When we started covering 8K TV announcements ahead of CES 2018, we could hear the collective sigh from tech fans the world over.Here’s everything you need to know about 8K, and why your 4K TV isn’t going to go anywhere any time soon.Since we’re talking two dimensions here — horizontal lines and vertical lines — it’s actually a whopping 16 times the pixels of HD and four times the pixels of 4K: 8K resolution equates to 7680×4320 (33,117,600 pixels) instead of 3840×2160 (8,294,400 pixels).To more easily visualize it, imagine four 4K TVs placed in a 4×4 grid.Other technologies like high dynamic range (HDR) can and do sometimes make a more visible difference, especially from a distance, since they allow TVs to show a brighter and more colorful picture.A brief history of 8K TV (so far)
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology has been calling difficult decisions in U.S. sports for years, but now the global game of soccer is finally set to fully integrate the system with its first use at a World Cup.The International Football Association Board (IFAB) on Monday gave the technology the nod fir Russia 2018 following extensive testing over the last two years, paving the way for a final seal of approval at a vote at IFAB’s annual general meeting in March.Adding to the likelihood of VAR being used during the World Cup, Philippe Le Floc’h, FIFA’s chief commercial officer of FIFA, the sports governing body, said on Monday that VAR will “definitely” happen at this summer’s soccer extravaganza, adding, “It’s great to have technology in football because this is also a fairness thing.”As with American sports, VAR gives a booth-based official the chance to view video showing what’s just happened on the field, but from a variety of different angles.This allows the official to quickly review a play and communicate with the referee to help with important, sometimes game-changing decisions.Four types of decision can be looked at by VAR, namely goals (and any incidents shortly before), penalties, red cards, and cases of potential mistaken identity regarding the giving of red and yellow cards.
Kia already has a three-row SUV, but the Sorento is only technically a mid-sizer.What's the company to do, then, if it wants something larger?Thankfully, there's a concept for that.Kia is working on a production version of its Telluride concept, Motoring.com.au reports, citing a roundtable conversation with design chief Peter Schreyer at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.Kia did not immediately return a request for comment, but odds are if Kia's design chief is talking about it, it's not just speculation.Sadly, Motoring.com.au wasn't able to juice Kia's suits for any particularly salient details.
When we looked at Google's Project Fi's cellular service at launch, we worked out that the pay-per-MB service was great for people who use a small amount of data or those who need a flexible amount of data from month to month.Now Project Fi is throwing a bone to big data users with "bill protection," a cap on the amount Project Fi will charge.Fi bills start out at $20 for unlimited calls and texts, then "$10 per GB" (though you are billed to the exact megabyte).Before this new plan, an $80 bill would work out to 6GB of data usage, but with bill protection, you can now go up to 15GB of usage with no additional fees.Above 15GB, Project Fi can either work as a not-really-unlimited "unlimited" plan, where your speed is throttled, or you can start paying $10 per GB again to jump back into unthrottled data usage.Google has a calculator for the new plan here.
CEO thanks execs for service... more than most getExclusive DXC Technologies is splitting with exec veep and general manager Mike Nefkens - previously the boss for HPE Enterprise Services before the spin merger with CSC - amid a massive shake-down of the exec line-up.The move was confirmed in a memo to the troops by CEO Mike Lawrie who said the business had been through a “great deal of change” since cost conscious DXC’s inception in April with “more to come”.“As we round out our first year and look toward the future, we are doing some fine-tuning to our operating model… the changes we are making come from a thorough assessment of our experience and current state.”Lawrie said the upheaval pertained to level two and three roles and said the regions and industries portion of DXC will now report to him directly to “improve agility and speed of decision-making.”In the Build division, exec veep of operations and integration, Eric Harmon, is leaving next month and handing the controls to Edward Ho, who will head up the entire business unit.
The watch is evolving faster than it ever has, but that isn’t stopping many from holding on to the watch styles of old.For example, many prefer to use mechanical-style watch faces on their smartwatches.Ressence, a luxury watchmaker from Belgium, has come up with a concept design for a smart mechanical watch — or a watch that blends the style of the mechanical watch with the mobile connectivity of a smartwatch.The device is called the Type 2 e-Crown, and it was designed with the help of Nest co-founder Tony Fadell.While it does offer some smart connectivity, it’s probably aimed more at mechanical watch lovers who like the idea of a little extra connectivity, rather than those looking for a smartwatch to deliver notifications and access to a digital assistant.Well, it connects to your phone via Bluetooth, after which it’ll adjust the time automatically depending on the time on your phone.
PC gamers like to show off.None of that’s technically required to enjoy games, just as 21-inch chrome rims and a body kit aren’t technically required to motor down the highway.The first thing I noticed was the F131’s Apex liquid cooling solution.It consists of all the usual pipes, pumps, and radiators, but throws in a massive, transparent reservoir that’s as tall as the PC, and about half a foot wide.Backlit and filled with various dyed liquids – buyers can customize these – it looked gorgeous.Such extravagance isn’t unusual for a custom gaming rig, but the detail Maingear offers is special.
It’s sleek, comfortable, and it can do something that others can’t: show off IMAX content in certified fashion.Like the PSVR and more recently, the Lenovo Mirage Solo, the VR 2 rests just above your forehead and tightens around the back.Any weight that this headset might have gained over the previous model is negated by the fact that it’s so darn comfy.The ways in which you view virtual reality content has changed, as well.Instead of placing your phone in the front of the goggles to act as its display, the VR 2 claims to have its own 3K display inside.That being said, this isn’t a standalone headset – you’ll need to tether it via USB-C to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, a tablet or even a PC to power the experience.
There were many questions I had before, during, and after the unveiling of Chinese car company Byton’s concept EV earlier this week at CES.After seeing it up close, getting a short ride in it, and speaking to a few of the folks who work for the company, many of those questions remain unanswered.One thing that helps is that the entire dashboard sits lower than normal, so that the screen doesn’t block the view of the road.The most useful part of the screen, from what I saw, was that Byton’s splitting it up into “panels.” The middle and far right section can be used to entertain passengers by displaying music and other media, host video calls, or show navigation.It’s a decision that might fly in some, but certainly not all, parts of the world, as many regulators require the use of mirrors.The simplest is pointing your finger at the gesture-tracking cameras, which are located at the bottom center of the dash.
Lenovo is launching a point-and-shoot camera designed to live stream 180-degree VR video.The Lenovo Mirage Camera, as it’s called, has two fisheye cameras that record super-wide-angle 3D footage.It can store images and video locally, but Google and Lenovo collaborated to connect it with Google Photos and YouTube — where people can watch on either a flat screen or a VR headset.It starts at $299 and is supposed to launch in the second quarter of 2018, alongside Lenovo and Google’s Mirage Solo VR headset.The Mirage Camera uses two 13-megapixel cameras that capture stereoscopic images.If you’re recording locally, you’ve got 16GB of space, or more with an optional microSD card.
High-tech fitness company Peloton has unveiled a new treadmill.It costs $3,995 and will be shipped to customers this fall.First, it went for SoulCycle — and now Peloton wants to take on every gym in America.Peloton, the high-tech fitness company that was recently valued at about $1.25 billion after closing a $325 million financing round, has launched a new product: the Peloton Tread.The treadmill, which launches in the fall of 2018, works in the same way as the company's core product, the indoor bike.It has an HD touchscreen that streams thousands of different live and on-demand classes so that users can join the class from home without the hassle of going to the gym.
Creating the self-driving cars of the future will require plenty of partnerships and collaborations, and the two latest companies to team up with a common goal in mind are TomTom and Zenuity.At CES 2018, the pair announced its intentions to join forces on end-to-end autonomous driving system software.The new project will be called “Zenuity Connected Roadview,” and will feature TomTom’s HD mapping technology to drive the localization, perception, and path planning in Zenuity’s autonomous driving software stack.When combined with on-vehicle sensors including cameras, radar, and lidar, this technology ought to result in a constantly updated map for self-driving vehicles to refer to.The hope is that Zenuity Connected Roadview will provide cars with a more complete picture of local road geometry, which could aid in smoother braking when taking a turn, or continued steering assistance even in the absence of lane markers.TomTom’s HD Map already boasts quite comprehensive coverage of the United States, Western Europe, and Japan.
You need the highest level of security clearance for this job.JANET airlines, the secret airline run by the US government, is hiring flight attendants to shuttle Area 51 workers in from the Las Vegas airport.Flight attendants will have the highest level of security clearance and be privy to classified national security information.To qualify for top security clearance, flight attendants will have to reveal some of their most intimate details, including their alcohol consumption, sexual behavior, and mental health.If you want one of the most exclusive, top-secret jobs about there, consider becoming a flight attendant.JANET airlines, the secret airline run by the US government, is hiring flight attendants to shuttle employees and contractors out of a private terminal at McCarran National Airport in Las Vegas to their jobs in places like Area 51.
On Friday The Mirror published research findings showing that 39% of all cash donations to the Conservative Party declared so far this year are from 64 individuals and their businesses.The 64 in question are all members of an exclusive donor club with a £50,000 annual membership fee.Ministers who have attended in the first half of this year include Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond and Jeremy Wright.There are plain risks for democracy of such access to politicians - echoed earlier this week following revelations about continued dining privileges for retired peers.It appears there is more than one Private Members’ Club in Westminster of which membership comes with the potential of exerting great influence.Another concern about these 64 donors afforded time with ministers is that there is a huge gender imbalance.
Encrypted messaging startup Telegram plans to launch its own blockchain platform and native cryptocurrency, powering payments on its chat app and beyond.Adopting a homegrown cryptocurrency could give Telegram’s payment system enormous independence from any government or bank — something Co-founder and CEO Pavel Durov is known to covet after investors took over his last company, Russian social network VK.A pre-sale in an ICO is a minimum cap on investments (sometimes with discounts) to attract big investors (‘whales’) before a wider token sale to retail investors.One firm rumored to have pushed for a pre-sale allocation is Mail.Ru Group (formerly DST), founded by Russian emigre Yuri Milner.Durov’s idea is to launch an entirely new blockchain, using the Telegram’s 180 million users as rocket fuel to power forward into mainstream adoption off cryptocurrency and making Telegram, effectively, a kingmaker of other cryptocurrencies, because of its existing scale.According to Telegram’s white paper that TechCrunch has review portions of, its cryptocurrency will be called “Gram” and could potentially gain immediate mainstream adoption by being tied to Telegram’s chat app.
If you're on the hunt for a premium wireless charging solution for your wireless-charging enabled iPhone or Android smartphone, Belkin has several new products arriving later this year.While prices haven't been announced, Belkin's current Boost Up Charging Pad costs $60 (£55, AU$100), and we expect these charging pads to start around that price.Here are their key specs, according to Belkin.Boost Up Bold Wireless Charging PadSupports Apple, Samsung and other Qi-enabled devices10W output charge delivers faster wireless charging for all Qi-enabled devices
This 145 year-old manufacturer of, among other things, toilets, bathtubs and faucets, is bringing your entire bathroom online.When your door lock, your light bulb, your ceiling fan and your coffee maker are all online, it's probably inevitable that your toilet and your shower will eventually be, too.Today, with an app called Kohler Konnect and a collection of new and updated products, Kohler is announcing the largest suite of smart bathroom and plumbing fixtures on the market.Behind the Kohler Konnect app, the company is also launching the Kohler Cloud, a back-end hosted by Microsoft Azure, that connects the app to the various bathroom products and voice services."Controlling our Numi and asking Alexa or Google Home to flush the toilet, traditionally the AI hears the word 'flash,' so it's thinking about a camera."Even recognizing 'Kohler,'" adds Rafael Rexach, Kohler's Design Studio Manager, "it thinks it's 'color.'
As 5G moves from concept to reality – industry preparations are getting more detailed, more involved while the hype is getting more media coverage and garnering more interest.5G mobile technology is a potential area of investment for companies ranging from mobile operators to infrastructure vendors to device makers.Globally, the race is on — 5G feasibility trials and tests of all types from fixed to mobile are underway, and within two years we should see the initial public roll-out of 5G somewhere in the world – Korea or the US perhaps?The route to ubiquitous 5G in the UK has the vested interest of many different parties and will need operators, regulators, local/central government departments and technology innovators to come together to devise a solution that meets the ambitions of the industry for more reliable, high speed coverage and which provides real benefits to consumers.All four of the UK’s major operators have built their network reach on a legacy of 2G or 3G connectivity with 4G being the most recent technology to have been added on top of those.Operators are also looking at new and innovative ways to improve connectivity; for example, earlier this year O2 announced the roll-out of a ‘small cell 4G WiFi’ network in the city of London, which would allow anyone with a WiFi device to have connectivity using O2’s 4G network for backhaul.
We interviewed the founders and CEOs of 20 of the fastest growing startups in Europe.In 1640, Dutch painter Jan Brueghel painted Satire on the tulip mania where he illustrated the speculative bubble that crashed the tulip market at the time: prices for a single bulb soared, before collapsing dramatically.The solid success of Dutch startup Bloomon is just another confirmation.Founded in 2014 by Patrick Hurenkamp, Bart Troost and Koen Thijssen, Bloomon is a subscription service for flowers.Think of Netflix, but for hyacinths and begonias.Bouquets are designed by dedicated stylists that arrange them according to seasons and trends.
Microsoft’s offer to upgrade Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10 for free for users who need assistive technologies was supposed to run out at the end of 2017, but according to reports the method is still valid right now.The assistive technologies upgrade page is indeed still live, and allows you to download the Windows 10 upgrade executable, despite the page stating that the offer expires on December 31, 2017.According to Ghacks, and other sources including readers who tipped MS Power User, you can fire up that file and still upgrade, so you haven’t missed the boat yet.The caveat is that you may run into an error message during the upgrade process, but this is easily fixed as discussed by Ghacks (essentially, you have to copy a specific DLL file across).The assistive technologies upgrade is meant for those who will use Windows 10’s accessibility features, and as discussed previously, there is no verification process involved, so theoretically anyone can upgrade using this method (although it would be morally dubious to do so if you don’t use the relevant tech).It seems that the other route of upgrading to Windows 10 – using an existing Windows 7/8.1 product key to activate the installation of the new OS – also still works as we’ve headed into 2018.