TechAmok News Archive
Qualcomm to Add WPA3 to Mobile Devices This Summer - [briefly]
01:47 PM EDT - May,19 2018 - post a comment
this week laid out its plan to adopt the latest wifi security protocol in future products. The company said it will apply the Wifi Alliance's Wifi Protected Access (WPA3) across its portfolio of mobile and networking products starting this summer. The core feature of WPA3 is stronger protection when users choose weak passwords. WPA3 also simplifies the process of securing access points that don't have a display or interface. The standard provides individualized data encryption to protect data as it moves from computers, tablets, and phones to access points. Further, it includes a 192-bit security suite to help businesses and governments adopt the highest levels of protection. Qualcomm says it has already added WPA3 to its WCN3998 wifi radio and IPQ807x AP platform. The company says phons based on the Snapdragon 845 mobile application processor will be the first to support WPA3. The chip and phones that rely on it will gain WPA3 this summer, with Qualcomm's portfolio of networking devices to follow soon thereafter.
Google Home Now Lets You Control Play Movies Via Voice - [briefly]
01:47 PM EDT - May,19 2018 - post a comment
As promised, Google
has added voice control support to its own video service, Google Play Movies & TV, to Google Home. People who own Google Home products can now speak voice commands to access movies and television shows purchased or rented through the Google Play Store and have that content play on Chromecast-connected television sets. Google says people won't have to change any settings or reconfigure their device to access this feature, as it has been added automatically on the backend. Google Home has for some time allowed people to use voice commands to access Netflix and other third-party streaming video content. The tool lets people start movies and shows, fast-forward, rewind, pause, and more.
Google Accused Of Faking Duplex AI Speech Demo - [technology]
05:47 PM EDT - May,18 2018 - post a comment
It's safe to say that the most impressive thing shown off at Google I/O this year was the awesome demo of Google Duplex and the Google Assistant interacting with humans to book hair appointments and dinner reservations. Despite the potential of such a mind-blowing demo, some complained that the AI hadn't identified itself and that it was unethical to have humans in the dark about the computer on the other end of the phone. It's safe to say that the most impressive thing shown off at Google I/O this year was the awesome demo of Google Duplex and the Google Assistant interacting with humans to book hair appointments and dinner reservations. Despite the potential of such a mind-blowing demo, some complained that the AI hadn't identified itself and that it was unethical to have humans in the dark about the computer on the other end of the phone.
What some are finding incredibly suspicious
about the interactions is that the people who answer the calls never identify the business that is being called. Typically when you call a business the person answering the phone will say the business name and their own name; nothing of that sort was said by the people answering these calls. When the hair salon demo call was answered, the woman simply says "Hello, how can I help you?" and when the restaurant call is answered the woman says "Hi, may I help you?" Another thing that detractors are citing is that the calls have no ambient noise in the recordings as you would typically expect in a busy hair salon or restaurant. In addition, neither business in the demos asked for the customer's phone number or contact information. Google has declined to comment
ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 Revealed - [briefly]
03:58 PM EDT - May,18 2018 - post a comment
If you're in the market for a new smartphone you might want to hold out a bit and take in the specs of the new ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1. This bad boy has 6" of screen real estate running with a resolution of 1800X2160. It's using the new Snapdragon 636 and comes with a massive 5,000 mAh battery. Also, it has a dual-lens camera system for those of you that take a lot of pictures.
The eponymous feature is, of course, its large 5,000 mAh battery. That is the battery capacity of most power banks, giving you up to 35 days of 4G standby and 42 hours of 3G talk time! It also allows you to play games for up to 12 hours, or watch up to 20 hours of YouTube videos.
Top 5 Brake Checks Gone Wrong - [briefly]
11:34 AM EDT - May,17 2018 - post a comment
Brake checking someone can be a dangerous and thoughtless thing to do. To show this, today's video is on the top five brake checks gone wrong. Let us know in the comments below some of your top five video ideas.
NVIDIA GTX1180 reportedly coming out in July - [hardware]
11:15 AM EDT - May,17 2018 - post a comment
Another day, another GTX 1180 report. This time it's related to the next generation card's release date. According to Tom's Hardware
, Nvidia is set to launch the Founders Edition of the upcoming GPU in July, which matches previous rumors. That means we don't have long to wait before getting our hands on it. The news comes from industry sources who spoke with Tom's Hardware Germany's Igor Wallossek on condition of anonymity. In addition to the FE cards' arrival in a couple of months, they revealed that third-party cards would follow in August or September. There had also been confusion over whether the new cards would use Volta, Ampere, or Turing architecture, but it seems the chips will be based on the Turing platform. There are still no official details, but rumors say the 1180 will use TSMC's 12nm FinFET process and have 3584 CUDA cores, 224 texture mapping units, and 64 ROPs. It's also said to sport "8-16GB" of DDR6 memory and features a TDP of 170 to 200 watts. The GTX 1170, meanwhile, is rumored to come with 2,688 CUDA cores, run at 1.5GHz to 1.8GHz, and also have 8 to 16GB of GDDR6 memory.
Honest Trailers - Black Panther - [briefly]
06:02 PM EDT - May,16 2018 - post a comment
After 17 movies the MCU brings us a superhero movie we've never seen before, one where the hero does not constantly quip - It's Black Panther
Google Wifi Lets You Check Network Connections for Each Device - [hardware]
04:24 PM EDT - May,16 2018 - post a comment
is rolling out a new tool to its wifi product that will let people gain more insight with respect to the performance of their home network. The Google Wifi Network Check function lets people measure how each individual device is performing on their wifi network. "Knowing wifi coverage is poor in an area of your home can help you pinpoint the exact bottleneck when you notice a connectivity slowdown. Then, you'll know to move your Google Wifi point closer to that device or even move the device itself for a stronger connection," explained Google. Google says most users of Google Wifi have an average of 18 devices connected. The new tool means people can explore how each is connecting to the network and then make adjustments to improve performance as needed. The new feature in Network Check will be available in the Google Wifi app in the next few weeks.
Bohemian Rhapsody - Teaser Trailer - [briefly]
04:18 PM EDT - May,16 2018 - post a comment
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. Facing a life-threatening illness, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day. In Theaters November 2, 2018
OnePlus 6 Moves Up the Ladder with All-Glass Design and Top Specs - [mobile]
04:16 PM EDT - May,16 2018 - post a comment
today announced the OnePlus 6, its redesigned flagship phone, at an event in London. The OnePlus 6 drops the metal chassis of previous phones and adopts a metal-and-glass design common to today's top devices. The 6 will be offered in white with pearl powder, matte black, and glossy black, all with unique finishes on the curved Gorilla Glass 5 surfaces. OnePlus says the phone can withstand splashes and similar exposure to water, but the phone stops short of being waterproof. The OnePlus 6 adopts a notched screen design. The AMOLED display measures 6.28 inches across the diagonal with 2,280 by 1,080 pixels at a 19:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. It comes in several memory and storage variants, including 6 GB or 8 GB of ROM and 64 GB or 128 GB of storage. Like many flagship phones, the OnePlus 6 includes a dual-camera array on the rear. The main sensor captures 16-megapixel images at f/1.7 and it is aided by a secondary 20-megapixel sensor also at f/1.7. The main camera includes OIS/EIS, super slow-motion capture, time-lapse, portrait shooting, and a dual-LED flash. The selfie camera has a 16-megapixel sensor at f/2.0. OnePlus says a software update will bring software-based portrait shooting to the selfie cam after launch. Other core specs include a 3,300mAh battery with rapid charging, face unlock, USB-C, fingerprint reader, 3.5mm headset jack, dual-band wifi, Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX HD, and GPS. The phone boasts CAT 16 LTE with 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM. Support for U.S. LTE bands is excellent, as the OnePlus 6 includes Band 29 for AT&T and Bands 66 and 71 for T-Mobile. The phone is sold unlocked and can accommodate up to two SIM cards. One the software front, the OnePlus 6 offers the latest version of OxygenOS, which is based on Android 8 Oreo. Unique features include a new swipe-based navigation user interface, app locker for secured apps, multi-finger gestures, dark theme, scrolling screenshots, and reading mode. The OnePlus 6 will go on sale in the U.S. and other countries on May 22. The mirror black and matte black 6 GB / 64 GB models costs $529, while the 8 GB / 128 GB models costs $579. The silk white model is a limited edition and will go on sale June 5 with 8 GB of memory and 128 GB of storage.
Senate Vote Passes to Save Net Neutrality - [internet]
04:14 PM EDT - May,16 2018 - post a comment
Democrats in the Senate forced a vote on net neutrality today
and walked away victorious. Members of the Senate voted 52-47 to retain the net neutrality regulations put in place by the Obama administration that were later nixed by the FCC. The margin of victory was large than expected, with three Republicans, two independents, and 47 Democrats all voting in favor of keeping the rules. Though the bill has passed the Senate, it still has to get through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and, if it succeeds there, President Trump. Obama's FCC established firm rules governing broadband service as a utility under Title II. As such, paid prioritization, fast lanes, blocking, and throttling were strictly prohibited. The Republican-led FCC has largely scaled back those rules, preferring to let the industry govern itself with "light regulation" from the FTC rather than the FCC. For the moment, the FCC's repeal of net neutrality will go into effect on June 11.
Porsche says - Tesla Who? - [briefly]
11:08 AM EDT - May,16 2018 - post a comment
History is written by those who start in pole position. Strictly speaking, Porsche E-Performance was set in motion 120 years ago when Ferdinand Porsche took a leading role in the design of the Egger-Lohner C.2 Phaeton electric car and development of the Semper Vivus. Around one hundred years later, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG reprised this visionary concept for use in production-based GT racing. See all the milestones of our hybrid and electric engine history and take a look what the future will bring in this video.
Facebook Says It has Suspended 200 Apps After Audit - [briefly]
05:06 PM EDT - May,14 2018 - post a comment
today provided an update on its internal audit with respect to apps' access to user data. Specifically, the company is examining which apps had access to large amounts of user data, similar to Cambridge Analytica, and if those apps misused that data. So far, Facebook has identified some 200 apps that it plans to investigate further. "Where we find evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, we will ban them and notify people," said the social network. As it preps its in-depth infestation into these apps, it has suspended their access to Facebook and its data. Facebook says it has already looked at thousands of applications. It will provide more information about what it finds as it continues its investigation. Before 2015, when it changed its data access policies, an app gained access to the data of millions of Facebook users and shared that data with a U.K.-based analyst firm. The data was used to to create voter profiles of Americans ahead of the 2016 election.
Google Revamps Storage Options Under 'Google One' Name - [internet]
05:05 PM EDT - May,14 2018 - post a comment
today relaunched its online, cloud-based storage service as Google One
. Along with the new name, Google One includes new storage tiers and pricing. Moving forward, all Google account holders continue to receive 15 GB of storage for free. Those who need more can opt for the 100 GB plan for $1.99 per month, 200 GB for $2.99, 2 TB for $9.99, 10 TB for $99.99, 20 TB for $199.99, or 30 TB for $299.99 per month. Google is allowing users to share storage allotments with up to five family members. Moreover, Google One will provide people with 24/7 access to Google Experts for help with Google's consumer-level products and services. Google says existing paid Google Drive subscribers will be upgraded to Google One automatically over the next few months. Everyone else will be able to access the new Google One later this year.
A Quick History Of The Keyboard - [hardware]
04:43 PM EDT - May,14 2018 - post a comment
Keyboards are ubiquitous devices that most of us use every day without thinking twice about it. Who invented the first keyboard, and why are they designed the way they are?
Critical flaw found in email encryption tools - [security]
10:45 AM EDT - May,14 2018 - post a comment
Sebastian Schinzel, a professor of Computer Security at the Munster University of Applied Sciences, this week issued a dire warning about a critical flaw in the S/MIME and OpenPGP encryption tools, which would allow attackers to read supposedly encrypted emails in plaintext form. Schinzel and his team's research has been corroborated by Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and has been described in detail by the researchers in a paper published earlier today
. The flaw, named EFAIL, reportedly affects both sent and received messages, including past correspondence. According to Schinzel, no fixes currently exist for the vulnerability, and the best thing users can do for now is to disable the relevant encryption standards.
Windows 10 Your Phone Feature Will Mirror Any Smartphone On Your PC - [briefly]
05:32 PM EDT - May,12 2018 - post a comment
Microsoft had a trick up its sleeves at the Microsoft Build conference last week, one that integrates Windows 10 with your smartphone. The app is called "Your Phone" and it is a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app that will be pushed for Windows Insiders in the coming weeks. No exact ETA is known at this time. What it does is allow users to access text messages, photos, and notifications on any Windows 10 PC from your phone. Microsoft has also suggested that it will allow users to drag and drop photos from the phone to the PC without having to touch the smartphone. The demo shown off at Build used an Android smartphone and showed that you can drag a photo from your desktop into a text message on your Android device. The lack of an iOS demo has left some thinking that perhaps the same experience won't be offered on Apple devices. This is due to how vigorously Apple locks down iOS devices. Word is that Microsoft might propose an idea of sharing messages with the iPhone and PC, whether Apple will bite remains to be seen.
As for security, Your Phone uses local connectivity via WiFi only on Android devices and word is that iOS devices will need Bluetooth as well. If you're concerned about privacy, word is that data that users share between their PC and smartphone will never be sent to Microsoft servers. When the phone and PC aren't connected, some data is stored in a local cache on the PC. That approach allows compliance with EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Your Phone app will grab the last month of text messages and the most recent 25 photos from your smartphone. It doesn't mirror all the content on your phone, however. Your Phone won't allow incoming calls to be handled via the PC, at least not yet. Microsoft is reportedly toying with that capability. Your Phone and Skype SMS relay will continue to be available and operate separately even if they seem to be similar. Microsoft isn't the first to try this sort of phone mirroring tech, Dell Mobile Connect offers very similar capability, and Dell's solution actually does allow you to receive and make calls from your PC as well. Here's a quick demo of the Dell app...
Google's AI-Powered Duplex Will Identify Itself as a Bot - [technology]
05:48 PM EDT - May,11 2018 - post a comment
Google surprised everyone earlier this week when it demonstrated Duplex, an AI-assisted bot that can hold nearly human-sounding conversations. Google envisions Duplex as the ultimate assistant, an automated tool to use for mundane tasks such as calling to schedule a dinner reservation or hair appointment. In the demonstration on stage, the bot did not identify itself as such and this caused some to suggest Google hadn't thought the product through thoroughly. What was striking about the demonstration is that the bot included human-esque speech, such as the word "um" when making decisions on the phone. Some believe Duplex could easily fool those on the receiving end of calls that they were speaking to a real person. "We understand and value the discussion around Google Duplex - as we've said from the beginning, transparency in the technology is important," said a Google spokeswoman in a statement provided to CNET
. "We are designing this feature with disclosure built-in, and we'll make sure the system is appropriately identified. What we showed at I/O was an early technology demo, and we look forward to incorporating feedback as we develop this into a product."
Scott Huffman, who leads engineering for the Assistant, told Bloomberg Thursday that one way the bot could announce itself would be saying something like "I'm the Google assistant and I'm calling for a client."
But while Google has floated some ideas around for how disclosures would be made, it still hasn't shared concrete plans on how exactly those things would be implemented.
Consumers Turn Against Skype Since Microsoft Acquisition - [briefly]
05:29 PM EDT - May,10 2018 - post a comment
Skype was once one of the most popular if not the most popular calling service on the internet. Things changed when Microsoft acquired them for $8.5B in 2011 and then proceeded to make Skype a business product
that they now bundle with Office 365 and try to steal customers from Cisco. Many former users of Skype just don't like how it works, looks, or performs. So now that's it's all said and done Skype just isn't that attractive to the masses anymore and once loyal users are finding better options. This is just one more case of Microsoft grabbing up a good product and then putting the Microsoft stink all over it. Maybe it will regain acceptance or maybe it won't, however, only time will tell if this once ubiquitous product makes a big comeback.
iOS 11.4 Locks Out Lighting Port If Not Powered On for a Week - [security]
12:29 PM EDT - May,10 2018 - post a comment
Researchers at Elmscroft
have discovered that iOS 11.4 will lock the Lightning port on iPhones and iPads if the device is not powered on and unlocked for a week. The function, called USB Restricted Mode, prevents data transfer via USB, though the phone can still charge through a Lightning cable. Elmscroft suggests the addition to iOS 11.4 is meant to thwart law enforcement. In recent months it's become clear that law enforcement agencies around the country are using a gray box that can be used to unlock and decrypt iPhones and other devices without the owner's password, PIN, or fingerprint. Apple has not commented on the discovery and it may not be a final feature in iOS 11.4.
NVIDIA GeForce 397.64 WHQL driver - [briefly]
04:51 PM EDT - May,09 2018 - post a comment
NVIDIA today released GeForce 397.64 WHQL drivers. The drivers come game-ready for recently released titles Conan Exiles, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, and Destiny 2's new expansion, Warmind. NVIDIA also added support for Microsoft Surface Books while providing updated SLI profiles for Kingdom Come: Deliverance and GRIP. More importantly, this driver release contains specific fixes for Grand Theft Auto V, Starcraft 2, and GeForce GTX 780 Ti owners who run a SLI configuration. The rest of its fixed issues is consistent with the 397.55 hotfix driver release. Those interested can download the NVIDIA GeForce 397.64 WHQL driver from here
, and below you can find its complete changelog.
Provides the optimal gaming experience for Destiny 2: Warmind, Conan Exiles, and Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.
Added support for Microsoft Surface Books.
Application SLI Profiles
Added or updated the following SLI profiles:
Fixed Issues in this Release
- Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Windows 10 Issues
- [Grand Theft Auto V][NVIDIA Control Panel]: God rays become less intense after forcing MSAA using the NVIDIA Control Panel. 
- [Starcraft 2][Kepler GPUs]: Black screen appears when exiting the game. 
- [SLI][GeForce GTX 780 Ti]: There is no display output when connecting the DisplayPort and two DVI monitors. 
- [Netflix]: Netflix playback may stutter intermittently. 
- [GeForce GTX 1060]: Windows Device Manager may report Code 43 error. 
- Event Error 14 appears in the Windows Event Viewer when booting into Windows.
- GDI objects increase every time an application queries NVAPI. 
- [Windows 10]: Driver may get removed after the PC has been left idle for an extended period of time. 
Windows 7 Issues
- [Microsoft Edge][HDR]: With HDR turned ON, video playback in full-screen mode on an HDR display may cause corruption of the video and desktop. To recover, manually turn the monitor OFF and then back ON. This will be resolved in a future driver version.
- [Far Cry 5]: Green flickering occurs in the game when using HDR with non-native resolution. To work around, either quit and then restart the game while in the desired resolution, or press [Alt+tab] away from and then back to the game, or press [Alt+Enter] to switch to windowed mode and then back to full-screen mode.
- [Wolfenstein II]: The crashes during gameplay. 
- [Call of Duty: WWII][Surround]: With Surround enabled, the center Surround display is blank during gameplay. 
- [GeForce TITAN (Kepler-based)]: The OS fails after installing the graphics card on a Threadripper-enabled motherboard. 
- [Pascal GPUs][Gears of War 4]: Blue-screen crash may occur while playing the game. 
- [GeForce GTX 1080 Ti][Warhammer Vermintide 2][DirectX 12]: TDR errors may occur when changing resolutions in game. . To work around, use the DirectX 11 game option.
- [NVIDIA Control Panel][Surround]: NVIDIA Surround hot keys do not work. 
- [GeForce Experience][ShadowPlay]: The "In-Game Overlay" option cannot be enabled, nor does Shadowplay recording work.  The Microsoft Media Foundation library must be installed in order to use these features. Be sure to first install the Media Foundation package.
- [Wolfenstein II]: The crashes during gameplay. 
- [Call of Duty: WWII][Surround]: With Surround enabled, the center Surround display is blank during gameplay. 
Detroit: Become Human – TV Commercial - [briefly]
11:39 AM EDT - May,09 2018 - post a comment
A new TV commercial of Quantic Dream's upcoming adventure game for PS4 Detroit: Become Human features Markus and his choices. Detroit: Become Human will launch exclusively for PS4 on May 25th, 2018.
Google Assistant Gets Your Hair Did - [technology]
06:03 AM EDT - May,09 2018 - post a comment
In an amazing demo at Google I/0, Google's Assistant can actually ring up a salon or a restaurant to make an appointment for you. You don't have to call yourself even if the pizzeria doesn't have an online reservation system.
ChromeOS Gains Support for Linux - [briefly]
05:59 AM EDT - May,09 2018 - post a comment
Pixelbook owners will soon be able to use Linux on their ChromeOS device. Google
today announced that Chromebooks will be able to run Linux apps, which will let developers open a window and use their favorite Linux-based tools without leaving ChromeOS. Linux will run in a virtual machine environment made just for Chromebooks. It launches instantly and integrates directly with apps on the host device. Google says developers will be able to drag Linux windows around the desktop, open files from downloads, and even deploy Android code from the Linux window to their ChromeOS machine. Google expects to offer Linux in ChromeOS as a preview in the next few weeks. It will offer compatibility with more devices over time. "We were looking at ways to expand support for power users and developers, especially on devices like the Pixelbook," remarked Kan Liu, director of product management, Chrome OS. "Users told us they want the ability to run Linux apps and developer apps, whether it's Android Studio or Visual Studio Code, on ChromeOS." Linux will hit the developer channel soon. It is based on the Debian 4.4 kernel and supports any and all Linux apps.
Google's ARCore to Let Multiple People See the Same AR Content - [technology]
05:58 AM EDT - May,09 2018 - post a comment
has announced an update to its ARCore platform for augmented reality. The platform gains a handful of new tools to help developers create more immersive and shared AR experiences. First and foremost, ARCore introduces something Google calls Cloud Anchors. With Cloud Anchors, multiple devices can generate a shared, synchronized image of the world. It allows multiple phones to see and interact with the same content in the same place at the same time. It's a way to enable multi-player games, for example, or group room decorating. Sceneform is another new tool that makes it easier for developers to make AR experiences from Java-based applications. Sceneform has an expressive API, renderer, and seamless support for 3D objects. Last, Augmented Images makes it possible to attach augmented reality content to objects in the real world and expand them to view 3D renderings, such as opening a box. This is made possible in pat thanks to new support for vertical plane detection. The new ARCore will be made available to both Android and iOS devices. Developers can grab the new ARCore developer tools from the Android Developer web site.
iOS 11.3 Update Crippled Microphones On Some iPhone 7 Units - [briefly]
05:40 AM EDT - May,08 2018 - post a comment
An internal Apple document appears to confirm another issue that has popped up with iOS 11.3 and pertains to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones. On those devices, the update has created a microphone issue on what Apple says is a limited number of devices. Affected users may see a grayed-out speaker button during phone calls. The issue can also prevent some users of affected devices from being heard during phone calls and FaceTime video chats.
An internal document cited by MacRumors has instructed Apple Authorized Service Providers to ask customers to disconnect or power off any Bluetooth headsets or audio accessories connected to the smartphone and see if that fixes the issue. If the speaker button is still grayed out for calls, the service people are to run audio diagnostics.
If the smartphone is affected by the issue, the diagnostic tools will show "device could not detect dock" or "accessory not supported". If either of those messages is seen, the service provider can initiate a repair. For devices no longer covered under warranty, the service provider will be able to initiate an exception for the issue. Apple hasn't stated specifically what is causing this issue, but it seems that the software update is causing some sort of hardware problem. When Apple first started to talk up the iOS 11.3 update there was a lot in it that folks were excited about. This is the update that was to bring with it better battery health information so that iPhone users could tell if their device was being throttled. That was a good thing, but when the update landed it was quickly discovered that it was also bricking iPhone 8 devices that had third-party screen repairs by disabling touch functionality. Apple later promised that it would roll back that change with iOS 11.3.1.
Microsoft's AI-Powered Meeting Room Of The Future - [technology]
05:31 AM EDT - May,08 2018 - post a comment
The device, which is shaped like a cone, is equipped with a 360-degree camera and a powerful microphone array. The camera uses facial recognition to scan the room and identify meeting participants. The microphones are used to pick up their voice and transcribe everyword spoken in a meeting in real-time using Microsoft's AI software. The voice recognition/transcription works with any language, which is helpful for companies where employees are working with teams that may be scattered across the globe. Such a device will be completely integrated into Teams, which is Microsoft's increasingly feature-packed competitor to Slack. The transcription feature of the device can handle the speech of multiple meeting participants in multiple languages simultaneously. However, the fact that this system can identify meeting participants and automatically transcribe their every spoken word for future reference might bring some embarrassing side effects, as this Twitter response makes clear:
Microsoft's meeting prototype device was cool, but what happens if every random comment you make in a meeting is transcribed and preserved for anyone to see? I guess it's a good way to make sure meetings stay on topic.. pic.twitter.com/qTBRo7CX8i
— Karissa Bell (@karissabe) May 7, 2018
FTC Threatens Legal Action Against Sony, Microsoft - [briefly]
04:30 PM EDT - May,06 2018 - post a comment
Everyone has probably noticed a little sticker on the back of their console that says "warranty void if removed". You'll usually find similar messages at the ends of certain user agreement licenses, and essentially, it's meant to keep customers from getting third-party repairs by voiding their warranty if they do. Well, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), that's not cool - illegal, not cool. In fact, they've sent out six letters to six major companies in the US warning that this practice is illegal. According to the statement given by the FTC on their website
Unless warrantors provide the parts or services for free or receive a waiver from the FTC, such statements generally are prohibited by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a law that governs consumer product warranties. Similarly, such statements may be deceptive under the FTC Act.
Thanks to the folks over at Motherboard
who obtained copies of the letters, we now know these letters were sent to Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Hyundai, HTC, and ASUS. The agency's associate director of marketing practices Lois Greisman sent out the letters on April 9 and gave each company 30 days to change its official warranty policies under threat of possible legal action against the companies. While there's still no word yet on how the companies have responded to the FTC's allegations, it may mean changes to warranty policies from these companies coming soon.
Watch Steve Jobs unveil the iMac 20 years ago - [briefly]
01:25 PM EDT - May,06 2018 - post a comment
20 years ago - to the day - on May 6, 1998, Apple interim chief executive Steve Jobs introduced the world to the first iMac. Jobs talked up the Jony Ive-designed iMac as if it was the best thing since sliced bread and for the company and the industry at the time, it kind of was.
The original iMac featured a wild-for-the-time all-in-one design with a translucent rear shell that was in stark contrast to the boring beige boxes of the era. The name "iMac" paid homage to its purpose - the "i" stood for Internet and the iMac was designed to get people on the Internet fast and simply. As you know, that "i" branding caught on and persists to this very day with the iPhone, the iPad and so on.
Why does this spinning arrow optical illusion ALWAYS point right? - [off-topic]
07:50 AM EDT - May,06 2018 - post a comment
It is the creation of Professor Kokichi Sugihara at Meiji University in Tokyo Professor Sugihara has a long history of designing mind-bending objects His latest object has been carefully crafted so the arrow only points right This duplicity can only be discerned when viewing the device from above
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