Microsoft to Detail Its Windows 10 VR Headset Plans in December

Microsoft to Detail Its Windows 10 VR Headset Plans in December

US tech giant Microsoft is planning to hold two WinHEC events in December that will reveal its virtual reality (VR) headset plans for Windows 10.

The Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) is a series of technical conferences and workshops, where Microsoft elaborates on its hardware plans for Windows devices. The first event will be held between December 8 and December 9, while the second event will be held between December 14 and December 15.

Microsoft at its Surface event last week announced it had partnered with HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer, and Asus to produce VR headsets for Windows 10 PCs, are are especially optimised for mixed reality experiences, using the Windows Holographic shell and experience.

Both the events are designed for hardware manufacturers to better understand the software plans for Windows Holographic, a mixed reality platform built around the API of Windows 10. Speaking with Polygon, Microsoft’s HoloLens chief Alex Kipman said more details about the VR headsets would be provided at the WinHEC events in December.Kipman said the first wave of VR headsets will be opaque, so users will not be able to see through them directly without the aid of cameras. He also revealed that the headsets will feature a wide field of view, will be tethered to the computer via a long wire, allow six degrees of freedom, and support inside-out tracking.

The initial devices will start shipping after the Windows 10 Creators Update is made available to download in March 2017 and will function like VR headsets that connect to a PC, and will support six degrees of freedom and inside-out tracking.

(Also see: Windows 10 Creators Update Coming Early 2017; Free for All Users)

Written with inputs from IANS

Huawei Fit Activity Tracker With Heart Rate Monitor Launched

Huawei Fit Activity Tracker With Heart Rate Monitor Launched

There is no shortage of fitness bands in the current wearables market and with the increase in general awareness about health, the market is likely to grow further. Huawei has now come up with its new fitness band to try and increase its share in this market, as the company has launched its ‘Huawei Fit’ band which has been priced by the company at $129.99 (roughly Rs. 8,700) in the US where it is available from Thursday itself, and EUR 149 (roughly Rs. 11,000) in Europe, where it will soon be available in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Portugal.

The Huawei Fit features a round-face design, reminiscent of Pebble Time Round, and comes with an 1.04-inch LCD display with a resolution of 208×208 pixels. It is capable of tracking fitness activities like walking, running, and swimming automatically, apart from counting steps and calories. It also bears a heart rate monitor with ‘high signal strength’ for increased accuracy, and can track sleep patterns. The company says it has training guidance built-in for various types of marathons.

The Huawei Fit will come in Moonlight Silver or Titanium Grey variants, with 18mm or 20mm, swappable Black, Orange, and Blue straps.Apart from its fitness tracking capabilities, Huawei Fit also provides the users with notifications from their smartphones for calls and messages. The battery on the band reportedly lasts for six days of normal use and 30 days on standby. It takes around two hours for the band to charge to its full capacity. It does not have its own GPS, but can pair with smartphones via the Huawei Wear app for that function.

As smartwatches like Apple Watch Series 2 have become a more lucrative option with features like water-resistance, it has now become more important than ever for the fitness bands to leave their mark and prevent users from making a switch.

Merge VR Headset for iPhone and Android Smartphones Launched at Rs. 5,399

Merge VR Headset for iPhone and Android Smartphones Launched at Rs. 5,399

The Merge VR headset has been launched in India at Rs. 5,399 and is available for purchase through Amazon. The headset is compatible with both iPhone and Android smartphones, and was launched in select markets in November last year.

As the headset is not of standalone kind, it doesn’t come with an inbuilt screen and requires your smartphone to provide the virtual-reality experience. The Merge VR headset has been created with soft foam so that it fits easily onto the head of the user.

The Merge VR headset features dual touch inputs, which are compatible with VR apps and therefore eliminate the need of a controller. Users can use Merge Start, the company’s official virtual reality app, for access to curated collection of VR content that is compatible with the Merge VR headset.

“Explore apps ranging from games and 360 videos, to virtual tourism to education and more. On Merge Start, you can also read our guide to mobile VR, watch video tutorials and access all the information you’ll need for the best virtual reality experiences possible,” the company said in its product listing.

In terms of recommended devices, the company has listed out smartphone models iPhone 6 and newer, Galaxy S5 and newer, HTC One M8 and newer, LG G4 and newer. It says that the headset is compatible with most iOS and Android devices from the last 2 years and fits iPhone 5 to iPhone 6 Plusin size.

Apple AirPods Shipments Tipped to Be Delayed Till January 2017

Apple AirPods Shipments Tipped to Be Delayed Till January 2017

Apple made a bold move of killing off the 3.5mm audio jack on its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus this year. To compensate for the loss, the Cupertino giant bundled the Lightning EarPods, an adapter, and even unveiled the tiny wireless AirPods. The company was expected to start shipping the AirPods in October, but after announcing a delay, a fresh report states that the accessory won’t see the light of day till January.

DigiTimes reports that supplier Inventec will begin the shipments not earlier than January 2017. Furthermore, Inventec’s revenue is also expected to grow by 7 percent next year, thanks to the AirPods order.

If reports of a delay are accurate, then Apple currently does not have any in-house solution for audio on the iPhone 7, apart from the Lightning EarPods. Apple is usually known for strengthening its yield before releasing any product in the market – it does have new wireless Beats headphones however. The company was set to launch the device in late October, and then the MacBook Pro event, but instead it announced a delay.However, a separate report from Apple Insider claims that the company will ship the AirPods by the end of this year, and not push it to the next year. The AirPods, whenever they arrive, will cost $159 (Rs. 15,400 In India).

For those unaware, AirPods are a pair of wireless in-ear headphones powered by Apple’s new W1 chip that help in seamless pairing and the detection of hand gestures. Furthermore, the AirPods are not solely-Bluetooth powered, instead using a ‘Bluetooth-like’ technology developed by Apple. The AirPods are rated to deliver up to five hours of battery life on a single charge, and simply need to be inserted into the charging case to begin charging. The case can hold additional charge, letting you go for up to 24 hours of usage without access to a power outlet, according to claims by Apple.

MacBook Pro 2016 13-Inch Gets Teardown Treatment; Reveals Custom SSD Controller and Smaller Battery

MacBook Pro 2016 13-Inch Gets Teardown Treatment; Reveals Custom SSD Controller and Smaller Battery
Apple unveiled the MacBook Pro with the OLED Touch Bar panel at an event last week in Cupertino. The laptop is touted to be thinner, lighter, and faster than its predecessor. Now, iFixit has performed a teardown of the MacBook Pro 2016 13-inch With Function Keys, and has released all the interesting findings on its site. Furthermore, a GeekBench score also shows just how much faster the new MacBook Pro 2016 really is compared to its predecessor.First up, iFixit performed a teardown of the base model 13-inch MacBook Pro 2016 without Touch Bar, and found a custom Apple controller for the SSD inside. The 256GB PCIe SSD is removable (which makes for easier upgrades) and made out of four 64GB SanDisk NAND modules, and Apple claims the SSD performance is 100 percent faster than the previous generation. iFixit says, “This marks the first time we’ve seen Apple’s super-custom SSD controller in a removable PCIe SSD.”The 13-inch variant sports a 54.5Wh battery which is surprisingly smaller than the predecessor. However, Apple claims that even though the new battery is 25 percent smaller, it still extracts ten hours of use, and in no way hampers everyday usage. The battery is also smaller in size and is stuck to the laptop with tough glue.(Also see: Here’s Why Apple Never Introduced a Touchscreen MacBook)iFixit also noticed that even though the MacBook Pro 2016 supports the 3.5mm audio jack, the component appears to be modular, which means that either it was a last minute addition, or is made in such a way that it can be easily replaced in the future. There is the addition of rubber bumpers on the stereo speakers as well, and this could be to limit the vibration. The speakers are touted to be significantly louder and have a long dynamic range.(Also see: New MacBook Pro Models Turn on Automatically When the Lid Is Opened)iFixit gave the MacBook Pro 2016 an overall repairability score of 2 out of 10, because of its pentalobe screws that make opening the device unnecessarily difficult. The battery is also stuck to the case with tough glue making replacement a complicated task. Lastly the RAM is also soldered to the logic board, so users have no option but to pay Apple for an upgrade.Separately, 9to5Mac also did an SSD benchmark test, and found out that the 13-inch MacBook Pro (Without Touch Bar) has an insanely fast SSD. The test results fall right on Apple’s claim of sequential read speeds up to 3.1 GB/s, and write speeds of up to 2.1GB/s.(Also see:The Touch Bar on MacBook Pro 2016 Is Essentially an Embedded Apple Watch)Furthermore, the publication did a Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2016 proved to be worth the money on that front as well. The laptop maxed out at 2000MB/s read speed testifying just how fast the SSD is.(Also see:MacBook Pro Models Will Be Cheaper Next Year, Claims Analyst)The exact availability of these latest offerings in India are not yet known, however the prices are out, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2016 is priced at Rs. 1,29,900, the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2016 with Touch Bar and Touch ID will be priced starting at Rs. 1,55,900 while the 15-inch model will start at Rs. 2,05,900.

MacBook Pro 2016 Has Received More Online Orders Than Any Previous Pro Laptop

MacBook Pro 2016 Has Received More Online Orders Than Any Previous Pro Laptop

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Phil Schiller, has shared a few new details about the processes that went into creating the new MacBook Pro 2016, which was unveiled last week. In a brief but wide-ranging interview with British news outlet The Independent, Schiller addressed several common questions and emphasised that Apple is confident about the direction it is taking its products in. He also stated that the company has received more orders through its online store for the new MacBook Pro 2016 than it has for any previous pro laptop in the past.

Schiller made it clear that Apple’s philosophical separation of the iOS and Mac product lines is going to continue for the forseeable future, as the company considers both to be independent and serve different purposes. More importantly, Schiller revealed that the company sees them as separate primarily because of their different user experience paradigms. “There’s iPhone and iPad which are single pieces of glass, they’re direct-manipulation, multi-touch and tend towards full-screen applications … then there’s the Mac experience, dominated by our notebooks and that’s about indirect manipulation and cursors and menus”, he told The Independent.

“Here’s one example of how they should remain distinct,” Schiller continued. “The Mac from the very first has had a menu bar fixed at the top. It’s core to the identity and the experience you get. But iOS doesn’t have a menu at the top. It never will. The thought of pointing at a menu at the top of an iPhone feels wrong. If you made the Mac a touchscreen you’d have to figure out how to make it a good experience with your finger on a touchscreen. Trust me, we’ve looked at that — it’s a bad experience. It’s not as good or as intuitive as with a mouse and trackpad.”

That thinking is what led to the development of the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro 2016. “Others are trying to turn the notebook into the tablet. The new MacBook Pro is a product that celebrates that it is a notebook … You have a surface that you type down on with your hands, with a screen facing you vertically. That basic orientation, that L shape makes perfect sense and won’t go away. The team came up with this idea that you can create a multi-touch surface that’s coplanar with the keyboard and the trackpad but brings a whole new experience into it, one that’s more interactive, with multi-touch.”

Two particularly interesting decisions about the MacBook Pro 2016 have elicited sharp reactions online: the removal of an SD card slot, and the inclusion of a 3.5mm audio socket. It was Schiller himself who infamously said on stage that the reason Apple had dispensed with a 3.5mm socket on the iPhone 7 was “courage”.

Schiller’s arguments against the SD card slot are likely to be just as polarising. According to him, “it’s a bit of a cumbersome slot. You’ve got this thing sticking halfway out. Then there are very fine and fast USB card readers, and then you can use CompactFlash as well as SD … and then more and more cameras are starting to build wireless transfer into the camera. That’s proving very useful.”

As for the 3.5mm jack, it makes sense to continue having it on the MacBook Pro because it isn’t only about headphones. “These are pro machines. If it was just about headphones then it doesn’t need to be there, we believe that wireless is a great solution for headphones. But many users have setups with studio monitors, amps, and other pro audio gear that do not have wireless solutions and need the 3.5mm jack,” Schiller said.

Reacting to the flood of comments criticising the MacBook Pro 2016, Schiller reiterated that the Mac is important for Apple. “I hope everyone gets a chance to try it for themselves and see how great the MacBook Pro is. It is a really big step forward and an example of how much we continue to invest in the Mac,” he said. “We know we made good decisions about what to build into the new MacBook Pro and that the result is the best notebook ever made, but it might not be right for everyone on day one.”

Google Daydream View VR Headset to Hit Stores on November 10

Google Daydream View VR Headset to Hit Stores on November 10

Last month, Google launched its first Daydream-ready virtual reality headset – Daydream View – and explained how its light weight and wearable fabric design make it a superior headset to its competitors. Now the company has announced the availability of the device and said that it will be hitting Google Store and other retailers, on November 10 in five countries including the US.

Google’s virtual reality headset Daydream View will be available in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia from November 10. With Daydream View, you can watch movies, TV shows, and even play VR games on your Daydream ready smartphone, like Pixel, with the controller provided along the headset.

The search giant’s VR headset, thanks to a tie-up, allows users to stream Hulu’s entire library of TV shows, movies, and VR content. “Plus, there will be two new pieces of VR content from Huffpo RYOT available exclusively on Daydream: a news program called The Big Picture: News in Virtual Reality and VR comedy show Virtually Mike and Nora starring Nora Kirkpatrick and Mike O’Brien. The Hulu VR app is available in the US,” the company said in its blog post. Special content from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will also be coming soon, while the company is also touting NYT VR and WSJ VR content, and a bunch of VR games such as Invasion! and Hunters Gate.

The headset is available for pre-order from its dedicated page.Google has listed out a host of apps and games, including the recently announced VR game for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, that will support the Daydream View headset in its post, which you can check out here.

Some of the notable mentions in the list include YouTube VR, Google Play Movies, The Wall Street Journal VR, and Gunjack 2: End of Shift.

Following is the list of Daydream View retailers in various countries:

United States: Verizon, Best Buy; $79 (USD) (roughly Rs. 5,300)

Canada: Bell, Rogers, Telus, Best Buy; $99 (CAD) (roughly Rs. 4,900)

United Kingdom: EE, Carphone Warehouse; £69 (GBP) (roughly Rs. 5,600)

Germany: Deutsche Telekom; €69 (EUR) (roughly Rs. 5,100)

Australia: Telstra, JB Hi-Fi; $119 (AUD) (roughly Rs. 6,100)

Apple AirPods Shipments Tipped to Be Delayed Till January 2017

Apple AirPods Shipments Tipped to Be Delayed Till January 2017Apple made a bold move of killing off the 3.5mm audio jack on its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus this year. To compensate for the loss, the Cupertino giant bundled the Lightning EarPods, an adapter, and even unveiled the tiny wireless AirPods. The company was expected to start shipping the AirPods in October, but after announcing a delay, a fresh report states that the accessory won’t see the light of day till January.

DigiTimes reports that supplier Inventec will begin the shipments not earlier than January 2017. Furthermore, Inventec’s revenue is also expected to grow by 7 percent next year, thanks to the AirPods order.

If reports of a delay are accurate, then Apple currently does not have any in-house solution for audio on the iPhone 7, apart from the Lightning EarPods. Apple is usually known for strengthening its yield before releasing any product in the market – it does have new wireless Beats headphones however. The company was set to launch the device in late October, and then the MacBook Pro event, but instead it announced a delay.

However, a separate report from Apple Insider claims that the company will ship the AirPods by the end of this year, and not push it to the next year. The AirPods, whenever they arrive, will cost $159 (Rs. 15,400 In India).

For those unaware, AirPods are a pair of wireless in-ear headphones powered by Apple’s new W1 chip that help in seamless pairing and the detection of hand gestures. Furthermore, the AirPods are not solely-Bluetooth powered, instead using a ‘Bluetooth-like’ technology developed by Apple. The AirPods are rated to deliver up to five hours of battery life on a single charge, and simply need to be inserted into the charging case to begin charging. The case can hold additional charge, letting you go for up to 24 hours of usage without access to a power outlet, according to claims by Apple.

If Latest Technology Fails To Help Us In Emergency Situation Then You Have To Depend On Traditional Device

Many people are spending time with gadgets but how they exist without using gadgets. You can’t depend on your mobile signals on all situations. In emergency cases it will fail to help you. In case some natural calamities occur in your place then your mobile signals will become weak and get damaged so you can’t able to contact with others. Many of you have faced this situation in their life. Whenever you are trying to contact your family members or your relatives during heavy rain or during natural disaster but you don’t have towers in your mobile. But government can’t let this happen, since they have to notify people about the emergency situation and make them alert. In this situation, latest technology innovation won’t help you since you have to depend on tradition device DX which is an armature radio. This is not used for personal communication, since it is used for private communication. Now more advancement are made to this and it come up with more features. It is used in places where mobile signals won’t work. Especially, it helps to communicate within specific duration. Initially it was made as one way communication but now 2 way communications is added to it.

Work on it

If you are interested to work in armature radio then you won’t require any technical qualification for accessing the equipments. If you have proper training then you too can access it. Attend training in order to work as a DX. Moreover, you have to own certain equipments for carrying out this operation. Other than this, you have to notify people about your operation. This is done through website or through other source. Your operation won’t be stable and stagnant in one place since you have to operate in different places. Especially you can see it in islands where mobile signals won’t work. It helps in communication purpose. This is not new because it is in existence before decades. It is in use by government or by private authorities to convey important message to public. It is specifically used in emergence cases to alert people. They will travel around several frequencies. When you refer website then you will get detailed information about the operation and other required details.

Investment required

Investment required or starting DX business is quite high. You have to purchase requited equipments for starting it. Without purchasing required equipments you can’t carry out the task.  You need computer, antenna and other equipments needed for startup of the business. Moreover, you can start up the business with low investment. If you purchase already used equipments then you won’t require much money. But you have to make sure that used equipments are high in quality. You purchase poor quality ones and then you have to replace it within shorter duration; because it will get damaged soon. Analyze and then purchase equipments. Moreover, it will gives you expected return. Return on invested will be gained in this business. If singles won’t work then you have to make use of this traditional device. In emergency situation you can’t depend on latest technology since traditional ones will help you.

Apple Watch 2017 to Sport Micro-LED Display, Sharp to Provide iPhone Oled Display

Apple is currently making headlines for its upcoming iPhone 7, but the company must be working on other products in its portfolio. A fresh round of leaks gives us more details on the company’s efforts with the Apple Watch, and the rumoured integrated GPU display. There’s also new a report that claims that Apple plans to rope in a third company to manufacture its Oled displays for its next year’s iPhone.Apple Watch 2017 to Sport Micro-LED Display, Sharp to Provide iPhone Oled Display: Reports

Beginning with the Apple Watch, the Cupertino giant may be switching from LCD displays to Micro-LED displays forits 2017 iteration. Apple will reportedly not follow the same iPhone path for its smartwatch, and switch to the rumoured Oled displays. Instead, the company will opt for Micro-LED displays on the 2017 Apple Watch (claims Digitimes). Micro LED is equipped with better colour gamuts and brightness levels, when compared to LCD. It even uses less battery than LCD (hence more battery life on the Apple Watch), and can even be much thinner as it doesn’t require backlighting.

It is worth noting, that Apple had acquired LuxVue Technology in 2014, a company that specialised in Micro-LED displays. It appears that Apple is looking to put that acquisition to some use in its Apple Watch next year.

Furthermore, the company is apparently not giving up on its display business just yet. While theThunderbolt Display has been officially discontinued, BuzzFeed reporter John Paczkowski citing people familiar with the matter claims that Apple is working on a new display with an integrated GPU, as was previously rumoured. The display is said to sport a 5K (5120×2880 pixels) resolution, and is expected to be called the ‘Apple 5K Display’.

Lastly, the iPhone this year is expected to come with minimum design changes, with Apple stocking the big changes for the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary next year. One of the big rumoured features for next year’s iPhone is expected to be the switch to Oled displays. Now, Nikkei reports that Apple will rope in a third manufacturer to meet the demands of Oled displays for its iPhone. Alongside LG and Samsung, Foxconn-acquired Sharp will also be manufacturing the Oled displays for Apple.

“Sharp currently supplies display panels to Apple, but it does not own Oled technology yet. Foxconn has said it will invest 200 billion yen to help Sharp develop the technology,” the report reads.

The iPhone 7 this year is expected to be unveiled in September. Rumours claim that Apple is releasingthree variants, and the larger iPhone 7 Plus will come with a dual camera setup, 3GB RAM, and a possible Smart Connector at the back.