Technology Sector

Apple’s new iPad Pro is aimed at anyone still using an old PC

Apple’s new iPad Pro is aimed at anyone still using an old PC

Last week, Apple Inc’s marketing chief Phil Schiller said that the new iPad Pro of the company is aimed at the ones who still use an old PC. So far, there isn’t any assurance over whether Apple’s iPad Pro can withstand that promise or not. Firstly, it doesn’t have some tools that are must for PC-like work, mainly a mouse or a trackpad.

Moreover, Apple will reduce the utility of the tablets by making it harder than it must be for workplace software creators to earn money via its App Store.

As there is much competition in this field with competitors including Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., in the race to come up with hybrids of tablets and PCs that can work as both, Apple has missed a golden chance to dominate the touch-based world it led with the iPhone.

Nintendo has no plans to stop production on Wii U gaming console

Nintendo has no plans to stop production on Wii U gaming console

On Wednesday, Japanese newspaper Nikkei said that Nintendo is going to cease production on its Wii U gaming console for clearing the way for the approaching Nintendo NX console.

According to Nikkei, the main reasons behind Nintendo’s move to cease production on the Wii U would be fading popularity and poor sales particularly knowing the massive success of its predecessor, the Wii.

As per the reports, the development of the console is difficult because of the Wii U and its tablet-like controller’s unique nature. The company would apparently be planning to clear inventory for making space for Nintendo NX.

Linux Foundation launches Open Mainframe Project for Companies Using Mainframe Computers

Linux Foundation launches Open Mainframe Project for Companies Using Mainframe

The Linux Foundation announced on Monday the launch of Open Mainframe Project. According to the non-profit technology trade association, the project is an open source endeavor that could provide help to those companies that use mainframe computers.

The new project has been driven by International Business Machines (IBM), which is the major supplier of mainframe computers. It has also announced to join hands with Canonical to design a Linux mainframe that runs Ubuntu Linux.

It has been about 15 years since Linux has been operating on mainframes. While talking about the new project, Jim Zemlin, executive director at the Linux Foundation, said the project is the result of increasing demand.

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Pod Design Competition receives more than 700 entries

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Pod Design Competition receives more than 700 entries

The Hyperloop pod competition hosted by CEO Elon Musk's space exploration company SpaceX has received more than 700 entries ever since its announcement Monday.

The competition has been scheduled for June 2016 and seeks to find the perfect pod design for the futuristic Hyperloop test track that will be built adjacent to the SpaceX headquarter in Hawthorne, California. The pod is the part of the Hyperloop people actually ride in.

The sign-up process is simple and interested parties can simply sign up on the competition page of the SpaceX website.

Musk's electric car company continues to pump out high performance cars that Silicon Valley lusts for. He first made his proposal for a 700-mph human transport system public in 2013.

Blackberry in Collaboration with IBM and Samsung launches ‘Secutablet’

Blackberry in Collaboration with IBM and Samsung launches ‘Secutablet’

Secusmart, a Blackberry-owned company, has recently partnered with IBM and Samsung in order to create a new, secure tablet. The tablet, named Secutablet, is based on the Samsung galaxy 10.5 and runs on Samsung hardware, the firm revealed.

Secusmart further said that the additional security offered by the new tablet aims at businesses and governments. But it said that some less protected social media and video platforms can also be used on the device.

The Secutablet which is also compatible with Blackberry 10 is presently undergoing security certification at the German Federal Office for Information Security. Also, IBM's app wrapping technology has provided the new tablet with extra layers of security.

Now, futuristic furniture that can charge your smartphones

Now, futuristic furniture that can charge your smartphones

London, Mar. 01 - A new range of futuristic furniture has been developed that can charge smartphones, which that will bring an end to wire-filled rooms.

Swedish firm, Ikea, has become the first in the UK to launch a revolutionary range of furniture with built-in wireless charging spots, the Daily Star reported.

The phone-boosting fittings include tables, lamps and bedside cabinets. The new range will go on sale next month with prices starting at 30 pounds. (ANI)

Ericsson files lawsuit against Apple over alleged patent violation

Ericsson files lawsuit against Apple over alleged patent violation

Washington, Feb 28 : Apple has been slapped with a lawsuit by Ericsson over alleged violation of 41 patents that essentially apply to iPhone and iPad sales.

According to Tech Crunch, Ericsson, the pioneering wireless technology has filed suit against Apple both with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

The company has claimed in the lawsuit that these include patents related to 2G and LTE tech and also non-standard patents dealing with software and component hardware design, the report said.

Ericsson has requested the barring of sale of Apple devices in the filing.

The move is seen as an attempt by Ericsson to seek damages from Apple. (ANI)

Tim Cook says Apple Watch could replace car keys in future

Tim Cook says Apple Watch could replace car keys in future

Washington, Feb 28 : Apple CEO Tim Cook has hinted at the possibility of Apple Watch replacing users' car keys.

According to Tech Crunch, it's a powerful use case to propose because it's immediately apparent that if one already has an Apple Watch for the benefits of notifications and communication it offers, migrating the functions of other dedicated gadgets with similar radio and sensor loadouts to the wearable makes a ton of sense.

He says that a car key fob is not far from being a reality and that very little work would be required in that front. (ANI)

Google scraps ban on sexually explicit content on Blogger

Google scraps ban on sexually explicit content on Blogger

Washington, Feb 28 : Google has changed its decision to ban sexually explicit content on Blogger as it might have a negative impact on users who post such images to express their identities, said a post on the company's product forums by Social Product Support Manager Jessica Pelegio.

According to the Verge, the company earlier banned porn and other sexually explicit images from its blogging platform and had given users a time period of 30 days to comply or get banned from hosting public blogs.

Pelegio wrote that rather than banning the content, the company decided to step up enforcement around the current policy that prohibits commercial porn .

She said that they received feedbacks from users regarding the retroactive enforcement of the policy.

Youtube for android now allows users to trim videos before posting

Youtube for android now allows users to trim videos before posting

Washington, Feb 28 : The Youtube app on Android devices has been updated with a new feature that now allows users to trim videos before uploading it to the web.

According to the Verge, the update is rolling out currently but it might not be live for all users as yet.

The new feature lets users set the beginning and end points of the video with control points on the timelines when they start uploading.

The app requires users to shoot the video in the "portrait" format. (ANI)

World's first 3D-printed jet engine created

 World's first 3D-printed jet engine created

London, Feb 27 : Australian engineers have recently created the world's first jet engines with the help of 3D-printer.

The work of engineers and researchers at Amaero Engineering and Monash University, located on the outskirts of Melbourne, could lead to cheaper, lighter and more fuel efficient engines, the Independent reported.

The engines were created using a high-powered laser, fusing powdered nickel, titanium or aluminium into the shapes of objects layer by layer. (ANI)

Facebook to allow users to define their gender themselves

Facebook

Washington, Feb 27 - A year after Facebook introduced preset custom genders like "cisgender" or " transgender," it has now started rolling out a new version of its custom gender field where users can type in any word to represent their gender across Facebook.

While the earlier feature allowed users to choose their gender from a set of pre-defined options, they will now be able to define their gender themselves. The version although populates suggestions as you type but you can choose any word and then a pronoun to represent yourself on the platform, reported The Verge.

Japan Airlines to expand WIFI services

Japan Airlines to expand WIFI services

New Delhi, Feb 27 : Japan Airlines will be expanding its in-flight WIFI services for customers.

Since 2012, Japan Airlines has been offering in-flight services with Boeing 777-300ERs.

The airline will start expand to include Boeing 767-300ERs and Boeing 787-8s Wi-Fi service in Europe, North America and long-haul Asia routes from March 3 under the theme "Embrace new Challenges".

The service will be applicable on Boeing 767-300ERs under which nine planes have been scheduled for the financial year 2015. For Boeing 787-8s, three planes are scheduled in financial year 2015.

The service will be continued for more Boeing 787-8s for the financial year 2016.

Apple enjoyed 89 pc of smartphone profits in Q4 last year

Apple enjoyed 89 pc of smartphone profits in Q4 last year

Washington, Feb 27 : Apple enjoyed 89 percent of all smartphone profits in Q4 last year.

According to Tech Crunch, Strategy Analytics said that Apple in Q4 last year accounted for 89 percent of all smartphone profits, equating to 18.8 billion dollars, with Android taking only 11 percent, or 2.4 billion dollars.

It is reported that other platform players like Microsoft, Blackberry and Firefox did not make profit at all.

Neil Mawson, research director for Strategy Analytics, named Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi as "three big profit drivers" for Android.

He said that Samsung is the Android giant that delivers most of Android's smartphone profits worldwide, adding that the company accounted for well over half of all Android smartphone profits globally in Q4 2014. (ANI)

High speed 5G internet may be available by 2020

High speed 5G internet may be available by 2020

London, Feb 26 : Scientists are testing the speed for 5G service for the first time, and it may available sooner than you thought.

By 2020, it may just be possible have recording-breaking speeds to mobiles, where you can download 100 movies in just 3 seconds, the Daily Star reported.

Researchers at the University of Surrey managed to record an incredible one terabit per second speed during a recent test, and this service is around 65,000 times faster than current 4G speeds.

5GIC director Professor Rahim Tafazolli, said that they had developed 10 more breakthrough technologies and one of them means we can exceed 1Tbps wirelessly.

Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

San Francisco: Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on smartphones running on the company's Android software.

The technology unveiled today launches Google's attempt to turn Android phones into the digital hub of people's personal and professional lives. The expansion will pit Google Inc against Microsoft Corp and BlackBerry Inc, which have been focusing on the corporate market for years.

Google will also be battling its biggest rival in mobile computing, Apple Inc, which forged a partnership with IBM Corp last year to build more iPhone and iPad applications tailored for businesses and government agencies.

Samsung leads Indian tablet market in 2014, but losing grip: CMR

Samsung leads Indian tablet market in 2014, but losing grip: CMR

New Delhi: Samsung is still the leader in Indian tablet market with 19.2 per cent share in 2014, but the Korean electronics giant's grip on the segment is slipping, CyberMedia Research (CMR) said on Wednesday.

Overall, the tablet market in India fell by 9.2 per cent to 3.89 million units shipped in 2014 as compared to 2013, it said in a statement.

Of this, 1.93 million were 3G tablets, representing 49.7 per cent of the total shipments and the segment grew at 43.5 per cent as compared to 2013, it added.

"Samsung maintains lead with 19.2 per cent of the total shipments, but shows a decline in market share. Datawind and Micromax emerge at second and third spots, respectively," CMR said.

Besides, mainstream IT vendors like Lenovo, HP and Dell made significant inroads, it added.

Microsoft brings virtual keyboard concept to Band hardware

Microsoft brings virtual keyboard concept to Band hardware

Washington, Feb 25 : Microsoft is reportedly introducing the concept of wearable keyboards to its own Band hardware.

According to the Verge, Microsoft's Band has become a lot more useful for Windows Phone users, thanks to a new Cortana-powered dictation mode for replying to texts and the addition of a virtual keyboard.

It operates exactly like a standard QWERTY keyboard.

Microsoft is resorting to its Word Flow software from Windows Phone for accurate detection of letters and words. (ANI)

Reddit to ban naked picture, sex video posts without permission from people being depicted

Reddit to ban naked picture, sex video posts without permission from people bein

Washington, Feb 25 : Reddit, the online message board known for its users' unrestrained posts, is going to restrict people from posting naked photos and sex videos from March 10 onwards if they do not have the permission from the people being depicted in them.

According to PCWorld, the move comes under the revised privacy policy that will be into effect from the next month.

Under the new ban, affected people can write an email to the company on contact reddit com to remove the offensive photos or videos.

Reddit has a following of nearly 160 million users who can express themselves with various degrees of anonymity to communicate about any topic.

'Pebble Time' smartwatch breaks all Kickstarter records making 5 mln dollars in just 30 minutes

'Pebble Time' smartwatch breaks all Kickstarter records making 5 mln dollars in

Washington, Feb 25 : Pebble has introduced a new smartwatch called "Pebble Time" on kickstarter that has made five million dollars in just half an hour from pre-orders.

The company's repeated success has started a debate that it is too successful to turn to a crowdfunding site.

According to Tech Crunch, it has a week-long battery life and features a slimmer and sleeker design.

The hardware has a full colour, always on e-paper screen. It is 20 percent thinner than the original Pebble and supports customer watch faces but the emphasis is now shifted to notifications.

The smartwatch is named 'time' because time is the central idea on the device, eschewing individual apps in favour of a timeline that displays most pressing notifications.



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