Developers hoping to create new applications for the latest Apple TV that was unveiled late last week using the new Apple tvOS operating system which has been specifically created for the new hardware by Apple.
Maybe interested to know that Apple has restricted the ability to view websites or any web content within applications on the new Apple TV hardware.
Unlike applications on other mobile operating devices that allow developers to link to web content the new Apple TV won’t be able to display Web content. Forcing developers to create native components that are optimised for tvOS and provide users with enhanced rendering on large screen TVs. Daniel Pasco from Medium explains more on what effect this will have on tvOS apps :
Webviews are the duct tape of the mobile world. I’d estimate that 50% to 80% of the major apps out there use webviews somewhere within their apps. Apple’s Mail app uses webviews for your email messages, because webviews can style and render the content very efficiently. NetNewsWire uses them prolifically, particularly in a few features we haven’t enabled in the shipping version yet.
If you’re looking at Twitter, and someone you follow posts a link, you can click on it and the app will create a webview, load the link in the webview, and show it to you. You get to check out links quickly without ever having to leave the apps. The Facebook app uses them for the same thing, that’s practically the sole reason that apps like NetNewsWire exist in the first place.
aMagic has created a new type of magnetic cable called MagCable which supports both android and iOSdevices and has been designed to make makes it easier to connect and disconnect your mobile devices, portable games consoles, tablets and more from charging and syncing.
MagCable is being marketed as a ‘revolutionary magnetic USB cable’ that keeps your mobile connected easily that provides a ‘simple solution that changes your entire charging experience’, says its creators.
Watch the video below to learn more how the system works and is cross compatible allowing you to use one cable to charge multiple devices that may be equipped with a variety of different connection.
We all went through the problem with fraying cables, struggling to connect cable with mobile in the dark, and many more hassle. As simple as it can get, MagCable provides magnetic connectivity with light indicator to make your life easier!
• You can connect USB cable with your mobile easily via the magnetic connection.
• You can detach the cable by simply bending its plug.
• A light indicator in cable plug helps you to locate your cable in the dark easily.
• A dust and water proof design prevents damages at the charging socket.
• A charging switch on cable lets you switch between data transfer and fast charging mode easily.
The MagCable Is currently overall kick starter looking to raise £50,000 to help take the concept into production and has pledges available from just $12 or £8 and allows you to select the connectors you would like to use.
With most of its major product launches scheduled for this year completed, consumer electronics company Sony India on Monday said it is looking ahead to a growth of 20 percent across its product-range during the festive season (August-November).
“During the festive season, we are targeting a growth of 20 percent nationally while in the Bravia (television range) segment, we hope to achieve a growth of 25 percent,” Satish Padmanabhan, the company’s head of sales, told media persons here.
He said that for the entire fiscal, the firm has pegged the growth rate at 15 percent in value terms for its entire product range as against 28 percent growth last fiscal. Amidst this target, it hopes to sell 22 lakh TV units during 2015-16.
Padmanabhan reasoned the growth during 2014-15 to be higher as compared to the projected growth during 2015-16 on account of many international events which had pushed the company’s TV sales up.
The company claimed it has a significant share in the eastern markets and has targeted to sell goods worth Rs. 280 crores during the festive months as compared to Rs. 200 crores during the festive months in the previous fiscal.
It has also stepped up its promotional budget to Rs. 150 crores pan-India during the Diwali promotions and has allotted Rs. 25 crores for the Durga Puja period in the east.
The official said it is witnessing good growth in the rural areas in the east where people are upgrading CRT-based TVs to the more recent ones, including flat panels.
“The rural east is shaping up well and the flat panel TVs has already entered the market. The CRTs now have only a 15 percent market share in the overall industry from 25 percent last year. Most of the big players have exited the CRT TV,” he said.
Asked about the company’s take on online sales, Padmanabhan said: “Presently, online sales contribute just 2-3 percent of the revenue but we expect online to play a big role in the coming future… At this moment, we have restrictive online sales.”
The official claimed that the company’s product range – Bravia – has a 29 percent market share in the overall industry with its closest competitor lagging behind by just one percent.
During 2014-15, the firm had registered a growth of 103 percent in terms of quantity sold and 75 percent growth in terms of value in east India.
As well as announcing their new iPhone 6S handsets last week, Apple also announced their new Apple TV device, the new set top box wont launch until October.
Andru from Gear Live has managed to get his hands on the new Apple TV ahead of the devices launch and we get to see the Apple TV unboxed in the video below.
The new Apple TV comes with Apple’s new tvOS which is built on iOS 9, Apple have also released a new SDK for developers and the device will come with apps and games.
There will be two different versions of the Apple TV available, one with 32GB of storage, the other with 64GB of storage and there is also a new remote.
The new remote comes with a trackpad, motion control and Apple’s voice activated assistant, Siri, which can be used to control the device and also search for movies and TV shows. Apple will launch their next generation Apple TV in October and the 32GB model will retail for $149 and the 64GB model $199.
TRNDlabs has announced what they are claiming is the world’s smallest drone, the SKEYE Pico Drone, it certainly looks small from the photo.
The SKEYE Pico Drone measures just 2.2 cm by 2.2 cm and weighs in at just 7 grams, you can see it in action in the video below.
The SKEYE Pico Drone is the smallest drone we’ve ever made and also the smallest drone in the world! It is so small, it can easily sit on your finger and fly on precision controlled exercises into the narrowest of nooks! The drone is designed to be taken everywhere and fits inside of its own controller.
With Ready to Fly Technology (RTF) and 3 levels of sensitivity, the SKEYE Pico Drone is incredibly easy to control and maneuver. The SKEYE Pico doesn’t just hover up and down – you can go full daredevil with its 6-Axis flight control system and auto-adjustable gyro sensitivity. Flips, spins, and epic aerial dives are all possible with just a little practice. With the SKEYE Pico’s built in LED lights, you can fly all night long.
The new SKEYE Pico Drone will be available for $49 when it launches, you can find out more details about the device at the link below.
Scientists have shown that a network of energy-harvesting sensor nodes equipped with onboard cameras can determine each camera’s pose and location using optical cues, an advance that could be used in home security and infrastructure monitoring.
This capability could help to enable networks of hundreds or thousands of sensors that could operate without batteries or external power and require minimal maintenance. Such networks could be part of the Internet of Things (IoT) in which objects can communicate and share information to create smart environments.
Previous work at University of Washington has produced battery-free Radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags called WISPs with enhanced capabilities such as onboard computation, sensing, and image capture capabilities.
WISPs operate at such low power that they can scavenge the energy needed for operation from radio waves. The new work shows that these WISPs with onboard cameras, or WISPCams, can use optical cues to figure out where they are located and the direction in which they are pointed. The ability of each node to determine its own location makes deployment of autonomous sensor nodes easier and the sensor data they produce more meaningful.
“Once the battery free cameras know their own positions it is possible to query the network of WISPCams for high level information such as all images looking west or sensor data from all nodes in a particular area,” said Alanson P Sample, a research scientist with Disney Research.
Future iterations of this RFID-based sensing technology has the potential to enable low cost and maintenance-free IoT applications by eliminating the need for external wiring or regular battery replacement. Networks of hundreds or thousands of these sensors could be used to monitor the condition of infrastructure such as bridges, industrial equipment monitoring, and home security monitoring, researchers said.
The researchers used an image processing technique called Perspective-n-Point (PnP) which involves capturing an image of an object and then comparing it with a second image in which four LEDs in a known configuration illuminate the object.
Using this technique, the cameras were able to estimate their position to within a few centimetres.
In their experimental setup, the researchers used four WISPCams and a separate WISP with LEDs, but Sample noted that the LEDs could be incorporated into each WISPCam.
The word quantum grabs most people’s attention. Largely because of its association with quantum mechanics, the awesome and extremely difficult-to-understand study of all things very small and the way they behave.Quantum dots are crystal semiconductors measuring just a few nanometers in width. Hit these nanocrystals with white light, and they’ll emit colored light in strict correlation to their size.
Since this discussion is related to using quantum dots in TVs, you might think the nanotech is replacing the LCDs and OLEDs used to generate color on today’s flat panels. Nope. Someday maybe, but for the moment they are being employed solely as LED backlight filters.
What’s wrong with LEDs?
Look carefully and critically at an LED-backlit LCD TV (often referred to as an LED TV), and you’ll notice that the picture looks a bit cool, perhaps even washed out. It’s difficult to do in the absence of something better to compare, so you’ll have to trust me on this one. The reason for this phenomena (the coolness, not the trust-me factor) is thatthe light today’s TV LEDs produce is heavily skewed towards the blue end of the spectrum. Blue, as in icy and cold.
LED backlighting remains popular partially because it’s more energy efficient overall than the preceding CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent lamp) backlight technology. On higher-end TVs, LEDs can be spread across the entire panel and controlled individually (a feature known as local dimming), enabling the TV to produce darker blacks. LED backlights are also much smaller than CCFLs, enabling the ultra-thin profiles that are in vogue today. Thin is in—and it’s likely to stay so.
If color gamut is a concern, you can always buy an OLED TV with its super rich colors and deep blacks. But the prices for OLED start at $2000 for 1080p resolution and only get absurd from there. With UHD (3820 by 2160 resolution, opportunistically marketed as 4K, even though it’s only twice the resolution of 1080p) LCD TVs starting at $600 in smaller sizes, getting consumers to pay several times that for an OLED TV is tough—superior image or not. And to be perfectly honest, even without quantum dots, an LED/LCD TV offers a pretty nice picture.
Inexpensive, but not available in cheap TVs
So here comes the easily producible quantum dot, which seems to be just about the ideal solution for improving the color gamut of the everyday LED/LCD TV and low-balling OLED out of existence. Just filter that harsh white LED light with richly-radiating quantum dots and voila!
Alas, it hasn’t worked out that way so far. Quantum dots seem to be showing up only in pricier TVs. Vendors want to steal some thunder from OLED at the top-end rather than improve the color spackes of their entire range. At least that was the case as this article published—just about a month before the vast majority of 2016 models are announced.
Case in point: the misleading SUHD monikerSamsung sticks on its high-end models. You might think SUHD is a new resolution higher than UHD. It’s not, it’s just a marketing term for the addition of quantum dot filtering and some tweaking. I say just, but Samsung’s SUHD models deliver noticeably better color reproduction compared to its less-expensive TVs. The same is true of Sony’s Triluminos brand and the Color IQ label (belonging toQD Vision) that’s behind several quantum-dot efforts. TVs that use quantum dots come very to close to OLED on every score except black. Quantum dot technology works.
Not environmentally friendly, for now
Alas, one reason that quantum dots have been largely ignored to date (they’re been around for decades) is that they’re largely produced from cadmium—a somewhat toxic element that’s on the hit list of just about every environmental agency you’d care to name. The European Union’s RoHS (Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances)severely limits the use of cadmium, with an exemption for light-producing products (that restriction is currently under review).
If a group of researchers at Oregon State University are correct, the way around this problem is to use the less-toxic copper indium diselenide, which they say they’ve used to economically produce quantum dots. There’s also a company called Nanoco touting CF (cadmium-free) quantum dots. So the cadmium problem could be short lived.
Uses for quantum dots beyond TVs
Quantum dots have applications beyond TVs, including deployments in computer monitors. After all, the most significant difference between a computer display and a TV is the absence of a TV tuner. And for anyone who uses a computer to edit photographs or to publish color documents, such as print magazines, color gamut is key. Philips just announced a quantum dot 27-inch display that it says delivers 99 percent of the Adobe RGB color space. The average flat-panelcomputer display doesn’t come anywhere near that.
Scientists from the Berkeley Lab and University of Illinois have used quantum dots to fabricate photovoltaic cells that are up to 30 times more efficient than today’s technology can deliver. Basically, if I read it correctly, light is gathered and concentrated, then steered to a quantum dot which focuses it directly into the solar cell.You can find the research here.
There’s even talk of using the technology to turn ordinary windows into solar panels.
Time to buy? It depends
So should you be looking for quantum dots in your next LED/LCD TV? Yes, if you have money, but not UHD-OLED kind of money. Those of us in the working class should stick with the older 1080p TV for a year or two, or until quantum dots are pervasive, OLED has finally come down in price, or some other whiz-bang solution has rendered both technologies moot.
Alcatel OneTouch has launched its Watch in India at Rs. 7,999. The Alcatel OneTouch Watch is now available to buy via Flipkart.
Launched initially at CES this year, the highlight of the new wearable from Alcatel OneTouch is it is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. NDTV Gadgets had spent some time with the Watch at CES and it looked and felt pretty good.
Much like other wearable devices, the Watch can track sleep, heart rate, and other daily activities. TheAlcatel OneTouch Watch shows notifications for incoming calls, missed calls, SMSes, emails, Facebook, WhatsApp, and other app notifications.
The band measures 41.8mm in diameter and weighs just 55 grams. The dial features stainless steel material and includes a rubber strap.
It can connect to smartphones via Bluetooth 4.0 and can be paired with smartphones running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and above, and iOS 7 and later. The Watch is backed by a 210mAh battery and includes a charging port that is tucked into wristband of the device and can be charged via USB.
The Watch features a 1.22-inch (240×240 pixels) TFT touchscreen display with oleophobic coating. It is powered by a STM429 chipset. The Watch comes with an IP67 rating that certifies it for dust and water resistance. It features an accelerometer and gyroscope sensors. The Watch will also let user’s remote control music and click images via phone. It is available in Black and White colours.
Announcing the availability of the Watch, Praveen Valecha, Alcatel OneTouch Regional Director, APAC BU India said, “The Alcatel One Touch smartwatch takes technology and connectivity to the next level and is designed to deliver on the brand promise of enhancing your quality of life by the smart use of technology. The watch perfectly suits the smart youth of today as they are constantly aspiring for the life’s best and use technology to keep pace with the ever changing world around them.”
Engineers at Xerox PARC have developed a chip that will self-destruct upon command, providing a potentially revolutionary tool for high-security applications.
The chip, developed as part of DARPA’s vanishing programmable resources project, could be used to store data such as encryption keys and, on command, shatter into thousands of pieces so small, reconstruction is impossible.
It was demonstrated at DARPA’s Wait, What? event in St. Louis on Thursday.
“The applications we are interested in are data security and things like that,” said Gregory Whiting, a senior scientist at PARC in Palo Alto, California. “We really wanted to come up with a system that was very rapid and compatible with commercial electronics.”
The result is a chip based on Gorilla Glass, the Corning-produced tough glass used in the displays of numerous smartphones.
“We take the glass and we ion-exchange temper it to build in stress,” said Whiting. “What you get is glass that, because it’s heavily stressed, breaks it fragments into tiny little pieces.”
In a demonstration on Thursday, the glass was stressed to breaking point by heat. When a circuit was switched on, a small resistor heated up and the glass shattered into thousands of pieces. Even after it broke up, stress remained in the fragments and they continued breaking into even smaller pieces for tens of seconds afterwards.
The chip presents an exciting prospect in applications such as computer security. If a chip fabricated on glass was used to store an encryption key, the destruction of the chip could assure complete destruction of the key in an instant — perhaps as part of a routine process or when the key falls into the wrong hands.
In the demo in St. Louis, the self-destruct circuit was triggered by a photo-diode, which switched on the circuit when a bright light fell on it. In this occasion, the light was provided by a laser, but the trigger could be anything from a mechanical switch to a radio signal.
We’ve all gotten used to keeping a Bluetooth speaker around – it makes a lot of sense considering how many of us keep our music on our phones these days – but the problem with these speakers is that most of them are small, mass produced objects. If you’ve ever wanted a beautiful wooden speaker that could also connect using the latest technology, then the Site: 1 on Indiegogo looks like a great option.
These speakers are supposedly individually tuned, and the handcrafted wooden speakers look utterly beautiful. Metal knobs and accents just highlight the design, and we believe that speakers shouldn’t just sound good but also look great, in a classic sense.
The speakers are available in four different materials: black walnut, which produces the most bass; mahogany, which is often used for guitars, because it produces warm tones; cherry, which produces more mellow sounds; and maple, which has a bright sound.
The speaker weights between 1.3 and 1.6Kgs, depending on the material you picked, and the 2250mAh battery is supposed to last for 15 hours of playback. The speaker can be connected via Bluetooth, or a 3.5mm cable.
You can see the detailed explanation in the video below:
The project, which started on Tuesday, has so far reached nearly $10,000 (approximately Rs. 6.6 lakh) against a target of $50,000 (approximately Rs. 33 lakh), with 30 days to go. You can pledge $249 (approximately Rs. 16,500) to get a Site: 1 speaker for yourself, though people ordering from outside the US will have to spend an additional $50 (approximately Rs. 3,300) for shipping. The estimated delivery is December 2015.
About Kickstarter of the week
In this weekly column, we look at crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter, to try and find the coolest new projects from the world of crowdfunding. Sometimes, we’ve found really interesting projects like the Here Wireless Headphones, which function as an audio equaliser for the real world. At other times, we’ve come across stuff that’s just fun, such as the tobyrich.vegas gaming drones.
Not everything we find here is going to be the next Oculus Rift or Pebble Smartwatch(http://gadgets.ndtv.com/tags/pebble), and of course, with any crowdfunded project there’s the risk that it won’t actually ship, even after being funded.
Still, if you can afford to set a little money aside, some of these projects can be really cool, and worth backing. To see more from the world of crowdfunding, check out our previous Kickstarter of the Weekstories.