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Volvo’s new XC60 will automatically steer as well as brake to avoid crashes

Uncategorized February 28, 2017

Blind Spot Information (BLIS) with steer assist The new Volvo XC60 does more on behalf of the driver in order to prevent accidents, moving the SUV further along the continuum towards fully autonomy. The new model of the car, which is making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, adds automated steering in tandem with automatic braking to avoid collisions, as well as a few other tricks that involve software taking the wheel when it believes… Read More


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Intel’s diversity efforts are somewhat paying off

Uncategorized February 28, 2017

Danielle Mastrangel Brown (Intel) (left) and Carissa Romero (Paradigm) It became clear in last year’s mid-year that Intel had a leaky bucket, meaning that even though it had increased the number of underrepresented minorities it was bringing in, its overall minority representation was on the decline. Based on Intel’s latest diversity report, it seems that the company is moving in the right direction when it comes to retention of diverse… Read More


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Google’s note-taking app Keep joins G Suite, now integrates with Google Docs

Uncategorized February 28, 2017

google-keep-desktop Google Keep, a competitor to note-taking apps like Evernote and Microsoft’s OneNote, is today being integrated into Google’s suite of applications aimed at businesses, G Suite (previously, Google Apps for Your Domain). This allows Keep to become a part of users’ workflow for capturing ideas, jotting down quick reminders or to-dos, creating checklists, taking meeting notes,… Read More


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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti release date, news and rumors

Uncategorized February 28, 2017

Update: We’ve got the details for how to watch tonight’s Nvidia GDC 2017 livestream, where we expect to see the 1080 Ti revealed.

It’s very likely that Nvidia will soon launch the GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, a powerful follow-up to last year’s GTX 1080.

It’s expected to boast even more power to push cutting-edge gaming graphics in native 4K resolution, and while it’s likely to be based on the same Pascal GPU architecture as the GTX 1080, it should still be a decent upgrade over the older (yet still very powerful) GPU.

We’re assuming that Nvidia continues its pattern of releasing a mainline GPU series (along with an incredibly powerful Titan variant) one year, then following up with a more powerful Ti variant the next year.

So, if you’re looking forward to a GPU that’s more powerful than the GTX 1080, and more affordable than the Titan X, then read on to find out all the news, rumors and release date information we know so far about the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The latest addition to Nvidia’s top of the range graphics cards
  • When’s it out? Recent rumors suggest late March 2017
  • What will it cost? Quite a bit, probably over $600 (£500, AU$800)

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti release date

Hottest leaks:

  • Almost certain to be announced on February 28
  • Rumors point to late March release

A recent tweet by Nvidia’s UK Twitter account has all but confirmed the reveal of the GTX 1080 Ti at the event on February 28, with the link pointing to a website with a countdown clock to that date.

It also states ‘It’s almost Time’ – Nvidia’s emphasis which is a pretty big clue that the 1080 Ti will make an appearance there.

Now, the countdown to the Nvidia GDC 2017 livestream has grown much shorter, with the event set to kick off at 7pm PT from San Francisco.

Going by previous release schedules we expect Nvidia to unveil the GTX 1080 Ti in the first half of 2017, and recent rumors appear to back this up.

Nvidia has sent out invitations for a press event in San Francisco on February 28, promising a showcase of ‘awesome’ PC gaming hardware – so it’s very possible that this is the date when Nvidia will reveal the GTX 1080 Ti.

The timing of this coincides with the Game Developers Conference (GDC), also held in San Francisco, and AMD is likely to announce its rival graphics cards using the Vega architecture, so Nvidia may be looking to steal some of AMD’s thunder.

Another leak from a Finnish website IO-Tech again suggests a reveal on February 28, and a possible release date of March.

There have also been rumours that the GTX 1080 Ti will make an appearance at PAX East in Boston a few weeks later, on March 10.

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti price

Hottest leaks:

  • Between $600 and $1,200 (£500 and £1,100, AU$800 and $1,500)

There haven’t been a huge amount of leaks or rumors about the price of the GTX 1080 Ti so far, but that won’t stop us speculating!

We can actually use a bit of educated guesswork to try and figure out the likely price tag of the GTX 1080 Ti. The card is probably going to sit between the GTX 1080 and the Titan X in terms power, so it’s likely the price will be somewhere between those two cards – so between $600 and $1,200 (£500 and £1,100, AU$800 and AU$1,500)

That’s quite a wide price range, but going by previous ‘Ti’ releases we can’t see it being as cheap as the GTX 1080 or as expensive as the Titan X, so we’d say around the $850 (£700, AU$1,100) mark is probable. Sadly, it’s very likely that this is going to be an expensive graphics card.

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti specs

Hottest leaks:

  • 10GB GDDR5 memory
  • 1503MHz base clock
  • 3,328 CUDA cores

Seeing what Nvidia has up its sleeve when it comes to its latest all-powerful graphics card is always exciting.

Rumors of the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti specifications began swirling last year, with Videocardz.com reporting on a shipping listing for an unnamed graphics card going by the identity PG611 SKU 10, with the PG611 board being equipped with Nvidia’s GP102 GPU, which is also used by the Titan X. 

It also states that the card has 10GB of GDDR memory. That’s a hefty amount, and more than the GTX 1080’s 8GB, although less than the 12GB that comes with the Titan X. 

According to the leak, the 1080 Ti will supposedly have a base clock of 1503MHz (with a boost to 1623MHz) and 3,328 CUDA cores (not much less in comparison to the Titan X’s 3,584 cores, and more than the GTX 1080’s 2,560). 

It’s likely that whatever the spec, Nivida will be looking to make 4K resolution at 60fps (frames per second) on a single GTX 1080 Ti a reality, so we can rest assured that this will be a mightily powerful GPU.

We have also seen leaks that suggest 12GB of GDDR memory. While this would be nice, we have a feeling Nvidia is more likely to go with 10GB to differentiate between the 1080 Ti and the Titan X.

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti: what we want to see

As we mentioned above, being able to run the latest and greatest games at 3840 × 2160 (4K) resolutions at a rock-steady 60fps on a single card is a very exciting prospect, so we want to see the GTX 1080 Ti being capable of that.

While we’re bracing ourselves for a steep price tag, we can still hope that it will be towards the lower end of our estimates.

Overall, we’d love to see a graphics card that radically pushes gaming graphics and effects forwards, and offers a decent upgrade over the already impressive GTX 1080. 

Will the GTX 1080 Ti manage that, or will we have to wait until next year for the GTX 1100 series? Only time will tell.


Source: TechRadar

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BMW says ‘nein’ to Android Auto

Uncategorized February 28, 2017

img_20170228_171902 Like CES, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona also now attracts its fair share of car makers. Ford was an early adopter a few years ago, and now others are joining the fray, too. I sat down with Dieter May, BMW’s Senior Vice President of Digital Services and Business Models (in an i3, of course). Read More


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WorkJam raises $12 million to communicate with hourly workers

Uncategorized February 28, 2017

workjam_visual_v2 There is plenty of enterprise software for the white-collar workforce, but there still isn’t an ideal way to communicate with employees who aren’t sitting at a desk. That’s the thesis behind WorkJam, which is announcing $12 million in funding from Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Blumberg Capital, Founder Collective and NovelTMT.
The Montreal-based startup, whose clients include… Read More


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AMD Vega release date, news and features: everything you need to know

Uncategorized February 28, 2017

During CES 2017, processor maker AMD officially revealed the first details about its Vega graphics processing unit (GPU) architecture. Set to launch later this year, however, there is still plenty that we don’t know about Vega.

When exactly Vega GPUs will be released, for how much, and how well they’ll actually be specced – namely against the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti – are all still hanging questions around AMD’s new graphics tech. Luckily, it won’t be long before those questions are answered.

 AMD is holding a livestream event today, during GDC 2017, its second annual “Capsaicin” event. The firm is expected to spill the beans on everything Vega and how it affects AMD Radeon, Pro and newly-minted Instinct GPUs – and maybe give AMD Ryzen some more spotlight, too. 

So, without further ado, here’s what we know about Vega just hours ahead of AMD’s Capsaicin event.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The latest in AMD’s Radeon, Pro and new Instinct GPUs
  • When’s it out? Latest word from AMD is first half of 2017
  • What will it cost? Hopefully cheaper than Nvidia’s lot

AMD’s latest GPU, the Radeon RX 480, in action

AMD Vega release date

The Red Team has yet to mention any specific release date for the Vega line of GPUs, but that’s exactly what we expect to get from today’s Capsaicin event.

For now, all we know is that Vega products will release sometime within the first half of 2017. So, logic would tell us that means between now and before the end of June.

Expect the release date to coincidentally land somewhere near when Nvidia plans for its GTX 1080 Ti to hit shelves.

AMD Vega price

Sadly, we know next to nothing about how much the new Vega products will cost when they land later this year. 

However, the current Radeon RX 480 lineup starts as low as $169 (about £136, AU$219), with the Radeon R9 Fury X still going for a cool $389 (about £313, AU$506). So, what can this information prepare us for?

If AMD wants its Vega GPUs to compete with the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti that’s expected to launch later today, as well as offer a range of options similar to that of the new RX series, then perhaps we should expect GPUs priced within this range – and likely beyond in the case of the highest end.

Demonstrating Vega’s benefits from HBM2 versus GDDR5

AMD Vega specs

Of course, AMD has been predictably mum on exact specifications for Vega GPUs. We still don’t know the clock speeds or memory details of these cards, for instance.

However, AMD has revealed quite a bit at the high level regarding what these cards are capable of. 

For example, we know that the highest-end Vega GPU will contain the same amount of geometry engines for rendering polygons as the previous generation. However, these chips will be able to handle more than twice as many polygons per clock cycle, at 11, as the R9 Fury X’s four per clock.

This era of Vega GPUs will also ditch GDDR5 memory for a new format known as HBM2, or high-bandwidth memory, which AMD claims brings a 50% smaller footprint. To that end, Vega chips will be more equipped to handle compute tasks than ever – specifically 8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit or 64-bit operations in each clock cycle – which will have benefits beyond video games.

Finally, AMD’s new Pixel engine will debut in Vega, now moved to a client of the GPU’s L2 memory cache. This will enable it handle graphics workloads which perform frequent read-after-write operations with less overhead on the rest of the GPU.

(We’ve also seen that at least one of the Vega graphics cards uses an 8-pin and 6-pin power connector, as opposed to the R9 Fury X’s dual 8-pins, according to PCWorld, but not from AMD.)

Stay tuned for more details regarding everything AMD Vega, coming through later today.


Source: TechRadar

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How Oppo’s new 5x Dual Camera Zoom could change phone photography forever

Uncategorized February 28, 2017

Smartphone cameras are improving in almost every way, and one of the major stumbling blocks of the shooter in your pocket may soon be fixed with Oppo’s brand new tech.

Oppo has just revealed a phone camera that can zoom into an image five times without any loss of quality.

It sounds a little too good to be true, so we headed down to try it out while at Mobile World Congress 2017. The good news is, it works.

Oppo hasn’t included this tech in a new smartphone release yet. Instead it’s just being displayed on prototype devices that are restricted to only the camera. There’s no option of shooting video on these phones, but you can zoom in either one or five times. 

The phone pictured in this article will not be released by Oppo, but the tech should soon appear in phone releases from the company.

Lossless zoom has been possible in phone cameras before – the Nokia Lumia 1020 could do 3x zoom back in 2013 – but this is the first time it has been pushed up to 5x zoom.

That means you can zoom in that little bit further and get a great shot. Practically this can be very useful when you’re far from your subject – and when using the Oppo tech there was no noticeable loss of quality when zooming.

It’s genuinely breathtaking when you compare these shots to other smartphone cameras on the market. 

For example, we tried the same shot with the newly launched Huawei P10 and there was a very clear noticeable loss in quality when trying 5x zoom.

We weren’t allowed to take photos from the Oppo device, but you can see shots of how the image looked in the gallery just above.

The Oppo tech uses a periscope-style structure to beat the competition when it comes to lossless zoom. This diverts light through a prism and into a telephoto lens that’s set at a 90-degree angle to a rear-facing wide-angle lens.

That light shift is how Oppo has been able to achieve lossless zoom without sacrificing the thinness of a phone.

Bear in mind, the photos taken on this demo are very well lit. The Oppo booth was set up to showcase this tech in the best case scenario. This won’t work as well when trying to take darker or night time shots.

The company has been working on this tech for over a year now and it includes over 50 different modules working together to allow for this level of lossless zoom. 

Oppo hasn’t shared any more details on what those modules are, but we know the sensor is only 5.7mm thick, so will be able to fit into the back of a phone without creating a huge camera bump.

Because zooming in is likely to make your images quite blurry, Oppo has also spent a lot of time working on stabilization for photography. Here it’s supposedly 40% better than on previous Oppo phones, but we didn’t think the stabilization was particularly good when using it on the floor.

If there’s a slight shake in your hand you’ll end up with a blurry image, and that’s a bit of a shame. That said, if you shake when zooming on any other phone camera you’ll end up with the same problem anyway.

This is part of what Oppo will need to work on further if it plans to bring this lossless zoom tech to the market anytime soon.

Considering some flagship manufacturers are currently focusing on upping the size of camera sensors and not working on areas such as stabilization and zoom, this is a big step towards a great new feature in our smartphone cameras.

This technology is exclusive to Oppo at the moment, but a similar tech could be applied by other companies to their smartphone snappers in the future, or Oppo may even license the idea out to other firms to use in their phones.

Improving such a vital feature of camera technology on smartphones just means we’re another step closer to being able to see phone photography compete with fully fledged cameras.

Whether the next Oppo phone will be capable of that task remains to be seen, but the new 5x lossless zoom tech may be one of the biggest highlights of whatever flagship phone Oppo releases next.

MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2017 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar’s world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone.


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LG G6 scoops Best Phone and Best in Show at TechRadar MWC Awards 2017

Uncategorized February 28, 2017

Mobile World Congress is here once again and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for the TechRadar MWC awards.

Less glamorous but more accurate than the recent Oscars, these are the awards all the top tech firms attending the show in Barcelona want to get their hands on. 

This year in particular was hotly contested and our team of TechRadar judges spent hours deliberating to make sure the best products on show at this marquee mobile event got the recognition they deserve. 

Our Reader’s Choice also gave you the chance to vote for your favorites at this year’s MWC – so here’s who emerged victorious.

“2017 was a special year for the TechRadar Awards at MWC 2017, as it was the first time we saw such a spread of choice in the top categories,” said TechRadar’s Global Phones, Tablets and Wearables Editor, Gareth Beavis.

“LG impressed us all with its rebooted design and more sensible feature set, but combining it with an eye-catching display on the front that will be a useful weapon in the fight with Samsung and Apple.

“The Sony Xperia XZ Premium was also an impressive phone that shows Sony still knows how to make a great device. Samsung’s tablets impressed as we finally got the rebooted Galaxy Tab we’ve been expecting, and the Huawei Watch followed the welcome trend of more sporty smartwatches as consumers look to get fitter with wrist-based tech.”

Best Wearable

Huawei Watch 2

We were impressed by the original Huawei Watch,, so the pressure was on for the Huawei Watch 2. Fortunately it’s lived up to our expectations, as it’s gone for a more sporty look than its sleek predecessor, which could be divisive. 

However, it’s also lighter and packing more than enough significant new features to make it an appealing option for anyone looking to move into the second generation of Android Wear. 

Highly Commended

Sony Xperia Ear open-style concept

This hearable is still in the concept stages but we were impressed to see Sony working on a wearable that not only looks good but has the potential to be really useful. We’re excited to see more.

Reader’s Choice

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

You were all clearly as impressed with the new Sony flagship’s 4K HDR screen tech as we were – it came out on top in our Reader’s Choice poll. 

Highly Commended

LG G6

Taking second place in our Reader’s Choice poll is the winner of our Best Phone and Best in Show categories, the LG G6.

Best Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung has lifted the award for best tablet thanks to its new addition to the Galaxy Tab family. A solidly-designed tablet that comes bundled with the new S pen, it’s the Android alternative to the iPad Pro. 

Highly Commended

Samsung Galaxy Book

Samsung has come in strong with the tablets at this year’s show. The Galaxy Book looks set to be a refined and improved Tab Pro S, and with a bundled S Pen and keyboard, combined with the smart Samsung Flow, this was a tablet that impressed the judges.

Best Phone

LG G6

With the G6, LG has dialed back the innovation and created a solid smartphone that takes things back to basics and does them well. It’s in a strong position to perform well in the 2017 smartphone wars, and the 18:9 ratio display dominates the front of the phone to look really impressive the second you lay eyes on it.

Highly Commended

Moto G5 Plus

A phone that offers fantastic all round value, the Moto G5 Plus is only going to improve Motorola’s already good reputation in the budget phone market. It combines strong specs with an attractive metal body to bring exceptional value to the market.

Once again, Motorola has served up another budget winner… and it just keeps getting better year on year as cutting-edge features filter down.

Best in Show

LG G6

A double award for LG in 2017 at the TechRadar awards, with that huge display and refined design making it a firm favorite and an easy winner this year.  After the less-than-stellar performance of last year’s G5 we were hoping LG would deliver a more refined mobile experience, and with this rebooted G6 it’s done just that.

Highly Commended

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony has created a phone with great potential, one that makes the most of its huge screen with 4K and HDR capabilities. This powerful handset – one of the first to launch with a Snapdragon 835 chipset – has some of the most advanced screen technology on any smartphone and that deserves recognition.

It’s also going to be one of the fastest at downloading, with the capability of sucking down 1Gbps of data on the go. That means the buffer bar should be a thing of the past if you’re on the right network.

  • MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2017 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar’s world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone.


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TechRadar Pro readers have voted for their preferred Linux distro

Uncategorized February 28, 2017

Linux is steadily building up steam as a viable platform on all sorts of fronts, including gaming as we’ve seen recently, but which is the most popular of all the many distros out there?

The results of our survey from earlier this month (which had almost 900 participants) have now been totted up, in which we asked you to name the three distros you used the most. And the clear winner – king-of-the-hill, top-of-the-list, a-number-one – was Ubuntu which was cited by 24% of respondents.

The popular OS had a clear lead over second-place Mint, which was used by 14.5% of those surveyed. And the bronze medal was just secured by Fedora which snared 10.1%, only a fraction ahead of Debian which finished on 10% bang-on.

The rest of the operating systems lined up as follows, from fifth position onwards: Red Hat (8.8%), Ubuntu Server (8.5%), CentOS (7.3%), Arch (5.9%), and then openSUSE (5.2%). 5.5% indicated that they used another distro not mentioned above (there are plenty of them out there, of course).

Programmed for success

In our survey, TechRadar Pro also asked readers which programming language they planned to learn next. The winner here was Python, and no less than 25.3% of respondents wanted to skill-up in this language.

It was followed by JavaScript on 18.3%, and in third position was C++ which tallied 15% of our vote.

The remainder of the other languages were considerably behind these big three, and ran as follows from fourth position onwards: SQL (8%), PHP (6.7%), Bash and Swift (both tied on 6%), Ruby (5.8%), Go (4.8%), and finally we had C (4.1%).

A big thanks to everyone who participated in the survey!


Source: TechRadar

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