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CES 2018 press day 1: 65-inch gaming TV, short story dispenser, 146-inch modular TV and much more

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The Consumer Electronics Show is officially a go. Sunday, 7 January, was press day 1, and a lot of companies showcased the very latest – some even went old school – technology. There will be one more day for the press before the doors are thrown open to the public. For now, here’s a quick roundup of everything that was announced on day 1.

65-INCH 4K HDR GAMING MONITOR

Nvidia has come out with a BFGD monitor. BFGD stands for Big Format Gaming Display. It’s a monitor that has been built by American technology company Nvidia, with the help of partners Acer, Asus and HP. You may ask why it is Big Format. The answer is because this monitor is 65 inches! It’s one of the largest desktop monitors ever. Essentially, this is a TV built specifically for gamers. It comes with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology. Here’s CNET’s definition of the technology, “employs variable refresh rates to synchronize a display’s refresh rate and gameplay frame rates to prevent artifacts like tearing and stutter”.

This monitor has a 120Hz refresh rate and supports true high dynamic range (HDR) for both games and videos. It has a resolution of 4K. No pricing has been announced as of yet but Nvidia has said that the BFGD will be shipping later this summer.

WORLD’S THINNEST LAPTOP

Acer has kicked off 2018 with the unveiling of the world’s thinnest laptop ever. The Swift 7 notebook comes in at just 8.98mm thick. It is slated to go on sale in April at at $1,699. The laptop has an all-black aluminum design. There is a 14-inch (1,920×1,080 resolution) touchscreen with ultra-slim bezels and 4G LTE connectivity. The only downside is that the Swift 7 packs in Intel’s older 7th-gen processor. With that in mind, the Swift 7 is slightly pricey.

THE SHORT STORY DISPENSER

French company Short Edition has come out with its Short Story Dispenser. It is a slender cylinder and the plexiglass on the top reads, “select your reading time”. There are three buttons atop the cylinder – “1 min.,” “3 min.” and “5 min.”. Basically, you press the button and decide the length of the story you want. A couple of seconds later, an original short story is printed. It comes on thick paper and doesn’t cost a cent.

Short Edition, the publisher that has come up with the machine, inteded for this device to be used as a medium to share the work of its authors to a larger audience. It’s been seen at train stations, airports and hospitals in France since 2016.

At the moment it contains over 85,000 short stories. In fact, Francis Ford Coppola was instantly impressed. He has placed an order for one for his Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco and has even invested in the company.

“A short story is a very good basis for a movie because a short story you read in one sitting and a movie you see in one sitting,” Coppola said.

THE WALL

Samsung doesn’t know how to hold back. MicroLED is what Samsung is calling this TV technology and it might just one-up OLED. Samsung brought with it to CES a huge 4K television that it is calling The Wall. The Wall is the “the world’s first modular TV,” according to the South Korean company. It comes in at 146 inches. It uses the MicroLED technology to produce its picture.

The Wall has a bezel-less design, a la Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones, and says that the “module-based.” design will allow the consumer to dictate just the size suitable for their requirements.

Samsung may not be revealing much about The Wall but it has said this, ”the modular screen can be used to create a wall-sized display, or simply let consumers increase their traditional screen size to suit a new room in the home.”

The Wall, for the time being, is just a concept, but if you listen to the South Korean giant, then you’ll realise just how serious they are. There is going to be a “global launch” later in the spring.

One thing is for certain, for launch, and probably a year or two after, The Wall is going to be one very expensive device.

SAMSUNG’S 8K AI TV

It is time for 8K TVs to become manistream. Samsung has unveiled the Q9S. It is the first 85-inch 8K TV with artificial intelligence.

HEATWORKS COUNTERTOP DISHWASHER

Heatworks and Frog Design have come together to collaborae and bring out Tetra. Tetra is a connected and compact dishwater that dishes out 10-minute, half-gallon cycles. It is powered by Heatworks’ Ohmic Array technology. This technology uses graphite electrodes to heat the water.

This countertop dishwater can be monitored through a companion app and one can adjust water pressure, start remotely and adjust cycle from within that app. It is slated to cost $299 when it comes to retail and will go on sale in late 2018.

HP SPECTRE X360

HP is one of the first companies to bring out a laptop Intel’s new 8th generation Core processors with Radeon RX Vega M GPUs. It’s the same model as last year, with updated internals only. It will retail at $1,369.99 and ship on 18 March.

ANDROID PROJECTOR-BLUETOOTH SPEAKER

Anker has a sub-brand called Nebula. The company is bringing a miniaturized version of its projector to general availability. the Nebula Capsule is an Andorid-based DLP projector. As a bonus, it doubles up as a Bluetooth speaker. It is as small as a soda can. It is now selling on Amazon for $349.99.

THE PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANT IS REBORN

The Psion 5 – a PDA that was in everyone’s hands – from 1997 is getting an update to make it relevant in 2018. It’s the Gemini phone and comes from UK outfit Planet Computers. It comes with modern-day specs – 10-core processor, 64GB of storage, 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and most importantly, a full-width QWERTY keyboard. Right now, it is only available from Indiegogo. The 4G LTE model sells for $599. Wi-Fi only model comes in at $499.

THREE NEW SONY SMARTPHONES

Sony has unleashed a trio of Xperia phone that are primarily targetted at selfie aficianados. Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and L2 feature a camera that can shoot 120-degree selfies at 8 megapixels. The XA2 Ultra allows for 16-megapixel selfies without the wide-angle option. These three smartphones are part of Sony’s midrange lineup. The X2 Ultra, being the highest of them all. These phones will be getting a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. All three phones will go on sale in late January and prices will be announced closer to launch.

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Why Should Your Apps Upgrade To Ios11?

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Apple has been the king of technology that is been providing its iOS using user kingdom the first grab at the latest technology. Whether it is multi-touch, fingerprint sensors, 3D touch etc, Apple has been behind all of it. Apple understands their users and their thirst for using the latest technology and they have been proving the latest technology since Apple was founded. Such latest technological advancement that was introduced by the Apple came to market last year and its name is “iOS 11”.

The new iOS 11 has the latest SDK and API packages for better app functioning. iOS 11 also introduced new architecture updates along with new visual changes. iOS is compatible with the iPhone 5 and the later model of iPhones, iPad mini 2 and the later model of iPads. If you are an iOS app development company then it is time for your apps to update according to the new iOS 11 features.

iOS app development companies around the world are updating their apps according to the new iOS 11 features and architecture. Whether you are building a new app or you have an existing iOS app here are some factors that should consider updating your app to the new iOS 11 system.

Apple app store update

With over 2 million apps on the app store, Apple decided to give their app store a makeover. The app store has changed the way the app store showcases its apps that help the customers discover new apps. App store also offers single app preview which is a video clip that user can watch before downloading the app so the user doesn’t regret the download. If you haven’t added the app preview of your app, this is the time to add it and attract more users.

Apple pay

Apple pay was introduced as a new feature in the iOS 11. It is just like Samsung pay that allows its user to transfer money to other Samsung pay users. Integrating new payment features into your app can ease the process of payment for the user. If you have an e-commerce app on iOS including Apple pay in your app can increase the sales. With the help of Apple pay, the user can send money from debit or credit card. Along with that Apple pay also supports Siri voice commands to pay someone.

Business chat for better engagement with users

Business chat is a powerful tool for engaging with your customers directly on messages. With the help of business chat, you can solve issues and answer questions related to your business, and also complete transactions on their iPad, iPhone, and other Apple devices. The business chat will solve the accessibility issue of businesses and developers. You can integrate this feature into your app for better engagement with the users. The features that Business chat offers can compete with other services because it is integrated across different platform.

Drag & drop features

The new iOS 11 has added a drag and drop feature within UIKit in the complete system across latest iPad and iPhone devices. It gives users an easy and quick way to manage images, videos, audio, etc from one app to another. Apple has introduced view controllers for local and remote file browsing. It is also compatible with third-party apps like Google Drive and Dropbox that makes accessing files from various platforms easy. You can use this features if necessary in your app for enhanced app performance.

Latest Core machine learning

Core machine learning had been included in the previous version of iOS. It enhances the performance with easy integration of new features in your application with just a few lines of codes. A good feature integrated with the help of Core ML can give your app the advantage of recognizing a complex pattern, make intelligent decisions, etc. Apple has also started to focus on having Core ML specifically on their apps such as Siri, camera, and quick type. The new iOS 11 Core ML model can read barcode, face, text, object detection, and landmark detection.

Latest ARKit for iOS 11

The AR has been found in many apps before it was popularized in the market. But Apple has perfected the AR in its new iOS 11. It works much better than its previous version. ARKit is one of the two largest frameworks introduced in iOS 11. ARKit allows developers to include high-end graphics into real-time images. In simple words, ARKit blends digital objects and information with the surrounding environment. Many e-commerce apps have included ARKit features into their apps to enhance the shopping experience of the user.

Apple has introduced iOS 11 in intention to enhance the user experience and it is about time you upgraded your app according to that. Try to integrate one or more feature in your app that is compatible with the new system. Ask your developers that if your app is compatible with the new iOS 11 system. Vrinsoft has the best iPhone developing team that makes sure the app is compatible with the latest features in the market.

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Intel’s 8th-generation chips are almost here

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On the 5th of October, Intel will officially launch its 8th-generation processors into retail and OEM. These desktop chips offer more cores than Intel’s 7th-gen processors did, at a slightly higher power cost and with a small price increase.

Since rival chip-makerAMD brought out its own new Ryzen processors earlier this year that offered more cores at a lower cost, and superior performance over Intel’s 7th-generation processors in certain circumstances, this is a welcome move for Intel fans who’d been hoping Intel would respond in kind.

The additional cores of these new processors offer improved performance in intensive parallel workloads, as well as improved gaming performance when compared directly to the previous generation’s processors. They’re also more overclockable than Intel’s previous-gen CPUs were. Intel says they will offer “up to 40%” of a performance improvement over previous-gen chips.

According to Engadget, Intel calls its top-end 8th-gen processor, the i7-8700k, its “best gaming desktop processor ever”. It’s a six-core, 12-thread, 3.7GHz monster that Intel says boosts some games’ frame rates by “up to 25%” over the i7-7700k, and does 4K video editing “up to 32% faster”.

Other improvements include faster video streaming and recording, tweaks to multitasking, smoother streaming of cutting-edge 4K/10-bit/HDR Ultra HD video, a Turbo Boost speed of 4.7GHz and the ability to push that even further without requiring liquid cooling.

Of course, Intel’s complete line-up includes Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 chips that occupy a wide range of price points, TDPs, and Smart Cache levels. Here’s a quick look at them from Intel’s official product brief:

Something to keep in mind is that these new processors will not run on Intel’s 200-series chipset – upgrading will require the acquisition of a new motherboard featuring the Intel’s new 300-series chipset. So while these processors feature the same pin configuration as their 7th-gen counterparts and thus feature same physical socket, they are incompatible with those older boards. Intel has no plans to issue a firmware patch to change this at a later date, either.

What’s more, the new chipset isn’t dramatically different, either, only sporting things like “improved power delivery for 6-core chips and better support for DDR4-2666 memory”, according to Engadget.

As with every new generation of PC tech, if you upgraded recently, these new products won’t hold much appeal. If, however, you or your business are running older hardware, like 2nd-, 3rd- or 4th-gen processors, these new shiny chips should offer a stunning leap forward in performance and value.

Just don’t forget to grab new motherboards with them, and some DDR4 RAM if you’ve not upgraded beyond 4th-gen.

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Intel’s 8th-gen Core processors won’t be revolutionary

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It’s clearer than ever that the days of tick-tock Intel chip upgrades (new process one generation, new architecture the next) are long gone. Intel has revealed that its 8th-generation Core processors, due in the second half of 2017 will once again be built on a 14-nanometer process — yes, for the fourth time in a row. The company is shy on what these new chips will entail, but it’s claiming that it’ll manage another 15 percent performance improvement (in SysMark tests, anyway) like it did with the 7th-generation Core designs you see now.

AnandTech notes that the upcoming refresh might focus more on the low-voltage U- and Y-series chips you see in very thin and light laptops, just as you saw with the initial 7th-gen processors late last year. That has yet to be confirmed, however.

One thing’s for sure: when Intel’s long-delayed 10nm processors finally do arrive, you won’t see a wholesale switch to the new technology. Intel says that future process uses will be “fluid” depending on the segment they’re targeting, and that data centers will get first crack at these upgrades. Don’t be surprised if the Xeon line gets first dibs on 10nm, then, or if only some mainstream chips make the leap at first.

The decision might be necessary given the challenges of shrinking large CPUs down to a 10nm process, but it’s likely to leave Intel feeling nervous. After all, mobile giants like Qualcomm are releasing 10nm processors this year. While mobile tablets probably won’t outperform most laptops any time soon, this could narrow the gap enough that you might be tempted to skip buying a conventional Intel-based PC in the right circumstances.

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