Samsung SmartThings Hub and sensors Photograph: SamsungThe Internet of Things – where seemingly ordinary devices connect to each other and the internet to make them more than the sum of their parts think fridges that know when you re out of milk and then order more for you – is still more a concept than a reality for many.Samsung s SmartThings hub hopes to be that central pin that connects them all.Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the GuardianIt supports home-network based devices, plugging into your router to control them through fixed or Wi-Fi networks, as well as two of the most broadly used wireless home-automation standards, ZigBee and Z-Wave.It means that the Hub can talk to almost every product currently available on the market that doesn t use an isolated proprietary system.
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Getting into the smart home hardware business, today Google debuted Google Home, a voice-activated home automation system, at the firm s annual developer s conference, Google I/O 2016.We ve had a few teasers over the last few months and Recode previously reported that Google has been working on a portable speaker containing a built-in voice-activated assistant for the whole family in a prototype called Chirp.Mario Queiroz, VP of product management, introduced Google Home, stating that it lets you enjoy music and entertainment, manage every day tasks and Ask Google what you what to do, via a voice assistant.Consumers will be able to request music in specific rooms or request multi-room playback.It ll not only answer your queries and organize your life, Google Home promises to connect your other smart home devices: lights, thermostat, switches and – of course – Google s own Nest devices, with Querioz predicting that in the future it will control things beyond the home, via the voice assistant function.Apple, Microsoft and Google all have voice-activated assistants, but up until now, they ve been limited to mobile devices.
To fulfill the artistic impulse to connect with and replicate that old-time flair, Alien Skin s Exposure X $149 is available as a standalone photo filter or plug-in to Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, offering myriad presets and variations.Exposure X stylizes a scene for a distinctive look by simulating both old and modern films with 15 categories of color and 12 categories of black and white in familiar brands like Agfa, Kodak, Fuji, and others.The Autochrome filter harks back to a color process developed in 1907, which combined layers of dyed potato starch grains on glass plates.Alien Skin applies scientific analysis to older and discontinued films, microscopically analyzing film grain to deliver characteristic looks.As of this version, Exposure X doubles as an organizer, letting you import images directly from your camera card and view images in their existing folders and locations without importing them into the app.No matter how many edits you apply to an image nothing will permanently change unless you export and save it as a new file.
Here you can peer into the lives of some of Facebook s global community of 1.65 billion users.But don t expect too much – a random look through feeds late Wednesday showed a guy staring blankly at his smartphone camera, a shaky POV of a motorcycle journey, a person buttering toast, and a guy in a youth hostel eating noodles.Blue dots indicate the location of a stream, and hovering your mouse over it connects you to the feed.These point to where current viewers are located around the world, though maybe Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will look at them as an indicator of how well he s succeeding in his quest to connect everyone on the planet.Live Video s interactive map should certainly boost traffic for the service, as before the only way you d know if a user was broadcasting live was via a notification, meaning you had to already be following them.Facebook knows there s money to be made here – users reportedly watch live broadcasts for three times longer than recorded video, and post 10 times more comments.
The map automatically pulls up a notable livestream that has a bunch of viewers, and also shows where a video is being watched using threads that connect a video visually with dots on the locations of its viewers.Called Facebook's 'Live Map,' it's simple and straight forward to use -- pull it up and click on a blue dot.Hover over it, and you'll get a small window as well as threads connecting other viewer's locations so you can get an idea of where people are watching.The left-side pane shows a primary video — at this very moment, it s a Cosmo editor getting her first tattoo, if you re curious — as well as some other options below it that, when clicked on, will bring up the video.It seems like the high-end of live viewers are topping out in the high-thousands, with the top video in the pane having about 8.5k viewers.It's exactly what it sounds like -- a way to watch or broadcast live videos on Facebook's platform much like you'd find on Periscope.
Google Home will be available later this year, executives said, for an undisclosed price.The company showed off the small, cylindrical device in white, but it will feature bases in custom colors.Google Home being held by Mario Queiroz, vice president of product management and a member of the Chromecast team.Mario Queiroz, vice president of product management and a member of the Chromecast team, said that Google s aspiration was to make Google Home useful in one of the most enjoyable places in the world: your home.You ll also be able to set alarms, manage shopping lists, and connect to your smart home, including Nest products.Google promised that you ll be able to monitor its Home progress via Google.com/home.
How to use USB connector on Galaxy S7 and S7 EdgeOne of the most useful accessories you get along with the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge inside the box is the USB connector or on-the-go adapter.Data transfer seamlesslyUnlike the traditional way of transferring data – such as contacts, music files, videos, photos and more that is sent to a computer and then uploading it to a phone – Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge provide users an easy way to transfer data.You would see a new window appear on the phone, allowing you to select files you want to transfer.Connect keyboards to your S7The on-the-go adapter allows connecting your S7 with a keyboard to offer PC-like typing experience.Flash drive filesUsing the adapter you can also read and share PowerPoint, Excel, PDF and other file formats from USB flash drives.Just use the on-the-go adapter to charge your S7 using the battery power from another phone.
Google Assistant Finally Turns Google s Voice Commands Into a Helpful, Intelligent ConversationGoogle has excelled at voice commands for a long time, but now the voice commands are going anthropomorphic.If you want to narrow it down to kid-friendly movies, you can say We want to bring the kids.Google Home Will Compete With Amazon Echo, Bring Google Assistant and More Into Your HomeAndroid N Still Doesn t Have a Name, But You Can Suggest OneGoogle isn t content letting Amazon be the only one with a smart gadget sitting in your home awaiting your voice command.Google Home will also be able to connect to smart home devices like light switches and speakers to allow you to control your smart home with simple voice commands.A new beta-quality version of Android will be rolling out soon for users in the Android Beta Program.The smart money is that Allo and Duo will eventually replace Hangouts, but Google isn t saying right now.
The newly trademark and license agreement means that the newly formed company HMD Global will create a new generation of mobile phones and tablets with the Nokia brand. HMD is also planning to buy the right to use the Nokia brand of simpler phones, so-called "feature phones", from the American IT giant Microsoft, which took over Nokia's mobile phone business in 2014, according to a press release from Nokia. The company receives exclusive rights to manufacture mobile phones and tablets with the Nokia mark the next ten years and will invest more than $ 500 million, over four billion, over three years, according to the press release. Behind the HMD is the venture capital company Smart Connect, led by Nokia veteran Jean-Francois Baril. HMD will be an independent company in relation to Nokia, which will neither invest in or hold shares of HMD. But Nokia will have one of five chairs in the HMD's board and check that the work responds to what Nokia sees that consumers' expectations of the brand in terms of issues such as design and quality.
It takes about four minutes for a Fujifilm Instax Mini shot to develop.I tested a mix of analog cameras, and even some digital printers that work with your smartphone, to find the best options for BBQ and bridal shower alike.Fujifilm s Instax Mini film is about the size of a credit card and costs around a dollar a shot, sold in 20-packs.I haven t felt so cool walking around with a gadget since I had the original iPhone.Even better, share the pairing code at your party, and anyone with the app can connect and print.The printer uses Zink—as in zero ink —paper.
It is very likely that the HMD includes Foxconn Global power circuit. HMD Global says on its website that the company owns a fund called Smart Connect and HMD's management. The fund in turn leads to acquisition of Nokia's director of the year 1999-2011 worked as Jean-Francois Baril. essential HMD-organization of is the fact that he is established in early 2015 Ginko Ventures, the venture capital company called founder and shareholder. Ginko and Foxconn are still not HMD's owners, says the company's communications Britain to hand the attending representative of the Office of Communications. Story updated 17.39 Foxconn comment on a post.
Credit: PhilipsCome June, Philips will release its BDP7501, a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player with HDR high dynamic range support.This and similar players, such as Samsung s UBD-K8500/ZA and Panasonic's DMR-UBZ1 should free high-resolution video from the problems associated with broadband streaming.Most new TVs—even inexpensive models such as TCL s P-series Roku TVs—deliver 4K UHD resolution, and many offer HDR, as well.Streaming video tends to be more compressed than disc-based content, compromising image and audio quality.Luckily, players such as the BDP7501 should help with that.One is audio-only and is intended to connect to a receiver not yet capable of handling HDMI 2.0 audio.
Government plans to introduce broadband USO, reform communications code and implement driverless car framework all confirmed in state opening of parliamentThe government has confirmed plans to introduce a 10Mbps universal service obligation USO and reform to the Electronic Communications Code ECC to make it easier for communications providers to rollout broadband and mobile phone infrastructure.As detailed in the Queen s speech, a new Digital Economy Bill will give every household the right to demand the new USO, but might have to contribute financially to the cost of connection in the most remote areas.BT has already indicated a willingness to help deliver the new USO, but industry body techUK has warned against using the USO to connect the final five percent and has urged the government to look at other measures such as removing barriers to investment and further public subsidy.The legal mechanisms of the proposed USO allow for the speed to be increased – something other companies have urged the government to do in the future.Communications providers have generally welcomed the proposals to reform the ECC.They long called to have the same access to sites as the level enjoyed by utilities firms, claiming the cost of upgrading and deploying new infrastructure was too expensive because of the rents demanded by landowners.
As enterprises embark on their digital journeys, APIs are often used to connect the fast pace of digital innovation with the more stable system of records.There are two stark differences between the world of APIs and the world of ESBs:You might ask, all of this sounds great, but the proof of the pudding is in its eating, right?We classified the over 30 different types of policies that our customers use into four broad categories, and, within them, whether they represent exposure or consumption concerns the same broad category can have both exposure and consumption policies .Lack of chaining patterns in APIsI also looked across more than 9,000 production-deployed APIs to discern whether they call other APIs, or whether they call target systems directly.Apigee has all the capabilities for exposure and API chaining, of course, and it is often used for microservices and chaining calling patterns, but the current dominant patterns are consumption and light orchestration.When the goal is speed of implementation, the Apigee platform, with support for Java, Node.js, and Python, is perfectly suitable for orchestrating services and mashing up content.
Back in 2011, unable to cope with competition from Android and iOS, Nokia famously switched to Windows Phone as the operating system for its smartphones.Now Nokia Technologies has granted HMD global Oy -- a new company based in Finland -- exclusive rights to make Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets for the next ten years.HMD plans to spend $500m over the next three years to support the global marketing of Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets, funded via its investors and profits from the acquired feature phone business.After the deal with Microsoft is completed, Arto Nummela will become HMD's CEO: he has previously held senior positions at Nokia and is currently the head of Microsoft's mobile devices business for Greater Asia, Middle East and Africa, as well as heading up Microsoft's global Feature Phones business.Branding has become a critical differentiator in mobile phones, which is why our business model is centered on the unique asset of the Nokia brand and our extensive experience in sales and marketing."HMD is owned by Smart Connect LP, a private equity fund managed by Jean-Francois Baril, a former Nokia executive, as well as by HMD management.
Such at least is used to connect the solar panel into the electrical network. In fact, the lithium-ion battery is made so expensive, that it put the money gets back only the market price of electricity by exploiting fluctuations. Suvilahti sudden changes in the electricity network will, for example when accelerating metro station or clouds cover the solar power panels. Rapid battery is a joy not only to the national grid company Fingrid in Helsinki also responsible for the power supply to power systems Helen. Helen's development manager, the battery can be used to solve problems involving old recipe has been added to the cables and transformers to increase. Both companies, it is believed that when the battery price, they will become the cheapest way to take care of at least some of the tasks related to the electricity grid for fine-tuning.
Google's Android Wear smartwatch platform is now two years old and Google is recognising its maturity at the Google IO keynote by finally bringing out a sequel: Android Wear 2.0.It's evolving the platform for even better experience, starting with any watch face that can show data from any app, so you can mix and match styles you love - calorie count and tasks together in one app.The better news for fitness fans is Google will now allow apps to talk to one another - so if you bring in calories in your nutrition app, you can offset that with your running app.You'd assume that both would have to connect into the Google Fit framework, so it's just another service you'll need to be logged into - but if that's ubiquitous across apps on Android, that's a great move.So if you have a cellular connection on the watch, you'll be able to get instant access to all the apps without having to worry about the phone's status - so it looks like we'll be seeing more watches with inbuilt 3G / 4G connections inbuilt.However, there's nothing announced that doesn't seem to hint that we can't use the current range already.
It s generally agreed that optical fiber is the most effective way to transmit an internet connection — but the costs of setting up this infrastructure are often prohibitive.Things like online gaming, HD video uploads, and some VR and AR experiences require strong upload capabilities as well as brisk downloads, so a healthy symmetric data speed is only going to become more vital in coming years.The speeds achieved in these tests are only possible over relatively short distances, so it would only be used to connect individual households with the street-level network.However, this should still prove to be a major benefit — that s generally the most expensive part of the process, so switching out fiber for XG-CABLE could well make robust internet speeds accessible to far more homes.XG-CABLE is still being referred to by Nokia as a proof-of-concept, and is obviously still a way off practical implementation.Still, the project looks set to be a potent tool in the struggle to improve internet infrastructure without costs becoming prohibitive.
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.Two of the biggest names in the smart home market are joining forces.Smart home device manufacturer WeMo has announced that it is now taking part in the Works with Nest program, which means WeMo devices will now be able to work with the Nest thermostat, reports Tech Hive.The Belkin-owned WeMo creates several smart home devices such as switches, lights, cameras, and appliances.If the user is not home, then the thermostat places itself into "away" mode to save energy.With this new integration, WeMo devices in the smart home would also shut down whenever the Nest thermostat places itself into away mode, and then turn back on when the Nest thermostat senses that the user has returned home.Quirky's announcement that it was filing chapter 11 bankruptcy — and selling off its smart home business, Wink — highlights this well.At its current state, the smart home market is stuck in the 'chasm' of the technology adoption curve, in which it is struggling to surpass the early-adopter phase and move to the mass-market phase of adoption.There are many barriers preventing mass-market smart home adoption: high device prices, limited consumer demand and long device replacement cycles.Multiple smart home devices within a single home form the basis of a smart home ecosystem.Currently, the US smart home market as a whole is in the "chasm" of the tech adoption curve.Currently, there are many networks, standards, and devices being used to connect the smart home, creating interoperability problems and making it confusing for the consumer to set up and control multiple devices.But however you decide to acquire this report, you ve given yourself a powerful advantage in your understanding of the smart home market.