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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with 1.4GHz processor, 5GHz Wi-Fi and 300Mbps Ethernet launched - Price, Specifications, Videos

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Written by G.Я     3/14/2018 04:33:00 pm  No comments
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with 1.4GHz processor, 5GHz Wi-Fi and 300Mbps Ethernet launched. Just over two years ago, Raspberry released Pi 3 Model B, its first 64-bit product, and first product to feature integrated wireless connectivity. Now the Raspberry Pi 3 received the "plus" treatment. It comes with 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core processor, dual-band wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2/BLE, faster Ethernet, and Power-over-Ethernet support (with separate PoE HAT).
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with 1.4GHz processor, 5GHz Wi-Fi and 300Mbps Ethernet launched
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with 1.4GHz processor, 5GHz Wi-Fi and 300Mbps Ethernet launched
The new product is built around BCM2837B0, an updated version of the 64-bit Broadcom application processor used in Raspberry Pi 3B, which incorporates power integrity optimisations, and a heat spreader. Together these allow us to reach higher clock frequencies (or to run at lower voltages to reduce power consumption), and to more accurately monitor and control the temperature of the chip.

Dual-band wireless LAN and Bluetooth are provided by the Cypress CYW43455 "combo" chip, connected to a Proant PCB antenna similar to the one used on Raspberry Pi Zero W. Compared to its predecessor, Raspberry Pi 3B+ delivers somewhat better performance in the 2.4GHz band, and far better performance in the 5GHz band.

The wireless circuitry is encapsulated under a metal shield, rather fetchingly embossed with Raspberry logo. This has allowed Raspberry to certify the entire board as a radio module under FCC rules, which in turn will significantly reduce the cost of conformance testing Raspberry Pi-based products.

Previous Raspberry Pi devices have used the LAN951x family of chips, which combine a USB hub and 10/100 Ethernet controller. For Raspberry Pi 3B+, Microchip have supported us with an upgraded version, LAN7515, which supports Gigabit Ethernet. While the USB 2.0 connection to the application processor limits the available bandwidth, we still see roughly a threefold increase in throughput compared to Raspberry Pi 3B.

The Pi 3 Model B+ use a magjack that supports Power over Ethernet (PoE), and bring the relevant signals to a new 4-pin header. Raspberry will shortly launch a PoE HAT which can generate the 5V necessary to power the Raspberry Pi from the 48V PoE supply.

Clocking, voltages and thermals
The improved power integrity of the BCM2837B0 package, and the improved regulation accuracy of new MaxLinear MxL7704 power management IC, have allowed Raspberry to tune its clocking and voltage rules for both better peak performance and longer-duration sustained performance.

Below 70°C, it use the improvements to increase the core frequency to 1.4GHz. Above 70°C, it drop to 1.2GHz, and use the improvements to decrease the core voltage, increasing the period of time before we reach our 80°C thermal throttle; the reduction in power consumption is such that many use cases will never reach the throttle. Like a modern smartphone, Raspberry treat the thermal mass of the device as a resource, to be spent carefully with the goal of optimising user experience.

Note that Raspberry Pi 3B+ does consume substantially more power than its predecessor. Raspberry strongly encourage you to use a high-quality 2.5A power supply, such as the official Raspberry Pi Universal Power Supply.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ features:
+ A 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
+ Dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2
+ Faster Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0)
+ Power-over-Ethernet support (with separate PoE HAT)
+ Improved PXE network and USB mass-storage booting
+ Improved thermal management

Alongside a 200MHz increase in peak CPU clock frequency, we have roughly three times the wired and wireless network throughput, and the ability to sustain high performance for much longer periods.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ specifications:
+ Broadcom BCM2837B0, Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.4GHz
+ 2.4GHz and 5GHz IEEE 802.11.b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2, BLE
+ Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0 (maximum throughput 300 Mbps)
+ Extended 40-pin GPIO header
+ Full-size HDMI
+ 4 USB 2.0 ports
+ CSI camera port for connecting a Raspberry Pi camera
+ DSI display port for connecting a Raspberry Pi touchscreen display
+ 4-pole stereo output and composite video port
+ Micro SD port for loading your operating system and storing data
+ 5V/2.5A DC power input
+ Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) support (requires separate PoE HAT)

Pricing & Availability
The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is now on sale for $35 (the same price as the existing Raspberry Pi 3 Model B).

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fitbit Ace fitness tracker for kids launched - Price, Availability, Video

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Written by G.Я     3/13/2018 10:40:00 am  No comments
Fitbit Ace fitness tracker for kids launched. Fitbit today introduced Fitbit Ace, an activity tracker that makes fitness fun for kids. Designed for kids ages 8 and older, Ace automatically tracks steps, active minutes and sleep, has up to 5 days of battery life, features an adjustable, showerproof wristband in two bright colors, and provides encouragement to be active. Plus, with the new Fitbit family account, parents can control who their kids connect with in the Fitbit app so they can safeguard their kids' privacy and stay on top of their activity.
Fitbit Ace fitness tracker for kids launched
Fitbit Ace fitness tracker for kids launched
Fitbit's first wearable for kids helps families stay active together with daily activity and sleep tracking, motivating challenges, up to 5 days battery life, and parental controls to safeguard kids' privacy.

Designed for Kids
With an adjustable, showerproof wristband and up to 5 days battery life, Ace is designed to keep pace with your kid's life and withstand any splashes, spills or activities. By offering 10 unique clock faces and two fun interchangeable bands in electric blue and power purple, kids can find the style that fits their unique personality and be motivated to wear Ace day and night, no matter what they are doing.

Help Kids Stay Active
Fitbit has designed Ace to encourage kids 8 and older to be more active and build healthy habits with their families:
Track their activity: Provide kids with motivation to move by automatically tracking steps, active minutes and sleep stats, and set customizable daily step and active minute goals. The World Health Organization recommends children ages 7-17 get 60 minutes of daily physical activity,v and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests 9 to 12 hours of sleep a night.
Remind them to move: Reduce sedentary time by setting up personalized reminders that nudge them to get at least 250 steps each hour with a small buzz when they’ve been sitting on the couch or in front of a screen for too long.
Reward them for moving: Encourage kids to achieve their goals by rewarding them with celebratory messages and fun, collectible badges, which can be seen in the Fitbit app on their (or your) phone.
Motivate them with challenges: Kids can compete against family, or friends (coming soon), in daily and weekend challenges, or in a Family Faceoff - a new 5-day step challenge that allows members in a family account to compete against each other and stay motivated (coming soon).

Safeguard Your Kids' Privacy
Protecting kids' privacy is top of mind for parents who let their kids use technology. That's why Firbit's new Fitbit family account is designed to be compliant with Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and other applicable privacy laws, allowing parents to manage who their children connect with and what information they see in the Fitbit app:
Parent view setting: Lets you navigate between your view and your kid's view to check their activity, progress, and approve their friend requests from family members and friends (coming soon) at any time in the Fitbit app. Ace automatically syncs with most Android and iOS devices; Windows devices coming soon.
Child view setting: Limits what data your child sees in the Fitbit app, such as stats, friend requests, and more.
Stay in touch: For kids with smartphones, ensure they never miss your call with notifications directly on their wrist.

Pricing & Availability
Fitbit Ace is available for presale today on for $99.95. Ace will be available in stores worldwide in Q2 2018, including major North American retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Kohl's, and Target.

Fitbit Versa smartwatch with Female health tracking and Fitbit OS 2.0 launched - Price, Availability, Videos

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Written by G.Я     3/13/2018 09:12:00 am  No comments
Fitbit Versa smartwatch with Female health tracking and Fitbit OS 2.0 launched. Fitbit today unveiled Fitbit Versa, a modern, intuitive smartwatch at an approachable price. The lightest metal smartwatch in the U.S. market, it offers advanced health and fitness features like 24/7 heart rate tracking, onscreen workouts, and automatic sleep stages tracking meet smart features like quick replies on Android, wallet-free payments on Fitbit Versa Special Edition, and on-device music - all with 4+ days battery life.
Fitbit Versa smartwatch with Female health tracking and Fitbit OS 2.0 launched
Fitbit Versa smartwatch with Female health tracking and Fitbit OS 2.0 launched
The most approachable, lightest metal smartwatch in the U.S., Versa is comfortable, durable and versatile enough for all-day and night wear. It features an ultra-thin, anodized aluminum case and is slightly tapered and angled in its design to fit small or large wrists. The rounded square silhouette display features a bright, colorful touchscreen and brightness up to 1,000 nits, providing the ideal format to see all of your data on your wrist.

Fitbit Versa Special Edition: Offering two looks in one with exclusive woven bands inspired by athleisure trends in lavender with a rose gold aluminum case or charcoal with a graphite aluminum case, as well as a black Classic accessory band in box. In the Americas, the Special Edition devices include an NFC chip to use Fitbit Pay.

Health, wellness and fitness companion
Versa launches with Fitbit OS 2.0 for the company's smartwatches, including a new personalized dashboard that provides a more simplified, intuitive and holistic view of your health and fitness data, bringing the best of our mobile app to the wrist, including:
Stats at a glance: See your daily and weekly health and fitness stats, historical activity, heart rate, and exercise summaries, action-oriented motivational messages, tips and tricks, and daily guidance - all on your wrist.
More personalized over time: Reminders, celebrations, logging, insights, sleep summaries and social challenges, with prompts to take actions based on your data, coming later in 2018.

Versa also offers all the health and fitness features Fitbit users love most with 4+ days battery life:
Personalized fitness guidance: Enhanced 24/7 PurePulse heart rate tracking, on-screen personal workouts from Fitbit Coach, 15+ Exercise Modes, Connected GPS, swim tracking with water resistance up to 50 meters, plus automatic activity and exercise tracking.
Take charge of your health and wellness: Use Sleep Stages and Insights to see how well you're sleeping and set a restful sleep schedule, and Cardio Fitness Level to see how fit you are; move more throughout the day with Reminders to Move. A relative SpO2 sensor opens the potential to track important health indicators in the future, such as sleep apnea.

Female health tracking
Fitbit is also introducing female health tracking to help women understand how their menstrual cycle connects to their overall health. According to a recent Fitbit survey, 80% of women did not know how many phases are in a menstrual cycle and more than 70% were unable to correctly identify the average length of a cycle, demonstrating a lack of awareness about women's health. Created for all adults who identify themselves as female in the Fitbit app, the feature lets you:
Stay on top of your cycle: Easily log your menstrual cycle data, and record symptoms like headaches, acne and cramps; helps you be more informed about your health and life planning, and, as needed, can help you show your doctor specific details for more personalized care.
Know what's ahead: See dynamic cycle predictions for where you are in your cycle and when to expect your period using Fitbit's new proprietary cycle algorithm that gets smarter and more accurate as you log your period; see where you are in your cycle at-a-glance on your wrist.
All of your data in one place: View holistic data in one place to reveal connections between your cycle and other stats in the Fitbit app, such as activity, sleep and weight trends to better manage your activity and sleep needs during certain times of the month.
Period 101: Learn more about the menstrual cycle, ovulation, fertility and common misconceptions with educational content on the Fitbit blog through the Fitbit app.
Connect with others: Join other women through Groups in the Community tab of the Fitbit app for support around key topics like periods, birth control, trying to conceive, pregnancy, and perimenopause and menopause.
Personalized insights and guidance: In the future, as the database of female health metrics grows this data may help enable Fitbit to deliver even more insights, such as how your cycle impacts your activity, sleep, weight and nutrition, and potentially how these things can affect your cycle.

Smart features
Versa offers a range of smart features to help you manage your day and quickly get the information you need most:
Notifications and quick replies: View app, call, calendar, and text notifications from your smartphone, right on your wrist. Android phone users can send quick pre-populated or customizable replies to text messages and messenger apps (coming soon).
Music on your device: Listen to phone-free music anywhere using Bluetooth headphones like Fitbit Flyer, including 300+ songs from your personal music collection, your favorite stations from Pandora, and now your own or curated playlists as well as Flow from Deezer.
Pay from your wrist: Leave your wallet at home and easily pay in any store where contactless payments are accepted, now available with Fitbit Pay on Fitbit Versa Special Edition products; supported by nearly 40 banks in 14 countries, through eligible U.S. American Express, Mastercard and Visa cards, with more countries and banks rolling out in 2018.
Apps and clock faces you want: Personalize your device by choosing from a wide range of apps and clock faces in the Fitbit App Gallery, including those from Fitbit, Fitbit Labs, and popular brands like E*TRADE, Flipboard, Hue Lights, Nest, Starbucks, Strava, Surfline, United Airlines, Weather powered by AccuWeather, and Yelp. The Fitbit App Gallery has more than 550 apps and clock faces available today, many of which developers are working to make available to Versa users soon.
Fitbit Labs: An R&D initiative introduced last year focused on accelerating innovation and driving behavior change, Fitbit Labs is introducing a New Parent app to help parents more easily stay on top of their baby's schedule. By logging their infant's feedings, diaper changes and sleep, plus their own mood, all from their wrist, new parents can better understand the connections between their sleep and mood, and, over time, help build a healthy routine for themselves and their baby.
Broad compatibility: Versa is compatible across Android, iOS and Windows devices so you can use almost any smartphone.

Versa's new software features are part of the latest Fitbit OS update, the operating system for Fitbit smartwatches. This software update will also be available for Ionic users.

Pricing & Availability
Fitbit Versa is available for presale today on and select online retailers tomorrow for $199.95 in black with a black aluminum case, gray with a silver aluminum case, or peach with a rose gold aluminum case; accessories range from $29.95-$99.95. The Fitbit Versa Special Edition, including Fitbit Pay, is available for $229.95.

Versa will be available in stores worldwide beginning April 2018, including North American retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Kohl's, Macy's, Target, Verizon and Walmart.


Monday, March 12, 2018

TOSHIBA launches dynaEdge AR100 AR Smart Glasses powered by Windows 10 - Price, Availability, Specifications, Video

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Written by G.Я     3/12/2018 07:52:00 am  No comments
TOSHIBA launches dynaEdge AR100 AR Smart Glasses powered by Windows 10. Toshiba today announced the first completely wearable Augmented Reality (AR) solution to combine the power of a Windows 10 Pro PC with the robust feature set of industrial-grade smart glasses. Designed for enterprise customers, Toshiba's new dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses packages together the company's new dynaEdge AR100 Head Mounted Display (HMD) with its dynaEdge DE-100 Mobile Mini PC for a completely wearable PC system.
TOSHIBA launches dynaEdge AR100 AR Smart Glasses powered by Windows 10
TOSHIBA launches dynaEdge AR100 AR Smart Glasses powered by Windows 10
Toshiba's new AR solution provides Document Viewing, Live Video Calls, See-What-I-See, Photo/Video Capture, Alerts/Messaging, Workflow Instruction and Barcode Scanning capabilities making it ideal for a variety of uses cases, including Maintenance, Remote Expert, Manufacturing, QA Inspection & Audit, Logistics, Training and Knowledge Transfer.

Weighing in at less than two ounces, the wearable Toshiba AR100 Head Mounted Display is extremely lightweight and used with either the left or right eye based on user preference. It features an integrated micro display that provides a viewing experience equivalent to a 4.1-inch display seen at 14 inches. The HMD has an integrated touchpad, GPS, three-axis accelerometer with a gyroscope for head tracking, 5MP POV camera, speaker and dual noise-canceling microphones that are ideal for voice communications.

To enhance the overall functionality of the dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses, Toshiba offers a variety of mounting options to create a solution that can truly operate in any work environment. Options such as Lens-less Frame, Safety Frame, Safety Helmet Mounts and Headband deliver the flexibility and comfort demanded by enterprises deploying wearable solutions. The AR100 HMD was developed in a partnership with Vuzix Corporation.

Measuring 6.5 x 3.3 x 0.8 inches thin and weighing less than 11 ounces, Toshiba's wearable dynaEdge DE-100 Mobile Mini PC features a five-button, on-device navigation system to enable up/down, left/right toggles as well as an enter button. By combining that with the swipe and tap functionality afforded by the integrated touch pad on the dynaEdge AR100 Head Mounted Display, users can easily navigate, find, open and operate applications seamlessly without needing a traditional keyboard and mouse. Toshiba also included a finger print sensor for quick and secure access to the dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses. To support around the clock operations, Toshiba engineered the dynaEdge DE-100 with a removable battery and offers an optional external battery charger that charges four batteries simultaneously.

As Toshiba's first enterprise-grade mobile wearable AR solution running Windows 10 Pro, the dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses seamlessly integrates into an organization's existing infrastructure and IT security. Toshiba's dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses comes with 6th Generation Intel Core M Processors, Intel HD Graphics and Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

The solution includes a protective ballistic nylon holster for the dynaEdge mobile mini PC, which offers excellent comfort for hours of fatigue-free use in the field, and a rugged storage case to protect the entire system when not in use. When not in the field, users can simply disconnect the smart glasses and use the dynaEdge PC as a traditional Windows 10 Pro desktop by connecting it to a traditional PC display.

To complete the dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses solution, Toshiba will offer customers two software options-Toshiba Vision DE Suite and Atheer AiR Enterprise. Toshiba Vision DE Suite is the software engine designed to realize the essential functionality of Toshiba's innovative AR solution. For fast and easy navigation, device functions are grouped into three color-coded menu categories: Communications, File Viewer and Tools. From these three menus users can take photos, record and stream live video, save and retrieve documents, access diagrams, receive text messages and communicate through live video calls. This easy-to-use approach to navigating a robust solution elevates productivity and improves efficiency. In addition to a full suite of on-device services, the software offers IT manager and organizations with advanced synchronization and centralized device management capabilities. Toshiba Vision DE Suite reimagines productivity and efficiency for enterprises.

Developed by Atheer, Inc., the Atheer AiR Enterprise software is an enterprise-class Augmented Reality application bringing remote subject matter calling, access to contextual documentation and resources, checklists and step by step task flows (with touchless, gesture-based interaction), and barcode scanning to Toshiba's dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses. The Atheer AiR Enterprise software is designed to improve worker productivity, reduced downtime, enhance accuracy and quality as well as improve worker safety.

TOSHIBA AR100 Head Mounted Display specifications:
OPTICS: 0.26" Diagonal
                Display Resolution: 640x360
                Content Resolution: 1280x720
CAMERA: 5 megapixel
                   Focus Range: 10cm to infinity
                   Auto Focus
                   Video Capture: - Up to 1080p @30fps
                   Flash LED
AUDIO: Built-in speaker
               Dual Microphones
WEIGHT: 47g / 1.65 oz
SENSORS: Proximity Sensor
                   Ambient Light Sensor (ALS)

Pricing & Availability
Available in the second quarter with a starting MSRP of $1,899.99, the dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses is offered in various configurations with processor, memory and storage options as well as developer's kits for different industrial applications.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Google releases Android P Developer Preview 1 with Display cutout, Multi-camera support, Wi-Fi RTT Indoor positioning and more - Video

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Written by G.Я     3/07/2018 08:33:00 pm  No comments
Google releases Android P Developer Preview 1 with Display cutout, Multi-camera support, Wi-Fi RTT Indoor positioning and more. Google today announced the first developer preview of Android P, the newest version of Android.  This initial release is for developers only and not intended for daily or consumer use. The Android P Developer Preview 1 includes an updated SDK with system images for testing on the official Android Emulator and on Pixel, Pixel XL Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL devices. Google plan to update the preview system images and SDK regularly throughout the preview.
Google releases Android P Developer Preview 1 with Display cutout, Multi-camera support, Wi-Fi RTT Indoor positioning and more
Google releases Android P Developer Preview 1 with Display cutout, Multi-camera support, Wi-Fi RTT Indoor positioning and more
Here's a look at some of the cool features in this first preview of Android P.
Google releases Android P Developer Preview 1 - Indoor positioning with Wi-Fi RTT
Google releases Android P Developer Preview 1 - Indoor positioning with Wi-Fi RTT
Indoor positioning with Wi-Fi RTT
Accurate indoor positioning has been a long-standing challenge that opens new opportunities for location-based services. Android P adds platform support for the IEEE 802.11mc WiFi protocol -- also known as WiFi Round-Trip-Time (RTT) -- to let you take advantage of indoor positioning in your apps.

On Android P devices with hardware support, location permission, and location enabled, your apps can use RTT APIs to measure the distance to nearby WiFi Access Points (APs). The device doesn't need to connect to the APs to use RTT, and to maintain privacy, only the phone is able to determine the distance, not the APs.

Knowing the distance to 3 or more APs, you can calculate the device position with an accuracy of 1 to 2 meters. With this accuracy, you can build new experiences like in-building navigation; fine-grained location-based services such as disambiguated voice control (e.g.,'Turn on this light'); and location-based information (e.g., 'Are there special offers for this product?').
Google releases Android P Developer Preview 1 - Display cutout
Google releases Android P Developer Preview 1 - Display cutout
Display cutout support
Now apps can take full advantage of the latest device screens with fullscreen content. Google added display cutout into the platform, along with APIs that you can use to manage how your content is displayed.

Cutout support works seamlessly for apps, with the system managing status bar height to separate your content from the cutout. If you have critical, immersive content, you can also use new APIs to check the cutout shape and request full-screen layout around it. You can check whether the current device has a cutout by calling getDisplayCutout(), and then determine the location and shape of the cutout area using DisplayCutout. A new window layout attribute, layoutInDisplayCutoutMode, lets you tell the system how and when lay out your content relative to the cutout area.

To make it easier to build and test cutout support in your app, Google added a Developer Option that simulates a cutout on any device. Google recommend testing your existing apps with display cutout enabled to ensure that your content displays properly.
Google releases Android P Developer Preview 1 - Improved messaging notifications
Google releases Android P Developer Preview 1 - Improved messaging notifications
Improved messaging notifications
Google put a priority on improving visibility and function in notifications in Android P. Try the new MessagingStyle notification style -- it highlights who is messaging and how you can reply. You can show conversations, attach photos and stickers, and even suggest smart replies.

Multi-camera API
You can now access streams simultaneously from two or more physical cameras on devices running Android P. On devices with either dual-front or dual-back cameras, you can create innovative features not possible with just a single camera, such as seamless zoom, bokeh, and stereo vision. The API also lets you call a logical or fused camera stream that automatically switches between two or more cameras.

Other improvements in camera include new Session parameters that help to reduce delays during initial capture, and Surface sharing that lets camera clients handle various use-cases without the need to stop and start camera streaming. Google also added APIs for display-based flash support and access to OIS timestamps for app-level image stabilization and special effects.

HDR VP9 Video, HEIF image compression, and Media APIs
Android P adds built-in support for HDR VP9 Profile 2, so you can now deliver HDR-enabled movies to your users from YouTube, Play Movies, and other sources on HDR-capable devices.

Google adds HEIF (heic) image encoding to the platform. HEIF is a popular format for photos that improves compression to save on storage and network data. With platform support on Android P devices, it's easy to send and utilize HEIF images from your backend server. Once you've made sure that your app is compatible with this data format for sharing and display, give HEIF a try as an image storage format in your app. You can do a jpeg-to-heic conversion using ImageDecoder or BitmapFactory to obtain a bitmap from jpeg, and you can use HeifWriter in the new Support Library alpha to write HEIF still images from YUV byte buffer, Surface, or Bitmap.


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