Lenovo is all set to launch the world’s first smartphone with Augmented Reality (AR) support in July 2016. Developed under Google’s ‘Project Tango‘, the phone will feature Advanced 3D Motion tracking technology and depth sensors, allowing it to sense its surroundings and navigate through it. Notably, Google and Lenovo also demonstrated the phone’s AR-backed indoor navigation feature at the MWC 2016.
According to the MIT Technology Review, Google has unveiled a Neural Network with “Superhuman” ability to determine the location of almost any image. It is a new artificial intelligence (AI) project, called PlaNet that can determine the location of almost any image without using the geotags. The project breaks photos down to the pixel-level and then attempts to match them with its image library, consisting of 90 million geotagged pictures from across the globe.
Lava has recently launched a Windows 10-powered tablet-laptop hybrid Twinpad at Rs 15,000. The convertible compromises stylus support and a detachable keyboard with a trackpad. The 3G-enabled device features a 10.1-inch IPS display, 2 GB of RAM, a 7,400 mAh battery, 2 MP/2 MP cameras and is powered by a 1.33 GHz Quad-Core Processor.
Google has introduced a new flood alerts feature in India as a part of its efforts to make critical information around natural disasters more accessible to everyone. Available via Google Public Alerts platform, the alerts will be displayed on Google apps such as Google web search, Google Maps and Google Now cards. Clicking on the alert, users will be provided with details about hazards, expected timeline, maps and a few tips to stay safe.
Google will use data provided by the Central Water Commission (CWC), allowing users to find flood alerts along with information on river level for over 170 areas under CWC observation stations.
To celebrate the Safer Internet Day, Google has brought back the free data reward for completing a security audit of your account. A few minutes of your time gets you an extra 2GB of Drive storage for free.
The security check-up is painless and only takes a few minutes. You’ll have to review your account recovery options, connected devices, services with permissions on your account, and 2-step verification settings. The 2GB of storage might not show up in your account immediately, but when it does, it will be there permanently.
Social network Twitter took a first serious step toward addressing its biggest on-going problem.
The Twitter Trust & Safety Council will be a core element of Twitter’s future strategy as the company and its services develop to ensure that “People feel safe expressing themselves” via Tweets.
Announcing the new council, an official of Global Policy Outreach said that Twitter’s existing 320 million strong user base, plus the sheer volume of tweets sent on a daily basis makes it extraordinarily complex to strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking truth to power.
Therefore, the council will attempt to be as diverse and wide reaching as Twitter’s current audience, with groups including Anti-Bullying Pro, GLAAD, EU Kids Online and the Anti-Defamation League among the initial 40 member organisations.
Google has managed to persuade the US government that the tech company’s computers – rather than humans – should be defined as the “drivers” of a growing fleet of autonomous vehicles.
In a significant precedent for Google and other companies developing autonomous car technology, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ruled that the software behind some automated cars should be considered the driver.
The decision was contained in a letter that was sent from the federal agency to Google, now a unit within a wider company named Alphabet.
For automakers, the agency’s ruling is a key step in being able to mass-produce self-driving vehicles and sell them to consumers. On a philosophical level, it’s the most high-profile instance in which a federal agency has said a computer fits the legal definition of a human.
Google has released the next major version of its Android Studio IDE for developers to put through its paces and help to eliminate any lingering bugs ahead of its full debut. Available in the Beta release channel, Google says this version of Android Studio 2.0 “is near stable release quality and should be relatively bug free.”
To be expected from a major release, there are some important enhancements in this release which should make the lives of Android developers much easier. New features include:
- Instant Run – Enables a faster code edit & app deployment cycle.
- Android Emulator – Brand new emulator that is faster than most real devices, and includes a brand new user interface.
‘Instant Run’ is the most notable addition of the new IDE – providing a near-instantaneous method of running your latest code live, and without delay, on the Android emulator to see how it will run on a variety of test devices. Instead of waiting for the whole app to rebuild itself and restart after a code change, Android Studio 2.0 only adjusts to changes that were made.
The Instant Run feature has been available since an earlier build in the more unstable ‘Canary’ testing channel. A new feature in this build is ‘Cold Swap’ which allows your app to quickly restart where there are major structural changes to its code base such as those to the class hierarchy, static initializers and method signatures.
Existing ‘Instant Run’ features include:
- Hot Swap – When only method implementations (including constructors) are changed, the changes are hot swapped. Your application keeps running and the new implementation is used the next time the method is called.
- Warm Swap – When app resources are changed, the changes are warm swapped. This is similar to a hot swap, except that the current Activity is restarted. You will notice a slight flicker on the screen as the Activity restarts.
The emulator itself has a new UI, and supports multi-touch for apps that use gestures like pinch and zoom to navigate around. To use the multi-touch feature, you have to hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and right-click your mouse to center the point of reference, or click & drag the left mouse button to zoom.
Finally, this version of Android Studio 2.0 introduces better app indexing to help put your app in front of more users of Google search. App Indexing enabled the addition of indexing code stubs into an app’s code, but new support for direct URLs to specific content within apps will allow users to go directly to it from Google search results on their Android devices.
The problem is known as “error 53” and has appeared in Apple products before.
The users’ phones were disabled after the Touch ID home button was repaired by a non-Apple engineer.
Apple has confirmed that the error message is a “security measure” taken to prevent fraudulent transactions.
Apple takes customer security very seriously and error 53 is the result of security checks designed to protect the customers. iOS checks whether the Touch ID sensor in the iPhone or iPad correctly matches with other components or not.
If iOS finds a mismatch, the check fails and Touch ID is disabled. This security measure is necessary to protect the device and prevent a fraudulent Touch ID sensor from being used.
Apple is reportedly finalising plans to strengthen its presence in India by setting up 500 stores in the country and focusing on smaller towns and cities.
Though Apple iPhones have sold fairly well in India in the recent past, Samsung still tops the smartphone market in India, followed by Micromax and Xiaomi. “All this will change now. The company is finalizing plans to become a serious player in India, which is being seen as a strategic and one of the most promising markets globally,” an Apple executive told Times of India.
The iPhone 6 has been a massive success in developed countries, which has put Apple on course for a record quarter. Apple ranks number one in terms of the overall smartphone market share both in the US and UK. It has also been a massive success in China, though Xiaomi still reigns as the top smartphone manufacturer there. It recently crossed the $700 billion market cap milestone in the US.
In India, however, Apple lags far behind not making it even to the top five smartphone vendors in the country. Thanks to the huge demand for entry-level smartphones and basic handsets, Apple faces competition from brands like Samsung, Micromax, Karbonn and Lava. To add to that, there are few retail stores that sell Apple products compared with its rivals.
Despite a late arrival to the wearables market, Apple claimed the top spot in terms of device sales, according to new research from Juniper out this week, which stated that the Apple Watch accounted for over 50 percent of smartwatch sales in 2015. Even more impressive is the fact Apple’s Watch only launched at the end of April – meaning it claimed the majority of the market with less than a year of sales under its belt.
Rival smartwatch platform Android Wear earned less than 10 percent of sales in 2015, the report said, even though the software now powers watches made by a number of companies, including Huawei, Motorola, Sony, ASUS, LG, Fossil, and others.
Meanwhile, Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear S2 didn’t achieve strong sales since its November launch, despite being well received, the report also said.