Samsung SmartThings Hub and sensors Photograph: SamsungThe Internet of Things – where seemingly ordinary devices connect to each other and the internet to make them more than the sum of their parts think fridges that know when you re out of milk and then order more for you – is still more a concept than a reality for many.Samsung s SmartThings hub hopes to be that central pin that connects them all.Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the GuardianIt supports home-network based devices, plugging into your router to control them through fixed or Wi-Fi networks, as well as two of the most broadly used wireless home-automation standards, ZigBee and Z-Wave.It means that the Hub can talk to almost every product currently available on the market that doesn t use an isolated proprietary system.
minister of economic affairs, Mika Lintilä among its members, according to the ministry supports the project of the Tesla factory project in order to obtain in Finland."Toteutessaan it would be a billion-dollar project, very big project," Lintilä said in a press conference on Tuesday.Lintilä, Finpro has cleared the project for nine cities."makes the Final decision, of course, Tesla.in Vaasa we have a strong and functional energy of the cluster and the total consideration on the basis of it is we offer our factory location in Finland", explains minister of economic affairs, Mika Lintilä.we Play together at the same finish line, so the Tesla factory project will be in Finland.
The X7 provides access to files and formats that some players—incuding Apple's—don't support.A number of portable audio players support these audio files, and Fiio, a Chinese company with a solid reputation for low-cost, high-quality audio hardware, has a full range of such devices.The latest is the Fiio X7 $769 MSRP, $600 on Amazon , an Android-based device that supports nearly all the commonly used audio formats: MP3, AAC, FLAC, Apple Lossless, WMA, WAV, AIFF, APE, and OGG at sampling rates up to 384kHz and up to 64-bit resolution, as well as DSD up to 5.6MHz.The main body of the device, without the amplifier module, is about the same size as an iPod classic, but much thicker.The sound is clear and crisp, with a wide, expansive soundstage; it s not overly bass-heavy or tinny, and you can adjust the sound using a built-in equalizer.The X7 also offers Pure Music Mode, which you can toggle in the settings screen that displays when you swipe down from the top of the display.
Android Pay is also making its first big international push, with the payments platform launching in the UK Wednesday and coming to Singapore and Australia "soon."The mobile payment system, which Google first unveiled a year ago, is also getting support for contactless payments on public transit, with support for Transport London, which includes busses and trains.Android Pay's biggest competitor, Apple Pay, has been rapidly expanding across banks and the globe, coming to Singapore, Australia and China since the beginning of the year.But with Google's latest announcement, it looks like Android Pay isn't far behind.At launch, Android Pay was supported by more than 700,000 stores in the U.S. Now, it will also be compatible with all electronic, contactless payment systems in the UK including in Starbucks, Waitrose and public transportation stations, provided you have a card from one of the supported banks.Android Pay in the UK is now supported by Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society and Google says more banks will add support soon.
Both Nvidia and AMD graphics cards have been stuck on the 28nm manufacturing process for four long years, but the GTX 1080 s Pascal GPU jumps two process generations, all the way down to 16nm transistors.Some enthusiasts were disappointed that the GTX 1080 didn t feature the revolutionary high-bandwidth memory that debuted in AMD s Fury series, but first-gen HBM is limited to 4GB capacities, and the next iteration isn t expected until roughly the end of the year.You can also create 360 bubble screenshots viewable inside VR headsets or Google Cardboad.The GTX 1080 also supports HDR and copy-protected 4K streams, and offers a new GPU Boost 3.0 system that lets overclockers create per-voltage clock frequency increases that match their individual GPU s capabilities, rather than applying a blanket clock speed increase across the board.Founders EditionWhile the GTX 1080 s prices will start at $599, the only model guaranteed to be available on the May 27 launch date is Nvidia s $699 Founders Edition.Don t buy it yetYes, the GTX 1080 is the most badass graphics card ever created, and a massive leap over what came before—but don t buy it yet.
View photosMoreXiaomi-mi-boxChinese tech juggernaut Xiaomi may be best known for making high-quality smartphones like the new Mi 5 and selling them at low prices, but the company has made it very clear it wants to become a household electronics giant that can rumble with the likes of Samsung and Apple on a global scale.The Mi Box runs Android TV 6.0 and and is positioned to compete directly with the Apple TV, Fire TV and other set-top boxes.Xiaomi's streaming box supports 4K playback, like the Fire TV, but it does it one better with HDR High Dynamic Range for picture quality with more colors, higher brightness and increased contrast.The set-top box has access to a full range of apps available in the Google Play store including YouTube, Netflix, Vudu and more."This is a significant milestone for Xiaomi and I am really excited to be working closely with Google to bring such a great product to our fans in the US.I believe US consumers will truly enjoy the Android TV experience on Mi Box, which brings stunning 4K HDR video and a wide variety of content to your living room," Xiaomi vice president of international Hugo Barra said in a press release.
Android Pay can be used at any wireless payment point so if it supports your contactless card or Apple Pay then you re good to go with Android Pay.Google s new contactless payment service joins an increasing number of apps and services including Samsung Pay and PayPal which are trying to encourage people to move away from using their conventional bank cards as a means of paying.Recently released Android smartphones should come with Android Pay pre-installed but if you think you re missing out you can always head over to the Google Play Store and download the app separately from there.While many of the big players are in there it s hard not to notice the glaring omission that is Barclays.If you have multiple Google Accounts in Android Pay: At the top left of the app, touch your name, then choose the account you want to add a card to.While both are equally secure not all Android phones have this hardware advantage that Apple s products do so Google had to find an alternative solution.
Android Pay launches in the UK with support for MasterCard and Visa from at least eight banks and can be used anywhere contactless cards can.Not every Android smartphone supports NFC, however, but the contactless technology that also allows instant Bluetooth pairing with supported devices, is included on the majority of top and middle-tier Android smartphones sold in the UK.Photograph: GoogleVisa credit or debit cards and MasterCards from the Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society will be supported from launch, with London s Underground network also supporting Android Pay for travel in the same way it does Apple Pay.Google will also have a bespoke offer system called Android Pay Day, operating on the last Tuesday of the month starting in June when retailers including Starbucks UK and Deliveroo will have special offers.Samsung Pay, which uses both NFC and magnetic stripe for payments, has yet to launch in the UK, but is expected soon.Over 84m contactless credit cards have been issued in the UK as of February 2016 and over £1.3bn was spent using contactless payments in the month with usage growing 36.5% year-on-year.
Tech distributor Ingram Micro has snapped up UK channel services minnow Comms-care for an undisclosed sum.It has has 225 staff and 850 channel partners.For the full year ended 2015, Comms-care posted a revenue increase of 33 per cent to £26.1m - mainly boosted by its acquisition of Platform Consultancy Services in 2014 for £191,000.Brent McCarty, Ingram Micro's veep, said: The addition of Comms-care supports our strategy to expand our global capabilities and expertise in fast growing, high value markets."Comms-care offers a unique opportunity as they have developed a well- respected, unique services model that exclusively serves the channel.However, due to the size of Ingram - which turns over $45bn £35bn in annual profit - the deal is being investigated by the US Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
Google's mobile payment solution has launched with the support of a number of banks, and will work on any Android phone running KitKat 4.4 with an NFC chip inside.Well, we're here to help.Make sure you have NFC switched onYour Android phone uses its NFC chip to make mobile payments, so before you start adding your cards you'll need to make sure it's turned on.Toggle the switch, and you're golden.Open the Android Pay app, and start adding cardsNext, search out the recently installed Android Pay app on your homescreen and open it.Tap the circular ' ' button in the lower right hand corner and you'll be given the chance to add a new card.
Apple is expanding rapidly in Silicon Valley because it needs more space to house its fast-growing research and development workforce, possibly for the long-rumored Apple Car.One of its new secret facilities is a former FedEx distribution center in Santa Clara that Apple leased last year.Funding for the extension may come down to a vote later this year and environmental studies and other permits must be acquired before plans are finalized.An official for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority told the Business Journal that Apple's work at the facility is "a bump we're going to have to negotiate.Although Apple doesn't own the site, it's reportedly entered into a long-term lease and has started to spend millions to improve the location, including installing an "regenerative thermal oxidizer" and other industrial tools.Permits filed last summer show that Apple plans to run a "Cathode/Anode Operation" out of the site.Apple has said that it supports commuting alternatives to cars, and has a 34% participation goal for public transport participation at its new "spaceship" headquarters.The new Cupertino campus will have a "mass transit shuttle link" that transports employees to BART, Caltrain, and other light rail stops.
The X7 provides access to files and formats that some players—incuding Apple's—don't support.A number of portable audio players support these audio files, and Fiio, a Chinese company with a solid reputation for low-cost, high-quality audio hardware, has a full range of such devices.The latest is the Fiio X7 $769 MSRP, $600 on Amazon , an Android-based device that supports nearly all the commonly used audio formats: MP3, AAC, FLAC, Apple Lossless, WMA, WAV, AIFF, APE, and OGG at sampling rates up to 384kHz and up to 64-bit resolution, as well as DSD up to 5.6MHz.The main body of the device, without the amplifier module, is about the same size as an iPod classic, but much thicker.The sound is clear and crisp, with a wide, expansive soundstage; it s not overly bass-heavy or tinny, and you can adjust the sound using a built-in equalizer.The X7 also offers Pure Music Mode, which you can toggle in the settings screen that displays when you swipe down from the top of the display.
Like a number of other bits and bobs announced at Google I/O thus far, there are still some important questions left unanswered about the Mi Box — but here s what we do know about Xiaomi s forthcoming set-top box.It s sleek, it s small and it s apparently won the Chinese phone maker a couple of design awards already.The Mi Box is powered by Android TV 6.0, is capable of beaming 4K video at 60 FPS and supports Dolby Digital Plus audio playback.It does HDMI 2.0a and features a quad-core ARM processor, Mali 450 GPU and has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, which is expandable via USB.The controller also doubles as a gaming controller for Android TV-compatible games.Availability details for both products are still forthcoming, though the company noted that the product is coming soon in a press release issued today.
At it's 2016 Google I/O conference, Google showed off the Chromecast team's latest gadget – Google Home, a voice activated smart hub that can do, well, basically anything Google wants it to.", and you'll not only get the same accurate answer you would from Google search, spoken to you by the Google Home speaker, but you'll be able to follow up with context sensitive response and the hub will understand.from that previous leading question, and Google Home will know you're still talking about avocados, without having to explicitly mention it again.Networked with a Chromecast Audio or TV Chromecast, and Google Home can be used to create a multi-room speaker set up.Google Home supports Google Cast with both iOS and Android, so it's not just limited to Google's own smartphone ecosystem.It'll connect to smart home gear, including "the most popular home networking systems" for lighting let's assume that's Philips Hue , or heating systems such as Google's own Nest, and a quick voice command can control the lot of it.
Credit: ThinkStockForget that bass; in the digital world, it s all about that bandwidth.On wireless devices, the speeds can be greatly reduced when further away from the wireless router or if there s interference from neighboring Wi-Fi networks, other wireless devices, or appliances that can cause interference such as microwave ovens, which produce tremendous amounts of noise in the 2.4GHz frequency spectrum while operating .Their hardware can be managed via a free online account.and it supports wireless mesh-networking technology that makes it easier to broaden your Wi-Fi coverage.Secondly, you could consider prioritizing any critical devices you d like to have higher priority.This Netgear WNR2000 802.11n router has QoS pre-configured for a limited number of applications, but you must configure your own rules for anything the manufacturer didn t think of.
Credit: ThinkStockForget that bass; in the digital world, it s all about that bandwidth.On wireless devices, the speeds can be greatly reduced when further away from the wireless router or if there s interference from neighboring Wi-Fi networks, other wireless devices, or appliances that can cause interference such as microwave ovens, which produce tremendous amounts of noise in the 2.4GHz frequency spectrum while operating .Their hardware can be managed via a free online account.and it supports wireless mesh-networking technology that makes it easier to broaden your Wi-Fi coverage.Secondly, you could consider prioritizing any critical devices you d like to have higher priority.This Netgear WNR2000 802.11n router has QoS pre-configured for a limited number of applications, but you must configure your own rules for anything the manufacturer didn t think of.
Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi will further expand in the US market — in cooperation with Google — when it releases a new TV set-top box in the country, according to the company.It also makes Xiaomi a closer partner with Google as the Mi box will be the second set-top box that supports Google s own TV operating system — Android TV — after the SHIELD from graphic processor giant NVIDIA.According to research firm IDC, vendors shipped 334.9 million units during the first quarter this year which represents 0.18 per cent growth from the same period in 2015 and Xiaomi, the fifth largest global player last year, was bettered by domestic rivals OPPO and vivo.Xiaomi said it has sold over 10 million smart TVs and set-top boxes in China since 2013.Xiaomi is less known in the US and the collaboration with Google can quickly raise its profile in this market, said Alex Ng, an analyst from China Merchant Securities.The domestically-sold box cost 299 yuan HK$355 .
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f93222%2f5bb1019ecc8b438983b23de697f6908eGame and app developers already working inside of virtual reality will be able to port existing apps and games to Google's brand new Daydream platform, if they are building on Unreal Engine.Epic Games appeared on the stage of Google I/O to unveil Unreal Engine 4's compatibility with Daydream, which was announced on Wednesday.Since Daydream is a virtual reality platform that supports several different Android-powered mobile phones, it will allow more people to access VR in the next few years, said Nick Whiting, VR and AR Technical Director for Epic Games.The biggest benefit will be the required controller — every Daydream user will need it to jump into VR — so developers all can code for the same specifications."Once you ve interacted with motion controllers it s really hard to go back, like going back to Oculus DK1," Whiting told Mashable.The Epic Games team built its own tech demo to show off the controller's capabilities in Daydream.
As Nvidia closes in on the first birthday of the Shield media streamer, the company is promising 4K and HDR updates as part of its version 3.2 software upgrade: Netflix and YouTube, specifically.Nvidia said the next update will support Netflix HDR, offering a wider dynamic luminosity range for any Netflix content that supports it.Software Upgrade 3.2 is coming soon, Nvidia said, without specifying a specific date.There s more on the app front: As an Android TV device, Nvidia will be able to tap into the new wave of apps arriving for all Android TVs, including CNN, Comedy Central, ESPN, and more.At some point in the future, a version of GameStream using HDR will become available once gamers start buying Nvidia's new Pascal-based GPUs: the Nvidia GTX 1080 and 1070 cards.Why this matters: At up to $300, the Shield streamer is a pricey alternative to more traditional boxes like the Roku line.
Natalia "Supernova" Vodianova is probably best known for her work as the face of Calvin Klein's Euphoria perfume.Vodianova, 34, is the fifth-highest-paid model in the world, but she has used her fame to promote nonprofit causes that are close to her heart.In 2004, she set up the Naked Heart Foundation, which supports families raising children with special needs and seeks to create an inclusive and inspiring environment in which to play for every child in urban Russia and internationally.And this year she became a tech entrepreneur by launching Elbi, an iPhone app that lets people donate small amounts of money to good causes and interact with the people and charities who receive the money.The name stands for "Little Big" LB , and the philosophy behind it is that you can make a big difference through little actions.Download the app here.Elbi's advisory board includes Jimmy Wales Wikipedia founder , Michael Birch Bebo founder , Arianna Huffington Huffington Post , designer Diane von Furstenberg, and Brent Hoberman cofounder of Lastminute.com and Made.com .Business Insider asked Vodianova to show us, in words and pictures, what a typical day in her life is like.Here's what she came back with.View As: One PageSlides
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