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Monday, November 19, 2018

Skype calling comes to Amazon Alexa devices - Availability


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Written by G.Я     11/19/2018 09:31:00 am  No comments
Skype calling comes to Amazon Alexa devices. Beginning today, Skype calling is available on Amazon Alexa devices-just in time for the holidays. With Skype on your Alexa-enabled device, you can connect hands-free by saying, "Alexa, call Mom on Skype." In addition to audio and video calling, Skype providing the ability for Alexa customers to call most landlines and mobile numbers internationally using Skype to Phone.
Skype calling comes to Amazon Alexa devices
Skype calling comes to Amazon Alexa devices
With Skype and Alexa, you can now connect with your friends and family around the world completely hands-free. Use Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo Dot to make hands-free Skype voice calls wherever Alexa and Skype are available, or place high-fidelity Skype video calls from the Echo Show and Echo Spot directly to Skype on computers and mobile devices.

To get started, simply link Skype with your Alexa account by following the instructions below.
How to set up Skype on your Alexa device:
1. Set up your Alexa device using the Amazon Alexa App.
2. Go to Settings > Communication > Skype to link your account.
3. Sign in using the same Microsoft account you use on Skype.

After doing this once, you can start using your voice any time you need to make a call.

Availability
Skype calling on Alexa is available now in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada, India, Australia, and New Zealand with support for other countries rolling out soon.

To celebrate the availability of Skype calling with Alexa, Skype is offering 200 free minutes of Skype to Phone calling to 34 countries.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ with 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core CPU, 512MB RAM, Bluetooth 4.2 and Dual-band WLAN goes official - Price, Availability, Specifications, Video


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Written by G.Я     11/15/2018 02:49:00 pm  No comments
Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ with 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core CPU, 512MB RAM, Bluetooth 4.2 and Dual-band WLAN goes official. Raspberry Pi Foundation just announced their latest affordable single-board computer: the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+. You can now get the 1.4GHz clock speed5GHz wireless networking and improved thermals of Raspberry Pi 3B+ in a smaller form factor with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+.
Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ with 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core CPU, 512MB RAM, Bluetooth 4.2 and Dual-band WLAN goes official
Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ with 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core CPU, 512MB RAM, Bluetooth 4.2 and Dual-band WLAN goes official
Like its big brother, the entire board is certified as a radio module under FCC rules, which in turn will significantly reduce the cost of conformance testing Raspberry Pi-based products.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ features/specifications:
+ A 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
+ 512MB LPDDR2 SDRAM
+ Dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2/BLE
+ Improved USB mass-storage booting
+ Improved thermal management
+ Extended 40-pin GPIO header
+ Full-size HDMI Single USB 2.0 ports
+ CSI camera port for connecting a Raspberry Pi Camera Module
+ DSI display port for connecting a Raspberry Pi Touch 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

Pricing & Availability
The Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ is now available to buy for $25.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

SAMSUNG debuts 8nm-based Exynos 9 Series 9820 processor with Tri-cluster CPU, 2.0Gbps LTE Advanced Pro modem and Mali-G76 GPU - Specifications, Availability


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Written by G.Я     11/14/2018 12:56:00 pm  No comments
SAMSUNG debuts 8nm-based Exynos 9 Series 9820 processor with Tri-cluster CPU, 2.0Gbps LTE Advanced Pro modem and Mali-G76 GPU. Samsung Electronics today announced its latest premium application processor (AP), the Exynos 9 Series 9820, equipped for on-device Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. The Exynos 9820 features a fourth-generation custom CPU, 2.0-gigabits-per-second (Gbps) LTE Advanced Pro modem, and an enhanced neural processing unit (NPU) to bring new smart experiences to mobile devices.
SAMSUNG debuts 8nm-based Exynos 9 Series 9820 processor with Tri-cluster CPU, 2.0Gbps LTE Advanced Pro modem and Mali-G76 GPU
SAMSUNG debuts 8nm-based Exynos 9 Series 9820 processor with Tri-cluster CPU, 2.0Gbps LTE Advanced Pro modem and Mali-G76 GPU
The Exynos 9820 is an intelligent powerhouse with a separate hardware AI-accelerator, or NPU (Neural Processing Unit), which performs AI tasks around seven times faster than the predecessor. With the NPU, AI-related processing can be carried out directly on the device rather than sending the task to a server, providing faster performance as well as better security of personal information. The NPU will enable a variety of new experiences such as instantly adjusting camera settings for a shot based on the surroundings or recognizing objects to provide information in augmented or virtual reality (AR or VR) settings.

Featuring a 4th generation custom CPU, the Exynos 9820's innovative tri-cluster architecture delivers premium processing power. The CPU consists of two custom cores for ultimate processing power, two Cortex-A75 cores for optimal performance, and four Cortex-A55 cores for greater efficiency, resulting in superior performance that lasts. Tri-cluster with intelligent task scheduler boosts multi-core performance by 15 percent when compared to the Exynos 9810, while the 4th generation custom CPU with enhanced memory access capability and cutting-edge architecture design improves single core performance by up to 20 percent or boosts power efficiency by up to 40 percent. 8nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFET process reduces power consumption by up to 10 percent compared to 10nm LPP process3, while the Exynos 9820 also optimizes power consumption of CPU and GPU through reduced operating voltage, idle, and leakage power.

The new mobile processor embeds the latest Mali-G76 GPU cores, which deliver a 40-percent performance boost or 35-percent power savings, allowing longer play time of graphic-intensive mobile games or interactive AR applications.

The LTE-Advanced Pro modem in the Exynos 9820 brings fast mobile broadband speeds of 2.0Gbps downlink with 8x carrier aggregation (CA) and 316 megabits-per-second (Mbps) uplink. At 2.0Gbps downlink speed, an FHD high-definition movie (3.7GB) can be downloaded in about 15 seconds and massively multiplayer online games (MMOG) can be played with less lag. With more aggregation of carriers than the previous solution along with 4×4 MIMO (Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output), 256-QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) scheme, and enhanced Licensed-Assisted Access (eLAA) technology, the modem delivers stable yet blazing speed on the go.

For more immersive multimedia experiences, Exynos 9820's multi-format codec (MFC) supports encoding and decoding of 4K UHD video at 150 frames per second (fps). The MFC also renders colors in 10-bit, delivering more accurate representation of color by offering a wider range of tones and hues.

The Exynos 9820's advanced image signal processor (ISP) supports up to five sensors, including an IR sensor, to enable flexible multi-camera solutions. Record precious memories in extraordinary detail with the Exynos 9820's multi-format codec (MFC), which supports encoding and decoding of 8K videos at 30fps. By rendering colors in 10-bit and a wide range of tones and hues, the Exynos 9820 delivers life-like representations of multimedia content on HDR display.

SAMSUNG Exynos 9 Series 9820 specifications:
CPU: Dual-core (Custom CPU) + Dual-core (Cortex-A75) + Quad-core (Cortex-A55)
GPU: ARM Mali-G76 MP12
NPU: Integrated
Process: 8nm LPP FinFET
Display: WQUXGA (3840x2400), 4K UHD (4096x2160)
LTE Modem: LTE-Advanced Pro Cat.20 8CA , 2Gbps (DL) / Cat.20 3CA , 316Mbps (UL)
Storage: UFS 3.0, UFS 2.1
Memory: LPDDR4x
Camera: Rear 22MP, Front 22MP; Dual-camera 16MP+16MP
Video: 8K 30fps or 4K UHD 150fps encoding and decoding with 10-bit HEVC(H.265), H.264, VP9

Availability
The Exynos 9 Series 9820 is expected to be in mass production by the end of this year.

Intel announces Neural Compute Stick 2 (Intel NCS 2) for building smarter AI edge devices - Video


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Written by G.Я     11/14/2018 11:33:00 am  No comments
Intel announces Neural Compute Stick 2 (Intel NCS 2) for building smarter AI edge devices. Intel Corporation today introduces the Neural Compute Stick 2 at Intel AI Devcon in Beijing. Designed to build smarter AI algorithms and for prototyping computer vision at the network edge, the Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 enables deep neural network testing, tuning and prototyping, so developers can go from prototyping into production.
Intel announces Neural Compute Stick 2 (Intel NCS 2) for building smarter AI edge devices
Intel announces Neural Compute Stick 2 (Intel NCS 2) for building smarter AI edge devices
The Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 (Intel NCS 2) designed to build smarter AI algorithms and for prototyping computer vision at the network edge. Based on the Intel Movidius Myriad X vision processing unit (VPU) and supported by the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit, the Intel NCS 2 affordably speeds the development of deep neural networks inference applications while delivering a performance boost over the previous generation neural compute stick. The Intel NCS 2 enables deep neural network testing, tuning and prototyping, so developers can go from prototyping into production leveraging a range of Intel vision accelerator form factors in real-world applications.

What It Does: Bringing computer vision and AI to Internet of Things (IoT) and edge device prototypes is easy with the enhanced capabilities of the Intel NCS 2. For developers working on a smart camera, a drone, an industrial robot or the next must-have smart home device, the Intel NCS 2 offers what's needed to prototype faster and smarter.

What looks like a standard USB thumb drive hides much more inside. The Intel NCS 2 is powered by the latest generation of Intel VPU - the Intel Movidius Myriad X VPU. This is the first to feature a neural compute engine - a dedicated hardware neural network inference accelerator delivering additional performance. Combined with the Intel Distribution of the OpenVINO toolkit supporting more networks, the Intel NCS 2 offers developers greater prototyping flexibility. Additionally, with the Intel AI: In Production ecosystem, developers can now port their Intel NCS 2 prototypes to other form factors and productize their designs.

How It Works: With a laptop and the Intel NCS 2, developers can have their AI and computer vision applications up and running in minutes. The Intel NCS 2 runs on a standard USB 3.0 port and requires no additional hardware, enabling users to seamlessly convert and then deploy PC-trained models to a wide range of devices natively and without internet or cloud connectivity.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Spotify app for Apple Watch released


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Written by G.Я     11/13/2018 03:43:00 pm  No comments
Spotify app for Apple Watch released. Today, Spotify is introducing a new app for the Apple Watch, giving you the ability to seamlessly access and control your favorite music and podcasts without missing a beat. With this new app, you can enjoy an improved experience with better control and the ability to seamlessly connect to your speakers or devices.
Spotify app for Apple Watch released
Spotify app for Apple Watch released
The new integration with Apple Watch makes accessing your recently played songs simple, even with your phone in your pocket. Plus, if you find a new favorite track while on the go, just tap the ♡ icon on your watch screen to save it to your collection-and then feel free to stream it over and over again.

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