Facebook Wants to Put Video Cameras in Your Private Spaces - [gadgets]
11:49 AM EDT - Oct,14 2018 - post a comment
Like the Echo, the Portal is powered by Amazon, so advanced features we are used to accessing on our digital assistants are accessed with "Hey Alexa". Facebook's hand in the Portal lies in its main feature: video calls. Available in two sizes, the Portal acts as a centrepiece of connectivity in our homes, enabling users to connect with friends and family seamlessly with great ease. Video-wise, the Portal has plenty of features that justify the purchase of a separate device. The intelligent assistant is able to track subjects as they move within the frame, which is great for video chatting while going about errands and chores. This works for multiple subjects, so the camera will zoom out to accommodate new participants in the conversation. Background noise will also be reduced, so users do not have to stand close to the device to be heard.
To address privacy concerns, Facebook has made it a point to constantly reiterate the privacy-centric features of their new Portal. For example, the Portal has been deliberately designed to lack a video recording feature, instead, it can only facilitate live video transmission. Facebook claims that they do not listen, view or record any call data. The smart video features are, instead, provided by on-chip, in-device AI technology and does not interact with Facebook data servers. Despite the ability to recognise when new subjects enter the field of view, there is no facial recognition technology involved on the Portal. If any doubt remains, Facebook has included a physical plastic camera cover that ensures an opaque hardware privacy solution.
When not in use, the Facebook Portal can display your Facebook photos and videos and can prompt users when closest friends are available for chat. The hi-fi speakers on board are also powerful, allowing for an immersive listening experience. The larger Portal+ has two tweeters and a large 4-inch diameter bass driver, while the smaller Portal has two 10-watt full-range speakers on board.
The 15.6-inch Portal+ has a 90-degree rotatable 1080p display for both portrait and landscape screen orientations. The smaller Portal has a 10.1-inch 720p display that is fixed in a landscape orientation.
Both devices have a four-microphone array with 360-degree beamforming input for clear voice transmission even in noisy environments, and 12-megapixel 140-degree angle of view cameras with 8x zoom.
The Facebook Portal is available in Black and White finishes, and in Portal and Portal+ variants. The Portal retails at USD 199 (SGD 272), and as a pair with US$100 savings at USD 298 (SGD 487). The Portal+ retails at USD 349 (SGD 477). Preorders in the US begin today, though pricing and availability outside of the US have yet to be announced.
Apple Plans to Give Away Original Content for Free to Device Owners - [briefly]
11:45 AM EDT - Oct,14 2018 - post a comment
Apple has revealed that iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV owners will be getting original content on its upcoming digital video service
for free. Subscription options, such as HBO and Starz, will be available for those wanting premium channels for a fee.
Apple is preparing a new digital video service that will marry original content and subscription services from legacy media companies, according to people familiar with the matter. Owners of Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV will find the still-in-the-works service in the pre-installed "TV" application, said the people, who asked not to be named because the details of the project are private.
The product will include Apple-owned content, which will be free to Apple device owners, and subscription "channels," which will allow customers to sign up for online-only services, such as those from HBO and Starz.
Apple plans to debut the revamped app early next year, the people said. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.
Netflix cancels Marvel's Iron Fist - [briefly]
07:13 AM EDT - Oct,14 2018 - post a comment
In a shocking move, Netflix cancels Marvel's Iron Fist after two seasons. The series was poised for a strong season 3 after a much-improved second season. Here is the joint statement from Netflix and Marvel in full:
Marvel's Iron Fist will not return for a third season on Netflix. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is proud of the series and grateful for all of the hard work from our incredible cast, crew and showrunners. We're thankful to the fans who have watched these two seasons, and for the partnership we've shared on this series. While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on.
Intel Core i9 9900K vs AMD Ryzen 7 2700X - [hardware]
12:06 PM EDT - Oct,13 2018 - post a comment
Principled Technologies tested 19 games
which are Total War: WARHAMMER II, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Gears of War 4, War Thunder, Ashes of the Singularity, Forza Motorsport 7, Assassin's Creed: Origins, Far Cry 5, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, Sid Meier's Civilization VI, Fortnite, World of Tanks, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Grand Theft Auto V and Final Fantasy XV. Now there is no question that the Intel Core i9 9900K will be the fastest CPU for video-games. However, the gap between the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Intel's brand new CPU has been noticeably reduced. As we can see, the Intel Core i9 9900K will be around 10-22% faster than the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X in most games. The enormous performance gap in Ashes of the Singularity, Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 4 and Assassin's Creed Origins has been reduced to more realistic numbers. In other titles, however, the performance gap remained the same. These titles, like Counter-Strike: GO, World of Warcraft and World of Tanks, seem to not be scaling well on multiple CPU cores.
Samsung Says Foldable Phone to Act Like Tablet - [mobile]
06:46 PM EDT - Oct,12 2018 - post a comment
Samsung's forthcoming foldable phone will perform like a tablet when unfolded, and like a phone when folded, according to Samsung mobile chief D.J. Koh. When in tablet configuration, the device will support side-by-side multitasking for power users. "When we deliver a foldable phone, it has to be really meaningful to our customer," said Koh to CNET
at the recent launch of the Samsung Galaxy A9. "If the user experience is not up to my standard, I don't want to deliver those kind of products." Koh went on to say he believes the product has staying power and won't be a gimmick that vanishes just months after it reaches the market. The phone will be made available globally.
Facebook Says Hackers Accessed Users' Personal Data - [security]
06:45 PM EDT - Oct,12 2018 - post a comment
today provided an update on last month's hack. The hackers used accounts under their control to access the tokens of some 400,000 users. Using automated techniques, the hackers then boosted that number into the tens of millions. Facebook now says that 30 million accounts were definitely impacted, which is less than the 50 million it had originally estimated. Of those 30 million accounts, 15 million had their name and contact details (phone number, email address) scraped. For 14 million, the hackers stole their name, contact data, as well as username, gender, location, relationship, religion, hometown, birthday, device types, education, work, and locations/posts in which they were tagged. For 1 million people, the hackers didn't access any information. Facebook says users can check to see if their information was stolen via its online Help Center
. The social network also plans to proactively email people to let them know what data was taken and how they might protect themselves. Facebook says the hackers did not compromise Instagram, Messenger, Messenger Kids, Oculus, Pages, payments, WhatsApp, or Workplace. The investigation is ongoing and Facebook is cooperating with law enforcement.
Maria Doroshina - Fit Russian Blonde Beauty - [off-topic]
06:44 PM EDT - Oct,12 2018 - post a comment
Fitness model most popularly known for her Instagram account, where she has over 2.8 million dedicated followers. One of her early jobs was working at a grocery store. She has been sponsored by Shredz fitness supplements. Born in Taganrog, Russia, she moved to Florida as a teen. She began dating NHL player Aleksander Barkov.
AMD Radeon Adrenalin 18.10.1 Drivers - [gaming]
10:49 AM EDT - Oct,12 2018 - post a comment
AMD has released the Radeon Software Adrenalin 18.10.1 beta drivers
. These drivers include support for Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 Update as well as optimizations for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Along with improved support, AMD has addressed a number of issues with this latest release. First of which is a fix for the HDMI audio drivers not upgrading during the Radeon Software installation in some circumstances. Random reboots when upgrading from Radeon Software versions older than RSAE 18.8.1 on CPUs with more than 16 cores has also been resolved. In regards to gaming fixes, Fortnite sees lighting corruption when effects quality is set to High or Epic resolved, while Sea of Thieves sees texture flickering in multi-GPU configurations fixed.
NVIDIA GeForce 416.34 WHQL Game Ready Drivers - [gaming]
03:37 AM EDT - Oct,12 2018 - post a comment
NVIDIA has released GeForce 416.34 WHQL "Game Ready" drivers
. These drivers provide optimization for "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4" (retail), "Soulcaliber VI," and "GRIP." Among the fixed issues with this release are buggy shadows in "Player Unknown's Battlegrounds," some games launching to a black screen when DSR is enabled, a colorful shimmering line noticed in some games when playing full-screen with G-SYNC enabled, Surround display not being available from NVIDIA Control Panel with Edge browser running, and green screen display corruption on certain games with HDR enabled.
- Provides the optimal gaming experience for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, SOULCALIBUR VI, and GRIP.
- Games launch to a black screen when DSR is enabled. 
- Some games produce red/green/blue shimmering line when played in full-screen mode and with G-SYNC enabled. 
- [Windows Defender Application Guard][vGPU][Surround]: Surround cannot be enabled from the NVIDIA Control Panel when running Edge Browser with Application Guard over vGPU. 
- [PUBG]: Issue with shadows may occur in the game. 
- When HDR is enabled, games show green corruption. 
Samsung Galaxy A9 Adopts 4-Camera Configuration - [mobile]
06:06 PM EDT - Oct,11 2018 - post a comment
has announced the Galaxy A9, a mid-range device that is among the first to include a four-camera array on the rear panel. The stand-out feature is this camera, which includes wide, telephoto, and normal lenses, as well as a depth-of-field camera. The wide-angle lens has an 8-megapixel sensor at f/2.4, the 2x optical zoom telephoto lens has a 10-megapixel sensor at f/2.4, the main camera has a 24-megapixel sensor at f/1.7, and the depth camera has a 5-megapixel sensor at f/2.2. Samsung says these cameras allow people to flex their creative muscles. Software such as Scene Optimizer and Portrait Mode help expand and improve imaging. The front camera has a 24-megapixel sensor. The Galaxy A9 has a 6.3-inch full HD+ AMOLED display, octa-core processor, 6 or 8 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage. It supports memory cards up to 512 GB. Other specs include a 3,800mAh battery, fingerprint reader, NFC and Samsung Pay, dual-band WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, and Cat 9 LTE. The phone runs Android 8 Oreo and includes Bixby and Samsung Health. It goes on sale in select markets starting in November. Pricing was not disclosed.
Fortnite for Android No Longer Requires An Invitation - [gaming]
06:05 PM EDT - Oct,11 2018 - post a comment
today made its popular Fortnite game available without an invitation. The app has been available in beta since August, though an invite was required for access. Epic Games has dropped the need for an invitation and most anyone can download the game. Fortnite is not available in the Google Play Store. Instead, people interested in the game will need to go to Epic's web site to download an installer. The installer then puts the game on the phone. The game started as an exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Note9 and was later discovered to have a major security flaw in the installer (since patched). Fortnite is best played on high-end devices that have Android 8 Oreo installed. Some compatible phones include the Samsung Galaxy S7, S8, and S9 series; all Google Pixel phones; the LG G5, G6, G7, V20, and V30; the Asus ROG Phone and 5Z; the Essential Phone; the Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, Honor 10, and Honor Play; the OnePlus 5, 5T, and 6; the HTC 10, U Ultra, U11+, U12+; the Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ2, and XZ3 series; as well as a handful of others from Xiaomi, ZTE, Nokia, and Lenovo.
Samsung reported to be dropping 3.5mm jack with Galaxy S11 and Note 10 - [briefly]
12:39 PM EDT - Oct,11 2018 - post a comment
, one of the more reliable Korean outlets responsible for outing Samsung's future plans numerous times prior, has now penned a report suggesting the company will do away with the old-school 3.5mm headphone jack with the release of the Galaxy Note10 next year or, at the latest, with the Galaxy S11 in 2020. The wireless earphones market has grown significantly in recent years, and this may be part of why Samsung is apparently willing to ditch the antiquated port, which has been with us since the 1950s. The smartphone manufacturer will likely also adopt the dongle life going forth, as the report suggests a headphone jack to USB-C adapter will be included in the box with future devices. That means the Galaxy S10 may be the last flagship from the South Korean giant to feature a headphone jack. With two of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world dropping support for it, it seems the days of the headphone jack are numbered, indeed.
Asus Confirms Plans to Sell ROG Phone In the US for $899 - [mobile]
05:02 PM EDT - Oct,10 2018 - post a comment
says U.S. consumers will be able to pre-order the ROG phone starting October 18. The device will cost $899 for the 128 GB version and $1,099 for the 512 GB version. Asus also announced pricing details for the ROG Phone's myriad accessories. The Mobile Desk Dock will cost $230, the TwinView Dock will cost $400, the Gamevice Controller will cost $90, the Professional Dock will cost $330, and the ROG Phone Case will cost $60. Asus is giving fans of ROG a chance to score a free case. The first 50 people who pre-order the phone from Amazon or Microsoft will earn a free case, as will the first 25 people who pre-order the phone from Asus. The ROG Phone is a dedicated gaming device. It has an overclocked Snapdragon 845 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and an Adreno 630 GPU. Asus gave the phone a vented copper cooling panel in order to control thermals. The ROG has a 6-inch, full HD+ AMOLED screen with a 90 Hz refresh rate, as well as a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, and a discrete imaging chip for HDR playback. Other features include 24-bit stereo speakers, DTS Headphone with 7.1 virtual surround, a 4,000mAh battery, and a 12-megapixel camera. People will be able to see the phone at a public launch event to be held October 18 in New York City. Asus said the accessories will ship later in the fourth quarter, but didn't say when the ROG Phone itself will reach consumers.
Oct,10 2018 Highest vocal note - male - Guinness World Records Oct,10 2018 Apple under fire for allegations of controversial business practices Oct,10 2018 Intel releases new graphics drivers for Windows 10 Oct,10 2018 Evidence of Supermicro Infected Hardware Found at U.S. Telecom Oct,09 2018 Google Debuts New Chrome OS Pixel Slate Oct,09 2018 Google Reveals Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL with Bigger Screens, Better Oct,09 2018 Intel's New Low: Commissioning Misleading Core i9-9900K Benchmarks Oct,08 2018 Apple Releases iOS 12.0.1 to Clean Up Bugs Oct,08 2018 Google to Shut Down Google+ After Security Lapse Oct,08 2018 Google to Limit What Apps Can Do with Gmail and SMS Oct,08 2018 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K: The World's Best Gaming Processor Oct,07 2018 RTX 2080 Ti & RTX 2080 for Video Rendering? Oct,07 2018 Proposed 'sex robot brothel' blocked by Houston government Oct,07 2018 Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Trailer Offers First Look at Spock Oct,06 2018 Microsoft Pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update Oct,06 2018 Smart Clothing Is Becoming Better at Collecting Our Data Oct,05 2018 NVIDIA Releases GeForce 416.16 WHQL Drivers Oct,04 2018 Super Micro mobos used by Apple, Amazon contained Chinese spy chips Oct,04 2018 Sprint Slowly Rolling Out VoLTE to Several Samsung Phones Oct,04 2018 Shadow Warrior 2 is now available for free on GOG Oct,04 2018 VENOM Clip - To Protect and Sever (In Theaters October 5) Oct,03 2018 Google Pixel 3 Advertising Demonstrates Active Edge Features Oct,03 2018 Huawei's Honor Brand Fully Reveals the 8X Oct,03 2018 Samsung Wants Developers to Put the Note9's S Pen to Use Oct,03 2018 Facebook: 'No Evidence' Hackers Accessed Third-Party Apps