Showing posts with label technology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label technology. Show all posts

Monday, March 27, 2017

Allen Liao Got Investors from Apple for an Idea He Created

tzukuri
The world depends heavily on technologies now a days. With the innovation, we have dealt and experienced the impossible ones. We are defined by the choices we make and the profession that we would like to pursue. Sometimes, we often hear about the college drop outs who then later went to become the game changer of the world. Well, many of us might not be aware of Allen Liao but his skills and ideas brought a great change in the digital market and technological world.

THE START-UP

Allen was about to replace his friend’s expensive eye wear when he came out with an idea to replace the glass. So he created a solution – unlosable glasses. To create the history they required almost more than two years to design the tiny electronics embedded with new software and also sophisticated manufacturing process. His company had the support from the high tech leaders which made him go forth with his idea. It is quite remarkable to note the number of investors which included the former employees of Apple, WordPress founders and many more. Allen was not afraid to take the deal which got him the success he wanted. The list of investors was quite impressive and fascinating as almost the big companies started investing for him and his unique product and solution. The investors just used to send a normal email and that was enough to reach him.

THE GLASS

The product is often considered to be complicated as the process of manufacturing this product is not that easy but the concept is easy to understand. A Bluetooth device is embedded inside the glass which is known as the Bluetooth beacon which sends out the signals to connect with the Tzukuri App. If the glasses are left behind, then you would be notified with the latest GPS location in your Tzukuri App. The interesting part is that if you have lost your glasses or you are looking for it, the algorithms developed within this embedded glass will tell you the distance that you are away from it. The glass was made stylish keeping in interests of the digital market. The batteries that are used in this glass are special Silver Zinc Oxide cells which keep the charge for a month after a complete charge of the battery. This is indeed fascinating and useful.

THE FUTURE

The glass is well developed with the embedded technology. This will be change over for the tech savvy guys. This will set a benchmark for all the market leaders in the tech market well. A unique property for this product is that it is heat resistant. The great part is that already he has received orders worth more than 50000$. But you need to come and visit his store to try out the gadget as you can’t do this online. So brace up and experience the change in the future with the new glass. Thanks to Allen who have been set this mark in a young age of just 23.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hacking of Phones through Sound wave is Possible

Sound wave Hacking
In the contemporary world, where the science and technology have seen a massive growth, which helps the society to have some of the most important articles and services to make the life more easier. The electronic devices are nowadays the most important parts of our daily life and people are quite obsessive about this equipment and their well-beings.

These days, there are some issues; so far the technology is concerned, which need to be addressed with special care and attention to get the best feedback from the same. Nowadays, we can find that there are rampant uses of such devices or equipment, such as; laptop, smartphones, fitness machines etc., which are all having some security provisions to deter the harmful intruders. In these cases, special measures are being taken to get the best possible safety coverage and the respective manufacturers proudly claim the benefits of these measures.

Very recently, researchers have proved that this security base of some of the “secured” devices can be broken by using a remote device and through sending some commands, which is considered as a great threat for these kinds of equipment. An amazing security loophole has been located, through that someone can add some of the most horrifying steps to any Fitbit monitor. Although it can be sighted as a very small and negligible issue; but according to researchers, it is the sign that broader risks will be there, if this issue has not been addressed with extreme care and sincerity.

Some Notable Revelations

Most of us have seen a television ad, where an opera singer broke the glass with her pitched sound wave, which reminds us the splitting power of the sound. A group of researchers, involved in the security of the computer, from the University of Michigan, have demonstrated the vulnerability, which allows them to control or surreptitiously influence some of the devices through a small accelerometer; a standard element in any computer, smartphone or fitness monitor and most importantly in the automobile.

In this case, the sound wave sent from the remote device can spell out specific words and can intrude into the targeted device; not only being able to shut down it but by entering commands, which can be described as a musical virus or such kind of a thing. The researchers have tested almost 20 different kinds of chips, prepared by 5 different chip manufacturers and found that this security challenge is more vulnerable in nature for any digital appliances, available in the society.

Conclusion

There are lots of companies, who are involved in the manufacturing of trucks and cars of self-driving nature and unaware of the vulnerabilities, unknowingly allowing an attacker, which is capable of attacking the vehicles by remotely controlled means, with unnerving possibilities. At the same time, it can be noted that the problem is not so grave like "sky is falling", at this moment, rather it can be considered as an eye opener or revealing window for the cyber security concepts and applications, which challenges the complex security systems, having possibility of interactions of digital and analog components.




Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The iPhone May Soon be Able to Map Your Face for 3 D Selfies

iPhone
Well, science and technology has moulded our lives and given a new shape in this digital world. Innovation and discovery going hand in have led to the most astonishing products and made our dreams come true. Without technology, we are like nowhere. There is always a healthy competition between the top companies to ace the market. Well, ever since Steve Jobs led Apple has come into the market, they had reached a new height and now the legacy is continued by Tim Cook. Each year apple comes with iPhones especially in the end of September. There has always been curiosity and some speculations about the features of the upcoming about how it will change the market and put an impact in the tech market.

FEATURES

Well, the latest report about the upcoming iPhones is that there would be a 3-D selfie camera. To be more specific, it would be able to amp your face. It will involve both the process of authentication and augmented reality which the new iPhone will be having. The camera would also come handy when you want to check the distance of any object which is quite far away from the lens. If this feature comes into market, then it would only another feather into the cap.

THE COMPETITION

It already uses the technology to organise the photos based on the subjects that gets recognised in the images. To compete with the other stalwart companies like the Microsoft and Samsung which uses facial recognition to unlock the phone, Apple is also trying to bring something new. Well, apple promises to clear the bug or the faults that the users had in facial recognition with HP or other companies. The report states that the Apple has planned to use a depth sensing camera to remove the technical issues as well as other problems.

THE RESULT

The report says that the readings would be more accurate and the users won’t be having any sort of problem using this technology. Day in and day out, we are trying our best to match up to the latest technology and this will increase the desire to experience more. With the help of visual sensors, the make up or any sort of trick can be identified in the upcoming Apple iPhone. It can recognise the dark skin tones as well. The major concern would be the privacy. The technology would map your face but the major concern lies how the identification data would be used. People are still unaware of how Apple would solve this problem and it is a big curiosity among the multitude also.

RAISING EYEBROWS

The matter which would raise the eyebrows of the people is whether the privacy would be maintained by the company or not. And also whether the recognition can be disabled by the user or not. So for the confirmation, we just need to sit back and wait till the actuals beans are spilled. But one thing is pretty sure, that the people will enjoy a new experience from this.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Apple iPhone 8 Likely to Cost Above $1000 Thanks To Oled Display

iPhone 8
Nowadays, almost 90 % of the world’s population uses smartphone and there dilemma lies in the fact that which company offers the best smart phone of all times without leading to any malfunctioning. The answer to the most talked about question is right here, as Apple on its 10th anniversary is about to launch the ultimate Smartphone of the era with the price accounting $ 1000 which in Indian Currency is almost equal to Rs 67,025. We know the whole wide variety of iPhones that Apple has launched with the most enticing features of all times that is way better than any other smartphone available in the market. But, the problem lies with its price and because of the hike in range many cannot afford to buy this gadget.

Fast Company resources have confirmed that the top-notch models of smartphones launched by Apple is more likely to have a price exceeding $ 969. We know that this is the price that Apple charges from its customers for a 256 GB supportive iPhone 7 plus in United States. The company has given ample reason to support such a hike in the range of iPhones. They say that they are charging so much only in respect to the top-notch services they guarantee to their customers.

Such news is reported that the iPhone 8 – or iPhone X will have a OLED display of 5.8 inches with spectacular high-definition quality design. These two iPhones will look like monolith that will be absolutely smooth and shiny black. It will also be very sleek to look at. Apple have said that the OLED display used in iPhone 8 and iPhone X is double the price of the general LCD display used in iPhones 7 and iPhones 7 plus.

Apple is bent on increasing the production of OLED for iPhones 8 earlier before the launch of the product in September. Other than this there is another one reason behind such a rise in price as the company have assured that iPhones 8 and X will guarantee you more memory backup than iPhones 7 and iPhones 7 Plus. So, we can find that Apple has justified the point behind charging such high price till date from its customers.

The iPhone 8 and X is also supposed to feature a dual camera similar to iPhone 7. It will also feature higher battery backup, but the exact size of the model is still not disclosed. Further, the buttons related to the functioning of volume and power is likely to be replaced by the inlays present in the model by a sensitive touch.

The update in terms of the front design has also been revealed that instead of aluminum steel frame both the front and the back lining frame will be replaced by glass bodies similar to the design of iPhone 4s. It is also expected that the revenue of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus might increase by the newest launch of iPhone 8.

Friday, February 17, 2017

7 Alternatives To Apple Default Apps That Will Supercharge Your iPhone

App
Apple iPhone comes loaded with a range of default apps which offers a number of functionality and features to the users but not everyone likes the default apps. Here are some of the smart alternative for the default apps which can help in enhancing the experience on iPhone to a whole new level.

Microsoft Outlook

A Microsoft app on an Apple phone might seem inadequate in many cases but that isn’t the case with Outlook at all. Outlook bring an incredibly fast and easy to use email client on iPhone which comes a ton of features like fast loading, ability to sort mails and a smart calendar sync feature so you don’t miss out on important things.

WhatsApp

Facebook owned WhatsApp is reining as the de-facto messaging apps king and if you are missing on it then you shouldn’t. WhatsApp iOS version is lightning fast, offers emoji support, along voice and video calling apart from the standard messaging abilities. The best thing about WhatsApp is that you can even send documents on its platform.

Dark Sky

If you are looking for a robust and smart weather app then Dark Sky is the silver lining for you. This app is known for offering extremely accurate weather reading whether it is rain alerts, forecasts or detailed meteorological chart, it does all like a charm.

Sleep Cycle

Waking up in the morning can be a challenging task for a number of users. This app is not just your usual alarm app which is described as disruptive, frustrating and hateful by wider audience. Sleep Cycle is a gentle app which can easily wake a user up by calculating the best possible time and within a particular time frame without causing any negative sympathies for the app. It can also track your sleep cycle in the best fashion.

Citymapper

If you love to explore new places then this exciting navigational app will set you on the right course. This app is known for its fast and easy to use interface which allows users to find the quick and cheapest way to get anywhere you want to go. Moving around the city in a car or on foot this app is aptly suited for everything navigational.

SwiftKey

If you are bored to default keyboard on the iPhone then you can spice things up with tons of keyboard skins offered in SwiftKey. Furthermore this app also makes use of AI for suggesting the correcting the spelling while typing and remember this not just simple autocorrect. It has some of the cool tricks up its sleeves which enhances the typing experience and users can always change their keyboard skin as per their mood.

Fantastical 2

If you are looking for an extremely smart calendar app then Fantastical 2 is the right choice. This one offer some of the cool features like ability to create event set for every other day of the week without the typing in for each day and it can also efficiently handle the to-do lists.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

New Developer Update On Apple Watch Introduces Theater Mode

 Apple Watch
Apple Watch is here to stay and it has been made clear a while ago by the Apple even though the smartwatch industry going through the dull phase. Apple has exclusively rolled out update for developers with WatchOS 3.0 wherein it has enhanced the support for Siri along with the amazing Theatre Mode.

Let’s talk about smartwatch market at first which is growing at a very low rate with continuous downfall in shipments with each passing quarter some industry analyst are predicting that the bubble is about to bust. However Apple standing the smartwatch category is special as it controls both the hardware and software division which ensures its devices gets best of features, security along with longer support than other devices.
More features for Siri

Apple is getting stiff competition when it comes to innovation by Microsoft with the launch of the Windows 10 Continuum model in 2016. Currently Siri support has been expanded to the iOS, MAC, Apple TV as well as Watch. Apple is bringing the new SiriKit to the developers with this new update which will open the possibility for the SmartWatch to interact with a number of third party apps and executes a number of following commands.

In short developers will be able to run thirds party apps such as can booking apps and book a cab on the go right from their Apple Watch. Siri will become smarter than ever before as it will be able to write down messages, take takes for booking a cab proactively as well as do other needful tasks by accessing varied apps on the watch apart from the default apps. Apple official website gives more insight into the enhanced features in Siri which includes searching through photos, making digital payments, calling, messaging, accessing workouts history through Apple Health app and much more.

Theatre Mode on a Smartwatch

If you are thinking of watching movies and videos in the exciting fashion by rolling up your sleeves and peering at your wrist then you are simply mistaken. Theatre Mode update doesn’t have to do anything with videos or movies rather its simply puts watch in the silence mode wherein display is turned off and can’t be turned on by wrist movements. However even in the Theatre Mode Apple Watch will keep receiving notification and users will be able to respond though screen tap or pressing the crown. Quite interestingly this mode first appeared in the Android Wear devices like Moto 360.

Some of new features include offsetting the audio files. At the moment users can employ their Apple Watch to control the music being played on their iPhone wherein they can also skip tracks, change volume as well as mark favorites effortlessly. Still users can’t seek from one point in the song to another which is known as offset in technical terminology. Apple is offering such capability right on the smartwatch to make music listening a more interesting and effective fashion.

Monday, February 6, 2017

iPhone 8 Concept Shows Off Display Covering Entire Front of iPhone

 
iPhone 8
When it comes to standards of making mobile devices, Apple has set the bar pretty high year after year with their iPhone series. With its 10th Anniversary coming up, Apple is set to release its latest addition to the already glistening career of iPhones, the iPhone 8. Mobile geeks and tech enthusiasts from around the world have begun their speculation of what features would the new iPhone 8 have and how would it be different from its previous versions.

What can be expected from the new iPhone?

ConceptsiPhone has recently released a video detailing out the possible design that the new iPhone can have. The most eye catching feature that the video has is the display of the new iPhone, which covers the entire front of the device. Many reports suggest that the iPhone 8 will move towards an all glass design feature straying away from the usual metallic design they implement. However with the new iPhone 8 commercial, it can be seen that the new device will have a similar design as compared to iPhone 7 plus in addition to many newer features.

Apart from these features, the new iPhone 8 shown in the advertisement does not stray away from its original design that has been the company’s pride for many years. The volume button and the side switch designs are influenced by the original iPhone 4 models and a rounded metal frame falsifying the rumor about the new device being made in an iPhone 4 style.

A unique feature that the iPhone 8 can have is the dynamic Home button which performs similar function like the MacBook pro touch bar. However the biggest visual change in the 10th anniversary iPhone would be the use of a curved screen that uses OLED technology. This would mark the first time that an iPhone has a curved screen.

The iPhone 8 will be facing a tough competition with its release as Samsung and Google both are releasing their newest devices at the same time iPhone comes out. To keep its new innovation a step ahead, Apple has implemented an edge-to-edge display that does away with top and bottom bezels and holds features like Touch ID fingerprinting and front facing camera. The touch ID and the camera may be built directly into the display!
Special feature: Wireless charging

The new iPhone is rumored to have a state of the art long range wireless charging system, a first for any iPhone device. Long range wireless charging is superior to other wireless charging systems as it does not require your device to be in close proximity of the charging source.

The news of release of iPhone 8 has indeed caused a lot of stir and with tons of rumors and speculations flying around regarding its features and design. But all we can do is wait for Apple to officially release the iPhone 8 which is sure to be a popular indeed as it has been for many years.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Apple Working with Carl Zeiss on AR Glasses to Debut in 2018

Zeiss

Apple might not be present at CES revealing its next line up of devices but a rumor has emerged from tech world which has excited a number of fans and critics. Apple is secretly working with Zeiss as per the insider news offered by an unnamed employee. Apple is developing a working pair of augmented reality or a mixed reality glass which is expected to make its debut in 2018.

This particular employee further pointed out that Zeiss has made its booth right in the middle of the AR section even though it doesn’t have AR, VR or mixed reality optics to showcase at the event. Now it is been widely speculated that Zeiss was gearing up to unveil the so called AR glasses with Apple during an event but the cat is out of the bag now.

This is not the first time Zeiss has done something for VR segment

Zeiss is already developing special optics for the VR One Plus. This special optic is designed to turn any kind of smartphone into a Virtual or augmented reality system. One Plus isn’t the only one to offer high quality VR headsets to the consumer Microsoft, Samsung, Google and a number of other companies has also emerged in this field with their own dedicated devices.

This rumor generated by the Zeiss employee however gives rise to the speculation Apple is trying to build its own dedicated hardware which will help it in reigning as a supreme leader in the VR/AR market in future. This tie in is a smart step on part of Apple to focus on core development not just VR devices but carefully integrating with it three different operating system namely iOS, Macbook OS and Apple TV OS.

Apple tryst with AR isn’t new

In November 2016, a noted analyst has made a prediction that Apple is actively working on a holistic AR solution. It was rumored that Apple is creating this as a standalone system which will take around to turn into reality in next one to two years.

Till now it isn’t clear what Apple is working in the field of AR. Augmented reality has become a craze with the successful launch of Pokemon Go game on the Android platform which showcases one of the possibility of AR. Apple move in the AR technology can be seen as a calculated way of improving and enhancing the user experience on the iOS and Apple TV OS devices.

Even Apple CEO has confirmed Apple tryst with the AR development as it is evident from the way Apple is quietly enhancing the internal AR team by making strategic hiring and essential segment purchases. Quite recently Apple has acquired ‘Faceshift’ (Motion capture specialist), ‘Perceptio’ (machine learning and computer vision startup, Flyby Media and Metaio (a German AR firm). Apple is working with these to increase the potential development of its transparent displays, AR Maps, VR headsets for iPhone and much more.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Ultra Thin Sticker Can Add Wireless Charging to Your iPhone


Wireless Charging
A large number of users wishes their Smartphone possess the wireless charging functionality so they don’t have look for power outlets and charges all the time. But wireless charging is in a very few number of flagship devices which are hugely expensive at the moment. Sadly Apple devices misses on the wireless charging support as well and hopefully we will see this feature in next year’s Apple range of devices. An innovative startup from France named Energysquare has come up with a universal solution to bring wireless charging to all the Smartphone and other handheld devices in a unique fashion. It has created a new kind of technology which brings wireless charging support to almost any kind of device.

Kickstarter campaign will turn into reality

Energysquared has campaigned heavily on the crowd-funding site Kicjstarter last May to give a push to its new technology based product. It has promised to start manufacturing and shipping of the product in the early 2017 if it meets its funding target. Energysquare innovative product caught the fancy of millions of users worldwide and it has able to collect more that the target amount. Staying true to its promise it will showcase its revolutionary product at the CES trade show in Las Vegas.

It offers comes in two parts which includes a charging pad and few stickers which has to be placed on the back of the device. This sticker comes with two tiny metal dots which are essentially electrodes. Stickers comes with a Micro-USB, USB Type C or Lightning connector which plugged right in the device’s charging port. Once users has put sticker on the phone then it has to be placed on the charging pad and charge will initiate within a second.

What sets Energy Square apart from others? 

The wireless charging found on the most of the high end devices relies on the use of electromagnetic induction. On other hand Energysquare offering work a newly developed technology which extensively relies on the electric conduction. Reliance on this technology allows it to charge multiple devices in a single go at such speeds which can be easily compared with the normal charge.

The basic problem or rather downside associated with it is that its stickers cover up the charging of the device. This is seen as a calculated move by the developers which help in abstaining users from charging normally as well as wireless at the same time. Therefore users will have to remove the sticker of they wish their devices normally through a charger. Energysquare has stated that it is aware of this problem and it will remedy it in the second generation of stickers which are expected to possess a port right on the backside.

When it comes to price this wireless charging strip will only cost $89 wherein users will get a charging pad along with five stickers. Given the price one would get to charge at least five devices simultaneously regardless of the fact where they have inbuilt wireless charging support or not.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

A Red iPhone Rumour

Red iPhone

Apple’s iPhone in Red


According to media report it has been rumoured that the Apple’s iPhone would appear in `Red’ and would retain the same design as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Together with its usual 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch smartphones, the company would also be launching a third model which would be priced on the higher side than the iPhone 7.

According to the reports of appleinsider.com, it would also sport a 5.1-inch or 5.2-inch OLED display with invisible home button with all-glass housing and wireless charging and will rather see an improvement in hardware which is a new more powerful A11 chipset. The said new chip would be introduced together with the new Red colour choice.

The company is likely to adhere to `s year’ for its line-up for 2017. Possibly named the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, the handset would be retaining the unchanged aluminium design, together with a faster A11 chip and the anticipated iPhone 8 model will be having an OLED display.

Merged by Foxconn-owned Sharp by 2018, Samsung and LG are said to the primary OLED suppliers of Apple. In a news report, Japanese Apple rumour blog Macotakara indicated that the successor to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus would now be in an all new colour.

Red iPhone – Next Sensation


The site also informed that Apple would be adding a red casing colour together with the prevailing ones of Black, Jet Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold choices. The line-up of flagship phones of Apple usually tends to play it safe with white, blacks and mellow metallic.

Though a red iPhone flagship would be making a big change, as informed by Japanese Apple blog Macotakara, the 2017’s 10th anniversary iPhone would be iPhone 7s and would be the convention for odd-numbered years of Apple. The Jet Black iPhone 7 colour choices had made great waves and had become quite popular.

The demand for Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus had been quite high wherein Apple had faced shortage together with delay in shipment since they were unable to meet up with the demand. It is said that each time Apple tends to introduce a new choice in colour, it increases its demand and the latest upgrade seems to be the most wanted product.

The Rose Gold iPhone and Jet Black iPhone had met with the same response and the supposed red iPhone 7s reported to debut in 2017 could be the next sensation.

Red – Charitable Organization – Bono


Offering a red iPhone, according to CNET would be bringing the colourful option of the iPhone 5c to the forthcoming year’s iPhone, reflecting the commitment of Apple to Red, the charitable organization of Bono which tends to assist in providing HIV/AIDS medication.

The collaboration of Apple with `Red’ had earlier led to many red products. It seems that the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus could be another incremental improvements with enhanced specs though nothing over the top. However the third 2017 iPhone 8 would be delivering the renovation.Apple on its part had refrained from confirming the report.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Smart Map Aims to Avoid 5G Dead Zones

Smart Map

5G Network – Quicker Connection/Increased Bandwidth


Owing to new data rich maps by Ordnance Survey, the next generation smartphone can evade signal drop-outs. The detailed 3D models comprises of buildings, proposed constructions, trees, hills together with weather cycles most of which can impede with 5G signals. Researchers would be capable of testing towers in several locations and immediately check on their performances.

One analyst had mentioned that the tool would be helpful for networks in providing improved coverage. The next generation 5G networks tend to provide quicker connections together with increased bandwidth for video streaming events. However, according to Ordnance Survey, the higher frequency signals tend to have a shorter range than the prevailing 3G and 4G signals and seem to be more vulnerable to interference from raindrops as well as leaves.

The planning tool would be utilising mapping data and high resolution aerial images of Ordnance Survey to produce its 3D models while the weather data would be provided by the Met Office.Analyst at CCS Insight, Ben Wood has commented that the character of 5G means the location of cell towers is more sensitive and it would be very significantto understand fully the topography of each area.

Useful Tool for Companies


He further added that the better the tools networks help site cell towers precisely, the more likely would they get high quality coverage from the start. 5G comprises of higher frequency signals which in spite of providing the larger bandwidth to support Internet of Thing application, tends to operate over shorter ranges than 3G and 4G.

 It could be hindered by various construction materials or heavy rain and it needs more equipment together with careful positioning in order to make it a strong network. Ordnance Survey has stated that its maps have been so detailed that they also include vegetation cycles in determining how trees could affect 5G coverage at different seasons.

Some areas of Bournemouth have been modelled already utilising the experimental tool that Ordnance Survey expect to be rolled across the UK. Mr Wood has stated that it would be a useful tool for companies deploying 5G networks though there would be no alternative in spending the money to install a lot of cell sites.

Smart Map for Smart Future


Though the next-generation 5G network would be providing the consumers with quicker connectors together with growing bandwidth for video streaming, Ordnance Survey state that upward magnitude signal tend to have a shorter operation than stream 3G and 4G signals.

Andrew Loveless, commercial director of Ordnance Survey termed the tool as a smart map for a smart future. He further added that the purpose was to deploy 5G rapidly and efficiently and linking OS data to spectrum information together with meteorological data would be delivering quicker speeds together with improved coverage to connected devices while at the same help in keeping roll out cost to the minimum.

Ordnance Survey stated that the data visualisation tool would make it possible for network planners to be aware of most of the relevant points remotely. The Met Office would be contributing high resolution weather conditions resulting from weather satellite as well as radar data to evaluate the effects on signal transmission.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Three New Apple Tablets Kicking Off 2017

iPad

Apples’ Three iPad Pro Options


Apple is said to end the year with its restored MacBook Pro 2016 line that will probably kick off with the iPad Pro in 2017. But many have been speculating on how many tablets the Cupertino Company would be releasing. According to recent reports there would be three iPad Pro options that would be coming up.

According to a report from Mac Otakara, they would comprise of the 7.9-inch iPad Pro Mini, a 10.1-inch alternate, the largest of the collection and the 12.9-inch. The iPad Mini Pro or iPad Mini 5 would probably come with the lowest specs which includes an A9X chip supported by 3 GB RAM and 32 to 256 GB of internal storage.

Besides this it would also have an 8MP main camera together with a front facing camera of 1.2 MP. With regards to batteries there are numerous reports stating that its power could rely on the complete design. If it tends to be much thinner, the battery could be lower than the earlier 5,140 mAh battery utilised on iPad 4 as claimed by Mac World UK.

The next in line, the 10.1-inch iPad Pro would have a score up as a likely A10x chip with some minor (to none) repetition in cameras and RAM. The largest batch is said to be anticipated in aiming at commercial together with educational usage.

iPads Much Thinner


Slash Gear has reported, taking into consideration the trend linked with the removal of the 3.5 mm (headphone) jack, that it would yet be around for the iPad Pro alternatives in 2017.This is irrespective of the prospects that Apple would be pushing its new AirPods which would be utilised wirelessly – Bluetooth.

 For Apple, 2017 would be a big year as they kick the year off with their new line of product on tablets. With regards to pricing, nothing has been revealed though the line would be out by spring time. The 10.1-inch iPad Pro as well as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 would come with the same features with the exception of the main chipset.

The two iPad options with larger possibility would probably turn to an A10x chip together with more features. All the three iPads are expected to be much thinner bringing up the state of the 3.5 mm jack.The supposed iPad Air 3 would come with more choices of colours comprising of Rose Gold, the usual white together with a Black option.

Economical Gadget


The Cupertino based tech firm intends to debut an improved option for their tablets with regards to pricing taking into consideration the need to kick-start the sales of the tablets which had been withering away over the past few years.

 Though it had not been confirmed officially, as per a report by Reporter Times it is said that the device would be revealed as an economical gadget in the range of £300 to £400. It would be put on the market at around £400 if it is released this year.

 The price is anticipated to be reduced if it is released in 2017. Apple seems to be tight lipped regarding the rumours and has neither denied nor confirmed them. Readers have been advised to take this unconfirmed information with a grain of salt.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Microsoft Researchers Reach Human Parity in Conversational Speech Recognition


Cortana
The sophisticated technology of recognizing speeches has turned out to be one of the most popular innovations. From individuals to organizations, this technology may play a significant role. So, recently, Microsoft has brought good news for those, who want to make use of this latest technology. The newly developed speech recognition system of Microsoft is highly competent to recognize any human speech just as we do.

This new Microsoft software may transcribe or record any conversation in the most accurate way. In addition to it, the interesting feature of the software is that it tracks the conversations, and at the same time, it puts all words in the right framework. Thus, perfect transcriptions are possible with the help of this software.

The error rates of the software-

The research professionals of Microsoft have really made introduced the best features in the software. However, one thing to be noted in case of Microsoft’s voice recognition system is that it is not completely perfect. There are some possibilities of mishearing words. The rate of speech error in the task of transcribing any conversation is about 5.9 %. This percentage may be compared to a proficient transcriptionist’s error level. One of the major members of Microsoft’s team, Xuedong Huang has announced this unique fact about the software. This is truly a significant achievement of the company. Microsoft’s scientists have also declared that they are first to allow a computer in recognizing voice, like a human being.

An incredible invention of the researchers-

The vice president of the Research department, Harry Shum has also expressed their views that few years ago, they had not believed about the possibility of such accomplishment. The result of all efforts has been realized after carrying out a thorough research on the voice recognition for several years. In the past decades, when the researchers of Microsoft were making considerable struggles for developing an improved software system, many technology-related agencies had co-operated in their pursuit. After working on the technology for about 20 years, the success has been achieved ultimately.

In the previous years, the other technologies, like Siri (Apple) and cognitive computing tool (IBM) have been considered as the most resourceful ones. And now, the speech recognition program proves its effectiveness and potentials. In fact, Microsoft may also utilize this tool to improve the abilities of Xbox system of gaming.

Various techniques applied to make the system-

The group of researchers has tried out different approaches in order to have progress. One of the major aspects is that they have used neural system, in which the various details have been applied. Different words have been exposed as the vectors consistently. They have been positioned together for instructing the PC to know the patterns, seen in true human voice. In fact, Computational Network Toolkit is the major system, which has been used for reaching the goals. After using it, the experts have also attempted to improve the function in practical settings, such as, noisy background.

In this ways, Microsoft’s researchers have created the latest software, and they expect that in future the system may also give individual names and identities to the speakers.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

New PC Industry Consortium to Develop Next-Gen Memory Interconnect


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Computing industry is going through rapid phase of development and revolution wherein computing ability is being improved by thirty percent with each passing decade. But the major problem faced by the computing industry is ‘memory’ expansion which has caused a huge strain on the semiconductor segment. DRAM happens to be driving relatively each and every segment of the computing based market which comprises of not just the Smartphone, personal computers, laptops and supercomputers but also the memory device segment.

Over the past few years memory devices have gained transaction and popularity among the consumers which had turned them into a dominant force which is actively giving stiff competition to the traditional computing market. A new computing industry consortium has come into being with prominent partners across the industry and this consortium has been dubbed as Gen-Z. Gen-Z aim is to develop a new memory interface which can help in tying various components together in a single entity for better profit and value to the end users.

Problems to solve for Gen-Z

Currently it is not possible to scale up the DRAM performance without resulting into unwanted issues later on. The major reason for this problem is associated to the theory that the amount of bandwidth which is made available to each core of the DRAM usually decreases which limits the performance of the DRAM. Even choosing different robust component will not help in stooping the subsequent decrease in the amount of bandwidth available to each core which simply goes down.

Gen-Z brings an elegant solution to this problem

Instead of spending time towards increasing the fundamental functional limit of the DRAM; Gen-Z wishes to increase the performance level of the next generation memory solution which can easily tap into emerging new kind of memory. Currently we measure the type of storage into HDD and SSD but in upcoming future with Gen-Z progression we will have High-Bandwidth Memory (HMB), Managed DRAM and Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) ready for active adoption.

Gen-Z will not just empower the progression in the field of memory storage for computing purposes but it will create a memory semantic fabric possessing to ability to handle communication at the sub-microsecond latencies.

Gen-Z future prospects and goals

As stated earlier Gen Z aims towards creating an attached ecosystem for wide variety of computing products into a single open standard which will possess the ability to support sub-100ns load-to-use capability. Gen-Z gets backing from the prominent players in the tech industry which includes Dell, AMD, Braodcom, Samsung, HP, ARM, Micron and others. So far Intel has stayed away from Gen-Z and it is not a good sign for the success of this venture as Intel

commands a whopping 98% of the server and enterprise markets. Therefore it is necessary that Intel plays a active role in this venture which will enable Gen-Z to create new memory standards that can be compatible with the modern computing needs. Furthermore Cisco has remained aloof from the Gen-Z but it will not thwart the ambitious attempts of this venture.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Apple Rumoured to Launch Three iPad Pro Models

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Apple’s Three Models of iPad Pro


According to Mac Otakara, Apple intends to launch three models of iPad Pro in the spring of 2017 which comprises of a new 7.9-inch model, updates to the 9.7-inch and 10.1-inch models. The Japan based blog quoting `reliable sources’ states that the latest 7.9 inch Pro model would be featuring four speakers and a Smart Connector identical to the existing line of iPad Pros that had been updated earlier in March this year.

The small iPad Pro would be carrying Apple Pencil support like the rest of the line-up and is expected to replace the iPad Mini 4 provided presently. The three models would be retaining the headphone jack which had been detached from the iPhone line-up in place of wireless Apple EarPods in September when the iPhone 7 had been released. No specific launch timeline and pricing for the new Apple tablets had been provided in the report.

 It had also been reported by Otakara that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 would be receiving a 12-megapixel camera together with True Tone flash. No more additional specifications were shared. Ming-Chi Kuo Apple analyst of KFI Securities had mentioned in August that the anticipated three new iPads which would be launched in 2017 would be a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2, a new size 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a low cost 9.7-inch iPad. No mentioned regarding a 7.9-inch model had been done by him.

Latest 10.5-Inch Model – Education & Commercial Markets


As per Kuo, the latest 10.5-inch model would be for education and commercial markets. The price of the same had not been disclosed. Kuo believes that the iPad sales would continue to drop by 10 to 20% each year since Apple has seen the decline in sales in its iPad line-up.

He also mentioned that Apple would bring about huge alterations to the iPad line-up in 2018 with the inclusion of a flexible AMOLED panel with a view on enlarged screen resolution together with essential variations to form factor. As in the case of all rumours, readers are encouraged to take the latest iPad report with a grain of salt. Mac Otakara does not seem to have a flawless track record with the rumours regarding Apple, though its sources have confirmed precisely on several occasions in the past.

New Models Shipped with Lightning-to 3.5mm Audio Adapter


The blog had been the first to report regarding the controversial plans of Apple on the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack and adding of new Black and Jet Black colours on iPhone 7 models. The new 7.9-inch model would be occupying a lower pricing tier than the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro models. However, in spite of its budget price tag, the iPad Pro would be receiving if not all, but most of the features of 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The website has correctly leaked the naming scheme, pressure-sensitive Home button together with the bigger earpiece model of the iPhone 7.It is also said that the new models would be shipped with a Lightning-to-3.5mm audio adapter, though the 3.5mm EarPods seemed wrong and had suppressed rumours regarding the inclusion of a Smart Connector.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Your All-Important Guide to Taking Different Kinds of Screenshots with Mac


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Those who are more familiar with Windows will tell you that it’s very easy to take a screenshot – after all, it’s a simple matter. All you have to do is press the “print” key and the shot is ready. However, users of the Mac don’t have this key, and may be confused or wondering how the screen shot can be taken. It’s slightly more difficult, but here’s the good news: you have more options when it comes to taking screen shots on your Mac, and it’s very easy to get the hang of it. Here’s your all-important guide to taking different kinds of screenshots with your Mac.

Getting the whole screen

If you want to capture the whole screen, all you have to do is press “command + shift + 3”. This will immediately create a graphics file that is automatically stored on your desktop (PNG file). In essence, the file will store a picture of your whole screen – so beware of sensitive information.

Getting part of the screen

Luckily, you don’t necessarily need to take a picture of the whole screen and then do some cutting with graphics programmes if your purpose is to capture just part of the screen – all you have to do is press “command + shift + 4”. This will change your mouse cursor to a little cross-hair item, with which you can select the part to be captured (just press the left mouse button).

Getting a single window shot

Did you get the part about getting only a portion of the screen? Here’s what you should do to capture only a single window screenshot on Mac: repeat the procedure above and then press “space”. You’ll be able to select the window you want, and capture only that.

No need to save on the desktop

You may not want to save the image of your Mac screenshot on your desktop – you may just want to save it on a clipboard so that you can use it directly into the document or graphics programme without dealing with unnecessary trash. Simply press “command + shift + control + 4”.

Thinking out of the box

If you’re still looking for something more sophisticated when it comes to capturing screen shots, remember that there are other programmes out there to assist you – think of Captur or Shot.

Taking that perfect screenshot with your Mac may seem like it’s a little more work than with other systems – but remember, you do have various options and this makes the process much more exciting. Using screenshots to send to people, or to use in manuals, is always a good idea and with the Mac you are sure that the type of screenshot you have is always the right one for your purpose.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Apple’s iPhone 7 Latest Snazzy Salvo in Encryption War

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New iPhone 7 – Highest Level of Encryption


The new iPhone 7 which was announced on September 7 in San Francisco by Apple CEO Tim Cook is said to have the highest level of encryption. Being sleek, shiny and water resistant, it has a telephoto lens for sort of zooming normally reserved for real cameras. Very soon, millions of individuals would be going for an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus where each will be equipped with the latest Apple product of super-duper encrypted operating system, iOS 10.

Moreover, millions would be upgrading their older iPhone and iPads to iOS 10 also. This would be great profits for the Silicon Valley tech giant. For the FBI, it would mean big worries. The data on these services would be out of reach for law enforcement agencies almost overnight, across the country.

This is with regards to the latest instance in the dispute concerning the rights of individuals in having secure data and the reach of law enforcement to search out criminals. So far, though it has been a war conducted by lawyers and software engineers, a good resolution could only come from Congress with laws which would strike a consensus.

Apple Committed to Highest Level of Encryption


It has already taken a long time with months passing since the attempt of FBI to force Apple in building backdoor in its software for unlocking the encrypted iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook. With Apple’s refusal, the agency had paid hackers to do the same which had placed Apple in the hot seat.

Minus a guarantee of privacy, the company were aware that selling iPhone would be all but impossible and people would not trust its new services like the iCloud Keychain that enables users to store their passwords as well as credit card details in their smartphone. The company has subsequently intensified its encryption efforts, though Tim Cook did not devote time mentioning about it during the annual event of the company, recently. But there were new iPhones and Apple Watches to be disclosed.

 In August, Ivan Krstic, Apple security expert had offered a introduction on the iOS features at the BlackHat USA hacker conference in Las Vegas and Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of software engineering, had reassured developers in June that Apple will be committed to the highest level of encryption.

User Privacy – Vital to Company


At the conference of the developers in June, Apple had stressed on its end-to-end encryption and had conversed on its work on degree of difference privacy. This enables the company to maintain personal privacy at the time of examining as well as knowing from crowdsourced details.

We are aware of what Apple had done in the earlier iPhone in order to protect user information. The present iPhone model, the 6S, tends to keep your personal information locked away with encryption and the company has informed that it puts in a lot of effort not to collect huge amount of data on customers like its peers, Google and Facebook.

As the best-selling product of Apple, the iPhone has been vital to the company’s stance with regards to user privacy. Federighi had mentioned that all this great work in iOS 10 would be meaningless if it came at the expense of one’s privacy.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

How to watch Apple’s iPhone event live today

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The Biggest Event of Apple


The biggest event of the year of Apple is finally here. The new iPhones of Apple named the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be launched today and Apple will be hosting a special event at the Bill Graham auditorium in San Francisco. The event will be live-streamed on its website. For Indian fans, the time will be 10.30 pm. Users have an option of adding it to your iCalendar directly from the Apple event website. In San Francisco on September 7, Apple would be revealing the new iPhone just in time for the holiday season. Rumours before the event indicate that the new phones would not have an essential design and the iPhone 7 may be totally water-resistant. The next generation iPhone 7 is said to be designed without a headphone jack and would be provided with headphone which will be wireless or plugged directly into the Lightning port. You could watch the event live –

  • The event is said to be scheduled at 10 am Pacific time, 1 pm Eastern time, 5 pm London time and 1 am Hong Kong time 
  • Apple would be streaming the event with a link. 
  • The details of Apple’s live stream can be viewed through a dedicated channel on the Apple TV set top box or on its Safari browser on iOS devices which run on iOS 7 or later and Mac running OS X 10.8.5 or later. The event would also be streamed to second as well as third generation Apple TV devices. In order to watch on a PC, users need to utilise the Microsoft Edge browser from a mechanism running Windows 10. 
  • The stream is not always reliable 
  • Quartz would be covering the entire event as it takes place. Matt Quinn, tech editor would be reporting on the ground. Users could check for live blog which can be done by tuning into The  live blog for the detailed updates, commentary together with images directly from the venue.

Improve Image Quality/Low-Light Performance


The iPhone of Apple, could be a meek update with improved battery, an enhanced Touch ID button together with a simple antenna and a faster processor to be packed in the iPhone design while the iPhone 7 Plus could also get a dual-lens camera. The later upgrade may improve the image quality and low-light performance while the two lenses would also enable the smartphone to utilise the visual depth information for various innovative photographic actions.

The iPhone 7 is predicted to have one less than interesting tweak and the same may be the first smartphone of Apple to ditch the traditional headphone jack. However, the more concern for the possible iPhone 7 users is the early word on the iPhone 8. The next generation smartphone is doubtful of being mentioned at the event though rumours regarding its flashy upgrades appear over its unreleased forerunner.

 According to some reports, the Apple Watch is also expected to get some upgrades and would be having built-in GPS and hence it will be capable of tracking runs together with other activities accurately when it is not connected to an iPhone. This would enable more sophistication location based apps. Moreover, Apple also intends to improve the inadequate computing power of the watch which means that the entire user experience would be getting sharper.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Apple May Launch 'All Glass' iPhone in 2017

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Apple’s All-Glass iPhone – 2017


One can expect an all-glass iPhone probably by 2017. Foxconn, the supplier for Apple has been developing a glass casing for the iPhone which is likely to show up in 2017 as per a report on the Japanese website, Nikkei. The latest iPhone design of Apple is believed to have a glass chassis to enhance the slowing demand of Apple’s main products.

Reports by Apple on its first decline in the sales of iPhone in the quarter which ended in March has been considering on means of countering tough competition from its opponents like South Korea’s Samsung Electronics.

Foxconn which has been assembling iPhone presently provides the metal casings for Apple and has been developing the new glass casing that would be out in 2017 according to the website report. India, the world’s third largest smartphone market after China and US, had faced a 35% fall in the market share of Apple, where 800,000 smartphones had been shipped to India, by Apple in Q2 2016. This is in comparison to the 1.2 million smartphones it had shipped during the same quarter the previous year, as per a report from Strategy Analytics.

Featuring Curved OLED Display


The latest iPhone besides an all-glass design would also feature a curved OLED display. And an addition feature which could make an appearance is something which has been considered is possibly of getting rid of the Home button.

There have been reports regarding Apple implementing the Home key within the display though till now it has not been possible. The information tends to come from an insider having access to the Chinese production company and stated that Foxconn has been working on glass bodywork for the 2017 iPhone right from 2015 and has gone through various design models.

Moreover, the report also added that it expects the 2017 iPhone model to have a glass frame, front as well as back for the complete glass build, complete with an AMOLED display panel together with a Touch ID Home key accompanied with fingerprint scanner which is inserted below the display.

However with the arrival of 3D Touch together with the latest AMOLED display technology, getting the Home Key in the display is actually a go ahead sign for the 2017 release of iPhone.

More Multifaceted Tactile Vibrations on Display


According to BGR, the 2017 iPhone of Apple would be capable of creating more multifaceted tactile vibrations on the display due to a tiny though high-performance motor which has been equipped within. The trackpad on the revamped MacBook of Apple is entirely stationary with no `click button. On the contrary, the MacBook has a system of well-designed sensors together with vibration, providing the users with the tangible feedback they are familiar to.

Those familiar with the new MacBook could confirm that the implementation is impeccable if not strange. This is the technology which will basically enable Apple to do away with the requirements of a physical Home button. This means that for the overall design and appearance of the iPhone it is likely that the phone would look and operate extraordinarily to the earlier ones. Consumer response to the latest iPhone is yet to be seen.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Apple Said to Plan First Pro Laptop Overhaul in Four Years

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MacBook Pro Laptop – Thinner/Touch Screen Strip/Powerful/Efficient


According to some source, Apple is organizing its first significant overhaul of its MacBook Pro laptop line in over four years and will be utilising one of its older products in helping to reverse two quarters of sliding sales. The latest notebooks would be thinner, comprising of a touch screen strip for function keys and would be provided with more powerful as well as efficient graphics processors for expert users like video gamers, as per unnamed source.

The updated computers is said to be in advanced testing since early this year within Apple, as reported by some source who did not wish to be identified discussing the product before its release. As per some source, the MacBook Pros are not likely to be unveiled at an event which has been scheduled for September 7 to introduce the next-generation versions of the iPhone.

Spokesman Bill Evans of Apple refrained from commenting. Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple signalled the tablets as probable laptop replacements by stating the iPad as a `post-PC’ device when it had been launched in 2010 though products such as the MacBook Pro had portrayed amazing flexibility. The sales of Macs inclusive of Pro line had ascended by 6% to $25.5 billion in the last fiscal year, while iPad sales fell 23% to $23.2 billion.

Organic Light-Emitting Diodes


MacBook Pro’s overhaul this year is targeted at increasing notebook sales at a time when consumers seem to be taking longer in buying or replacing iPads. Apple research has advised customers to upgrade iPad approximately every three years, while purchasing new iPhones every 18 to 24 months as per source familiar with the strategy of Apple.

This helps in understanding why iPad sales had tumbled from a peak in 2013. The most noteworthy addition to the latest MacBook Pro is a secondary display directly above the keyboard which tends to replace the standard function key row. As an alternative to physical key, a strip-like screen would be functioning on an as-needed basis which seems to fit the present job or use.

The smaller display would be utilising Organic Light-Emitting Diodes, which is thinner, lighter with a sharper screen technology, as per Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst of KGI Securities who mentioned it earlier this year. The objective of Apple with regards to the dedicated function display is to simplify keyboard shortcuts which is usually utilised by experienced users.

Casing – Shallower Curves Around Edges


The panel is said to theoretically portray media playback controls when iTunes is open though it would be displaying editing commands such as cut and paste during word processing work, according to some source. Moreover the display would also permit Apple to add new buttons through software updates instead of, through more costly slower hardware recharges.

The new top-of-the-line MacBook Pros would be slightly thinner than the prevailing models though are not narrow like the MacBook Air and modern 12-inch MacBook, according to sources. The fresh MacBook Pros have a smaller footprint than the present models and the casing tends to have shallower curves around the edges.

The source had also informed that the pressure-sensitive trackpad also seemed to be slightly wider. The new design would comprise of USB-C technology, a multifunctional kind of port which can manage charging, data transfers and display connectivity. Apple is also considering gray, gold and silver colours to its new line of product like the other products such as iPhone, iPad and the 12-inch MacBook. I

t is not known whether the coloured Pro laptops would be made available when the new line would be released.