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Unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, the Aeolus Robot hopes to deliver the promise of Rosie the robotic maid popularized by The Jetsons.The prototype home robot showed off its skills at the show by mopping floors, moving furniture, and even retrieving drinks from the refrigerator on command.Alexander Huang of Aeolus Robotics told the Washington Post that the household robot will learn its surroundings and the individual inhabitants of the home, adapting its behavior over time.“Right now it’s like a child, but we will continue to grow its capability so that it grows from a child to an adult,” he said.“The more people that use the robot, the stronger it becomes.”The Chief Technology Officer of Aeolus was part of the team that brought IBM’s Jeopardy-winning AI program Watson to life.
Portability means that you can move an application from one host environment to another, including cloud to cloud such as from Amazon Web Services to Microsoft Azure.The work needed to complete the porting of an application from one platform to another depends upon the specific circumstances.Containers are one technology meant to make such porting easier, by encapsulating the application and operating systems into a bundle that can be run on a platform that supports that container standard like Docker or Kubernetes.Everything you need to know now.The reality is that porting applications,whether they’re in containers or not, requires a great deal of planning to deal with the compatibility issues of the different environments.For example, you can’t take a containerized application meant for Linux and run it on Windows, or the other way around.
MWC 2018 will take place later next month in Barcelona.This means the annual flagships of many manufacturers will debut as soon as in February.The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are the most anticipated models for many customers, undoubtedly.Seems we know about the upcoming flagships … but the pricing.Last year, many manufacturers have had to increase the pricing of their handsets due to the increased purchase cost of components and exchange rate fluctuations.So it’s been assumed the forthcoming Samsung phones will cost more than the original S8/S8+.
Mozilla this week decreed that future web-facing features of Firefox must meet an under-development standard that requires all browser-to-server-and-back traffic be encrypted."Effective immediately, all new features that are web-exposed are to be restricted to secure contexts," wrote Mozilla engineer Anne van Kesteren in a post to a company blog."A feature can be anything from an extension of an existing IDL-defined object, a new CSS property, a new HTTP response header, to bigger features such as WebVR."Secure contexts, dubbed a "minimum security level," is a pending standard of the W3 (World Wide Web Consortium), the primary standards body for the web.Secure contexts' main purpose, according to its documentation: "Application code with access to sensitive or private data be delivered confidentially over authenticated channels that guarantee data integrity."In practice, that means traffic must be encrypted to prevent "man-in-the-middle" attacks in which hackers siphon insecure browser-server traffic by getting between the two and listening.
The Huffington Post has made far-reaching changes to its blogging policies, with contrasting rules being put in place at each side of the Atlantic.Since 2005, the news site has accepted blogger submissions, helping grow its community with it serving as a platform for debate.As Polly Curtis, editor-in-chief of HuffPost UK said on the blog: “HuffPost UK’s blogging platform is at the heart of our mission to amplify people’s voices and stir debate about the issues we most care about.”The HuffPost will accept fewer, higher quality submissions, a move that will now reportedly enable it to pay its contributors.On this Curtis said: "Before I became editor-in chief four months ago, I thought about this very carefully.I have been a journalist all my career and I could never edit a news publication that exploited journalists – or anyone else for that matter.
Analysis Xiaomi's rush to go public is as much a sign of a speculative bubble as Bitcoin mania.But for the few years prior to that, though, Xiaomi enjoyed astonishingly unctuous coverage.asked CNET on December 7, 2012, on the same day that Business Insider wrote a profile of "China's Steve Jobs"."Founder Lei Jun dresses like the late Steve Jobs, in jeans and black top," swooned BI.Even after hiring Google's Android boss, Hugo Barra, the phones themselves were "Shenzhen generics": top-end parts, yes, and a decent case, both of which are easy to source.Like Kaa hypnotising Mowgli, it worked a treat.
Mobile World Congress is just around the corner and it promises to be a 5G bonanza, but one French politician is throwing a reality check out to the industry.Secretary of State Julien Denormandie has pointed towards the rural communities in France as evidence that more needs to be done to improve connectivity across the country.The Parisians might be able to enjoy videos of baguettes whenever they want, but the farmers who can only access 2G and 3G networks will have to make do staring through the baker’s front window.In an interview with French paper Journal du Dimanche, Denormandie announced the completion of talks with the major telcos.The objective of these talks was to end the ‘white spots’, areas deprived of internet or quality mobile networks, with a target date of 2020 to make 4G connectivity ubiquitous throughout the country.A €3 billion pot of cash will certainly help matters.
“We need to refocus the system,” is how Mark Zuckerberg explained the dramatic changes he plans to make to Facebook’s News Feed in an interview with The New York Times last week.Of course, refocusing on “meaningful interaction” (that is, high impact posts from close friends) can only come at the cost of massively reducing the reach of publishers.A small price to pay, perhaps.But I think my own overhaul of Facebook might have Mark’s beat.Most days, nothing remains on the social network I joined 12 years ago except for this: “Welcome to Facebook.There are certainly more efficient methods to unfollow everyone on Facebook, but I opted to dismiss people and groups as they appeared on my feed to see how the platform would react to my rapid decoupling.
Android users know that many Android device manufacturers have been building wireless charging support into their phones for years now — but now that Apple has adopted the technology for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, wireless charging is once again in the forefront of consumer consciousness.A slew of new wireless chargers at CES 2018, the biggest consumer electronics show in the world.Here are the best wireless charging pads from CES 2018.Take a refresher course thanks to our guide on how wireless charging works.Perhaps the coolest, most useful, and most beautiful wireless charging pad at CES 2018 is the iOttie iOn, which made waves during the show because of how well-designed it is.It has a nice fabric exterior with a subtle silicon ring on it to keep your phone from sliding off.
Fans have been calling for Marvel to make a standalone Black Widow movie, and though the studio still hasn’t officially announced one, sources say the company has taken a step in that direction.Marvel has reportedly brought in a writer to pen a script for the potential movie, which sources caution still hasn’t been given the greenlight to proceed.The movie is said to be in its very early development stage.Black Widow is the Marvel character played by Scarlett Johansson, who will continue in the role for the rumored movie, assuming the movie gets a greenlight.Variety reports on behalf of unnamed sources that Marvel has selected Jac Schaeffer to write the movie’s script after consulting with Johansson on what the team wanted in a writer.Marvel President Kevin Feige reportedly talked to several candidates, ultimately choosing Schaeffer, who wrote “The Shower” and is on board to write “Nasty Women.” Marvel, however, hasn’t commented on any of these rumors and no official plans for a “Black Widow” movie have been made.
It’s been a long road to market for Blocks, a modular smartwatch that was first announced back in 2015, but at CES 2018 the company has said that it’s finally selling watches to the general public (via TechCrunch).To recap, Blocks was first announced three years ago at CES 2015, as a very early prototype that first floated the idea of a modular smartwatch.Blocks hit Kickstarter in October 2015, promising to ship by May 2016 to backers.It didn’t ship then, but the company opened up preorders to new customers anyway in June 2016 with shipments meant to arrive later that year in October.Blocks missed that window, too, only starting to ship the first batches of finalized devices to Kickstarter backers in September 2017.But now, it seems like Blocks has finally figured it all out, and is putting the device up for anyone to order.
I was a huge fan of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga when I reviewed it last year.For me, it was the perfect combination of technology, form factor, and good looks.This January, the machine is receiving a modest, third-generation refresh that threatens to make the best laptop even better.The basic size and concept remain the same as before—a 14-inch laptop with a 360-degree hinge and integrated stylus.I've grown to love these features from my time using Surface devices and the Logitech Brio webcam on my desktop PC; the convenience of unlocking simply by sitting at the machine is hard to beat.The new 3rd-generation Yoga addresses this: while it continues to offer fingerprint authentication, it now also has an option of an IR camera for Windows Hello facial recognition.
Razer has spent the last few years building out its Chroma lighting system to a huge array of products, from keyboards to mice to controllers to headphones to mouse pads to LED strips for custom desktop builds to an honest-to-god mug holder, all of which can be synced perfectly in time to your gaming PC.But what about the rest of your house?At CES 2018, Razer is announcing a partnership with Philips Hue’s smart lighting that lets users sync any color-capable Hue light product with Razer Chroma devices.To get things rolling, you’ll need a few things in place: a Philips Hue V2 bridge, Philips Hue color-capable lights, the latest Philips Hue app, and a PC with Razer’s Synapse 3 software installed.And for the full effect, you’ll probably want some Razer Chroma-equipped gear, too.Once you have that all set up, you’ll need to wait for the tomorrow’s software update that enables the syncing to go through, and you’ll be able to spread the joy of perfectly synced Razer-green lighting to your entire home.
The top tech trends for the coming year will be about the coming of 5G, artificial intelligence, companion robots, smart cities, mixed reality, sports innovation, digital therapeutics, and other things that are going to be a big part of the global economy in the years to come.Those were some of the takeaways based on a presentation by analysts at the beginning of the media day for CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week.The presentation was made jointly by Steve Koenig and Lesley Rohrbaugh, two tech analysts at the Consumer Technology Association, which puts on CES 2018.Koenig said that the top trend for the show and the year will be the pending arrival of 5G networks, which promise multigigabit download speeds for broadband data.Companies such as Samsung, Verizon, Intel, Qualcomm and others are debuting equipment that will make the 5G networks possible in the next couple of years.And once 5G is here, it will lead to huge expansions in the telecom, industrial, automotive, healthcare, and mixed reality markets, he said.
Google Assistant is now available on 400 million devices, including more than 6 million Home smart speakers sold since the Home Mini first became available last October.“All told, Google Home usage increased 9X this holiday season over last year’s, as you controlled more smart devices, asked more questions, listened to more music, and tried out all the new things you can do with your Assistant on Google Home,” said a blog published today.Tens of millions “of all Google devices for the home” were sold in 2017, the blog said, and at least one Google Home device has been sold every second since the Home Mini began to ship a few months ago, the company said.That’s roughly 6.3 million Home smart speakers sold in 2017, and about 6.7 million to date.Google Home Mini was made to compete with Amazon’s Echo Dot and began to sell October 19.The Echo Dot was among the best-selling devices in the Amazon marketplace last year.
T-Mobile US has been bigging up its network and Verizon has promised 5G by H2 after a tie up with Samsung, it wasn’t going to be long before AT got involved in the shouting contest.AT has claimed it will be the first US company to deliver a mobile 5G service to the waiting cat enthusiasts in a dozen markets by the end of 2018.The promises which accompany the 5G euphoria are seemingly endless, but from, this statement, it looks like AT executives don’t think very highly of their counterparts ability to deliver, or that anyone really needs any information to back up the claims.“5G will change the way we work, live and enjoy entertainment,” said Melissa Arnboldi, AT’s President of Technology and Operations.“We’re moving quickly to begin deploying of mobile 5G this year and start unlocking the future of connectivity for consumers and businesses.With faster speeds and ultra-low latency, 5G will ultimately deliver and enhance experience like virtual reality, future driverless cars, immersive 4K video and more.”
WeWork charged into Asia two years ago but it finally moved into Southeast Asia in the second half of 2017 through the acquisition of SpaceMob and the opening of its first space in Singapore — which became number 200 worldwide.Now, the company is relying on a formula with two key focuses to further its push and conquer the co-working space in this emerging region.Consumer spending online in Southeast Asia is tipped to quadruple by 2025 and a glut of Chinese companies are already flocking to the region to seize the opportunity to get in early with an audience of over 600 million consumers who are coming online rapidly — the region now has more internet users than the U.S. has people, according to a report co-authored by Google.All of this spells opportunity for WeWork which it is ready to tap into after laying roots in more lucrative markets such as China, Korea, Japan and India.“There’s conviction around what we can do as long as we are learning locally and hiring locally, working out what works from our global opportunity and how we can localize, then you’ll see us go deeper and into more places,” Christian Lee, managing director of WeWork Asia, told TechCrunch in a recent interview.There are general parallels with the kind of approach that Uber, Airbnb and most other U.S. tech giants have adopted across Asia and other global markets broadly, but in WeWork’s case, the firm is particularly bullish on the potential of its Powered By We service.
Chinese internet tech giant Baidu will work with Canada’s BlackBerry in a partnership that will see QNX used as the basis for Baidu’s Apollo self-driving platform, and which will also see Baidu’s CarLife smartphone software for in-car use, DuerOS AI assistant and HD maps integrated into BlackBerry’s QNX infotainment software.The partnership is a big one for BlackBerry, since it provides a way for the auto industry supplier to offer key features important in the Chinese market, which is the leading industry driving force in the automotive world today.For Baidu, it also means picking up a platform foundation for its open self-driving software project that has all the necessary vehicle industry safety certifications, and a proven track record.Baidu has a number of high-profile partners signed up for its Apollo program (yes, the name’s similarity to the space-oriented Apollo program is intentional).These include leading automakers, as well as tech companies including Microsoft, Nvidia, Intel and many others.Its goal is to build something akin to the Android of self-driving, which is open to use by all with the goal of accelerating the pace of autonomous driving development.
HQ Trivia is a live gameshow app for smartphones, and a bizarrely popular phenomenon.It no longer matters quite so much when a TV show airs — chances are good you can catch it on Hulu, or Netflix, or your cable provider’s own streaming service.“Appointment gaming,” or using timed events to get people playing en mass, has become increasingly popular in the past couple years.Rise of the Smartphone GameshowAt 3pm and 9pm (EST) hundreds of thousands of players tap a small blue-violet icon and prep for a battery of 12 questions with a mere ten seconds to answer each.The razor-thin time limit helps prevent cheating, but with such short rounds, the barrier to entry is incredibly small.