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Microsoft unveils four Surface computers and a new folding phone
"Big surface event panos pumped mega pumped screens folding cameras. Improved walk straight yet. So there was eight devices into an update to the so basically the context of this is mike. Smith has a bunch of new surface devices for windows eleven so they will drop in on october fifth and they also have an android successor for the surfaced u as a substitute so got surfaced. Pyrite which. I think. I wrote before they still announced but this is the kind of one. We've been waiting for years. Kind of minas ov- redesign but some Screen changes and internal changes. Fundable this stuff. So that was kind of expected and then really minor change. The surface pro acts as a wifi modal. That was kind of like okay. Cool that's happening. Then the surface go free again. Might changes Prices up upgrades this stuff. So yeah k- cool. We kind of expected that. As well. And i guess the surprise Surprise we were expecting a new surface book. But it's the surface laptop studio so replace but team that sort of name and like the way they did it but basically it's a complete redesign at the surface book. So gone is the detachable display. Which i guess i didn't like pessina and a faint everyone Questioned is it full. I don't think the surfaced laptops g necessarily has a good answer to who is it for either but the the actual design is essentially if you remember the odor acer laptops with the the screen folds for almost pulls food or hatred. Folio they post on. It is kind of that design. So it's not really like the unique design that you would expect from the surface of us. That's kind of like myself really focused. Previous who has been very unique hinges and stuff is like a kind of unique hinge in that sense for the overall designers. Yeah it's like one of those crazy eight laptops that we saw many years ago just looks a lot better and more refined
Xiaomi Unveils Its Own Smart Glasses
"Xiaomi plans to launch their own smart glasses challenge facebook's ray band stories powered by a quad core arm processor and running android. The device will take photos with a five megapixel camera and also display notifications messages provide navigation translate texts in real time and even make calls with the wearables built in mike and speakers. All this is expected to weigh fifty one grams slightly heavier than facebook's mark losses and no price or release date has been
Apple Facing M1 MacBook Cracked Screen Class-Action Lawsuit
"Have you suffered from a cracked screen on your m one mac folk cold the law offices of mcguachie. Oh and hristo actually. Don't call their offices but do know that they're leading a class action lawsuit over the issue. Apple insider says the suit follows an investigation by the law firm and to easily cracked macbook screens that accuses apple violating various warranty consumer protection and false advertising laws. According to the complaint. These problems often develop while the class. Laptops are closed. Many class laptop owners have reported that they first observed cracking and or display malfunction when opening their devices from close position others reported their screens cracked as they adjusted the screens viewing angle in an ordinary manner. The reasonable consumer would not expect such activity to damage their device. Let alone caused an obscured display and or screen. Crack that impairs the functionality. Oh no the gun. Get sued apple insider says the lawsuit which demands a jury. Trial seeks a declaration that the mac book screens are defective. Various damages to the plaintiffs in class and attorney's fees and costs among other prayers for relief.
Razer Says Its New Mechanical Keyboards Have ‘Near-Zero’ Input Latency
"Are you a razor keyboard band. Unlike the razer keyboards. I i do. I've got one in the office. I don't game just like the tactile feel of those particular keyboards. Any become the closest to matching the tactile. Feel keyboards that. I've used for years from hp All those keyboards of mine have basically died on the vine but razor says this new mechanical keyboards have a near zero input. Latency for gamers. The huntsman be to his option has optical switches and an eight thousand hertz polling rate so Again if you're if you're game or you probably like these a lot But i do like the razer keyboards you do. Pay a heavy price for them. They're very expensive. And what is this gonna cost. One hundred eighty nine dollars is what it's gonna cost for that keyboard so not in inexpensive investment but for gamers out there any competitive advantage with a little bit faster. Click will definitely Will pay off the
GoPro Unveils the Hero10 Black
"Launched the hero ten black action camera able to shoot up to five point three k at sixty frames per second as well as four k. Up to one hundred twenty frames per second and super slow mo two hundred forty frames per second at two point. Seven k with a fifty dollar a year ago pro subscription users can upload videos directly from the camera to the cloud while charging the hero ten blackhawks four hundred ninety nine dollars or three hundred ninety nine dollars with a go pro
The Apple Watch Series 7 Is Here
"Joining us is our resident wearable guru scott stein. Welcome scott. hey thanks router so. The apple watch com got buried underneath the attached for the new iphone thirteen. And that's natural. Most folks are going to gravitate towards the phone. But it's notable because it actually got a redesign. How is the series. Seven different from previous innovations. Well it's weird because all the rumors have been pointing towards something really big in terms of the design. And what we got was not a big redesign. It looks mainly got a larger screen. Which happened with the series four. So it's another bump up in reducing the basil's it curves a little around the edges which is interesting for apple because they don't really play with that much but we've seen things like that and other devices otherwise it looks exactly the same and then all the claims after that are about things like durability in faster charging what were your initial impressions It doesn't seem like you were that impressed. No i totally was not impressed. I was pretty letdown for me. It's that it looks like apple. Knows they have a successful product and they are kind of sitting a little still with it and to. I miss the days. When wearables experimented more. I think that the landscape right now is is looking at a lot of new Health tech and sensors samsung's galaxy watch for the pit sense. Admittedly a lot of these may fall flat. And you know they're weird body analysis. I don't need that The stress sensor. But i also think apple's behind on things like sleeps sleep tracking Being able to maybe pull more with the optical heart rate sensor temperature which could be used potentially for competitors do things like wellness readings and readiness scores. So yeah let down
Apple Fitness+ Is Coming to 15 New Countries With New Types of Workouts
"I said yesterday that today. We had some of apple's other tuesday announcements you know the things they announced both our services related i. The company has adding workouts functionality. And more countries to apple plus a piece from tech crunch runs us through that on the new workouts. The p. says apple is adding pilot as a collection of workouts. Meant to get folks ready for snow season than winter sports. And they're adding guided. Meditation every day says tech. Crunch fitness plus will add guided meditations that focus on gratitude. Mindfulness and calming these experiences will be available in both video and audio form and could pose competition to apps like head. Space and call
Will Facebook's Ray-Ban Smart Glasses Make People Uncomfortable?
"Look so good in these ray vans and you could catch the envious stares of people who can't believe how good you look because these glasses are built through a partnership with facebook. They allow you to take photos and share video via cameras in the frame. It's the latest attempt by silicon valley to reap bundles of money by using tech to make classes more than glasses. Google and snap have also attempted it. We here at marketplace tech are a camera shy group and the prospect of many more cameras makes us nervous. Susan landau is a professor of cyber security and policy at tufts university. She says there's a reason we'd be uncomfortable. We're always different when we know we're being recorded if i'm walking down the street with a good male friend of mine i might have them on the back. I might even put my arm around them or they might do that to me. Sort of thing that were completely comfortable with. I wouldn't be uncomfortable with my husband knowing it but getting recorded about it. I i would feel edgy. I was a behavior that i just one do. Could this potentially be useful. I mean i have a co worker. Who says that She's bad with remembering faces and was wondering if this might help you know her. Keep track of that. Of course that would be useful I'm also that with remembering faces and and of course it would be useful to have. I have one colleague whose partner would a whisper tour. That so-and-so and That seems more friendly way to do it. So yeah there's certain instances where it would undoubtedly be useful but in any tool that collects data You have to ask. Is the benefit worth the cost. Facebook says the glasses have been built with privacy in mind. The glass of have an led light that lets people know when you're taking a photo or video and the company actually has like a responsible users guidebook saying things like don't record in places like a public restroom.
The iPhone 13 Is Here and These Are the Specs
"So let's start with some of the nuts and bolts around iphone thirteen. There's going to be four versions of this. You've got the standard model which has a six point one inch display. You have the mini model. Which comes back from last year. That's got a five point four inch screen. And they're of course are the pro and the pro max models which have the much larger screens of the pro should have a six point. One inch display and the pro. Max has about a six point. Seven inch display. All for these devices will be available to preorder on friday september seventeenth and the launch one week later on september twenty fourth now price-wise the iphone thirteenth starts at six ninety nine for the mini. Going all the way up to the pro. Max which starts at ten ninety nine if you're looking at the totality of all the iphones at apple offers is a pretty wide range of selection that you have there You have the se which starts at three ninety nine. They're still going to have the eleven in the twelve which are much cheaper than the thirteen. And then you work your way up to the thirteen at six ninety nine and then the pro at ninety nine so really i mean. There's there's a lot of different options there depending on the type of iphone. They you're looking for. We're gonna talk about that a lot more in the coming days. So what does the six ninety nine ninety nine. What does all that money. Get you in the iphone. Thirteen Obviously one of the big things is you get some new colors. Now you get read you get this new color called starlight which is kind of a whitish color you also have midnight which is kind of their version of black and then you also have blue and pink i feel like with iphone. Thirteen a lot of these upgrades are more. Subtle there really. Isn't that one feature that sticks out that makes a jump out so if you're someone that's owning an iphone twelve or even maybe an iphone eleven and you're looking at this phone it doesn't feel that much different Some of the other subtle touches that the iphone thirteen has the camera. Lenses are placed on the back of the smartphone in diagonal position. If you'll notice on your iphones. Now they're basically vertical. You have one on top of the other Along with a lot of the typical upgrades you'd expect a new chip a fifteen again. They tweaked the display. So it's brighter Obviously battery life's better. I think they talked about roughly one and a half to two hours
Apple Security Update Closes Spyware Flaw in iPhones, Macs and iWatches
"Apple release security updates for every mac apple. Watch iphone and ipad apple credits. Researchers the university of toronto citizen lab for finding zero click vulnerability. And i message that was allegedly used by nso group to place pegasus by where on an activists phone. Please patrick devices. If you haven't already
Apple to Hold It’s Yearly New Technology Event Today
"Slated to hear from apple ceo. Tim cook today. When the tech giant is set to unveil its newest phones and smartwatch during a livestream event the company is expected to stay with the same small medium and large sizes of its phones and offer improvements to cameras and batteries. That's according to a person familiar with the matter. The arrival caps a dramatic year for apple seen record profit but it also faced battles over the power it holds over third party software operating on its mobile
Here's What You Can Do With Your Old Smartphone
"Welcome back to talking tech co host. Mike snyder is off today. So as you were aware because of course you listen. Everyday to this podcast. And you've heard me talk about this on several episodes. There's an apple event coming up. Although apple hasn't formally confirmed what they'll showcase on. Tuesday all signs are pointing to the next iphone of course whenever you're in the market for a new device whether it's the upcoming iphone thirteen or an older model smartphone. There's always the question of what to do with your old device if you don't play in a trade it in and you want to keep it. There are several things you can do as tech columnist. Jennifer jolly explains in her new. Pc you can read on tech dot usa today dot com so she breaks down eight different ways. You can use your old phone. We're going to focus on three here. The first is as a mobile hotspot. So basically what you can do is go through a mobile virtual network operator which is basically a carrier. That doesn't have its own wireless network. So for example mint mobile cricket wireless red pocket or some examples many of those services according to jennifer offer less expensive annual plants. And what she can do is sign up for those plans and you can turn your phone into a mobile hotspot. So if you ever need wi fi or any kind of internet access anywhere you can bring that older phone with you and use that to get online another purpose that you can put your smartphone toward is as a home security camera or home. Baby monitor It's it's a very affordable way. Some of those monitors cameras could be a little pricy. And but you can take your old smartphone and you can basically use that as your own monitor a one app the jennifer recommends as alfred home security camera of the premium version of that costs about thirty dollars a year. But she can watch everything that's going on. It's got to talk and he can also use it at night as well so Definitely a multipurpose tool there. One other Way you can use your old phone is as a universal remote so you can
What We Know About iOS 15
"Operating system. We're gonna talk a little bit about that today. Kind of what we know about it what to expect all those fun details. Let's start here. So when will iowa's fifteen launch. Obviously we're going to hear about this on tuesday but if you're if you're trying to get a figure out an idea of wind we might see it I came up with a little bit of a ballpark estimate. And some of this is based on the launch of the iphone. Eleven in iowa's thirteen so the way it shook out back. Then which was i believe. Twenty nineteen apple had its event. Ten days later it released the next iphone. So basically the week of the event that friday where the preordered the week after that the phone was available for sale and iowa's thirteen launch the day before. So what does this mean for. Iowa's fifteen the apple event is on september fourteenth. In that case that friday september seventeenth would likely be when we see pre orders on the iphone. And then we'd see the iphone launch on september twenty fourth. If that's the case then that would likely mean that we see iowa's fifteen the day before which is september twenty third again. All a ballpark estimate just going off of kind of previous history of how they've done things how this pans that will see. But that's looking roughly. Maybe kind of like what we can expect to see. Iowa's fifteen available on our phones next question of course is how to download it. This parts fairly simple. Easy way to do it is go to your phone. Go to settings than general then go to software update and you'll see the little wheelspin and it'll tell you whether i was fifteen is ready to roll Usually if you're on east coast time. It's usually around the afternoon sets the best time to check. There are some older iphones though where you could plug in your laptop and go through i tunes kind of the old fashioned way It's you know it's it's not. It's not as clean
Fire TV Omni Series Announced
"Week, I want to tell you about a new line of products that Amazon has announced. And this is the all new fire TV family. Today I want to focus on their flagship series, which is actually called the Amazon fire TV Omni series. And by the way, if you do want to look at these, I do an affiliate link, you just go to voice in Canada dot CA slash fire TV Omni. Fire TV OMI. So let me tell you about this. Here are some of the key features that this brand new TV series has. First of all, of course, it is Lexi hands free controlled. It's got four K ultra high definition and Dolby digital plus. What does that mean? Okay, so first of all, with regards to Lexi, the TV itself has far field technology built into it, meaning that it can hear you from across the room, just like any other Amazon echo device. What that means is that you can now use your voice to experience TV, but also use a device for music for gaming and a whole bunch of other things that we can get into. You can simply ask Lexie to tune into your favorite show. And she will jump right into the program you're looking for, so that means you don't have to remember a channel. You don't have to remember what streaming, service you don't remember what input device you're using. You can also use your voice to control playback. Closed captions, brightness, manage your TV, soundboard volume, switch inputs, and there's so much more. And of course, you can actually set up routines as well. So for example, you could say Lexi kick off my day and the TV and smart lights can turn on. Lexi can share the weather, for example, can maybe read you your calendar, and then it can just tune in to the news on your buyer TV Omni series TV. The other thing that it does, it allows you to easily connect with other echo devices in your room if you want to do that. So you can create a incredibly high fidelity audio experience with stereo sound as well. There are some other smart features that have been built into this. You can example say Lexi play something and she will start playing you something from your favorite streaming service. You can also say Lexi play TikTok and Lexi is now an integration with TikTok. And it has picture in picture where you can use the TV to view what is going on, for example, at your ring smart doorbell and camera while you're watching TV and of course, you can control that with your voice. And a really nice aspect, of course, is the ability to share video communication through lexy calling and zoom and you can do that by your voice as well. So this TV, this particular TV, the Omni series four K, ultra high def smart TVs come in a whole bunch of sizes, 43 inch 15, 55, 65 inch and 75 inch. I'll just run through those prices for you quickly. The 43 inch is $520, the 50 inch is 650, the 55 inch is 710, the 65 inch is 1050 and the 75 inch is 1400. And again, you can check all of these out at voice in Canada dot CA slash fire TV
What to Expect at the Apple iPhone 13 Event
"Tomorrow as the crow flies. Apple will Do an event iphone thirteen year. Probably four models have already been kind of revealed at the fcc. So what would that be a thirteen thirteen pro thirteen pro max and a thirteen mini. That's my guess. We should also hear about new air pod pros these third version of those air pods This time with silicone tips. Wow maybe new apple watch to. There's a pretty good likelihood of apple watch series seven. That may be hard to get at first because of a chip shortages there. You haven't.
Facebook Debuts Its Ray-Ban Stories Smart Sunglasses
"Let's dive right in and talk about these. Ray bans stories so really like when we say. This came out of nowhere. They only leaked about an eight hours ago. Like eight hours before the podcast. Where recording for today and the review is now live. As of listening to this. You'll be able to read all about it. What is the t. l. dr on the ray-ban stories sunglasses okay. So for a while. Now we've been expecting a are glasses from facebook right a think for several years at least These are not them. Just so that we're clear on that These are basically snap spectacles. They've got to cameras on the front. They've got bluetooth. Connectivity play audio through the over ear speakers built into the temple arms had believe. That's what you call them. I had to look up glasses. Anatomy several times to make sure i'm referencing someone. Business anyway So they look like arabians right My wife actually has a pair of wayfarer. And that was the style that i was sent for the review They look almost identical. This slight size difference. But that's really about it. Only five grams heavier than typical pair of ray bans despite the fact that they have all that stuff in them I i mean hardware wise. This is probably the most impressive pair of smart glasses. I've seen it. It's like when you get a really cool smartwatch. And it looks like a watch but it does more things that's basically what this feels like right. maybe use case scenario is about the same there too because you're only going to use it for a few things I think listening to music was probably the coolest thing The open your headphones are a lot. Like what's on the quest in that people okay. let's see the differences. Are that people in the room around. won't hear it as well whereas the quest is kind of designed to be all encompassing thing. You hear everybody around you here at cetera. These are actually Surprisingly
Facebook Debuts Its Ray-Ban Stories Smart Sunglasses
"Facebook announced. Its first smart glasses hardware. Two hundred ninety nine dollars ray stories. These glasses have to five megapixel cameras on the front with an activity light similar to snap spectacles but can also play back music take calls and use a voice assistant with a. Hey facebook word. They're available now in twenty different styles in the us. Australia canada ireland italy and the uk with the choice of clear son prescription transition and polarized
Facebook Announces Launch of Ray-Ban Stories Smart Glasses
"This morning. Launched two hundred and ninety nine dollar ray ban stories smart glasses to let users capture photo and video. Listen to music or take phone calls available to buy in six countries including the us quoting alex heath in the verge they're called rayban stories and you'll be able to find them pretty much anywhere ray. Bans are sold including lenscrafters and sunglasses hut stores the frames feature to front facing cameras for capturing video and photos. They sync with a companion camera. Roll app called facebook. View where clips can be edited and share to other apps on your phone not just facebook's own there's a physical button on the glasses for recording or you can say hey. Facebook take a video to control them hands free and perhaps most importantly they look and feel like regular glasses with their core ability of taking photos and videos. Ray bans stories are essentially a sleeker version of snapchat spectacles which i debuted in two thousand sixteen to a lot of hype. That quickly fizzled. these ray. Bans don't have displays in the lenses like the latest spectacles. That were unveiled earlier. This year however speakers on both sides of the frame can play sound from your phone over bluetooth allowing you to take a call or listen to a podcast without pulling your phone out a touch pad built into the side of the frame. Lets you change the volume or play and pause. What you're hearing. Rayban stories are the first product in a multi year partnership between facebook and european. Eyewear conglomerate issa laura lozada ray bans parent company while they're limited in what they can do. Rayban stories are the most normal looking accessible para smart classes to hit the market so far both companies also see them as they step toward more advanced augmented reality glasses that overlay graphics onto the real
Amazon Bringing Cashier-Less ‘Just Walk Out’ Tech to Whole Foods
"Foods is going to be getting the amazon. Just walk out technology. I two stores will be in california in washington. Dc and the the glover park neighborhood of washington dc and in sherman oaks california. This is the the store where you go. You're grab and you go you. Did you try stacey in i. Yeah i there but this is actually bigger so it's the same technology but it's it's a whole it's applied over. Yeah how many cameras. How do you count. How many bananas you got. Let's imagine the computational workload that's happening behind the scenes 'cause. I mean how many people in a grocery store at any given time like two hundred. So when you get to the whole foods you'll you'll scan the The app or insert a credit card linked to your amazon account or and this is very controversial. Place your palm. over palm. scanning system called amazon one yemen came back so but but you could also just scan the app. You need to identify yourself. Somehow i think probably safer to use you. Know phones Authentic happen and it's totally fine. It is annoying catholic eighteen different amazon apps on my phone. True if you opt out of the cashier lists technology There aren't any cashiers. You'll have to use self-checkout or go over to a customer service
Apples iPhone Launch Event Is Confirmed. What Do We Expect?
"Joining us to come through the mess of rumors and speculation out. There is fun. Reviewer patrick colin. Welcome patrick hello. Thanks for having me first off. When is this event actually happening. It's happening tuesday september fourteenth. All right so it's less than a week away. And i know some copies in the midst of this pandemic have been experimenting with different kinds of presentations than i know. Google had a hybrid one with some folks there. This one is this. Are we expecting some a virtual only pre canned type fair. Or you think the be any kind of wrinkles. Toss at us here. That's a great question because to be honest we don't know really but we do so last fall. Apples event was virtual only and predominantly over the past year. There's been one one exception where their events have been all virtual that means everything's either prerecorded or or filmed and edited and they're basically playing video as they announced these products. And the was the google. I o event where they had some of their developers in employees. That was like a a live broadcast but it wasn't kind of like our typical event. And actually i went to a motorola event for a much smaller muss well-known phone call the motorola edge and that was the first in-person press event for a piece of hardware. I believe in the world since the pandemic started. So it's interesting. I think a lot of its are hoping that this event might be in person. I think there's a thousand reasons. Why part of the biggest reasons cove it. And when we received word about the event we received a invitation and on the invitation said california streaming which could be a reprint of the fact that this is a virtual event that will be streaming. So
Intel to Invest up to $95 Billion in European Chip-Making Facilities
"Intel plans to spend up to ninety five billion dollars to build new chipmaking facilities in europe in the coming years. The move comes at a time when the world is facing a semiconductor shortage struggling to meet growing demand for chips used in computers. Cars and other electronic gadgets intel ceo said the companies planning to build two chip factories at a new site in europe with the potential to expand it also plans to dedicate production capacity at a factory in ireland to make chips for vehicles as the auto industry has been hit particularly hard by the chip
Here Comes Apple's Next iPhone Event
"Listeners. It's brought molina here. Welcome back to talking tech my co host. Mike cider is off today okay. Finally fence the iphone. Mark your calendars. We finally have details on the next event from apple apple confirmed on tuesday it is hosting an event at its headquarters in california on september fourteenth or the tech giant is widely expected to unveil the iphone thirteen. We don't even know if it's called the iphone thirteen yet Details of the event itself were confirmed through immediate invitation. That was sent to us and other outlets the invitation is called california streaming features the apple logo with a mountain range in the background it looks fairly generic which is interesting because most of the time you can get a clue as to what they're going to talk about in one of these events through the invitation so you get a little hint but in this one. It didn't seem like there was really anything now. The one thing we can be almost certain about is that we're going to hear more about the next iphone which tentatively. We're going to call iphone thirteen if we're going by the way apple is numbering these now September is typically the time of year when apple has unveiled. Its latest smartphone. They usually will do it around. Mid september and then by the end of the month will see the next iphone in stores. so what to expect on the next iphone Wedbush analyst daniel is last month mentioned that the iphone thirteen likely see a big bump up in storage. We could get to a model. That has a max. A storage of one terabyte By comparison the iphone twelve pro has the most out of all the iphones with five hundred. Twelve gigs so we're talking about double that with the iphone. Thirteen some other features. That have been rumored out. There include cinematic video which is essentially a version of portrait mode. That is for video Obviously you're going to see them upgrade the chips you're going to
How to Use a Stereo Pair of Speakers With Amazoon Echo
"As you may recall last week, we covered two of the three different scenarios of how you can combine your echo devices to create some more immersive audio when it comes to your echo speakers. And I want to cover that third option today. The way you would set this up, again, you go into your Lexi app. You click on devices. You click on the plus sign in the upper right corner, then you click uncombined speakers. And the third option that we're talking about today is, of course, a stereo pair slash subwoofer as the Amazon team calls it in the options. This allows you to pair two speakers for stereo and or add a subwoofer for deeper base. So what you do is you click on that option, you then can select up to two speakers and a subwoofer. All those speakers have to be online on the same network and in the same room for that to work. Once you click on that, then you click next in the upper right corner. You then choose. And this is pretty cool. You then choose which of those speakers you want to be the left channel and which of those speakers you want to be. The right channel. And then when you do that, you click next and then you give it a name. So this group of speakers will have a name. That way, when you asked for music, you can use the name of that group to specify that it be played on that group of speakers. You can choose one of the names that are suggested, or you can create a customized name, then you click save, and then you are essentially good to go and that. How you do it? That's a stereo pair with or without a.
Everything You Need to Know About Qualcomm's aptX
"Audio product is able to trance code codex that range from different like varying levels of quality. You have sbc which is sort of like a standard sbc a ac so those are the more or less the standard codex that the bluetooth radio inside of the ear buds and in the smartphone. Or whatever you're connecting it to. We'll be transmitting and receiving all right. So if it's pretty much everything supports that. That's just the way however you get a little bit more into the weeds when she gets something like a pair of sony headphones and they prefer l. d. c. l. deck l. Dak is their version of a higher quality kodak and it is generally cross compatible where you have l. dak and then you put it on pretty much any smartphone and they'll be able to support held back. Yeah then you get into qualcomm codex. It all started with apt x t x apt x supposed to be their version more or less of like what l. deck provided. It was supposed to be something that they would be able to provide and sends they build the bluetooth radios. They can ensure that has a level of quality without you kind of rolling the dice on whether or not the l. Ldc that you using on a smartphone or on a pair of headphones is actually that good. Yeah now that was years ago. Abducts started quite a while ago and since then the s that scavenger hunt. We did two years ago at cs where we look for products that are welcome powered. One of the cheats were if the buds has aptex. That's welcome. Yeah yeah yeah. So anything with abducts then com built the bluetooth radio for it and they made sure that their codex were installed. So they've they've been making things better over time so you have aptex low latency which was what they created for video gaming. So if you're using a smartphone with a qualcomm chipset in it was able to provide high quality yet. Low latency audio to a compatible pair of headphones which then meant it was good for gaming aspects of then came after affects hd rather came out after that an even higher quality of it. But he did not prioritize low latency prioritized higher quality for better enjoyment Optics adaptive was supposed to be able to move among them based upon what media or what you were doing on the smartphone and finally add snapdragon sounded. Then we have aptex loss lewis. This is the kodak that is for the audio files.
The Right to Repair Broken Tech Is Key to Farmers
"Federal trade commission is turning. Its attention to the right to repair movement a push back against manufacturers limiting who can repair the equipment they make in a report from may the agency found quote the burden of repair restrictions may fall more heavily on communities of color and lower income communities this summer the agency said it would do more to prevent these restrictions when they violate antitrust law. One group watching this is farmers. Some companies that make farm equipment only allow repairs at their own dealerships. Terry griffin is an agricultural economist with kansas state university. I spoke with him back in july griffin. Grew up on a farm in arkansas and back then. Diy equipment repairs. Were just a part of life. I think i'm fairly good with the ranch. And that was because financial circumstances were tough in the nineteen eighties and farmers were sort of forced into that as a survival mechanism. Think you'd be able to fix a piece of farm equipment today now. It's a world of difference between nineteen eighty s and today. We've been pushing data from equipment to the cloud for the manufacturers use since about twenty ten and these pieces of equipment. We're talking about worth. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases are even more. It wouldn't be out of the question for the newest John deere combine to come fully equipped at over nine dollars. Can you give some specific examples. About what operator or a farmer might want to fix right now. They typically can't one of the issues that a lot of farmers would be happy with would be able to run the diagnostic codes the air messages to diagnose what the issue is the dealership of the manufacturer are the only ones that can run. Those
What's the Best Camera for YouTube Influencers?
"So i've been talking about my daughter who's in journalism needs a camera. She's also going to be a youtuber influence. Or you know that that space So we've been talking. We've been looking at both. The sony a sixty one hundred a and the cannon m fifty. I think too bright is on she. He says a brody says i have an ace seventy seven in love the camera. You can get an adapter from sony. That will let you will. That will let the mirror less cameras. Use the regular mirror camera. Lenses sony calls them amount the molten molten. No i can i say that animal to thank you minolta. I wanted to say something else. lands would work as well. I use those lenses in the old film days. Just keep in mind that the film lenses are full frame and have to worry about that in the new orleans or a aps see size So getting the murless with the adapter and getting the aim out lenses means she can upgrade on it to a regular deals are already have the lenses down the road not to bob. I'm not too worried about lenses. One hundred percent honest. I'm kind of thinking about the camera. Body i in his. I look at the a sixty one hundred versus the cannon m fifty this camera stabilization seems to be an issue between the two and then y- how that viewfinder is seems to be the other big issue. So if i put that in front of you gimme gimme some advice on. So sony just released a A newark is. She is mainly video or is it both both. Yeah she's going to do a lot of video lot of lot of blogging. I would say if she is more towards the video. Sony released a camera. It's their zeevi. Dash eight ten. Which based off the same camera. Sort of almost the same camera that i have which is surprising right here. This looks really big. But it. 'cause i have a cage and i have this massive lens on it but it's actually really all. I'm going to go full screen. Bob hold up to the it's impressive. Hold that to the camera there so that looks good but this is just big because i have you can see the cage that goes around it and what do you what. What's the cage. Get forty so it allows me to attach different things. I have an extra hostile. Sorry i have an extra hot shoe up top here on the bottom. I have a artists mounts. Snap it into stuff. It protects it so because this is this is all aluminum so if i drop it it's going to protect it so a cage. I have never heard of cage before so cage a good good thing to you. If if your camera is like so i would. I take this on trips. And i like climb waterfalls and like throw this thing around so i wanted something that would protect it And that kind of. That's why. That's why i got it But if you're just like using the camera in an office setting or studio setting you don't necessarily need the cage but if you're attaching a bunch of stuff to it you it gives you a lot more
China Is Limiting Kids Playing Video Games to 3 Hours a Week
"On wednesday. New rules took effect in china that severely restrict the amount of time. Young people can play video games online. Between friday and sunday gamers under eighteen years old will only be allowed to play between eight pm and nine pm the rest of the week. They won't be allowed to play at all. The regulation will also require all users to register using their real names and government issued. Id's it's of beijing's larger efforts to crack down on the growing power of tech firms and insert itself into the private lives of chinese citizens joining us to discuss how these new rules are being received. And what it means for. Gamers and gaming companies alike is the wall street. Journal's deputy china bureau chief josh chen hi josh. How are you so josh. This is the first time. China has restricted gaming for minors in two thousand nineteen limited playtime to ninety minutes on weekdays and it also limited. How much money they could spend on video games. So we're these new. Even more restrictive rules. A surprise was in wasn't a surprise last month. State media outlet published a commentary described video games as quote unquote opium of the mind and that triggered a pretty major sell off shares of gaming companies ten cent which is china's biggest gaming company. I think fell somewhere around. Eleven percent in prior to that china's leader xi jinping has taken aim at video games as a danger to the development of chinese youth. So we've suspected for a while it's something might becoming but what was surprising was just how strict and specific these restrictions were three hours is pretty miserly. Yeah these new restrictive rules. How is china planning on enforcing them in. That's a really good question. They haven't been specific about it and the way that things often work in china's at the communist party will come up with rules and then sort of leave it up to the internet companies themselves to figure out how to enforce
Your iPhone Will Be Able to Store Your Driver’s License in These Eight States
"As part of that announcement was the option to add your driver's license or your state. Id to your smartphone directly into apple. Wallet will apple is revealed more details about that program. I wrote about this. You can read it on tech usa today. Dot com apple revealed on wednesday. Eight states will be among the first to allow residents to start adding their driver's license or their state. Id directly to their phone or their apple. Watch it's gonna. I roll out in arizona and georgia. Then connecticut iowa kentucky maryland. Oklahoma in utah will follow suit so far from what apple is said the primary use case that they have brought up in doing. This is travelling. So say you get to a security checkpoint in an airport instead of looking for your physical wallet pulling out your idea your driver's license and showing it to someone there. You would go up to a checkup point. Pull out your phone. Bring up apple wallet. Bring up your id. And just it's scanned right there. And then you go right through. So it seemed super convenient. Super nice appleseed customer identity data is encrypted and so it's only seen between the phone device and the actual identity reader so whatever the tsa might be using for example and that's it Also the other thing too is users won't be what need to unlock or show her hand over their device when using ideas on their phones. Now with this rolls out. It's up to the states end of the tsa. They are separately going to announce when these are available and win they'll be ready to go for users It's one of several new options. That is going to be a part of apple's wallet app that's Coinciding with the
How the 'Right to Repair' Could Expand Choices and Lower Costs
"Have you ever broken one of your devices. Maybe dropped your cell phone in smashed screen or spilled a glass of water across your laptop and watched as the machine became no more than a paperweight. The options for repairing your devices in these kinds of situations can be pretty limited. Take it back to the company. Bought it from pay them to fix it or bring it to an authorized repair service. Sometimes the cost of those repairs can be so high. It's often worth just buying a whole new device but various proposed right to repair laws and even an executive order could address that by making it easier for small independent repair shops to fix our devices often at a lower cost or senior personal tech columnist. Joanna stern has been looking into this issue and comparing some of the costs and she joins us now to talk about it. A high joanna. Hey zoe so there's this fair repair act in congress but it isn't the only bit of momentum that the right to repair movement is having at the moment. No definitely not. There are a lot of pieces of this. Both at the national and state level but yes. The fair repair act was introduced in congress in june. There have been over. Twenty bills introduced at state levels including states like new york and massachusetts then in july president biden issued an executive order asking the ftc. To look into this and the thing is is that all these efforts are different but the ask for something similar. And that's really that anyone not just the big corporation that made your device be able to access the information. Manuals the parts and the tools to make a
Tips for Squeezing Extra Battery Life From Your Smartphone
"I wrote about this for tech dot. Usa today dot com breaking down some tips on how to get a little extra juice from your battery in from your smartphone. Whether you're on an iphone whether you're on android no matter what the situation is. This is the stuff that you can do to get a little more battery life back when the first steps you can take reduce the display brightness. it's a really quick and easy thing to do a lot of smartphones. Have it in the control center where you just easily swipe up from the top down and you get a select a group of control so you can pick from and it's a really easy way to adjust the brightness on your screen another option you can do cut back on the background app activity on the iphone. For example you can go to settings go to general. There's a feature on their called background app refresh and what that does is it will make updates and refresh. What's happening in the app in the background. That also means it takes up a little battery life. So if you turn that off that can save you a little bit there It's also in galaxy devices as well. You can go to your settings you can disable apps or you can uninstall them completely. You feel like it's just eating up a ton of battery. Another big one. You can do this very simple. Turn off notifications You know sometimes apps always ask you for new notifications whether you want to have the modern not Turning a lot of those off can make a difference as well. You can go into your settings and go through each app and just pick the ones that you absolutely want notifications for and leave the rest off and again that saves you a little bit as well. Another really good option that both iphone in galaxy phones have her these power saving modes on iphone. It's called low power mode and what that does is it. Turns off several features that automatic email fetch would automatically goes in and pulls in your latest emails stuff like automatic downloads. It turns that off and it saves you power same thing with galaxy. They have a power saving mode. It limits your phones performance and it also closes any apps that you're not using at the moment and what both those do again is give you a little more battery life and helps you make the most out of
Use Alexa to Set Reminders for your To Do List
"Have you ever had one of those mornings where you wake up and you are just your mind is preoccupied with all the things that you need to do? And suddenly it can help to write those things down and get them on to a to do list. Well, here's an idea for you. You can use Lexie to take some of that. Some of that stuff off your mind off your plate. Basically use the remind me feature if you say Lexi remind me to send an email to my boss at ten a.m. she will do that. And the key thing here is you can actually schedule out your to do list by using the reminders and specifying times. Lexi remind me to phone my dad at one p.m., et cetera and you can set that all up in the morning as you're getting ready and then Lexie will give you those reminders as the day
A Kid’s Dream Come True — Video Games as Medicine!
"The age old. Mantra of parents won't let their kids have a gaming console too. Many video games hurts your brain but last summer. The fda approved the first ever prescription video game. It's endeavor rx and it's meant to help treat. Adhd in kids aged eight to twelve. It's not a standalone. It'll be prescribed along with other more traditional medication. Without insurance it costs about one hundred dollars a month a year later developers are just starting to reach out to doctors and potential patients. We spoke with ian bogus. He directs the film and media studies program at washington university in saint. Louis we asked him. What's a medicinal game. Even like it's kinda like any video game you've got a little character writing vehicle and you piloted through obstacles in order to reach a goal. That's interesting so it doesn't feel like you're taking your medicine. Yeah and you know. That's part of the appeal of games for any purpose for education or for politics or for for training. Or what have you is. Maybe you won't notice that you're doing this thing you don't want to do if it's in video game form but the creators of endeavor rx claim to have made technologies that are measuring and adapting to the player. Who would be an adhd patient who had been prescribed the game that according to them make alterations kind of customizing the experience to optimize the attention treatment
What Should I Wear Today? Let Alexa Decide.
"Have you found that you were wearing the same thing over and over and over again? Well, Lexi can come to your rescue. I don't know if you know this, but Lexi is there to provide some fashion inspiration on a daily basis. You can simply say Lexi, what should I wear today? NG will give you a different idea depending on when you ask, meaning she does have a number of responses to this. I tried it a couple of times. I did get a number of different responses. So I'm not quite sure how many ideas she has, but I suspect she has quite a few. So if you're wondering what to wear today, just say it to Lexi, Lexi, what should I wear today? And she will let you know. And also, interesting fact, one of the statements that I got from her had a Canadian reference in it as well. Her answers are based on our location. So that's kind of interesting
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Review: You Can't Hate This Foldable
"Look what. I got a little phone. It's a little teensy-weensy folding fun. Look at that. Oh that's cool. That is the Galaxy flip three. I think that's what i think. That's what samsung calls it Nice little thing. You know what. I've had the other folding phones couple of them including the galaxy fold last year's galaxy fold and this is a new galaxy flip three that samsung introduced. And you know. I kind of get the idea of a folding phone because it just folds up to the littlest little pocket square that you could put almost anywhere. I think that's part of the appeal of this is that you could You could do it in your. You can do it in your pocket and you could do it in your purse. You could put it in your jeans pocket. You could put pretty much
Apple Makes Changes to the App Store in Settlement With Developers
"We'll apple loosening up APP store payment rules in a lawsuit settlement as they have agreed to let developers of iPhone apps email their users about cheaper ways to pay for digital subscriptions and media by circumventing a commission system that generates billions of dollars annually for the iPhone maker. The concession announced late Thursday as part of a preliminary settlement of nearly two year old lawsuit filed on behalf of iPhone APP developers in the United States. It also addresses an issue that was raised by a federal court judge who is expected to soon issue a decision in a separate case brought on by epic games. The maker of the popular video game