing and advance more quickly," he suggested. "This could vastly improve not only the quality of cars, but also our satisfaction with them."


Source:
Tech News World

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CCleaner hacked with malware: What you need to know



CCleaner hacked with malware: What you need to know

It seems that CCleaner, one of PCWorld’s recommendations for the best free software for new PCs, might not have been keeping your PC so clean after all. In an in-depth probe of the popular optimization and scrubbing software, Cisco Talos has discovered a malicious bit of code injected by hackers that could have affected more than 2 million users who downloaded the most recent update.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

iOS 11's Control Center



iOS 11's Control Center doesn't let you turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth

Apple’s new Control Center in iOS 11 is a lot more fully featured, with a customizable layout and a number of new added controls accessible with Force Touch. One aspect of it that may have, at least at first, appeared like a big plus is now proving to be a bit of a security and usability problem: the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi controls.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nvidia shares hits record


Nvidia shares hits record high as AI takes centrestage

Shares of Nvidia Corp touched a record high for the second straight day on Monday following yet another steep increase in the chipmaker's price target by a Wall Street analyst.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mellow makes skateboard electric



Modular design, removable battery, and a novel kick assist mode feel like a genuine evolution of the idea

Electric skateboards are still fairly novel in the grand scheme of “ways to get around,” but for an inherently exciting idea, they’ve gotten awfully boring pretty quick. Boosted still makes the best one, and only a few competitors truly pressure that status. Meanwhile, a China-fueled race to the bottom has flooded the market with boards so full of compromise that many aren’t worth their more palatable $100 to $500 price tags.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Google Chrome



Google Chrome to start blocking autoplay videos in January

If you regularly plug headphones into your computer when browsing the internet, you likely know the evils of autoplay videos. One second you're browsing in peace, the next your eardrums are obliterated by an insanely loud advertisement.


Google is being the ultimate pal: In an upcoming update to its Chrome web browser, it will block any autoplay video that has sound. "Starting in Chrome 64," an official blog post noted Thursday, "autoplay will be allowed when either the media won't play sound, or the user has indicated an interest in the media."

How does Google know whether you've indicated an interest in the media? Chrome will register you being interested in autoplay videos when you add a webpage to your phone's home screen or when you frequently play media from a site on Chrome's desktop browser. Outside these parameters, autoplay videos will be paused until you click play.

A release schedule in the blog pegs the new feature for January 2018, when Google rolls out its next major Chrome update, Chrome 64. A similar feature was announced for Apple's Safari browser back at WWDC in June, and will be available starting Sept. 25 when MacOS High Sierra launches.

If you have a particularly deep resentment of autoplay videos, an update will come next month for Chrome 63 that'll allow you to block audio for specific, pesky sites.


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iPhone X VS iPhone 8


iPhone X VS iPhone 8


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

IBM Touts Top-Notch Security


IBM Touts Top-Notch Security in Next-Gen Linux Mainframe

IBM on Tuesday launched LinuxOne Emperor II, the second generation of its open source mainframe computer system, at the annual Open Source Summit in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Kaspersky Software Banned for US Government Use



Kaspersky Software
Banned for US Government Use

The US government banned the use of Kaspersky security software in federal offices Wednesday, saying the Russian company has risky ties to Russian intelligence that threaten US national security.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke ordered all government offices to remove and replace any of the company's popular anti-hacker software in use within 90 days.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Apple iPhone X adopts facial recognition and OLED screen

Apple iPhone X adopts facial recognition and OLED screen

Apple has revealed a high-end smartphone with an "edge-to-edge" screen that has no physical home button.
The iPhone X - which is referred to as "ten" - uses a facial recognition system to recognise its owner rather than a fingerprint-based one.
Apple said FaceID can work in the dark by using 30,000 infra-red dots to check an identity, and was harder to fool than its old TouchID system.
It is Apple's most expensive phone yet.
A 64 gigabyte capacity model will cost $999 (£999 in the UK) when it goes on sale on 3 November. A 256GB version will be priced at $1,149 (£1,149 in the UK).


Monday, September 11, 2017

New iPhone - ‘iPhone X’

The expected three new phones will be called the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. — Reuters



Apple’s new phone to be called ‘iPhone X’, code leaks show

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Google’s new privacy dashboard makes it easier to see what Google knows about you

Google’s new privacy dashboard makes it easier to see what Google knows about you

Google will soon be rolling out design changes to its user-facing privacy and security dashboard, in an attempt to make it more touchscreen-friendly and more clear to users which Google products are storing their data.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Researchers turn to the universe in the name of quantum cryptography

Researchers in Germany had the Alphasat I-XL communications satellite send laser beams in the infrared range to a measuring station located 38,000km away, on the holiday island of Tenerife. They then analysed the light quanta of the laser beam, thus generating a code to be used to read an encrypted message. — dpa

Researchers turn to the universe in the name of quantum cryptography

The big iPhone 8 changes will likely cost you more than ever

The big iPhone 8 changes will likely cost you more than ever

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

Google Photos

Google Photos update now saves more internet data by caching videos

Sunday, September 3, 2017

iPhone 8 Siri



iPhone 8 might let you activate Siri with the sleep/wake button

Friday, September 1, 2017

Back up your computer

How to properly back up your computer

If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance that you don’t regularly back up your computer. And why should you? After all, getting a laptop stolen or having a hard drive crash is the sort of thing that only happens to other people. Your files are fine, right?
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