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Microsoft has presented Surface 3

The rumors of a new tablet from the Surface family have been circulating in the network for weeks, which is getting better and better every year. This moment has just arrived and Microsoft has unveiled Surface 4 with Windows and many useful applications.

The early Surface tablets were not very successful mainly due to poor technical specifications and poor Windows RT. Microsoft, however, was quick to learn from its mistakes, and more models were already refined, and the operating system also changed.

Now the company has announced the latest generation of its product, Surface 3, which already includes Windows 8.1, many well-known applications from personal computers, and one year subscription to Office 365. We will even offer a model with 4G LTE connectivity, which will greatly increase the functionality of the device.

Surface 3 is made from the same high quality materials as the Surface Pro 3. The device is only 8.7 mm thick and weighs 0.62 kg. In this thin case, a 10.8-inch touch screen display has a 3: 2 aspect ratio, and on the other side there is a stand that allows it to be placed in a comfortable position that can be retracted when it is no longer needed.

The tablet is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom x7 processor, one of the most powerful Atom available in the market. However, the manufacturer does not disclose the amount of RAM, as well as the usable memory.

However, the specification of the devices installed in the device was given. The rear has a resolution of 8 megapixels and autofocus while the front 3.5 megapixels. Both allow you to record movies at 1080p resolution. The product also has a 13W charger that will charge the battery much faster, but of course you will also be able to use a standard charger for your phone. The device also has a USB 3.0 port, microSD card slot and Mini DisplayPort input.

Surface 3 runs on a 64-bit version of Windows 8.1, and for business clients it has Windows Pro. Of course, it will also be possible to upgrade to Windows 10 when it becomes available. The use of a standard operating system enabled the use of popular applications for work, learning, and entertainment, as it will also be able to run computer games.…

Face recognition technology in KFC

The Chinese branch of the KFC network will soon be opening its first intelligent restaurant in Beijing. The facial recognition technology installed in it, will suggest to customers different types of meals, matching them to their person.

When going to fast-food restaurants, we often do not have a precise order and choose them on the spot from the menu offered. The Chinese branch of KFC wants to use it and, together with Baidu’s online giant, is working to launch Beijing’s first smart restaurant.

The new facility will feature face recognition technology, whereby the computer will suggest to the customer a meal that can fit into his taste expectations. The restaurant will use scanners to record customers’ faces and special software that will determine their age, sex and will analyze facial expressions, assessing his mood.

Based on the collected data, it will offer customers the type of meal that will best suit them. Baidu explains that if a customer is around 20 years old, the technology will offer him, for example, a set of hamburger with crispy chicken, fried chicken wings and coke. If the customer is approaching 50, then the technology will offer him oatmeal and soy milk, which will be good for his health.

Of course, the system is to be completely optional and no one will be forced to order his meal.…

Ford tests autonomic cars in the snow

Ford is one of several automotive concerns that work on autonomous vehicle technology. However, before these vehicles hit the showrooms, they must do the same in all driving conditions. So the American company started testing its snow-covered prototype based on the Fusion model.

Autonomous vehicles are likely to be the future of motoring, but before they start caring for us, it will take a few years of research and technological development to address the safety of passengers. Computer control systems for the operation of these vehicles have to deal with all road conditions. Meanwhile, companies working on self-driving cars, including Google, have not yet been tested to test them in winter when roads are covered with thick snow.

The first step in this direction was made by Ford, who has just started testing his own prototype in the snow. Jim McBride, the company’s chief technology officer, told the media that about 70% of US residents live in areas where winter roads are covered with snow. The tests will show how autonomous vehicles can cope in such unusual conditions.

Driving in snow is much more difficult as vehicles are not able to track horizontal lines, and traffic signs are often obscured by white fluff. The test model, therefore, uses LiDAR and accurate three-dimensional maps created in collaboration with Michigan University engineers to keep the computer geared to the ground and remain on the road even when it is overwhelmed. LiDAR is basically the only system on which the car is subject to such conditions, since the suitability of other systems, ie sensors and cameras, is severely limited by falling snow.…

Facebook raises the level of account security

YubiKey is the latest Facebook offering to increase the level of user account security. This is a hardware key that effectively protects it from hacker attacks.

Increasing threat from hackers has forced companies to provide different types of Internet services, increasing the level of security of user accounts.

Most of them went to a two-tier user authentication system, consisting of a password and an additional code sent by SMS to his phone. This way, even if a cybercriminal steals passwords, he will not take over our account as he will not have access to the second security code.

This has been the case so far, but more and more tools are emerging to take control of the victim’s smartphone and thus get access to authorized SMSs, so the two-tier security system is no longer so secure. Facebook has this way in the form of an external hardware key called YubiKey.…

Cheap rival Xiaomi Redmi 3

Chinese smartphone makers are practically launching new models, offering powerful components at very attractive prices. Another product from the Asian manufacturers, which will meet our needs and not ruin the home budget, is Lenovo Lemon 3.

Lenovo Lemon 3 measures measures 142 x 71 x 7.9 mm, is a direct rival for Xiaomi Redmi 3. The device has a 5-inch touch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its heart is 64-bit, eight-core Snapdragon 616, supported by 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of space for files that we can naturally expand with a microSD card. This should be enough to handle even more demanding applications.

Two cameras are used for shooting. The rear is equipped with a 13 megapixel camera and a flash that is suitable for taking pictures in low light conditions. In contrast, selfie is used for the second camera with a 5 megapixel camera, which also has an LED lamp.…

Google will pay 3 billion euros fine?

The end of the European Commission investigation into antitrust violations initiated by Google has been launched a few years ago. The leaks show that the decision on this issue will be announced before the holiday, and the US giant will have to pay about 3 billion euros of fines.

Google has for years been accused of abusing its market position in the online industry and breaking antitrust laws. The company was accused of manipulating search results in its search engine and favoring its products at the expense of competition and many other activities that did not comply with current regulations.

A few years ago the European Commission took up the matter. As a result of the leaks, the committee’s decision, which will be announced before the summer holidays, will impose a € 3 billion fine on the company. This is a much higher amount than imposed on Intel for some time, which had to pay 1.1 billion euros for antitrust infringement. It is, however, significantly lower than the maximum legal fine of € 6.6 billion, or 10 percent of the company’s annual revenue.

However, this may not stop. Margarethe Vestager, Competition contends that the list of charges against Google may be extended to mapping services and information search for travel agencies, as allegedly also in those areas the company was to commit fraudulent practices.

The commission’s decision will be announced early next month.…

32 GB of memory in the Surface due to windows

We have already seen the official pricing for each version of the new Microsoft tablet and probably many of you are curious why there is no version with 16 GB of usable memory. The answer to this question is very simple.

The reason for the lack of a 16 GB version of Surface is the operating system. Windows RT along with Office, takes up as much as 12 times more space than competitive iOS. Translating this to numbers tells us that the system needs as much as 12 GB of space and this is an official message, confirmed by hardware designers.

So, you can see that the 16GB version of the tablet would not be racist, since the user would have left at most 4 GB. That’s why the cheapest version of the tablet is a 32GB version, costing $ 499, which is a variant of the Touch Cover.

In the 32GB variant of the tablet, the user will have 20 GB of free space available, as the rest will be used for the entire mass of applications offered by the new operating system. Apple solved this issue a little better and on its 16 GB iPad, as much as 14 GB of memory is available to the user.

But we are more interested in whether all of these applications will be useful enough to encourage the consumer to purchase a new device.…

IPhone 6 bends into your pocket

Apple’s pursuit of slimming smartphones from the iPhone family has its consequences. The first iPhone 6 buyer claims that the device is so thin that inserting it into the pocket of tight jeans ends with a bent casing.

If you are already making money to buy the latest Apple smartphone, think again. There are complaints from users that the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, after being worn short in a pocket of tight jeans, simply bent.

Complaints are photosynthesis confirming that the problem actually takes place and is really serious. The aluminum used to build this smartphone is very soft metal. On the scale of Mohs hardness is only 2.5 points, so like gold and copper. The more manufacturers slim the housing, the more it affects the integrity of the metal, which results in just such an effect.

The worst part is that you really do not need a lot of power to bend the iPhone 6 cover and as shown below, you can do this with your bare hands. Moreover, there is no way to fix this situation, as it simply follows from the design of the device.…

Interactive wall instead of TV

Walls covered with TVs will change the way we watch our favorite programs. The first prototype devices were presented by NDS. You have to admit: it makes an impression!

If you think the 65-inch TV is huge, you’re wrong. In the future our salons are to be dominated by “interactive walls” that will consist of interconnected displays. As a result, we will sit in front of a giant screen that will be divided into several parts. On each of them, we will show other content – for example, the movie will take two screens, the third one we will use Facebook, and the fourth one will receive e-mail. Just how to control all this?

News Digital Systems, the interactive wall

NDS is a company that has taken on the challenge of creating something that will provide a huge picture, but at the same time it will not be a low-resolution image provided by mid-range projectors, nor will it consume enormous amounts of electricity like the giant plasma or LCD televisions. This was the origin of the NDS idea as “Surfaces”. Inspirations have pushed the movies. “It’s amazing how science fiction films have predicted the future of television technology,” says Simon Parnall, vice president of technology solutions at NDS.

NDS wants to create an “interactive wall” based on OLED technology. Experts from the company know that the next generation of flat-panel TVs will use OLEDs, which will result in the price of these screens in the next 5 to 10 years. OLED displays, on the other hand, have a huge advantage over traditional LCDs: unlike LCDs, they do not need lateral illumination, so the display area can extend to the edges of the TV. Thanks to this, OLED screens can be placed side by side to create one huge screen. – We will be able to customize the OLED technology so that it is like hanging tiles on the wall. These will be any shape, they will not be just rectangular arrays, “Parnall explains.

The first large 55-inch OLED TVs will launch LG and Samsung later this year. Each of them cost tens of thousands of dollars. Industry experts say, however, that prices for OLEDs will soon drop. They expect that in the next 5 to 10 years the screens of this class will cost around 5000-6000 zł for a 50-inch model.

So far, NDS, using six LCD screens, has already built a panoramic “wall” of a total size of …

NSA employee responsible for leaking hacking tools

US authorities are still investigating the leak of NSA hacking tools. They hit the hands of a hacker group called Shadow Brokers, which then placed them on the network. It is unofficially mentioned that one of the agency’s employees may be responsible for the leak.

A few years ago, Edward Snowden unveiled all the secrets of the NSA, also describing hacking tools that allow agency employees to break into computers to retrieve data. One of these tools leaked to the network after it had hit Shadow Brokers.

Government authorities investigating leakage have now focused on the theory that one of NSA employees is responsible for it. Three years ago, the agent used them on a remote computer and probably caused them to fall into the hands of Russian hackers.

These tools allow the user to exploit vulnerabilities in the system software to access the computer.They can be used to attack multiple devices, including routers and Cisco routers, putting customers at risk of losing data.

Reuters revealed that after the NSA discovered theft of the tools, she checked only whether they were using Russia or China. When no suspicious activity was detected, the matter was swept under the carpet. The agency did not even bother to tell companies that hackers could exploit vulnerabilities in their systems.…

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