Lenovo has announced a wide range of new tablets and hybrid hardware, all running either Android or Windows 8.1.Follow the links below for a detailed overview of Lenovo’s latest device announcements, all of which fall into its Yoga range of versatile hardware.The standout feature of Lenovo’s Yoga Ultrabooks has always been the clever hinge, which allows the screen to be folded over to create a tent-like stand, rotated around to keep the keyboard out of the way, or laid flat for a tablet-like experience.For the Yoga 3 Pro, Lenovo has redesigned the hinge, likening it to a metal watch band, and building it from 800 pieces of steel and aluminum.Storage is managed by a 256GB SSD, plus there is a 4-in-1 card reader on the 12.8mm chassis.It’s joined by two USB 3.0 sockets, and a Micro HDMI port.
And, as fans of the movie franchise know, these spoofs are of the affectionate variety, created out of reverence for the films rather than to mock them – most of the time, anyway.You could spend days trawling through the endless parade of spoof videos on YouTube, ranging from Robot Chicken to Family Guy to Community.If there was a prize for completeness of a parody, then without doubt the award would go to the Blue Harvest episode of Family Guy.In the episode the electricity goes out, so Peter retells his family the story of A New Hope, with the show's characters playing the leading roles – Chris is Luke, Peter is Han, Brian is Chewbacca – and Stewie is Vader, of course.Various episodes of The SimpsonsThe Simpsons first hit our screens four years after the release of Return of the Jedi, and by the time The Phantom Menace was released we were reaching the point where the show's decline began Simpsons nerds tend to agree it was around Season 12 .
Similarly, in the B2B world, artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive technologies represent a disruptive shift that’s forcing companies to reimagine how they operate.With that in mind, here are eight questions everyone is asking about self-driving cars, each of which has an important parallel that helps frame AI’s impact on business and society at large.Google’s self-driving cars have already driven 1,210,676 miles yet, as of July this year, there had only been 14 accidents — all caused by human error, not by the software.Given the fact that around 33,000 people die in traffic accidents in the U.S. every year, and much of blame falls to distracted drivers, there is a huge opportunity to make our roads safer.In the B2B world, very few of our decisions are life or death, but there is still important revenue at stake.When the models are live, someone needs to monitor the impact of any changes and watch for drift in performance to ensure continued accuracy.
The official Star Wars website made our day, and we have to say thanks.StarWars.com posted an article full of vintage Kenner Star Wars toy commercials, and they re just about the best thing ever.It s easy to forget just how formative these toys were not just for Star Wars fans, but for both the toy industry and movies in general.And these ads were a huge part of many, many people s childhoods.And yet seeing these commercials, it all makes sense.They re no-nonsense, unabashedly cheesy, and some like the Emperor and Boba Fett ones even tease a first look at characters that fans didn t know about yet.
Media Portal is one of the closest alternatives to Windows Media Centre, and one of the slickest Photograph: Media PortalWhat do I need to do to watch a DVD in Windows 10?It was disabled when I upgraded from Windows 7.PC manufacturers normally add it to the PCs that ship with a DVD or Blu-ray drive, often including Cyberlink, Roxio or similar third-party software.Also, Microsoft probably recognised that there was even less point in paying for a DVD player when users either had one already eg Cyberlink or could easily download a free one.Briefly, Windows Media Player is a media player that can rip and burn audio CDs, and sync with portable devices.
Now, watch faces will display notifications and information from any Android Wear app, much like Apple Watch s own watchface complications.That certainly helps if you want a watch that s basically an at-a-glance notifications ticker on your arm.That s why it s developing three new ways for messaging on Android Wear: smart replies, handwriting, and a swipe keyboard.A 1.5-inch display is still far from any kind of display I d want to try to communicate on for than five seconds, but at least Google is experimenting.On the fitness front, Android Wear 2.0 takes the personal coach approach.Google-powered smartwatches will soon come armed with automatic activity recognition—a feature long present on Fitbit wearables—and will funnel health information with the Google Fit API.
Google has released a preview version of Android Wear 2.0 which, however, at this writing is only compatible with the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition and Huawei Watch. The interface has become darker and support alerts have been expanded. The platform has also received support for standalone apps that can run completely independent of the smartphone. They thus functions even when your phone is not connected. Spotify, for example, able to run on their own and play offline music. Android Wear 2.0 provides a new API for dials - all dials can display information from any installed application whatsoever.
As the rumours predicted, Google used the opening presentation of its annual developer conference, I/O, to reveal a new personal assistant aimed at the home.Called Google Home and voice-activated with the entire power of Google s search engine built into it, Home is set to launch later this year.The device connects to your home WiFi network and can also sync with Chromecast devices, meaning it can control TVs as well as other connected devices including speakers and smart appliances.The device has a striking similarity function-wise to Amazon s Echo, which launched last year – something even Google CEO Sundar Pichai referenced when announcing the device.At the heart of Home is the updated and supposedly more intelligent Google app software and the new Google Assistant.This is said to be better at understanding context and able to offer better proactive suggestions to users as a result.
This system will be released into the wild as soon as Google's done working on it - which doesn't appear to be all that long from now.That's just the beginning - it requires a smooth system to run in order to be adopted, and indeed accepted - by users worldwide.As such, Google suggests that Android Instant Apps will "Run Android apps as seamlessly as loading a webpage."Perhaps just as important as the speed at which these app bits open is the fact that this will all work on Android devices on Android versions as old as Jelly Bean.It's a system that lots and lots of smartphones are still running today - we can't all be Nexus users.Google's next step is, of course, allowing you to see just that one tiny portion of the app with the option to download the whole thing.
Image: cgc76Remember that Facebook built a wacky 360-degree camera to record immersive video?Well, now it s shot its first film, which allows you to explore New York s Grand Central Terminal.Mark Zuckerberg posted the video to Facebook overnight, calling it a preview of what a full-length virtual reality movie will feel like.Especially if you re a fan of train stations!You don t need a VR headset to watch the video, but it does work better on a phone than a PC, because you can wave your handset around like a loon to see what s happening around you.Facbook
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However, the study finds the controversial technology has not, as proponents have claimed, increased the rate of crop yields and has resulted in insect and weed resistance that has become a major agricultural problem.There are people who are saying that without genetically engineered crops, we re never going to be able to feed the world in 2050 and there are people who say that eating a genetically engineered crop will cause sterility or will cause cancer, he said.He also expressed U.S. Department of Agriculture s willingness to work with Congress to prevent further confusion and develop a nationwide system for informing the public about what s in their food products, without increasing costs or giving a false impression about safety.The report concludes that while GE crops have generally had favorable economic outcomes for producers, they ve also resulted in weeds evolving a resistance to herbicides, including glyphosate, a commonly used herbicide which the World Health Organization found likely causes cancer in humans.The report quickly drew criticism from anti-GMO groups, including Food & Water Watch, which USA Today reports accused the committee of arriving at watered-down scientific conclusions due to agricultural industry influence.Jim Thomas, a spokesman for ETC Group, told The Washington Post that the report is inconsistent on the crucially important question of whether or not to regulate the new techniques such as genome editing and synthetic biology.
Here you can peer into the lives of some of Facebook s global community of 1.65 billion users.But don t expect too much – a random look through feeds late Wednesday showed a guy staring blankly at his smartphone camera, a shaky POV of a motorcycle journey, a person buttering toast, and a guy in a youth hostel eating noodles.Blue dots indicate the location of a stream, and hovering your mouse over it connects you to the feed.These point to where current viewers are located around the world, though maybe Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will look at them as an indicator of how well he s succeeding in his quest to connect everyone on the planet.Live Video s interactive map should certainly boost traffic for the service, as before the only way you d know if a user was broadcasting live was via a notification, meaning you had to already be following them.Facebook knows there s money to be made here – users reportedly watch live broadcasts for three times longer than recorded video, and post 10 times more comments.
The map automatically pulls up a notable livestream that has a bunch of viewers, and also shows where a video is being watched using threads that connect a video visually with dots on the locations of its viewers.Called Facebook's 'Live Map,' it's simple and straight forward to use -- pull it up and click on a blue dot.Hover over it, and you'll get a small window as well as threads connecting other viewer's locations so you can get an idea of where people are watching.The left-side pane shows a primary video — at this very moment, it s a Cosmo editor getting her first tattoo, if you re curious — as well as some other options below it that, when clicked on, will bring up the video.It seems like the high-end of live viewers are topping out in the high-thousands, with the top video in the pane having about 8.5k viewers.It's exactly what it sounds like -- a way to watch or broadcast live videos on Facebook's platform much like you'd find on Periscope.
If you thought Google I/O would be nothing but smartphones and complex code, you clearly weren't banking on Google diving head-first into virtual reality.Sure, Google Cardboard has been around for a while, but it looks like chump change compared to Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.It starts with Android N, which is getting overhauled with plenty of VR-specific tweaks, like faster screen response times, reduced latency and more accurate motion sensors for better head tracking.The first handsets won't be turning up until later in the year, but Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, Asus, ZTE, and other manufacturers are all on board.Your phone will still slot inside, but a comfortable head strap should keep it locked in place without making your arms cramp up.Daydream is set to arrive in the Autumn, but developers will be able to start putting games and tech demos together as soon as Android N arrives.
BangFit displays on tablets, desktops, or laptops a sex-based workout regimen with avatars for players to mimic.You strap your smartphone to your midsection using an adjustable band, and the app records your movements using the phone s motion sensors.You watch the cartoon images of people having sex and mimic their positions.There are basic positions, as well as more acrobatic and athletic positions such as Squat and Thrust and Missionary Press.The better the users coordinate their movements, the more points they earn and the more calories they burn.Yes, you too can be as fit as f***, Pornhub says, and transform your bedroom into a gym.Today, due to our hectic work schedules and lack of motivation, many of us do not receive regular amounts of physical activity and lead sedentary lifestyles, said Corey Price, vice president at Pornhub, in a statement.Founded in 2007, Pornhub has more than 3 million videos posted and gets about 60 million visitors a day.The BangFit is Pornhub s most recent move in the sex tech space.
And lastly, all the code enhancements mean that pesky "Android is starting" post-update screen, in which all of your third-party apps have to be optimised before launching the OS, will be gone forever.Also, you'll be able to double-tap the Recents button from anywhere to switch over to your last-used app, making multitasking easier and faster than ever.Additionally, Android TV will get a new picture-in-picture mode in Android N, letting you continue to watch video in a small pane while, say, browsing the Play Store or accessing other apps and info.For example, the new system-wide ability to reply directly to messaging notifications in-line means you don't have to pop into an app to send a quick response.You'll also see the top five most-used icons up top thanks to some slick streamlining of the notifications bar, although you can pull down to find the rest.Android N can also trim down your data usage, thanks to a data saver function that nudges your apps to cut down on wasteful cellular data use.
For a glimpse at the future of all things Google, you can stream the event live via the video below and on Google s event site.Follow along with us during I/O on Twitter @VentureBeat when Google CEO Sundar Pichai takes the stage at 10 a.m. PDT 1 p.m. EDT .you should follow them, too!The company already released two developer previews of the OS over the last few months this is unusually early for Google , revealing some of the new features planned, like notification improvements, split-screen modes, launcher shortcuts, and a new 3D rendering API.Android VR: After toying with Cardboard for ages — an entertaining, but so-far super low-quality VR experience when compared to its pricer counterparts — Google s rumored Android VR could shake up the industry in a big way, if it ends up being announced today.In an interview earlier this month, Google s head of VR, Clay Bavor, teased the company s next steps:Android VR could end up being a platform, headset, or both.And a few days ago, a placeholder on Google s developer site seemed to officially confirm Android VR s existence.Android Wear: As TechCrunch pointed out, there s an entire panel at I/O dedicated to What s new in Android Wear, Google s smartwatch OS.So far the OS has not blown us away.Project Chirp: Google may be working on its answer to Echo, the surprisingly well-received speaker box that ships with Amazon s personal assistant, Alexa Alexa is like Apple s Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft s Cortana .So far the New York Times, Recode, and the Information have all reported on various aspects of alleged product, which may be a reaction to the Echo s early success though Amazon won t share how many Echoes it s sold .Other stuff: More fun rumors and reports include a big update to Project Tango, signs of Android and Chrome OS convergence, some sort of update to Android Pay, and maybe even something in the realm of messaging and chatbots.
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Android Pay is now available in UK allowing you to complete contactless payments from your Android phone.We got the chance to test out the tech at a coffee shop in Central London as well as on the London Underground – and the tech works great.Sadly there's no word on Android Wear support for Android Pay yet, something Apple has managed to include on its Watch device.Android Pay allows you to make payments up to £100 as well, but anything above the £30 limit will require you to enter your pattern, PIN or fingerprint.It's currently trialling a feature called Hands Free where you can walk into a store and just say "I'd like to pay with Google" to make your transaction.Google is also launching Android Pay Day, a service that offers exclusive codes and deals to customers who use the service.