Phone cameras are increasingly powerful, and with a little time and effort, you'll be able to take full advantage of them.A really simple one, but also easy to forget.However tempted you may be, don't do it.The further you zoom, the more your image gets cropped and the quality diminishes drastically.It still won't be as good a quality as getting closer, but you'll have more control.If you're shooting in poor lighting, you're most likely going to get a unnatural, grainy shot with the flash on.
Many think the selling point of the Cubot Note Plus is the 13MP front camera that can be interpolated to a 16MP camera.That’s why they call this a selfie-centric smartphone under $100.In some sense, this statement is true, because the key to success of the OPPO R9 selfie-focused smartphone was hence a 16MP camera sensor on the front.Among those models, we can mention the Huawei Honor 9 Lite, Gionee S10, Vivo X9s, OPPO F3 and many more.Actually, this is an entry-level smartphone that comes with a stylish look, good camera modules, and Full HD screen.But what’s more interesting this phone is actively promoted nowadays.
A few months ago, Google released the latest Android update (Android Oreo), and since then a good number manufacturer has ported to this system.This year, we will have another huge Android update which is the arrival of Android 9.0.Rumors already have it that this Android version will be called Android Pi.For now, the name is used internally by Google, and it is yet to be seen if it sticks after the update is released.Android Pi is expected to touch down around August 2018, about a year after its predecessor was launched.The nomenclature, Android Pi, didn’t just emanate out of thin air, it was found in some internal Google document, and for now, Android Pi is what we know Android 9.0 will be called although there are other options like parfait, pumpkin, pistachio, peanut, pecan.
Wireless engineers and telecommunications executives are making more promises about the possibilities of 5G, but behind the scenes, they’re still working out what exactly 5G will look like.The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a global collaboration between several telecommunications organizations, has now begun to outline the extensive specifications required to build and deploy functioning 5G networks.“The fear was that so many countries would want to develop 5G, they would develop regional standards,” says Balazs Bertenyi, the chairman of 3GPP’s Radio Access Network Technical Specifications Groups.“That would be two steps back.” Countries including Korea and Japan—and companies like Verizon—are so eager to bring 5G to market that the 3GPP work groups accelerated their plan and brought their first specifications to the world in December.As 5G service is rolled out by countries and companies, NR will first build upon today’s LTE networks, expanding and improving existing coverage.The primary goal is to enable enhanced mobile broadband by using 5G small cells to boost the data rates of an LTE anchor.
Honda is offering a simple augmented reality demo at the Detroit Auto Show using Microsoft’s HoloLens.It involves strapping on one of the headsets, walking around, and getting into the car, which takes between five to 10 minutes total.And it’s probably the most useful augmented reality demo I’ve had yet.The demo is really just a fancy new way to show off the specs and features of one of Honda’s new cars.I also didn’t have my contacts in, which meant I had to squint through the entire experience.But I was taken aback by how accurately the headset placed the floating AR elements in and around the car.
Here’s what happened in Asia-Pacific tech today…Google joins Go-Jek’s latest funding round (Indonesia).The US tech giant, Singapore sovereign fund Temasek, and Chinese ecommerce platform Meituan-Dianping are said to be joining the ride-hailing firm’s new fundraise, which could reach US$1.2 billion.Existing backers KKR and Warburg Pincus will also invest.Google and Temasek were bullish on Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing sector in their recently co-published report on the region’s online industry, while Meituan-Dianping is pushing into China’s ride-hailing space.Uber and ComfortDelgro offer cut-price fares (Singapore).
After a tumultuous 2017, YouTube is making yet another change to its guidelines surrounding channel monetization and advertiser approval.In posts to its Advertiser and Creator blogs, YouTube details how it's changing the threshold for monetization through its YouTube Partner Program (YPP), from 10,000 lifetime views to 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time within the past 12 months.That means that small creators who already passed the previous 10,000 lifetime view milestone, but not the new goals, will be removed from the YouTube Partner Program starting February 20 and will be unable to monetize their videos in that manner,As of yesterday, any channels that newly apply for YPP will have to pass this new threshold in order to monetize videos.On its Creators blog, YouTube explains that the new required milestones "will allow us to significantly improve our ability to identify creators who contribute positively to the community and help drive more ad revenue to them (and away from bad actors)."Though these changes will affect a significant number of channels, 99 percent of those affected were making less than $100 per year in the last year, with 90 percent earning less than $2.50 in the last month.
Unlike many automakers that offer Apple CarPlay in their new cars, BMW makes you pay for it on all of their models.That’s unlikely to change, but it may soon cut a break to those who don’t use iOS or don’t like Apple’s smartphone integration system for the car.The automaker next year will turn CarPlay into a subscription-based service rather than treating it as a one-time option, Don Smith, technology product manager for BMW North America, told The Verge at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show on Tuesday.“This allows the customer to switch devices,” he said.“A lot of people buy [CarPlay] and think it’s okay, but sometimes they stop using it or switch to Android.”BMW added CarPlay for 2017 as a $300 option on cars equipped with built-in navigation.
Square Enix’ Final Fantasy XV is a remarkably different game than it was when it originally launched in 2016.With the ability to control party members other than Prince Noctis, and an update adding an alternate version of the dreaded Chapter 13, it’s worth checking out even if you passed on it initially.And with the release of the new Royal Edition, now is the perfect time to jump in.Coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One — the same content will be included in the Windows Edition as well — Final Fantasy XV‘s Royal Edition featuers all content originally found in the season pass, including Episode Gladiolus, Episode Ignis Episode Prompto, and the multiplayer expansion.The Insomnia City Ruins have also been added to the Crown City of Insomnia area, with new side quests and enemies, and you’ll be able to control the Royal Vessel boat to explore new areas and fish — an upgrade will also be available for the off-road Regalia Type-D.New gameplay features will affect the moment-to-moment action in Final Fantasy XV, as well.
Jump Bikes, formerly known as Social Bicycles, announced today that it has raised $10 million in funding to further expand its dockless electric bike sharing service.Menlo Ventures led the round, with participation from Sinewave Ventures and existing investors Esther Dyson, SOSV, and OurCrowd.The Jump bikes are “pedal assist,” meaning they give riders a boost only while pedaling, and the bikes can go up to 20mph.The New York City-based startup isn’t new to the bike-sharing sector.Jump Bikes was founded as Social Bicycles in 2010 and claims to have clocked 5 million rides on 15,000 bikes in 40 markets.In 2017, the startup launched Jump, a dockless ebike sharing system, in Washington, D.C.
If you’re a spider, you know exactly what I’m describing—a beast, which, at least to smaller spiders, is an otherworldly, eldritch terror: the pelican spider.They get their birdy name from the unsettling funhouse warping of their “head” segment (known as the cephalothorax), which has been stretched dramatically upwards, making it appear as though the spider has a long “neck.” This, combined with its mouthparts—which are lengthened into folding, salad tong-like abominations—give the spider a profile that evokes the gawkiness of a pelican.But it’s not the pelican spider’s twisted visage that makes it a recurrent, grave addition to campfire stories at spiderling summer camp—it’s what those bizarre features evolved to do.Pelican spiders are also called “assassin spiders” because their diet consists entirely of other spiders, which they slowly stalk and devour.Once they strike silk, they ever-so-carefully lure out the web’s owner with a strategic pluck or two, then swiftly dispatch the victim with those long, rotating jaws, each tipped with a venomous fang.For years, the evolution and biodiversity of pelican spiders has been her primary research focus, one that has ultimately led to this discovery.
It's become ever more expensive for venture capitalists to invest in California-based startups.So VC are increasingly investing in startups based in states other than California.Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Florida all have emerging startup scenes and could benefit from the trend.When searching for startups to invest in, venture capitalists are increasingly casting their eyes outside of California — a trend that could benefit some states that were previously far from tech's center.The number of funding deals outside of Silicon Valley's home state has been on the rise for years, noted PitchBook in its 2018 VC Outlook.That number is likely to increase in 2018, spreading the wealth to more areas of the country.
When "health tech" first started popping up at CES a few years ago, it was mostly centered on step counters, digital workout coaches and heart-rate trackers.Tens of millions of Baby Boomers (people born roughly between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s) are reaching their golden years now, and tech industries are rushing to help the elderly and those in the disability community succeed and live independently.The increasing focus on medical-grade tech is also why CNET's Next Big Thing panel at CES 2018 focused on what we called The Invisible Doctor, in which experts from United Healthcare, Doctor on Demand, Samsung and the Institute for the Future discussed how the future of medical care and technology will increasingly intersect.Below is a roundup of all the compelling tech we saw that's related to self-care, elderly care, health monitoring, fitness and healthy living and sleep.It's a special glove that helps those with spinal cord injuries perform everyday tasks using their hands.Still though, we couldn't help but be impressed by these products' initial concepts and intentions.
We met Rosa Henderson, who is legally blind and has been since birth, at CES 2018.She has been wearing eSight for several months, and her story is one that shows the human side of cutting-edge modern tech.She didn’t talk about how something helped her productivity, or solved a very specific problem, but about something that lets her live.Henderson talked about attending classes at college, where she would normally have to make special arrangements ahead of time to sit at the very front of the room, and often bring an assistant along to help with dictation and note-taking.That’s after making the journey to the college in the first place, which may have involved the help of other people, using a cane, or owning a service animal — and always required considerable planning.Not impossible, but hugely restrictive, and very reliant on others.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has penned an open letter to the rest of the technology industry, addressing concerns over the two major CPU security flaws.Intel has been issuing cleverly-worded statements, and altering its guidance on performance issues related to security fixes, but the company now says it’s ready to be transparent.“As we roll out software and firmware patches, we are learning a great deal,” admits Krzanich.“We know that impact on performance varies widely, based on the specific workload, platform configuration and mitigation technique.”Intel is committing to providing updates for at least 90 percent of CPUs produced in the last five years by January 15th, and the rest by the end of January.Whether end users will get those updates is another story, as most PC makers have poor update systems in place for firmware updates.
This turnkey solution could help manufacturers transform standard products into IoT products within a matter of days.The platform also boasts the ability to turn a standard product into a smart one within 24 hours, as well as enable manufacturers to launch mass production within two weeks.This visible presence at CES 2018 marks the company’s ambitious efforts to export its capabilities to global manufacturers in order to take advantage of the visible growth of the IoT market in the U.S. Its approach also offers U.S. manufacturers a head start in the international market through the use of Tuya’s global platform.“Build Internet of Things, Effortlessly” is Tuya’s mission, and to say they’ve gained a foothold in the IoT market would be a vast understatement.The company’s partners already include Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit, among others.Since its establishment in Hangzhou, China in 2014, Tuya has served more than 10,000 customers in nearly 200 countries, working on products including smart power accessories, lighting and household appliances, and surveillance equipment.
It can be a challenge to create presentations that are relevant and engaging and make your customer want to say, “Yes, yes, yes!”For years Microsoft PowerPoint has been the go-to presentation tool — even though PowerPoint presentations can be tedious, with text of all one size and bullet points listed smack in the center of the screen.The tool has evolved, in an attempt to ditch its dull reputation, but as it has become more feature-rich, with more design templates and collaborative features, it has been rendered less intuitive.While it’s fair to say you can wow your audience with a PowerPoint presentation today, for most people the learning curve is steep enough to make them reluctantly stick with the basics.Beautiful Slides is a new company whose product does just what the name says: make cool slides.Emaze goes further into the marketing environment, offering multiple communication channels.
Ford and Silicon Valley-based Autonomic will work together to build a new open platform upon which cities can build out infrastructure communications, including connected traffic lights and parking spots, called the “Transportation Mobility Cloud.” Ford CEO Jim Hackett announced the news on Monday at the CES 2018 keynote kicking off the annual conference.The platform is designed to help connect smart transportation services, as well as adjacent connected offerings, uniting them with one common language to help coordinate all this efforts in real-time.That means tying together personal cars with vehicle-to-everything communications built in, incorporating things like bike sharing networks, public and private transportation services, including buses, trains, ride hailing and beyond.The Transportation Mobility Cloud will support location-based services, determining routes, sending out alerts about things like service disruptions, handing identity management and payment processing, as well as dealing with data gather and analytics.It’s intended not only as a kind of connective tissue for the forward-thinking services and vehicles that will make up the smart city of tomorrow, but also as a platform upon which new apps and services can be built from the heath of data available.Ford says to think of it like “a box of Legos” with pieces that can be quickly taken apart and reassembled to build new types of assets and products to better serve city residents.
It got so cold in parts of the US over the last few days, frigid iguanas fell out of trees and the ocean froze over along the coast of Massachusetts.If you're trying to imagine what a frozen ocean looks like, you don't have to guess.YouTube user Ryan Canty posted two spectacular videos on Sunday of the waves stalled in time.Canty's drone video shows a glorious sunset and people standing on the coastal ice of Buzzards Bay at Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth.Canty posted another video showing the scene from ground level.He narrates the experience, noting the temperature is -20 Fahrenheit (-29 Celsius).
Life is Strange: Before the Storm began with the unenviable job of acting as a prologue to a very self-contained story.So when Before the Storm promised to focus on the very different friendship between Chloe and Rachel Amber—a character that’s mostly only talked about in the first game—I had my doubts.Chloe is pretty much branded a delinquent from the jump.Rachel doesn’t like that everyone expects her to be perfect.A central mystery does eventually develop in Before the Storm, but it’s still mostly an excuse to push the characters closer together.Rachel doesn’t care about bucking authority so much as doing what makes her happy (which happens to include being with Chloe).