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first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/accessibilityminute/Accessibility_Minute_-_6-24-11-_INDATA_-_voice_input.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Links:Windows Speech (Free and built into most newer computers): http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/Windows7/Use-Speech-Recognition-to-operate-windows-and-programsDragon Naturally Speaking:http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htmRead our blog: http://blog.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAProjectShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATFAQ028 – Q1. Should I remove Apple’s QuickTime from my Windows PC for security? Q2. How do I know if my smartphone is encrypted? Q3. What is a good general speech-to-text system? Q4. What should parents know about AT in Higher Ed? Q5. Are there accessible MUD clients for Android? Q6. What do services like Uber and AirBnB mean for people with disabilities?April 25, 2016In “Assistive Technology FAQ (ATFAQ) Podcast”Dragon speech software adds apps to the mixSeptember 29, 2011In “Easter Seals Crossroads”ATU104 – The Fortune Academy School for Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia, Add text to photos in OSX, Dragon Notes for Windows 8, Stevie Wonder Advocate, ADA Online Learning Webinars, #AAC on Twitter, TalkRocketGoMay 24, 2013In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadLinks:Hacking Autism with Marc Sirkin (www.HackingAutism.org)How a Shoe Lets the Blind See With Their Feet – Mobiledia http://bit.ly/OcaLaRVisual Aids for Learning – Free Downloads http://bit.ly/LNtSpNHearing Aids A Nice Fit for American Girl disability news | http://bit.ly/LzR9jqPrevent Apps from Being Deleted on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch http://bit.ly/LJBCh8Stander Cane – http://bit.ly/LNutYpGeorgie App aims to improve accessibility for visually impaired | Reuters http://reut.rs/LLnGmI (Note: in the show Wade said “230 Pounds in the US. He meant to say “230 dollars in the US”)Fleksy http://bit.ly/LNFMzV——————————Listen 24/7 at www.AssistiveTechnologyRadio.comIndiana Assistive Technology Blog http://bit.ly/ohR37pwww.AssistiveTechnologyRadio.comINDATA app list: http://bit.ly/qXjrpcIf you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our blog: http://blog.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedATU068 – Fleksy (Ioannis Verdelis) – iPhone 5 & iOS 6, Nike Accessible Shoes, Airport Accessibility, Driverless Cars in California, Clarity No Longer Making CCTVs, Brain Wave Reading Robots for Stroke PatientsSeptember 14, 2012In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU026: Holiday Shopping Guide for Assistive Technology Gifts (Ann Carpenter, Nikol Prieto, Wade Wingler)November 25, 2011In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU145 – The Impact of Apple’s iPad on People with Autism (Dr. Patricia Wright – Easter Seals – www.EasterSeals.com), Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Grants, National Deaf Blind Equipment Program Funding Extended, App: Cause and Effect Sensory Light BMarch 7, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”last_img read more

first_imgAt a Glance: Kingston KC2000 1TB SSD Review The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous Tagged In SSDsreviewsat a glancekingston Post a Comment 3 Comments Kingston’s new KC2000 series SSDs were designed to tackle the high-end consumer SSD market. With capacities available up to 2TB in size and read/write speeds as high as 3,200/2,200MB/s, this drive has the potential to play a major role in the SSD market. But so far, the drives are off to a rough start.DesignKingston’s KC2000 SSDs use 96-layer 3D TLC Kingston NAND that connects to an SMI 2262EN controller. This controller features Silicon Motion’s NANDXtend ECC technology, which helps to keep data secure by preventing read/write errors. The drive also supports 256-bit XTS-AES encryption. These features make the drive better suited for business use, where the loss or theft of data could have serious consequences.These drives have average endurance ratings that match up with what we’ve seen from other 3D TLC NAND products in the past. In short, for each 250GB of NAND, the drive is able to handle 150TBW before failing.BenchmarksOur sister site PCMag ran a 1TB model of Kingston’s KC2000 through its usual quartet of benchmarks alongside three competing products from Adata, Samsung, and Western Digital. In the first test using PCMark 8 Storage test, we see virtually no difference from one drive to the next.Stepping things up with Crystal DiskMark 6.0 we start to see some deviation between the competing drives. In the sequential read/write test, Kingston’s KC2000 places second while reading data and last while writing it. It’s worth noting that the KC2000 actually exceeds its maximum reported read/write performance. The same can’t be said for the other tested drives, all of which come in below their rated performance.Reading and writing random 4K chunks of data is a weakness of this drive. It doesn’t come in dead last in this test, but its performance results leave much to be desired.Turning last to AS-SSD’s file transfer test, we once again see the KC2000 in a rather mixed position. The KC2000 came finished in second place while transferring the program folder and the game folder, and its performance results were close to what was achieved by the Adata XPG SX8200. Conversely, the drive’s performance while transferring the ISO file was significantly lower than the other tested drives.ConclusionFinally, there’s pricing. The 1TB model PCMag tested has an MSRP of $201.50, and strangely, it’s currently available for a higher price of $218.06 from Amazon. Unfortunately for Kingston, SSD prices have been trending downward, so that’s somewhat high for a 1TB SSD at the moment.The 1TB model of Samsung’s 970 Evo is similarly priced but offers better performance in most scenarios. The Adata XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB is significantly less expensive at $134.99, and it also supports ECC technology.Now read:At a Glance: Adata XPG SX6000 Pro ReviewAt a Glance: Acer Nitro XV3 XV273K ReviewAt a Glance: Dell UltraSharp U3219Q Review ‘Far From Home’ Brought Back An Old Character No One Noticed 3 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By Michael Sexton on July 18, 2019 at 2:29 pm Tom Hanks Breaks The Internet With Mister Rogers Debut ‘It: Chapter 2’ Director Says He’d Love To Remake This Movie The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene ‘Black Widow’ Set Photos Reveal The Main Villain Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36last_img read more

first_img By Ryan Whitwam on July 22, 2019 at 11:38 am Asus Unveils ROG Phone II With Snapdragon 855+, Tons of Accessories Sun Baby From ‘Teletubbies’ Is 22 Now & Unrecognizably Gorgeous Asus has never been a major part of the smartphone world, but the company’s gaming-focused ROG (Republic of Gamers) brand attracted some attention last year with the original ROG Phone. Now, a follow up known as the ROG Phone II is on the way. It still has a funky design and a wealth of accessories, but it’s got a bigger battery and faster Snapdragon chip. We first heard about the ROG Phone II’s existence last week when Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855+, which is basically an overclocked 855. The company said the ROG Phone II would be the first to have this chip, but Asus wasn’t ready to talk about the phone beyond that. Cut to today, and the company is spilling the beans. The Snapdragon 855 has a higher 2.96GHz maximum clock speed, and Asus says the ROG Phone II’s advanced cooling keeps the chip from throttling down under load. It actually has vents on the back that work this year — the original ROG Phone had purely decorative vents. The Asus ROG Phone II sports a 6.59-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED display. That’s a slightly taller aspect ratio than the last ROG Phone, and the refresh rate has jumped from 90Hz to 120Hz — that’s the highest on any Android device. If the phone can keep up with that frame rate, the ROG Phone II’s interface will look incredibly smooth. The new screen will undoubtedly use more power, but the ROG Phone II has juice to spare. The phone gets a 50 percent battery boost over the original with a 6,000mAh capacity. However, the phone is also much heavier at 240g versus 200g for the last version. Asus equipped the phone with the standard USB Type-C port for charging, but there’s also a headphone jack. It also continued the ROG Phone tradition of adding a second USB-C port on the side. You can use this for charging while playing a game, or as a connector for the company’s accessories. Most of the accessories are a bit silly, but “gaming” phones tend to be like that. There’s the active cooling bracket, a desktop dock, and more. The phone also has ultrasonic shoulder buttons you can map to on-screen buttons in games. Asus will start selling the ROG Phone II in China on July 23, and the international model will launch in early September. We don’t know the exact price yet, but Asus says it will be similar to the first-gen ROG Phone, which launched at $900.Now read:Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 855+ SoC Is an Overclocked Snapdragon 855Nubia Just Stuffed the First Active Fan Inside a SmartphoneAsus Engineers Exposed Company Passwords for Months on GitHub Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp Could Negan Get A ‘Walking Dead’ Movie Next? The Possibility Of An ‘Iron Man 4’ Finally Addressed Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 3 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Wesley Snipes Fans Have Something to Say About ‘Blade’ Reboot Disturbing Things Everyone Willingly Ignores About This PGA Star The Surprising Reason Why Brandon Routh Is Returning to Superman Tagged In smartphonesandroidmobileasussnapdragon 855rog phone ii Post a Comment 3 Commentslast_img read more

first_img fraud preventionMarketing Technology NewsNewsNICEOpus ResearchReal Time Authentication Previous ArticleWith Infobip, Daraz Enhances Customer Experience Through Mobile Messaging SolutionsNext ArticleAsia-Pacific Managed Security Service Providers Need to Offer Advanced Analytics to Drive Growth Opportunities in the region, finds Frost & Sullivan NICE Named Leader in Real Time Authentication and Fraud Prevention by Top Analyst Firm Business Wire1 day agoJuly 22, 2019 NICE Recognized by Opus Research for Ground-Breaking Proactive Fraud Detection and Use of a Single Voiceprint Across All ChannelsNICE announced that it has been recognized as a Leader in authentication, voice biometrics and fraud prevention by Opus Research. NICE Real-Time Authentication (RTA) stood out among 13 vendors for innovation in the breadth of its offering and strong market positioning. The latter was supported by robust capabilities and successful implementation, numerous partnerships and adoption by a long list of corporate customers. A complimentary copy of the report entitled “2019 Intelligent Authentication and Voice Biometrics Intelliview”NICE Named Leader in Real-Time Authentication and Fraud Prevention by Top Analyst Firm.Opus Research lauded NICE for being the market’s only provider of a single voiceprint across all channels. The analyst firm also commended RTA’s advanced Passive Historical Enrollment capability which ensures friction-free authentication of customers from the first day. NICE RTA was noted for seamless integration with the IVR and contact center software infrastructure, providing an end-to-end multi-factor authentication and fraud prevention solution.Marketing Technology News: iQIYI Delivers Integrated Online and Offline Entertainment Experience Through the 2019 iQIYI VIP Fan CarnivalNICE RTA’s Proactive Fraudster Exposure capability was highlighted as a key differentiator in the report. According to the report, “NICE RTA provides a proactive fraud prevention approach as well as real time fraud detection using a watchlist. Based on unique machine learning technology, the new capability allows contact centers to automatically prevent fraud before it happens by identifying previously unknown fraudsters and blocking them from committing fraud.””NICE’s leadership position in the Intelliview report reflects their success in building an impressive roster of corporate customers along with a correspondingly large database of registered voiceprints,” explains Dan Miller, Lead Analyst at Opus Research and the report’s author. “NICE also distinguishes itself with an integrated Real Time Authentication suite that combines voice biometrics with analytics and fraud detection solutions which responds to the recognized need for passive enrollment and authentication, combined with proactive fraudster detection in a single product.”Marketing Technology News: Vitagene Intends to Acquire In-Video Impressions, to Accelerate the Delivery of Personalized Health and Wellness Products“This report is a testament to the innovative capabilities of NICE RTA that enable our customers to protect themselves and their customers,” Barry Cooper, President NICE Enterprise Group, said. “Of particular note is its Proactive Fraudster Exposure capability which reinvents the way companies fight fraud. NICE RTA offers a robust, holistic solution that allows contact centers to prevent fraud while improving operational efficiency and customer experience.”Marketing Technology News: Glossy Recognizes Zoovu with “Best E-Commerce Experience – Beauty” Awardlast_img read more

first_imgAlongside the Realme X, Realme will be launching the new Realme 3i on Monday, July 15. The company had already confirmed Monday’s launch revealing the design of the phone and some of its key features. Based on the phone’s earlier teaser on Flipkart, it can be said that the new Realme 3i will make its place between the Realme 3 and the Realme C2.The handset flaunts a diamond-cut pattern on the back that looks similar to Realme 2. The phone comes in at least two colour options- blue and red, with the latter having a gradient touch giving it a pink-blue shade. The red back gives it a similar look like that of Realme 3 Diamond Red Variant, which was leaked last month and is expected to launch “soon” in India. It supposedly has a matt-texture on the rear panel similar to Realme C2. The phone is expected to ship with a 4,230mAh battery, which is believed to pull off for a day or more. According to reports, like the Realme 3, it might not have fast charging support. The Realme 3i is going to be powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 chipset, which is the predecessor of Helio P70 SoC which made an appearance on the Realme 3. The phone also features a dual-camera setup on the back, but its configuration is not yet known. However, what can be deduced based from its first look is, it sports a dewdrop notch above the display. The Indian pricing of the phone will be unveiled on Monday and if the leaked Geekbench listing is to be true, then we can expect the handset to feature 4GB of RAM in at least one of its variants. realmerealme 3irealme 3i batteryrealme 3i camera First Published: July 12, 2019, 4:05 PM IST | Edited by: Shreya Basaklast_img read more

first_img bandaru dattatreyaBJPChandrababu Naiducongress First Published: April 22, 2019, 11:13 PM IST Hyderabad: Former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya on Monday said that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance will retain power in the Centre by winning more than 300 seats. Dattatreya predicted the BJP’s seat tally taking into account the route of the ruling Telugu Desam party president and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu and the possible victory of YSR Congress Party. Dattatreya has also ridiculed Chandrababu Naidu’s nationwide campaign against the BJP during the polls. “Naidu will face a serious drubbing in the polls,” he told media persons in Nizamabad. The former union minister said that Naidu’s tour will not deter the BJP’s winning chances as the people are not ready to support the Congress, which is known for corruption and scams. On the other hand, “the TDP chief is resorting to vendetta politics after snapping ties with the NDA regime after four and half year for special status or promises of bifurcation act,” he addedDattatreya further opined that Chandrababu Naidu’s campaign against the BJP will only benefit the saffron party instead of showing negative impact in the polls. He also rubbished chances of an impact by Congress or the Federal Front being mooted by TRS supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. “There is no scope for the Congress-led UPA to win the majority of the seats as the BJP will retain power,” he said. “The BJP will easily win the polls by getting more than 300 MP seats,” the former minister maintained. “Such a situation does not prevail in the country where the Congress or the Federal Front can take on the might of the ruling BJP,” he added.On the Federal Front, Dattatreya said, it will prove a damp squib and there will be no other front of regional parties to come to power. Reacting on ‘BJP Mukth Bharath’ jibe by AICC Chief Rahul Gandhi, Dattatreya said that the Modi wave will throw away the opposition in the polls and the results will be in the favour of the BJP on May 23. Dattatreya exuded confidence that the BJP led NDA is sure to win more than 300 seats and form the government in the Centre.”In Nizamabad, TRS MP Candidate Kavitha is very close to face defeat as the BJP is set to win the segment this time,” the former union minister said. He added that the TRS will lose the Lok Sabha Polls and will not get 16 MP seats as is being claimed by the ruling party leadership. Expecting defeat in the LS polls, the TRS leadership is making a hue and cry for holding the local bodies polls for ZPTCs and MPTCs, he said. Dattatreya expressed concern at the untimely rains for its adverse impact on the crops. The government should help the farmers for crop loss. last_img read more

first_img bengalcongressLok Sabha elections 2019Narendra Modi First Published: May 15, 2019, 5:10 PM IST In an exclusive interview with News18’s Amitabh Sinha and Brajesh Kumar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on several issues that are dominating the narrative this election season. From the BJP’s fortunes to poll violence in West Bengal, PM Modi opened up about several issues. Here are the top five quotes from his interview: 1. This is the first election where ‘Modi’ is also a poll issue. Maybe this has never happened before in this country that those who want to win talk of Modi and those who want to defeat us also have Modi on their mind.2. I feel I belong to the caste of the poor. The situation of the poor, even after so many years of Independence, pains me immensely. It’s not that we could not have done anything for them; in 10 years of the Opposition’s rule, they built 25 lakh houses, while in five years, we constructed 1.5 crore houses. If this work had been done earlier, Modi would not have to build toilets, construct houses or ensure road connectivity to villages.3. People who believe in democracy and are neutral, their silence is most deafening because they are ready to forgive everything in their hatred for Modi. This is setting a dangerous trend for the country. You see, when one talks of terrorism, the example of Jammu and Kashmir is the first one thinks about. But even in J&K, during panchayat elections, there was not a single incident of violence at any of the poll booths. But during polls in Bengal, several people were killed, the houses of those who won were burnt down and they had to flee to states such as Jharkhand — all because they won.4. I believe that people interested in image building are busy trying to tarnish my image for the past 20 years, which has actually backfired. I pity them. I don’t believe there is polarisation but if there is a divide, is it horizontal or vertical? If it does exist, the poor today are polarised and identify with Modi.5. The BJP will come back to power with a bigger vote share and better margin. In a way, it will be a glorious entry for us; not because of our strategy but because the people are fighting the elections this time. You would be surprised to know that all the slogans used during the elections have come from the public. Our PR agency or party did not come up with any slogans. “Aayega toh Modi hi” was a slogan I heard from the people. ​ last_img read more

first_img Hyundai invests $90M in Croatian startup Rimac to build an electric super-hatch The fastest cars in the world It’s not easy being green. Why EVs have a long road to replace gas vehicles 2019 BMW M2 Competition review Toyota covers a Prius in solar cells to boost its range by 27 miles For many buyers whose top priority is a car that won’t break down, the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study is gospel. J.D. Power just released the results of its 2019 Initial Quality Study, and the Korean trio of Genesis, Kia, and Hyundai took the top three spots.Luxury brand Genesis ranked highest, followed by sibling brands Kia and Hyundai. It’s a big win for Genesis which, as a relative newcomer to the luxury segment, needs to build credibility with buyers. The high scores achieved by Kia and Hyundai show that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a quality car. This is the second year in a row that the three Korean brands have swept the top three spots, and it’s Kia’s fifth consecutive year as the top-ranked mass-market brand. Ford, Lincoln, Chevrolet, Nissan, Dodge, Lexus, and Toyota rounded out the top 10. Fiat and Tesla were not included due to inadequate sample size, according to J.D. Power.J.D. Power calculates initial quality by tracking the number of problems experienced by car buyers and lessees within the first 90 days of ownership. Automakers are ranked based on the average number of problems per 100 vehicles. The lower the number, the better. Genesis averaged 63 problems per 100 vehicles, while Kia and Hyundai averaged 70 problems and 71 problems, respectively. The industry average was 93 problems per 100 vehicles.At the other end of the scale, Jaguar ranked lowest in initial quality, with sibling brand Land Rover just above it. Jaguar averaged 130 problems per 100 vehicles, while Land Rover averaged 123 problems. Mitsubishi was third from the bottom, with an average 121 problems per 100 vehicles.In addition to ranking automakers, J.D. Power also ranks individual models. Genesis, Kia, and Hyundai vehicles topped many categories, although it wasn’t a clean sweep. The model with the highest overall ranking also wasn’t from any of the Korean brands. It was the Porsche 911, an impressive achievement considering that, as a brand, Porsche only ranked 16th in initial quality.The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study can be a valuable tool for car buyers, but the scores must be viewed in context. Many reported problems are design or usability issues, not defects. One of the biggest problem areas continues to be infotainment systems, which many customers still find difficult to use. That’s annoying, but it doesn’t mean a car is more likely to break down. Actual defects, including paint imperfections, brake and suspension noises, engines that won’t start, and check engine lights, did crop up frequently as well, according to J.D. Power. Editors’ Recommendationslast_img read more

first_imgThere’s no escaping the future. Sooner or later, most of our home appliances will be connected, to each other, to our phones, and to the Internet at large. It has never been so easy to get started. A smart bulb here, a smart plug there, a smart speaker in the living room. But just because something is easy or inevitable doesn’t mean you should go rushing in. Considering what’s at stake, it’s even more necessary for us to take stock of the situation and get a better sense of what you gain and what you lose when you make your home smart, sometimes smarter than you even. (Image credit: Ubuntu Insights)AutomationAutomation is really the biggest benefit to all these connected devices and appliances. Sure, it might be fancy to control your lights from afar, using your voice or your finger, but unless you’re able to automate those actions, you simply moved the light switch away from the wall and closer to you. You might as well have a remote control for the light and stop at that.Automation allows you to do a number of things, like set when those lights turn on or off or control multiple devices at the same time. Most of these things still have to be manually programmed, however, though only once or twice at most. For better or worse, they’re still not smart enough to discern our needs and wants based on our habits. At least not yet.KnowledgeBeing connected to the Internet, smart home products also bring us knowledge in the form of notifications and status reports. Smart home security systems do even better by letting us know what’s happening right when and where it happens, sometimes even allowing the user to respond immediately. They can alert us to danger or to a depleted supply of eggs.That knowledge doesn’t come without a price, literally. Some of the smaller devices have no extra cost for notifying you of events, but most security cameras have storage and service fees attached to them. There are also limits to how much data can be stored, either locally or in the cloud. It’s best to opt for services and products that let you keep your own copies for as long as you like.StabilitySmartThings users had a rough start of the week. Imagine their confusion and dread when they realized they had to walk over to their appliances and manually control them. All because the SmartThings hub and app suddenly stopped working. Samsung, who now owns SmartThings, said it had already fixed the issue that affected only the stereotypical “small subset” of users. It still brought an issue with smart homes to light.The smart home market is relatively young and there will be growing pains along the way. Apps might break after an update, networks might get disconnected, and services might go down. While some connected products are able to communicate directly through a hub, some features do require connecting to a remote server somewhere. Those are especially worrisome for other reasons.SecuritySmart lock owners had an even bigger scare last year. Some who had HomeKit-enabled smart locks found out that the latest iOS 11.2 update back then virtually left their doors somewhat open. A bug in the software would have given a certain class of people control over those smart locks. To its credit, Apple quickly moved to resolve the issue as well.That said, security remains the biggest fear in this connected world. And it’s not even just about smart locks or smart security systems either. With the proliferation of smart home devices, home Wi-Fi networks become an even juicier target for hackers who now stand to harvest more and profit more than by simply compromising your desktop or phone.PrivacyPrivacy is the other side of the same coin that security is on. Privacy here, however, doesn’t just mean privacy from hackers. It can also refer to privacy from the very companies you put your trust in. While it’s technically possible, depending on the devices and platforms you use, most smart home systems will connect or rely on a remote service run by this or that company. And those companies, more often than not, will always collect a piece of your information, usually in the name of improving the service. Presuming, of course, they’re really being honest.What to doIt’s not all doom and gloom in the smart home market, of course. These are simply the expected obstacles that a growing industry needs to quickly overcome to establish credibility and trust. But you don’t have wait for things to settle down before wading into the smart home pool. You just need to practice more care than you would with your smartphone or computer.Start small, use only what you needIf you’re still on the fence, you can’t go too wrong with smart lighting and smart bulbs. They’re pretty much the most basic form of home automation there is. They also don’t always have much personal data to harvest, except maybe for usage stats. And don’t go overboard spending on what you don’t need yet. Good thing market prices make that pretty difficult anyway.Secure your networkAll these connected devices, unfortunately, have one point of failure: your home network. Most if not all will connect to your home Wi-Fi, be it a router or any other networking equipment. Should that fall or fail, your entire castle falls. You may skimp on your email password or don’t even set a PIN code for your phone, but your router’s security setting is not something you can afford to be lazy about, especially in a smart home scenario.Don’t put all your eggs in one basketIt might be easy to drink the marketing juice that companies and platforms offer, but do realize that you are also putting your entire home in one company’s hands. It might be a safer bet to have a heterogeneous mix of devices communicating with a common language. But as the SmartThings incident showed, it is also good to have a backup. Most of these devices can be controlled individually anyway.Check your settingsAlways check your device and app settings, especially those relating to privacy. Make sure you’re only giving up enough information to make things function and never more. And check back on those settings whenever an update arrives unless someone does a Microsoft on you and flips the settings without your knowledge, much less your consent.Wrap-up: Be vigilantThe growing rate of our reliance on the Internet and our smartphones means that it’s only really a matter of time before most homes become connected as well. Sadly, throughout the history of computers and mobile devices, humanity as a whole hasn’t exactly evolved to adopt better habits, especially security practices. Considering the lives that may be literally at stake, however, smart homes are the one area where users can’t slack off and leave everything in the hands of companies that may have other priorities, not to mention values, in mind. Smart homes, just like smartphones, don’t make us smarter. They require us to be so.last_img read more

The implementation is still a bit rough and it will still pretty much feel like you’re running a special Chrome tab sans the usual toolbars. Technically, you are and it will even show up as “Google Chrome” in Windows’ task manager. Still, it’s a crucial first step towards a Web-centric and, therefore, Google-centric world of apps. Web apps have been battling for supremacy ever since browsers could display more than just text and images. Initially there were these heavy and clunky web applets vying for space against desktop apps. Things then took a different turn with the arrival of smartphones and mobile apps. Now with Google as its biggest champion, web apps have taken on a new name and a new strategy. With Chrome 70, Google is aiming to put Progressive Web apps on the same level as native apps, be it desktop or mobile, though it may still need a few rounds of polishing before it gets there. Progressive Web Apps or PWAs are the new breed of apps that, in a nutshell, use the trinity of web technologies (HTML, CSS, and JS) to create frontends to Internet services. Unlike native desktop and mobile apps, these PWAs can run in any standards-compliant browser or, in this case, Chrome. Unlike native desktop or mobile apps, however, their integration with the platform might be less than ideal.With Chrome 70, visiting a site with a PWA would offer the option to install that web app, at least on Windows 10. Mac and Linux support are still a few releases away. If you agree to it, a shortcut to the PWA app, for example Twitter or Spotify, will be created in the Windows 10 Start Menu. launching that will make it seem like you’re running a native, or at least a Windows 10 UWP app. That is, until you put it side by side the UWP app. read more

Amazon has rolled out new features for Alexa and Alexa for Business, enabling their users to find free time on their calendar and add their calendars as an action in Routines. As well, Amazon has launched its Reminders API for developers. With this, devs can help their customers get reminders for things like upcoming sports games and trips. Some early Alexa users had complained about the personal assistant’s relatively lackluster calendar support, but Amazon has slowly changed that over time. Users can access certain calendars using Alexa, and thanks to this most recent update, they can also use it to find free time in their schedule or hear the day’s events as part of a Routine.The first of the two new features, calendar availability browsing, helps users figure out when they have some free time. “Alexa, when do I have free time this weekend?” is one given example, as is, “When do I have thirty minutes available on Tuesday?”Alexa will automatically scan the calendar and reveal which blocks of time are open. As well, Alexa users who take advantage of the Routines feature are able to add calendars as one of the Routine’s actions. The integration supports the day’s calendar, the next day’s calendar, or the next scheduled event.AdChoices广告Amazon explains that by setting this up, the user is able to say their Routine phrase, such as “Alexa, good morning,” to hear not only their existing data, such as the traffic and news, but also whatever is on their calendar for the day. The Reminders API, meanwhile, will enable developers to provide reminders to their users, which could include everything from an alert for an upcoming flight to a reminder when a favorite TV show is about to come on. read more

first_imgWe’re not exactly sure about the level of hype that’s needed to actually push an announcement to an earlier date. We’re not even sure how much hype the alleged Nokia 9 has generated so far. There’s definitely some talk about it, mostly because of its insane number of cameras all on one side. It still has nothing on camera maker Light’s planned 9-lens smartphone though.Still, the Nokia 9, a.k.a. Nokia 9 PureView, is definitely going to be at least curious. How will HMD Global justify the added cameras, added build expenses, and, therefore, added price tag? There’s really only so much you can do with smartphone cameras before they almost become redundant or superfluous. In the smartphone industry, more doesn’t always mean better, as Google’s Pixel phones continue to prove.The Nokia 9 has actually been rumored for quite some time now, going as far back as last year even. It might have been scheduled for an announcement at MWC 2019 next year but, thanks to that supposed media hype, HMD will reportedly do it earlier. Still in 2019 but earlier, which could mean CES or some random day in between.AdChoices广告Other than the five cameras, though, the Nokia 9 might have some trouble differentiating itself from the rest of the 2018 brood. In terms of specs, it’s the regular mix of Snapdragon 845, with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, and a 5.9-inch no-notch display. Then again, that would be HMD Global’s most powerful flagship to date and most likely will also be its most expensive. Smartphones seem to be getting crazier and crazier, perhaps as an attempt to keep users excited and interested in them. From bezel-less notched screens to triple cameras to sliding or elevating cameras to foldable screens, you think you’ve seen it all. That is, until you’ve laid eyes on the Nokia 9, or at least what it’s believed to be. The smartphone, which supposedly has not three not even four but five lenses, all on its back, is now tipped to debut sooner than originally intended. All thanks to the media hype around it. Story TimelineThis Nokia 9 Android has 5+ cameras, looms as iPhone X Plus nearsNokia 9 images are here: 5 lenses, bonkers realitylast_img read more

first_imgIf you’re still reeling from the whole Web 2.0 hype and buzz just a few years ago, don’t worry. Web 3.0 still isn’t a thing and is primarily pushed by the most ardent supporters of blockchains. It’s one of those technologies that an even smaller number of people understand compared to Web 2.0. In a nutshell, however, it’s all about having decentralized systems with no single point of failure or control, all protected and governed by cryptography.Since cryptography is the currency of Web 3.0, you’ll need a wallet to keep those keys and coins safe. Opera introduced a built-in Crypto Wallet in its Android app and it’s now bringing that to the desktop as well. More than just storing cryptocurrency, Opera’s wallet also stores your identification for these Web 3.0 sites, services, and apps. For now, it seems that only the Ethereum dApps are supported.Of course, the release isn’t just about Web 3.0 either. Opera 60 also brings other privacy-related improvements across the board, like a faster built-in VPN service and more convenient ad-blocking. It also improves on sharing content with paired smartphones, including syncing that Crypto Wallet. Opera 60 “Reborn 3” also gets a facelift that the browser maker calls “borderless design”, almost in line with the bezel-less trends in smartphones. On a side note, Opera has also started a privacy-focused campaign, which includes a short film, that takes a subtle jab at Google in Europe. While Google and Mozilla are fighting over becoming the web browser on all platforms, Opera is fighting a different battle. It is waging war against the institutions and companies that would steal people’s information from under their noses. That isn’t just science fiction and it’s pretty much the reality that the likes of Facebook have slapped in our faces. That’s why the browser maker is rolling out Opera version 60, codenamed “Reborn 3” to fight that good fight using blockchains, Crypto Wallets, and Web 3.0.last_img read more

first_imgThough that case has been dropped in the time since Assange first arrived at the embassy, he still had an outstanding warrant issued by the Westminster Magistrates’ Court for failing to surrender to the court. On top of that, the United States has also issued an extradition warrant for conspiracy to commit computer intrusion – not for publishing classified information – but he’s been able to dodge these warrants by claiming asylum with Ecuador. So, what’s changed after all these years?As the BBC reports, Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno withdrew the country’s offer of asylum after it became clear that Assange was still “involved in interfering in internal affairs of other states.” Moreno pointed to WikiLeaks’ January 2019 publication of Vatican documents in his statement, noting that Ecuador has “reached its limit on the behavior of Mr. Assange.”So, with that offer of asylum officially withdrawn, Ecuador worked with the Metropolitan Police to allow them to enter the embassy and arrest Assange. The Metropolitan Police said today that in addition to that outstanding warrant for failing to surrender to the court, Assange has also been arrested on behalf of the United States.AdChoices广告The US Department of Justice has published an indictment for Assange [PDF] in which he’s charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion in relation to the 2010 Chelsea Manning leaks, which were published by WikiLeaks. Assuming he is extradited to the United States, Assange faces up to five years in prison.At the moment, Assange is being held at a central London police station and will appear before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court later today. We’ll see what happens from here, but it seems there’s a real possibility of Assange being extradited to the United States to answer for his alleged crimes. Stay tuned. Story TimelineJulian Assange seeks crowdfunding for whistleblower monumentJulian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship after 5 years in embassyEcuador cuts WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s Internet access The UK Metropolitan Police announced today that it has arrested WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, ending a years-long standoff that saw Assange claiming asylum with Ecuador and taking refuge in the country’s embassy in London. Assange first took up residence in the embassy in 2012 in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden in a sexual assault case.last_img read more

first_imgPlex announced the changes on Thursday in a long, mostly confusing blog post detailing a presumably fictional situation involving a lot of Italian food references, a van, and a person named Hector. It’s difficult to parse exactly what is new with this latest Plex update, but we do know that Artist TV is among it. Artist TV utilizes TIDAL to provide subscribers and Plex Pass holders with direct access to music video streaming, which is available through Apple TV, iOS, Android, and Android TV. Users get a number of options in addition to playing the music videos, including adding the artist to their TIDAL account and library.As well, the new change enables Plex Pass subscribers to populate their music library via a TIDAL subscription; the added music will be listed next to the Plex user’s existing audio collection, seamlessly providing the entire batch in a single place. The changes increase the quantity and type of content users can access directly through Plex, which has increasingly become a one-stop-shop for video, news, podcasts, and music. In addition to its streaming music support, users are able to add their own downloaded audio files to their home media server, retrieve, and play that content through their TV and mobile devices via Plex. Story TimelinePlex adds Web Shows feature to stream free online contentPlex integrates TIDAL and offers subscriptions on the cheapPlex gets sleek new UI with improved navigation on Roku, Apple TV Home media center software Plex has been updated with new features related to the music streaming service TIDAL, which arrived on the platform back in November. Under the support, TIDAL subscribers and Plex Pass holders can stream the service’s entire music catalog from within the Plex app, something that has been expanded to include Artist TV, which apparently enables users to directly play music videos.last_img read more

first_imgSmart speakers and their cousins smart displays and smart thermostats are the new darlings of the consumer tech market. The convenience and sometimes entertainment provided by these products and services seem to outweigh privacy concerns in users’ minds. Many simply accept that companies need them to improve their service and presume said companies will protect their privacy. That’s not always the case and, thanks to a series of reports from various news sources, Amazon’s Alexa might come out as the worst offender. Story TimelineAmazon Alexa recorded audio clips aren’t as secret as you think [Update]Amazon Alexa’s human auditors could access users’ locations Here are the facts that Amazon itself is willing to confirm. Alexa, via the Echo or third-party speakers, does record audio but Amazon insists that it happens only when it hears the wake word (usually “Alexa”). It also confirms that these recordings are kept and processed to improve the service. Unfortunately, that’s not the end of the story as The Washington Post’s report points out.For one, it cites the recent revelation that these recordings are, in fact, heard by human “auditors”, something the company didn’t fully disclose before. Amazon insists that it takes great care to protect the privacy and anonymity of these recordings but follow up reports indicate that might not always be the case. Add that to the fact that Alexa mishears phrases and words as the trigger, and you’ve got a recipe for an embarrassing privacy nightmare.The Post’s Geoffrey Fowler points out another problem with Amazon’s system. It doesn’t give users the option to stop Alexa from saving these audio clips in the first place. It does have an option to delete your activity history but only if you know where to look and remember to delete it regularly. Otherwise, Alexa will always be recording your utterances and sending them to strangers.AdChoices广告Amazon and other companies that provide similar services would argue that they need that data to improve their AI, which is technically true. Google, however, surprisingly provides an option not to save those commands after they have been processed and used. Apple, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to be interested in that data at all and simply lets smart speakers and iPhones communicated directly with one another. Then again, that could explain why Siri isn’t highly regarded to be as smart as Alexa or Google Assistant in that aspect.last_img read more

first_imgThe Vantage AMR is a special and limited edition car with only 200 units being made for global consumption. Of that 200 units, 59 of them will be Vantage 59 specification. All versions use the same 4.0L twin-turbo V8 making 510ps and 625 nm of torque.The Vantage 59 version has a special livery to celebrate the 1959 24 hours of Le Mans. The special manual transmission inside the car has a dog-leg first gear. The car has a limited slip differential that is tuned and calibrated by Aston. The 7-speed manual transmission has AMShift Technology that is driver selectable. That feature uses the clutch, gear position, and prop shaft sensors to mimic heel-toe downshifts and match revolutions. The point is to make gearshifts and cornering smoother and to provide minimal interruption to acceleration. While Aston removed the automatic transmission and added a manual, it also added carbon ceramic brakes as standard. The loss of the automatic and the carbon ceramic brakes shave 95kg from the car. Of the 141 Vantage AMR cars that aren’t the Vantage 59 specification, there will be only a few color options. Aston Martin has unveiled a new sports car, and this one is meant to celebrate manual transmission performance. It has a 7-speed manual transmission and can reach a top speed of 195 mph. Aston says the Vantage AMR can hit 60 mph in 3.9-seconds. Colors include Sabiro Blue, Onyx Black, China Grey or White Stone. Aston says that the Vantage 59 will sell for $204,995 and that it is offered on a first come basis. The other rides will sell for $179,995 in the US. Aston says that the Vantage will feature a manual gearbox as an option starting in Q1 2020. Vantage AMD deliveries will begin in Q4 2019.last_img read more

first_imgViewpoints: Medicaid’s Payback; Orszag Says Brill Missed Key Point; Dems’ ‘Bargaining Chips’ A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. Steven Brill’s new book about the process of passing the Affordable Care Act is so meticulously reported, I found myself surprised by many details of a process I myself was deeply involved in. … A substantial amount of skepticism, perhaps even within the White House, existed about whether the health-care legislation did enough on costs. Yet the cost curve in health care is bending more drastically than even I believed possible in the fall of 2009. That’s because the collective impact of the legislation’s individual measures, along with similar changes in the private sector, has produced a shift in perspective and therefore behavior among health-care leaders. This is a significant point that Brill fails to acknowledge. (Peter R. Orszag, 1/12) Given the remarkable advances that have been made in the last 50 or so years in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and surgical procedures, it’s not a surprise that people want more, and more invasive, care than they have had in the past. Just as it’s hard to do nothing when you’re ill, it’s sometimes hard to do less than the maximum when there are different treatments to choose from. (Dr. Aaron E. Carroll, 1/12) A 1992 editorial singled out self-referral as a prime example of the “growing encroachment of commercialism on medical practice” previously characterized as the “medical-industrial complex.” Regrettably, more than 2 decades later, this observation of the failing of responsible professionalism still rings true. The recent GAO analysis reaffirms the inescapable effects of physician self-referral on increasing Medicare Part B spending. Viewed in this light, the GAO reports must be seen as nothing less than a call for action. Congress should address the relative shortcomings of the well-meaning if ineffective Stark provisions and enact simpler and enforceable ordinances in its stead. Failure to do so would constitute a costly opportunity missed. (Drs. Eli Y. Adashi and Robert P. Kocher, 1/12) When advocates talk about the advantages of government health care, they often talk about a moral obligation to ensure equal access. Or they describe the immediate health and economic rewards of giving people a way to pay for their care. Now a novel study presents another argument for the medical safety net, at least for children: Giving them health coverage may boost their future earnings for decades. And the taxes they pay on those higher incomes may help pay the government back for some of its investment. (Margot Sanger-Katz, 1/12) The New York Times’ The Upshot: How Medicaid For Children Recoups Much Of Its Cost In The Long Run The New York Times’ The Upshot: Doing More For Patients Often Does No Good Our national debt is more than $18 trillion, and the American taxpayer is hurting. If we, as a country, have decided to spend taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars on funding science and research, then we need to spend wisely. … Similarly, the National Institutes of Health has engaged in the funding of wasteful projects like $258,000 on a website for the first lady’s White House garden.These programs might sound merely frivolous, but the problem is that when the NSF or NIH funds projects of these kinds, there is less money to support good scientific research that can yield technological breakthroughs and opportunities for economic growth. Ebola-related scientific research is something that Americans want to prioritize, yet this important research is competing with wasteful grants. (Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, 1/12) Karen Kurokawa was happy to pay her husband’s Kaiser Permanente bill. She just wanted to know why Kaiser had adjusted it almost $2,000 higher. The fact that the Culver City resident couldn’t get a straight answer from Kaiser, even after she filed a formal grievance, highlights the challenge patients face in knowing their true healthcare costs. The episode also raises questions about Kaiser’s billing system. Kurokawa said she was told by a senior company executive that “things happened that shouldn’t have happened, and things that should have happened didn’t.” (David Lazarus, 1/12) Los Angeles Times: A Fishy Fee ‘Adjustment’ From Kaiser JAMA: Physician Self-Referral center_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. There are roughly 11 million Americans over age 65 with diabetes. Most of them take medications to reduce their blood sugar levels. The majority reach an average blood sugar target, or “hemoglobin A1C,” of less than 7 percent. Why? Early studies showed that this can reduce the risk of diabetes complications, including eye, kidney and nerve problems. As a result, for more than a decade, medical societies, pharmaceutical companies and diabetes groups have campaigned with a simple, concrete message — to get below seven. … Doctors are often rewarded based on how many of their patients hit the target. … But, at least for older people, there are serious problems with the below-seven paradigm. (Dr. Kasia Lipska, 1/12) Price is the major factor that distinguishes the cost of our system from those in other developed nations. The sticker shock of some medical services and drugs is also the dimension of the health-cost problem most visible to the public. So it’s interesting that most efforts in this country to address health-care costs don’t focus on price much at all. Instead, they focus on reforming the delivery of health care and provider reimbursement to reduce the volume of health care Americans use and to weed out unnecessary procedures and hospitals days. (Drew Altman, 1/12) The Wall Street Journal: High Health-Care Prices: More Talk Than Action Politico: No, The GOP Is Not At War With Science The New York Times: When Diabetes Treatment Goes Too Far Modern Healthcare: Should Dems Keep ACA Bargaining Chips In Case Supreme Court Strikes Down Subsidies? [Senate Democrats] must be aware that the Supreme Court in June may invalidate the ACA’s premium subsidies in 37 states. That would cripple the law unless the GOP-controlled Congress somehow agrees to restore the subsidies. Surely the Democrats also know that the Republicans would demand a very high price for doing so—if they would even consider it. So one wonders what Senate Democrats like Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who say they support the ACA overall, are thinking in being willing at this point to give up the 30-hour workweek rule, which might well be one of Democrats’ bargaining chips. (Harris Meyer, 1/11) Bloomberg: What Brill’s ‘Bitter Pill’ Gets Wrong On Obamacare last_img read more

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The New York Times: Seeking Rate Increases, Insurers Use Guesswork Politico: Insurers Seek Double-Digit Obamacare Hikes Health insurance premiums could rise more than 30 percent next year for some people in Illinois who have bought individual plans, a hefty increase that insurers say is driven by the costs of members’ medical bills. The largest average rate increases in the state were proposed for certain plans offered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Coventry Health Care and Assurant Health, according to a list of proposed increases exceeding 10 percent that was posted Monday on the healthcare.gov website. (Venteicher, 6/1) The Charlotte Observer: Blue Cross Proposing 25.7% Rate Hike For ACA Plans In NC The Wall Street Journal: More Health-Care Insurers Seek Big Premium Increases Chicago Tribune: Some Steep Increases In Health Premiums Expected In Illinois In 2016 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the state’s largest health insurer, said Monday it is seeking an average 25.7 percent rate increase for customers covered under the Affordable Care Act. The proposed rate hike is double last year’s 13.5 percent increase approved for Blue Cross, an indication that health insurance costs continue to rise despite the federal health care law. The Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010 to expand coverage and also to stem runaway health care costs. (Murawski, 6/1) Dozens of health insurers say higher-than-expected care costs and other expenses blindsided them this year, and they’re going to have to hike premiums for individual policies well-beyond 10 percent for 2016. The proposed double-digit hikes would apply to plans sold on the health insurance exchanges created under President Barack Obama’s law, as well as individual coverage sold through brokers and agents. (Murphy, 6/1) center_img The Obama administration published more information Monday about hefty premium increases for 2016 sought by large insurers selling plans under the health law. Major carriers from around the country are proposing big increases in the premium rates paid by consumers who buy insurance policies on their own. (Radnofsky and Armour, 6/1) Health insurers are asking federal and state regulators to sign off on double-digit rate hikes for hundreds of Obamacare plans next year, increases that are being driven by skyrocketing drug costs and better data on how healthy or sick their customers are. On Monday, the Obama administration posted proposed premium hikes from a wide range of carriers — including major players like Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans — and their rate requests provide the most comprehensive preview yet of what insurers expect for the 2016 enrollment season. (Demko, 6/1) Several health insurers in Michigan are seeking double-digit rate hikes for plans they sell to individuals, as industry representatives cite pricey drugs and pent-up demand for health care among the newly insured. Insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is requesting permission for an average 11.3% jump in rates and 9.7 % jump in its Blue Care Network plans. Those plans cover 310,000 individuals in the state. (Reindl and Erb, 6/1) The Associated Press: Many Health Insurers Go Big On Initial 2016 Rate Requests The Detroit Free Press: Some Michigan Insurers Seeking Hefty Price Hikes Insurers Seek Hefty Rate Increases For Obamacare Plans In the three dozen states that are using healthcare.gov as their health law insurance marketplace, insurers are requesting widely different rate increases — often in the double digits — which reportedly are driven by factors such as the high cost of drugs and better data on the health status of customers, according to information released Monday by the federal government. In a sign of the tumult in the health insurance industry under the Affordable Care Act, companies are seeking wildly differing rate increases in premiums for 2016, with some as high as 85 percent, according to information released on Monday by the federal government for the 37 states using HealthCare.gov as their exchange. The data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services included only proposed rate increases of 10 percent or more, and federal officials emphasized that it would be months before final rates were set. Regulators in some states have the authority to overrule rate increases they deem to be too high. (Abelson, 6/1) last_img read more