Walyou » Uncategorized http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:49:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Could Apple’s Next iPad Come With a Stylus? http://walyou.com/could-apples-next-ipad-come-with-a-stylus/ http://walyou.com/could-apples-next-ipad-come-with-a-stylus/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:00:54 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=214914

As Apple looks to create the next version of the iPad, patent filings suggest that it will come with a stylus.

While tablets are often more powerful than their smaller sized smartphone brethren, the main reason that most of us invest in tablets is because of their size. The giant displays of tablets offer us far more screen space to work with – which is handy when you’re fed up of your thumbs and fingers getting cramp from holding your phone for a prolonged amount of time.

These large screens also make them ideal for work which is why so many people have opted to ditch their laptops and desktop PCs for a tablet instead. There are now keyboard plug-ins that make writing up that essay or investor report a doddle.

But to make it even easier, you’d need more than your fingers and a detachable keyboard – you’d need a stylus. Easy to carry around and offering more accuracy than the tip of a digit, a tablet that comes with a stylus just makes sense. And that’s exactly why Apple is looking into it for the next iPad.

The suggestion comes from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities who regularly makes correct predictions about Apple’s future projects. In a report obtained by AppleInsider, Kuo wrote that “Given that it’s more precise than a person’s fingers, a stylus can be more convenient to use than the combination of keyboard and mouse in some cases”, adding that it would provide haptic feedback that lets a user feel what they’re doing better rather than having to poke uncomfortably at a glass screen. Kuo’s info is based on patent filings from Apple which makes it all the more likely.

It’s believed that Apple has created the stylus to go with its rumoured iPad Pro tablet. While it’s purely speculation at the moment, the iPad Pro would be a 12.9 inch affair that makes working from it a lot easier. It would cater especially to business professionals and education facilities.

However, despite the benefit of a stylus, Kuo noted that a stylus with haptic feedback could be expensive for users. Kuo writes that “high selling prices may turn consumers off if the 12.9-inch iPad is always bundled with it. We therefore expect the stylus to be an optional accessory before sufficient user feedback is received.”

In typical Apple fashion we can also expect them to continuously release updates to the stylus as the years go by and their research improves. An accelerometer and 3D handwriting features could be added to the gadget following a successful launch.

We’ll keep you posted once Apple confirms.

Source: AppleInsider

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Power & sustainability: the cars of CES 2015 http://walyou.com/power-sustainability-the-cars-of-ces-2015/ http://walyou.com/power-sustainability-the-cars-of-ces-2015/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 18:21:12 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=214722

The mega event CES 2015 wasn’t just about gadgets, but car companies also took the stage to show their new technology, which is as sustainable as it is cool. Check out the best cars of CES 2015.

Toyota & hydrogen cells

Toyota shared their vision for the future at CES 2015, especially for those vehicles we use inside of cities, which consume fuel. One of the ideas they are moving forward with is liberating thousands upon thousands of patents related to hydrogen usage as a power source for vehicles – not only they’d be able to use this themselves, but any other manufacturer interested in it might too.

But that wasn’t all Toyota introduced, and their commitment to a better, greener planet doesn’t end there. The Japanese giant announced the product of their collaboration with Hino Motors, Ltd, a bus that rus entirely off of these hydrogen cells. This uses the same patents mentioned above, and ended up in a hybrid bus that does not require any traditional fuel sources. It’s already circulating Toyota City in Japan, at that, and who knows which city might be next.

Audi and interactivity

The team at Audi, on their end, started out collaborating with LG to show a smartwatch capable of unlocking cars, but also revealed their Audi Tablet. This is a product meant to become a middleman in between mobile phones and the vehicle to ease communication in between the two of them. The concept, according to Audi is that cars are slowly becoming phones with four wheels and they can’t be left behind in the past. This is the vision that inspired the Audi Q7, a car from the future that connects to any and all of your gadgets, while bringing new functionalities like self-driving and intelligent navigation to avoid traffic jams.

Just like the Toyota team, Audi plays their part in saving the planet. Their collaboration comes in the form of electromobility, hybrid cars, and wireless recharging. Audi means to turn their engines electric, and improve the recharge times and means so we don’t need cables any more. Their innovations in the fields of potency, comfort and functionality became a reality in a new prototype called Audi prologue piloted driving concept, and it has all of the functionalities mentioned above plus connectivity that would make any iPhone or Android phone tremble with lust and envy.

Mercedes Benz: luxury in movement

Germany wasn’t happy with winning the Wolrd Cup in 2014, they also had to win CES 2015. They introduced the new Mercedes Benz F015, a fantastic concept vehicle created around the idea of “luxury in movement”. The idea behind this car is that it’s not necessary to drive it, but users can leave the computer to perform these tasks for him. These automatic cars are already legal in some states of the USA, and users can now pick exactly when they want to drive or not. Also, this is a car that combines high performance batteries with hydrogen cells that would give it an autonomy of over 1,100 km.

BMW and the i3 System

Another spectacular concept came via the BMW team, who came up with a solution to parking in big cities and reduced spaces. The i3 system lets vehicles park on their own, without users doing anything, and guaranteeing that they won’t touch any other car. This shines amongst every other concept at CES 2015 as it gives it a very specific function, particularly relevant if you live in the city.

Hyundai and Android Auto

Hyundai introduced their ecologic systems and new models at CES 2015, but their big bet was all about interaction and Android Auto, a system that turns your Android device into a screen that displays your car status at any time. Users can activate and deactivate stuff from the phone or do things like regulate AC, turn on or off lights, or unlock doors. At the same time, Android Auto is not the main system of the car, but it can also operate on it’s own. You lucked out, iPhone owners.

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Netflix To Debut a New Show Every Two Weeks http://walyou.com/netflix-to-debut-a-new-show-every-two-weeks/ http://walyou.com/netflix-to-debut-a-new-show-every-two-weeks/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00:49 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=212311

As more and more people sign up to Netflix, the media streaming service say that they’d like to release even more original TV shows in the future.

The way in which we consume media is rapidly changing. Before, we were confined to cable subscriptions and DVRs (and maybe the odd TV boxset or two) but now we consume television shows whenever and wherever we please, binging and marathoning when our time is free.

Most of us use Netflix for that. A monthly subscription service, users pay to gain access to Netflix’s massive library of content. From popular blockbusters like Disney’s Brave to popular series like Breaking Bad and American Horror Story, it’s all available from our dekstops and mobiles to our games consoles and tablets.

But in addition to all of the shows that have already been made, Netflix’s other draw is the content that it makes itself. Prison dramedy Orange is the New Black is a massive hit whilst political thriller House of Cards has also hoovered up awards. And now, the service wants to debut even more of these original TV hits.

That reveal comes from Netflix’s Chief content officer, Ted Sarandos. Speaking at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference he explained:

“I think that we can expand on our original programming … from where we are today to probably as many as 20 original series — so the idea of launching original series or [an] original season of content every two half weeks or so.”

Such a large amount of content allows them to appeal to more people across a wider range of demographics but what will be most important is quality and not quantity. Orange is the New Black may just have 26 episodes in all (13 in each season) but the small drip-feed of content is brilliant. The same can’t be said for Marco Polo, Netflix’s latest TV offering, which has not gone down so well with critics. Making sure that they knock it out of the park more times than not will be key to their end goal of getting more subscribers to the service.

The goal of subscribers is also why Netflix is unlikely to release viewing numbers – surely these do not matter so long as people are signed up and watching something. Furthermore, focusing too heavily on what people are watching means that you risk chasing numbers instead of making good TV. Sarandos says,

“It’s an irrelevant measure of success for us … Ratings measurement has been bad for creative of television,” he said. “Now maybe it’s been necessary for the business of television, but it’s been horrible for the creative television.”

So although we don’t have numbers – or really much of an idea of what Netflix is working on next, the service is doing big things and we are paying attention. We’ll keep you posted once we know more.

Source: Vulture

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How Facebook Wants to Prevent Embarrassing Photos http://walyou.com/how-facebook-wants-to-prevent-embarrassing-photos/ http://walyou.com/how-facebook-wants-to-prevent-embarrassing-photos/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:00:15 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=212584

With over a billion active users, social network Facebook now wants to prevent them from uploading embarrassing photos to the site.

 

Most people are no stranger to the prospect of embarrassing Facebook photos. From the drunken selfies people have taken to commemorate nights that they probably won’t remember to sober silliness, we’ve all been there done that or laughed at others in the same situation.

But these images are not always such a good thing. While they make for good entertainment, drunken photos especially can be incriminating whilst other pictures can get you in trouble with your parents, loved ones or your boss.

That’s why it would be incredibly useful for something to stop us from uploading these embarrassing snaps in the first place. Thankfully, Facebook is working on embarrassment preventing technology of their own. The technology is being pioneered by Yann Lecun at the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab (FAIR). Lecun and his team want to use a form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect whether or not it’s a wise idea to post the photo that you’re uploading. He explains:

“Imagine that you had an intelligent digital assistant which would mediate your interaction with your friends and also with content on Facebook.”

Further uses for the technology include finding out when other people have posted photos of you, without having to wait for them to tag you in them. Lecun says that “You will have a single point of contact to mediate your interaction but also to protect your private information”.

There are clear benefits to the AI that FAIR are working on (their work already examines Facebook users’ behaviour to figure out what sort of content you’re interested in) but some people may be wary of Facebook analysing us so much. Lecun expressed that FAIR’s work is strictly about helping us though (rather than using the data to allow Facebook to sell more ads) so although plenty of people will still have doubts, his words are something to hold onto for when we see the advanced AI in action.

Source: Wired

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Microsoft Enables Bitcoin Payments for Xbox, Windows Phone Content http://walyou.com/microsoft-enables-bitcoin-payments-for-xbox-windows-phone-content/ http://walyou.com/microsoft-enables-bitcoin-payments-for-xbox-windows-phone-content/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:00:20 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=212528

An online alternative to real, physical money, bitcoin has now been accepted by Microsoft as a form of payment.

Thanks to new additions in technology – such as faster Internet speeds and shopping apps on mobile devices – more of us are now shopping online than ever before. But this also means that payments have changed too as we are no longer so reliant on paper coins and money.

Often, we make use of Internet banking or PayPal to make online payments even easier, but cryptocurrencies have also been introduced. Cryptocurrencies are currencies that use cryptography (the practice and study of secure communications) to secure the transactions and to control the creation of new units.

The most popular of these by far is bitcoin. And, as the cryptocurrency increases in popularity, Microsoft is the next retailer to accept is as a form of payment.

How this works is that US-based customers can add money to their accounts via bitcoin. This money can then be used to purchase games from Xbox Live, apps or videos (such as TV and movies).

Rules for using bitcoin to add money to accounts is restricted to $1000 a day and up to $5000 overall, there are also no refunds for their bitcoins once you’ve added them to your account. Furthermore, Microsoft has explained other limitations to bitcoin usage:

“You can only use bitcoin to add money to your Microsoft account and then purchase digital goods at select Microsoft online stores. You can’t use bitcoin to purchase Microsoft products and services directly at this time.”

With this said, there is potential for a larger scale roll out in the future. Eric Lockard, corporate vice president of Universal Store at Microsoft, suggested in a blog post that this is very much just the beginning:

“The use of digital currencies such as bitcoin, while not yet mainstream, is growing beyond the early enthusiasts. We expect this growth to continue and allowing people to use bitcoin to purchase our products and services now allows us to be at the front edge of that trend.”

So it’s early days yet but we’ll keep you posted once we know more.

Source: CoinDesk, Microsoft

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Twitter: Two More Execs Jump Ship, Is the Company in Turmoil? http://walyou.com/twitter-two-more-execs-jump-ship-is-the-company-in-turmoil/ http://walyou.com/twitter-two-more-execs-jump-ship-is-the-company-in-turmoil/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:00:26 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=192339

After a recent spate of employee departures, yet more executives have left Twitter citing concerns with the company’s future.

With over 250 million active users, Twitter is an incredibly big deal. Brands are leveraging the micro-blogging service to hawk wares, find friends and help alleviate customer problems, making the service fantastic not just for consumers but for companies too.

The problem with this that Twitter has been struggling to capitalise on its potential for some time. Twitter was floating on a precarious ad-free raft in the middle of an ocean before instating promoted tweets and Twitter trends not too long ago.

But is this enough? For many investors, Twitter’s revenue just isn’t big enough as although the site’s recent Q3 earnings call showcased a $361 million income during the timeframe, slow user growth is holding the site back. That could be why yet more executives have jumped ship, looking for greener pastures.

The latest people to leave Twitter are Jeremy Gordon, the vice president of engineering, and Adam Kinney, a senior manager who led Twitter’s analytics team. Both Gordon and Kinney have tweeted about their departures but as you would expect, it’s niceties all round with both former Twitter employees saying that it’s time to move on to new things.

So what is the real reason for their departure then? Both men were incredibly vital pieces to the Twitter puzzle; Gordon was a big part of the product development side of things and led a team of 400 people, while Kinney was a well-liked and respected director-level engineer. But according to sources, their status within the company couldn’t diminish the fact that they are concerned about the company’s vision and where the site is heading in the future.

A lack of belief in the company that employs you is as good a reason as any to quit but with Twitter having already lost two high profile execs (COO Ali Rowghani and Vice President of Media Chloe Sladden) earlier in the year, they’ll want to turn things around quickly. It’s not yet clear how Twitter will do that or if they have big plans in the pipeline, preparing for announcement, but we’ll keep you posted once we know more.

Source: CNBC

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The Worst Batman in History Keeps Apologizing For It http://walyou.com/the-worst-batman-in-history-keeps-apologizing-for-it/ http://walyou.com/the-worst-batman-in-history-keeps-apologizing-for-it/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:00:39 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180177

Despite being one of the biggest stars in the world when it comes to film, George Clooney will forever be remembered as the worst Batman in history. He’ll never stop apologizing for it.

In 2002, George Clooney talked to the New York Times about the low budget for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. He mentioned Batman & Robin as well.

I’ve been in those Pluto Nash kind of movies — Batman & Robincost $160 million — and you know they’re a waste of money.

A few years later (2006) Clooney had an interview with Barbara Walters. Maybe because of Brokeback Mountain’s success or maybe some other reason, Clooney decided to say his Batman was a gay one.

I was in a rubber suit and I had rubber nipples. I could have played Batman straight, but I made him gay.

In 2011, he had an interview with Total Film, and had a lot to say about the movie that killed the franchise, forcing it to be re-invented.

With hindsight it’s easy to look back at this and go ‘Woah [sic], that was really shit and I was really bad in it. It was a difficult film to be good in. I don’t know what I could have done differently. But if I am going to be Batman in the film Batman & Robin, I can’t say it didn’t work and then not take some of the blame for that.

In 2012 he appeared on Inside the Actor’s Studio and also talked about the failed endeavor.

They put nipples on the Batsuit. I didn’t know they would do that, If Batman had to wear the suit that [I] had to wear, everyone [in Gotham City] would die.

In 2013, when promoting Gravity, he had another thing to say about the film and also the new casting for the Superman-Batman upcoming movie.

I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part. The spacesuit [in Gravity] was just uncomfortable for me; the Batsuit was uncomfortable for all of the world.

Most recently, at the 2014 New York Comic-Con, Clooney wouldn’t let the subject rest and disappear.

I just met Adam West and I apologized to him. Sorry for the nipples on the suit.

For a bit more on the caped crusader, check out these awesome Dark Knight graffiti works of art.

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iPad Air 2 Images Leak Ahead of Apple’s October Event http://walyou.com/ipad-air-2-images-leak-ahead-of-apples-october-event/ http://walyou.com/ipad-air-2-images-leak-ahead-of-apples-october-event/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:00:05 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180090

After missing Apple’s earlier press conference in September, the company has now set a date for their next iPad reveal – October 16th.

September was an incredibly big month for Apple. When they weren’t laughing and dancing in the streets over the staggeringly high amount of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales (the two phones sold 10 million units between them in 3 days) the company was hampered with dipping share prices as customers were introduced to iPhone 6 Plus Bendgate.

Bendgate has certainly been the talk of the town these past few weeks with plenty of memes being made about Apple’s ‘bendy’ phones but bubbling under the surface, many have also been speculating about the next iPad. It’s been a year since we saw a new version of Apple’s tablet but with leaked images and a date pencilled in for later this week, we now have a slightly better idea of what to expect.

Leaked from Vietnam, the leaked images you see above are said to be of the next iPad. Specifically, the latest Apple tablet will be called the iPad Air 2 and will be the successor of last year’s iPad Air, which brought with it an incredibly slim body that was so thin that the device could be hidden behind a pencil. The ‘iPad’ in the images is actually a dummy uses to make cases and it suggests that they’ll be similar in design to the first iPad Air. All that appears to be different is that the iPad Air 2 will have ion-strengthened glass just like the iPhone 6 and that Home button clearly sports a ring around it. Does that mean that the iPad will feature TouchID for the very first time? Probably, and the timing makes sense too as Apple Pay is scheduled to be launched later this year.

What is a concern about the iPad Air 2 (provided that these images are legitimate) is that while the design is the same as the first iPad Air, the iPad Air 2 is slightly thinner. It’s only thinner by 0.5mm but if that’s a big enough change for Apple to design then it’s a big enough one to make a difference. As seen with the iPhone 6 Plus, thinner does not always equal better and the large, thin body also led to that bending that we’ve all recoiled in horror at.

Whether or not Apple has fixed these problems with the iPad Air 2 is unclear (keep in mind that the company is still denying that there’s even a widespread problem on the iPhone 6 Plus) but we’ll know more following Apple’s iPad press conference later this week.

Source: GSM Arena, Tinhte

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Get ready to tweet money at your friends – make it rain http://walyou.com/tweet-money/ http://walyou.com/tweet-money/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:53:41 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=180048

Who says Twitter is all about sharing inane, sarcastic comments to a crowd not paying attention? Twitter is getting ready to allow users to tweet money.

Groupe BPCE is France’s second biggest bank by customers, and a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the French economy. Their team are getting ready to work with Twitter’s, as they attempt to first dip their toes into the world of online payments. What they attempt to do is to allow users to straight up transfer money via tweets.

Apple and Facebook aren’t the only ones experimenting with alternative ways to get revenue via mobile phones or apps, it seems. Groupe BPCE has clarified that they intend to work only with French users and consumers as of now, regardless of which bank they use or whether or not they know the recipient’s details – basically, a tweet is all it takes to send money. These transferences will be managed via the S-Money service, a service which already allows users to send currency over text messages while using the credit card industry’s data security standards.

The interesting part will be the ramifications of this. Can you imagine users straight up getting money for talking about coffee, their day, and their car problems? Seems being a twitstar might eventually become a full time job, if the community engages enough.

Via Reuters

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Rochester Cloak: Harry Potter’s invisibility cloack might soon be a reality http://walyou.com/rochester-cloak-harry-potters-invisibility-cloack-might-soon-be-a-reality/ http://walyou.com/rochester-cloak-harry-potters-invisibility-cloack-might-soon-be-a-reality/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:00:35 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=179799

What looks like magic to us might soon be a normal occurrence thanks to science, and seems invisibility might be the next big thing we’ll achieve.

Meet the Rochester Cloak, a “Cloak of Invisibility” of sorts developed by a group of researchers from the University of Rochester. What it does is completely hide objects from view. The weird thing about it, though, is that the University of Rochester Newscenter claims this device is inexpensive, and can be built at home with every day materials.

The process is simple: by using four standard lenses, and depending on the position of the viewer, any one object can become invisible. Obviously, this would have no use at all if it was only one direction it cloaks, but a multitude of them. So, more than a cloak like Harry Potter’s, probably a shield would create a better mental image.

If readers wish to learn more about this concept, just head to the video right below these lines.

Via Syracuse

 

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