Google has unveiled new details of its pending “Fuchsia” OS; runs on small customer kernel, relies on the Flutter SDK, beginning of the end for Android?(OK, we’re fumbling in the dark a bit…)Google has unveiled new details of its “Fuchsia” Operating System (OS), slipping a programmer’s guide to the nascent OS onto software development platform Github, then renaming it recently in a manner that caught broader attention.(The project has been cloaked in, if hardly mystery, then a degree of obscurity beyond the developer community.)Google’s press office did not respond to a request for comment on further details nor launch plans — rumoured to be 2019, if at all — nor did Google’s Director of Engineering, Chris McKillop; apparently project lead on Fuchsia.Earlier this month Google had also slipped a rudimentary demo of the OS onto Github, but “The Book” gives a much more comprehensive view of what’s coming.
You might think being able to hover in place and dip your long, stealthy beak into the sweetest nectar would be enough as a male hummingbird to attract a mate, but it turns out female Costa’s hummingbirds are a little more demanding.Scientists researching the birds have observed unusual flying patterns, in which the male birds produce an unexpected type of song: from their tails.Unlike regular birdsong, the male Costa’s have developed a new way to sing to potential mates.Researchers at UC Riverside used an acoustic camera to record how the birds flew around, observing that whereas most male hummingbirds would dive in front of the females, the Costa’s opted to fly to the side instead.Turns out, it’s sound not speed that they’re trying to demonstrate.By twisting their tails up vertically, by as much as 90-degrees, the birds can cause the outer tail feathers to flutter and create a “song” of their own.
To use an unspecified superzoom on a 1Dx and proud to announce that the house will cost 5700 dollars is a bit like using an Aston Martin for two million, putting a roof box from the auto parts store on it and make a comparison of the load capacity with one much better is a car for two mille when it comes to loading things!A 1Dx is so expensive because it is built to hold in order to take in a war zone, and to always put the focus no matter how fast your subject is flutter past.And a superzoom delivers on image quality, but is a compromise where you get both the short and long focal length in a lens so you dont have to change lenses.He had been able to get a camera that shoots much better for far less money and used the difference to to keep up on a really good fixed lens and been out really much better quality - but it requires well that you can think of longer than the glasses the kids think looks coolast out...
Using the Dart language for apps on Android and iOSGoogle is hoping users will take a bet on its new cross-platform mobile development framework, whose first beta was announced at Mobile World Congress last week.Flutter is based on Dart, an object-oriented C-style language developed at Google, where it was designed by Lars Bak and Kasper Lund.It was first announced in 2011 with the intent to bring structured programming to the web.Google once intended to integrate a Dart VM into its Chrome browser, but in 2015 the team changed tack to focus on compiling Dart to JavaScript so it would run in any web browser.Dart is often compared with Microsoft’s TypeScript, which also compiles to JavaScript and has a similar goal of bringing structured, typed programming to web development and making large applications safer and more manageable.
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It’s 2018, how should you make an app?Yesterday, Google announced the official beta release of its Flutter app development framework (as seen on 9to5Google).See, there are two main paths to app development.“Native” development, where you use the default tools and languages provided by Apple or Google for their respective platforms.There are a million methods to build apps, mostly for two simple reasons:Native app development using official tools is disturbingly difficult.
After being announced last year, Google took to the stage at MWC 2018 to announce a beta release of Flutter, its free and open-source framework for building iOS and Android apps with a unified codebase.The SDK lets devs code their apps in the Dart programming language, and packages them along with a rendering engine, as well as the native code needed to run those apps on Android or iOS.It’s designed to offer top-shelf performance, while also making it easy to create interfaces suitable for both platforms, thanks to included UI widgets for each.Flutter plays nice with a range of IDEs including Android Studio, Visual Studio Code, and XCode, as well as some 1,000 packages like Firebase and Facebook Connect.It also offers Hot Reload, which lets you see changes in your app as you make them, without losing your current state while testing.Since it’s been in alpha from last year, Flutter has already been used to build several apps, including one for Google’s AdWords platform.
Google is almost done with a tool that should help programmers bridge the divide between Android phones and iPhones.It's hard to write software that matches the appearance of both Apple's iOS software and Google's Android software -- one reason developers often hire separate teams and create two versions of the same product.Google, though, is finishing up a tool called Flutter that gives apps a native look for either mobile realm -- or that chucks conventional looks for something totally different.The company announced the release of the Flutter 1.0 beta at the Mobile World Congress show Tuesday.New updates should arrive every four weeks or so as Google and others contributing to the open-source project put on the finishing touches.Flutter could help usher in a wave of fresh-looking apps in an era when lots of mobile software suffers from cookie-cutter similarities.
Flutter is an app development platform that works with both Android and iOS.With one set of code, app developers can create and release apps for both operating systems at the same time.This will hopefully lead to a less fragmented Android experience.One of the biggest issues Android faces is fragmentation.With hundreds of manufacturers creating thousands of devices with different display sizes and hardware capabilities, it’s difficult to control anything in regards to the operating system and its apps.In contrast, Apple controls all iPhones and iPads and has a very limited number of device sizes and capabilities to keep in mind when developing new apps.
As part of its Mobile World Congress release slate, Google's Flutter SDK is hitting beta 1.Flutter is an open source mobile UI framework that allows developers to make super-fast, cross-platform mobile're saying, "Google already has a mobile SDK!You get your app, a new engine to run the Flutter code on, and enough native code to get the Flutter platform running on Android and iOS.Just as a game would ignore most of the existing app framework and ship with its own engine that serves various goals, Flutter apps don't use the existing app framework but come packaged with the Flutter app framework.Flutter is designed from the ground up to hit 60FPS, and, while this might not be a rare thing on iOS, you can immediately feel the difference in Android.
At Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona today, Google launched the first beta release of Flutter, the company’s open-source mobile UI framework that helps developers build native interfaces for Android and iOS.The library is designed to combine the performance and platform integrations of native mobile with the rapid development and multi-platform reach of portable UI toolkits.Flutter program manager Seth Ladd described to VentureBeat how the mobile-first UI toolkit works.“Flutter compiles to native ARM code.It’s also native in that we reach back out to the native platform and let developers bring out the power of that platform.Hot Reload deserves its own explanation: “In partnership with the Dart team and the design of our reactive framework, we let developers make a change to their code, hit the Hot Reload button, and in under a second see that change on their hardware devices, emulators, or simulators,” Ladd explained.
Sounds are the unheralded heroes of movies.They flutter into your eardrums without you even realizing it, and become as crucial a part of the experience as anything else.And nowhere is that truer than in Star Wars, where the sound department has to create sounds for things we’ve never seen before.Throughout the years, you’ve probably heard stories of how the lightsabers got their sounds or similar trivia.Now, ABC News is adding to that Star Wars sound vocabulary.It recently released a 26-minute video called The Force of Sound, which explores sounds in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
UPDATE: We've added a couple of more items to our growing list of Valentine's Day gift ideas – perhaps your dear one's heart will flutter at the sight of the tiny but very useful Google Home Mini smart speaker.We've divided our gift guide into sections to make it easy for you to go through the list that we'll keep updated right through till the big day arrives:This little camera will bring instant frivolity to those special moments this Valentine’s Day.GoPro Hero6 Black action cameraFor anyone who wants to capture their adventures (or misadventures, as the case may be), GoPro has given its latest action cam a massive upgrade that allows 4K 60fps and super-slow-motion Full HD 240fps video capture.Another great beginner DSLR, the Nikon D3400 also has a compact design and comes with a great battery.
There’s plenty of practical, consumer-friendly gear filling the halls of CES each year.Nestled in Clearaudio’s glorious suite at the Venetian, which is laden with more than a dozen crazy-looking wax spinners, the Innovation takes the cake — and absolutely lives up to its name.You can’t help but be a little stunned just looking at this work of audiophile art, but even so, the more you learn about it the more impressive it becomes.For starters, all of those matte, metallic columns supporting the turntable aren’t metal at all.Instead, they’re made from what’s called Panzerholz plywood, which consists of multiple razor-thin layers of birchwood stuck together with a special adhesive, then sprayed with a lacquer, and set between anodized sheets of aluminum.Clearaudio tells us this design allows the turntable to mitigate unwanted resonances and flutter, while the natural material also allows for sympathetic resonances, similar to the way a fine wooden instrument like a violin or cello does.
At least that's true when talking about Samsung's new Q9S TV that will convert anything – even SD content – into eye-watering 8K resolution.Samsung unveiled the television to the world during its First Look keynote at CES 2018, and it was there that we first got our eyes on the new, super-sized screen.What we saw was a TV that did something that would make even the cynical AV enthusiast's heart flutter: it very successfully converted low-resolution content into 8K UHD using the world's most advanced upscaler.While we'd love to tell you more – what type of panel the TV uses, its peak brightness or any other detail beyond its AI upscaling capabilities – but we can't.Despite not having many details on the TV, Samsung has confirmed on numerous occasions that the Q9S is a full, nearly retail-ready television.Samsung hopes to release it alongside the other QLED TVs later this year, but couldn't put its finger on a price point just yet.
Google's $1,000 laptop usually runs Chrome OS, but with the latest Fuchsia builds, you can swap out the browser-based OS for Google's experimental operating system.The development documents describe the OS as targeting "modern phones and modern personal computers," which would seemingly put it in competition with both of Google's existing OSes.Everything is up in the air given the early state of the project, but it seems like a from-scratch rewrite of a modern operating system.The OS doesn't use the Linux kernel—Fuchsia uses a Google-developed microkernel formerly called "Magenta" and currently called "Zircon."The "Escher" renderer is written in the Vulkan graphics API, and seems custom-built to run Google's shadow-heavy Material Design interface guidelines.Apps are written in Google's "Flutter" SDK, which produces cross-platform code that also runs on Android and iOS.
Kids battling cancer can’t always leave the hospital to enjoy the holiday season, so RPA and Honda brought some festive magic into their lives through the power of augmented reality.Working with the Children’s Hospital of Orange County in California, the client and agency delivered personalized get-well cards that contained a fanciful AR experience and heartfelt messages of hope.Error loading player: No playable sources foundEach child uses an iPad to interact with physical cards inscribed with his or her name.Suddenly, the whole room seems to shimmer with icicles and snow.Doves flutter and candles sparkle as a jolly snowman invites the children to join in his games.
A ‘socially irresponsible’ Paddy Power ad has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for implying that it is acceptable to gamble in the workplace.The TV ad, broadcast in August, depicted a bored casino security guard neglecting his duties for a surreptitious flutter with Paddy Power on his mobile phone, which clearly advertised an ‘average daily jackpot of £13,788'.In its defence Paddy Power claimed that rules gave exemption for advertisements set within licensed gambling premises but this line was torn up by the ASA which said: “We considered the purpose of the rule was to prevent ads normalising or condoning gambling in working environments.In that context we considered the exception was included to make clear that although it is acceptable to depict customers gambling in the licensed premises, the licensed premises would be considered a working environment for other people, i.e.“We considered the exception did not extend to allowing the depiction of licensed premises staff gambling in their own working environment.”As such the advertising body concluded that the ad displayed gambling behavior which was socially irresponsible and duly banned it from appearing again - extending a run of bad luck for the Irish bookmaker after its 'racist' Floyd Mayweather campaign was similarly curtailed.
This means that being catfished - talking to a fake profile - or even having your identity stolen by a potential digital love interest are very real dangers.Other services like Guardian Soulmates, a global dating website which was in the news after a data breach in early 2017, features tips onsite and link-outs to ODA - the Online Dating Association.The ODA is an online dating goldmine.Whether you match on Tinder, are messaged on Bumble or get tapped on Grindr, a heart flutter can quickly make way for an empty sinking feeling when you realise you’re talking to a fraud.These verify your identity with either a number or a Facebook profile, sifting through a layer of scam daters.Going a step beyond Facebook searching and dipping your toes into the murky world of cyberstalking could be a necessary step if Facebook fails you.
Virtual reality is pushing further into the mainstream, and we’re really excited about that at Runaway.Not least of which is the constant drive to make VR experiences more seamlessly enjoyable and accessible to as wide an audience as possible.Our as-yet untitled VR team’s release for Daydream by Google is due for launch in December, and accessibility has been a major part of our development process.Three existing, non-VR casual games — Flutter: Butterfly Sanctuary, Flutter: Starlight and Splash: Ocean Sanctuary — followed a similar theme of collecting nature-based creatures in a relaxing gameplay environment.So while this VR project is being designed for a mass audience, we were aware of accessibility issues from the start.We wanted to make something everyone could play even if they couldn’t get out into nature themselves and we wanted our players to be able to experience the game while sitting comfortably in a couch or laying in bed.