Volkswagen has been showing off its I.D.line of concept electric vehicles for a couple of years now, but we won’t have to wait long for them to actually enter production according to a new report.VW will enter production with the I.D., starting with the I.D.Crozz in the U.S. and the I.D.Golf-sized hatchback for the rest of the world.We don’t know much about the specifics of the cars yet, beyond that they should offer all-electric driving ranges of around 300 miles, and autonomous features with at least a path towards full self-driving in the future.
Eager gamers excited to get their hands on Kingdom Come: Deliverance better have a good Internet connection.The game’s day 1 patch clocks in at a huge 23GB, making it a hefty download to start things off.This day 1 patch will be applied to both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game, but it’ll be worth the inconvenience.Developer Warhorse explains why the day 1 update will be so large.For those who are unfamiliar, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an open-world adventure RPG sent in the Holy Roman Empire.The game is currently available to pre-order on both aforementioned consoles, as well as Steam for PC, but console owners will have that big initial download.
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is switching things up for this year’s major updates.Instead of meeting a tight deadline and ticking all the boxes on the checklist, development teams will be able to push back some features if they’re not polished enough.Axios and Bloomberg previously reported that Apple was focusing on stability with iOS 12.You can still expect iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 this Fall (and probably new versions of watchOS and tvOS), but the WWDC keynote might be a bit shorter than in previous years.Developers can now work on new features over two years.It should help when it comes to quality issues.
The Stratos is back, with the legendary Italian sports car returning for a highly-limited run of new models – albeit with no sign of Lancia in sight.Set to make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 in March, the New Stratos will be produced by Manifattura Automobili Torino rather than Fiat Chrysler-owned Lancia, which now focuses solely on compact city-cars for the Italian market.This 21st Century version of the car was first shown off in concept form back in 2010, the handiwork of a company called New Stratos Gbr.It was based on the chassis of a Ferrari F430 Scuderia wrapped with a new design by Pininfarina.However, Ferrari proved less than amenable, and blocked the car’s production by refusing to allow New Stratos Gbr to source the components it needed.Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) has inked a deal with New Stratos Gbr to put their car into production, “using the same design and technologies of their car.” Only 25 examples will be manufactured, described as “a competent supercar for the daily use,” by MAT.
Apple’s new $349 smart speaker HomePod officially hit stores today, and you’re probably already aware that the initial reviews have been mixed: Generally positive on the sonic performance, neutral to positive on the industrial design, and disappointed to downright negative on Siri.Apple’s initial pitch: Reinventing music“Just like iPod reinvented music in our pockets, HomePod is going to reinvent music in our homes.”– Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller, June 5, 2017Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced HomePod last June at WWDC 2017, saving it for the traditionally important “one last thing” slot at the end of his speech.Before turning the stage over to Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller, Cook said that the company had decided to “reinvent home music,” a lofty goal indeed.
These days, it seems that entrepreneurship is more popular than ever — and this trend isn’t going away.The problem, as always, lies in acquiring the funding necessary to turn those great ideas into viable companies.While crowdfunding platforms have churned out several success stories, the most recent findings from Statista reveal a surprisingly low success rate — less than 36 percent of all projects are fully funded, meaning the majority of individuals who use these platforms walk away without the finances they need.CoinStarter currently boasts over 170,000 members who use the platform’s proprietary StarterCoin currency, with over 3,600 Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) that have been submitted thus far.Impressively, CoinStarter has achieved these membership numbers after three months while still in beta — indicating a massive amount of interest in this niche.By using this secure cryptocurrency platform, blockchain creators don’t have to worry about the inefficiencies that so often arise by using different financial institutions.
Buying software simply is not enough to deliver the best results, the final part to the series looks at other factors involved in achieving business aims.In parts one and two of this series of articles we looked at how demand for consumerised services is changing internal service delivery within the organisation, and then at factors to consider in choosing a solution to meet that demand.Then they need to establish a list of needs and for each item in the process and identify:With these in place, and the roadmap approved by the process owners, work can begin!Agents: The people delivering the service such as facilities field agents or HR managers.Process Owners: Responsible for accurate process definition and redesign if necessary.
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 8, 2018 -- Quantum dots are rapidly taking center stage in emerging applications and research developments, from enhanced LCD TVs and thin-film solar cells, to high-speed data transfer and fluorescent labeling in biomedical applications.Researchers are still studying how to precisely control the growth of these nanoscale particles and their underlying quantum behavior.For instance, defects form during production of semiconductor materials, so identical dots can differ in composition from one another.To learn more about these defects -- and whether they are a bane or an advantage -- a U.S. research team, from the University of Illinois and the University of Washington, has, for the first time, demonstrated imaging of an electronically excited quantum dot at multiple orientations."Understanding how the presence of defects localizes excited electronic states of quantum dots will help to advance the engineering of these nanoparticles," said Martin Gruebele from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a co-author of the paper."[M]issing atoms in a quantum dot or substituting a different kind of atom are defects that will alter the electronic structure and change the semiconductivity, catalysis or other nanoparticle properties," Gruebele said.
At the time, the big demonstrations of quantum computation were very simple calculations, performed using single photons as repositories of quantum information.Light ruled the roost, and charged particles were reduced to the status of not-quantum-enough.Why charge when you have a light brigade?Even better, high-quality optics meant that qubits encoded in photons were preserved as they passed through the hardware.Physicists had exactly what they needed: an environment with very little noise and a high degree of control over the qubit.It's hard to take a four-qubit optical quantum computer and scale it up to ever-larger numbers of qubits.
Science fiction is full of sinister sentient computers.Mike (an abbreviation of Mycroft, the name of Sherlock Holmes’ brother) is a fun-loving supercomputer from Robert Heinlein’s classic sci-fi novel, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.A character as far removed from the cold, austere as HAL as is possible, Mike becomes the best friend of the book’s narrator, and a key driver in the fight for freedom in the novel’s lunar society.“[Companies like Google and Amazon want to] wall you into an ecosystem that they control, and then monetize you,” he told Digital Trends.Running a “makerspace” in Kansas City, he says his team was working on a project and wanted to add a voice-controlled smart assistant.Unfortunately, they couldn’t find an option which gave them the level of freedom that they wanted.
Looking for an affordable phone because you either don’t have a big budget at your disposal or you just don’t care about all the fancy features available on more expensive devices?Then keep reading as in this article you’ll find the top 5 Chinese smartphones you can get for under $100!The smartphone is a great option for those looking for a smaller device as it features a 5-inch display and impressive specs for the price, going from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 CPU to the 2GB (or 3GB/4GB) of RAM and 16GB (or 32GB/64GB) of internal storage (expandable).Camera wise, we find a 13MP rear shooter with F/2.0 aperture and a 5MP selfie snapper.The smartphone comes with a massive-for-the-size 4100mAh capacity battery, it does feature 4G LTE connectivity and in its Global version also supports band 20.If you still want to go Xiaomi on a budget and prefer a bigger 5.5-inch display, then the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A is pretty much still a must buy in this price segment.
Parents are a vital audience that thos pushing the Safer Internet Day 2018 message are hoping to reach, with technology education proving vital from a young age.The 6th of February is upon us and that means Safer Internet Day 2018 is here, driving forwards the mission to encourage responsible use of technology globally.Technology is already providing never before seen acceleration and support to the learning process for example, but children today are growing up in a truly connected world that brings with it a raft of risks that mirror those in the real world.Activities are set to take place today across the United Kingdom, aiming to elevate the Safer Internet Day conversation to a national and global level.The study found that 2.7 million parents share family photos with complete strangers, while 25 per cent of parents allow their pre-teen children to have their own Facebook account.Bad habits cause risks at work
For the last few years, most security experts have been trumpeting the virtues of a virtual private network (VPN).And yes, VPNs are great.That’s why many have been embracing Disconnect as the natural evolution of the protections offered by a VPN.Right now, you can find out for yourself why picking up this tracking blocker/VPN all under one hood is such a plus.If you need three (more) good reasons to pick up Disconnect, there’s…While VPN users often suffer either rerouted traffic or ISP throttling slowdowns, Disconnect has countered those hobblings by scrapping all the speed-sucking parasites off your browser.
For the most part, they succeed, but like any computer, sometimes things go wrong.You need to reformat hard disks, reinstall operating systems, and perform all sorts of laborious setup tasks.Reset Settings to remove customizationThis option for resetting your Chromebook will remove any customization you’ve made to your device — background image, display resolution, homepage, themes, et cetera — and disable any extensions you’ve installed.Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and click “Show advanced settings,” then scroll down again.If you’re ready, click “Reset.”
The Cupertino, Calif., consumer electronics giant said Thursday that it sold 77.3 million iPhones, down 1 percent from a year ago.The expectation was for the iPhone X to be a hard-to-find item after it launched in November, but many customers were able to easily get one after the first few weeks, suggesting demand wasn't as strong as expected.Then there's the talk that iPhone X sales have dropped even further in the new year, with several reports pointing to Apple halving the production run of the phone to 20 million units.The pricier iPhone lineup still drove the company to post all-time records in quarterly profit and revenue."iPhone X surpassed our expectations and has been our top-selling iPhone every week since it shipped in November," he said in a press release.Apple ended 2017 in unusual fashion.
Apple’s Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron Corp. is reportedly planning a new iPhone production facility in Bengaluru, India, according to Reuters.The move comes following the government’s decision last month to raise import taxes on electronics, such as mobile phones.To promote domestic manufacturing in India, the government set out to raise the customs duty on phones to 15%, up from 10%.As a result, Apple increased the price of every model, except the locally produced iPhone SE, an average of 3.5%.Shifting production to India would help Apple cut costs of the iPhone 6s and drive uptake of its iPhone devices.In Q4 2017, Apple accounted for less than 3% of the Indian smartphone market, while Samsung and Xiaomi captured 23% and 25% of the market, respectively.
Mitipi, based in Zurich, Switzerland, was founded by four young developers to build, prototype and ultimately manufacture the device.Co-founder and CEO Julian Stylianou began working on the concept of a virtual roommate to ward off intruders in 2016.The way the device generates these simulations is ambitious and surprisingly complex.Kevin uses a smart algorithm that takes into account numerous factors including the user’s time zone, region, language, weather, home size, and other considerations such as whether the user lives alone or with a family, plays instruments or own pets.The company aims to launch Kevin with weeks of pre-loaded content so potential intruders can’t detect the content loop.At launch, Kevin doesn’t have any cameras or sensors that might detect whether someone is home but the company sees this consideration of a user’s privacy as a feature, not a bug.
Del 19 al 21 de febrero se celebra en IFEMA, Madrid, Hospitality Innovation Planet 2018, el evento de innovación para el sector Horeca que con una sola edición celebrada, se ha convertido ya en una referencia.Más de 300 empresas han confirmado su presencia en el área de exhibición.Hablamos con Manel Bueno, Director de HIP y Eva Ballarín, directora del Hospitality 4.0 Congress para conocer las novedades y expectativas de esta cita de primera mano.Perspectivas para Hospitality Innovation Planet 2018Cuando en 2017 cerrábamos la primera edición de Hospitality Innovation Planet, nos decías “Innovación es anticiparse a las necesidades de nuestros clientes”.¿Cómo se materializa esto en HIP18?
It’s been 5 years since Gearbox released Borderlands 2 and given that the game was beloved by critics and players alike, we wouldn't be at all surprised if a third proper entry was in the words (and no, the Pre-Sequel doesn't count).This isn’t just because it makes sense for Gearbox to develop a sequel based on the previous performances of games in the franchise; there have also been strong hints from the game’s developers which you can read more about below.The as-yet-unconfirmed third numbered game in the first-person shoot and loot franchiseWhen can I play it?It’s likely to be released on PS4, Xbox One and PCAs Borderlands 3 hasn’t been confirmed as being actively in development quite yet, Gearbox has unsurprisingly not given it a release date either.
Embattled chip giant Qualcomm is so keen to acquire new allies it has held a special event in China to court its smartphone vendors.In common with the rest of the industry it’s all about 5G this year, and for the foreseeable future, for Qualcomm.We’re already all too aware how aroused telcos’ marketing departments are at the prospect of slapping 5G on everything, on the assumption that they’ll flog loads more of it as a consequence.This trend is likely to be most conspicuous among smartphone vendors.A lot of these are Chinese, so it makes sense for Qualcomm to make a bee-line for them, especially since the only other two of note are Samsung, which has an ambivalent chip relationship with Qualcomm, and Apple, which seems to actively despise Qualcomm.The result is the ‘5G Pioneer Initiative’, which involves Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, Lenovo, ZTE and Wingtech.