Apple’s smartwatch, or as we all tend to call it, Apple Watch or the iWatch, so to speak, has been officially released, after getting unveiled in September 2014. The line which includes three major watch categories is said to be available for pre-orders on april 10th, shipping on April 24th. CEO Tim Cook has officially confirmed most of the details that already emerged while adding some more interesting info to convince us all of its great potential.
Apple only mentioned a $349 base price back in September and today we have been fortunate to learn that prices will indeed start at $349 for the Basic 38mm Sport smartwatch model and will eventually climb all the way up to more than $10,000 for an 18K Watch Edition flavor. That depends of course on which, size, and band you guys decide to choose. Here’s the breakdown:
- Apple Watch Sport edition made of aluminum alloy. Comes in silver or Space Gray flavors and includes five different color plastic wristbands – $349 for 38mm, $399 for 42mm screen sizes.
- Apple Watch Stainless Steel case edition – Starts at $549 for the 38mm model and up to $1,049, depending on which, size, and band. The 42mm device is $50 more on each category.
- Apple Watch Edition is the most expensive watch in the series. It features an 18-karat gold case and will run for $10,000 for the “entry” level model and up to $17,000 for the top Premium version.
As mentioned, the Apple Watch, which boasts an Apple S1 processor under the hood, will go live in 38mm (1.32-inch) and 42mm (1.5-inch) Retina screens with sapphire (optional) and display resolution of 272×340 and 312×390, respectively (based on the Apple Watch SDK).
Dimensions 38.6 x 33.3 x 10.5mm, 42.5g or 42 x 35.9 x 10.5mm, 50g.
First round of global release said to include countries like the UK, the U.S, Germany, Australia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, and France.
Apple’s tim Cook claims that the Apple watch is the most advanced timepiece ever created. The Apple Watch is accurate to within 50 milliseconds of the ‘Universal Time Standard’.
Any Apple watch has different faces and different configurations. There’s a Digital Touch feature letting you send a sketch, a tap, or even your heartbeat to your dear ones as long as they have an Apple Watch as well.
You can easily answer a call or a message right from your Apple Watch using the built-in speaker and mic — and make phone calls too but only via your iPhone device. In this context I should mention that some Chinese Android smartwatches also include an independent SIM card tray which, unfortunately, you don’t get to see in the Cupertino version.
The Apple watch has all sorts of health features and at the end of the week, it sends you a little health report of what you’ve done (or what you haven’t). Thw watch encourages you to sit less, move more and get some exercise to stay in shape.
Obviously, notifications you receive on the iPhone can automatically appear on the Apple Watch thanks to the Notification app which you can already download from the App Store. The watch is also powered by Siri, so you can talk to the screen and pose the weirdest questions you want – Simply raise your wrist and say “Hey Siri” to do all kinds of things with it.
Other apps and features allow you to scroll through and like images on Instagram right from your wrist, Request a ride on Uber with Apple Watch, without reaching for your phone. you can even check into your hotel and unlock your room with the watch, not to mention the ability to control your personal garage door from afar and so many other different forms.
And to the most interesting part (other than price) – Apple watch designed with All Day battery life, so you’re getting approximately around 18 hours of continuous work. Not so bad after all.
Update1: Apple has just released iOS 8.2 with support for the Apple Watch. The latest and greatest release of the iOS comes pre-loaded with the Apple Watch app inside (which cannot be removed), so that you will get the chance to handle your watch, install different apps and tweak different settings. Basically, the watch requires a sync with an iPhone 5 or above, running under the iOS 8.2 version inside; otherwise, it simply won’t work. You can download iOS 8.2 immediately from the App Store, and get for your phone a few minor improvements in stability, as well as some basic bug fixes and changes to the health app and such, but nothing so biggie to be honest, besides the noticeable addition of the Apple smartwatch support.
Update2: Apple Watch includes 8 GB of storage, allows 2 GB of music and 75 MB of photos.
Update3: Apple Watch pre-orders to start at 12:01 a.m. PDT on April 10, or 3:01 a.m. on the East Coast time.
Update4: Apple Adds a ‘Guided Video‘ Page to Apple Watch with a handful of videos showcasing the different type of features, such as Messages, Faces, and Digital Touch.
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How Artificial Intelligence is Changing The Art Industry
At the end of last year, a work of art created by an algorithm was auctioned off for the first time ever. It was a painting and, though it was only expected to sell for around $10,000, it sold for a whopping $432,500, further cemented the growing interest in AI art. Artificial intelligence is undoubtedly changing the future of technology and business practices, but it’s making waves in the visual arts sector as well. AI artists are collaborating with machine learning technology to write novels, produce fine art, expand capabilities in the culinary arts, produce music, and even help with choreographed dances.
The idea of artificial intelligence creating art has been met with many divisive thoughts from creators, artists, and collectors alike. Who technically owns the art and should profit from its sale? Can a machine evoke the same creativity that human can? Will it ultimately replace artists? Auction house, Invaluable, explores the capabilities of AI art and answers these questions in their infographic below. You can see the full article here.
Kunpeng 920: Huawei Unveils World’s Highest-Performance ARM-based CPU
Just in time for CES 2019, Chinese tech leader Huawei, strategically unveiled the Kunpeng 920, the industry’s highest-performing ARM-based processor. At Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, Huawei released the impressive CPU, intended for handling applications like big data processing and distributed storage.
William Xu, Director of Huawei’s Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer, said during the press conference that “Huawei has continuously innovated in the computing domain in order to create customer value. We believe that, with the advent of an intelligent society, the computing market will see continuous growth in the future. Currently, the diversity of applications and data is driving heterogeneous computing requirements. Huawei has long partnered with Intel to make great achievements. Together we have contributed to the development of the ICT industry. Huawei and Intel will continue our long-term strategic partnerships and continue to innovate together.”
Kunpeng 920: High-Performance ARM-based CPU
Huawei’s high standards of leading the industry are very clear with the release of the new Kunpeng 920. The new CPU, similar to Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 980 (launched in October 2018), was designed in-house and manufactured on a 7-nanometer processor. According to Huawei, the gain in performance between these two CPU’s emerges from a series of optimized branch prediction algorithms and an increased number of OP units, along with an improved memory subsystem architecture. The Kunpeng 920 provides both higher computing performance for data centers while decreasing overall power consumption. The Kunpeng 920 is packed with 64 cores, clocking an impressive 2.6GHZ, and paired with 8-channel DDR4 memory allows the Kunpeng 920 to score over 930 on the SPECint Benchmark, 25% higher than the industry benchmark. For the sake of comparison, the previous industry leader was the Fujitsu 7-nanometer A64X. Beyond its speed is the CPU’s power efficiency, which performs 30% better than its competitors.
In terms of system integration, the new CPU has increased with two 100G RoCE ports. Kunpeng 920 also supports PCIe Gen4 and CCIX interfaces, and provides 640 Gbps total bandwidth. In addition, the single-slot speed is twice that of the incumbent offering, effectively improving the performance of storage and various accelerators.
TaiShan Series: Huawei’s ARM-based Server Built to Perform
To complement the Kunpeng 920, at today’s press conference Huawei also released its TaiShan series servers, powered by the company’s new CPU. Aimed at tackling three distinct issues, storage, high-density, and balancing both requirements, the Taishan series designed three unique models. Powered by the Kunpeng 920, the TaiShan servers are built for big data, distributed storage, and ARM native application scenarios. These unique scenarios are ideal for the ARM architecture offering many advantages in many-core and performance per watt. The TaiShan series are ideal computing platforms for enterprises with high performance and low power consumption. Designed especially in big data scenarios, the TaiShan servers are tuned for optimal many-core high concurrency and resource scheduling to deliver a 20% computing performance boost.
As Mr. Xu stated at the press conference, “The ARM industry is seeing a new development opportunity. The Kunpeng 920 CPU and TaiShan servers newly released by Huawei are primarily used in big data, distributed storage, and ARM native applications. We will work with global partners in the spirit of openness, collaboration, and shared success to drive the development of the ARM ecosystem and expand the computing space, and embrace a diversified computing era.”
Open and Collaborative ARM Ecosystem is Geared for Mutual Success
For years, Huawei has continuously promoted industry cooperation and collaboration among its industry partners in terms of hardware, basic software, and applications. The company’s unique approach is predicated on the growing trend that an intelligent society, with all things connected, and sensing, is well underway. In light of these industry trends and application requirements, a new era of diversified computing is emerging. The ability to process multiple data types and scenarios are the driving force behind optimizing computing architecture.
Summarizing the company’s vision of serving as an industry leader across all verticals, from telecommunications to servers to handsets, Mr. Xu noted that “With Kirin 980, Huawei has taken smartphones to a new level of intelligence. With products and services (e.g., Huawei Cloud) designed based on Ascend 310, Huawei enables inclusive AI for industries. Today, with Kunpeng 920, we are entering an era of diversified computing embodied by multiple cores and heterogeneity. Huawei has invested patiently and intensively in computing innovation to continuously make breakthroughs. We will work with our customers and partners to build a fully connected, intelligent world.”
11 Important Cyber Security Tips That Will Help Seniors Protect Themselves From Hackers
With the increasing impact of the digital world, an AgeUK study shows that senior citizens are making use of emerging technologies – in fact the number of over 75s using the internet in particular has doubled in the last five years.
Seniors are not only using the internet, but the majority of seniors also own smart phones, online shop and 50% of internet users aged 65-75 have a social media account. The main ways seniors tend to use the internet is to keep in touch with family abroad, for general browsing and for entertainment purposes.
Although seeing the older generation taking advantage of the latest trends and technologies shows the positive impact of these innovations on people of all ages, there are also many potential threats they need to be aware of when using the internet. Only 32% of seniors surveyed claimed they were confident using the internet safely, and 25% of over 75s stated that technology made them feel vulnerable. Seniors particularly need to be aware of how to use the internet safely as they appear to have a lack of confidence and awareness, making them prime targets for cyber criminals. 1 in 5 seniors also don’t have anti-virus software installed on their devices leaving them vulnerable.
This infographic created by Focus Training introduces simple yet effective ways seniors can safely use the internet and protect themselves from potential cyber attacks.