Home entertainment enthusiasts will have a slew of new home audio products to choose from this year thanks to Sony, which has just unveiled a bunch of sound bars and more.Though the products, which include speakers and sound bars, won’t be arriving until this spring season, the company has shown them off ahead of time.Sony has a bunch of sound bars to show off at CES this year, all of them designed for home entertainment purposes.The new lineup is comprised of the HT-Z9F and HT-X900F, both featuring the company’s own Vertical Surround Engine, as well as the compact HT-S200F.Sony packed S-Force PRO Surround Sound into this sound bar, which is virtual surround sound tech that produces what Sony describes as realistic audio.While the maker has revealed that this sound bar will be available this spring season, it hasn’t detailed pricing yet.
Nikon’s latest pro-level superzoom extends from 180mm to 400mm — and then you can flip a switch to activate a built-in teleconverter for up to 560mm of shooting flexibility.Announced on January 8 at the Consumer Electronics Show — although, not a particularly consumer product — the AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR is Nikon’s first lens to integrate a teleconverter inside to achieve greater zoom.The lens itself covers an 180-400mm range, but a switch on the barrel activates the internal 1.4x teleconverter, which turns the lens into a 252-560mm piece of glass.With fast-paced subjects in mind, Nikon enhanced the autofocus tracking algorithm to keep up with faster subjects, a feature that the company says works best paired with bodies with the 153-point autofocus system like the D5, D500 or D850.A new electromagnetic diaphragm is also designed to enhance the lens’ speed, designed for keeping exposure consistent when using fast burst speeds.As a high-end telephoto, Nikon also added built-in image stabilization with a rating of up to four stops.
Aptiv, the recently renamed mobility arm of Delphi, has put together a car that's generally free of hiccups and actually does a good job of emulating how a human would drive.Aptiv's BMW 5 Series doesn't look all that different from a standard 5er, with a few key exceptions.Hidden under the bodywork are more than a dozen sensors -- long-range and short-range lidar sensors, radar emitters and cameras, all playing together to give the car a "view" of the road ahead.Aptiv teamed up with Lyft to offer rides around Las Vegas during CES media days.Using the regular Lyft app, folks can take a ride from the convention center's parking lot to more than 20 destinations around Las Vegas.There was a safety driver up front, because this is still developing tech, but the car did the majority of the work.
L'Oreal introduced a new wearable UV sensor today that you can stick on your nail.It's truly just a sensor; it doesn't pair over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to your phone.Instead, it's NFC-enabled so you can scan it with your phone to retrieve the UV data it's collected.It should work with both Android and iOS.The UV Sense, as the company calls it, is meant to help people track how much time they spend in the sun without being overbearing.The nail sticker is a statement, but not a massive one.
Chinese search giant Baidu is being sued for illegally obtaining user data such as location and contacts, according to the Jiangsu Consumer Council who are bringing the case.The Nanjing Intermediate People’s Court has formally filed the case, according to the council (in Chinese).The news comes just days after WeChat denied it reads private messages to train its AI and Ant Financial came under criticism for underhand permissions for Sesame Credit in Alipay.The alleged Baidu breach came from two mobile apps: the browser and the standalone search app.Without prior consent from users, the smartphone apps collected data on users’ contacts, location, messages and also modified system settings, according to the consumer council.The council finds that the data collected does not match the requirements of these apps to provide services and as such the collection goes beyond reasonable expectations.
Last year was supposed to be a big year for Twitter TV.The social platform inked numerous deals—from business news video content like Cheddar and Bloomberg to sporting events like National Football League games—but one of the most compelling arguments was that there was prime opportunity for awards shows, pop culture’s catnip, to tap into the Twitter stream.Twitter teamed up with Dick Clark Productions on a slate of 2017 awards show exclusive livestreams, and it was the livestreaming partner for the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards last year, marking the first time the red carpet events were livestreamed via a social network.However, it’s a new year, and for the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which is taking place Sunday night (Jan. 7), Facebook will be the exclusive livestreaming platform for official red-carpet pre-show.The reasons for the move seem obvious: Facebook has a much larger reach than Twitter—2.072 billion monthly users and 1.368 billion daily users as of the end of the third quarter of 2017, compared with the 330 million monthly users reported by Twitter—and Facebook Live and Instagram Live, as well as Instagram, are being incorporated into the event, whereas last year’s presentation by Twitter included only the livestream.On Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter announced that it is teaming up with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to livestream the hour-long official after-show from the Golden Globes on Twitter.
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Tesla's vehicles have in-car trip planners that help you plot out a road trip, including stops at Superchargers.Now, you can do the same thing on Tesla's website, in case you've got concerns ahead of taking the plunge on purchasing a vehicle.The trip planner is pretty straightforward -- just put in a starting point and a destination, and the planner takes care of the rest.It suggests the route to take, and where to stop to juice up.It even tells you how long you'll have to wait at a particular charger to get enough juice to complete the trip, as well as the estimated gas savings along the way.The planner works with every Tesla model currently on sale, including the Model 3 with its long-range battery.
It’s 7am and I’m driving down Hull city centre to pick up Brett Johnson, known in cyberspace by the alias Gollumfun and dubbed the “Original Internet Godfather” by the US Secret Service.I’ve never met anyone whose name has been on that list, and so our encounter comes with some level of subliminal intimidation.Turns out, he’s both casual and friendly and I’m keeping an open mind.Johnson praises the FBI, as we walk along campus, and tears well up when he mentions the name of special agent K.M, who guided him in dropping cybercrime for good.They “saved my life”, he says, while recalling the hardships of his formative years when he felt pushed into skulduggery at the age of ten: the family fraud ring was led by his mother who also convinced Johnson’s grandmother to join in.Soon enough, he thought: “Why send them the product altogether?
Compared to the obvious toll of industrialization, it’s far too easy to forget about the environmental and human impact of the digital age.Whether it is the energy usage of a data center helping power the internet or the cognitive capitalism of a company like Google that asks us to exchange our data instead of our cash, there is a weird temptation to view the world of zeros and ones as substantially different to the one that preceded it.Not only does it carry its own environmental toll (the bitcoin network consumes more energy than the country of Bulgaria), but its associated areas — algorithms, artificial intelligence, and machines — alter how humans relate to labor.An innovative new project carried out by a Dutch organization called the Institute of Human Obsolescence (IoHO) explores this idea in an intriguing way by creating a more sustainable approach to mining cryptocurrencies — by harvesting human body heat.“We [hired] human workers to lay down on workstations, wearing a body suit that harvests their residual body heat, with which we produce electricity that then is used to mine cryptocurrency,” creator Manuel Beltrán told Digital Trends.“With this project, we aim at sparking a discussion about the way humans relate to technology and the socio-political implications of the accelerated pace of undiscriminated technological assimilation.
How do you explain an outer space discovery that confounds even astronomers?At least that often seems to be the first reaction when such mysteries arise.In 2015, a strange star named KIC 8462852 ignited interest and speculation inside and outside the scientific community, fueled in part by Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State University, who suggested that the star’s unusual dimming events might be caused by an alien megastructure that surrounded it.KIC 8462852 was first spotted in 2011 by citizen scientists through a program called Planet Hunters, which lets people examine light patterns from the comfort of their computers.“The original discovery of this star was made by citizen scientists, who found what the professionals had missed because it was so strange and so different from what we expected that our computer algorithms had missed it entirely,” Wright told Digital Trends.The star was later studied by a team led by Yale University astronomer Tabetha Boyajian, earning it the nickname “Tabby’s Star” and generating a lot of buzz.
DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS via Getty ImagesThe government faces questions after it was revealed the New Year’s honours list doesn’t include heroes of the Grenfell Tower fire, Manchester or London terror attacks.Those awarded gongs include Graham Brady, chair of the influential 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs, who is given a knighthood alongside former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg.However, specific figures from the Grenfell fire and attacks on Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park are notably absent from Friday evening’s list.A list free of celebrity froth, and civil servant careerists, wouldn’t go amiss,” columnist Tom Richmond wrote last week in The Yorkshire Post.First responders to the terror attacks across Britain this year have been recognised elsewhere.
Regardless of whether you are simply whiling away the hours on a long journey with your Nintendo Switch or are left unable to work because your iPhone X or MacBook is out of juice, running out of battery charge on the go is pretty darn annoying.That’s where a new new graphene-based fast charging USB-C battery pack, currently sweeping Kickstarter, wants to help.Describing itself as the world’s first portable USB-C power bank which works using graphene-based composite packs, it is smaller than many power packs available on the market, and promises to be able to recharge in just 20 minutes.It supports charging up to 60W, which means that a battery with a capacity of 6,000mAh can be charged in as little as 20 minutes.You can also quickly charge gadgets with 40W, allowing the iPhone X and iPhone 8 promising to reach a full charge in just 90 minutes, as opposed to the usual three hours.The USB-C connection means that it’s compatible with the power adapters for Nintendo Switch, the MacBook, or Lenovo, Dell, and HP laptops.
Google’s Street View cars have been steadily mapping the world since 2007, driving millions of miles to capture images of roads, buildings, landscapes, and plenty more besides.But did you know Microsoft’s Bing has a similar service?Called Streetside, Bing’s camera-equipped cars are also puttering across the U.S., collecting imagery for a growing database of street-level views that allow web users to check out a place online almost as if they were there.So it’s perhaps no surprise that a car from each of the companies once crossed paths, snapping shots of each other as they passed.But what is surprising is how Google and Microsoft each handled the imagery once they got back to base.The brief encounter took place in the city of Plymouth, Minnesota, three years ago, but was brought to wide attention this month by a Tumblr user.
A portable power bank that charges your phone.It is tiny and wireless.Keeping your phone charged on the go.It has a magnetic attraction for charging.An iPhone 8 can be given a 25% boost in 30 minutes.Packs include a magnetic charging cable, adapter, and charging station.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chip will make its way onto many of 2018’s flagship Android phones and always-connected PCs, but there’s a chance we’ll see it on a Chromebook as well.Unlike the upcoming flagship smartphones, which run Android, or the always-connected PCs, which run on Windows, Google’s Chromebook line is powered by the Chrome OS.Buried within the code of the Chrome OS, XDA Developers have discovered clues to the potential future of a Snapdragon-powered Chromebook.The team at XDA discovered that two commits were recently added to the Chrome OS code.The first adds a new board called “Cheza,” but gives no additional information regarding what Cheza is or what it does.In terms of performance and power consumption, the Snapdragon 845 would be a great fit for Chromebooks by providing a powerful yet energy-efficient chip to run the device.
Now that the Federal Communications Commission has jettisoned its rules banning internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against lawful content, the issue is heading for Congress.Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts) already announced plans to introduce a joint resolution to reverse the FCC's decision.Several advocacy groups, including Demand Progress, Free Press, and Fight for the Future are calling on Congress to pass it.It's a long shot: both houses of Congress and the president would need to sign on.Another poll, conducted by University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation, found 83 percent of respondents, including 75 percent of Republicans wanted to keep the rules after being told arguments for and against them.Democrats and advocacy groups are already using internet-policy decisions as political weapons against Republicans.
The Nokia 9 started out “OK”, at least while it was still expected to arrive in late 2017.When the days turned into weeks and weeks into months, Nokia’s and HMD’s next “flagship” started looking less and less appealing.When the specs dropped from FCC, there was much disappointment, especially with the measly 5 megapixel front shooter.It turns out, however, that there might be more to that story than meets the eye and the Nokia 9’s selfie shooter might not turn out to be that bad after all.The Nokia 9, at least based on the specs gathered to date, seemed more like a mid-2017 flagship than one fit for 2018.The biggest disappointments are probably the Snapdragon 835 and the 5 megapixel front camera, the latter a sharp dive from the Nokia 8’s 8 megapixels, which is already rather mediocre compared to many high-end smartphones.
If you’re the type of traveler who cuts it close by arriving at the airport 30 minutes before the gate closes, then you’re probably also the kind of gift-giver who waits until the last minute.Even if you miss the holiday deadline, these gift ideas are also perfect for birthdays or any special occasion where the recipient is a frequent flyer.Today, we expect our entertainment to be on-demand, which is why the in-room TVs in hotels just don’t cut it.But don’t let the big screen go to waste.Yes, it’s big and it’s heavy, but once fully juiced up, this 26,800mAh battery can recharge six phones, or a combination of phone, tablet, GoPro, or whatever USB-powered device you travel with.While the Amazon Appstore isn’t as abundant as its iOS and Android counterparts, you’ll find popular apps like Hulu, HBO, Netflix, Facebook, and Spotify, as well as Amazon’s Kindle, Prime Video, and Prime Music apps.
Looking for a really good mid-range phone as Christmas gift?Then online store Geekbuying might have the right device for you – the Nubia Z17 Lite.Let’s learn more about the phone and the special deal!The ZTE Nubia Z17 Lite is a great mid-ranger powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 octa-core CPU clocked at 1.95 GHz paired with an Adreno 510 GPU, along with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.The phone sports a 5.5-inch display with FHD resolution coated in Corning Gorilla Glass and packs a dual rear camera setup composed of a 13.0MP + 13.0MP (SONY IMX258 Color + B/W sensor), meanwhile on the front we find a 16.0MP (SAMSUNG sensor).Beneath the sleek metal black and gold body we have a 3200mAh capacity battery with QC3.0 fast charging support.