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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Build 2017: Microsoft launches world's first Windows Mixed Reality (MR) motion controllers - Price, Availability, Video

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Written by G.Я     5/11/2017 07:04:00 pm  No comments
Build 2017: Microsoft launches world's first Windows Mixed Reality (MR) motion controllers. Today, at Build 2017, Microsoft unveiled the world's first Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers - no markers required.
Build 2017: Microsoft launches world's first Windows Mixed Reality (MR) motion controllers
Build 2017: Microsoft launches world's first Windows Mixed Reality (MR) motion controllers
A customer who pairs a Windows Mixed Reality headset with motion controllers will have a rich and immersive experience across creativity tools, productivity, games, and entertainment. The motion controllers offer precise and responsive tracking of movement in your field of view using the sensors in your headset. There is no need to install hardware on the walls around you.

Price & Availability
Today, Microsoft also announced Acer will sell a Windows Mixed Reality headset and motion controller bundle priced at $399 this holiday.

Build 2017: Microsoft announces Windows 10 Fall Creators Update with Microsoft Fluent Design System, Windows Story Mix and more - Videos

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Written by G.Я     5/11/2017 12:07:00 pm  No comments
Build 2017: Microsoft announces Windows 10 Fall Creators Update with Microsoft Fluent Design System, Windows Story Mix and more. Today, at Build 2017, Microsoft announced the next wave of Windows 10 innovations built to empower the creator in all of us - the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
Build 2017: Microsoft announces Windows 10 Fall Creators Update with Microsoft Fluent Design System, Windows Story Mix and more
Build 2017: Microsoft announces Windows 10 Fall Creators Update with Microsoft Fluent Design System, Windows Story Mix and more
Available later this year, the Fall Creators Update delivers new experiences for more than 500 million Windows 10 devices: A new design system for the next wave of creativity across devices; experiences that move with you across Windows, iOS, and Android; iTunes, Spotify, SAP Digital Boardroom are coming to the Windows Store.

Windows Story Remix: A new way to transform your photos and videos
Built on .NET and distributed through the Windows Store as a Universal Windows Application, Story Remix uses AI and deep learning to organize and transform your photos and videos into stories. It will use the Microsoft Graph to connect you and your friends across devices. Story Remix brings your memories, or even your friends' photos and videos together to create stories with a soundtrack, theme, and cinematic transitions. You can also create mixed reality by adding 3D objects to your photos and videos to tell stories in a whole new way or turn your photos and videos into your canvas, drawing on them with Windows Ink.

Microsoft Fluent Design System
Fluent Design will deliver intuitive, harmonious, responsive and inclusive cross-device experiences and interactions. For developers, Fluent Design is built to help you create more expressive and engaging apps that work across a wide range of device and input diversity.

Windows experiences move with you across Windows, iOS, and Android
The Microsoft Graph is an intelligent fabric that helps connect dots between people, conversations, projects, and content within the Microsoft Cloud - ensuring experiences flow seamlessly between Windows, iOS, and Android devices. Getting things done across all the devices you use should be easy. That's the principle behind several of the new features that will begin to roll out with the Fall Creators Update - leveraging both the new Fluent Design System and the intelligence of the Microsoft Graph.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update - Timeline
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update - Timeline
Timeline: With Timeline in Windows 10, you can now jump back in time to find what you were working on. With a visual timeline that displays what you were doing when, you can easily hop back into files, apps, and sites as if you never left.
Pick Up Where You Left Off: With Cortana, you can pick up where you left off across Windows, iOS, and Android devices. Imagine logging off your PC and having the doc you were editing pop up on your phone. Cortana asks if you want to pick up where you left in your app, doc, or website. It's like having your PC and your phone finish each other's sentences.
Clipboard: Clipboard is a fast and easy way to copy and paste just about anything between connected devices, whether you're on a Windows PC or your favorite mobile phone. Just hit copy on what you want to grab - your photo, map link, paragraph, or even an animated gif- and it is ready to paste into whatever you want. It's the Clipboard you know and love, now cloud-powered.
OneDrive Files On-Demand: Access all your files in the cloud without having to download them and use storage space on your device. You don't have to change the way you work because all your files - even online files - can be seen in File Explorer and accessed on-demand whenever they are needed.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Amazon launches Echo Show with 5MP camera and 7-inch touchscreen - Price, Specifications, Video

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Written by G.Я     5/09/2017 01:58:00 pm  No comments
Amazon launches Echo Show with 5MP camera and 7-inch touchscreen. Today Amazon announce the launch of a new product called the Echo Show. Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more. All hands-free-just ask.
Amazon launches Echo Show with 5MP camera and 7-inch touchscreen
Amazon launches Echo Show with 5MP camera and 7-inch touchscreen
Echo Show has eight microphones and beam-forming technology so it can hear you from across the room-even while music is playing. Echo Show is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive audio powered by Dolby. When you want to use Echo Show, just say the wake word "Alexa" and Echo Show responds instantly.

Voice responses from Alexa are now enhanced with visuals and optimized for visibility across the room. Call or message your family and friends that also have an Echo or the Alexa App, get the news with a video flash briefing, see your Prime Photos, shop with your voice, see lyrics with Amazon Music, and more. All you have to do is ask.

Far-Field Voice Recognition
Equipped with eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo Show hears you from any direction–even while music is playing. When you want to use Echo Show, simply say the wake word, "Alexa" and Echo Show lights up and streams audio to the cloud. The Alexa Voice Service is then leveraged to recognize and respond to your request instantly. If you have more than one Echo Show, Echo, or Echo Dot, Alexa responds from the Echo you're closest to. If you want to limit your interaction with Alexa, simply turn the mic/camera button off. Learn more about voice recognition on Echo Show.

Control Your Smart Home
Use Echo Show to see a live camera feed from the nursery or your front door. Turn on the fan or dim the lights from the couch-all without lifting a finger. Echo Show works with smart home devices such as cameras, lights, fans, thermostats, garages, sprinklers, and more. Learn more about compatible smart home connected devices, including starter kits for easy setup from brands such as Ring, WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, ecobee, Wink, and others.

+ Make hands-free video calls to friends and family who have an Echo Show or the Alexa App, and make voice calls to anyone who has an Echo or Echo Dot.
+ See lyrics on-screen with Amazon Music. Just ask to play a song, artist or genre, and stream over Wi-Fi. Also, stream music on Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more.
+ Powerful, room-filling speakers with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and extended bass response
+ Ask Alexa to show you the front door or monitor the baby's room with compatible cameras from Ring and Arlo. Turn on lights, control thermostats and more with WeMo, Philips Hue, ecobee, and other compatible smart home devices.
+ With eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo Show hears you from any direction-even while music is playing
+ Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Allrecipes, CNN, and more

Amazon Echo Show specifications:
Display: 7" touchscreen
Camera: 5MP
Processor: Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor for advanced technology and processing capabilities
Size: 7.4" x 7.4" x 3.5" (187 mm x 187 mm x 90 mm)
Weight: 41.0 oz. (1170 grams)
Wi-Fi Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks. Does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
Bluetooth Connectivity: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Echo Show or from Echo Show to your Bluetooth speaker. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices. Hands-free voice control is not supported for Mac OS X devices. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported.
Audio: Dual 2 inch stereo speakers
Alexa App: The Alexa App is compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices.

Amazon's Echo Show is priced at $229.99.

Qualcomm debuts Snapdragon 660 and 630 processors with Bluetooth 5 and Quick Charge 4 - Video

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Written by G.Я     5/09/2017 10:37:00 am  No comments
Qualcomm debuts Snapdragon 660 and 630 processors with Bluetooth 5 and Quick Charge 4. Qualcomm today announces new Snapdragon 660 and 630 mobile platforms. From the Snapdragon 653 to the 660 and the 626 to the 630 - Qualcomm Technologies is pumping up its 600-tier mobile processors to include features typically found in higher-tier processors.
Qualcomm debuts Snapdragon 660 and 630 processors with Bluetooth 5 and Quick Charge 4
Qualcomm debuts Snapdragon 660 and 630 processors with Bluetooth 5 and Quick Charge 4
In a nutshell, both platforms are engineered to support superior connections, capture true-to-life photos, include the building blocks for artificial intelligence, and to deliver improved battery life, performance, and security compared to previous generations.

To give these new platforms even more of a kick, Qualcomm is bringing features to its Snapdragon 600-tier platform that were previously only found in the 800 tier, including the Qualcomm Spectra camera ISP, Qualcomm Kryo CPU, and Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX).

Here's a closer look at the technologies the two platforms share, along with a few that are exclusive to each:
Brilliant, intelligent photos and videos
The two platforms' camera capabilities can help turn anyone's photo skills up a notch. With the Snapdragon 660 and 630, customers can get:
+ The 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra 160 ISP supports cameras that capture up to 24 megapixels single ISP images with zero shutter lag. Spectra is also designed to deliver smooth zoom, lightning-fast autofocus, and true-to-life colors for vivid photos.
+ 4K video capture and playback is integrated, so users can record high-definition videos at 30 frames per second, straight from the device.

The Snapdragon 630 supports up to 13MP + 13MP for dual cameras, while the 660 bumps that up to 16MP + 16MP. The 660 is also equipped with the Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP, which incorporates HVX. HVX is designed to support higher camera performance by taking on tasks traditionally handled by the ISP through advanced computer vision and powerful yet efficient image processing.

Machine learning
OEMs and developers can power immersive user experiences with machine learning on both of these new Snapdragon mobile platforms, using the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK. With the help of the SDK, when designing for artificial intelligence, developers have the flexibility to target the core of choice that best matches the power and performance profile of the intended user experience. They can create a feature or an application that uses deep neural networks to improve the performance of a particular task, like scene classification, facial recognition and object tracking, voice and language detection, and filtering out background noise. The SDK is engineered to support convolutional neural networks, LSTMs (Long Short-Term Memory) expressed in Caffe, Caffe2 and TensorFlow, as well as conversion tools designed to ensure optimal performance on Snapdragon heterogeneous cores.

High-def multimedia experiences
Capturing a great photo means little if a device's display isn't up to par. The Snapdragon 660 and 630 combines the following for a scintillating visual and audio experience:
+ Qualcomm EcoPix display technology is designed to allow easy viewing even in harsh sunlight.
+ Improved Qualcomm TruPalette technology is made to display accurate colors that match what you see in "real life" with what's seen on screen.
+ The Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec is engineered to deliver Hi-Fi audio - quality fit for recording studios - on the go. It supports up to 192-kHz/24-bit playback, with extremely low distortion and high dynamic range.

With the Snapdragon 660 platform, the multimedia experience isn't restricted to your smartphone screen. Plug a Snapdragon 660 powered smartphone directly into a 4K television via a display port and you can watch 4K videos on the big screen.

Fast, consistent connections
The Snapdragon 660 and 630 platforms both possess multiple connectivity features, all working together to support a consistent data and voice experience, including:
+ A Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 LTE modem, a first for 600-tier processors, supports download speeds of up to 600 Mbps
+ An advanced RF Front End support, which includes TruSignal adaptive antenna technology with carrier aggregation, is designed to optimize signal quality, so you can use your phone in even the most remote places
+ Support for Bluetooth 5 which can double a device's transfer speed and quadruple its Bluetooth range
+ A new and powerful location engine with support for new constellations, engineered for fast location fix, enhancements to support mandatory emergency service requirements, and smooth pedestrian navigation

In addition to these technologies, the Snapdragon 660 supports 2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi. That means a stronger signal. This is especially beneficial in houses and offices made of thick brick and concrete walls, engineered to allow for a better connection in the entire space without coverage dead spots. Compared to its predecessor, the Snapdragon 653, the 660 is designed to support up to 2X the data throughput, allowing users to enjoy unfettered video, faster downloads, and an excellent connectivity experience.

Upgrades in power and performance
A myriad of technologies integrated in the Snapdragon 660 and 630 work together to not only stretch battery life, but also optimize a device's performance. The platforms include:
+ Qualcomm All-Ways Aware technology, a sensor hub engineered to continually collect data without gobbling up battery life. The hub collects and processes information, allowing devices to track location, sense motion, and predict behavior.
+ Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 is designed for up-to 20 percent faster and 30 percent more efficient than its predecessor. Five minutes of charging can power 5 hours of talk time; 15 minutes of charging can bring a phone's battery up 50 percent.

Both mobile platforms' GPU and CPU offer a step up in performance compared to their older counterparts. The Snapdragon 660's CPU and GPU have also been upgraded. The platform's Kryo 260 CPU, an octa-core configuration, is designed to contribute to an overall 20 percent improvement in performance over the Snapdragon 653. A Qualcomm Adreno 512 GPU is designed to offer up to a 30 percent improvement in performance compared to the previous generation, the Adreno 510 GPU.
The Snapdragon 630 platform is outfitted with the Adreno 508 GPU, engineered to support lifelike visuals, efficient rendering for 3D graphics, and an up-to 30 percent improvement in performance compared to the Adreno 506 GPU. Its eight-core CPU is engineered to perform 10 percent better than the Snapdragon 625 processor.

Enhancements in biometric security
Qualcomm mobile security, which comes with both platforms, provides a comprehensive suite that supports advanced, biometric authentication technologies. This includes fingerprint scanning, iris scanning, facial recognition, and voice prints, designed to help to ensure protection for a device's hardware and software.

The Snapdragon 660 and 630 mobile platforms are a solid step up from prior 600-tier processors, created to get the most out of what OEMs offer. The Snapdragon 660 platform is available now while the Snapdragon 630 platform is expected to ship towards the end of this month.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Harman Kardon unveils Cortana-powered voice-activated speaker, the Invoke - Price, Availability

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Written by G.Я     5/08/2017 05:59:00 pm  No comments
Harman Kardon unveils Cortana-powered voice-activated speaker, the Invoke.  HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced new details of the Harman Kardon Invoke, an elegant voice-activated speaker featuring the intelligence of Cortana, your personal digital assistant, from Microsoft.
Harman Kardon unveils Cortana-powered voice-activated speaker, the Invoke
Harman Kardon unveils Cortana-powered voice-activated speaker, the Invoke
Combining Harman Kardon's rich audio heritage with Cortana's intelligence, Invoke is developed for busy people balancing the competing demands of work and home. This sophisticated device is perfect for those who want to make the most of every moment of their day.

Invoke, with Cortana, is a voice-activated speaker that can play your favorite music, manage calendars and activities, set reminders, check traffic, deliver the latest news and much more. With Skype integration, you can make calls to cell phones, landlines and other Skype-enabled devices. You can also control your smart home devices using voice to do things like turn out the lights or control the temperature.

Cortana is used by more than 145 million people across devices and platforms with best-in-class natural language recognition and deep integration with Microsoft's suite of knowledge and productivity tools, helping the user stay productive whether at home, the work place through a Windows 10 PC or on the go with a mobile device.

Available in Pearl Silver (White) and Graphite (Black), Invoke has a sleek, modern design that enhances any home. Crafted from premium materials, Invoke's striking metallic speaker cabinet delivers power and projects sound a full 360-degrees, filling even a large room or space. Harman Kardon’s unparalleled sound reveals all the beautiful details in your music.

Flawlessly blending form and function, Invoke is equipped with easy to use features, like a 'touch to surprise' user interface panel at the top of the speaker, interactive Cortana lighting, and intuitive buttons. It is the first of its kind to feature Skype integration, allowing users to make and receive crystal-clear, hands-free calls.

Invoke is outfitted with HARMAN's SONIQUE far-field voice recognition technology. It is a proprietary 360-degree adaptive technology (featuring 7 microphones) that recognizes all details of voice commands even in environments with high ambient noise. It uses HARMAN's beam forming, echo cancellation, and noise reduction algorithms to ensure Cortana can hear you, even in challenging environments.

Invoke Key Product Features
Premium Sound
Harman Kardon high-quality sound featuring 3 woofers and 3 tweeters give full range, true 360-degree sound. The 2 passive radiators are tuned to give a solid bass performance from a small enclosure.

Cortana – Personal Digital Assistant
Cortana is your truly personal digital assistant designed to help you be more productive. Cortana can set reminders, make lists, manage calendars, provide answers to questions, and much more. Cortana also works across devices, including PC and mobile, so she's there whenever you need help.

Skype Calling
Make and receive hands-free calls to cell phones, landlines, and any Skype-enabled device.

Smart Home Control
Control your smart home devices including lights and thermostat and more. (*Home automation works with select providers)

SONIQUE Far-Field Voice technology
Featuring 7 microphones embedded into the speaker, using Harman's beam forming, echo cancellation, and noise reduction algorithms to ensure Cortana can hear you, even in challenging environments.

Set up requires Cortana app for Windows 10 PC or phone, Android or iPhone (requires Android version 4.1.2 or higher, or iPhone 4 with iOS 8.0 or higher

Pricing & Availability
Harman Kardon Invoke with Cortana by Microsoft will be available in the USA only at select retailers and Microsoft Stores in fall 2017. For additional information on Invoke, visit www.harmankardon.com/invoke. For additional information on Microsoft Cortana, visit www.microsoft.com/cortana


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