Smartphone-based augmented reality (AR) and the AR headset explosion will bring 3D holograms into our lives everywhere.Now we know what it looks like: something right off the cover of a vintage sci-fi novel.In other hologram headset headlines, Dell this week announced that it will start selling, on Feb. 15, the $1,495 Meta 2 developer kits, which include the Meta 2 AR headset, for business deployments.The AR smartphone app experience is emerging now — and the AR headset world is getting closer every day.Our computer and phone screens show us a 2D version of the world.If I look at a concept car design on my laptop, people on the other side of the room see only the back of my laptop lid.
A South Korean consumer group has now filed a complaint, though it’s not clear whether the complaint will trigger a formal investigation (via Reuters).The group, Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty, had already filed a lawsuit against the company.This is just the latest in a series of complaints Apple is facing over the issue around the world.Earlier this week a consumer group in China wrote to company with concerns.While the French government is investigating whether Apple’s actions constitute ‘programmed obsolescence’ (which is illegal in the country).US senator John Thune has also written to Apple to express concerns and raise questions.
Jessica’s parents died at the scene along with a 50-year-old man, after a four-wheel-drive crossed the road and collided with their car.The soap star and her 21-year-old sister Annabelle were pulled from the wreckage before the vehicles became engulfed by flames.Annabelle died in hospital soon afterwards.Despite undergoing surgery several times, Jessica remained in a coma, before dying on Tuesday (16 Jan).News of her death was confirmed in a statement from St George Hospital in Sydney.A spokesperson said: “On behalf of the family of Jessica Falkholt, St George Hospital has been asked to advise the media and the community of Jessica’s passing today at 10.20am (local time).
The Australian Open has attracted criticism for selling bottle water imported from China.With the international tennis event beginning in Melbourne early this week, spectators have taken to social media to express their upset after finding Ganten branded water from Shenzhen in China for sale.I would have thought the Australian open would supply Australian water as their official water not Chinese water – double fault organisers,” one complaint said on the Australian Open Facebook page.“Using bottled water from China for the Australian Open is such a poor decision – why didn’t we have bottled water from Australia?” another complaint stated.The Australian Open has responded to complaints about the water by saying it has a long history of partnering with both Australian and international brands including Evian French water, Italian pasta and Dutch beer.“Australian Open 2017 attracted fans from 72 countries and was broadcast on 65 channels to more 220 territories and 900 million households.
I found out a few weeks ago that local councils offer free cycling training sessions* to give people more confidence on the roads.After a few email exchanges, I was assigned an instructor and was ready to go.When I opened the door that morning and caught eye of Richard’s very professional, dropped handlebars, road bike, I suddenly found myself blurting out: “I have a basket on my bike!” As I wheeled the bike down the stairs from my flat, I wondered whether he going to take me seriously with my shopper bike.“Baskets are good,” he replied.But it wasn’t as easy as general niceties, jumping on our bikes and heading off.“Your handlebars are loose and this bolt isn’t tightened properly,” he told me, pointing to parts of my bike I had never even looked at before.
Your Mac has another bug that lets people log in without your password.But unlike the last time this happened, it only leaves your computer exposed to a bit of mischief.That proviso won't stop the bug from raising concerns about the overall quality of Apple's software.But it means the flaw doesn't hand anyone the keys to the kingdom.In November, users found anyone could log into a Mac with just the user name "root" and no password whatsoever.That's a serious flaw that undercut the most basic line of security protecting the content of your computer from thieves, or even prying friends, family or co-workers.
The combination of voice technology and smart locks have suddenly created a world where you can have a package delivered your home simply by asking for it from your couch.Come to the CNET booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall 3 Lobby, Booth SL-3 at 2:00 p.m. PT today, or watch the live video stream to witness the conversation first hand with the companies that are yet again transforming the experience of how we go shopping.It's hard to imagine a better group to discuss the topic: Amazon's Daniel Rausch is the Vice President of Amazon Smart Home.Jason Williams is the President of Residential Business for Assa Abloy, the parent company of both August Home and Yale.Mark Spates is the Product Lead for Smart Home at Google, Lori Flees is Walmart's Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy.Moderating the panel will be Rich Brown, CNET's executive editor in charge of smart home and appliance reviews.
Samsung will unveil its 2018 flagship phone, the Galaxy S9, next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, according to the company's mobile boss.DJ Koh, president of Samsung's mobile division, confirmed the phone will be unveiled at the trade show in February to ZDNet at this week's CES trade show in Las Vegas.Little is known right now about the successor to the popular Galaxy S8, including whether there will be a super-sized Galaxy S9 Plus version.The phone will likely be powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 845 chip, which boasts improved image- and video-capture abilities, smarter artificial intelligence features, "lightning-fast connectivity," "vault-like security," and better performance and power efficiency.Rumors circulating ahead of CES suggested the phone may make an appearance in Vegas, but Samsung usually unveils the flagship device after the show.Last year the company hosted a standalone Samsung Unpacked event in New York where it launched the Galaxy S8.
We walked into Sony’s CES 2018 press conference expecting to see the company’s new A8F OLED TV — and it is gorgeous, as expected — but the 85-inch 8K HDR TV prototype that’s on display came as a complete shock, and now we’re giddy with excitement.This show is all about looking to the future.Manufacturers view this massive trade show as their prime opportunity to show what they’ve got, and in the case of television, paint a brilliant picture of the future.While Samsung’s 146-inch MicroLED “The Wall” TV is a stellar example of this, Sony’s 10,000 nit-capable 85-inch 8K HDR television represents a paradigm shift for LED/LCD TVs, and redefines what high dynamic range (HDR) could mean in the future.Let’s start with the fact that Sony has been delivering outstanding LED/LCD TVs over the past few years, routinely landing models on our lists of Best TVs You Can Buy.This is a credit to Sony’s outstanding processing, most recently issued in the form of its 4K HDR X1 Extreme chips, which render outstanding pictures, brilliant and accurate colors, and sparkling HDR contrast.
Ooma built its reputation with internet phones over the past 14 years.Now the company is expanding into home security with smart devices that use artificial intelligence and face recognition.It’s not such a big leap from smart communication to smart home security, but it’s a crowded market, with an estimated 20 billion connected “internet of things” by 2020, according to the Gartner research firm.This company wants to sell you some of those things, and it is announcing them at CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas.The Ooma Home security system includes a smart video camera with AI for facial and audio recognition.It also includes geofencing capabilities to automatically arm and disarm it.
The Brilliant Control smart light switch looked impressive enough when it was announced back in early 2017, with an elegant design, a combination of physical and touchscreen controls, and integrated support for Amazon’s Alexa that would make the smart light switch a natural hub for a smart home.And at CES 2018, Brilliant announced that it’s integrating Amazon’s “Display Cards” — an extension of the Alexa API that lets third party devices with screens show the same visual results that you’d get with an Echo Show — into the Brilliant Control, essentially letting users get the same sort of visual, interactive experience to queries as they would on Amazon’s own hardware.The Display Cards work more or less as expected in action, with scrollable cards and visual information popping up in response to queries.It’s not quite as full fledged as the Echo Show — for example, asking Amazon to play video content didn’t work — but for most of what you’d want to get done on something in the Brilliant Control’s form factor, anyway.Brilliant envisions users using the display cards for weather, news, and getting responses to simple questions, since tasks like getting recipes or watching videos probably don’t make a lot of sense for a light switch, even one as fancy as the Brilliant Control.The Brilliant Control starts at $199, and will be available sometime in early 2018.
After a slow start, Google's roster of smart home partners for its Google Assistant has become impressive.At CES 2018, hub maker and smart home platform Insteon is adding support for Google.With a voice command to your Google Home, Google Pixel or any other device equipped with Google's digital assistant, you can now control your Insteon lights, switches, outlets, plugs and more.More importantly for Google, Google Assistant now works with all of the major smart-home hubs.Insteon joins the likes of SmartThings, Wink and Lowe's Iris, which already supported voice commands through Google Assistant.Now, whichever hub system you want to buy into, you'll be able to control your devices with Google.
Russia, Norks and dog lovers all potential perps, say punditsAn email1 with a malicious Microsoft Word document attached was sent to a number of groups associated with the event, most of them targeting ice hockey organisations."The attackers originally embedded an implant into the malicious document as a hypertext application (HTA) file, and then quickly moved to hide it in an image on a remote server and used obfuscated Visual Basic macros to launch the decoder script," security firm McAfee reported."They also wrote custom PowerShell code to decode the hidden image and reveal the implant."The attackers appear to be casting a wide net, with several South Korean organisations included in the spam run.The majority of these had some link to the Olympics, either by providing infrastructure or in a supporting role.
Carrier is back at CES, but this year it's all about air conditioners -- specifically its new 9,000-BTUH single-zone ductless system.Yes, I know it's winter in many parts of the world right now, but this snazzy system is making some pretty big claims about its cooling capabilities.Carrier says its latest cooling appliance is the "most efficient" you can get in North America because of its "42 SEER" rating.According to the US Department of Energy, "Central air conditioners are rated according to their seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER).SEER indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output.Many older systems have SEER ratings of 6 or less."
Someday, maybe soon—depending on where you live, where you go, and the size of your credit card—you won't have to worry about paying attention on the road.Until then, sorry to say, you'll have to keep your brain, eyes, hands, and feet in line and on the job.This is clearly a problem, because, according a recent study, approximately everybody looks at their phone when they should be looking at the road.We've seen all sorts of efforts to end distracted driving in recent years: cars that spy on their human occupants, anti-distraction apps, legislation, sliding into your DMs.In a newly filed patent, the Japanese automaker proposes a system that would detect inattention with a combination of cameras and analysis of inputs like how long it takes the driver to move their foot from the gas to the brake.And then it might offer tips to the driver—not just to pay attention, but ways to improve their skills, to hit that corner better, or accelerate more smoothly.
Volkswagen Group is upping its commitment to developing and improving self-driving technology.So much in fact, that Volkswagen and dedicated firm, Aurora Innovation, announced a new strategic partnership where both companies will work closely together, on autonomous driving tech.“Our vision is ‘Mobility for all, at the push of a button.’ This means that we want to offer mobility for all people around the world,” said Volkswagen Group’s Chief Digital Officer, Johann Jungwirth, in a statement.“Mobility also for children, elderly, sick and visually impaired people, really for all.‘At the push of a button’ stands for simplicity and the easiness of use.”“In the future, people can of course use our mobility app or digital virtual assistant to hail a self-driving electric vehicle to drive them conveniently door-to-door, or use our Volkswagen OneButton which has GPS, connectivity and a compass, as a small beautiful key fob with maximum convenience.”
A mum has shared a paper hack she used to help teach her two daughters about kindness by visibly showing how feelings can get hurt.Melissa Roy, from the US, who blogs at Beyond Mommying, wanted to teach her kids how important it is to care for others.“In our fast-paced world where it’s so easy to get caught up in one’s own wants and needs, I have always emphasised to my children the importance of respecting other people and honouring others’ feelings,” Roy told HuffPost UK.She asked her daughters to both write down on a plain piece of paper how they want other people to treat them, finishing the sentence: “I want other people to...”.They then swapped papers and read their sister’s feelings out loud.“Crumpled paper in their hands, I asked: ‘Now, how do we fix it?
Mapbox, the Softbank-backed developer of mapping applications that competes with Google Maps TomTom and Here, has acquired the intellectual property and developers behind MapZen’s Valhalla project in a bid to strengthen its navigation toolkits.The acquisition, made as Mapzen was winding down, brings the Valhalla development team in-house for a bargain price that Mapbox chief executive Eric Gunderson declined to disclose.“It’s one of those classic things where having a long-term relationship you become close to people and when shit starts going a little sideways, there’s an opportunity,” Gunderson told me of the acquisition.Through the work both companies had been doing on the Valhalla open source project, Mapbox’s developers had been collaborating with the team behind the project for over a year.Late last year, Mapbox raised around $146 million from Softbank to become a credible competitor to Google Maps and Here in autonomous driving and in new arenas like augmented reality.Already companies like Snap, Mastercard, Instacart, and Airbnb use the Mapbox SDK for their applications.
Ordering drinks can be pricey, especially when you consider the fact that many are easily made at home.Impress your friends and family with these bartending gadgets that will let you tend bar and serve booze like a true pro.We rounded up our favorite tech gadgets for bartenders.Don’t forget to drink safely!Casters also make this gadget super mobile, so you can move it around with you as you’re making and pouring drinks for your guests.Hey, the last thing you want to do after a night of serving drinks is clean up, right?
The Ultimate Picture Palace (UPP), one of the UK’s oldest, independent cinemas has appointed brand and communication agency Salad to develop a new visual and strategic brand for the cinema.Salad’s strategy team delved deeper into the cinema’s rich history capturing the 'Cowley Road culture' – an expression of East Oxford cool.The agency then approached the visual identity with inspiration from the cinema’s art deco architecture, designing an authentic cultural identity that reflected the diverse programme of films on offer.To capture the cinema's passion to uphold true cinema etiquette, Salad also developed a no-nonsense campaign advertising their house rules: ‘No Adverts, No Popcorn, No Talking.Tom Jowett, marketing and events manager for UPP said: “We worked with Salad to refine our proposition in order to connect with new and existing customers in a more emotive way.The new brand marque and logotype now feels sharp and modern, without detracting from the cinema's sense of history and heritage.