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Tech News & Reviews / Re: http://i.imgur.com/Od1pQW9.jpg
« Last post by Roco on Today at 14:27:24 »
Rolls Royce of “Goodwood UK” , the author has got to be having a laugh,
It’s  owned by Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, (BMW)
Hence the latest R.R has the Germanic style and the weight, of a Panzer Tank ,
But indeed just the tool too slowly cruise  by the job centre queue , G&T in hand
With the index finger giving the salute , natural driven by the minimum wage Polish chauffeur  , who will be distracted while yet again changing the full width glass screens desktop
Indeed come the revolution   , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMKsR_wUSfA

Tech News & Reviews / http://i.imgur.com/Od1pQW9.jpg
« Last post by 1bit on Today at 09:06:44 »

Rolls-Royce doesn’t unrelease very models very often, so when it does they’re usually pretty incredible. Today in London, Rolls-Royce unveiled the latest version of its flagship Phantom, and it’s the most advanced, ambitious car that the brand from Goodwood has ever made.

From the front, the new Phantom looks pretty forceful, and thanks to seamless panels, an abundance of chrome and somewhat slick lines, it looks classic and brutal at the same time. As you’d expect from a Rolls-Royce, the front of the car is dominated by a grand but integrated grille, and the square nature of the car makes it look like a slab of luxury hovering above the roads surface. Look closer, however, and you’ll see that while it’s still unmistakable a Rolls-Royce, it’s still an extremely advanced car

The new Phantom’s squinty new headlines are ultra-bright thanks to LED technology, and a closer look at the grille reveals a camera partly used for several of the car’s autonomous functions.

On the inside, the new Rolls-Royce Phantom takes things further. Among all the stitched leather and wood, there’s also an exciting new feature in car interior design. Instead of a dashboard filled with an infotainment screen, air-conditioning and a glovebox, Rolls-Royce has created a glass-covered space that can be totally customised by the owner. Called the gallery, it’s a new idea and should appeal to people who really want to make their Phantom different – but don’t have the money to collaborate on a one-off model like the Sweptail.

At the launch event today, Rolls-Royce unveiled two or three designs, including a pattern produced using an algorithm created in in 24-karat gold. Yes, it’s ridiculous, but for customers who have no real budget for these things, it’s a good way of helping them stamp their identity – or their brand – onto the car.

When you do want information, though, the Rolls-Royce also features a 12.3in TFT screen that eases out of the dashboard, displaying the satnav, media information and more. As for the other in-car tech, it’s relatively hard to say. Rolls-Royce has said the new Phantom features a Wi-Fi hotspot – which isn’t exactly groundbreaking – along with “the latest navigation and entertainment systems”. Rolls-Royce also says the Phantom includes a groundbreaking 7X3 head-up display, although I didn’t get to see it in action.

But there’s also a host of technology onboard that you can’t see. For example, the new Phantom’s “Magic Carpet Ride” self-levelling air suspension uses body and wheel acceleration data, steering inputs – but this time features new Flagbearer tech, too. This uses images from a stereo camera system integrated in the windscreen to see the road ahead, adjusting the suspension proactively at speeds of up to 100km/h to maintain the best ride possible.

Although the Phantom might not be performance – after all, going fast isn’t as graceful as gliding – it still features a somewhat ridiculous engine: Rolls-Royce has shoehorned a 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 powerplant into the new Phantom, and it’s capable of producing 563bhp. However, being a Rolls-Royce Phantom it’s not tuned for speed. Instead, the Phantom’s powerplant is built deliver most of its power at the lower end, keeping noise down, but still providing enough torque to “push-on” without any fuss.

What’s more, the Phantom’s  V12 is connected to a 8 Speed gearbox which uses Satellite Aided Transmission, to make driving more effortless. Simply put, it’s a gearbox that uses satellite navigation data to change gear in advance of bends or junctions - making the driving experience even smoother.

Even though most of the Phantom’s ownerswill be driven in their car, the new Rolls-Royce also features a range of technology to help the chaffeur out, too. Rolls-Royce says the new Phantom features an Alertness Assistant, Night Vision and Vision Assist  designed to improve driving at night. Active Cruise Control is also included, along with all the usual pre-emptive safety features such as pedestrian and cross-traffic warnings, too.   departure  collision warning, pedestrian warning, cross-traffic warning, lane departure and lane change warning, too.

Tech News & Reviews / Apple to discontinue iPod nano and shuffle
« Last post by 1bit on Today at 09:01:47 »

Apple has announced plans to kill off the iPod nano and shuffle.
They were the company's last two music players without the ability to run streaming service Apple Music and hadn't been upgraded for ages.
The move is part what's been described as a "simplification" of the iPod range to leave just the Touch model.
That product, which is like a slimmed down iPhone but without the ability to be used as a phone, has been updated

Nanos and shuffles have already been removed from Apple's online store and will soon be made unavailable for purchase from physical stores as well.
The two discontinued models could only play songs downloaded from iTunes or from physical singles or albums.
When it was released in 2005, the shuffle was controversially innovative by dropping the screen, leaving users blind to which of the potential 500 songs stored on the 2 gigabyte handset would play next.

Arriving in the same year, the Nano was a replacement for the iPod Mini and kept the screen.
At its peak, arguably when the 7th generation model was released in 2015, it could store up to 4,000 songs across 16gb on a range of six colours.
That said, "Product Red" did involve committing to having a U2 album pre-loaded on your device.
They're also direct descendants of the original iPod introduced by then-CEO Steve Jobs in 2001.
Apple stopped making the original model in 2014, saying it could no longer source the necessary parts.
Chit-Chat / Re: dating ?
« Last post by 1bit on 27 July 2017, 21:45:40 »
Let alone have chlorinated  chicken
probably safer in moderate doses  :) but having spent poorly paid  11y in med research  as a Tech engineer ( the lowest of the lowest in NHS pay scales ,surrounded by brilliant doctors etc  , it was a sort of payback for my younger days engineering on military missile projects ,   I had the brain of a child back then ( and even today it resurfaces  from time to time  :D ), just love things that go whoosh bang ,  :D built my first solid fuel missile with warhead at age 11 y , at 14y  blew my parents garage doors off  experimenting with home brew explosives , as we have said Hindsight ?  now paying my back dated dues via  https://www.msf.org.uk/

Chit-Chat / Re: dating ?
« Last post by Roco on 27 July 2017, 21:32:45 »
Let alone have chlorinated  chicken
probably safer in moderate doses  :) but having spent poorly paid  11y in med research  as a Tech engineer ( the lowest of the lowest in NHS pay scales ,surrounded by brilliant doctors etc  , it was a sort of payback for my younger days engineering on military missile projects ,   I had the brain of a child back then ( and even today it resurfaces  from time to time  :D ), just love things that go whoosh bang ,  :D built my first solid fuel missile with warhead at age 11 y , at 14y  blew my parents garage doors off  experimenting with home brew explosives , as we have said Hindsight ?  now paying my back dated dues via  https://www.msf.org.uk/ 
Tech News & Reviews / High-def camera maker Red announces 3D smartphone
« Last post by 1bit on 27 July 2017, 12:30:49 »

Red Digital Cinema Camera Co. announced that it will be shipping what it described as the "world's first holographic media machine," a smartphone with 3D image capabilities.

Red, known for its professional high-definition cameras used for filming movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hobbit, said its new Hydrogen One Media Machine smartphone will ship in the first quarter of 2018.

The Hydrogen One Media Machine has a 5.7-in "retina-riveting" holographic display, runs Google's Android OS and incorporates a new high-speed data bus and an "ever-expanding modular component system."

What the company called "nanotechnology" will allow the smartphone to seamlessly switch between traditional 2D content, holographic multiview content, 3D content and interacting games, which can be viewed in both landscape and portrait modes.

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"Wearable displays not spoken here," the company stated in a press release. "It is no longer necessary to carry (or charge) another device to enjoy multi-dimensional content."

Red said it has also created its own file type, called "Hydrogen 4-View content." Like Apple's iCloud service, video and photos will automatically be stored via the company's Red Channel, which also users to stream holographic games and movies.

The company also created a proprietary firmware algorithm that converts stereo sound into multi-dimensional audio. "Think 5.1 on your headphones," the company stated in its marketing material.

Because of its modular design, the smartphone will be able to incorporate future attachments for shooting higher-quality motion and holographic still images. The smartphone will also integrate into the Red camera program, enabling it to work with the company's Scarlet, EPIC and Weapon line of 8K cameras to act as a user interface and monitor.

The Hydrogen One will come with a USB-C cable and charger and an expandable micro SD card slot.

The Hydrogen One comes unlocked and with a steep price tag: $1,195 for the "Aluminum" model, and $1,595 cost for the "Titanium" version.

Red did not reply to a request for comment from Computerworld and it did not specify the differences between the Aluminum and Titanium models, but it did indicate in its marketing materials that orders placed now will ship from its first production batch.

"I can also assure you that after this initial release we will NOT be able to fill all orders on time due to display production limitations," Red stated in its press release. "We will NOT guarantee these prices at the time of release."


O2 has admitted to deliberately slowing down customers’ mobile internet speeds.

The mobile operator has been throttling network bandwidth for people roaming in the EU.

Roaming charges were scrapped in the EU on 15 June, meaning you can use your phone as you would at home, without being hit with enormous bills.

However, since then, O2 has been making it harder for phone users to actually do anything online while they're abroad.

A customer posted the results of speed tests he carried out in Dublin on 13 July, a month after roaming charges were scrapped, using a range of SIM cards from different UK operators.

He found that O2’s mobile data speeds were far, far lower abroad than they were in the UK, dropping from 8.52Mbps (download) and 7.19Mbps (upload) at Manchester Airport to 0.25Mbps (download) and 0.30Mbps (upload) at Dublin Airport.

The O2 contract SIM never exceeded speeds of 0.58Mbps (download) and 1.04Mbps (upload) during the customer’s time in Dublin.

While performance was erratic, the O2 PAYG SIM was able to reach speeds of 6.76Mbps (download) and 1.43Mbps (upload).

On Vodafone, he managed to hit highs of 121.07Mbps (download) and 26.95Mbps (upload), and on Three he reached highs of 7.46Mbps (download) and 1.07Mbps (upload).

The customer was never able to use 4G services on either of his O2 SIM cards.

“You could see the phone trying its hardest and on many occasions starting the speed test I was getting 10+ Mbps, however throttling kicked in and it went straight to 0.50 mostly. I’m appalled that it’s still throttled badly and its [sic] shocking that 4G is still not available,” he wrote in a post on the O2 forum, spotted by the Register.

“Also, O2 Contract is throttled, but not PAYG, what is wrong with O2.”

O2 has since confirmed that it has been throttling speeds.

“We have put temporary measures in place to protect the service experience for customers roaming in the EU. We are working to have these controls removed within the coming weeks,” a spokesperson said.

In an updated statement, an O2 spokesperson told the Independent: "Data roaming surpassed all expectations we therefore have put temporary measures in place to protect the service experience for customers roaming in our Europe Zone. These firewalls are temporary and we are working to have these controls removed within the coming weeks."

According to an April report on 4G coverage in the UK, EE is ahead of O2, Vodafone and Three.


JUST WHEN you thought USB couldn't get any more complicated, along comes USB 3.2.

USB 3.2 isn't a new plug/socket, it's a new standard for data transfer over USB-C. And at that point, we'd probably better take a step back.

USB-C is the latest version of USB hardware that launched as a replacement for USB-A and microUSB (the ones you use the most). There's also loads of other standards and the idea was that this is the one that will eventually unite them all.

Now, USB-C can carry a lot. It can carry power enough to actually charge a laptop by itself, something its predecessors could never do, and it can also carry data in the form required by a number of existing standards including Thunderbolt (Apple), Displayport, HDMI, as well as USB 3.1, the official data transfer standard for USB-C.

Still with us? Good. We're surprised.

Now, when USB 3.1 arrived over USB-C, aside from the well-documented problems with power delivery from shonkily and ignorantly designed cables, there was the issue that USB 3.1 gen.1 ran at the same speed as USB 3.0 - the old style of full-size USB-A cable with the blue lip.

Then, later, USB 3.1 gen.2 arrived, which doubled the speed on compatible hardware, (including compatible cables, something manufacturers are not making at all clear), of course.

At this point, let's raise two issues. The first is that we're over 200 words into this news story and we've had to spend it all on background so we can get to the point. The second issue is that the "U" in "USB" is supposed to stand for "Universal", which is laughable.

Prepare, then friends, to go ha-ha-bonk as you laugh your head off at the arrival of USB 3.2, a new version of USB 3.x that offers "multi-lane" traffic - meaning you can have more going on at the same time.

The new standard was announced yesterday by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, a team of organisations that boasts some of the biggest names in tech, but when it comes to organising how to plug in a disc drive reliably, seems to have all the effectiveness of a blue bottle trying to get out of an open window.

So that's all-new USB 3.2 - compatible with your existing USB-C hardware, but completely unfinalised spec-wise and completely muddying an already totally borked roll-out of that which was supposed to be "the one plug".

There's a conference of members of the USB group in September. It's widely expected to be held in some sort of beer fermenting plant, but it's unclear yet who will be providing the alcohol.

The standard will most likely be finalised in December, just after Black Friday and Christmas, when most people will have bought their newly obsolete tech. µ

Security / Avast! purchase CCleaner developer, Piriform
« Last post by 1bit on 27 July 2017, 11:53:24 »
It’s been a busy time for the guys at Avast! Last year they integrated AVG into their business and in 2017 they’ve gone out and purchased Piriform, a company better known for their freeware CCleaner, which is one of the more popular system cleaning tools, downloaded by over 130 million PC users.

Avast! claims that CCleaner will remain as a free product (it’s worth noting that there is a Professional edition available for $24.95 with a few additional features), along with the other Piriform products, such as Speccy, Defraggler and Recuva.

In more recent times, Piriform has migrated into products for business users, including CCleaner Business which is designed to clean your workstations across a network. There’s also a cloud-based version of CCleaner, again aimed at business users, which enables you to clean your workstations from a web browser.

It’s unknown what made Avast! purchase Piriform. They already own and publish the commercial AVG Tuneup, which was built up from the highly regarded TuneUp Utilities, which was purchased by AVG in 2015. Indeed, Avast! claims that the Piriform range will remain separate from the Avast products and will be expanding the current London office.

Vince Steckler, CEO of Avast added “The CCleaner brand fits very well to Avast, for various reasons. We both believe in high-quality free products. People won’t just use a product because it is free. It’s quite the opposite, if you are providing a free product, you need to convince people that your product is free, but not cheap”


SKY HAS made its latest killer move to dominate your living room with its own all-in-one speaker system, the Sky Soundbox.

Built in association with audio experts Devialet, the Soundbox is designed to offer an all-in-one surround experience with Dolby Atmos, in a single compact unit. Sky describes the product as the "Ultra HD of home audio".

The new device combines six woofers and three full range speakers, and some inner jiggery-pokery allows it to create ambience by angling the sound to bounce off your walls for a fully immersive experience.

Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive Officer, Sky UK and Ireland, commented: "Sound is a vital part of visual storytelling - whether you're watching the season finale of your favourite drama, or an epic Premier League clash.

"That's why we've partnered with audio industry leaders Devialet to launch Sky Soundbox and take the TV experience to the next level for our customers. Great TV deserves great audio - we believe Sky Soundbox is the Ultra HD of home audio."

Sky is rolling out Dolby Atmos on Sky Q this summer and will also be offering Sky Q Sound, specific modes designed by Devialet which refines the audio for specific genres of TV.

In addition, there are user modes including Dialogue Enhance mode (great for Poldark), Late Night mode (great for Family Guy) and Kids Mode (great for leaving the house and getting as far away as possible).

Related: Best audio tech 2017

The Soundbox boasts HDMI input and output, finally revealing what the HDMI input on the Sky Q box is for, an Optical cable, Bluetooth 4.1 and is compatible with Dolby Digital+.

Of course having your surround sound connected to your Sky Q box (it's also compatible with any other Sky box, and standalone TVs but be prepared to wince at the price) does present an issue for users of devices like Chromecasts.

This is about putting Sky at the heart of the living room, and it may mean difficult decisions have to be made about how to serve your other fancies. At present, Sky still doesn't offer Netflix, Spotify, Amazon, Google Music etc through its box, so users still need to be able to wire into a second source.

Both the box and the speaker offer Bluetooth connection, but that can be a bit shonky, and as for Alexa and Google Home? We're still waiting on that.

In short, exciting as this announcement is, it's not pushing Sky Q into the connected home, but rather pushing it into a corner on its own and that's a worry. We've seen it before. It's called "doing a Hive". Ugh.

The Soundbox will be available in the Autumn. Sky customers can buy it for £299. Sky Q Multiscreen users will get it for £249. Non Sky customers… brace yourself… £799. µ

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