Dubai Police in the UAE has formally inducted a robot cop into the force. The uniformed ‘Robocop’ is able to read human faces and identify potential threats. Citizens can report a crime to the robot, submit paperwork, or pay fines for traffic violations via a touch screen on its chest. The Dubai Police worked with Watson, IBM’s AI system, on voice command recognition. There are distinctive advantages to having non-humans on police patrol, Dubai Police told Reuters: “These kinds of…
Japanese electronics giant Sony Corporation says it will drop its smartphone portfolio under the ‘Premium Standard’ category which was launched in 2016 and comprised of the Xperia X and the Xperia Compact. The devices were designed by Sony to be both affordable and offer flagship specifications, but sales didn’t take off. Sony faced some backlash after it discontinued the popular Xperia Z series of smartphones and replaced it with its Premium Standard collection. Reports suggest fans were disappointed by the…
Smartphones are now in 80 percent of U.S. homes – a six percentage point increase year-over-year (YOY) – and U.S. consumers now own 27 million more smartphones than they did just last year, according to new research from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). CTA’s 19th Annual Consumer Technology Ownership and Market Potential Study also shows televisions remain the most popular technology device in the U.S., as they have for decades – almost every household (96 percent) owns at least one…
Apple recently launched a new app development curriculum designed for students who want to pursue careers in the fast-growing app economy. The curriculum is available as a free download from Apple’s iBooks Store. App Development with Swift is a full-year course designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students elements of app design using Swift, one of the world’s most popular programming languages. Students will learn to code and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software…

Microsoft unveils new “versatile” Surface Pro

Written on Thursday, 25 May 2017 08:56
Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday, May 23, unveiled the new Surface Pro, the next generation of the iconic product line and the most “versatile laptop on the planet.” The new Surface Pro delivers the most performance and battery life in a laptop that is this thin, light and quiet. Surface took the category it created and pushed it a step further by bringing up to 13.5 hours of battery life, making it more than 2.5 times faster than Surface Pro 3,…
LG Electronics (LG) just unveiled its second X series smartphone for 2017 designed for active users who want a smartphone that can keep up with their on-the-go lifestyles. The LG X venture is the company’s newest mass-tier smartphone designed for users who want a tough adventure companion device that doesn’t sacrifice on features or looks. With IP68 compatibility for water and dust resistance, the LG X venture passed 14 different MIL-STD 810G tests designed for the U.S. military. In addition…
SK Telecom successfully showcased its AR·VR platform - 'T Real VR Studio' at Google I/O 2017, held in Mountain View, California from May 17 to 19.'T Real VR Studio' is an integrated AR VR service platform utilized in multiple VR platforms including Daydream, Google's VR platform. SK Telecom has interlocked 'T real', its AR VR service platform, with Google Daydream to provide opportunities for all to easily create, share, and play the virtual content. The highlighted functions of 'T Real…
At Google I/O 2017, it was announced that Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, collaborated with Google to develop a Daydream standalone VR headset reference design powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 VR platform. This advancement in Daydream builds on the earlier work Qualcomm Technologies and Google collaborated on to enable Daydream on smartphone devices. “We are thrilled to once again work with Google and offer a powerful premium Snapdragon experience for devices on the Daydream platform,” said…

HTC unveils new HTC U11 squeezable smartphone

Written on Sunday, 21 May 2017 10:31
Inspired by the power of touch and the Brilliant U, HTC unveiled HTC U11, the world’s first smartphone with revolutionary new squeeze interaction. The highly-anticipated HTC U11 sets a new standard of what you can expect from a smartphone by combining revolutionary new squeeze interaction with a stunning liquid-surface design, intelligent personal audio, amazing cameras, and multiple AI assistants for a smarter smartphone. The new smartphone features HTC Edge Sense, the next dimension in touch interaction with your phone; Liquid…
Snap Inc., the parent company of image and video sharing app Snapchat, recently reported its quarterly financial earnings for the first time since going, and the results weren’t good. Snapchat’s user growth has stalled and the company’s revenue was below Wall Street expectations for the quarter. The company went public with an IPO in March, and spent almost $2 billion in stock-based compensation, which in large part contributed to its net loss. Snap Inc.’s revenue was reported at $150 million,…
Thousands of institutions around the world were subject to a series of “WannaCry” ransom attacks over the weekend (starting Friday, May 12), causing data to be encrypted with a claim for payment. The virus was a malicious program that affects smartphones and computers, encrypts and locks their data so that it cannot be accessed until payment is made. The virus swept across Europe and Asia, locking up critical systems like the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), Spain’s Telefónica telecommunications company,…
Samsung Electronics recently increased its Samsung Pay application’s reach around the world by expanding in four markets over two days. Samsung Pay officially launches in Sweden and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and enters early access in Hong Kong and Switzerland. With these market expansions, Samsung Pay continues to both bring mobile payments to new regions of the world and expand to new markets in regions where the service is already available. Launches in the UAE and Sweden showcase Samsung…
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