OnePlus will release its first ever TV

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For almost five years, the only products sold by OnePlus have been its well-regarded line of affordable, high-end smartphones and the accessories that go with them.

The Chinese smartphone company has built up a loyal base of customers who follow each new release with a fervor that can be compared only to Apple fans at the launch of a new iPhone. Few Android phones, if any, get city-block-spanning lines of prospective buyers when a new model comes out. But OnePlus does, and did.

On Sunday, the company announced it would expand its product lineup to include TVs, bringing OnePlus beyond smartphones for the first time.

It’s perhaps an unexpected move, but many OnePlus smartphone users have already asked the company why it doesn’t make a TV, its founder, Pete Lau, told Business Insider in a phone interview, speaking via an interpreter. And while many details about the TV are still unclear, Lau said OnePlus was thinking big with the new product.

“At present, we feel the current market of TVs is still feeling quite traditional in their functionality and experience,” Lau said. “And they haven’t really well integrated the internet into the experience and making the experience match with what would be expected in today’s connected society.”

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Lau is cautiously hopeful that OnePlus will release its first TV in 2019, with software updates gradually making it smarter and more connected over the five years following the launch. In other words, Lau expects it to take some time for the product to live up to its full promise.

“This will have to be a process that proceeds step by step,” he said. “It won’t be something that’s perfect and absolutely complete and revolutionary from the start. So we can’t get everyone’s hopes up too soon.”

To begin, the OnePlus TV will be smart, Lau said. But Lau’s vision is to evolve the typical smart TVs, and he wants to make them smarter and better connected to smartphones, still the primary device in many people’s lives.

With a OnePlus TV, Lau wants to bring together the best of all worlds. He envisions seamless connectivity between your smartphone and TV, as well as the type of AI smarts and assistive functionality offered by devices like Amazon’s Echo and the Google Home.

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That means beaming photos and home videos to your TV without needing to worry about a clunky app or third-party service. It also means showing you useful information like upcoming calendar events and suggestions for departure times for your daily commute, as well as the ability to arrange transportation to and from a destination. This is just a small example of what Lau thinks OnePlus could do with TVs.

Lau didn’t say which company’s AI could be used to power the OnePlus TV, but he did say OnePlus is in talks with major industry players to support existing connected-home ecosystems.

Essential to the OnePlus TV experience will also be a built-in camera, Lau said. Regarding concerns that having a camera on a TV could be a home-privacy nightmare, Lau sought to reassure prospective buyers: “We have this in mind, and we will have a solution.”

Windows 10 users set for next big update, here’s what it brings

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Windows 10 saw its last major update in April – back then Microsoft fans were treated to a ton of new functionality.

One of the most notable additions was what the American tech giant dubbed Timeline.This let users to navigate specific documents and files more easily by allowing them to sweep through specific times and dates using a new tool on the right hand side of the screen.

Nearby Sharing was also added to the operating system in April – this allowed quicker and more intuitive ways to share files across multiple devices.Any device with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi could take advantage of the function, meaning photos, videos and documents could be duplicated in seconds.

But now Microsoft has officially unveiled the next update for the hugely-popular operating system.Previously only known as its codename, Redstone 5, the newest iteration of Windows 10 will be rolled out as the “Windows 10 October 2018 Update”.

The update will bring dramatic changes that Microsoft insists will make its software better than ever.The tech giant is calling one of the biggest new features the “new clipboard experience” that will harness cloud technologies to allow users to seamlessly copy and paste across multiple devices.

Users are also able to pin items to their clipboard they use regularly, ensuring such content can be accessed quicker than ever.Discussing the feature back in May, Microsoft said: “Copy paste – it’s something we all do, probably multiple times a day.“But what do you do if you need to copy the same few things again and again? How do you copy content across your devices?

“We’re addressing that and taking the clipboard to the next level – simply press WIN+V and you’ll be presented with our brand-new clipboard experience!”File Explorer is also set to receive a new Dark Theme as part of the October rollout.In a recent blog post discussing the new look for the application Microsoft declared such a feature was a “top request” from users.

The tech firm noted: “We’re excited to announce that Dark Theme support for File Explorer is ready for the next major release of Windows.“Adding a dark theme to File Explorer has long been a top Insider request. Some users find that a dark theme is easier on the eyes.“Others simply like the fresh, new look. But while dark mode has been available in Windows for some time, it hasn’t applied to File Explorer, until now.”

Although the theme is currently available for Windows Insiders, everyone will be able to access the feature when it arrives next month.Windows lovers will need to press the “personalisation” option before clicking “colours”.A new option for “dark” will then be available to select under the “choose your app mode” section.

The Windows 10 Insider programme is a scheme users can sign up to – it grants access to early builds of Microsoft’s software but can come at the expense of more prominent bugs.In addition to a fresh new look for File Explorer and cloud clipboard functionality, Microsoft Edge is also expected to come with a litany of refinements.

Google Pixel 3 may look a lot different as Google prepares for the release next month

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Pixel 3 is expected to be shown off by Google at a hardware event scheduled for October 9.

The Android flagship is presumed to come in two versions; the first has been predicted to come with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen while the second will surely be called the Pixel 3 XL and tout a panel over 6-inches.

Google Pixel 3 is one of the most highly-anticipated flagships of the year for good reason.That is because the device is expected to improve upon everything its predecessors did well while also introducing a host of new features.But ahead of its presumed unveiling both devices appeared to have been hit by a stream of leaks.

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Alleged Pixel 3 XL units in particular were shown in multiple videos and images sporting a futuristic all-screen design with a notch at the top.The back of the device displayed a single camera sensor that suggested Google will once again forgo a multiple system setup present in rival hardware.

However, two front-facing cameras were housed within the notch, suggesting Pixel 3 XL could take laudable Portrait Mode shots from these sensors.Google has organised exhibitions in both Paris and New York City simultaneously that are expected to show off the new hardware.

But ahead of the event the firm has put together two teaser pages online that will surely get fans excited.The first is present on the Google Store and simply features the number “3”, suggesting the page will be updated once Pixel 3 is officially unveiled.

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However, the second is much more tantalising and appears to reveal the colours Pixel 3 will arrive in.The site, first spotted by YouTube creator Jon Prosser, features a 3D render of what appears to be the back of the forthcoming flagship.A Google logo sits towards the bottom of the device and, if clicked on, changes the colour of the device and webpage.

The words “coming soon” are blazoned on the site.

Initially it appeared only a black, white and mint green pallets were shown, however it appears Google may have been hiding a fourth finish.Twitter user and computer science student Cas van Dinter showed off alleged source code for the site that points towards a pink colour being available for the Pixel 3.

iPhone XS

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Apple iPhone Xs design: What does it look like?

Picture, if you will, last year’s iPhone X. Got it? Well, the iPhone Xs looks practically identical.

On the exterior, the new iPhone looks identical to last year’s iPhone X. This means that all-metal body has made a return, complete with notched 5.8in and 6.5in edge-to-edge screens, chamfered edges and softly rounded corners. Both the Xs and Xs Max also feature a similar protruding dual-camera arrangement as last year’s top-end phone.

Apple iPhone Xs specifications: What’s inside?

The two phones have the same internals, though, as mentioned above they come in different sizes (5.8in and 6.5in) and at different resolutions, too.

Now onto the specs – we’ve broken it down in the table below:

  • Processor: 6-core 64-bit A12 Bionic, with an 8-core Neural Engine
  • Display: 2,436 x 1,125 Super Retina display
  • Waterproofing: IP68. Waterproof at a depth of 2m for 30mins
  • Audio: Lightning jack. No 3.5mm jack, and external stereo speakers
  • Rear camera: Dual-lens f/1.8, 12-megapixel wide angle and f/2.4, 12-megapixel telephoto lens. Smart HDR. Adjustable post-processing aperture
  • Selfie camera: f/2.2, 7-megapixel RGB sensor. Bokeh mode.
  • Storage options: 64GB/256GB/512GB
  • Connectivity: Dual eSIM with DSDS, Gigabit LTE
  • Biometric security: Face ID

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The all-new 7nm A12 Bionic has a six-core processor: two are high-performance cores that deliver 15% more power, while the rest of the four cores are ‘high-efficiency’ cores. The latter result in better battery life in non-intensive tasks.

But, that’s not it, the A12 Bionic has a quad-core GPU, which Apple claims to be 50% faster than last year’s A11 Bionic. Finally, the chip has an octa-core Neural Engine chip that brings everything together.

Of course, 3D Touch is back – so you can long-press on apps or pictures to interact with them. Unlike a few phones on the market, there’s still no sign of a fingerprint reader – instead, Apple has stuck to its guns with Face ID, only. This year, the company has improved the speed and accuracy, claiming it’s now faster to unlock your iPhone than ever before.

In the same light, Apple hasn’t brought back the 3.5mm headphone jack, which was to be expected. You’ll need to plug into the Lightning port. However, the external speakers have been improved – there are now two speakers, one at the top and one at the bottom, creating a stereo sound.

Apple iPhone Xs price: How much will it cost?

The original iPhone X didn’t sell in the numbers Apple hoped it would – but the higher price of £999 meant overall revenues were higher. As a result, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the latest Xs start at £999 and £1,099, respectively. That’s for the 64GB model, prices for the 256GB are £1,149, and the 512GB is £1,349.

The Xs Max is more expensive: 64GB for £1,099, 256GB for £1,249, and the 512GB costs a massive £1,449.

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PROOF

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Proof is a wristband that can be very useful for many people in the world that may have had too much alcohol to drink and is probably thinking about driving and putting their life at risk.

Proof is a bit like a Fitbit, except it doesn’t measure your movements – it reads alcohol molecules through your skin instead.Developed by California-based tech firm Milo Sensors, the gadget aims to convert alcohol into an electrical current via enzyme-based electrochemical sensors, which are then able to display your blood alcohol content on your phone. And that’s useful in a variety of scenarios including working out whether you’re too drunk to drive after a couple of beers, whether you need a glass of water to sober up on a date.(Picture: Proof)

It’s also got an invite-only friends feature which allows you to track your mates/partners who are out on the tiles to make sure they’re drinking responsibly (or not). While undoubtedly this would be huge hit in student unions around the country, the CEO and founder Evan Strenk stressed that the app is supposed to encourage responsible drinking.

Apparently, the band’s rechargeable battery can last for up to four days, while automatically tracking alcohol content for over 12 hours at a time.

Last year the company secured $100,000 in funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Heath and this year, they’re launching a crowdfunding campaign to bring Proof to a wrist near you.(Picture: Proof)

 

 

 

 

Intel’s Vaunt Smart Glasses

 

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Intel’s Vaunt smart glasses (actually named The Vaunt) aren’t Augmented Reality, they’re not entertainment-changing Virtual Reality, and they’re definitely not Google Glass. What they are, we’ve discovered today, is a set of spectacles that look pretty much like regular eyeglasses. That’s entirely by design, and Intel’s Vaunt team has apparently worked hard to pare back the tech glitz in order to hit some essentials.

As The Verge discovered when they played with a prototype Vaunt set, Intel has gone back to extreme basics. That involves dropping the whole AR thing, too: the Vaunt smart glasses projects a single-color, super-low-power red laser onto your retina in one eye. It’s designed to tether via Bluetooth Low Energy to your smartphone, which does all the heavy processing, leaving the glasses to beam simple notifications into your eye-line.
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The result, Intel says, is a headset that can last up to eighteen hours on a single charge. The electronics are squeezed into a package small enough to fit into half of each arm of the glasses, importantly the part closest to the hinge so that the remaining plastic can be flexible around your head, just like regular eyeglasses would be. No camera, or speaker, or even a microphone – though the latter might apparently change, if the decision to support a voice-controlled assistant in the vein of Alexa is made – and no vibrations or bone-conduction “new message” pings.
Using the accelerometer and digital compass the Vaunt team managed to find room for – despite the sub-50g weight – the smart glasses know in which direction you’re looking. Combine that with GPS from your phone, and you could have apps that spot potential coffee shops of interest, or bus stops, and beam vouchers or schedules into your line of sight. If that sounds easy, though, it’s absolutely not.
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Later in 2018 it plans to launch an early access program, so that developers can get their hands on the glasses and start cooking up apps. It’s unclear at this point how much they’ll cost. Down the line, the hope is that smart glasses like Vaunt will share shelf-space with traditional prescription glasses in stores. When – and if – that might happen remains to be seen.

The V-TEX

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Microwaves were a revolution in convenience for people looking to heat up their food in a hurry, but what about when you need something frozen quickly? There hasn’t really been an answer to that question until now. In comes Frigondas, the most amazing home kitchen technology to be released in decades. It can cool and freeze food and drinks in mere minutes, and it even doubles as a traditional microwave. While there is no set release date, it is believed that the device will be available in the US in the near future.

Known as V-Tex, the product is being billed as a “reverse-microwave”, able to cool wine bottles and fizzy drinks from room temperature to just under 40 degrees in 45 seconds.

The V-Tex uses a cooling vortex to chill the drinks, spinning the beverage around without disturbing the carbonation of fizzy drinks.

According to its makers, Enviro-Cool, who developed the product with the help of funding from the European Union, the gadget needs 80 per cent less energy than standard drink chillers.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 could have self-healing screen that fixes scratches and never smudges with fingerprints

Resultado de imagen para Samsung galaxy s10ALWAYS scratching your smartphone? Samsung has designed a revolutionary display that fixes itself.The so-called “self-healing” screen will repair scratches all by itself, keeping your device looking as good as new.The tech is revealed in a Samsung patent granted by the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

In the patent Samsung describes how customers regularly suffer from tiny screen scratches – and fingerprint smudges, too.The solution is to create a protective layer on top of a smartphone screen that can fix itself, and repel those nasty finger oils as well.

Typically, smartphone screens are covered with tempered glass.Samsung’s own phones come kitted out with hardy Gorilla Glass, built by a company called Corning.It’s designed to be seriously tough, but it’s not a catch-all solution.

Even Samsung admits that this type of glass is “easily broken or scratched”.“There is a need for a protective material having improved properties, and which can be applied to an electronic device,” Samsung explains in its patent filing.Samsung describes how its concept solution – a thin film that lives on top of your smartphone screen, that could even be applied to foldable phones.

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The patent explains that the film would be made from “polyrotaxane, polyhedral silsesquioxane, and fluorinated (meth) acryl”.But sadly, it doesn’t detail exactly how these compounds would heal the screen.That said, self-healing surfaces aren’t exactly new – and we’ve even seen them on smartphones.

The LG G Flex and G Flex 2 smartphones, which launched in 2013 and 2015, both shipped with self-healing rears.LG kept quiet about the exact specifics behind the technology, but suggested it was due to the hydrogen atoms built into the phone’s back.Speaking to TechnoBuffalo back in 2015, it said that hydrogen atoms tend to arrange themselves equally.

So when scratches are made, these atoms push each other back to their original spot, effectively healing minor scratches.Sadly, the tech didn’t work for major cuts. And it’s very likely Samsung’s self-healing screen wouldn’t be able to repair major scratches.And as for rejecting fingerprint smudges, Samsung wants to fit its protective film with an oleophobic layer.

This is a special type of material that rejects oil – in the same way that hydrophobic materials repel water.It means that finger oils would be unable to stick onto the smartphone glasses, making the screen appear much cleaner.

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So when will we see this tech on a phone?

For now, it’s just a patent, which means there’s no guarantee it will ever make it onto an available Samsung handset.

But the fact that Samsung mentioned foldable phones in its patent could mean we’ll see it land on next year’s folding Galaxy X smartphone.Alternatively, we could see the tech on next year’s Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone, also expected in the early part of 2019.

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FITT360

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FITT360 is the world’s first and only neckband 360 camera. Designed to capture your vivid 360° world effortlessly, this hands-free device provides a whole new way to tell your story in 360°. Designed to be unobtrusive, FITT360 is wearable throughout your daily lives without any sense of displacement or awkwardness.

BENEFITS:

Hands/Mount Free Simply press record and focus on your never-again moments and the experience itself.

First Person View The footages FITT360 provide will take you back to those moments in the most immersive way possible. Rewinding your world and discovering what you might have missed is now possible.

Live Streaming Share your vision in real-time or preview what you have captured and share it with the world via social networks

Life Logging Embedded GPS within the FITT360 enables tracking and mapping of videos taken by FITT360. With this feature, you can even create your personal street views.

Doubles as a bluetooth headset When you are not recording videos, you can still use FITT360 as a bluetooth headset to listen to your favorite tunes or to answer the calls.

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HOW IT WORKS:

Simply wear FITT360 around your neck and start capturing your world. Via live streaming via SNS, you can share your world with other to view it on their mobile devices or with Virtual Reality Headsets. 3 Full HD Cameras surrounding the FITT360 captures environments of each user in the True First Person View (FPV) with up to 90 minutes of recording time.

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Mycroft Mark II

The open answer to Amazon Echo and Google Home.  Mycroft brings you the power of voice while maintaining privacy and data independence.

Today we will bring you The Mycroft Mark II. The Mycroft Mark II is the next generation open smart speaker. It sounds better, hears better, and incorporates all of the lessons learned from the Mark I.

The Mark I was very much a device for makers and open source developers. The Mark II is a consumer-ready speaker designed for you and your family, whatever your level of technical expertise. But at the same time, it is open hardware and software for you developers, makers and hackers.

It has state of the art features like array microphones, beamforming, active noise cancellation, and a bright screen to display important information. It also sounds great, filling your room with vivid highs and deep lows.

New Design

Mark II features a sleek, friendly design that can be placed anywhere in your home. Showcase it or let it blend into its environment, it’s your choice. Mark II was built from all the feedback and community contributions since the launch of Mark I. With an increasingly smart stack behind it, the hardware got a massive overhaul.

Skills

The Mycroft community has built more than 140 skills with no end in sight. Skills include everything from creating shopping lists, to playing music, to telling jokes. Mark II users can discover skills by asking “what’s new today”, or through our weekly updates to the community, or website.

A key differentiator for Mycroft is that the skill list is infinitely growing, thanks to our robust developer community. They’re building skills that serve everyone’s needs; not just for the corporation behind them.