2.3.17

YouTube launches streaming TV service



YouTube will soon offer a streaming TV service for people who don't want to pay for traditional cable. 


Google launched YouTube TV on Tuesday, which will cost $35 a month and offer access to content from broadcast networks as well as YouTube. 

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said people around the world watch one billion hours of YouTube content each day, and younger generations don't want to consume television through traditional channels. 

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20.2.17

6 steps to saving on your cell phone plan

saving on your cell phone

When it comes to choosing a cell phone plan, the choices just got a lot more interesting. In just the past week all four carriers have all revamped their plans with a focus on unlimited data.


But just because unlimited is hot now doesn't mean it's right for you. Here's how you can make the most of your cell phone plan.

The next iPhone could have a bigger display and more battery

The next iPhone could have a bigger display and more battery

While the iPhone 8 isn’t going to be announced until September, this week has been packed with rumors on the upcoming device. And it looks like the display is going to be the main star of the show.


Rumor has it that Apple is going to announce three new devices — two new versions of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, and a new high-end device that could cost more than $1,000. And it looks like the rumors around the display are for this mysterious “iPhone Pro” model.


Arrest of Samsung’s Lee may not affect smartphone business in short term

smartphone business


The arrest of Samsung Electronics’ vice chairman Lee Jae-yong on Friday in South Korea may not have a direct impact on the company’s high-profile electronics business, including its smartphones unit, according to analysts.


Samsung announced in 2012 the promotion of the executive, also known as Jay. Y. Lee, to his current formal position at Samsung Electronics. But he is largely seen as the de-facto leader of the Samsung Group, running the business on behalf of his ailing father, Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-Hee.
He was arrested on charges of bribery as part of an alleged corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye.

17.2.17

Wireless power transmission safely charges devices anywhere within a room

Wireless power transmission

A new method developed by Disney Research for wirelessly transmitting power throughout a room enables users to charge electronic devices as seamlessly as they now connect to WiFi hotspots, eliminating the need for electrical cords or charging cradles.




The researchers demonstrated their method, called quasistatic cavity resonance (QSCR), inside a specially built 16-by-16-foot room at their lab. They safely generated near-field standing magnetic waves that filled the interior of the room, making it possible to power several cellphones, fans and lights simultaneously.



9.2.17

Google wants to use Chrome to suck you into virtual reality

Google wants to use Chrome to suck you into virtual reality

 Google says it's now time to marry two computing realms: the web and virtual reality.


Its latest version of the Chrome browser includes a technology called WebVR, which lets programmers create websites that present the computer-generated 3D worlds of virtual reality. If you're into VR, you might appreciate the promise WebVR holds for expanding what you can do with a device like a Google Daydream View or a Facebook Oculus Rift VR headset.

That's because, in principle at least, WebVR makes it easier for developers to create a single VR experience that'll work across many VR headsets instead of having to create a separate version for each device. It's an extension of how a single website can span your laptop, Android phone or iPad tablet.


8.2.17

Google Play listing shows how you'll pay on Android Wear


Google Play listing shows how you'll pay on Android Wear


Google is hoping the release of Android Wear 2.0 will push more people toward smartwatches, and one of the key pillars of that strategy is Android Pay. 


Ahead of the launch, it has (perhaps accidentally) released some screenshots on the Play Store that show how it'll work and look. At supported retailers with an Android Pay or contactless logo, you simply hold your NFC-equipped Android Wear watch next to the terminal until it's approved. It'll then detail the latest transaction in a list, and you can scroll to see your recent history.

In other words, you'll get the ability to pay like a boss from your wrist instead of digging around for your phone, a feature Apple Watch and Samsung Gear S3 Watch users have had for a while now. However, there's a catch -- your smartwatch must have an NFC chip, and no current models do, so current owners are out of luck. Thanks to a leak, however, we know that LG and Google are set to release two models, the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style. We also know that Android 2.0 itself is coming in early February, thanks to a developer letter.

The screenshots and other tidbits confirm that LG's watches (and possibly others) and Android Wear 2.0 itself should arrive imminently. Once that happens, we'll likely learn other details, like whether you'll even need a phone with you to pay with Android Wear (some models reportedly have built-in LTE) very soon.

you'll even need a phone with you to pay with Android Wear


source: engadget.com

6.2.17

Lenovo's latest Android tablet is really a budget laptop

The Yoga A12 could be better than an entry-level PC in the right circumstances.




The tablet market is increasingly skewing toward laptop replacements, but what if you want a replacement for a low-cost laptop? Lenovo thinks it has the answer. It's introducing the Yoga A12, a 12.2-inch tablet that's really a budget convertible laptop for the Android crowd. 



Think of it as a lower-priced but larger alternative to the Yoga Book. You won't find the earlier model's pen input or Windows 10 option, but you'll still get a very portable design (it's 0.21 inches thick at its slimmest point) that can fold into a slate when you're watching Netflix, or a laptop when you need to get work done. The trick, as with the Yoga Book, is a flat touch-sensitive keyboard that eliminates some of the usual physical bulk. We found the Book's keyboard hard to get used to, but it might be easier on the A12's larger, more comfortable surface

The A12 still has an Atom x5 chip powering things, although Lenovo has cut the memory and storage in half to 2GB and 32GB respectively. You'll also get a 13-hour claimed battery life. This is clearly meant more for browsing and the occasional productivity app than someone intending to use the tablet as their main computer. You might not mind so much when you see the price, though: the new Yoga will start at $299 when it goes on sale February 8th. That's just inexpensive enough that it could be a compelling alternative to a conventional entry-level laptop -- it doesn't have the performance or software of Windows portables, but it'll be easier to carry and more flexible.


Lenovo's Yoga A12 is super-slim budget version of the Yoga Book


Lenovo's Yoga Book was received well by internet, with many praising its unique and innovative design, but criticising the software. The Chinese company is back again with a new Android tablet that builds on the Book's success, the A12, with a larger screen and a modified version of Android on board.

The A12 has a 12.2-inch screen, with an Intel Atom x5 chip, 2GB RAM, and 32GB storage inside. Sadly, there's no pen input here, and no option for Windows 10 or Chrome OS. However, the key draw is the halo keyboard pioneered on the Yoga Book, and the now-expected 360° hinge. The 12.2-inch screen should help with the feeling of cramped space on the original Book, and at 5.4mm thick at the tablet's slimmest edge, and weighing under a kilogram, it's certainly portable. It runs a modification of Android which has a hybrid multi-tasking UI, comprised of three panes for apps, although Lenovo have declined to state exactly which version of Android the A12 runs.

The Lenovo Yoga A12 will be available on February 8th in gunmetal grey or rose gold colors. It costs $299 for the base model, and will be for sale on Lenovo's online store.



source: Lenovo
            engadget.com


4.2.17

iOS cracking tools reportedly used by FBI released to public

iOS cracking tools reportedly used by FBI released to public
Last year, the FBI ordered Apple to help crack the iPhone 5c owned by Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the 2015 attacks in San Bernardino. Apple refused, and the FBI reportedly worked with Cellebrite, an Israeli firm that specializes in mobile security. According to a statement from Celelbrite last month, a hacker breached one of its legacy servers. Now the hacker has released some of that data as a warning to the FBI.
The data released includes code that seems to relate to Cellebrite's Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED), and can allegedly crack older iPhones like the 5c as well as Android and Blackberry devices.
Speaking anonymously to Motherboardthe hacker explained that simply creating these tools makes their release inevitable, where they can be used by anyone with technical knowledge, including oppressive regimes around the world.
"It's important to demonstrate that when you create these tools, they will make it out. History should make that clear," they told Motherboard.
The ReadMe files on Pastebin.
Claiming to have taken the tools from Cellebrite's own servers, the hacker says they were able to get into the encrypted files and post them on Pastebin, a popular code repository. Some of the code seems to have been lifted from publically accessible jailbreaking code, as well.
A spokesperson for the firm told Motherboard that the files did not include source code, only packaging information.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the time that creating this type of "backdoor" software would be "terrible for public safety."
While the currently released cracking tools do not include ways to break into current device models, the warning is clear: Once made, tools like this don't stay private for long.
source: engadget.com