Sony MWC 2018 event confirmed CEO still committed to phones

first_imgThere are a few smartphone makers that struggle year after year but refuse to throw in the towel. Sony is perhaps one of the longest-running among those. Many have already prophesied, even called for, the demise of its mobile business but by confirming its MWC 2018 press conference, it is reaffirming its commitment to smartphones. The reason for that commitment that chief executive Kaz Hirai gives, however, might make you scratch your head even more. After an initial period of fame and success, Sony’s smartphones have seemingly been left by the wayside, pushed out of the race by rivals like Apple, Samsung, and a host of Chinese brands. Its design has changed very little over the years and, apparently, that might be because of the philosophy of Sony president and CEO Hirai.Hirai is credited for patching up what was regarded to be a fast-sinking ship and turning it around. In addition to his hands-on approach, he also had a few principles that he implanted in Sony’s culture. One is to aim for an emotional response rather than a technical one. The other is not to change a winning design every year for the sake of changing it. That is how he believes they can create emotional value.That philosophy may not completely apply to the fast-paced smartphone industry but, as can be seen by year after year of Xperia phones, it is one that the company’s mobile business lives by. Sony has no qualms that the business isn’t doing well but Hirai has no intention of letting go. And it’s not because he’s a firm believer that the smartphone is the future. Instead, it’s because he sees the smartphone as their ticket in the communications space.“The reason we’re doing that is not because we think smartphones are the future, but because we have to have some devices connected to a network in order to communicate. If we get out of the [communications] space, we won’t have the opportunity to play in the next paradigm shift.”“It’s not about the smartphones of today; it’s more about looking beyond smartphones – at what are we going to be doing – and to be a player in this space; ideally to be a leader. For that strategic reason, I want to make sure we stay, not in the smartphone business, per se, but in the communications business.”That may explain why Sony doesn’t seem so concerned about the poor performance of its smartphones in the market. As long as it does have phones in the market, it seems to be content with supplying components, like image sensors, for other smartphone makers. Of course, that doesn’t mean it will stop trying. On 26th February, at 08:30 CET, Sony will be holding a press conference at MWC 2018 in Barcelona, where it is expected to announce, among other things, a new Xperia XZ Pro, which, if the rumors are true, might be its most radical change in smartphone design yet.SOURCE: The Guardianlast_img read more

Samsung ISOCELL Dual brings bokeh to midrange budget phones

first_imgDual cameras, mostly on the back and sometimes even on the front, are all the rage these days. Almost anyone and everyone, including makers of mid-range to entry-level phones have them. But adding those features isn’t as straightforward nor as cost-efficient, especially for smaller companies. To help these companies, and corner the dual camera sensor market in the process, Samsung is offering what it bills as the industry’s first total dual camera solution. Which is just marketing speak for bundling its ISOCELL Dual image sensors with the software necessary to pull off features like bokeh and low-light photography. Just because you have the camera hardware doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll produce great images, as seen initially on the Essential PH-1 and OnePlus 5/5T. Conversely, you might have “just OK” cameras but pull off the best photos thanks to software, something proven twice by the Google Pixel phones. Ideally, you’ll want to have both camera hardware and image processing software working perfectly together. To keep costs low, however, many mid-range and most low-tier phones have to compromise.Samsung is now offering them a way out, so to speak. It has gone into the business of offering its newly-branded ISOCELL image sensors to other phone makers but that was only for the hardware. Now it’s bringing in its proprietary software and algorithms in a single package to bring two popular features to these lower tier phones. That means you can enjoy bokeh or low-light shooting (LLS) even on cheaper phones.There wasn’t a typo in that previous sentence. You can enjoy bokeh or LLS. The way Samsung has worded its press release, it seems you’ll have to choose one feature over the other. It is basically offering two ISOCELL Dual, that is dual camera sensors, packages. One combines a 13 megapixel and 5 megapixel image sensors with its refocusing algorithm, necessary for pulling off a bokeh effect. The other bundles two 8 megapixel image sensors with its LLS algorithm. We’ll just presume that both bundles are capable of both features, just to varying degrees.Although not entirely new to the market, Samsung’s image sensors, especially for phones, has been used very little outside its own smartphones. Emboldened by the success of its flagship phones, Samsung has branched off those image sensors into its own ISOCELL brand in the hopes of establishing a solid footing in another market the way its other semiconductor products have.last_img read more

Siri needs these features to catch up with the competition

first_imgTranslationAdmittedly, this might be a lesser use case for smart assistants, at least as far as live, on the spot use is concerned. It is, however, a growing one, especially with two of Apple’s biggest competitors in this market trying to outdo each other in the ability to translate spoken words on the fly. Google’s Pixel Buds, the direct competitor to Apple’s AirPods, do this for the Pixel 2. And rumor has it that Amazon is working on giving Alexa such a skill. Siri, unfortunately, is still behind and can only do very basic translations and pronunciations, and only when you ask it to. E-commerceWhen was the last time you asked your smart assistant to buy you something? Never? That’s about to change soon. Amazon is, of course, already miles ahead of anyone else in this race, but Google isn’t falling behind. Samsung has also added some shopping assistant features to Bixby. That leaves Apple pretty much in the dust, without an e-retail platform of its own or with any partner to do it for them. One might argue that Apple isn’t exactly interested in selling people products other than its own stuff, but that can only last it for so long. Like its Apple Music exclusivity on the HomePod.Third-party ecosystemThe biggest hurdle to Siri’s widespread use isn’t exactly the lack of devices or even a smart speaker. It’s Apple’s initial refusal to let others into its garden, followed by a slow-paced welcome. It was only last year, six years after it launched, that Apple finally provided a framework for third-party developers to use to integrate with Siri. And yet SiriKit remains barely used and has a fraction of the “skills” offered by Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. It was as if Apple only begrudgingly released the framework after it realized how it was quickly losing ground in an arena it itself started and, for a time, led.Wrap-upIt is almost tragic to see Siri, the pioneering smart assistant, become the underdog in the race. But like any good underdog story, it doesn’t end at the bottom. If anything, Apple has both the resources and the stubbornness to turn the narrative around and rewrite history yet again. That is, if it can get over its current stubbornness of not accepting how far behind it has come. The smart speaker market is heating up and it’s being driven not just by the “speaker” part but, more importantly, the “smart” part as well. Apple can sing all it wants about the quality of the HomePod’s audio experience, but it will only be a matter of time before high-quality Amazon or Google speakers pop up. Siri, in contrast, might have a harder time catching up with its AI rivals. Here are just five features where Siri has clearly lagged behind Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and maybe even Samsung Bixby. —Hey Siri how many quarts are in a gallon?—What would you like me to convert one gallon to?—Quarts.—Quartz is a mineral composed of silicon and oxygen atoms in a continuous framework…— John Gruber (@gruber) February 14, 2018center_img Multi-user supportThis wasn’t much of a concern when Siri was only available on mobile devices. But with the launch of the HomePod, Siri becomes a free-for-all assistant. More than just an opportunity for awkward or comical moments, it could also be a security concern, especially with Siri’s ability to read or even send messages, announce appointments, and more. There’s also the fact that the HomePod integrates with HomeKit smart home products, which makes the potential security risks even higher.ContextMulti-user support is also part of a bigger feature that Siri is considerably lacking: context. That can many things in this, ahem, context. For one, Siri doesn’t know the context of who is asking it what, a.k.a. multi-user and multi-voice recognition. But it also means knowing the context of questions. That is, follow-up questions. At the moment, Siri isn’t exactly smart when it comes to holding a conversation. It has very short-term memory and mostly forgets what you asked after it has answered. Comically, it sometimes even forgets what you asked after it asked you for a clarification or follow up.last_img read more

Youre apathetic about privacy and Facebook is counting on it

first_imgHowever, the Cambridge Analytica scandal wasn’t to be the end of it. Facebook argued it had closed the loophole which allowed app-makers to extract far more data from users, particularly about their friends, than they had any reasonable need for. Even so, the US FTC decided to open an investigation. Criticism about how Facebook handled smartphone device data followed, with concerns that its mobile apps had a disturbing eagerness to upload all of a user’s contacts – not to mention tapping into their messaging – to the cloud. With tighter European regulation around privacy fast approaching, Facebook has been on the messaging warpath about its new data protection tools. That’s despite not confirming exactly which will be made available to users outside of Europe. Most recently, chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg has faced several days of questioning by the US Congress, though the value of the results has been questionable. Zuckerberg has told lawmakers that Facebook is still investigating what happened in the past with data breaches, and will continue to inform users of their rights and what tools are available to them. All the same, the level of questioning suggests that those in Congress lack in some cases even a basic understanding of how Facebook – or online services more broadly – work. It seems, in fact, that the company is counting on users themselves having a similarly lackluster understanding, and at the end of the day not really caring about Facebook’s privacy blunders. According to Carolyn Everson, its vice president of global marketing solutions, not only are there no signs that users are abandoning the platform in any sort of #DeleteFacebook movement, it’s not expecting any of the privacy furore to hit the company in the wallet. “We have not seen wild changes in behavior with people saying I’m not going to share any data with Facebook anymore,” Everson said at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, the newspaper reports. “We are not anticipating major changes to our overall revenue and business model.” While Facebook is making all the right noises about taking responsibility, it’s clear that the company isn’t taking the threat of users abandoning the site all that seriously. Part of that is just how tricky it is to actually do that, both on a practical basis and in terms of how many other services are tied into having Facebook credentials. The site plans to make those integrations more cautious in terms of the data they give third-party platforms access to.Nonetheless when Facebook’s business, as Zuckerberg memorably told Sen. Hatch this week, is that “we run ads” against content in the News Feed, there’ll always be a struggle to balance demands for privacy with its own need to bring in revenue. That’s skewed all the more in Facebook’s favor, of course, when users themselves show little more than apathy about the protection of their own data. Facebook may be under scrutiny from privacy regulators, and its CEO in the hot seat in front of Congress, but the social network doesn’t expect any of this outrage to affect its bottom line. The site has been repeatedly struck with negative headlines over the past month, beginning with revelations about how it provided third-party apps with user data and allegations that such data was used to manipulate the 2016 US presidential election. Story TimelineFacebook’s “unsend” message tool to go publicHere’s how to see your Facebook info shared with Cambridge AnalyticaFacebook Shadow Profiles: The 5 things you need to knowlast_img read more

Google Duo now on Android tablets Chromebooks multiple devices

first_imgGoogle may have a confusing assortment of communication services but one thing it’s good at is making those services and apps available on almost all platforms and devices. On the heels of making Android Messages available on web browsers, Google is now very silently rolling out wider support for its Duo video-calling service. Now whether you’re on a tablet, a Chromebook, or a different Android smartphone, you can easily make a video call, no sweat at all. Duo is to Google as FaceTime is to Apple. It’s easy to use, uncluttered, and simple. But if it will be competing with FaceTime, it also needs to be available on more than just Android phones or even more than just one Android phone. Consider that problem solved. Well, almost.It’s still unofficial, but XDA reports that Duo now seems to have multi-device support. The way it works, they theorize, is that the Duo account is bound to your Google account on secondary devices. Of course, you’ll still need to associate one with your phone number but it does mean that you can pick up a call on a second phone or other supported device.That “other supported device” now has a name or two. Users are reporting that they are now able to install and use Google Duo on Android tablets. Better yet, you can even install it on a Chromebook (via Google Play Store), though it has only been tested on a Chromebook X2.That definitely now gives Google Duo an edge over other video chat services. Maybe someday it will even work on web browsers. That is, if it doesn’t get axed first.last_img read more

New iPad Pro ad continues Apples computer replacement mantra

first_imgThe new 2018 iPad Pros are simultaneously the most beautiful iPads Apple has made and probably the most divisive ones as well. While it finally got the Apple Pencil right and threw away thick bezels, it also ruffled not a few feathers when it threw out the headphone jack as well as the lightning port for a multi-talented but only half useful USB-C. The biggest controversy, however, might not be in any hardware or feature. Instead, it’s in how Apple kept on hammering the idea of the new iPad Pros as computer replacements, as emphasized by its latest video ad. While there are definitely many who have been able to live off and work on nothing but an iPad Pro, they would also be the first ones to admit that it’s still far from being the computer replacement Apple wants everyone to believe. From compatibility with a large number of peripherals to trackpad/pointer support to even a desktop web browser, Apple is still a few steps short of really replacing mobile PCs with iPad Pros.Curiously, the ad does make a subtle shift in tone near the end. It describes the iPad Pro as “like a computer, unlike any computer”, perhaps an indirect admission that even while it can replace some of the things you do on your computer, it’s still not really a computer. Then again, what is a computer anyway? To be fair, Apple has been singing this tune ever since the first generation of iPad Pros, urging people to ask “what is a computer”. This year, however, the company has really stepped up the rhetoric to levels that even some iPad Pro fans found to be unconvincing. On stage, Apple explicitly pit the iPad Pro’s sales and performance against laptops and now it’s giving five reasons why it should be your next computer.The ad lists reasons such as the A12X processor’s now-famous benchmarks that trumped even some of Apple’s MacBooks, the iPad Pro’s always connected and always on mode of operation, and its flexibility of use as both consumption and creation device. The other two reasons are no-brainers really. No one would probably buy an iPad Pro if not for its Apple Pencil compatibility nor would they want one if their biggest use case is typing rather than touch.center_img Story TimelineNew iPad Pro 2018 official with USB-C, Face ID, flat sidesiPad Pro 2018 hands-on: Better than your laptopiPad Pro Review (2018): Am I wrong, or is Apple?last_img read more

Razer signs OUYAs death warrant

first_imgRemember OUYA? You’d be forgiven if you’d forgotten about the crowdfunded Android console, but allow Razer to jog your memory with news that it’s about to pull the plug once and for all. The OUYA game store is about to expire, and with it will go Forge TV and the MadCatz MOJO game stores too. OUYA was one of the early Kickstarter successes, the tiny square console raising a whopping $8.6 million – more than eight times its original target – for its vision of Android-powered gaming back in 2012. Actually shipping the console took a lot more effort than expected, though.Unfortunately that was just the start of the saga. OUYA met with underwhelming reviews and, despite several funding rounds, struggled to be profitable. By mid-2015, it was hunting for a buyer. That came in the shape of Razer, with the gaming peripherals company snapping up the Android console to live alongside its own Forge TV system. Since then, as the low-profile of both platforms would suggest, it hasn’t exactly been a great success. Now, Razer has confirmed, the whole thing is getting shut down.Come June 25, 2019, theForge TV, OUYA, and MadCatz MOJO game stores will be shut down, as will the Forge TV and OUYA services. Any funds left in users’ accounts will be forfeit. As for the hardware, that should still work – though with some provisos. Forge TV will work as any other Android TV box, and any games downloaded to the OUYA console will work. That is, assuming that they don’t require purchase validation on launch. The OUYA Discover section, however, will be shut down on June 25. That means any purchased games will no longer be available to download. “After this date, you will no longer be able to access your account, games on the server, previously purchased titles, or be able to purchase new ones,” Razer says. “You will continue to have access to games that have been downloaded. Users should download games before June 25, 2019 to avoid losing access after the shutdown.”The Forge TV iOS and Android apps, meanwhile, will continue working, acting as remote controls for the Forge TV set-top box. As for OUYA, you’ve got yourself a shiny paperweight – and a reminder that, even with millions in funding, turning a crowdfunding hit into a long-term commercial success isn’t as easy as you might think.last_img read more

Huaweis ordeal is also a stress test for Android

first_imgThe search for an Android replacementWhether or not Trump’s ban pushes through or lasts indefinitely, the episode will most likely cement Huawei’s decision to put its future in its own hands. Even if it manages to retain the ability to ship phones with Google’s proprietary software and services, it will undoubtedly look for ways to eventually operate independently.Right now, the company has two options. The easiest path forward would be to spin its own version of Android just as it already does in China. The other would be to completely divest itself of Android and opting for a different operating system altogether, like Linux-based OSes such as Jolla’s Sailfish OS or its Russian equivalent. Either way, Huawei will still have to fill in the most critical part of the mobile ecosystem: apps.A Google-less AndroidThat’s Huawei’s problem and you might wonder what the rest of the Android world has to do with it. It’s pretty much testing whether the platform can thrive even without Google’s Play and Mobile Services. For years, Google has been working towards making those a critical and almost inescapable part of the Android experience. Now OEMs are left wondering what would happen if they were suddenly deprived of those components.AdChoices广告Google’s services do more than just offer the Play Store and other “base” apps. If that were all that it did, it would be easy to replace them with some third-party or OEM version of an app store. But Google Play has grown to include indispensable features like automated security checks and malware detection. Soon, it might even be the vehicle on which minor system updates will be delivered. While Google has always been the primary driving force in the development of the Android open source code base, it has also become inseparable from the end user experience as well making it difficult to imagine an Android without Google at all.A chilling effectThis aspect of Huawei’s problem isn’t actually new. Chinese OEMs have always been deprived of Google Play Services and yet their Android phones sell by the thousands. Amazon continues to sell Fire tablets without Google Play Services and some companies in Russia do the same by choice. Legislation in Europe is also forcing Google to decouple its services and apps from Android while still offering manufacturers that bundle, albeit at a higher price.The sudden and instantaneous effect of Trump’s order, however, only served to put that situation under a microscope. ZTE and Huawei may have long been in the US’ crosshair but the volatile situation between the US and China might give other Chinese companies pause for thought. The revelation that, just by an executive order, manufacturers can suddenly find themselves deprived of Google’s proprietary software might worry any non-US company. And having spent the past years integrating Google deeper and deeper into the developer and user experience, the entire Android market seems unprepared for the possibility of a future without Google.A house of cardsIf Huawei manages to make a non-Android mobile platform succeed, it would prove that the world is finally ready for a third horse in the mobile rat race. If, on the other hand, it manages to successfully spin its own Android experience, it would prove that it is possible to have an Android life after Google. Either way, there is a chance, though small, of others following suit, causing Google to lose the hold it has been slowly and carefully building over the years.Of course, it’s a worst-case scenario that may never happen. The US could back down from its harsh order or Google could convince the government and courts to make an exception for its software. Though that may save Huawei for a while and give it time to recover, this entire drama has successfully shown the chink in Android’s armor.What Google needs to doGoogle, unfortunately, might be caught between a rock and a hard place. It obviously doesn’t want to lose licensees and partners but it also doesn’t want to lose control over the platform via Google Play. And, to be fair, the work it has done in strengthening and unifying the fragmented platform is not something just anyone can pull off, no matter what Tim Sweeney says.In an ideal world, Google would open source the critical parts of Google Play and Mobile Services so that all OEMs will benefit from them, regardless of what some government commands. Google probably won’t as it is part of what licensees pay for. The best it can do right now is to use its industry and legal clout to stop arbitrary restrictions to accessing its software and to modify its system to avoid this situation from happening again. Things have gone quiet lately on Huawei’s ongoing struggles to fight against the US government’s attempts to bring it to its knees. Or use it as a bargaining chip in negotiations with China. In the background, Huawei has been reported to be going over its options when or if it can no longer really get Google’s blessing. But as much as this entire ordeal is a test for Huawei, it is also becoming a litmus test for how Android can escape the threat of further fragmentation or, worse, exodus.last_img read more

FDA Brings In Furloughed Workers To Resume Safety Inspections For HighRisk Foods

first_img The Food and Drug Administration said it will resume inspections of some of the riskiest foods such as cheeses, produce and infant formula as early as Tuesday. The routine inspections had been briefly halted as a result of the partial government shutdown. (1/14) Stat: A Longer Shutdown At FDA Could Put Anticipated New Drugs In Jeopardy “We are re-starting high risk food inspections as early as tomorrow,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb tweeted on Monday, noting that the inspections will be performed by employees who have agreed to come back to work unpaid. (Birnbaum, 1/14) The government shutdown could soon jeopardize highly anticipated new drugs from Janssen, Sanofi and Novartis for depression, diabetes and multiple sclerosis, as well as a host of other potential new therapies, according to a STAT analysis of upcoming regulatory decision dates. President Trump has warned that the shutdown — already the longest in history — could stretch on for “months or even years.” And though the Food and Drug Administration can retain more than half of its workforce thanks to application fees paid by drug and device makers, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has cautioned the agency only has about three more weeks’ worth of funding to draw down. (Florko and Swetlitz, 1/14) The Hill: FDA To Restart High-Risk Food Inspections Despite Shutdown  The Associated Press: FDA Resuming Some Food Inspections Halted By Shutdown center_img The New York Times: F.D.A. Says It Will Resume Inspecting Some High-Risk Foods But Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the agency’s commissioner, said that he was asking employees to return from furlough to conduct some of the inspections and other agency functions involving surveillance of certain drugs, devices and potential outbreaks of food-borne illnesses. About one-third of all food safety inspections are for high-risk foods, he said. It was unclear when more routine inspections would resume. (Kaplan, 1/14) FDA Brings In Furloughed Workers To Resume Safety Inspections For High-Risk Foods The inspections, which have been halted because of the government shutdown, will focus on risky items like cheeses, produce and infant formula. The FDA oversees about 80 percent of the nation’s food supply. Meanwhile, the shutdown could derail the timetable for some highly anticipated drugs. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Urbanears Pampas overears stand out from the crowd

first_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor Swedish lifestyle brand Urbanears has announced the Pampas, its first over-ear headphone. Made with the discerning listener in mind, Urbanears say that the Pampas offer little compromise in either audio or style.Urbanears says that its success is built on the success of “premium but simplistic design, innovative features and colour”. They launch in three colours (almond beige, charcoal black and field green), with the Pampas boasting an ergonomic design for added comfort during long listening sessions.Related: Best wireless headphonesThey stand out from the crowd too with an oversized look. Wrapped in a premium fabric, the plush headband is designed to work in concert with the angled ear cups to fully cover your ears without producing an uncomfortable sense of pressure.Urbanears say that the Pampas benefit from optimised acoustics, though there isn’t more detail into how it achieves this other than saying it “recreates the sonic landscape of your favourite music”. Battery life is rated at 30+ hours on a single charge which is fairly impressive. In terms of feature the Pampas come equip with an extra socket that allows for sharing music with another person. All you need to do is plug in another pair of headphones.The Pampas offer portability too with a collapsible design. The control knob on the headphone allows the user to skip tracks, adjust the volume and pick up calls when you’re out and about.You can pick up a pair of Pampas from 6th May (that’s Bank Holiday Monday) and they cost £130.last_img read more

Android Q is coming to these Xiaomi phones – heres the good

first_imgAndroid Q is almost upon us and its time for handset owners to start playing the update lottery. Will we or won’t we get Android Q on our phones?Thankfully, Xiaomi is getting ahead of the game by revealing which phones in its portfolio will receive the yet-to-be-named operating system update.Speaking to users on the MIUI forms at the end of last week, a Xiaomi product manager revealed the roadmap for Xiaomi and Redmi phones, which will receive Q by the end of March 2020. The company has previously hinted that the Pocophone F1 handset will get the update next year.Related: Android Q features we’re most excited aboutBy the end of 2019, the following devices (via Android Authority) will receive the update alongside the MIUI 11 Android overlay. That’ll include the a new ultra-power-saving mode, as well as support for phones with notches and new icons:Xiaomi Mi 9Xiaomi Mi 9 SEXiaomi Mi 8Xiaomi Mi 8 ProXiaomi Mi 8 Explorer EditionXiaomi Mi Mix 2SXiaomi Mi Mix 3Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5GRedmi K20Redmi K20 ProThen, in the first three months of next year we can expect the Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro to receive the update.The Android Q release is expected later towards the end of the summer, with a developer beta already in the hands of some of the earliest adopters. It’ll introduce a new dark theme, gesture navigation, a new UI feature called Bubbles that are a new way for Android device owners to “multitask and reengage with apps.”There’s also a new user experience for foldable phones, as well as tools that make it easier for users to manage which apps have access to their locations and when. There’s also a number of new privacy tools, better media controls and much, much more.The first phones with Android Q out of the box are likely to be the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, which will be available in October. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy.last_img read more

Slow progress on open banking putting Canada further behind observers warn

first_img Twitter advertisement Reddit June 4, 20197:02 AM EDT Filed under News FP Street Share this storySlow progress on open banking putting Canada further behind, observers warn Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn 4 Comments Join the conversation → Facebook One problem posed by Ottawa’s pace on the open-banking file is that it is already happening, albeit unofficially, with Canadians turning over their login usernames and passwords for their bank accounts for third-party “account aggregation” apps, where consumers can view all of their account information in one place using a technique called “screen-scraping.” Screen-scraping could violate the terms of a customer’s service agreement with their bank (possibly leaving them on the hook for any loss) and could also heighten privacy and security risks for both user and financial institution, a discussion paper released by the federal government earlier this year said.“I think you need to be thinking about if you don’t do it, you’re going to have more risks to face,” Ontario Senator Howard Wetston said during the May 9 committee meeting. “If you have four million people that are … screen-scraping … you’re going to have seven million in about another year.”Katchen said another risk of moving too slowly is that Canadians would miss out on accessing tools they could use to make better financial decisions.“The risk of falling behind is that we never catch up,” he said.A spokesperson for the Department of Finance told the Financial Post that the work is being done in two phases, with the advisory committee first assessing the merits of open banking and turning in a report with its findings to the finance minister (Brazeau told the committee the report would be coming to the minister no later than June).Depending on the findings, the government will then consider “implementation considerations” later this year.“Open banking has the potential to offer Canadian consumers — including small businesses — a secure way to share their financial transaction data with financial service providers, allowing them to benefit from a greater number of financial products and services at more competitive prices,” they added.The chief executive of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Dan Kelly, said that as things stand right now, there is a “list of frustrations” between small and medium-size firms and their banks, such as a heavy layer of bureaucracy.“The concept of open banking, I think, would generally be positively received by small and medium-size enterprises,” Kelly added in a phone interview. “As always, the devil’s in the details. There are no details to be had as to what those would look like in a Canadian context.”Kelly, who is also a member of the federal government’s payments-focused “FinPay” committee, said he would be “shocked” if the government was able to enact some kind of open banking before the federal election in October.Generally, with government policy instruments, “the pace is measured in years, not in months,” he said.• Email: | Twitter: Sponsored By: Featured Storiescenter_img Canadians may have to wait until after October’s federal election to see any concrete steps on open banking, some observers say, putting the country even further behind other jurisdictions that are already experimenting with the data-sharing framework.After announcing plans to study the merits of open banking in its 2018 budget, the federal Liberal government appointed an advisory committee last September to assess the benefits of the concept and its possible implementation. A consultation was held earlier this year and the panel is expected to soon deliver a report to the finance minister.Yet Canada remains well behind some countries when it comes to open banking, a framework under which consumers would have more power to force banks to share their transaction data with other companies through secure channels.“It’s happening very, very slowly,” said Peggy Van de Plassche, managing partner at early-stage investor Roar Ventures, of Canada’s efforts during an open-banking panel at Toronto’s Collision tech conference in May. Canada’s financial upstarts are lining up behind open banking, but bigger players may need convincing ‘Resistance is futile’ in slow march to open banking in Canada Federal budget: Ottawa to study merits of ‘open banking,’ a catalyst for fintech While there is a growing feeling that some form of open banking will be tried in Canada, determining how and when it should be implemented and who — industry or government — should lead the effort have sparked considerable debate. Concerns have also been raised about privacy and the impact on the stability of Canada’s financial system.Michael Katchen, chief executive officer of robo-adviser Wealthsimple Inc. and a supporter of open banking, said that the rollout in other jurisdictions, such as the United Kingdom, suggests Canada need not delay in implementing its regime.“There’s no reason to believe that we should have to take any longer than that to get to a good place,” Katchen said in a phone interview. “But I have not seen a roadmap or indication from the government on timeline.”An official from the federal finance department suggested to a Senate of Canada committee in May that any implementation will not happen until later this year, or even until 2020, after Canadians vote in an election set for Oct. 21.“The reality is … that to the extent that we will be requiring changes to legislation and regulations, those will likely take place under a new government,” Julien Brazeau, a senior director in the financial sector policy branch, told the Senate’s banking committee.Brazeau added that, “in an ideal world,” the government would be in a position “by the end of 2019 or early 2020” to propose changes to legislation and actually go ahead with implementation.The risk of falling behind is that we never catch upMichael Ketchen, CEO, Wealthsimple Geoff Zochodne Slow progress on open banking putting Canada further behind, observers warn No ‘roadmap or indication from the government on timeline’ What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Comment Introduction of an open banking policy into the Canadian system may take years, not months.Postmedia file photo Email More ← Previous Next →last_img read more

Hyundai Kona Electric Sales Surge To New Record In South Korea

first_img EV Comparison: Chevy Bolt Versus Hyundai Kona Electric This Hyundai Kona Electric Review Claims “It’s Amazing” Regardless of the export level, it will be a new sales record for the Kona Electric.Hyundai Kona Electric sales – October 2018 Hyundai produces and sells more Kona Electric in its home marketHyundai reported that in October sales of the Kona Electric in South Korea amounted to 2,473, which is over 1,000 more than in September. If export sales were maintained, this could indicate the type of production ramp-up we were expecting and hoping to see.Compared to the total of 5,375 Kona sold overall in South Korea last month, it seems that already 46% of buyers decided to go with the electric version.Hyundai Kona Electric news Source: Hyundai via Hyundai Kona Electric Delayed In UK To August 2019? 192 photos Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 5, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Tesla Model 3 Versus Chevrolet Bolt EV High Voltage Components Compared

first_img More Tesla Model 3 Battery Info Than You Knew You Wanted: Part 2 Tesla has eliminated or combined many of the HV components found in the Chevy Bolt EV.We just published a great video by Professor John Kelly at Weber University detailing all the high voltage components of the Bolt EV. One of the first comments to that article was a request by Cosmacelf to do a comparison with Tesla Model 3. Great idea. Here we go.Other EV Battery-Related Content: All these components in the Bolt and assembled into one easy to see grouping. Lots of components stuffed into the small front compartment which normally would house an ICE in a gas car (no frunk in the BoltEV).BoltEV High Voltage ComponentsHigh Voltage Components:High Power Distribution Module — distributes power that comes from the high voltage batterySinge power Inverter Module — inverter for the traction motor-converts dc power from the battery pack to 3 phase power for the traction motorAccessory power module — DC-DC converter-converts high voltage DC power to 12 volt DC powerOn board charger — converts household AC power to high voltage DC power to charge the high voltage batteryHigh voltage battery coolant heater — heats the battery in cold temperaturesAir Conditioning compressor A Little Secret GM Isn’t Telling Us About Improving The Bolt EV Battery Tesla Model 3 Battery Can Transfer Twice The Heat Of Model S P100Dcenter_img Location of the same 5 components in the Tesla Model 3: Credit John Kelly, Weber UniversityWhat we see is that Tesla has eliminated two of these components. In other cases, Tesla has combined functionality of two Bolt EV components into a single component.Most interesting is the complete elimination of the battery heater. That function is now provided by the traction motor. Tesla has figured out a way to use the traction motor as a heater even when the vehicle is parked, which saves space and costs associated with the battery heater.The second most fascinating discovery is that Tesla has integrated the DC-DC converter and the on board charger into one unit that’s located in the high voltage battery “Penthouse,” which is integral with the battery assembly. Access is provided by removing the rear seat of Model 3.Thirdly, the high voltage distribution module has been eliminated. That function is also integrated into the battery “Penthouse.”Finally, the traction motor inverter is not a separate unit in the Model 3, S, or X. The inverter is integrated into the traction drive unit.Fewer parts=lower cost Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 7, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Green Deals WORX TriVac 3in1 Electric Leaf Blower 72 more

first_imgThe official WORX eBay store offers its WG500.2 TriVac 3-in-1 Electric Leaf Blower for $72. Originally $150, it’s been regularly going for around $90 in recent months. Features include a 12A motor that can vacuum, mulch, and blow your leaves. Best of all? No oil or gas to deal with. Rated 3.7/5 stars. more…The post Green Deals: WORX TriVac 3-in-1 Electric Leaf Blower $72, more appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

In March 2019 PlugIn Electric Car Sales In Spain Increased 176

first_imgSpain continues its growth towards 2% market shareStrong sales of the Tesla Model 3 and Nissan LEAF put Spain on the path of high growth. In March, plug-in electric car registrations increased by about 176% year-over-year to 2,084. Market share amounted to 1.7%.During the first quarter, sales doubled to almost 4,500.March brings record deliveries of the Tesla Model 3, which with 396 new registrations took the #1 spot for the year. It’s important to note that also the Nissan LEAF did great with 278 new registrations (a new record). However, as EV Sales Blog points out, both models are still far from the Renault ZOE’s record of 554 in October 2017.More sales reports Plug-in electric car sales in Spain – March 2019Source: EV Sales Blog Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 6, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News EV Sales In Norway Go Nuts As Tesla Model 3 Rockets To #1 In March Tesla Model 3 Was #1 Selling Car In Netherlands In March 2019 Source: Electric Vehicle News 1,000 Tesla Model 3 Pushed Sweden EV Sales To New Recordlast_img read more

Noble effort but Fergusons aristocrats will not lose sleep

first_imgWest Ham United match reports Sun 27 Apr 2008 20.40 EDT Share via Email First published on Sun 27 Apr 2008 20.40 EDT Shares00 Share on Twitter Dean Ashton was on the scoresheet again for West Ham. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Noble effort but Ferguson’s aristocrats will not lose sleep Topics Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp After extravagant expenditure in the summer these sides had hoped to arrive in the penultimate week of the season competing for something more prestigious than the tag of party poopers. Campaigns thwarted by injuries, inconsistency and ineptitude, however, mean West Ham and Newcastle are now only relevant because of their place in the fixture list rather than in the table. As the next opponents of Manchester United and Chelsea they could yet damage one of the big boys’ seasons as much as they have their own.As Kevin Keegan said: “It is our job to help Man United win the title and that’s not easy for me to say. Yes, Chelsea are a big club and would be worthy champions as would Man United but we have a chance now, having put together a run of six or seven games unbeaten, to see how far we’ve come by playing one of the big four. I don’t have a preference at all. I just think the best team usually wins it – except the time we lost the title. The best team came second that time.”Here both teams proved they have the attacking potential to land decisive blows in the title fight but also that their defences constitute jaws of the thinnest glass. West Ham put their better foot forward first, dominating the opening period. Julien Faubert and Freddie Ljungberg hurtled down the wings at will and the drive and nimbleness of Scott Parker and Mark Noble provided a perfect contrast with Newcastle’s static midfield. Keegan lamented afterwards that the transfer target, Luka Modric, had failed to show up for a dinner appointment with him in midweek before agreeing to join Spurs instead and on Saturday it looked as if the manager’s whole team had stood him up. When Noble swept a George McCartney cross into the net from 15 yards in the 10th minute, he was unhindered by any visiting defenders. With Dean Ashton darting all across the frontline and Bobby Zamora achieving aerial supremacy, it was not until the 19th minute that a Newcastle defender managed to get close to an attacker, Steven Taylor accidentally treading on Ljungberg and inflicting a broken rib injury that jeopardises the Swede’s participation in Euro 2008. The pattern of the game did not change, however, and two minutes later Ashton gave the home side a deserved second, controlling Zamora’s flick-on before fending off David Edgar too easily and swivelling to fire the ball into the net. West Ham exuded confidence and the crispness of their interplay would have given Manchester United fans real cause to fear an upset at Old Trafford on Saturday. “We were fantastic, though I think we began to overplay it a bit,” said Curbishley afterwards. “And then came the two crazy minutes.” Ah yes, the crazy two minutes that will no doubt enable Sir Alex Ferguson to sleep more comfortably this week. In the 43rd minute the hitherto ponderous Joey Barton produced an inspired pass that the novice West Ham centre-back James Tomkins swiped at but missed. Obafemi Martins raced on to the ball and flipped it expertly past Rob Green.No sooner had West Ham realised they were in a game after all than Newcastle drew level. It was at least fitting that Martins, the most energetic and enterprising of the visitors, was involved. After Habib Beye’s cross from the right was headed out to the edge of the box, the Nigerian unleashed a shot that was surely flying wide until Geremi twisted his head to divert it past Green.Man of the match Mark Noble (West Ham) Share on Facebook West Ham United Paul Doyle at Upton Park Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Messenger Newcastle United Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Porter Hedges Clay Steely Elected to Join ABOTA

first_img Username Password Steely, a South Texas College of Law graduate, focuses his practice on negotiating and litigating contract, tort, property and environmental matters in the energy field . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Remember mecenter_img Lost your password? Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img

Morning Roundup June 30 2019

first_img 1 0You need to login in order to vote Tom Brady reminded Max Kellermann of his arm strength (LINK). Tags: morning roundup This video is from last August, but I hadn’t seen it until this morning: The rule about sports academy athletes being able to pursue athletic careers has changed (LINK).last_img

Study evaluates wait times for urgent hip fracture surgery in Ontario

first_imgJun 11 2018About two-thirds of patients admitted to hospital in Ontario for hip fracture did not receive surgery during the recommended time window of 24 hours, according to a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal ) fracture is the most common reason for urgent surgery in Canada, and numbers are increasing, with more than 30 000 procedures performed annually.”We found whether patients receive surgery on time is arbitrary, and mostly depends on which hospital they are taken to, indicating that efforts to improve wait times in Ontario should focus on improving performance at the hospital level,” says Dr. Daniel Pincus, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, Ontario.Related StoriesBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryAn injection of nanoparticles for spinal cord injuriesTen-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns ‘without any real strong data’The study includes data on 42 230 patients aged 45 years or older who had hip fracture surgery between April 2009 and March 2014. They were treated by 522 surgeons and 963 anesthesiologists from 72 hospitals across Ontario, Canada’s largest province. The mean age was 80 years and most patients were female.”Wait times varied significantly depending on where patients were treated, with more than half of hospitals (51%) showing significant difference in the likelihood of delayed surgery for hip fracture that was not attributable to patient or physician factors,” write the authors.Factors that led to delayed surgery include transferring patients to another hospital for surgery, preoperative consultations from internal medicine and anesthesia, and performing echocardiograms.”Wait time initiatives have previously focused on the time spent waiting for specialist consultation, elective surgery and assessment in the emergency department,” adds Pincus. “Canadians may be surprised to learn that wait times in our system also exist for patients requiring urgent and emergency procedures, now that accurate wait times can be measured for these types of procedures using techniques from the paper.”The authors make several suggestions to improve wait times, including performing elective surgeries later in the day and introducing policies to address delays around patient transfer from smaller hospitals.”Policy that guarantees elective cases would be completed later in the day, even if non-elective cases are prioritized before them, may improve wait times for urgent procedures without the need to increase capacity in operating rooms,” write the authors. Source: read more