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At its "#SeizeTheMoment" event in New York City today, drone maker DJI announced its newest device, called the DJI Spark . The company said that the new drone is its "smallest, smartest, and simplest" drone to date, and was built to capture moments on the go that bulkier drones might miss out on. The drone lifts from the palm of the user's hands and can be controlled through hand gestures, without the need of a smartphone. Following an initial launch, Spark enters Gesture Mode which lets users move the drone in any direction by guiding it with their hand, while waving will push it back ten feet, and creating a square with your fingers will capture a photo. To call it back, users just have to wave their arms over their head, then place their palm out so it can rest. The company designed the drone to be light, weighing about 10.6 ounces, so it can be carried around easily on a daily basis, with a total flight time of 16 minutes.
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German hackers have successfully broken the iris recognition authentication in the Samsung Galaxy S8 using equipment that costs less than the price of the smartphone, according to ArsTechnica . Hackers with the Chaos Computer Club used a digital camera, a Samsung laser printer, and a contact lens to achieve the feat. The hack involved taking a picture of the phone owner's face, printing it out on paper, carefully placing the contact lens on the iris in the printout, and holding the image in front of the locked Galaxy S8. The video shown above was posted by the hackers to demonstrate the process in action. The photo doesn't have to be a close-up shot, although using night-shot mode or removing the infrared filter helps, according to the hackers. The hack comes despite the fact that both Samsung and Princeton Identity, the manufacturer of the authentication technology, say iris recognition provides " airtight security " that allows consumers to " finally trust that their phones are protected ".
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Images of the new Nokia 9 have been leaked online, which teases the first high-end phone from HMD Global. It’s not yet clear if this leak is “accidental,” but it did create hype for the new Android phone from Nokia. The phone itself was encased in a thick blue screen, which some tech news sites agree covered much of the details of the boxy gadget. However, some of the images do lend credence to earlier speculations that it will come with dual 13-megapixel cameras, 4K recording, as well as LED flash. There seems to be a USB-C port at the bottom of the gadget and a 3.5mm headphone jack, which seems to indicate that the Nokia 9 wont be competing against the newer iPhones in that regard. Underneath, the phone will have a 5.3-inch, 2560 x 1440-pixel QHD display, with 4GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage. The Nokia 9 will allegedly be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and will run on Android 7.
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Just seven months after the launch of its Daydream View, Google has introduced the latest evolution of its virtual reality (VR) headset. Unlike Daydream View, where the user needs to be attached to a smartphone or computer, this new device can operate without a cable connection. The standalone headset was developed in collaboration with Qualcomm, which designed the product, wrote Clay Bavor, vice president for Virtual and Augmented Reality. The search engine giant also partnered with HTC and Lenovo to work on the VR space and mobile and computing, respectively. Bavor mentioned that they will be using WorldSense technology for positional tracking. “The headset tracks your precise movements in space – and it does this all without any external sensors to install,” he explained. “Standalone headsets don't require a phone or PC. Instead, getting into VR is as simple as putting the thing on,” Bavor added.
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The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a genuine flagship smartphone. It boasts a market-leading 4K display, the latest high-end power under the hoodand Sonys professional photography heritage, including super slow motion capture, round the back. Theres a lot to like about the XZ Premium on paper but a feature-packed spec sheet doesnt always produce the top-notch experience weve come to expect from high-end smartphones. Sony is still stuck in a bit of a design rut, and its struggling to compete with the might of Apple and Samsung, while the likes of LG, Huawei and Motorola continue to offer stiff competition. The Xperia XZ Premium is Sonys chance to put itself firmly back on the smartphone map, but has it succeeded? Lets find out. Sony Xperia XZ Premium price and release date 649 (around $800, AU$1,100) SIM-free On sale early June This will likely come as no surprise, but this is not a cheap phone.
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Google Photos is already impressive, and now its going to do what we thought was impossible before: removing distracting objects that stand between you and an awesome photo. Machine learning is how Google was able to remove a chain-link fence that marred a photo of a child playing Little League baseball. Its an impressive new height of Google Photos. Googles AI capabilities have taken hours of Photoshop toiling and turned them into an automatic process. Were giddy to see the time-saving results. We dont often turn off our smartphone, but when it reaches 0% and shuts off, it can be very aggravating to wait to boot it back up. Same goes for planned restarts. Google heard your pleas and has worked on speedup up boot times with the Android O update. Its promising that boot times will be twice as fast on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.
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Video recording is excellent; footage is rich with detail, and the intelligent design means the motion of the drone itself which can become quite aggressive at times, especially when moving at speed doesn't impact the stability of the video. Lower resolutions are also available, and still photos look fantastic too. During flight it's possible to change elements such as the white balance, ISO and exposure things that industry professionals are almost certain going to want to do, as even when set to automatic mode the Inspire 1 sometimes doesn't pick the best settings for every situation. Recorded videos can be downloaded directly to your smartphone in 720p resolution for easy editing and sharing, but the raw video files and photos are stored on a microSD card that's housed in the removable camera. The review unit we had came with a 16GB card, which fills up pretty quickly when shooting lots of 4K video; thankfully, it's possible to upgrade to a higher capacity card for not much cash.
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Because we're spoiled and don't appreciate amazing technology unless it's immediately convenient, some tech pundits are dismissing VR in favor of AR, but the fact is that we're still years away from easy to use AR glasses. For now, mainstream AR is limited to your smartphone, like most other apps. However, a team at Microsoft Research is looking to speed up the progress on wearable AR devices and have introduced a prototype as proof. SEE ALSO: HoloLens system uses augmented reality to aid spinal surgery Before Snap can turn its Spectacles wearable camera into a vehicle for its augmented reality app filters, Microsoft's team presented a pair of glasses on Friday that use near-eye displays to produce holograms to the wearer. Read more... More about Virtual Reality , Vr , Wearable Tech , Augmented Reality , and Ar
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She was one of the few women working in sound design during the 1970s and here she talks about a long career, from appearing on Letterman to how she ended up making the famous Coke noise It might not seem so much of a stretch any more, but imagine spending your entire life in a tempestuous relationship with a machine. Not a sleek smartphone or tablet – we’ve seen how that can escalate in Spike Jonze’s Her. Instead picture a tapestry of tangled multicoloured wires, knobs and buttons, a bulky modular synthesizer otherwise known as the Buchla. Suzanne Ciani has spent much of her career testing the limits of one of these cumbersome instruments. So dedicated to its oscillating drones, burbles and bleeps did she become that has jokingly referred to the Buchla as “her boyfriend”. At times that affair was “traumatic”, she says now, down the phone from her studio in the Californian coastal enclave of Bolinas, sounding like both Marilyn Monroe and a Woodstock hippie.
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A New Way to Pay A variety of new payment methods, processors, and banking tools that use smartphones will revolutionize the way we use moneyparticularly for small businesses and developing countries. Polish futurist Piotr Turek stated in an interview with Thomas Frey that, in less than five years, smartphones, watches, and other devices will replace credit/debit cards, wallets, lenders, stockbrokers, and insurance agents.” So, what technologies and enterprises are acting as a catalyst to a cashless, cardless society? Sumsung Pay, Apple Pay, and Google Pay — to name a few. Numerous technology giants are launching mobile payment and banking applications that only require the user to have a smartphone to pay for products. Start-ups, which include B, Starling , and Monzo (which raised £1 Million in 96 seconds in its crowdfund during March, 2016) have also had success in the sector.
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9) Standalone VR Headsets New #Daydream standalone headsets from partners like @htcvive won't require a phone or PC. #io17 pic.twitter.com/7TpYPJGEdUGoogle (@Google) May 17, 2017 Google is no stranger to the world of VR. It started with Cardboard, some might say, and expanded into more advanced and expensive headsets. Now, in partnership with HTC and Lenovo, Google is developing its first standalone VR headset. What does that mean, exactly? Previously, becoming fully immersed in Google's VR experiences required the power of a computer or smartphone. Now, using something called WorldSense technology, these new standalone headsets can "track your precise movements in space," according to VRScout , "without any external sensors to install." Until Next Time Well be keeping an eye on all things Google, including the rest of the big announcements from I/O 2017.
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Enlarge At Google I/O today, the company announced that it is expanding its Daydream VR program from the existing phone holster to a new platform based on standalone headsets, complete with positional tracking. Qualcomm is working on a "reference design" for the generalised platform, while HTC and Lenovo will have the first consumer units ready for later in 2017. On stage, Google VP for VR Clay Bavor said, "We asked, 'how can we take the best parts of smartphone VR and create a kind of device with an even better experience.'" Unlike the existing Daydream holster, which is just a felt-covered, head-mounted container for smartphones, the standalone Daydream headsets have "everything built right in: no cables, no phone, certainly no big PC," said Bavor. This lets Google and hardware makers customise the displays, optics, and sensors to be perfect for virtual reality, he said. Read 8 remaining paragraphs | Comments
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Paul Briden 18/05/2017 - 8:52am Google CONFIRMS it is doing standalone VR headsets after all. Plus, BIG update for its AR plansAKA Google Tango Google's annual Google I/O developer conference kicks off this week and ahead of the event whispers have emerged that the firm plans to unwrap a standalone VR headset. Now, this isn't the first time we've heard of a standalone VR headset from Google. Following the launch of the Google Daydream View VR headset, rumours emerged that Google was planning a standalone VR headset that wouldn't require a smartphone, PC, or console to operate; it would carry its own processing power and software capable of running VR applications. Turns out those rumours were true... Google’s DayDream View headset was kind of a proof of concept for Google, a means of showing the world that you could do VR on a budget (and with a phone).
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Google today kicked off its annual I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, beginning with a keynote where the company announced Google Assistant for iPhone, new Google Home features including the ability to stream Apple Music via Bluetooth, and new photo sharing features in Google Photos. Google Assistant on iOS As it was rumored earlier this week , Google today confirmed that its AI helper Google Assistant will be coming to iPhone soon as its own standalone app. This way, users will be able to chat with Google and gain access to all of its interactive features without needing a Pixel or Android smartphone. The company also announced that Google Assistant will be gaining new features including chatbot abilities and integration with a new technology called Google Lens, which enhances a smartphone's camera with AI learning. As an example, Google showed a demo where a user took a picture of a business's sign, and gave them reviews, menu items, friend check-ins, and more.
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No special devices are required for these applicationsstandard smartphone photos are sufficient. Software makes 3D maps of buildings in real time ETH spin-off Parquery, that has emerged from the VarCity project, also uses this technology. The company developed a parking management system that works exclusively with cameras installed near parking spaces and does not require parking space sensors. The computer evaluates the video data in real-time and recognizes cars, so it knows which parking spaces are free and also whether a car is parked across two spaces. This system was first used in the Swiss city of Locarno, with further projects in over 30 cities in Switzerland and abroad. The ETH spin-off UniqFEED uses the methods to identify perimeter advertising and individual players during television broadcasts of sports events, allowing it to calculate how long they are visible during the broadcast and to personalize the perimeter ads for various user groups.
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If you've ever wanted to try your hand at a spot of TARDIS-piloting, then today is your lucky day. On Wednesday, the BBC announced the launch of a new 360-degree Doctor Who mobile game. SEE ALSO: Here's the Doctor Who/Mr. Men mashup you never knew you needed Doctor Who Time Vortex 360 basically involves you waving your phone around to dodge rocks and and collect power-ups as your flying police box zooms through the universe. Here's a trailer for the game: You can play the game on a smartphone or tablet by heading over to the BBC website . Happy time-travelling. WATCH: If the Doctor had a bad day on 'Doctor Who' Read more... More about Gaming , Uk , Bbc , Mobile Phone , and Doctor Who