Most of the new features are on the iPad, and it can be the perfect device for testing out the update / REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Apple has released its iOS 11 beta to the public. That means everyone can get hold of the new software, months before it’s released – but there’s a big catch.

Because the iPhone and iPad operating system isn’t actually finished yet, it’s full of plenty of bugs as well as not being as refined as it will be when it’s officially unveiled. That means that using it comes with a huge warning: it might stop working properly at any time, and you can’t really complain about it if it does.

With that out of the way, it’s worth getting to what iOS 11 does actually give you. The new update – which brings probably the biggest changes ever made to the iPad, and some pretty major ones to the iPhone too – was unveiled at WWDC earlier this month.

It brings proper multitasking to the iPad, allowing people to easily do more than one thing at once and making the tablet into a proper, productivity-focused computer. It updates almost all of Apple’s apps, bringing social features to Apple Music and document scanning to Notes, for instance.

And it changes the way the camera works in a major way, adding new ways of taking and editing photos. That comes alongside support for ARKit – Apple’s new technology built to make it easier for people to create apps that use augmented reality.

How to install iOS 11 before everyone else

But the big question is whether you should start using it now, or wait until it’s officially released, probably in September.

The main thing you need to ask yourself is how much you rely on your device. If you need to make sure that it is always ready to respond for work, for instance, then don’t update to the beta: though bugs are rare within the software, they do have an annoying tendency to pop up exactly when you need to write an important email.

You might also found that apps haven’t been updated to work with the new software, and so might not work at all. You won’t know that until you upgrade – so if there is anything you rely on a lot, it’s also worth skipping this update.

Equally, if you don’t rely really on your device – if you have an iPad that you use only some of the time for reading or watching TV, for instance – then you should think about giving it a try.

In fact, the iPad is the perfect place to try the new update out on. Most of the biggest updates that iOS 11 brings are on the tablet – meaning that as well as being a less risky device to try it out on, you also get to experience the full joy of the new features.

Prime among those is multitasking, which also brings with it a redesigned home screen and way of using features like drag and drop. Those are explained to you when you first fire up iOS 11 on your iPad.

The problem is also that those new multitasking features also use up a lot of processing power – important, when the tablet is also trying to handle an operating system that doesn’t make use of the processing power in the most efficient way.

So if you do depend on your iPad for work, for instance, it’s probably best holding off for now. But if you can put up with it stuttering and becoming confused sometimes, then you’ll get the most out of putting it on there.

On the other hand, the upgrades to the iPhone are relatively few, though there’s still plenty of significant new features. While the updates to Siri, Apple Music, Messages, Maps and more are all fun, they’re relatively minor for the time being – while that means you’re less likely to run into problems, it also means that you’ll get a lot less out of taking the risk and diving into the new software straight away.

The same thing applies to macOS, which is also part of the beta programme. Apple has mostly focused on tightening up and straightening out parts of that software – which is great, but will be outweighed by the bugs of beta software and so it’s probably best to wait to update your MacBook or iMac for now.

In all cases, it’s worth remembering that you don’t need to sign up now, since the beta programme will be in effect all the time until the new software is officially released. With every new update to the preview, some of those bugs and problems are removed – so you can wait until later on and hold our for a more dependable version of iOS 11.

If you decide that you do want to get hold of the beta, head to on the device that you want to sign up to it with. (You can do so on any Apple device that supports the update, which includes most iPads and iPhones, as well as the Apple TV.


Cyber boost: New operating system will improve Navy computing power

Cyber boost: New operating system will improve Navy computing power

Students in a Virginia Tech laboratory test Popcorn Linux–an operating system that can compile different programming languages into a single cyber tongue. Researchers say it could revolutionize how military and commercial computing systems perform. Credit: Dr. Binoy Ravindran

With support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Dr. Binoy Ravindran, an engineering professor at Virginia Tech, has designed a system that could revolutionize how military and commercial computing systems perform.

It’s called Popcorn Linux—an operating system that can compile different programming languages into a single cyber tongue.

“By applying Popcorn Linux to longtime, legacy Navy and Marine Corps computer systems, we can improve software without requiring thousands of man-hours to rewrite millions of lines of code,” said Dr. Wen Masters, head of ONR’s C4ISR Department. “This could yield significant savings in maintenance costs.”

Crunching huge amounts of data for complex applications like battlespace awareness and artificial intelligence requires extremely powerful processing. Unfortunately, many of the processors capable of this speak their own specialized software programming languages—and must be programmed to interact with each other.

To increase computing speed, microchip manufacturers in recent years have placed multiple processing units on individual chips. Take the iPhone 7, for example, which has four processors—two high-power (think of a Ford Mustang) and two low-power (think of a Toyota Prius)—to simultaneously dial phone numbers, open web pages, check text messages and take photos and videos.

That involves designating specialized “heterogeneous” processors to carry out specific tasks, like displaying graphics or web browsing. Each processor can be devoted to one specialty, rather than divided among several functions, resulting in much better, faster performance.

“Before, each processor was like one handyman re-modeling your entire bathroom,” said Dr. Sukarno Mertoguno, the ONR program officer sponsoring Ravindran’s research. “Heterogeneous processors, by contrast, represent an actual plumber installing the pipes and an actual painter painting the walls. Each processor has a specialty.”

But this specialization has problems—a “language” barrier. Each processor has its own set of instructions that only it understands. To address this, software developers must manually adjust code to determine which tasks should run on which processors—a tedious process, as extra features and updates are added regularly.

“This is especially true for Navy and Marine Corps software systems,” said Ravindran. “Many of these legacy systems were built in the 1970s or earlier, have numerous security patches and millions of lines of code, and represent a huge investment of time and money. How can Navy developers enjoy the benefits of next-generation heterogeneous processors without rewriting applications from scratch?”

Ravindran’s answer is Popcorn Linux, which can be used with any computer or device, and serves as a translation tool—taking generic coding language and translating it into multiple specialized program languages. From there, Popcorn Linux automatically figures out what pieces of the programming code are needed to perform particular tasks—and transfers these instruction “kernels” (the “popcorn” part) to the appropriate function.

While Popcorn Linux is still a proof-of-concept prototype created by Ravindran and his students, the system is about to enter a new phase of development.

“In our lab and academic setting, we’ve demonstrated that Popcorn Linux works well with respect to performance speed and power usage,” said Ravindran. “Later this year, we’ll work with industry partners to create a version of Popcorn Linux that can meet the strenuous industrial standards required by the Navy and Marine Corps.”

“We’re already hearing great enthusiasm from industry for Popcorn Linux,” said Masters. “We look forward to see how Dr. Ravindran and his team further develop this exciting system.”


Facebook’s Testing Out a New Tool to Help You Connect with Like-Minded Users

Facebook’s Testing Out a New Tool to Help You Connect with Like-Minded Users | Social Media Today

Facebook’s always looking to boost sharing and interaction on the platform – as The Social Network has noted previously:

Our top priority is keeping you connected to the people, places and things you want to be connected to — starting with the people you are friends with on Facebook.”

Not only does this encourage more engagement (which is a crucial measure for social platform success), but more sharing means more data, and more data means better ad targeting. Facebook needs to facilitate connection in order to fuel their whole business model.

Which is why their latest test makes sense.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook’s rolling out a new “Discover People” option which will enable users to connect with others who are interested in similar things as they are, including upcoming events, people who work at the same company or even those who simply live nearby. The new feature was initially tested in Australia and New Zealand but it’s now in the process of being rolled out more widely.

The new option will be available within the options menu (the three lines) – some users will have access already.

Once selected, you’re prompted to update your profile bio and photo to ensure it’s accurate and up to date. Below that, you’re shown a list of all the events for which you’ve registered an interest in attending – when you click into any of these, you’re shown a listing of other people who will be heading along, and you can click onto any profile for more information.

As you can see, clicking on a profile will show you not only who each attendee is, but also any things you have in common with them, helping facilitate connection.

And as noted, in addition to events, you can also see a listing of work colleagues and people who live in the same area, further adding to the connective capacity of the tool.

It’s an interesting option, and it certainly adds something to the Facebook mix – but is connecting with strangers something Facebook users will warm to?

In the case of events – particularly business related functions – the tool makes some sense, and LinkedIn actually offers similar in their new platform prompts, introduced as part of their recent redesign.



[Source:- Socialmediatoday]


YouTube Testing New In-App Chat Function to Boost Social Activity

Image result for YouTube Testing New In-App Chat Function to Boost Social ActivityGoogle has never fared particularly well in social.

This was highlighted earlier in the week when the search giant announced a new update for Google+ – which reminded many that Google+ actually does still exist. Yet, despite their various attempts and failures in trying to tap into the social realm, that hasn’t stopped them from trying. I mean, really, they can’t – social platforms are continually cutting into their core business, with more and more discovery activity being conducted with social apps, a trend that only looks set to grow.

That same impetus appears to be behind their latest shot at social functionality, with Google-owned YouTube testing a new in-app messaging platform which enables users to share their thoughts and comments about YouTube content on YouTube – not somewhere else.

It’s pretty straight-forward – you watch a cool video on YouTube and you can immediately share it with your friends, so long as they also have the YouTube app installed. And of course, a lot of people do have the YouTube app on their devices – millions of iOS users have downloaded the app and it’s included on Android by default.

It makes sense, right? Now that it’s easier to share YouTube content directly, within the app itself, more people will do that than click on the Facebook or Twitter button and go share it over there. Right?

This is the same flawed approach Google has repeatedly taken in social, that if you give people an improved or streamlined experience, they’ll use that instead. But they won’t.

Why? Because their friends are on Facebook already. Adding a new chat experience means people need to re-align how they do things, where they share, how they get others involved. And most just won’t bother.

This is the same problem with Google’s new Allo messaging app – yes, it’s good looking and it has cool features like Google Assistant built in, but most people have already established their networks of friends on Messenger and WhatsApp. In order for them to switch to Allo, they’d need to convince all of those friends to also come across in order to make it worth their while, which ultimately means Allo likely won’t see any significant take-up, despite being an arguably more advanced and better messaging platform.

Google+ was the same – its systems may have been better, more advanced, but it offered no key differentiation from the existing options outside of that, which meant users felt no real compulsion to switch across. Everything they cared about was already on Facebook.

Of course, that’s not to say a new option can’t come in – Snapchat’s been able to take audience share from the established players by offering something users can’t get anywhere else, cool new features and tools that differentiate it from the pack and appeal to audiences looking for an alternative. But that differentiation is key.

So, yeah, YouTube might soon have a new messaging system, and it looks okay, functional. But I doubt you’ll see a big enough migration of users across to this option to make it a serious marketing consideration. Maybe, as you build up YouTube subscribers, you could use this to help spread the word. But then again, you’re probably better off using the other platforms where you have established connections and communities, as encouraging more action on those networks will produce greater return in increased reach.

If YouTube’s able to add something new to the process, some new messaging tools or features that make users want to check it out, the option could be something, but right now, in test phase, it looks like another Google social attempt that will be cool to know about, might even have some interesting quirks and benefits. But probably won’t become a major challenger in the space.



[Source:- Socialmediatoday]

Teenage Engineering’s new pocket synth is its most versatile yet (updated)

Teenage Engineering debuted its first trio of pocket-sized $59 synthesizersalmost exactly two years ago. In 2016, the company followed those with a second set of three Pocket Operators featuring the sounds of the ’80s. Now the company is back with a third installment: the PO-32. Like the half-dozen different options that are already available, the PO-32 remains a compact drum and percussion synth that runs on a pair of AAA batteries. However, there are two new key features that set this new model apart from the rest.

First, the PO-32 features a built-in microphone that handles the direct transfer of sounds and pattern data between multiple units. The other key addition is the ability to import/export patches and patterns to and from the compact instrument. Using Microtonic, a desktop machine and percussion synth, you can make tweaks and send them wirelessly back to the PO-32. In fact, this new Pocket Operator is a collaboration between Teenage Engineering and Sonic Charge, the company behind Microtonic.

There are also 16 sounds and 16 punch-in effects along with a sequencer and pattern locks. A built-in speaker handles playback of all the patterns and sounds you create. Speaking of patterns, you can chain up to 64 of them together and the LCD display from the first few models is back again. Despite the fact that the PO-32 runs on AAA batteries, Teenage Engineering says you can expect to use it for a full month before you will need to swap out the power source.

As you might expect, the added functionality means a slight price increase from the first two series. The PO-32 is available now in limited quantities as a bundle with the Microtonic audio software for $139. If you just want the pocket synth itself, you will have to wait until early April. When the time comes, expect to pay $89 to nab one.



[Source:- Engadget]

New Siri to work with only a select set of third party apps!

Apple announced a ton of great stuff during their Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2016, such as macOS Sierra , iOS 10 , and updates to watchOS and tvOS .

In an unprecedented, yet widely welcomed move, Apple opened Siri up to developers, enabling Siri to work with third party apps such as Whatsapp or Facebook.

Apple under Steve Jobs was known to heavily guard its ecosystem and built a walled garden around its apps and services. Since the arrival of Tim Cook however, Apple has made several welcome moves to open up its ecosystem little by little, such as allowing third party keyboards and widgets in iOS 10, and now providing developers with Siri’s SDK.

This move, if exploited well by developers, can infinitely increase Siri’s usefulness.

However, the celebrations are a bit premature as there is a caveat. A big one at that.

When Siri launches with iOS 10 in September, it won’t be available for use in all applications, but only a select few.

In fact, Siri is only limited to six categories of applications, which does not include music and multimedia apps. There are strict restrictions in place regarding which kind of applications Siri can integrate with, and which kind it cannot.

Here’s what you can currently do with the new Siri in iOS 10 :

Hailing Cabs
Apps like Lyf can integrate with Siri allowing you to book a cab with your voice.

Photo search
You can search photos on apps like Pinterest and EyeEm. This will even support Apple’s new location search for photos demoed during WWDC 2016.

You can ask Siri to “send, search and read back” texts. As of now WeChat and WhatsApp are confirmed to support this feature.

Siri can be used to start your workout, log an activity session, save workouts in many health based apps such as MapMy Run, Runtastic and Runkeeper.

Siri will let users make payments using just their voice. Confirmed apps supporting this feature as of now are Venmo and Square.

Voice calls
Siri in iOS 10 can also be used to initiate phone calls on apps like Skype.

You can try these features out by downloading the iOS 10 beta through However, we recommend waiting a few weeks as the official release of iOS 10 is just around the corner. In fact, rumors point to a September 15 release date for iOS 10.


[Source:- Techrader]


Affinity Photo 1.5 released, packed with new features and Windows support


In a definite shift towards platform parity, Affinity Photo has finally been relased for Windows, delivering everything that the hugely popular Mac software does.

The availability of a Windows version coincides with the release of version 1.5, which is a huge update packing the Photoshop rival with new features.

Here’s a rundown of the best new features:


1.5’s RAW engine now features profiles for thousands of lens-camera body combinations delivering auto lens correction.


In response to user requests, there’s a new color picking tool outside of the color lab.


32-bit unbounded images can be composited and edited together with full Radiance HDR as well as OpenEXR file support.


Designers are able to record any number of operations, save them, and then play them back later on, just like Photoshop’s Actions panel.


1.5 features a substantially upgraded detection of metadata for JPEG and RAW formats.


This version comes with significant improvements to PSD and PDF import and export.


Users will enjoy dramatic results thanks to the full, tone-mapping workspace for LDR and HDR images with local contrast control. The new release features a complete workspace, where users are free to move between color spaces.


It’s now possible to both pan and zoom around 360 images. Designers can utilize Affinity Photo’s complete suite of tools to edit them live.


Users now have the chance to create customized spatial fillers with limitless flexibility, all thanks to the equations filter.


1.5 incorporates two, brand-new resampling algorithms. This ensures more precise resizing of pixel-based documents.


After many requests, Affinity has added shift constrain and configurable CMD-drag behavior to this tool.


The export persona has been changed forever. Now, users can enjoy limitless flexibility to export multiple formats and resolutions for each slice.


All workflows will be supported with the multichannel OpenEXR Import/Export and options like alpha pre-multiplication.


Users have the ability to store an unlimited quantity of global sources for the clone brush; they can also work across multiple documents.


The styles of text objects can be linked together now thanks to full text style support.


Magnetic, polygonal, and freehand are the three new modes for the freehand selection tool.


A more powerful RAW engine gets designers results more immediately while the presence of more than 70 new RAW camera formats makes for a better user experience.



[Source:- webdesignerdepot]

New Raspberry Pi Release Targets Industry, IoT


The Raspberry Pi Foundation on Monday launched its long-awaited industrial strength Compute Module 3. The latest version of the low-cost Raspberry Pi computer, it is designed for more robust manufacturing and technical demand uses than prior versions, which target consumer and basic business needs.

The idea behind the new module is to provide a cost-effective way to produce customized products based on the Raspberry Pi 3, noted James Adams, chief operating officer and hardware lead.

The new module offers 10 times the CPU performance and twice the RAM of the original module, which allows innovators working in an entrepreneurial environment capabilities comparable to those of their more established colleagues.

“The thought was to provide the ‘team in the garage’ with easy access to the same technology as the big guys,” Adams wrote in an online post. “The Module takes care of the complexity of routing out the processor pins, the high speed RAM interface and core power supply and allows a simpler carrier board to provide just what is needed in terms of external interfaces and form factor.”

Design Options

The foundation launched two versions of the Compute Module 3. The standard features a BCM2837 processor at up to 1.2GHz with 1 GByte of RAM, the same as Pi3, and 4 Gbytes of on module eMMC flash. It’s priced at US$30.

The second version, Compute Module 3 lite, has the same processor and RAM, but brings the SD card interface to the module pin, which allows users to connect it to an eMMC or SD card of their choosing. It’s priced at $25.

The foundation also released an updated version of its breakout board, the Compute Module IO Board V3, which provides power to the module and much more flexibility. Users can program the module’s flash memory on the non-Lite versions, or use an SD card on the Lite versions to access the processor interfaces more easily, according to Adams.

In addition, the HDMI and USB connectors allow users to boot Raspbian or another OS of their choosing.

Raspberry Pi Foundation partners RS and Premier Farnell are offering full development kits to those who choose to start designing with CM3.

The foundation further announced a price reduction for the original Raspberry Pi model, which now can be had for $25.

Display Market

“The Compute Model 3 brings the upgraded performance from the regular Raspberry Pi model 3 to the industrial model,” noted Kevin Krewell, principal analyst at Tirias Research.

“The compute model is designed specifically for more complex products where the module provides for the computing and the main system board provides the connection,” he told LinuxInsider.

NEC Display Solutions Europe last fall announced plans to collaborate with Raspberry Pi on its Open Modular Intelligence platform.

The Raspberry Pi Compute Model 3 works seamlessly with its professional P and V series large-format displays, the company said.

The new displays also allow for easy connections to IoT for digital signage or presentations, it noted.

“This is primarily a way to add compute power to industrial equipment, like manufacturing robots, advanced sensors and certain types of controls,” observed Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

“Companies that want to compete aggressively on price with an updated class of commercial devices will find this part the most attractive,” he told LinuxInsider.

NEC displays are used by seven of every 10 financial companies in London, 16 of every 20 of the top self-service restaurants in the U.S., 30 percent of the digital cinema projectors in Western Europe and 180 airports worldwide.

The new CM3 uses an ARMv7 platform, which runs solidly above 1GHz and has camera and display options that are easy to attach, said Paul Teich, principal analyst at Tirias.

Its half a gigabyte of LPDDR2 memory and 4 GB of eMMC flash memory aren’t much for smartphones and personal computers, he told LinuxInsider, but plenty enough for many classes of IoT devices.



[Source:- technewsworld]

Norway’s new passport – already a design classic?

Nordic cool: Oslo design studio Neue have won a competition to create a new passport and ID concept for Norway.

If the passport is a symbol of national identity, then the new design for Norway’s travel documents has undoubtedly cemented the country’s reputation as a land of sleek, minimalist beauty.

This week, Norway’s National Police Directorate announced the winners of a competition launched in February to find a new design concept for the nation’s passports and ID card.

The winning entry, by Oslo design studio Neue, features beautifully simplified depictions of Norway’s natural landscapes drawn with fine lines in pastel shades. The cover features a modernised version of the national crest, stamped in gold on unusually bold colours: either white, turquoise or red for immigrant, diplomat and standard passports respectively.

When shone under UV light, the landscapes within the pages transform to show the northern lights in the night sky, a magical touch that adds a deeper sense of intrigue to the already striking document.

“All Norwegians are so connected to nature, it’s a very strong part of our history and defines us as a country,” says Gørill Kvamme of Neue, who explains that the minimal concept came from seeking to find the “essence of something”.

“It represents the vast variety of nature and landscapes you find in Norway … which makes it relevant to all of us whether you have always lived there or just received your citizenship.”

Praising the design, the jury applauded its wide appeal. “It both illustrates the Norwegian identity and makes sure the passport will be viewed as document of high value,” they said. “The design is attractive and stylish, the colours are subtle and the abstraction of the landscapes are exciting. Aesthetically, the landscape motifs have been given a distinctive look. The jury appreciates the simplicity of the solution.”

Now Neue will work closely with the National Police Directorate to find a way to balance the design with the complicated security expectations of a passport – something they are not currently able to discuss in detail. No date for the passport’s release has been set but it is expected to be within the next two years.

Passports aren’t the only national symbol the state has opened up to the country’s design teams. Last month – as a result of a similar competition – Norges Bank picked proposals from design studios Snøhetta and The Metric System for their new kroner notes. Pixelated and also featuring bold colours, the new notes are due to be released in 2017.

Along with the country’s new passports, they show how progressive design is tied in with the Norwegian way of life. As Kvamme says: “Design has a natural role in helping express what country or culture you are a part of.”


[Source:- Gurdian]


Facebook Adds New Post Prompts for Pages

Facebook Adds New Post Prompts for Pages | Social Media Today

Facebook’s added a new Page posting options listing to help guide Page admins on the various outreach tools and functions available, making it easier to try out new tools.

Once enabled in your region, when you log into your Page, you’ll see a new notification like this beneath the update window.

To clarify, none of these tools are new, but not all Page admins would be aware of them, particularly more recent additions like Canvas and the re-vamped Offers (more below).

Clicking into each one brings up a new set of options to consider – click on ‘Share a Photo or Video’ for example and you get this listing:

Notice how the Carousel and Canvas units are offered here as native post options, not ads, which is interesting in itself. For a Canvas, you still have to build it through the normal channels, but when selected, you’re immediately directed through, making it easier to understand how you go about it.

Again, the function is not new, but it makes it much easier to create your own, which will no doubt boost take-up.

‘Advertise your business’ brings up the various Facebook ad options in-stream, with a direct link to Ads Manager.



[Source:- Socialmediatoday]