EVs Paris Auto Show open from VW and Mercedes with futuristic cars

The Paris Auto Show is missing Lamborghini, Volvo and other automakers, but it’s still one of the biggest displays of automotive tech in the world. Fittingly, in a city that bans gas-powered cars from its streets once a month, Volkswagen and Mercedes kicked things off with prototypes that represent their future EV ecosystems. That no doubt made everyone feel better about CO2 pollution, but most of the cars here are still burning fossil fuels, and for many, like the Jaguar F-type (below), plenty of it.

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Volkswagen had the first major press conference of the show and CEO Herbert Deiss certainly took a conciliatory tone, without mentioning the diesel-gate crisis. He threw around words like “fresh start,” “new challenge” and so on, adding that VW sales had picked up over the last few months. Then, he revealed the swoopy Volkswagen ID prototype with 370 miles of potential range. However, the collective air went out of the room when he said the EV wouldn’t arrive until 2020.

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Then it was Mercedes’ turn, and it also did a dramatic reveal of its Generation EQ, an entirely new electric vehicle lineup.

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The launch prototype vehicle will never be built, but represents the technology to come in the lineup. Both Mercedes and Volkswagen specifically mentioned Tesla by name as a primary rival, though they’re now playing big-time catch-up with Musk’s company, which has already pre-sold over 300,000 Tesla 3 EVs.

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As for the rest of the show, let’s just take it for what it is: pure vehicular porn. In a quick tour around several pavilions, I saw new models from Jaguar, Lexus (including its wild UX crossover concept), Infiniti, Porsche, Audi and Range Rover, to name a few. Those vehicles are out of our remit in terms of coverage (and price), but it doesn’t mean we can’t throw them all into an ogle-worthy gallery. Enjoy!


GPS Kid Tracker Smart Wristwatch

Kids’ smart watch links to parents’ smartphones, so they can keep tabs on their location and communicate quickly. The GPS smart watch is worn by kids but synced up to their parents’ smartphones. Through a downloadable app, the parents can track where their children are, send alerts like “dinner’s ready,” or even dial the smart watch to talk to them.

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Functions:

GPS and LBS dual-locating function
Electronic fence function: sends an alert if a child leaves the preset area
Remote monitoring: high-sensitivity mic lets parents listen in to children’s surroundings
Two-way communication: parents can dial the watch and kids can call their parents
SOS one-key calling: holding the SOS button for 3 seconds will automatically dial the parents
Fitness tracker: stores 3 months’ worth of steps data
Need a cellular data Connection service,you need to buy a SIM CARD(not included in package)

Details:

Bold and colorful kids’ smart watch
Material: plastic
Screen size: 0.96”
Compatible with Android and iOS devices
Battery: 3.7V 400mA rechargeable
Standby time: 2–3 days

Proceeds from each sale will be donated towards SickKids. Every year, more than 100,000 children come to SickKids for life-saving care and the number continues to grow. Thanks in large part to donations SickKids is already one of the world’s leading health-care institutions. With continued support, they can continue to push the frontiers of what is possible in care, research and learning. Every dollar counts. Every supporter makes a difference for kids.

GPS Kid Tracker Smart Wristwatch
$29.99 USD  $59.99 USD

Do You Know Why There Is a Cylinder At The End Of Your Charger

While my laptop charger has never bugged me, but I always felt strange at times to see a bump in my laptop charger right after it connects to the laptop. I always use to wonder why the charger has a bump and what purpose does it serve?

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You normally see these “bumps” on the mouse, keyboard and monitor cables in a typical computer system found in a home or office. You can also find them on power supply wires when a device (like a printer or scanner) uses an external transformer.

It turns out that these bumps are called ferrite bead. It may also be called blocks, core, rings, EMI (electromagnetic interference) filters, or chokes. A ferrite bead has the property of eliminating broadcast signals and prevents energy loss of the same type within the charger. This makes the charger much more effective and helps charge your computer more quickly. Their purpose is to reduce EMI and RFI (radio-frequency interference). These cylinders are responsible for stopping very large deviation of power over supply through the cable and power surges in currents that pass through the cable and prevent ‘choke’ within the wire to make it any further supply the current to the device. The blocking is most effective when it is near the source of the EMI, that’s why you will only find these ferrite beads near the end of the cables.

It also acts as a choke or inductor that blocks high frequency noise in electronic circuits. Ferrite bead employs the dissipation of high frequency currents in a ferrite ceramic to build high frequency noise suppression devices.

The bead is made up of ceramic compounds, derived from iron oxide and/or oxides of other transition metals. It helps to prevent the wire behave on over floating current like aerials. It slips over the cable when the cable is made, or it can be snapped around the cable in two pieces after the cable is made. The bead is encased in plastic — if you cut the plastic, all that you would find inside is a black metal cylinder. This metal wire can possibly serve as an antenna by absorbing or releasing any radiation while passing current around it.

The radiation released by the wires without the bead could cause interference with other electronic objects around them, which act as receivers of this radiation, for instance, causing noise in speakers. This phenomenon’s example can be seen when cell phones interfere with the signal devices such as radios and speakers, producing a recurring noise well known for electronic users.

OfficeGYM Office Chair Trainer

A sedentary lifestyle is one of the major reasons why most people are not fit and healthy. Even if you think you are busy at work, staying at the office desk all day may just be similar to staying at home and sitting at the sofa all day watching TV. The only difference is that you have stress at the office that can even complicate matters. But you can change this by including exercise into your daily office routine. One convenient option you have is by getting the OfficeGYM Office Chair Trainer.

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The OfficeGYM Office Chair Trainer is a handy and simple device that will allow you to do some exercises instead of simply sitting at the office all day when your job is done. At least, the physical activities this device can offer will let you do some essential fitness training without having to go to the gym. The OfficeGYM Office Chair Trainer feature a pair of stretchable tension cords attached to a pair of handles on both ends. In between is the mechanism that allows users to attach the device easily into any type of office chair.

Once set up, the OfficeGYM Office Chair Trainer will allow you to work those arm muscles while sitting in your office chair. It keeps you fit based on the principles of resistance training. This device can also help you de-stress from a hard day of work by doing some exercises at any point of your workday. It can even help you improve your productivity by moving and flexing your muscles and keep you active in both body and mind.

The OfficeGYM Office Chair Trainer is an ideal companion to have at the office for people who wish to get more exercise if only they just have the time. This device will give them that benefit while at work. The OfficeGYM Office Chair Trainer is available at Amazon for $129.

Pokemon Go Plus Allows Players To Play Game Sans Phone

Nintendo’s new mobile game Pokemon Go has become so wildly popular all over the world. Its gameplay that integrates augmented reality features makes it quite a fascinating game to play. People are quite fascinated with it that people play the game, moving around unaware that they may already be at risk of accidents. In fact, there are many reports of people getting into different accidents while playing Pokemon Go. That is why Nintendo is addressing this problem by introducing the Pokemon Go Plus, which allows players to play the game even without the phone.

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What Is It?

The Pokemon Go Plus is a wearable device that allows you to play the game without constantly focusing at your smartphone’s display screen, the main reason why many players get into different kinds of accidents. This device can connect to your smartphone via low energy Bluetooth to notify players of certain events in the game happening nearby. It can alert users with LED and vibrations in case ther eis an appearance of a Pokemon nearby. Once a Pokemon is close by, players can press the button on the Pokemon Go Plus to throw a Poke Ball. The device will flash and vibrate when you are successful in capturing the Pokemon. The device will also alert you of any Poke Stop where you can retrieve items to be added to your inventory.

The Pokemon Go Plus is an ideal accessory for those who are quite addicted to playing the game and trying to capture all the Pokemons they can find wherever they are. At least with using this wearable device, players can avoid getting into accidents be becoming more aware of their surroundings as the move around and not put all their focus into the game. The Pokemon Go Plus is now available this month, although it may still be a challenge to find one online. But the accessory is expected to cost around $35 once you get hold of it.

Hologram technology (3D pictures) in apartment search

Digital technology has changed how rental properties are advertised and searched for, but the changes haven’t stopped happening. What’s possible in the future when searching for an apartment, and where could technology take us to help me finding an apartment a better and more efficient experience is an interesting question to think about. Technologies being developed in one area could potentially change searching for rentals. Something like a holographic display could mean a potential tenant is able to walk around the apartment within a hologram, people from out of the city, whether interstate or overseas, would be able to explore 3D imagery of the property without having to leave their current residence.

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Many technologies end up with unintended uses and consequences that their creators didn’t realize at the time. As mentioned above, holographic machines could be used for real estate despite not being designed for that function. For the owner/landlord, this could broaden the audience of people who view your apartment, for tenants it could allow them to view and explore potential rentals at their own comfort. A potential tenant could view the property, and if they have access to a holographic machine (Which isn’t as far away as it once was. Microsoft is soon to release its own holographic machine called HoloLens, and different devices are also available from a few companies on Kickstarter and Indiegogo) could view and review rooms or the whole place over and over again. It’s something that a lot of people who have searched for a rental have wanted to do, take another look at the property themselves or walk through the rooms with someone who wasn’t able to make the walk through.

For real estate agents, the ability to walk a potential tenant through an apartment without needing to physically take them there could be a big bonus. It can be hard to arrange appointments with busy people due to work or family commitments, giving more people the opportunity to view a property during hours that suit them. An agent would also be able to show a range of properties to the one tenant in an arranged time, allowing the potential tenant to pick and choose with more information what properties they want to go and view in person. Going from place to place, sometimes having to travel across a city back and forth can be a time consuming hassle for the agent and tenant. No doubt you’ve had the experience of having to be here, and then there, and despite it being with the same agent you find yourself having to speed between appointments or being late to view a property.

Viewings could be given to multiple people simultaneously without them needing to all be in the property at the same time. This is really helpful with smaller places that can’t fit too many people in at once. Being able to give a couple of potential tenants a personalized visit while saving time could make a difference to the experience of the potential tenant, help the tenant and agent to build a personal rapport, and give an individualized service without sacrificing other tenants. The more people that are able to look at a property, the better the chances of finding the right tenant, and the better the rapport you have with the tenant the more likely they are to be if they have an issues with rent or the property.

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For me, when I’ve searched for a rental, some days have been spent driving around town, from here to there and back again then this way and that, being late for one appointment then too early for another, wasting time, petrol and money while being disappointed in a few different places. 2D images of a property can only tell a potential tenant so much, but 3D allows for a more immersive experience that takes up less time and effort. It allows the tenant to view a property from a range of angles before committing to visit the physical property. It’s quite frustrating to turn up to an apartment and find out that it’s not at all what you’re requirements are.

The services available to renters at the moment can be said to have made searching for a property easier and more efficient, but it can also be said that the amount of choice makes it more difficult and less efficient. It comes down to how technology is used, and knowing how to find out what is best for you. There are sites that allow you to search via maps, social networks or by connecting to real estate inventories. A holographic experience for searching for a rental is something I think is more of a positive than a negative, and it’s something that is closer to a reality than is commonly thought.

Facebook Has Upgraded its Search Feature

Facebook search features are being updated to make it easier to find more exact searches. This update has been applied on Facebook’s and iOS and Android apps, as said by the company.

There are three major improvements by Facebook in search: the ability to search posts shared publicly or by friends, the ability to search for what people are saying about specific topics and personalized search suggestions.

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Previously, when you enter any search term, it shows some specific results of pages, people, groups, events, trending topics or apps etc. If you want to search for any specific thing, then it was useful to do that – for example, a fan page of your favourite singer or comedian, but if you want to search more about general information like a chat group about current affairs then it was less helpful.

As like Google and others search terms, when a search is being started by you, Facebook displays some related suggestions to guide you to find exactly what you are searching for. FB search also highlight the popular topics, which are running in real time. Additionally, Individual Facebook posts are also added in search results. For example, a search for your favourite singer, it may also display that posts which has been posted your friends about latest music.

As usual, you can use search to know which topics and posts are popular among the people. Tom Stocky, company’s Vice President of Search wrote in a statement: “When a link gets shared widely on Facebook, it often anchors an interesting public conversation. Now there’s a new way to quickly dive into that discussion. With one tap, you can find public posts about a link, see popular quotes and phrases mentioned in these posts, and check out an aggregate overview of sentiment.”

Facebook notified that users privacy settings will be respected in search results and nothing will be shown against the privacy settings. It is also stated that your posts will be more easier to find for others. As a result if you are sensitive about privacy then your current privacy settings will not be revisited by this search feature.

Asus Considers Releasing Its Own HoloLens Augmented Reality Headset

It looks like Microsoft won’t be the only monopolizing contender in the augmented reality (AR) market. Asus, one of the largest PC makers currently in operation (the company clocks in at sixth place worldwide, to be exact), is in talks with the Bill Gates-founded tech corporation to make its own version of the HoloLens.

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In an exclusive with CNET, both Asus’ CEO Johnny Shih and Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, the executive vice president of Windows and devices, confirmed the discussions between the two companies on Monday, Oct. 19; the talks also make Asus the first company outside of Microsoft to express interest in building a competitive device for AR.

Of course, how competitive the AR market actually is remains to be seen — while the HoloLens has been around since early 2015, the holographic, wearable computer has only been available to developers — and the dev kits themselves are no small expense, costing $3,000 a pop after an extensive application process. According to Windows’ website for the Microsoft HoloLens, the wearable AR tech will be ship out to these approved applicants in the company’s first financial quarter of 2016.

So, why enter talks with Asus in the first place? To create, well, a competitive market so that the HoloLens will actually eventually sell. Asus’ computer systems tend to run veer on the less expensive side, and the company can serve as a more affordable option for wannabe AR (hologram-loving) movers and shakers.

“Everything we’re doing in hardware, we do with the mind of how do we grow the Windows ecosystem,” stated Myserson. “That is why we’re investing to create a category.”

Even though this potential deal — which hasn’t been set in stone by Asus, which, in effect, will probably end up with the last and definitive call on the matter, Myerson opines that, in the end, it would be a Microsoft win.

“We don’t want to compete with Asus. That’s not our goal,” Myerson concluded, “We want people to come home to Windows.”

Check out the clip below for more info on the Microsoft HoloLens. Youtube Video Here

Boost your WiFi speed by choosing the right channel

Wireless networks have come a long way in the past 15 years. And yet, sustained WiFi speeds are still a vexing problem in a lot of situations. A number of things can come into play, such as the way your router is set up, whether there’s nearby interference, if you live in an apartment building or a separate house, and how far apart your devices are from the router. Fortunately, there’s always a way to fix slow transfer speeds.

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If you’ve ever messed around with your WiFi router’s settings, you’ve probably seen the word channel. Most routers have the channel set to Auto, but I’m sure many of us have looked through that list of a dozen or so channels and wondered what they are, and more importantly, which of the channels are faster than the others. Well, it turns out some channels are indeed much faster — but that doesn’t mean you should go ahead and change them just yet. Read on to find out more about 802.11 channels, interference, and the massive difference between 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi.

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First of all, let’s talk about 2.4GHz, because as of the start of 2015, almost all WiFi installations still use the 2.4GHz band. 802.11ac, which debuted in 2013, is driving adoption of 5GHz — but thanks to backwards compatibility and dual-radio routers and devices, 2.4GHz will continue to reign for a while.

All of the versions of WiFi up to and including 802.11n (a, b, g, n) operate between the frequencies of 2400 and 2500MHz. These paltry 100MHz are separated into 14 channels of 20MHz each. As you’ve probably worked out, 14 lots of 20MHz is a lot more than 100MHz — and as a result, every 2.4GHz channel overlaps with at least two (but usually four) other channels (see diagram above). As you can probably imagine, using overlapping channels is bad — in fact, it’s the primary reason for awful throughput on your wireless network.

Fortunately, channels 1, 6, and 11 are spaced far enough apart that they don’t overlap. On a non-MIMO setup (i.e. 802.11 a, b, or g) you should always try to use channel 1, 6, or 11. If you use 802.11n with 20MHz channels, stick to channels 1, 6, and 11 — if you want to use 40MHz channels, be aware that the airwaves might be very congested, unless you live in a detached house in the middle of nowhere.

What channel should you use in a built-up area?

If you want maximum throughput and minimal interference, channels 1, 6, and 11 are your best choice — but depending on other wireless networks in your vicinity, one of those channels might be a much better choice than the others.

For example, if you’re using channel 1, but someone next door is annoyingly using channel 2, then your throughput will plummet. In that situation, you would have to change to channel 11 to completely avoid the interference (though 6 would be pretty good as well). It might be tempting to use a channel other than 1, 6, or 11 — but remember that you will then be the cause of interference (and everyone on 1, 6, and 11 will stomp on your throughput, anyway).

In an ideal world, you would talk to your neighbors and get every router to use channels 1, 6, or 11. Bear in mind that interior walls do a pretty good job of attenuating (weakening) a signal. If there’s a brick wall between you and a neighbor, you could probably both use channel 1 without interfering with each other. But if it’s a thin wall (or there’s lots of windows), you should use different channels.

There are tools that can help you find the clearest channel, such as Vistumbler, but it’s probably easier to just switch between channels 1, 6, and 11 until you find one that works well. (If you have two laptops, you can copy a file between them to test the throughput of each channel.)

Get ready for lots of antennas.

The great thing about 5GHz (802.11n and 802.11ac), because there’s much more free space at the higher frequencies, is that it offers 23 non-overlapping 20MHz channels!

It’s also worth pointing out that, starting with 802.11n, wireless technology in general is a lot more advanced than the olden days of 802.11b and g. If you own a modern 802.11n router (i.e. if you bought a router in the last couple of years), it likely has some fancy hardware inside that chooses the right channel and modifies the output power to maximize throughput and minimize interference.

If you’re using the 5GHz band, and your walls aren’t paper-thin, then attenuation and the general lack of 5GHz devices should mean there’s very little interference in your apartment — possibly even allowing you to use the fatter 40, 80, and 160MHz channels if you feel like it.

Eventually, as everyone upgrades to newer hardware and moves towards 5GHz, picking the right channel will mostly become a thing of the past. There may still be some cases where it makes sense to fine-tune your router’s channel selection. But when you’re dealing with MIMO setups (up to eight in 802.11ac), it’s generally a better idea to let your router do its own thing. Eventually, of course, 5GHz will fill up as well — but hopefully by then, we’ll have worked out how to use even higher frequencies (60GHz WiGig) or entirely new antenna designs (pCells, infinite capacity vortex beams) to cope with our wireless networking demands.

New Samsung SSD 950 Pro Can Read At Screaming Fast Speed Of 2500MB/Sec

Samsung has just unveiled the SSD 950 Pro which it calls the fastest mainstream SSD yet.

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This newest generation of consumer-ready solid-state drive from Samsung was introduced at the annual SSD summit in Seoul, South Korea.

The SSD 950 Pro touts to offer read speeds of up to 2,500 Mbps as well as write speeds as fast as 1,500 Mbps. In comparison with its predecessor, the well-received SSD 850 Pro, the new SSD is more than four times the read speed and almost three times the write speed.

The new SSD will likely be available from retailers in October. The 256 GB version will have a price tag of $199.99 and the 512GB version will be priced at $349.99.

“If you’re a heavy workload professional searching for an SSD with uncompromising power and performance, look no further. The next-generation Samsung 950 PRO delivers exceptional performance for professionals,” reads the product description of the new SSD on Samsung’s website.

This SSD 950 Pro comes with a 3D V-NAND (Vertical NAND) stacked Flash memory, employing the NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) as well as the PCIe (PCI Express Gen 3) interface technology. This gives a higher bandwidth along with a lower latency.

To date, a number of SSDs still use the older AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) technology. Intel developed the AHCI back in 2004 for traditional, spinning hard drives. While AHCI performs fine for classic hard drives, it was not meant for low latency NAND chips.

Samsung claims the SSD can endure 20G vibrations as well as 1500G (over .5 milliseconds) of physical impact, making it ideal for rugged devices.

Moreover, with the new SSD 950 Pro, users will expect the laptop’s battery lifespan to not quickly run out. This makes the new SSD suitable for carrying out engineering simulation or complicated data analysis on a laptop, while keeping maximum performance levels. In particular, the 950 Pro only uses 5.7 W at maximum workloads. Furthermore, it only consumes 2.0 milliwatts (mW) of power once the laptop is in standby mode. This is less than 50 percent the consumption of a SATA-interface 850 Pro in Device Sleep Mode.

To prevent overheating, the 950 Pro incorporates a Dynamic Thermal Throttling (DTT) technology, responsible in managing the device’s temperature.