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The new Samsung A8s could be our first look at the Galaxy S10's notchless 'hole-punch' display
If you’ve been following along with the Galaxy S10 rumors, then you know Samsung is planning something very different for its 2019 flagship: A display with a hole in the front rather than a notch. And we may have just gotten our first look at it.Samsung has taken the wraps off the Galaxy A8s, a mid-range China-only phone that’s likely to cost hundreds of dollars less than the Galaxy S10. However, the two phones might not look too much different: the A8s is the first phone to feature Samsung’s new Infinity-O display, a near-edge-to-edge screen that has a small hole in the right corner for the selfie camera, rather than a notch. At 6.4 inches, it has a bigger screen than the 6.2-inch Galaxy S9+ but without the bulk of a camera-hiding strip above the screen.To read this article in full, please click here [...]
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Rumour has it that Google Pixel 3 Lite could hit the market soon
As leaked images have been popping up here and there on various blogs about the potential existence of a Google Pixel 3 Lite and Lite XL, Steve H.McFly (aka @OnLeaks) and 91mobiles, a team that's been accurately forecasting upcoming tech for years, recently claimed to have some official details and created a render to match. [...]
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Xiaomi and Honor kick off the race for pixels
The first smartphones featuring 48-Megapixel cameras are scheduled to launch in 2019. — RoBeDeRo/IStock.com pic via AFP BEIJING, Dec 11 — After competing on who has the most cameras — with the new LG V40 ThinQ packing in no fewer than five — get ready to see smartphone makers ramp up the pixels. After Sony and Samsung unveiled new record-breaking 48-Megapixel smartphone image sensors, certain Chinese manufacturers are already announcing their first models equipped with the new breed of pixel-packed cameras.Xiaomi CEO Lin Bin was first off the mark, taking to the Weibo social network to post a photo of the back of a new smartphone supposedly featuring a 48-Megapixel image sensor. He gave no further details on the model in question, other than that it'll be available in China from January 2019.Honor has been more upfront about its upcoming model. The Huawei subsidiary has already officially released various details about its forthcoming View 20, due to be unveiled in China on December 26, 2018, then launch globally in Paris, January 22.This smartphone notably gets the 48-Megapixel smartphone sensor developed by Sony (the IMX586). Image processing will be facilitated by the powerful Kirin 980 processor, already used in the Huawei Mate 20. Today at #HONORArtology we announced the industry-first 48MP rear camera with Sony IMX586 sensor to herald a new era of smartphone photography. #HONORView20 pic.twitter.com/VOohETQSS7— Honor Smartphone (@Honorglobal) December 10, 2018Note that the Honor View 20 also promises a truly borderless and notch-free display, with just the circular front-facing camera visible. A “Link Turbo” system also promises to combine the power of 4G and wi-fi for maximum throughput.This is evidently just the start of what's to come, with Sony, Samsung and Huawei no doubt the best-placed smartphone makers to quickly join the trend for extra-high-definition cameras. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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This AI neural network chooses to name cookies Walps and Fluffin Coffee Drops
Turns out, a neural network names cookies way differently than people do. — YinYang/Istock.com pic via AFP SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 11 — Research scientist Janelle Shane used an artificial neural network called textgenrnn and hundreds of cookie recipes to predict what cookies are likely to be called.Janelle Shane is a research scientist who plays with neural networks like, textgenrnn. This one in particular, which she wrote about in the blog AI Weirdness, “tries its best to imitate any kind of text you give it.”Whether you give it a dataset of paint colours, band names, or guinea pig names, the network will try to predict appropriate combinations of letters and words that fit into a specific category. When she gave textgenrnn 1,228 American cookie recipes to predict dessert names, she received an interesting collection of outputs. I trained a neural network on 1,228 types of cookies and apparently these are what cookies sound like to it.https://t.co/YS8vbgWiyz pic.twitter.com/ommtYtAMAs— Janelle Shane (@JanelleCShane) December 7, 2018To the neural net, the names don't mean anything. As Shane described, “it's just picking letter combinations that seem likely to it.” Earlier when she fed textgenrnn a list of paint colours, the programme suggested Stanky Bean, Stargoon, and Turdly...I'm not sure anyone will be looking to paint their bedroom Turdly anytime soon, regardless of how appropriately organized those letters are for a paint colour.Though it's fun to see what textgenrnn outputs for cookies, maybe we should stick to naming them ourselves for now, otherwise we may end up with some Hand Buttersacks. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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Alexa gets location-based routines and reminders     – CNET
In its latest round of feature updates, Amazon invests Alexa with the power of location awareness, expanded timing controls and more. [...]
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Acer expands PC range with new all-in-one, Chromebook
Acer Malaysia general manager of products, sales and marketing Chan Weng Hong (left) and senior product executive Soo Yun Sin (right) with the newly-revealed Acer commercial products. — Picture courtesy of Acer Malaysia KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 — If you’ve held out until the end of the year to wait to do your gadget shopping, Acer has a few new options if you’re looking for a new PC or laptop.There’s a new mini PC in the Acer Veriton N4660G, that supports 8th-gen Intel Core processors as well as the Acer Veriton Z4660 which is an all-in-one laptop optimised for business use.In the TravelMate series, Acer is bringing in the TravelMate X3310 that offers 15-hour battery life, extra durability and a more user-friendly design.Been waiting for a new Chromebook? Acer’s Chromebook Spin 13 comes with the i5-8250U that offers more power while being energy-efficient. It also comes with a Gorilla Glass screen for its 13.5-inch QHD display as well as 360-degree dual-torque design.An interesting add-on is a Wacom stylus to add more functionality to the laptop.The Acer Veriton N4660G desktop is priced at RM2,899 for the i3 version and RM3,399 for the i5. As for the Acer Veriton Z4660G all-in-one, it is priced at RM2,899 and RM3,199 respectively for the i3 and i5 versions.You can already purchase the Acer Travelmate laptop for RM4,099 and the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 for RM3,599. The newly-announced products area already available from Acer online stores as well as official retailers. [...]
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China says rejecting physical cash is illegal amid e-payments popularity
China's central bank on Monday warned that rejecting cash as a form of payment was illegal, saying that such practices could eventually could cause the loss of confidence in physical money and was unfair to those not accustomed to electronic payments. [...]
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Australia anti-encryption law rushed to passage
A newly enacted law rushed through Australia’s parliament will compel technology companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google to disable encryption protections so police can better pursue terrorists and other criminals. [...]
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Bose puts world’s first audio AR platform into a pair of shades
Bose has created sunglasses with integrated audio AR platform. — Picture courtesy of Bose NEW YORK, Dec 6 — The new smart Frames by Bose are sunglasses, a personal audio device, and an audio AR wearable all in one.Bose revealed its latest product on Tuesday: Frames is a pair of UV-blocking AR sunglasses based on an earlier prototype that can replace your wireless headphones and smart device.     View this post on Instagram         The sound you love. Made to wear. Swipe ➡️ to meet Rondo and Alto. #BoseFrames U.S. only. Coming soon globally.A post shared by Bose (@bose) onDec 4, 2018 at 9:04am PST Rather than featuring visual AI like you may expect from a pair of specs, the Bose Frames support audio-based augmented reality.So, the wearer will be provided with audio information via open-ear headphones integrated into either side of the frame.They’re smart enough to know where the wearer is (when connected to their smartphone) and which way they are facing.For instance, if you’re looking at a historical statue, you can “listen to a renowned speech ‘pinned’ precisely to the famous person,” or if you’re trying to understand a sign in a foreign language, the glasses can vocally translate the text for you.Of course, this is a launch from Bose, and so a device with audio features also comes with music compatibility.In fact, because the sunglasses can track and understand your head movements, you can use simple head nods to control your playlist which can play for up to 3.5 hours straight. Sunglasses. With a soundtrack. Meet the new #BoseFrames. https://t.co/q0GeTd6GZ4 pic.twitter.com/QrZogRTTs8— Bose (@Bose) December 4, 2018 Additional gestures can provide you with even more information: looking up can tell you the weather, and looking down could tell you which restaurants are on your present street in case you’d rather hear about your possibilities instead of walk farther to see for yourself.Thanks to a built-in microphone, you can speak with the glasses and take phone calls, but only if you’re willing to have the conversations be audible to those around you; after all, “open-ear headphones” is another way to say speakers.The specs come in two “universal” styles and will be available in the US for US$199 starting in January, but you can preorder a set now. Global market availability is expected for Spring 2019.— AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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