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ATU120 – Ghotit Technology for Seniors Samsung Galaxy Gear Smart Watch Guide

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour weekly dose  of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs.Show Notes:Ofer Chermesh, President of Ghotit www.ghotit.com10 Pieces of Technology Seniors Should Embrace http://bit.ly/18Q20xbOur Full day training on Arthritis, Aging, and AT www.EasterSealsTech.com/FullDaySamsung’s Galaxy Gear marks official start to smartwatch war – NBC News.com http://nbcnews.to/1e2DeA1Qualcomm launched a smartwatch too with wireless earbuds | VentureBeat http://bit.ly/1g0m1E5Back Up iPhone Photos Automatically to DropBox http://bit.ly/13MBIwjFour-Legged Impostors Give Service Dog Owners Pause : NPR http://n.pr/15WyqDsApple Announcements – Next week’s show will focus on this topic. Don’t miss it!App: Symbol Support www.BridgingApps.orgwww.EasterSealsTech.com——————————Listen 24/7 at www.AssistiveTechnologyRadio.comIf you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our web site:  https://www.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectLike us on Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/INDATA Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU117 – Comcast’s Assistive Technology Initiatives (Fred Maahs), Smart Spoon, APM Marketplace Access Tech Stories, Backup your iPhone pictures, Seeing Eye GPS appAugust 23, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU096 – Jaco Robotic Arm from Kinova, Adaptive Dog Ball Launcher, Make Microsoft Excel Speak Cells, ZoomText Image Reader, Bugs & Buttons, Bridging AppsMarch 29, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU 105 – Shelby Nurse, Inspiring AT user, Google Docs with Screen Readers, Purdue Offers CART at Commencement, Free AT for Deaf-Blind users, Longer battery life for your iPhoneMay 31, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

Hayabusa2 Probe Collects Second Sample From Asteroid Ryugu

first_img You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 2 Comments Ginny From ‘Harry Potter’ Is 28 and Unrecognizably Gorgeous Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe has just made history — again. The spacecraft gathered samples from the surface of the asteroid Ryugu earlier this year, and it bombed the asteroid a few months later. Now, the probe has taken another trip to the surface to scoop up pristine material that used to be buried below the surface. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched Hayabusa2 in 2014, taking four years just to meet up with Ryugu in its orbit some 185 million miles (300 million kilometers) from Earth. It started by dropping off some barrel-shaped robots to get the lay of the land, and then it descended to pick up its first sample in February 2019. Hayabusa2 carried several tantalum slugs, which it fired at the surface after each landing. The impact launched particles upward and into the probe’s collection compartment — that first landing collected material from the top layer of the asteroid. The most recent collection is crucial because it may have included material from deeper inside Ryugu. In April, Hayabusa2 launched the 5.5-pound (2.5kilogramsm) Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI). The SCI used a shaped HMX explosive charge to launch the impactor at Ryugu at more than 2 kilometers per second. The result was a small, artificial crater. Regolith on the surface of Ryugu has been bombarded by solar radiation for eons, but just below the surface is pristine material that is virtually unchanged since the birth of the solar system. That’s what Hayabusa2 was after this time. [PPTD] These images were taken before and after touchdown by the small monitor camera (CAM-H). The first is 4 seconds before touchdown, the second is at touchdown itself and the third is 4 seconds after touchdown. In the third image, you can see the amount of rocks that rise. pic.twitter.com/ssZU5TV3x9— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) July 11, 2019This landing required careful preparations — any problems could risk the loss of the first sample which is still inside Hayabusa2. The probe landed about 20 meters from the center of the crater, using its second tantalum slug to scoop up ejecta. Visual examination of the area showed varying color compared with other parts of the asteroid, so the team believes it does indeed have material from inside Ryugu. Hayabusa2 will remain in orbit of Ryugu for several more months, departing in November or December. The spacecraft will arrive back at Earth in late 2020, at which point scientists will be able to examine the Ryugu samples up close. JAXA doesn’t know exactly how much of Ryugu is coming back to Earth, but it hopes to get up to 100mg of material from the asteroid. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it will be the only perfectly preserved sample of the solar system from an object more distant than the moon.Now read:Hayabusa2 Probe Deploys Third Robot on Asteroid RyuguHayabusa Sends Back Photos and Video From Surface of Asteroid RyuguJapan’s Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft Reaches Asteroid, Prepares to Collect Sample Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ Celebs Who Were Sadly Killed By Their Fans Hayabusa2 Probe Collects Second Sample From Asteroid Ryugu The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman By Ryan Whitwam on July 11, 2019 at 1:04 pm The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along Paul Rudd to Join the Cast of Jason Reitman’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Here’s What the Cast of the Matrix Trilogy Looks Like Today Tagged In sciencespaceasteroidsjaxaHayabusa 2Hayabusa2 Post a Comment 2 Commentslast_img read more

How to Boost Your Mobile Photography Workflow

first_img Since we last visited this topic a year ago, phone cameras have become even better, and more options have become available for shooting with them. We’ll take you through some of the biggest changes and give you tips on new ways to capture, process, and store your images and videos.Capture: Should You Rely on Your Phone’s Camera App?When we reviewed the top camera apps for Android phones in 2017, one reason was that vendor-supplied apps left a lot to be desired. Quite a bit has changed since then. For example, most native phone apps now support RAW captures and a “pro” mode that gives you more control over your settings — although Google is still dragging its feet about adding a manual or pro mode. In many cases, using the native app has become the only way to unleash all the capabilities of a phone’s camera. For example, the super-wide and telephoto cameras on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro only operate in the native app (at least I haven’t found third-party apps that can use them). This is often also true for camera-specific computational imaging features, like night modes and some HDR modes.Of course, standalone apps often have their own version of these features. So, for example, if you have a phone without a built-in night mode, using an app like A Better Camera will equip you with one.The wide-angle camera on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro makes a big difference when it comes to taking in the broad expanse of outdoor scenes like this wave in the Valley of Fire State Park.Capture: Should You Shoot RAW or JPEG?Conventional wisdom dictates that for best results, shooting in RAW format (which means DNG for just about all phone cameras) and performing custom post-processing is the way to go. For standalone cameras that rely on single-capture images, that’s basically still the case. However, phone cameras have thrown us a curve ball, with sophisticated computational imaging that combines multiple captures to create a better image.As an extreme example, Google’s Night Sight and Huawei’s Night Mode take many captures over the period of a few seconds to create an impressive final image even in low light. There isn’t any way to replicate that effect by shooting a RAW image and post-processing. (Of course, you could try and shoot a burst of images, and do all the AI-based alignment and color matching they do after the fact, but it might take you most of the day.) Even fairly standard captures in good light benefit from the built-in multi-capture technology loosely described as HDR.Conveniently, most camera apps turn off RAW when you switch to their specialized modes that require multi-capture processing, as those modes usually only output JPEGs. So I typically leave my camera apps set to capture RAW (or both RAW and JPEG if that is supported) to make the most of times when I’m just shooting a conventional image. For quick sharing, that’s overkill; all you need is the JPEG, of course.This image from a slot canyon in the Valley of Fire conveys scale but isn’t much good as a portrait.With a simple tap of the Zoom icon, the 3x Zoom camera on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro turns the scene into an environmental portrait.Processing Images on the GoThe gold standard for image processing on the road is still a traditional laptop. You can run your choice of full-on image processing tools, and pick a model that meets your needs for display size, horsepower, and memory. For heavy-duty photo and video editing, I travel with my Dell XPS 15. However, it typically stays in the hotel room, and I use something smaller like a Surface Pro or Google Pixel Slate when I’m out and about during the day. Now that Google’s newer-model ChromeOS devices run most Android apps, you can fire up Lightroom Mobile on them and have your work automatically synced back to your main catalog. Ironically, that isn’t possible if you use Lightroom Classic on a Windows or Mac laptop when you travel, as Lightroom Classic doesn’t know how to sync multiple desktop/laptop computers. You can go cloud-first with Lightroom CC, but then you are beholden to paying Adobe for enough cloud storage for all your images (it would amount to about $1,000 per year in my case) and you’re also stuck needing enough bandwidth to keep all your images synced.So if you’re okay with the feature set of Lightroom Mobile, a Chromebook is an easy-to-maintain choice for image editing. Unfortunately, for video, the options aren’t as rosy. Adobe’s Premiere Clip is reasonable when you’re limited to a phone screen, but it won’t load on the Pixel Slate. What I’m waiting for is to see Adobe’s Premiere Rush available for Android.Even with a wide-angle camera, sometimes Panorama mode is needed. Flagship phones now do an excellent job of automatically capturing and stitching scenes.Syncing Photos to the CloudIt’s easy to forget how many images start to pile up on your phone, and how upset you’d be if they were all suddenly lost or deleted. Fortunately, it’s almost as easy to back them up to your favorite cloud service. Google Photos is by far the most popular, with unlimited free storage of images and videos in reasonable quality. Photos are down-sampled to 12MP if needed, and are re-compressed to save space. Videos are down-sampled to 1080p if needed.With Google Photos, like iCloud, Amazon Photos, Adobe Cloud, and others, you can of course store original images as long as you pay for the storage space — which averages about $100 per year per terabyte. Amazon Photos also offers unlimited photo storage for Prime members. In my case, I have all my phones set to backup in original quality to Google Photos. Since I’m just using it for my phone photos (and not my main image archive) I can get by with a relatively small and inexpensive amount of storage. Plus, my Pixel photos don’t count against the total.Besides taking competent images under a variety of conditions, Google’s Pixel 3 comes with unlimited photo storageCreating a Smart Local Photo ArchiveWhile it is unlikely that any of the major cloud vendors will disappear anytime soon, plenty of photo sharing sites have — sometimes taking user content with them. Personally, I’m more comfortable always having my own backups of my images. I’ve written about how I do that for my main photo archive, which mostly starts when an SD card is unloaded. But for mobile, manually transferring images is unnecessarily painful.Fortunately, there are a few ways to have automated backup to your local archive. Lightroom users have this capability already built in. If you turn on automatic import of images on your phone, they will be pulled into Lightroom Mobile and synced to your desktop catalog (once you enable syncing, of course).Synology Moments will recognize and tag common objects but you can see from these examples that it isn’t perfectWhile I do use Lightroom, I don’t want to rely entirely on it snaring every single image, so I use two other systems to create copies of my phone photos. The first is a Cloud Sync task on one of our Synology NAS units that pulls all of my Google Photo contents down from the cloud and stores them in my main local photo library (which I think periodically resync with Lightroom Classic). That’s fairly easy to set up as long as you tell Google Photos that you want your photos to be a folder within your Google Drive. You can then tell Cloud Sync to pull that folder and put it somewhere local. Remember, though, that if you set it up as a two-way sync, images you delete from Photos will also be deleted from your local machine.A different approach, which I also use, is Synology’s Moments package. Moments mobile app will automatically sync your images to your Synology NAS, which in turn will do some fancy face, object, and location-based tagging (if you want). Plus, you can create and share albums. You can then view images organized that way from your mobile devices or any web browser. The result is a totally private version of a system similar to Google or Amazon Photos, but one that’s completely under your control.[Image Credit: David Cardinal]Now Read:How to Store and Backup Photos, for Those Who Care About Their ImagesHow to Create Your Own Private Photo Sharing CloudIt’s World Backup Day: Here’s How the ExtremeTech Staff Stays Backed Up<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>  Tagged In extremetech explainsHow-TonassynologyGoogle PixelAdobe Lightroom Classic CCAdobe Lightroom CCpixel slateGoogle PhotosAdobe CloudAmazon PhotosApple iCloudCloud Sync Post a Comment 6 Comments Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous We Finally Know Why This Kid Returned in ‘Endgame’ We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared By David Cardinal on February 5, 2019 at 12:41 pm Why ‘Gears 5’ Dropped ‘of War’ From the Title ‘Far From Home’ Brought Back An Old Character No One Noticed 6 Comments ‘Playmobil’ Trailer Debuts Danielle Radcliffe’s Toy Secret Agent Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. 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Elon Musk Starship Super Heavy Will Have 41 Total Engines

first_img Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Most spaceflight firms would never hang around on Twitter and randomly tweet information on upcoming rocket designs. But most companies aren’t SpaceX, and most CEOs aren’t Elon Musk. During his daily Twitter ramblings, Musk revealed that the Starship launch platform is now up to a total of 41 Raptor engines. Although, he jokes that the design is begging for just one more. In his initial tweet, Musk announced that the Starship Super Heavy would have 35 Raptor engines in total. After a request for clarification, Musk explained that the “full stack” of the Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle will have 41 engines — 35 of those will be on Super Heavy and another six on the Starship itself. From what we know of the Starship’s design, the craft will have three Raptors optimized for use in the atmosphere and three others designed for vacuum usage.Before this most recent update, the Super Heavy was slated to have just 31 Raptor engines. Traditionally, rockets have relied on smaller numbers of more powerful engines. However, SpaceX has always gone the other way. According to Musk, the added complexity is outweighed by the redundant nature of having many engines. If one or two fail, the vehicle can still fly its mission. Full stack is 41 rn, but kinda beggin for just one more …— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 21, 2019Musk has explained many of the Starship’s design updates and milestones on Twitter. For example, the momentous test firing of the Raptor engine earlier this year and the name change from BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) to Starship, perhaps a more suitable name for something that could one day ferry 100 passengers to Mars. SpaceX is closing in on the first real test flight of the Starship in a configuration known as the StarHopper. That vessel will lift off, hover, and land safely. Late this year, the company could launch a high-altitude sub-orbital version of the Starship later this year. The first orbital flight is currently scheduled for 2020. At 41 engines for the full stack, the count is just one shy of the answer to life, the universe, and everything from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. No one really knows why Elon Musk does the things he does, so it would not be shocking at all to see another engine pop up on the final Super Heavy. After all, this is the man who launched his car into space on top of the most powerful rocket in the world.Now read:SpaceX Starship Moves Closer to Launch With Successful Engine TestSpaceX Successfully Launches, Partially Recovers Falcon HeavyElon Musk Explains Why the Starship Will Be Stainless Steel You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Why The Hound May Have Been ‘GOT’s’ Most Important Character Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous Tagged In sciencespaceelon muskrocketsstarshipSuper Heavy Post a Comment 5 Comments 5 Comments Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 1shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads By Ryan Whitwam on July 23, 2019 at 7:23 am Team Rocket Comes to ‘Pokemon Go’ Elon Musk: Starship, Super Heavy Will Have 41 Total Engines Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ The Real Reason These Celebs Refused to Do Nude Sceneslast_img read more

Amazon Prime Day After Hours Sale Samsung Galaxy 10e 59999 Apple AirPods

first_img Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 1 Comment Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous Prime Day is officially over, but it seems someone forgot to tell that to Amazon, Dell, and Walmart. There are still tons of excellent deals available with huge discounts, but for how much longer no one can say. If you missed out on buying anything during the shopping event, here’s a list of deals that you can still take advantage of.Samsung Galaxy S10 Factory Unlocked w/ 128GB Storage ($599.99) During Amazon’s Prime Day sale you can get one of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 smartphones with 128GB of storage marked down from $899.99 to $599.99. This phone is one of the fastest smartphones available on the market today with a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and 8GB of RAM. It also features a relatively high-quality camera and it comes fully unlocked.Apple AirPods w/Wireless Charging Case ($169.99)This set of Apple’s AirPods comes with a wireless charging case. Simply set the earbuds into the case whenever you are finished using them and they will automatically start charging. They also have support for Siri to quickly access your iPhone, and they can last for over 24 hours while listening to music. Amazon is offering these AirPods currently marked down from $199.00 to $169.99.Overpowered DTW2 Intel Core i7-8700 Gaming Desktop w/ Nvidia GTX 1080, 512GB SSD, 2TB HD, 32GB RAM ($899.00)Overpowered’s DTW2 desktop comes loaded with high-performance components at an unbelievable price. At its heart rests an Intel Core i7-8700 and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. Best of all, this system is marked down from $1,899.00 to $899.00 at Walmart. Discounted as much as it is, it would be impossible to build a system to match it without paying more. 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New Industry Report Reveals Journey Management Unites Sales Marketing Service and IT

first_imgRetail and Insurance organizations are customer journey leaders. Accounting for 82 percent of all the interactions tracked in 2018, the retail and insurance industries represent the cutting edge of customer journey management. In retail specifically, Kitewheel saw a rapid acceleration in the number of customer interactions conducted: That number grew 172 percent from 2017 to 2018, after growing 57 percent from 2016 to 2017.Marketing Technology News: Actions, Not Words: The Economist Group Unveils Global Social Purpose Research at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity“Companies now compete on customer experience and they are now embracing customer journey management as the de facto practice for managing it across the organization,” said Kitewheel President Mark Smith. “Already well established in B2C at the enterprise level, we now see journey management accelerating among B2B and among SMB organizations, with marketing, service leaders and now IT jointly managing all aspects of the customer relationship.”Marketing Technology News: AUDIENCEX Continues Momentum with 300% Revenue Growth and Strategic Leadership Appointments Kitewheel’s 2019 State of the Customer Journey report points to steadily increasing adoption by companies of all sizes in both B2B and B2C, across the entire customer lifecycle, in support of improved customer experienceKitewheel, the provider of the world’s leading customer journey platform, announced the 2019 release of its annual State of the Customer Journey report. Based on almost 5 billion customer journey interactions in 2018 alone and more than 10 billion since 2014, the report reveals that business enterprises in nearly every industry now embrace customer journey management as a standard, shared practice and the key to improving experience through the entire customer lifecycle.Nearly half of the interactions in the last year were conducted by organizations in which CX functions own customer journey management as opposed to marketing, a jump of 45 percent since 2017. In addition, B2B use of customer journey management grew 341 percent over the prior year, and retail remained a customer journey management leader, surging 172 percent year over year.Marketing Technology News: SessionM Demonstrates How to Turn Data into Loyalty at Salesforce ConnectionsKey findings from the State of the Customer Journey global report include:Companies are adopting and deploying customer journey management at an accelerating pace. In 2018, growth of this practice among B2B companies grew 341 percent over the prior year. Growth among SMBs grew 184 percent. The retail industry saw a growth rate of 172 percent, while telcos accelerated their customer journey management efforts by 160 percent and the insurance industry by 133 percent.Organizational silos are coming down in support of the customer journey. Nearly half of the interactions recorded in 2018 were conducted by organizations in which CX owns customer journey management, as opposed to marketing, a 45 percent increase from 2017. Companies have extended their customer journey efforts to include the entire customer lifecycle and customer journey management now involves the entire organization, with IT increasingly involved in these efforts, particularly in B2C. KitewheelMark SmithMarketingMaturity ModelNewsSales Previous ArticleCheetah Mobile Launches CM Translator International Edition on IndiegogoNext ArticleKentico Reaches 15 Years of Age – with the Next Five Due to Achieve the Biggest Milestones in the Brands’ History New Industry Report Reveals Journey Management Unites Sales, Marketing, Service and IT at Leading Brands Globally Globe NewswireJune 20, 2019, 3:51 pmJune 20, 2019 Customer journey initiatives are maturing, becoming more sophisticated. 2018 was the second year Kitewheel applied its Customer Journey Maturity Model to this data. As it turns out, 90 percent of the customer interactions analyzed in 2018 were carried out by organizations near the top of the maturity scale, with most of the year-over-year movement among organizations moving from project roll-out stages to scaling stages.last_img read more

Over 200 Million WiFi Enabled Devices Sold in India in 2018 Claims

first_imgAs many as 204.5 million WiFi enabled consumer devices were sold in 2018, with mobile phones contributing close to 90 per cent of the sales, a new report said on Tuesday. According to market research firm techARC, WiFi sale of enabled devices is expected to grow at 8 per cent in 2019 with sales touching 221 million units, primarily led by smart and connected devices for home and office automation.”The future lies in wireless highspeed connectivity and WiFi offers one of the most reliable and affordable alternatives to it. We have seen so far WiFi enablement through legacy IT and communications devices like laptops, routers and smartphones. This is now shifting to other consumer electronics like TVs, lighting, ACs and refrigerators. At the same time, it’s also penetrating into automobiles as well as other traditionally dumb IT peripherals like storage devices,” Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Chief Analyst at techARC, said in a statement. In terms of active user base, the research firm estimates India is having close to 600 million consumer devices being used for communication, productivity, entertainment and other smart and connected use cases. The market research firm predicted smartphones would continue to lead the WiFi enabled devices by installed base. However, the growth will be seen more in smart TVs including streaming devices as well as other home automation/smart devices leveraging WiFi connectivity. wifi connectivitywifi data statisticswifi deviceswifi enabled gadgets First Published: June 25, 2019, 8:10 PM IST | Edited by: —last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi 7A to go on Sale Today Price Features Launch Offers

first_imgXiaomi will be hosting the first sale of its new entry-level smartphone, the Redmi 7A. Announced a few days back, the new handset is an update to the Redmi 6A and continues to be a compact, inexpensive smartphone for the masses. The new Redmi 7A features a 5.45-inch HD+ (1440×720 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC. There is 2GB of RAM and two storage options of 16GB or 32GB and both variants offer the option to expand the storage further using a microSD card. At the back there is a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 camera with an LED flash and PDAF while at the front there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera. While there is no fingerprint scanner, the handset does offer an AI (Artificial Intelligence) based Face Unlock feature. It is also expected to get AI Scene Detection feature through an over-the-air (OTA) update. Other features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. You also get a 4,000mAh battery with 10W charging support, splash-resistant coating and the smartphone runs on Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top. The phone comes in three colour options- Matte Black, Matte Blue, and Matte Gold.The handset will be going on sale today at 12PM and customers can buy the handset on Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores. The handset is priced at Rs 5,999 for the 16GB storage variant, while the 32GB storage option comes at Rs 6,199. Xiaomi is offering an introductory offer where customers get Rs 200 discount on both Redmi 7A variants throughout the month of July. Flipkart on the other hand is offering EMI options, exchange discount, and 5 percent off for Axis Bank Buzz credit card users. If you plan to buy the phone from Mi.com, then you can avail exchange discount, 125GB additional 4G data and Rs 2,200 cashback from Jio, and Mi Protect service starting at Rs 399. Flipkartmi indiaredmiredmi 7a First Published: July 11, 2019, 12:12 PM ISTlast_img read more

Exit Polls Only Impose Opinion Tamil Nadu Chief Minister a Key BJP

first_img aiadmkBJPexit poll results 2019K Palaniswami First Published: May 20, 2019, 2:56 PM IST Salem (TN): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Monday sought to make light of the exit polls suggesting a bad show by the AIADMK, saying he had himself proved wrong similar predictions of him losing in 2016.Palaniswami exuded confidence that the party and its allies win would all the seats in the state and one in Puducherry, adding that said exit polls were more of “imposing of opinion”. “In 2016 (assembly election) also, such exit polls were done and they suggested that in Salem, the AIADMK will win only three seats and that even I will lose (from Edappadi seat in Salem),” he said. “But I won with a difference of 42,000 votes even as the AIADMK won 10 seats against the three (mentioned in the exit polls).””This is what exit polls are all about. They are imposing of opinion,” the AIADMK leader said, claiming that the predictions would be proved wrong this time also.Asked about the exit polls suggesting a good show by ally Bharatiya Janata Party across the country, Palaniswami said he was referring only to Tamil Nadu as the “AIADMK is not a national party, but a regional one”.”In Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK and alliance parties will win all 38 seats, besides the one in Puducherry. Further, our party candidates will win all the 22 seats where bypolls were held,” he said. Election to the Vellore seat was rescinded after the recovery of a huge amount of cash.The AIADMK’s participation in the central cabinet can be thought about only after the results are declared. The true picture will be known on May 23, Palaniswami said. Palaniswami accused the DMK of changing colours according to the times, he added.State BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan had recently claimed that MK Stalin was in talks with the saffron party, drawing a sharp rebuke from the DMK chief. last_img read more

You can unlock Lincolns massive 2020 Navigator with your phone

first_imgPrevious Next Editors’ Recommendations 1 of 10center_img The Lincoln Navigator is an impressive slab of luxury that disguises its Ford Expedition roots well and arguably surpasses the Continental as the automaker’s true flagship. The 2020 Lincoln Navigator remains largely unchanged, but does add a new tech feature: The ability to unlock it with your phone.This phone-as-key tech was first announced for the 2020 Lincoln Aviator, which hasn’t gone on sale yet. The feature, which is standard on the Navigator, allows the driver to lock and unlock the doors, open the tailgate, and start the engine via a smartphone app — no key fob needed. Lincoln isn’t the first automaker to try this. The Tesla Model 3 uses a similar setup, and Hyundai plans to launch phone-as-key tech on the 2020 Sonata later this year. But the tech hasn’t exactly gone mainstream yet.The 2020 Navigator also gets more standard convenience features than before, including power running boards, heated and ventilated front seats, and wireless phone charging. Some of these features were previously available as optional extras. The Navigator also gets Lincoln parent Ford’s Co-Pilot360 suite of driver aids, including automatic high beams, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, and forward collision warning.The other major bit of news for the 2020 Navigator is a trio of “Monochromatic” styling packages, including Pristine White, Ceramic Pearl, and Infinite Black. Each uses multiple variations of the same color for trim pieces, rather than multiple contrasting colors. It’s an idea borrowed from current fashion and home decor trends, which is fitting given that the Navigator is already bigger than some New York City apartments.Lincoln did not mention any mechanical changes, so expect the Navigator to continue with a single powertrain option for 2020. The 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 and 10-speed automatic transmission are shared with the Ford F-150 Raptor performance pickup truck. The V6 produces 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. Like the Ford F-150 and Expedition, with which it shares DNA, the Navigator has an aluminum body to save weight. The material cuts around 200 pounds compared to a conventional steel body, according to Lincoln.The 2020 Lincoln Navigator rolls into dealerships in November. Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date. 2020 Ford Explorer first drive review 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup lets you see through trailers — sort of New Toyota tech will automatically shut off engines, apply parking brakes 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport uses cameras to spot off-road obstacles BMW continues to define the concept of style over substance with the 2020 X6last_img read more

This compact drone gun can down a rogue quadcopter at 500 meters

first_img DroneShield Editors’ Recommendations An unprecedented drone incident at one of the world’s busiest airports in December 2018 led to flights being suspended for around 36 hours, which in turn resulted in ruined travel plans for around 140,000 people as well as huge costs for the airport operator and affected airlines.The problem of rogue drone flights near sensitive locations such as airports and prisons is a growing headache for governments around the world, though slowly but surely various solutions are being designed to combat the illegal flight incursions.One such company developing the technology is DroneShield. The Sydney, Australia-based outfit this week unveiled its third “drone gun,” designed specifically to jam a drone signal, take control of a rogue flying machine, and land it safely.The DroneGun MkIII is, at 629mm x 393mm x 209mm, its most compact design yet, and, unlike DroneShield’s other portable drone gun, can be comfortably operated with one hand.“DroneGun MkIII has an incredibly small form factor,” DroneShield CEO Oleg Vornik told Digital Trends. “Packing all the technology into such small real estate has pushed boundaries in every way for the engineering team.”DroneShield first landed on our radar in 2016 when it launched the beastly looking DroneGun, a massive bazooka-like contraption that, like the MkIII, could also take control of nearby drones. The DroneGun was replaced in 2018 by the more portable DroneGun Tactical, which now lines up alongside the DroneGun MkIII.While the two devices perform the same function, the MkIII’s weight of just 4.3 pounds (1.95 kg) makes it considerably lighter than the larger Tactical, which tips the scales at 16 pounds (7.3 kg). The Tactical, however, has a longer range of 1.25 miles (2 km) compared to the MkIII’s coverage of 500 meters.Vornik declined to reveal specific pricing for the DroneGun MkIII, describing it only as containing “five digits.”DroneShield’s CEO said his company’s products have so far been deployed with a number of military and law enforcement users in the U.S. and other countries, though current regulations laid down by the Federal Communications Commission mean that regular folks concerned about camera-equipped drones hovering over their property will have to seek out alternatives to the DroneGun.The proliferation of drone ownership has spawned a whole new industry — of which DroneShield is a part — focused on dealing with small, unmanned aircraft that fly into restricted zones. Digital Trends recently took a look at a range of solutions currently on the market. DroneShield DroneShield Next DroneShield DroneShield 1 of 5 Previous The best drones under $100 The best drones of 2019 DroneBullet is a kamikaze drone missile that knocks enemy UAVs out of the sky Sloshed drone pilots in Japan can now be punished with jail time Drone delivery services may prove too noisy for some in Australialast_img read more

Android O release imminent with todays final Preview

first_imgSeemingly like clockwork, Google has launched Android O Developer Preview 4. This, of course, means that we’re closing in on the official release of Android O, which even Google indicates is coming around the bend soon. Before that can happen, though, we need to cover what’s in Developer Preview 4. If you’re already enrolled in the Android Beta Program, you should be seeing the update to Developer Preview 4 popping up within the next few days. Google calls this build a “release candidate” for Android O, which means that the latest bug fixes and optimizations are present, along with the final APIs. Importantly, developers can use this final preview build to finish making their Android O apps.Since little is expected to change between Developer Preview 4 and the full release of Android O, developers can also use this build to test their app and ensure everything is functioning properly. This, in turn, will allow developers to publish their apps ahead of Android O’s release, meaning that they’ll ready to go once the consumer build of the OS goes live.Other than that, though, there isn’t a whole lot going on. Beyond allowing developers to finish their apps, Developer Preview 4 will also give regular Android users the chance to get an early look about what’s coming up. At the end of the day, though, the most exciting thing about this preview build is the fact that it means Android O is right around the corner.While we don’t know when, precisely, Google will launch Android O, it does say that it’ll be available by the end of summer. Hopefully this beta schedule means we’ll see it before the end of August, but it’s always possible that Google waits until September to launch it. We’ll keep an ear to the ground for more, so stay tuned. Story TimelineThis Android O Pixel Launcher works for 6.0 [APK download]Watch: What’s new in Android O and beyond, with GoogleAndroid O Preview update 3 downloads releasedAndroid O Reddit AMA: a TL;DR with all the important stufflast_img read more

IKEA goes green with Solar Battery Storage solutions

first_imgIkea has actually been working on solar energy and other sustainable programs for quite a while, but it’s only now that it launched something residents of the UK can sign up for and use in their homes. Of course, IKEA itself is no solar expert, so it has partnered with Solarcentury to do the dirty work, so to speak.Solarcentury takes care of the solar roof panels and their installation, but the Solar Battery Storage offer also applies to houses that already have panels installed. IKEA itself provides the battery storage that will store the energy that is produced and save it for a rainy day. Literally and metaphorically speaking.IKEA’s promise of exponentially reduced electricity bills is definitely enticing. For a household with an average bill of 584 GBP ($770), IKEA claims their solar solution could cut it down 70%, by as much as 380 GBP ($500). And that’s in the first year alone, using only 40% of the solar energy.That said, having it installed is going to be an expensive investment. The IKEA Solar Battery Solution starts at a whopping 3,000 GBP ($4,000), which requires not just finances but also a strong commitment to using renewable energy sources. IKEA is probably one of the biggest names in the home furnishing market. Being popular, however, also means attracting even more criticisms and doubters, especially those that have qualms over the company’s use of materials. While there’s no going around the fact that wood is still the material of choice or most furniture. The company, however, wants to be part of the solution rather than just contributing to a global problem. That’s why it’s now launching its Solar Battery Storage offer to help cut down on carbon footprint and, in the long run, also cut down on bills. SOURCE: IKEAlast_img read more

Olympus EM10 Mark III gets 4K and smarter Auto

first_imgFrom the outside, you’d be forgiven for thinking little had changed. Indeed, the E-M10 Mark III looks at first glance just like its Mark II predecessor. Olympus’ physical modifications have, indeed, been minor.The front and rear grip has been reshaped, making the camera easier to hold, while the dials on top have been made bigger and now have easier to read labels. The arrow pad on the back has gained labels too, though you still get both an articulating 3-inch touchscreen that angles up and down, plus an electronic viewfinder. Overall dimensions are up just a couple of millimeters, while weight is up around eleven grams. No, the big changes are in usability and performance. The E-M10 Mark III’s 16.05-megapixel sensor is carried over, but it’s now paired with Olympus‘ TruePic VIII processor. That upgrades video capture to 4K at 30fps, while adding an HD 120fps mode. Videos are captured in H.264 MOV format, and are editable in-camera; you can also pull out stills from 4K video from the camera’s own UI. The 5-axis image stabilization is carried over from the Mark II, but now is fully supported during video capture. Autofocus now uses 121 points, up from 81 before, and there’s continuous autofocus and face/eyes detection. S-AF mode can fire the mechanical shutter at 8.6 fps, or 4.8 fps in C-AF mode. A new frame-advance option during burst mode review jumps forward or backward ten photos at a time. Olympus’ other big change is to the shooting modes. The company says that, while it had beginners in mind with the E-M10, some could still find using the camera an intimidating step up from the camera on their phone. To address that, there are now four enhanced assisted shooting modes on the Mode dial. Full Auto, scene, ART, and a new Advanced photo mode join the regular P/A/S/M modes. Each of the assisted modes has been tweaked from before. In the case of full Auto, that means upgrades to how the camera detects the scene, subject, and lighting, along with the ability to better identify and track faster-moving subjects – even when the camera itself is moving – and adjust the shutter speed accordingly. Auto mode now gets access to a 100-6400 ISO range, having previously topped out at 1600. Olympus says parents of small kids should particularly notice the improvements.Scene mode, meanwhile, gets the benefits of a reworked UI. Each of the presets is now given a shortcut button on the touchscreen, and in addition to things like the new Light Trails mode there’s swifter access to useful options like Backlight HDR, silent shooting, and multi-focus shot, which previously would’ve required some menu-digging. Olympus has reorganized the workflow in its new Advanced Photo mode too, again in the name of making using them more straightforward. In focus-bracketing, for instance, rather than having to set different exposures and times manually, you can simply expand or contract a spread of photos on the touchscreen. Olympus is hoping that the combination of this, and bringing more complex modes like live composite shooting to the fore, will mean they get used more frequently. Finally, there are fifteen Art filters to choose between, with a new bleach bypass option added on the Mark III. That can give an old film-style effect, or make metals look cool and glossy. As before, there’s onboard WiFi to wirelessly transfer photos to Olympus’ companion smartphone app. You can also use the app to remotely-control the camera, and to geotag images. Battery life is up slightly, too, now rated at 330 photos from a full charge, versus 320 on the Mark II. The Olympus E-M10 Mark III goes on sale at the end of September, priced at $649.99 body-only. It’ll be offered with a 14-42 EZ kit lens for $799.99. Olympus is also retiring the grip accessory it used to offer; according to the company, there just wasn’t the demand for it. Olympus is giving its pleasingly retro E-M10 a revamp, with the Mark III promising to make the Micro Four Thirds camera even easier to use. Envisioned as a straightforward upgrade path for smartphone photographers wanting to take a big step up in the images they’re capturing, the E-M10 Mark II nonetheless still had its foibles. Now, Olympus says, it has taken the user feedback onboard and addressed it with the Mark III – not to mention adding features like 4K video capture. last_img read more

Uber app found to have special iPhone screen recording permission

first_imgUber‘s iPhone app has a special permission (entitlement) that has some privacy experts upset. Security researcher Will Strafach recently made the entitlement public in the form of a tweet, and Uber has since confirmed it in a roundabout way, saying that it is used to improve the way the app renders on the Apple Watch. I wonder why Uber (appears to?) have this entitlement. new option in dev portal somewhere? https://t.co/VbknpQTlxV— Will Strafach (@chronic) October 3, 2017 As Strafach notes in his tweet below, the entitlement is “com.apple.private.allow-explicit-graphics-priority” and is a special permission that, it is thought, only Uber has been granted. This entitlement grants Uber access to the device’s screen recording feature, something typically only available unofficially in certain apps that leverage jailbroken iPhones.center_img With this permission, Uber’s app can get access to read or write to the iPhone’s frame buffer, the reading part being the big concern. Talking about this, Apple expert Luca Todesco said to ZDNet, “It’s the equivalent of giving keylogging ability to apps.”This has raised concerns about what could happen with such permission, but Uber swears it isn’t doing anything nefarious with the special permission. Via a spokesperson speaking to ZDNet, Uber said that the entitlement isn’t “connected to anything else in our current codebase,” referring to its aforementioned use with the Apple Watch app. The spokesperson went on to indicate that steps to remove the permission were already underway before news of the entitlement went public.Uber has long faced criticism across multiple fronts, one of them being in the area of privacy. The company previously used a function that allowed the Uber app to track up to the last five minutes of an Uber rider’s trip after they left the vehicle. The action was said to be part of an effort to improve pickup and drop-off locations, but backlash from users and politicians alike contributed to its eventual demise.SOURCE: ZDNetlast_img read more

FCC Blue Alert warns mobile users of threats to law enforcement

first_imgYou’ve likely at times received alerts on your phone related to missing children or severe weather; Blue Alert is similar in that the alert can be sent out to everyone in the applicable region if authorities choose to use it. Rather than warning of a potential kidnapping or tornado, though, Blue Alert lets the public know things related to threats to law enforcement. Blue Alerts can be sent out when an officer is killed or seriously injured, or if authorities have credible knowledge that there’s a violent individual on the loose who poses a threat to officers. The public can receive alerts warning if a violent individual is located in their community, advising them to stay safe, keep an eye out, and contact authorities if the individual is spotted. The FCC explains that it has created a dedicated Blue Alert event code, enabling agencies to send out the notices using the Emergency Alert System and the Wireless Emergency Alert system. Under the new Order that establishes this code, the FCC has established a 12-month implementation period for the Emergency Alert System to deliver Blue Alerts, as well as a longer 18-month period for the Wireless Emergency Alert system.SOURCE: FCC The Federal Communications Commission has expanded the US’s emergency alert systems by adding a new alert option dubbed Blue Alert. With Blue Alert, both local and state-level authorities can push out notifications that warn the public to “threats to law enforcement.” In explaining this, the FCC says the authorities are able to push out Blue Alerts across a variety of devices, including cell phones/smartphones, satellite, cable, and through broadcast providers.last_img read more

GoPro Plus plan replaces broken action cameras offers several perks

first_imgAction cameras are inherently prone to damage — after all, they’re designed to ride on drones, attach to mountain bikes, record under water, and more. GoPro remains the best known action camera maker in the US, and many customers have put its various models through the paces. For those who pushed things just a little too far, the company has introduced a new service plan that replaces those broken cameras. GoPro revealed its new monthly service plan today, and it is called GoPro Plus. With Plus, which costs $4.99/month, GoPro action camera owners are covered for no-questions-asked camera replacements in the event a camera breaks. The plan also comes with some perks that don’t revolve around device replacement, too.Subscribers are given a 20-percent discount on camera accessories when they’re purchased through the GoPro website. These customers are also graced with unlimited photo cloud storage and 35 hours of video cloud storage; this is via the GoPro App’s new automatic mobile cloud backup feature offered under GoPro Plus.Assuming you sign up, the mobile cloud backups will start for iOS on February 20, but Android users won’t get access to that particular benefit until this upcoming Spring season. Finally, GoPro Plus also comes with priority support both via chat and over the phone, putting these customers at the front of the digital lines.AdChoices广告GoPro Plus subscriptions are available to buy now, however, including a 30-day free trial for those who want to give it a test run before putting down a fivver. The availability is limited to customers in the United States for now, but GoPro says that other markets around the world will get access to Plus starting later this year.last_img read more