Leaked manual diagrams show off Asus X00PD.Taller design could mean this is the ZenFone Max 5, with the extra height necessary for the phone’s larger battery.Vertical dual-camera and rear fingerprint sensor also shown off ahead of the device’s expected reveal at MWC 2018.Asus looks set to stroll into MWC 2018 with a handful of devices that succeed the ZenFone 4 range.Just last week we saw a ZenFone 5 phone rear its head in a Wi-Fi Alliance listing.Thanks to a newly leaked image, we now have a good idea what one of the 5-series devices will look like.
Data Conversion Systems, Limited (dCS) celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017 with a limited edition of 250 Vivaldi Ones, and half of them have already been sold.Apparently the $80,000 or £55,000 price tag didn't stop perfectionist audiophiles with deep pockets from lining up for a Vivaldi One, an integrated SACD/CD player/digital converter!In addition to the standard anodized silver or black finishes, optional Gloss White and Piano Black's multiple lacquer coats are applied and heat-cured for days for a peerless finish.Alternatively, Vivaldi One can be plated in 24K gold or other precious metals.The painted and plated finishes add upcharges over the standard finish Vivaldi One price!Of course, it's the tech that resides inside that gorgeous casework that makes the Vivaldi One so special.
Cameras capture stories, but give a camera wings and you get something like the list of winners from the Skypixel 2017 Photo Story Contest.The 44,000-plus submissions make the contest the largest of its kind in the world, representing aerial photographers from 141 countries.Earlier this week, Skypixel announced French photographer Florian Ledoux took top prize for his overhead shot of a polar bear crossing between ice floes.Calling the image “Above the Polar Bear,” the photographer used a Phantom 4 Pro to capture the bright turquoise waters contrasting with the white of the bear and the ice floes.“I have witnessed incredible moments and scenes of the wild but I can guarantee you that this, by far, is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen,” Ledoux said, “I hope that future generations will still be able to witness the beauty and grandeur of the Arctic wildlife the same way we do today.”For taking that top title, Ledoux takes home a DJI Inspire 2 along with other prizes from the contest’s sponsors with a value over $15,000.
In a recent post on its technical blog, Microsoft dropped some details about Office 2019, the most relevant of which is that you’ll only be able to use it with Windows 10.Users running older versions of Windows will need to stick with older versions of Office.Of course, Microsoft would be more than happy to sell you an Office 365 subscription instead.Windows users have been relatively slow to adopt Windows 10, an issue that was compounded by the fact that Microsoft was so pushy about getting its users to upgrade.For everyone who loves the latest version of the operating system, there are many vocal critics who refuse to update from an older version.Microsoft’s suite of office applications, however, remain the only option for many businesses and students.
Developers, testers, product managers, business managers, and users often have different viewpoints on what makes great software.This can lead to bottlenecks and unnecessary rework, which adds cost and frustrates those in charge.[ Also on InfoWorld: Tap the power of Google’s Go language.| The best Go language IDEs and editors.Given that I have an [SITENAME] username and passwordI should be able to sign into [SITENAME]
Microsoft’s Surface Laptop is a good piece of hardware, but for some, even the cheapest model may still be too expensive.The least expensive Surface Laptop model uses an Intel Core i5 processor and clocks in at $999, which may very well price it out of the budgets of some prospective buyers.That all changes today, as Microsoft has introduced a new entry-level Surface Laptop model featuring less expensive hardware.This new Surface Laptop is powered by an Intel Core m3 processor, allowing Microsoft to shave $200 off the price of the Core i5 configuration, which is now the mid-range Surface Laptop.That means you’ll be paying $799 to take this machine home, and while that still may be a little on the expensive side, it’s certainly a lot better than only having options that start at $1000.However, in terms of configuration options, you’re much more limited with the Core m3 model than you are with others.
Earnings and revenue fell this year, but BT’s operational income was boosted by football fans.BT Group, the telecommunications firm leading the UK rollout of superfast broadband, has reported a dip in earnings after a hike in business rates and pension costs.Adjusted earnings for BT slipped by 2% to £1,826m and the firm’s revenues fell by a total of 3% to £5,970m Q3 2017 to the end of the year.At an operational level, the broadcast company benefitted from an epidemic of football fever with its average BT Sport views increasing 23% year on year, the best quarterly performance since its launch.BT’s net operating cash income increased by £81m to reach £1,596m.The normalised free cash flow pick up by £96m to £702m, predominantly owing to working capital phasing.
We have no shortage of pictures taken on Mars thanks to NASA’s hard work.You’ve no doubt seen many of them by now, possibly even large panoramas created by stitching many images together.Those images probably all looked similar: dusty and rocky with a distinct orange hue and, maybe, reddish soil.That’s what makes Curiosity rover’s latest panorama so stunning — it looks nothing like the others.Mars is known as the Red Planet, but you’d be hard-pressed to guess that based on a newly published panorama created from 16 stitched Mars landscape images.The images were taken by Curiosity from Mars’ Vera Rubin Ridge; in it we see the Gale Crater’s rim and interior.
But while iPhone sales this year were about flat (down about 1% to be exact), revenue from the iPhone rose 13% year-over-year.That means Apple is finding ways to get more revenue out of the same number of units, so it may indeed be finding demand for higher-priced phones amid the usual consumer appetite for new iPhones.That higher average selling price means that Apple may have indeed succeeded in unlocking a new tier of consumer demand for higher-priced products, and its three-pronged approach may end up paying off in the end — though it still has to figure out how to ignite that massive upgrade cycle among the rest of its consumer base.Despite the release of the iPhone X, which was accompanied by a wave of positive reviews and seen as Apple’s interpretation of what a next-generation smartphone looks like, Apple wasn’t able to create the so-called “supercycle” that would prompt a massive wave of new iPhone upgrades — leading to a bit of a collective shrug from Wall Street as everything else about hit on target.Despite looking to unlock a new, higher-priced tier to tap potential demand for early-adopters, Apple wasn’t able to see the kind of massive wave that a new size of phones brought.Apple’s guidance for the second quarter also fell lighter than what Wall Street expected.
Physicists at the University of Sydney have found a 'quantum hack' that should allow for enormous efficiency gains in quantum computing technologies.As scientists at IBM, Google, Microsoft and universities across the world seek to scale-up quantum technology to make a practical quantum computer, finding ways to do computations within an acceptable error threshold is a big technological problem.The theoretical breakthrough from the team of David Tuckett, Professor Stephen Bartlett and Associate Professor Steven Flammia allows for a 400 percent gain in the amount of interference noise a quantum computing system can theoretically sustain while retaining its fidelity."In that sense, we are 'hacking' the generally accepted coding for error correction," Professor Bartlett said.The research is published this week in the top-tier journal Physical Review Letters.It forms part of Mr Tuckett's work as a PhD candidate at the University.
A Los Angeles appellate court reversed a lower court's decision on Monday and told Tinder to stop charging older users more money per month for its "Tinder Plus" service.The proposed class-action lawsuit, filed by Tinder user Allan Candelore in February 2016, alleged that Tinder engaged in illegal age discrimination by charging its 30-and-older users $19.99 per month for Tinder Plus while offering younger users either $9.99 or $14.99 monthly subscription rates for the same services.Tinder Plus includes app perks such as additional "super-likes" which are more likely to attract a dater's response.In an initial trial, Tinder's defense argued that the pricing was based on market testing that showed a market-driven reason to offer lower prices to "budget constrained" users."Nothing in the [original] complaint suggests there is a strong public policy that justifies the alleged discriminatory pricing," Judge Brian Currey wrote in the appeal court's 3-0 ruling."Accordingly, we swipe left"—a joke based on the app's popular "swipe to reject" gesture—"and reverse."
Amazon’s Alexa is now able to send SMS messages to a contact in a user’s smartphone, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat today.At launch, text messages can only be sent with smartphones running the Android operating system in the United States.No details were made available about when SMS with Alexa will be available outside of the United States, or when Alexa will be able to read you your latest text messages.There are no plans to add iOS support due to limitations Apple places on its messaging API for third parties, a spokesperson said.Alexa has been able to send messages for the better part of a year, but you had to have the Alexa app installed in order to do so and could only send messages to other users of the Alexa app.Now if you say “Alexa, send a message,” you can choose to send a text message or a message through the Alexa app.
Artificial intelligence promises to improve human welfare and make the world a safer, more meaningful, and more educated place.We don’t question how we make decisions anymore, and no one really even knows how the most advanced AI does what it does.Some examples include decisions on investments, medical care, and policy-making.The computers that run AI services have essentially programmed themselves, and they have done it in ways we don’t fully understand.The potential for unintentional bias is enormous, but the potential that no one really cares that the biases exist is far worse.I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness.
With all the attention the iPhone X and the other “new” iPhones get, you wouldn’t think changes to the lowly iPhone SE would be newsworthy.While the iPhone X and the other new iPhones are all the rage, there is a solid fan base following around the retro iPhone SE, which is also known as the “Steve Edition.”Based on the iPhone 5, the SE is the last iPhone form factor rolled out by Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs, initially as the nearly identical iPhone 4, before he passed away.The SE did get a bump in memory options to 128gb recently, but other than that, it’s unchanged from two years ago, and for many iPhone fans, that’s just fine.If the SE does get eventually an upgrade, it probably won’t happen until this fall.But just when it looked like they were about to break it big in the phone market, AT abruptly cancelled plans to carry its phones, and now Verizon has followed suit.
Rumors can sometimes surface and then be quashed with an incredible amount of speed, and today, the best example we have of that kind of turnaround involves the future of the country’s 5G networks.Over the weekend, rumors claiming that the National Security Council was considering building a nationalized 5G network began to surface.Now, the Trump administration has officially chimed in, putting those rumors to bed.According to Recode, it turns out that the documents that claimed such a network was being considered were old and outdated.Recode spoke to multiple White House officials who claim as much, noting that the possibility of launching a nationwide 5G network was merely floated by one NSC staff member.In other words, this isn’t something that’s been seriously considered by the NSC or the Trump administration, at least not at the time that rumor began to appear.
We’re quickly approaching the Feb 25 announcement date of the Galaxy S9 and S9 plus, and as we inch closer, leaks are still pouring in.Just recently, we saw the Galaxy S9 leaked in 360-degrees HD video with curved edges, and now Samsung has sort of officially confirmed the existence of the Galaxy S9 and S9 plus.While it hasn’t specifically mentioned the Galaxy S9, Samsung Germany has now published a tech support page a product listed as SM-G960F/DS.While the SM-G960F/DS is currently not officially associated with any device, the code SM-G960F/DS which appeared earlier on Samsung China’s website has in the recent past been linked with a Galaxy S9 variant.Other than the model number, the support page didn’t reveal anything else except that there would be dual-SIM variant of the device.The dual-SIM variant of the Galaxy S9 should be able to accept two SIM cards with a dedicated memory slot, and not the hybrid SIM slot which is more rampant these days.
Note: This project is relatively simple and requires mostly copying and pating XML script.However, it does include some more advanced concepts like services and inheritance.If you’re happy to follow along to get a keyboard running, then anyone should be able to reproduce the app.If you want to understand what everything does, this is a good intermediate project to wrap your head around.That file will be called keyboard_view.xml.To create this, right click on the “layout” folder in your “res” directory and choose “layout resource file.” In the dialog box that pops up, clear the text where it says “Root element” and start typing “keyboard.” Select the first option which comes up, which should be: android.inputmethodservice.KeyboardView.
Alexia, 34, has lived in Liverpool, one of the most polluted cities in Britain, all her life.Both she and her eight-year-old daughter, Tehya, have suffered from eczema and other allergies, which they say has been made worse by the polluted air they’re inhaling.“The smoke makes it harder to breathe and also the wind makes it harder to breathe as well,” Tehya told Huffpost UK.Liverpool has unsafe and illegal levels of air pollution particularly in the busy city centre and in surrounding areas, according the British Lung Foundation.Around 65% of his comes from traffic emissions.
The HomePod may be close at hand, but Sonos isn’t resting on its laurels, announcing a deal that cuts the price of a pair of its Alexa-powered speakers to match Apple.The deal on a Sonos One duo also serves to highlight one of its rival’s missing features, the ability to link two wireless speakers together and use them as a stereo pair.That’s something the HomePod won’t offer at launch, though Apple has said that it will arrive in a firmware update later in the year.Similarly, multi-room audio – another Sonos mainstay – is also conspicuous by its absence on HomePod.Again, Apple has promised the ability to link multiple speakers together and play the same songs on them simultaneously will be added sometime in 2018.The Sonos One is usually $199, which would make a pair of the smart speakers $398.
Academy Award winner Brie Larson is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2019’s Captain Marvel, which casts her as Carol Danvers, the titular cosmic hero who has been both a member and ally of the Avengers in the Marvel Comics continuity.Expected to make her debut as the character in the still-untitled fourth Avengers movie, Larson was glimpsed on the Atlanta set of the film in what appears to be her Captain Marvel uniform (or some variation of it).Set to be directed by Mississippi Grind filmmakers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script by Tomb Raider screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel hits theaters March 8, 2019, and will be Marvel’s first female-led solo superhero movie.The film is expected to be set in the 1990s and features Samuel L. Jackson as a younger Nick Fury (when he still had two eyes) and use the shape-changing aliens known as Skrulls as the film’s primary villains.The photos of Larson suited up as Captain Marvel were posted by Page Six and feature her navigating the streets of Atlanta (with some help from a map) and giving an unidentified male character a painful handshake (and likely teaching him a lesson of some sort).See the first photos of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel https://t.co/M5PysAdUR7 pic.twitter.com/4FWoU8lTMX