Facebook reveals chatbots for Messenger & 3D 360 degree video camera

Facebook reveals chatbots for Messenger & 3D 360 degree video camera

In Facebook’s annual developer conference F8 that was held recently, a host of announcements was made so as to enhance user experience with the widely used social networking site. Mark Zuckerburg, the company’s Chief Executing Officer placed out the company’s roadmap for the next 10 years as how it would contribute in making the world more connected and a better place to live in. Virtual reality and augmented reality were the most focused things and a strong emphasis was put on it.

The company unveiled a number of new-fangled services that includes new chatbots for its Messenger messaging application and a new 3D 360-degree camera. The introduction of the Chatbots will make people’s life simpler and easier by permitting businesses to connect with users and thereby allowing people to carry on activities like making reservations, booking tickets for flights, talking to banks, etc. by sending them direct text messages. With this the kind of interaction that happens over normal SMS will be feasible via Facebook Messenger.

A new 360-degree camera, the Surround 360 that appears a little like a UFO and makes use of 17 cameras to capture 360 degree video was also released. Plans for building the same was revealed together with the software application used to combine the video shots from several cameras into one seamless video.

HP Launches an Extremely Slim and Light Weight Laptop, the Spectre 13

HP Launches an Extremely Slim and Light Weight Laptop, the Spectre 13

HP Inc., the global personal computer and printing major came up with a thin HP Spectre 13 laptop on April 7. Weighing 1.1 kg and with battery as thin as an AAA-battery at just 10.4 mm, and with a sixth generation Intel Core i5 and i7 the laptop is being seen as the world’s thinnest laptop. The lightweight and durable carbon fibre bottom owes to it being so light in weight.

Unlike several other thin PCs present in the market this very notebook priced at 1,249$ does not compromise power or features. It consists of loads of powerful characteristics that make it a superb computing machine while giving an altogether enthralling entertainment experience. Full HD 13.3-inch diagonal edge-to-edge display and a lightning fast PCIe solid-state entity are two of the several characteristics. The display features Corning Gorilla with the assistance of which it delivers a terrific viewing experience for several purposes like as while creating presentations, editing images and watching movies.

Talking more about its features it provides storage of 512GB capacity and memory of up to 8GB. It possesses a groundbreaking hybrid battery split into two thinner pieces delivering the same charge duration as a single battery of up to nine and half hours duration. The amalgamation of the Intel hyperbaric cooling system assists the systems keep cool even with power packed processors that generate a large amount of heat.

Additionally, it possesses full function USB Type-CTM connectors that are three in number, including two of which support Thunderbolt. The reason is that they offer a fast and versatile Input/Output connection.

MS Edge Browser Will Intelligently Auto Pause Flash Content After Windows 10 Update

MS Edge Browser Will Intelligently Auto Pause Flash Content After Windows 10 Update

Microsoft has taken yet another move in order to improve its Edge web browsing application, wherein Flash will no longer be necessary as a default. The addition is that post the Windows 10 Anniversary update MS Edge will pause the non-critical Flash content automatically without any external attempt.

Except videos and games the animations and advertisements will be paused by default. This step by Microsoft showcases that it is following the footsteps of Google Chrome by routinely pausing non critical Flash content in websites. This classification of content is quite similar to the approach taken by Google for its Chrome web browser.

Despite being a web standard for video and rich interactive content the Flash has always been tiresome and worrying as far as the vulnerabilities and the potential to be exploited are concerned. Flash being resource hungry accounts for another reason to block playing the content by default.

Therefore, with the introduction of this new facility, i.e. slowly removing Flash, Microsoft is hoping to give its users a more secure browsing environment on Edge. With this move Edge will be minimizing the consumption of battery usage.

Acer’s Chromebook 14 Gets Closer to Full Day Battery Life While Being Light & Lovely

Acer’s Chromebook 14 Gets Closer to Full Day Battery Life While Being Light & Lovely

Reportedly, Acer has come up with its latest Chromebook that has 14-inch screen size and brings with it an aluminium chassis, an optional full HD display and exceedingly larger battery life. With these features inbuilt, the computer manufacturer aims to beat the existing competition prevailing in the PC market. In fact, the company is claiming industry-leading battery life of about 14 long hours.

If this is true people on the go will receive a great benefit, but then they will have to opt for 1366 x 768 display machine. The other option is Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution screen system with even more amenities, although users still get an impressive battery life of 12 hours. Irrespective of the resolution chosen, the benefit of the IPS screen with wide viewing angles of up to 170 degrees will be there for you. Incorporated with anti-glare and low reflection technology, its ComfyView is to be included to reduce strain on the eyes.

Talking about the specifications it is driven by an Intel Celeron quad-core or dual-core N3060 CPU backed up with either 4GB or 2GB RAM size. 720p webcam, USB 3.1 ports along with an HDMI port are induced for better connectivity. On the wireless front, there’s the dual-band 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.2.

Acer is certainly hoping that the aluminium chassis and the larger screen size will help make the Chromebook a good looking device. This will lead to make it more attractive and tempting, and thereby compelling more and more users to purchase it.

Edge browser to receive an update with an ad blocking feature in the next edition

Edge browser to receive an update with an ad blocking feature in the next edition

It has been reported by Microsoft that it is on its way to construct an ad blocking feature for its Edge browser that comes pre-installed on Windows operating system version 10. It was also pronounced that the ad blocking characteristic will be in-built and that the integration shall soon be made available in the near future in the next major Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

This future plan of the company was unveiled at its Build conference that had a session about what’s coming new into the Edge browsing application wherein a slide specifying the upcoming improvements was displayed. The slide enlisted the enhancements serially based on importance and the first one on the list surprisingly was the extensions. All the baked Extensions will be going live in the next release of Edge.

The integrated ad blocking was located at the fourth position on the list. The location indeed reflects a high priority, and is also targeted for that same release of Microsoft’s Edge browser to be upgraded this summer. That could make Adblock Plus and extensions like it inessential, before they have even had a chance to show up on Edge. So, wait until summer to experience an all new MS Edge on Windows edition 10.

Google Chrome to Get Faster with Brotli Compression Algorithm Integration

Google Chrome to Get Faster with Brotli Compression Algorithm Integration

The tech giant Google that has succeeded in making a huge customer base globally with its high end products is now making an attempt to improve its most widely used product, the Chrome web browser. The idea is a part of its move to continuously enhance its existing tools and increase the users’ level of satisfaction. To accomplish the announced news the company is making huge efforts in the direction so that people get to experience the enriched version of the browsing utility as soon as possible.

In an attempt to develop the proprietary browser as an even faster application, the company will integrate the Brotli algorithm with it. And as the algorithm has twenty six percent better compression level, the browser shall be easily transformed into a faster Internet browsing utility. Nonetheless, the name Brotli that is named after a type of bread made in Germany was first announced last September.

Speculations are that similar to the Zopfli compression algorithm that had showed up two years back and had effectively contributed in many compression solutions like PNG optimizers and preprocessing web content, the newfangled Brotli will also perform well, and show good results. Plus, as it has a whole new data-format it will give 20 to 26 percent better compression ratios as compared to Zopfli. Furthermore, the integration will allow better space utilization and quicker page loads.

iPhone with 5.8-inch AMOLED display and wireless charging planned for release in 2017

iPhone with 5.8-inch AMOLED display and wireless charging planned for release in 2017

There’s no stop to initiatives by Apple as far as its iPhone is concerned. The tech giant keeps on doing something new, both mild and grand to make improvements in its existing smartphone models. The latest news is that in its move to enhance the iPhones the company has planned a new model for future that shall be launched the next year in 2017.

The high end iPhone models slated for launch in the upcoming year are likely to be known as 7s and 7s Plus. Moreover, the buzz is that they might be equipped with AMOLED display with curved glass case of 5.8 inch size. The glass case shall be replacing the aluminum material that has been seen in models released until now.

Ming-Chi Kuo, an Apple Insider and KGI analyst who is known for foretelling accurate news about the upcoming Apple products has a say that the new iPhone model will feature similar design as 4/4s ‘glass sandwich’. But the difference would be that the futuristic model shall be featured with curved panels on front/back and not flat slabs.

Also, few exotic materials shall be used, differentiating the iPhone from the smartphones by its competitors. Moreover, for the new case design the developers shall opt for glass, plastic or ceramic material as they are easy to mold, thin and light weighted.

Another report released earlier this month pointed out at Apple’s plan of launching a 5.8-inch OLED display iPhone sometime in the year 2017-2018. The report also says that Apple is planning to release two variants of its large screen sized iPhone 7 Plus this year, one with a single-lens camera while the other with a camera of dual-lens.

Due to be launched in September OLO will change the face of printing

Due to be launched in September OLO will change the face of printing

A company based in the United States announced recently that it would launch a portable device named OLO in September this year that would change the face of printing. What is said about the gadget seems to change the way printing industry functions. The news has it that it (OLO) will allow smartphones turn into 3D printers by bringing into use the light from the touchscreen of the phones. With this the entities will have the potential to transform smartphones into printers. And those printing machines will have the capability to bring 3D prints.

Moreover, what has added to the buzz is the gadget being extremely simple in design, easy to comprehend and work with, fully portable, light weight (just 780 grams) and completely battery-operated. These features are creating thrill as although the device appears to be high tech it is extremely humble to use.

The manufacturer says that the entity consists of three parts that are a reservoir, 100-gram bottles of colored photo-polymer resin and a mechanized lid wherein the reservoir serves the purpose of holding 400 cm3 of print volume. The purpose of the bottles is to form objects, whereas of the mechanized lid is to firmly hold the plates and control electronics.

The working of the device will involve users having to load a schematic of objects into the OLO mobile app, and then fitting the smartphone into the base under the reservoir. A piece of polarized glass will be mounted onto the base, which the phone’s touchscreen will be facing when set properly. The application will be available for Android, iOS as well as the Windows operating system.

Once the lid will be placed on the top and the printer starts going the app will make the phone’s screen light up with a specialized pattern. The polarized glass will then take all the light shining in the outward direction to give the phone a broader viewing angle and redirect it so that all the photons travel straight in the upward direction. As the phone’s screen will beam light up into the tank the focused light shall cause a layer of resin to stabilize onto the plate. This will slowly move upward as each new layer will be created. This shall be the complete working of the OLO turning smartphones into 3D printing machines.

WhatsApp unveils a number of features in iOS including the ability to store files grounded on specific contacts

WhatsApp unveils a number of features in iOS including the ability to store files grounded on specific contacts

Scarcely anyone is unaware of the WhatsApp messaging application and the advantageous features that it offers in the Android and iOS mobile operating system. Recently it rolled out the option to bold and italicize the texts in the Android OS irrespective of the version. Further, in its process to keep improving the messaging app for both the platforms it has unveiled a number of newfangled characteristics for iOS as well.

One of the several key features that have been upgraded is that it has been infused with the ability to store multimedia files ranging from images, audios to audios. Additionally, they are grounded on particular contacts or groups in its place of the ‘none’ or ‘all’ approach that was followed previously. This feature permits users of the iOS to disable the ‘annoying forwards’ in the form of pictures and audios/videos from the unwanted groups.

With the new update having been rolled in the iPhone WhatsApp, users will now have the choice to click on a group name or contact name and save incoming media in the image gallery. Plus there will be options like as ‘default (off)’, ‘never’ and ‘always’. Formerly users could save photos/video files either for all contacts/groups or none of them. The newly added feature will allow users to select images/videos and save only the desired ones thereby reducing the clutter.

The other new characteristic empowers users to view the missed WhatsApp calls in the app itself and not in the ‘Recent’ tab. Notifications of the incoming messages will be provided allowing users to respond to them easily. And similar to Android iOS users will be able to share PDF documents also.

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