Walyou » Technology http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:25:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 HuddleLamp Treats Multiple Tablets as a Single Display http://walyou.com/huddlelamp-multiple-tablets-single-display/ http://walyou.com/huddlelamp-multiple-tablets-single-display/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:30:21 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180335

When there’s no big display at hand, the HuddleLamp enables you to emulate the experience with the help of multiple tablets that are treated as a single, large one.

HuddleLamp is meant to change both the way human interact with computers, as well as the way they collaborate with one another when sitting around a table. Remember Microsoft’s Surface table, that later became known as PixelSense? The HuddleLamp was built around a similar concept of enabling the displayed things to interact, but in this case, there’s no large display, just a multitude of smaller ones.

Roman Rädle, Hans-Christian Jetter, Nicolai Marquardt, Harald Reiterer, and Yvonne Rogers, the creators of the HuddleLamp, started from the idea that people nowadays have more than just one mobile device, and in some situations, getting them to work together could have a major impact on productivity.

The device itself is a desk lamp with an RGB-D camera built into it that tracks the movement and position of the displays on the table, as well as the location of the user’s hands. The tracked data is collected and sent to a server that in return sends the right images to each screen.

As mentioned before, this could be something great for people who collaborate a lot while working in the same room. With a bit of work, maybe the HuddleLamp could proof useful for gaming, as well, and it would be really interesting to see how things move seamlessly from one screen to another. The developers of the HuddleLamp even provide access to their JavaScript APIs Huddle, HuddleCanvas, and HuddleObjects on their website, so make sure you’re checking that out, if you’re interested in writing your own apps.

Additional details are available in the HuddleLamp: Spatially-Aware Mobile Displays for Ad-hoc Around-the-Table Collaboration paper, which will be presented by its authors at the 2014 ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces.

The truth is, most recently-launched smartphones and tablets are very capable, in terms of processing power, and it would really be a shame not be able to use them in tandem. Without devices such as the HuddleLamp, there’s little to no interaction between them, and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that a lot of time and productivity is lost this way.

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Google launches Inbox: E-mail, evolved http://walyou.com/google-launches-inbox-e-mail-evolved/ http://walyou.com/google-launches-inbox-e-mail-evolved/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00:03 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180332

As Google revolutionized the world with Gmail, they claim to be ready to do it once again with Inbox, a new service launching now.

E-mails have long ago stopped being exciting to become more of a chore, especially if you use them for both work & personal stuff. That is why Google, well aware of what a mess most of our inboxes are (and they should be, they host most of them!), are introducing a new service called simply Inbox.

Inbox is, according to the Google team, a different type of inbox with a “focus on what really matters”. The idea is that we get so many e-mails a day that inbox will cleverly sort them out so we don’t have to. Inbox works expanding on the Gmail categories introduced last year and bundling e-mails in groups, while providing highlights from important e-mails at a glance. Say, if you have a travel itinerary e-mailed to you, only the relevant information will be displayed with none of the fluff.

Inbox will, as well, become a personal organizer of sorts with configurable reminders for everyday tasks: from working out to picking your laundry or calling your parents. All these things you can sort of already do with different apps, but Inbox aims to be a centralized resource for things and save you valuable time you can spend doing whatever else. Will it work? Well, how about you tell us? Sign up for the beta by asking for an invitation at inbox@google.com.

Via Google

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UK Internet Trolls Could Face 2 Years in Prison http://walyou.com/uk-internet-trolls-could-face-2-years-in-prison/ http://walyou.com/uk-internet-trolls-could-face-2-years-in-prison/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:38 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180281

With Internet abuse on the rise, the British government has now taken moves to enforce a harsh penalty on online trolls.

Internet trolling: harmless joke or wave of abuse? It’s a bit of both, actually. At the best of times trolling is just a case of you sending a Rick Roll video to your friend, knowing that they’re foolish enough to click it and be serenaded by the ultimate 80s jam. But, at its ugliest trolling can cause serious repercussions. From threats of murder and other violent crimes to general abuse that mocks someone’s appearance, the nasty side of trolling is encouraged by the anonymous nature of the Internet. It’s a real problem but not one that existing laws are fully equipped to combat. In the UK however, that could be set to change.

As it stands, the UK has a law called the ‘Communications Act’. Passed in 2003, the law aims to govern all media including online and broadcast making sure that while users’ rights of free speech are kept in tact, misuses of that freedom are dealt with appropriately. The problem is, the Communications Act is over a decade old and the world as we know has changed massively in that time. For example, sending malicious messages on social media is listed as a criminal offense thanks to the law but if convicted the maximum sentence is just 6 months. Granted, that’s certainly harsh enough to deter anyone from misusing Twitter, Facebook et. al, but for the lasting damages that it can cause many would agree that this is not nearly enough.

Affecting England and Wales only, under the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill 2013-14 to 2014-15, that 6 months offense would be upped to two entire years of jail time in the most serious of cases. It’s needed, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling says, to “take a stand against a baying cyber-mob”. He also adds that “No-one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the current six-month sentence.”

But how would people decide which messages posted on social media are the most serious? Presumably, threats of violent crimes would be at the higher end of the punishment scale but ultimately, changing the law could cause an uncertain grey area. There’s also a concern that sarcastic or jokey posts could be misunderstood as genuine and so like some crimes, would it be up to the victim to report the posts or press charges? These are all questions that will need to be answered before the amendment to the law is made so when the bill is debated next week we should know more.

Source: BBC

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New Microsoft Remote Desktop App for Android Sports Better UI, Multiple Sessions http://walyou.com/microsoft-remote-desktop-app-android/ http://walyou.com/microsoft-remote-desktop-app-android/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:01:18 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180268

While this is not exactly the first remote desktop app for Android developed by the Redmond giant, it features so many changes both in the user interface and functionality that it could be considered a new app entirely.

The first remote desktop app created by Microsoft for Google’s mobile OS was launched a year ago. The new app, which is currently in Beta stage, is listed separately in the Play Store, meaning that it’s more than just an update to the older one. Despite all that, a changelog from the stable version has been included, but maybe just to point out the improvements.

One of the main changes over the old app is the user interface, which went through a major overhaul. As all changes in this department, the new UI is meant to boost the app’s functionality by providing quicker access to essential controls and settings.

While still using the reliable RDP protocol, the new app now includes support for multiple sessions. In other words, you can have remote access to your work computer, along with the ones from home, all while being on the road (even though you probably shouldn’t run remote desktop apps while driving, no matter who developed them).

User accounts have also gone through a change, their management being now much improved over the previous version of the app. Regardless of the number of users, you must rest assured, as your connection to your computers will always be secure. Microsoft employs the Network Level Authentication (NLA) technology for that particular aspect.

Microsoft also tells us what to expect in the future releases. First of all, there’s access to Remote Resources via the Remote Desktop Gateway. Secondly, there will be Azure RemoteApp preview access.

The app is fairly new, so there aren’t that many reviews on the Play Store. In fact, at the time of writing, there were only three, and only two of them were favorable. Just a piece of advice for anyone writing reviews for an app store. Please state in your comment the reason you gave the app that rating, regardless if it’s positive or negative. A single word isn’t enough for summarizing why the app is good or bad. In the end, the device on which it’s used could influence the experience dramatically, and others may not have the same problem.

To install the Microsoft Remote Desktop Beta app, head over to Google Play Store and choose to have it downloaded to your devices.

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Google Adds an Extra Layer of Protection with USB Security Key http://walyou.com/google-2-step-authentication-usb-security-key/ http://walyou.com/google-2-step-authentication-usb-security-key/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:49:03 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180263

Mountain View’s two-step authentication is about to get even better in Chrome, as the company announced the launch of physical USB Security Keys.

Until now, logging into your Google account while having the 2-step authentication active required you to enter either a code received on your phone via text message, or one generated by the Google Authenticator smartphone app (which in case you didn’t know, also works with Dropbox). Unlike Dropbox and other companies who have had security issues in the recent past, Google didn’t wait for its accounts to be compromised before beefing up its security measures, fact that should really be appreciated by its users.

In Google’s opinion, there are two reasons why the safety of the two-step authentication needed to be improved. First of all, there’s the risk of phishing. Hackers are able nowadays to replicate not only the login page to your Google account, but also the two-step authentication one. This way, if you’re not paying attention to what’s written in the address bar of your browser, you could become a victim and have your Google account compromised.

Secondly, there are situations when your smartphone doesn’t have a data connection, or when its battery runs out prior to using the Authenticator app. The USB Security Key, on the other hand, is always in your pocket, and can be attached to your keychain, so that you don’t misplace it.

The Google 2-Step Authentication Security Key isn’t pretentious in terms of the platform you’re using, as long as you have Chrome 38 or newer. In other words, it will work just fine on any device running ChromeOS, Windows, Mac OS, or Linux. Since both Chrome and the Security Key include the Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) open-standard developed by the FIDO Alliance, so any USB key compliant with this standard can be used.

Just to make sure that there are no misunderstandings, the Security Key isn’t here to entirely replace the codes that were used until now for the two-step authentication. As a matter of fact, you can continue using those, especially if you only use your Google account on mobile devices (even though USB OTG could be deployed in that case), or if you don’t use Chrome as your browser.

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Windows 10: Over 1 Million People Sign Up for Microsoft’s OS http://walyou.com/windows-10-over-1-million-people-sign-up-for-microsofts-os/ http://walyou.com/windows-10-over-1-million-people-sign-up-for-microsofts-os/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:00:33 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180189

With Windows 10 being announced just weeks ago, over a million people have already signed up to test Microsoft’s upcoming operating system.

I have to hand it to Microsoft. Windows 8 was a stonking great disaster because they tried to do what they ‘thought’ we wanted, actually alienating many of us in the process. With Windows 10, the new operating system that they announced a few weeks ago, not only did they actually listen to our concerns and bring back most of the features we asked for, but they also prepared the Windows Insider Program. Meant to give tech enthusiasts, developers and critics alike a chance to poke holes into their new OS, the Windows Insider Program gives us an early chance to see what Windows 10 will look like when it launches next year. The WIP seems to be going well too as Microsoft has revealed that over 1 million people have signed up.

That doesn’t mean that 1 million people are running around with Windows 10 installed on their machines though, but as the WIP is the only (legal) way to gain access to the operating system, it’s a pretty good indication of how many people want to have at it. Furthermore, Microsoft is also fairly certain that people are genuinely using it (as opposed to downloading it just for bragging rights) as 64% are using Windows 10 on actual PCs and 36% are using it on Virtual Machines which suggests that plenty of people are using it in their day to day.

This actually quite large pool of early Windows 10 testers is actively helping the OS become better for the rest of us too. Microsoft adds that they’ve gathered over 200,000 pieces of feedback from testers. Granted, that could be anything from ‘Windows 10 sux!!11!!’ to genuine responses but it bodes well given how much the company failed to listen last time with Windows 8.

We’ll keep you posted once we know more.

Source: Windows

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Mastercard and Zwipe Create World’s First Biometric Credit Card http://walyou.com/mastercard-zwipe-biometric-payment-card/ http://walyou.com/mastercard-zwipe-biometric-payment-card/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:09:48 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180182

Thought that PINs and chips provided you with enough safety to have peace of mind? Wait till you see the first ever fingerprint payment card that Mastercard created in collaboration with Zwipe.

Contactless credit cards have been a thing for a few years now, but they still have some limitations. For example, there’s a maximum amount that can be paid using a contactless card, and that amount is not that great. Of course, these limits depend on the bank that issued the card, and can be modified by the owner of the card, sometimes. Still, being able to pay without ever entering PINs, swiping the card or minding the limits should be the way to go. All this, while still being safe, obviously. Mastercard and Zwipe have developed a product that should solve all these problems, in the form of a biometric payment card, the first of its kind, actually.

Another problem with conventional contactless CC was that their main selling point was also their greatest downside. Using specialized RFID readers, thieves could get really close to your back or your pocket and steal the card’s information. While the RFID technology adds an extra layer of security to credit cards, passports and soon enough, ID cards, it also opens the way for identity theft.

The Zwipe MasterCard takes less than a second to scan your fingerprint. There are no indicators to show whether it worked or not, and the only proof is actually provided by the POS. In fact, the finger needs to remain on the scanner until the payment is confirmed. The Zwipe V3 Evolution, the fingerprint Capture & Match-On-Card (CMOC), is a great step forward in CC security, as it requires no other investments in the infrastructure, the way chips did.

The CMOC system should allow multiple persons to register their fingerprint on a single card. There are occasions when people send their friends or relatives to do some shopping with their card, and if only the owner of the card is able to pay using the biometric authentication, then there’s a problem.

It may sound very safe for now, but I expect this type of biometric authentication to go down the same road that Apple and Samsung’s fingerprint readers went: hacked within days after the launch. Still, to use it, thieves would need to get their hands on the physical card, which is a tad more diffcult.

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4 Amazing Product Reveals from Apple’s iPad Event http://walyou.com/4-amazing-product-reveals-from-apples-ipad-event/ http://walyou.com/4-amazing-product-reveals-from-apples-ipad-event/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:00:18 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180143

After their September event saw the reveal of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple’s October conference showed us new iPads, iMacs and more.

Oh Apple, you sly old dogs you. When their September event began, they promptly threw down the gauntlet and challenged each and every one of their competitors to step up to the plate. Apple’s freshly announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones would be more powerful than ever before, have a better battery life and would even be optimised for mobile game developers. Those are some beefy specs to trifle with.

Despite the Bendgate controversy, both iPhones have gotten off to a stellar start, having sold over 10 million units across the globe after just three days on sale. Hoping to achieve similar sales success with a new line of iPad, the company hosted a similar event yesterday. So, to make sure that you’ve got every piece of important info from the show, we’ve put together a handy facts round up for you to pore over.

1. iPad Mini 3

While the tagline of the iPhone 6 Plus might be ‘bigger and better’, with the iPad Mini line of tablets Apple is keen to downsize.

Now on their third iteration, the newly announced iPad Mini 3 is essentially just the iPad Mini 2 but with a different name. Both tablets are 8 inches, the iPad Mini 3 isn’t any lighter or thinner than its predecessor and all of the technical specs are the same. It has the same battery life, processor and there’s no discerning technical reason to purchase one.

So what’s new for the iPad Mini 3? The TouchID fingerprint scanner.

Used to purchase things with Apple Pay (which will only be available in North America at launch), TouchID also has the benefit of unlocking your tablet and having extra security for your peace of mind. But, this single feature adds $100 to the iPad Mini 3′s price (the cheapest version of the Mini 3 is $399). When it launches next week you’ll be better off skipping it and forking out for the cheaper iPad Mini 2 instead.

2. iPad Air 2

Also out next week is the iPad Air 2. Going for a similar ‘bigger doesn’t always mean better’ stance, the iPad Air 2 is just 6.1mm thick, a whopping 18% thinner than the iPad Air that came before it.

That thinness doesn’t mean that Apple has skimped out on tech specs either as the tablet is packing some incredible power. The iPad Air 2 will have the A8x chip and will be the first device to do so. As a result, the Air 2 will be a great deal faster than the two iPhone 6 devices (which have the A8 chip instead) and will surely make a noticeable difference. Don’t expect this extreme power to drain too much either as Apple says it has 10 hours of battery life.

The final back of the box feature is its TouchID sensor. Coming just in time for Apple Pay which is set to go live on Monday, the iPad Air 2 has that iconic ring around its home button.

The iPad Air 2 goes on sale next week and the Wi-Fi only model will cost $499.

3. Retina iMac

Think those iPad screens are too small for you? You might be interested in the Retina iMac instead then.

As the name suggests, Apple’s brand new desktop is all about those shinier, far better looking visuals. Not only is its 27-inch display ideal for watching movies and TV shows, that screen is also 5K (a 5210 x 2880 resolution) which is the world’s highest resolution display, says Apple.

Its innards are quite good on paper too. Boasting a 3.5GHz Intel i5 processor (although a 4GHz Intel i7 configuration is available too) and 8GB of RAM, things are kept speedy whilst its AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics and its 1TB fusion drive means that there’s more than enough power and space to run the latest gaming blockbusters.

All of this comes at a price though as the Retina iMac starts at $2,499. It starts shipping next Thursday.

4. Mac Mini

For anyone who wants all of the Apple Mac brilliance but at a fraction of the cost, the updated Mac Mini might be a better option.

Essentially being a iMac hard-drive without a screen, the latest version of the Mac Mini comes in three different flavours. The best (and most expensive of these) has a 2.8GHz dual-core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM which should run rather speedily. It also packs Intel Iris Graphics and a 1GB Fusion Drive which again, should be perfect for running games.

This version of the Mac Mini is priced at $999 which may seem like a bargain in comparison to the Retina iMac. However you will need to purchase a screen (or you could plug it into your TV via a HDMI cable), a mouse and a keyboard so you should factor this into your budget if you plan to buy one.

The new Mac Mini is available now.

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Anonabox Privacy Router’s Crowdfunding Campaign Goes Awry http://walyou.com/anonabox-privacy-router-crowdfunding-campaign/ http://walyou.com/anonabox-privacy-router-crowdfunding-campaign/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:56:37 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180160

On Kickstarter, campaigns usually have one of the two possible outcomes: either they’re successful or not. In Anonabox’s case, however, things are a bit more complicated, as Kickstarter had to cancel the project altogether.

The crowdfunding campaign for the Anonabox privacy router seemed very promising, in the beginning. More precisely, in just a few hours since the campaign’s debut, backers had already pledged more than 10 times the $7,500 needed for mass-producing this network equipment. Five days later, and August Germar, the developer of this privacy router, already had 82 times more than the campaign’s goal, and all that simply because he convinced a lot of people that this $45 privacy-focused router could protect users by running all the data through the Tor network with the help of some custom-built hardware components. It turns out that Germar misled customers into believing all that, all the while using purchased items and claiming that he had built them himself.

As a consequence, Kickstarter has decided to cancel the project altogether and to return all pledged money to the backers. In a letter addressed to them, the crowdfunding site explained that “a review of the project uncovered evidence that it broke Kickstarter’s rules.” Not much else was said, except that the rules included “offering purchased items and claiming to have made them yourself,” “presenting someone else’s work as your own” and “misrepresenting or failing to disclose relevant facts about the project or its creator.”

Kickstarter users pointed out earlier this week that some of the components that Germar claimed to have been custom built were in fact available on Chinese websites such as Alibaba. When confronted with the evidence, Germar explained that some of the hardware used in the prototype was actually made by Chinese manufacturer Gainstrong. On top of that, the default settings of the router leave the wireless network open. The root password is encoded, fact that makes the router even more susceptible to attacks.

Germar expressed his disappointment by saying that “I had thought this would be like push-starting a car. Instead, it’s been like being handcuffed to a rocket.”

I’m glad that Germar’s plan was debunked. At the same time, I wonder exactly how far did he think he would get before someone pointed out the obvious problems. Kickstarter is a platform for making dreams come true, and the ones trying to take advantage of it and its users should be exposed for the whole world to see!

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OS X Yosemite is out, is free, and is great http://walyou.com/os-x-yosemite/ http://walyou.com/os-x-yosemite/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:00:59 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180140

The latest OS X, Yosemite, is out already and users can download it for free at the Mac store. Join us and learn what’s new.

Apple’s most recent OS X was made available a few hours ago at the Mac App Store for free. It had been announced at WWDC 2014 with a new, improved look and significant upgrades, as well as improved compatibility with iOS, which made it seem like we were in for a real, fantastic upgrade. As nearly a million beta users had been saying for a while, we’re happy to report this is true indeed. Yosemite (the first named after a geographic location instead of a feline) has been brought to the masses so everyone can weigh in on it, and now is here to stay.

Some of our favorite features are the ones that have to do with iOS integration: users are now able to receive phone calls, share files via AirDrop and work seamlessly between their iPhones, iPads and computers. Furthermore, with the upcoming patch scheduled for Monday, users will even be able to send and receive text and multimedia messages via the Messages app.

Yosemite is sort of an all-terrain, as it runs on any iMac released after 2007 to present, which is a pretty huge window that ensures that most of the userbase gets to run it. Have some of you been running it already? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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