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Jun 26, 2019
Lightyear announced the launch of the Lightyear One, an electric car with five square meters of solar panels on the roof and hood that will charge the car up to 12km of range per hour, providing 450 miles of total distance with one charge of the built-in battery. The solar cells in the car are claimed to be 20% more efficient than regular electric vehicles and are safe-kept with glass cells. The Lightyear One can also be charged through a plug-in method, supporting up to 60kW of fast charging. The car was designed by a group of engineers at the University of Eindhoven, who had won the World Solar Challenge in previous years.
Jun 26, 2019
For those who wish to know flight information on the go, TripIt is now compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, making all TripIt-enabled devices hands-free. Users can now pair the voice assistants to a companion app to enable all TripIt devices work in chain with Alexa or Google Assistant. TripIt provides any travel information from flight time of arrivals or departures as well as the weather of the destination. TripIt Pro is the paid-for-subscription version that has more extended information about the flight or other travel inquiries. The Pro service is available for $49 and can be bought at any time during the use of the app.
Jun 26, 2019
According to a leaked memo from Google offices, employees protesting at Pride parades with an official party of the company would be breaking the Code of Conduct. Google employees are allowed to protest or march by their own accord but are forbidden to do so if they want to represent the company, especially if they wish to protest against Youtube due to recent controversies. LGBTQ groups within the company are calling the decision hypocritical since Youtube is known for having a free-speech, something that Google apparently doesn't mean to backup for its employees. Youtube is currently looking at their harassment policies in order to address the multiple complaints made by LGBTQ groups.
Jun 26, 2019
Users on the beta test for Apple's iOS 13 are reporting that any Apple device can now work as a portable game console with built-in support for Xbox One and PS4 controllers. In order to work with the iOS 13, the controller must have Bluetooth support; all DualShock 4 controllers have it while Xbox controllers need to have the specific feature. The Apple TV will work a streaming device which can be paired with both gaming systems. The PS4 Remote Play feature is also compatible with the OS, making stream play possible in an Apple device. Microsoft has also been working in a similar system with third-party app OneCast, which works with iOS 13 and Xbox controllers.
Jun 26, 2019
One of the largest chip manufacturers Broadcom is under an antitrust investigation by the European Commission after the company allegedly made exclusive contracts with clients to lock out competitors. The investigation began after it was reported that seven companies had an exclusivity agreement with seven different brands, which effectively suffocates innovation from other brands. Some of the equipment under investigation are the chips used for modems and TV set boxes as well as chipsets made for WiFi and Ethernet hardware. Broadcom has stated that the company is fully compliant with the EU guidelines and has not broken any rules set by the organization. The Federal Trade Commission has also started an antitrust investigation.
Jun 26, 2019
Google is enabling a new feature on the Chrome browser for users to set a three-month or eighteen-month period, which will automatically delete the browser history. The feature comes after many privacy petitions by regulators regarding data tracking from different ad companies that violate user privacy. The option was previously available as a manual action that users had to look for. Google also stated that even if the person forgets to set a period, the browser will automatically delete the data after the 18-month mark. The tracking preferences will still be available for manual interaction for users to personally handle and monitor.
Jun 26, 2019
Argo AI, a company founded by Ford, is giving $15 million to Carnegie Mellon University to make a self-driving car start-up center to create and improve research projects on self-driving technology which could lead to deploying of AI vehicles worldwide. The center will focus on creating AI software that will let cars 'think' on how to best perform on different types of environments as well as providing a cheaper alternative on self-driven cars than other companies like Uber and Lyft and other car companies. Ford is already testing small fleets in different cities in the US to see how plausible it is to expand the technology to other parts of the world.
Jun 26, 2019
Back in January this year, the paparazzi agency Xclusive-Lee sued model Gigi Hadid after she posted one of their photos on her Instagram profile. Hadid filed for dismissing this month citing that she was entitled to the copyrights of the picture since she had purposely smiled and posed for it, making her a creative contributor. According to her lawyer, she did 'fair use' of the picture, by cropping it and later posting it. She is also not making any commercial profit from the picture, something that many paparazzi agencies claim they have the right to profit from if used by other people. Instagram could revise the copyright policies of the website that would significantly impact the celebrity community.
Jun 26, 2019
Youtube announced in a blog post the implementation of new changes to the recommendation section on the website. The company is making these changes after several controversies over harmful content showing up in the recommended feed for multiple users around the web. A topic section will now be available with various categories of videos like DIY or gaming content, which the user can select as videos that would like to be recommended. The algorithm will take care of suggesting videos based on the history of chosen topics. A new 'Don't Recommend' section will also be available for users to select which topics or videos they don't want to see.
Jun 25, 2019
Following the announcement of Microsoft's new Xbox console called Project Scarlett at this year's E3, tech experts began wondering what happened to last year's announcement of the company on new consoles for the upcoming years. In this year's E3, fans were expecting the announcement of at least two consoles, since there were rumors of a low-end console called Lockhart that would accompany Scarlett. Microsoft's gaming CEO addressed the rumors saying that Project Scarlett is the only console the company is focused on bringing the xCloud gaming feature which is the long-awaited on-cloud streaming that will allegedly have over 3,500 games to play. Developers were disappointed since many were making games compatible with the Lockhart specs.
Jun 25, 2019
A group of artists and encoders have creates the Bye Bye App, an app that erases people from pictures using algorithms. The app uses an object detection algorithm called YOLO (You Only Look Once) that analyzes a shape and proceeds to take it out of the picture. The app doesn't do a seamless job; it often leaves parts of the person behind or remains of blurred pixels. The creator of the app Damjanski, says the app is built to work on a 'post-human' world, where humans are not essential in pictures anymore. This type of software has been similar in recent years with apps like Snapchat and Instagram known for offering similar filters.
Jun 25, 2019
A patent filed in 2016 shows an Apple Watch with a camera embedded at the end of the Watchband that could potentially solve the issue of adding a camera to any smartwatch. The camera is placed at the end of the band as a latch that the user can freely move to find the best angle to take a picture. The patent shows that the camera could be dual, meaning the camera can be used in rear and a selfie mode. Other smartwatches have tried to include a camera on the device, but so far it has been proven unsuccessful, like the Samsung Galaxy Gear.
Jun 25, 2019
T-Mobile announced the launch date of their 5G service in six cities of the U.S. which will be supported by the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. On June 28th, customers will be able to use the new connectivity with the S10 5G but only in limited areas in the cities of Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and New York City. The carrier will be able to use the millimeter wave (mmWave) that it developed; the reception of the connectivity will only be available outdoors due to the inability of the mmWave to penetrate objects. The technology will not be compatible with lower frequencies, leaving 4G and LTE behind.
Jun 25, 2019
Amazon announced its new 4K Fire TV with Dolby Vision support under the $1,000 price tag. The TV is built by third-party manufacturer Toshiba, and it's a joint project with Best Buy which will sell the TV exclusively besides Amazon. The TV will come in three formats of 55, 50 and 43-inch displays that will cost $449.99, $379.99 and $329.99 respectively. The inclusion of Dolby Vision is the most outstanding feature; it gives an HDR format that has a wider color palette and better highlights than other TVs without the feature. Usually, only premium-priced TVs can offer the technology, but with Amazon's new launch, that will no longer be the case.
Jun 25, 2019
Youtuber Winston Moy put the new grater of the Mac Pro to the test with a block of cheese on the 3D-printed design of the chassis piece. As expected, the part didn't do a great job of reducing the cheese to slices, which is something that many wondered about after Apple showcased the Mac Pro at their WDCC conference. Besides from testing the chassis on its cheese-grating skills, the design of the part can be closely seen, and many tech experts noted it is a brilliant invention; the chassis is made to cool down the system letting the wind from the inside and outside circulate through the entirety of the equipment.
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