These changes are especially apparent in archive photos recently uncovered by the New York Public Library.The collection contains prints from 1935 to 1936 by Berenice Abbott, a photographer who documented NYC's transformation over the previous century in her series "Changing New York."Comparing her photos to Google Street View images reveals how the city's public spaces have changed up to today."The bones of the city are still there, but we're good at adapting it for what we want."Jefferson Market Courthouse, 1935 vs 2014.Berenice Abbott/Google/Skye GouldIn 1939, the tracks in front of the courthouse migrated underground with the creation of the subway, bringing more light to the street and increasing the value of the nearby real estate.
Enter the Pavlok, a wrist band that delivers a 255 volt shock to the wearer when they violate self-imposed spending limits.The wearable works via an integration with a banking platform for Intelligent Environments, a UK company.Go over that limit, and the system will notify Pavlok, which will dutifully give you an electric shock as punishment.The banking platform itself can work with more than Pavlok, though, and those who don t like the thought of suffering a shock can use Nest for a more subtle sort of discomfort.Spend too much money, for example, and you can set the thermostat to turn the AC down in the summer time, making yourself uncomfortably warm.Said Intelligent Environments director David Webber:With cashless payments like contactless, direct debits, and Apple Pay, it s unsurprising we lose track of spending, so we decided to solve this by enabling smart devices to manage our overspending for us … Both Pavlok and Nest Thermostat are opt-in services so consumers can decide whether to switch them on or not.
Google Home is likely to stand out as the most memorable new piece of hardware revealed at I/O 2016 but away from the spotlight, Google added some new televisions and set-top boxes to its Android TV lineup.The most notable of the bunch is a new set-top box from Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi called the Mi Box.The Mi Box is powered by a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 2.0GHz, Mali 450 graphics running at 750MHz and 2GB of RAM.There s also 8GB of eMMC flash memory on board, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 / 3.0.A Bluetooth-powered voice remote accepts two AAA batteries.There s even an optional Bluetooth gamepad called the Mi Game ControllerThe product page and announcement on Google s Android blog doesn t mention a price or release date but we do know the set-top box is headed to the US.
RockydallasISPs around the world are being attacked by self-replicating malware that can take complete control of widely used wireless networking equipment, according to reports from customers and a security researcher who is following the ongoing campaign.The vulnerability, which allows attackers to gain access to the devices over HTTP and HTTPS connections without authenticating themselves, was patched last July, but the fix wasn't widely installed.The flaw resides in the following Ubiquiti products:airMAX v5.6.2airMAX AC v7.1.3TOUGHSwitch v1.3.2airGateway v1.1.5In an advisory, Ubiquiti officials said they are aware of two different payloads that exploit the vulnerability.Although the flaw was fixed last July through a patch released through the company's bug bounty program, officials have issued a new patch that further locks down potentially vulnerable devices.Users can then restore the device configuration on the reflashed device."Exploits are assumed to be underway globally," said Ben West, a networking engineer at WasabiNet, a wireless ISP located in St. Louis.
The vulnerability has been known for almost a year, but many users haven't applied the patchesThe Ubiquiti Networks AirRouterRouters and other wireless devices made by Ubiquiti Networks have recently been infected by a worm that exploits a year-old remote unauthorized access vulnerability."This is an HTTP/HTTPS exploit that doesn't require authentication," Ubiquiti said in an advisory."Simply having a radio on outdated firmware and having its http/https interface exposed to the Internet is enough to get infected."The vulnerability was reported privately to Ubiquiti last year through a bug bounty program and was patched in airMAX v5.6.2, airMAX AC v7.1.3, airOS 802.11G v4.0.4, TOUGHSwitch v1.3.2, airGateway v1.1.5, airFiber AF24/AF24HD 2.2.1, AF5x 3.0.2.1 and AF5 2.2.1.Ubiquiti Networks has also created a Java-based application that can automatically remove the infection from affected devices.It can be used on Windows, Linux and OS X.Router security is particularly bad in the consumer market, where large numbers of routers can remain vulnerable to known vulnerabilities for years and can be compromised en masse to create distributed denial-of-service DDoS botnets or to launch man-in-the-middle attacks against their users.
The Drive is the entry-level model in Garmin's latest set of satnavs, with its primary focus on driver awareness.The two other devices in the range include the DriveSmart, which partners with your smartphone to provide extra facilities, and the DriveAssist adding a built-in dashcam.Garmin Drive 50LM – Mounting and MapsSince the Drive is an entry-level satnav, it doesn t include any fancy magnetic mounting system.But, unlike TomTom s entry-level GO 51, the mount is still a separate unit.The latter doesn't appear to have any timing adjustment available other than turning it off completely.This is because the GO 51 also includes TomTom's excellent Traffic service, which may only be available via a Bluetooth-paired smartphone, but it's worth enabling on a commute nonetheless.
Xbox One Halo Bundle PriceWhen new video game systems come out it s so hard to wait to buy one, especially since there s so much time in between console generations.Well, if you ve been holding off on buying a new Xbox One your wait is about to pay off, because Amazon is selling the Xbox One 1TB Console – Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Bundle for $399 with free shipping.Some key details from the product page:This product includes: a 1TB hard drive custom Halo designed console, a uniquely designed Spartan themed Steel Book containing a full game digital download of Halo 5: Guardians, matching Spartan Locke wireless controller, Chat Headset, Warzone REQ Pack which includes 14 Premium Requisition packs, FOTUS-class armor, a multiplayer emblem, 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold, HDMI Cord, and an AC Power Cable.Includes custom Halo sound effects for turning the console on, off, and disc eject.Includes a Guardian model by Metal Earth, Halo: The Fall of Reach – Animated Series, and Spartan Locke s Classified Orders.Quickly switch between your games, live TV, and apps like Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, and HBO GO.
DIY air conditioners may seem like a cheap way to beat the heat, but they aren t perfect.This video puts two homemade versions to the test and compares them to real AC units.Over the span of an hour, both DIY units were only able to bring the testing room s temperature down about three degrees.And half an hour of running, the temp began to rise back up.When they tested spot cooling with the DIY units, however, they found the air to be about 15 degrees cooler.So, best case scenario, you have to sit right next to your DIY AC to get any sort of benefit from it.
G.Skill and MSI are currently boasting that the 5GHz DDR4 memory clock speed is no longer an unbreakable barrier, as Taiwanese overclocking expert Toppc managed to smash through the limit by using MSI s Z170I Gaming Pro AC motherboard and a Trident Z Series DDR4 memory chip supplied by G.Skill.Thanks to this combination, Toppc not only achieved the world s first DDR4-5000 record, but the highest clock speed for memory ever thus far.We are extremely excited to achieve this great milestone together with Samsung components and MSI motherboard, says Tequila Huang, Corporate Vice President and Director of R, G.SKILL International.This world record is a milestone in component history, breaks the magical 5,000MHz mark and shows MSI s dominant position on performance for Z170, MSI told the press.The details listed on HWBOT show that the test bed used liquid nitrogen to keep everything super cool.Other hardware components consisted of a MSI GeForce 9400 GT graphics card with GDDR3 VRAM 550MHz, 700MHz , and a 64GB SSDNow V300 SSD supplied by Kingston Technology.
HP has completely refreshed their Omen gaming laptops with a fantastic array of modern hardware, while retaining the slim, portable and generally attractive aesthetic of previous models.The two variants of the Omen share some specifications, such as the Intel 'Skylake' Core i7-6700HQ processor, 8 GB of RAM, 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi ac, and gigabit Ethernet.Both of these models can also be updated to include a 4K display, up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory, and up to 512 GB of PCIe SSD storage or 4 TB HDD 128 GB SSD combo.HP's black mesh design with red accents looks quite attractive for a gaming laptop, and HP hasn't fallen into the trap of including over-the-top gamer design.Liquid cooling will also be an option, as will a 512 GB SSD.Gamers who buy the Omen desktop might also be interested in the company's 32-inch 1440p display, which sports 300 nits of brightness, and AMD's FreeSync with a maximum refresh rate of 75 Hz.
The stigma with Chinese smartphones, especially those sold in the US, is that they more often than not undercut features to keep things wallet-friendly.Here's a quick rundown of those specs:• OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow MiFavor 4.0 • Size: 151.7 x 75 x 7.9 mm• Weight: 175g• Display: 5.5" WQHD Super AMOLED 535ppi• Processor: Snapdragon 820 MSM8996• RAM: 4GB RAM or 6GB RAM premium version • Internal Storage: 64GB or 128GB premium version • microSD card slot dual sim or 1 sim microSD • Camera rear : 20MP F1.8 with OIS, PDAF• Camera front : 8MP F2.2 • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5GHz , Bluetooth v4.1 LE, NFC• Battery: 3,250 mAhThere's a fingerpint scanner on the back, below the rear camera.The AXON 7 charges via a USB-C port that supports Quick Charge 3.0, no word on the USB Power Delivery standard spec.The smartphone does boast of a 20 megapixel rear sensor equipped with Phase Detection Autofocus, Optical Image Stabilization, and, impressively, a large f/1.8 aperture.The front camera is somewhat less impressive, with 8 megapixels and f/2.2 aperture.ZTE has definitely stepped up its game with the ZTE AXON 7 but has, unfortunately perhaps, also stepped up the price.
Running Google's Chrome OS operating system rather than, say, Windows 10, they're aimed at what computing has been all about since the late '90s, the internet and your web browser.Then, it all comes down to size and price, with Chromebooks available as little as 11.6 inches and as wide as 15 inches.Toshiba Chromebook 2Full HD on a Chromebook just got betterCPU: 2.1GHz Intel Core i3-5015U Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5500 RAM: 4GB Screen: 13.3-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 Storage: 16GB eMMC Connectivity: Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 7260; Bluetooth 4.0 Camera: HD webcam Weight: 2.97 pounds Dimensions: 12.6 x 8.4 x 0.76 inches W x D x H For a steeper $429 about £299, AU$612 , the newest Toshiba Chromebook 2 is a gorgeous laptop that – clearly, seeing the price – has few flaws.And, while Acer's Chromebook 15 serves up equal components behind a larger screen for the same amount of scratch, HPs' 14-incher is a bit more compact and better looking to boot, if coffee shop appeal is crucial.So, before you buy, we suggest you consider all the much more affordable or better options out there before plunking down so much money into the best Chrome machine.This Chromebook does have some minor issues: it doesn't multitask very well, and the laptop itself only comes in one color.
The chiclet-style keys are large the letter keys in particular and well-spaced for easy finger-finding.That's really saying something when the type cover only measures two-thirds of a centimeter thick.All this keyboard focus does have an unfortunate downside: the trackpad suffers from Oliver Twist syndrome.It's squat nature is particularly noticeable during vertical scrolling.Spec sheetHere is the HP Elite x2 1012 G1's configuration sent to techradar for review:CPU: 1.1GHz Intel Core m5-6Y54 dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515RAM: 8GB LPDDR3-1866 SDRAMScreen: 12-inch, 1,920 x 1,280 FHD UWVA eDP ultra-slim LED-backlit touch screenStorage: 256GB M.2 SATA TLC SSDPorts: USB Type-C with Thunderbolt support, USB 3.0, headphone/mic combo jackConnectivity: 2 x 2 Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 ComboCamera: 2MP FHD 1080p front-facing webcam, 5MP FHD 1080p rear-facingWeight: 1.8 pounds tablet , 2.65 pounds tablet with travel keyboard , 2.79 pounds tablet with advanced keyboard Size: 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches tablet , 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches tablet with travel keyboard , 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches tablet with advanced keyboard W x D x H PerformanceFew 2-in-1's can deliver a great non-mobile gaming experience, and the Elite x2 is no exception.BenchmarksHere's how the HP Elite x2 1012 G1 performed in our suite of benchmark tests:3DMark: Cloud Gate: 3,548; Sky Diver: 2,016; Fire Strike: 494Cinebench CPU: 218 points; Graphics: 24.44 fpsGeekBench: 2,915 single-core ; 5,739 multi-core PCMark 8 Home Test : 2,447pointsPCMark 8 Battery Life: 3 hours and 53 minutesBattery Life techradar movie test : 5 hours and 1 minuteConsidering its hardware, its not surprising the Elite x2 is no graphical powerhouse.
The Omron 10 series wireless blood pressure monitor averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 2,600 customers read reviews .With a regular list price of $99.99, this 35% off deal puts it at just $64.99.It features multi-color indicator lights which show if your readings is in the normal green or hypertension orange range.An Easy-Wrap ComFit Cuff inflates around your entire arm to avoid incorrect cuff positioning.An easy-to-read display with extra-large digits & backlight make results easier to read.The unit stores 200 readings in device or 100 each for 2 users, and operates with an included AC Adapter or 4 AA batteries.
The Omron 10 series wireless blood pressure monitor averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 2,600 customers read reviews .With a regular list price of $99.99, this 35% off deal puts it at just $64.99.It features multi-color indicator lights which show if your readings is in the normal green or hypertension orange range.An Easy-Wrap ComFit Cuff inflates around your entire arm to avoid incorrect cuff positioning.An easy-to-read display with extra-large digits & backlight make results easier to read.The unit stores 200 readings in device or 100 each for 2 users, and operates with an included AC Adapter or 4 AA batteries.
Becomes the world's first wireless AC camera. More and more manufacturers of surveillance equipment have chosen to gaze from the enterprise market, and now includes products for private customers in the range. 180-degree surveillance is the new melody for D-Link, which yesterday launched the world's first wireless, AC-connected camera. Pans and the purchase of multiple cameras will thus be a thing of the past, the company claims, which also points out that the cordless design makes the camera more difficult to detect the intrusion. - Panoramic Camera Wide Eye HD 180 is pioneering technology that makes it possible to achieve the ultimate supervision of a room from a single device. Via an app can be controlled remotely via mobile phone as well as tablet or computer.
Linksys has announced a new wireless router that it claims is the first fully functional MU-MIMO AC5400 Tri-Band Wireless Router.The company has also launched an accompanying AC1900 Range Extender and USB adapter.These are said to be the first network solutions in the category to support MU-MIMO, which is Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple Output, and next-gen 802.11ac Wave 2 technology.That tech is designed to improve performance and efficiency on a wireless network and to provide dedicated bandwidth to compatible client devices just as if they each had their own router.This tech allows client devices to roam around the home while always being connected to the optimal access point be that a range extender or router.The USB adapter supports AC Wave 2 connections and beamforming.
In Germany the Mercedes home battery stores energy from solar panels and when the power is used in the home it s converted to AC power via the inverter.Unlike home batteries in the U.S., where the market is also just starting and where Tesla s Powerwall gets all the attention, home batteries in Germany don t draw energy from the conventional electric power grid.Not only is the Tesla Powerwall more powerful, it s also less expensive, priced at $3,000 for the bare unit and with a final cost including installation and inverter often amounting to more than $7,000, according to Tech Insider.You can put it on the ground, so you don t have to wall mount it, and it has very easy wiring.Nissan expects to ship the xStorage battery system in September, according to Ars Technica.Orbison expects to ship by this summer.
The ZenFone 3, in reality, could have been called the ZenFone 3 Lite but nominally ASUS is indeed calling it the flagship.The front cam is no underdog either with 8 megapixels and f/2.0 lens.• OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow ZenUI 3.0 • Size: 152.59 x 77.38 x 7.69 mm• Weight: 155g• Display: 5.5" 1080p SuperIPS LCD• Processor: Snapdragon 625• RAM: 3GB/4GB RAM• Internal Storage: 32GB/64GB• microSD card slot• Camera rear : 16MP ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 F2.0 with OIS, Laser autofocus Sony IMX298 • Camera front : 8MP F2.0 • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5GHz , Bluetooth v4.2 LE, NFC• Battery: 3,000 mAh• IP rating: -• Others: Fingerprint, USB 2.0 Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jackThe real flagship model is the ZenFone 3 Deluxe, at least if you put it side by side other early 2016 frontrunners.• OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow ZenUI 3.0 • Size: 156.4 x 77.4 x 4.2 7.5 mm• Weight: 170g• Display: 5.7" 1080p Super AMOLED• Processor: Snapdragon 820• RAM: 6GB RAM• Internal Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB UFS 2.0 • microSD card slot dual sim or 1 sim microSD • Camera rear : 23MP ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 F2.0 with OIS, Laser autofocus Sony IMX318 • Camera front : 8MP F2.0 • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac 2.4/5GHz , Bluetooth v4.2 LE, NFC• Battery: 3,000 mAh• IP rating: -• Others: Fingerprint, USB 2.0 Type-C, Quick Charge 3.0, 3.5mm headphone jackThe ZenFone 3 Ultra is a bit of an oddball.It makes up for it somewhat in audio, which can output Hi-Res Audio, marketed as 4x better than CD quality audio, provided compatible headphones are connected.• OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow ZenUI 3.0 • Size: 186.4 x 93.9 x 6.8 mm• Weight: 233g• Display: 6.8" 1080p IPS LCD• Processor: Snapdragon 652• RAM: 4GB RAM• Internal Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB• microSD card slot dual sim or 1 sim microSD • Camera rear : 23MP ASUS PixelMaster 3.0 F2.0 with OIS, Laser autofocus Sony IMX318 • Camera front : 8MP F2.0 • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5GHz , Bluetooth v4.2 LE, NFC• Battery: 4,100 mAh• IP rating: -• Others: Fingerprint, USB 2.0 Type-C, Quick Charge 3.0, 3.5mm headphone jackDespite the minor differences, the three are undoubtedly from the same family, sporting the same overall design and bearing some similar feature.
Another cool device that Asus is highlighting at its Computex 2016 booth is the Zenbo robot.Zenbo can move independently and understand spoken commands.The robot is particularly focused on helping the elderly.The robot has an integrated sound system allowing kids to sing and dance to songs.An entire library of stores is integrated into the robot and the Zenbo reads the stories in different voices.Asus also has a free Zenbo Developer Program that gives access to the Zenbo SDK and a library of information for developers to bring more functionality to the bot over time.
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