Apple Gets US FCC Licence to Test 5G Wireless Broadband on Millimetre Wave Networks

Apple Gets US FCC Licence to Test 5G Wireless Broadband on Millimetre Wave Networks

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The approval may mark beginning of the journey of 5G-enabled iPhones
  • Apple has applied for FCC approval earlier this year
  • The company’s future products may also benefit with 5G testing

Apple has been granted licence to test the next generation of wireless technology, 5G, specifically its millimetre wave networks. The approval has been offered by the US FCC for an experimental licence to test next-generation 5G broadband wireless in two locations near California. Back in May, Apple was reported to have applied to test millimetre wave technology.

According to an earlier report, the two experimental testing location for the 5G wireless technology were Milpitas, California, on Yosemite Drive, and the other one on Mariana Avenue adjacent to Apple’s headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop.

The approval for testing 5G cellular networks by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opens up a wide opportunity for the company’s future products including those in the iPhone and iPad lineup. DSLReports first cited the FCC approval, and adds that the application makes “particular reference to using the 28GHz and 39GHz bands.”

In its application for testing the technology to FCC, Apple had noted, “Apple seeks to assess cellular link performance in direct path and multipath environments between base station transmitters and receivers using this spectrum. These assessments will provide engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers’ future 5G networks.”

The company might be testing the 5G wireless for now but the tech could come in handy for Apple’s future projects like an augmented reality glass with access of high bandwidth, as well as self-driving cars which could be the biggest gainer from the 5G testing with up to 1GB data speed per second helping in navigating the car to its course. We can also expect the tech to finally be available on iPhone models though it is unlikely that we may see 5G-ready iPhone models before next year. Currently, Apple’s iPhone lineup doesn’t support even Gigabit LTE, something that rival manufacturers like Samsung have already brought to the market.

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Flipkart Grand Gadget Day Sale Offers: Deals on Laptops, Cameras, Tablets, and More

Flipkart Grand Gadget Day Sale Offers: Deals on Laptops, Cameras, Tablets, and More

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gaming laptops are listed with up to Rs. 20,000 off on exchange
  • Moto headphones are free with Canon EOS 700D DSLR camera
  • Chromecast 2 is up for grabs at Rs. 3,199

Flipkart is hosting one sale after the other, and now it’s begun its Grand Gadget Days, with a host of gaming hardware, laptops, cameras, and audio accessories offers and deals. The Flipkart Grand Gadget Days will go on till July 26, and the three-day festival has personal grooming gadgets under Rs. 999 as well.

In this sale, Flipkart has listed laptops with Intel Core i3 and Intel Core i5 processors starting from Rs. 26,990 and Rs. 41,990 respectively. Budgets laptops from Acer, iBall, Lava, and Micromax start from as low as Rs. 10,499. Gaming laptops are listed with up to Rs. 20,000 on exchange for all those interested in heavy-duty processing and graphics. Furthermore, 2-in-1 laptops are listed from Rs. 25,990 and AIO desktops from Intel Intel, Lenovo, and HP start at Rs. 32,490. All laptop deals can be seen here.

With respect to cameras, the Cannon EOS 700D DSLR camera is up for grabs for Rs. 39,499, and Flipkart is offering Moto headphones worth Rs. 6,999 for free with the purchase. An extra 5 percent off on Axis Bank Buzz credit cards is also applicable. The GoPro Hero 5 sports and action camera is also up for grabs for Rs. 36,100. You can see all the cameras and their accessories deals here.

Tablets from Lenovo, Apple, Samsung, Micromax, iBall, and many more have great discounts and offers. The new iPad Pro starting from Rs. 49,900 is up for pre-order and is expected to be shipped on July 28. There’s a No Cost EMI option on select other Apple iPads, and if you’re looking for a budget tablet, then the Lenovo Phab 2 series has an extra Rs. 1,000 off as well. All the tablet deals can be viewed here.

Audio accessories like headphones, speakers, and Home Theatre systems are also listed. Chromecast 2 is up for grabs at Rs. 3,199 with the Axis Bank Buzz credit card offer applicable for further 5 percent discount. All the audio deals can be seen here.

Deals on gaming hardware, accessories, and CDs can be found here, and personal and health care gadget deals are listed here. There’s also a section where products under Rs. 999 are listed, and the list can be found here.

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Become a certified web design pro and save over $1500 on the training

Web Design CPD Certification Bundle

With more than 140,000 websites going live every day, now is the perfect time to become a web designer. Whether you want to turn pro or just improve your own sites, the Web Design CPD Certification Bundle teaches you everything you need to know.

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With more than 140,000 websites going live every day, now is the perfect time to become a web designer. Whether you want to turn pro or just improve your own sites, the Web Design CPD Certification Bundle teaches you everything you need to know. You can get all four courses and 32.5 hours of training for $39 via the Popular Science Shop.

When you’re building a website, you need both code and design skills. It also helps to understand search engine optimization and how to create your own animations. This bundle covers all of these skills through hands-on video lessons. You also work toward a Master Diploma, accredited by the highly-respected CPD Certification Service.

The first course tackles HTML5 and CSS3, the building blocks of every website. You learn how to create custom layouts and add your own style. The course on Photoshop helps you edit images with a guided tour through all the major tools. You also learn how to craft responsive sites using Adobe Dreamweaver, before adding interactive content with Flash.

The training is worth $1,596 in total, but you can start learning now for $39.

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Become a certified web design pro and save over $1500 on the training

Web Design CPD Certification Bundle

With more than 140,000 websites going live every day, now is the perfect time to become a web designer. Whether you want to turn pro or just improve your own sites, the Web Design CPD Certification Bundle teaches you everything you need to know.

Stack Commerce

With more than 140,000 websites going live every day, now is the perfect time to become a web designer. Whether you want to turn pro or just improve your own sites, the Web Design CPD Certification Bundle teaches you everything you need to know. You can get all four courses and 32.5 hours of training for $39 via the Popular Science Shop.

When you’re building a website, you need both code and design skills. It also helps to understand search engine optimization and how to create your own animations. This bundle covers all of these skills through hands-on video lessons. You also work toward a Master Diploma, accredited by the highly-respected CPD Certification Service.

The first course tackles HTML5 and CSS3, the building blocks of every website. You learn how to create custom layouts and add your own style. The course on Photoshop helps you edit images with a guided tour through all the major tools. You also learn how to craft responsive sites using Adobe Dreamweaver, before adding interactive content with Flash.

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Amazon’s Meal Kits Go on Sale as It Looks to Expand Groceries Business

Amazon's Meal Kits Go on Sale as It Looks to Expand Groceries Business

Amazon has begun selling ready-to-cook meal packages for busy households in a bid to expand its groceries business.

Amazon-branded meal kits come with raw ingredients needed to prepare such meals as chicken tikka masala and falafel patties. They can help households save time; a kit for salmon with soba noodles can be prepared in just a half-hour, for instance. But at $16 to $20 (roughly Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 1,200) for two servings, they can be more expensive than buying ingredients separately in larger quantities.

The development comes as Amazon is also buying the organic grocer Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, a deal that would give the company a foothold in both groceries and brick-and-mortar retailing. Amazon could ultimately use Whole Foods’ more than 400 locations as distribution centers for all food services, including meal kits.

For now, Amazon’s meal kits are sold only in selected markets. The Associated Press was able to place an order in Seattle, Amazon’s headquarters. A similar search for meal kits in New York generated items only from third-party vendors such as Martha & Marley Spoon and Tyson Tastemakers. Amazon didn’t respond to requests for additional information.

Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, said meal kits fall between regular groceries and deliveries of fully cooked meals and represent Amazon’s bid to expand its food business.

“I’m not sure any of this will work, but that’s where they are headed,” Pachter said in an email.

The food industry consulting firm Pentallect says meal kits represent a “rounding error” of $2.2 billion in a $1.5 trillion US food industry, but the firm forecasts growth of 25 percent to 30 percent a year over the next five years. Pentallect says that because relatively few households have yet to try meal kits, there’s a lot of room for growth.

Amazon meal kits are available only through the AmazonFresh grocery-delivery program, which costs $15 a month and requires a separate $99-a-year Prime membership. Delivery costs an additional $10 on orders of $40 or less, though free pickup options are available in Seattle.

Sales appeared to have begun in late June, based on customer reviews.

Earlier this month, Amazon applied for US trademark protection for the phrase “We do the prep. You be the chef.” for packaged food kits “ready for cooking and assembly as a meal.” Amazon listed a range of food types, including meat, seafood, salads and soups.

Shares of a leading competitor, Blue Apron, fell nearly 14 percent to $6.36 this week as reports of Amazon’s plans emerged at GeekWire and other news sites. That includes a 3.5 percent drop on Tuesday. Amazon’s stock increased $14.41, or 1.4 percent, to close Tuesday at $1024.45.

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Forget Samsung, Google Pixel XL 2 will also feature Always On display

Forget Samsung, Google Pixel XL 2 will also feature Always On display

While the image hinted towards an almost bezel-less display on Google Pixel XL 2, fresh information has popped up regarding the device. According to a report by XDA Developers, the Google smartphone will arrive with an ‘Always On’ display mode, multiple display profiles, and ability to use squeeze features even when the screen is not active.

The Ambient display feature that will work in the same manner as it does on Samsung’s new smartphones. The highlight of the Always On Display is the ability to have the display enabled but display just a little information to show you the updates. This means it will also display useful information and notifications when the handset is not active. To remind you, this feature was spotted in the code of the Android O Developer Preview 3. So albeit indirectly, it was suggested that the upcoming Pixel smartphones, which will be running Android O, would sport this feature.

On the downside, this feature is believed to incur some extent of battery drain. This feature could have been included at the beginning itself but if Google does not push through, there will be numerous ways to get the same via the third-party apps.

In addition, Google has also been rumored to include sRGB mode into the display settings. Previously, this mode was only accessible through Developer options. Apart from that, there is likely to be an option called “Vivid Colors”.

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50 or More Posts on Facebook Could Get You Labeled as Fake News

Facebook Update to Reduce Fake News

If you use Facebook regularly to share news about your brand, product or service, you may want to make sure you don’t post too many updates in the future. Otherwise, you may run the risk of being labeled fake news.

In a recent announcement, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) said that it was changing its news feed computer algorithm as a way of limiting the reach of people known to frequently blast links to sensationalist websites, clickbait stories and misinformation.

“Users who post a lot — meaning 50-plus times per day — are very often sharing posts that the company considers to be spam or false news,” said recode’s senior editor Kurt Wagner in a post. “So now Facebook is going to identify the links that these super-posters share, and cut down on their distribution on the network.”

Facebook Update to Reduce Fake News

Facebook says that the change would ideally reduce the influence of a “tiny group” of people who routinely share vast amounts of public posts per day, effectively spamming people’s feeds.

“One of our core News Feed values is that News Feed should be informative,” said Facebook’s VP Adam Mosseri. By taking steps like this to improve News Feed, we’re able to surface more stories that people find informative and reduce the spread of problematic links.”

The changes are set to only apply to links and not to photos, videos, status updates or check-ins. It is also important to note that the update doesn’t affect Facebook Pages, only individual accounts, so publishers and marketers sharing their own content likely won’t be affected.

The social media giant, which now boasts 2 billion monthly active users, frequently tweaks its algorithm. For instance, back in May, the company announced a change giving lower prominence to links that lead to pages full of annoying and deceptive ads.

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Ban On Gadgets Lifted For Emirates, Turkish Airlines Flights To US

Ban On Gadgets Lifted For Emirates, Turkish Airlines Flights To USNew Delhi: Emirates and Turkish Airlines on Wednesday announced that the cabin ban on electronic items no longer applied on their flights to the US.

“Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for the Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to the USA,” the airlines said.

The Dubai-based carrier added that it had been working hard “to implement heightened security measures and protocols that meet the requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security’s new guidelines for all US-bound flights”.

 

The US laid out new rules last week to step up the security measures on flights entering the country. The measures include an enhanced screening of passengers and electronic devices.

The Turkish Airlines said, “If you are travelling to the US from Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, you can carry all your electronic devices on board.”

The announcement by the two carriers follows Abu Dhabi-based Etihad being exempted from the ban by the US authorities earlier this week.

Etihad was able to avoid the ban due to additional checks introduced at the Abu Dhabi airport. These entail clearing immigration and customs formalities of the passengers before they take off for the US.

“You arrive at the US as a domestic passenger and there is no need for immigration checks again,” the airline said on its website.

In March, the US government imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on the flights coming to the country from 10 airports in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle-East and North Africa. The ban affected nine airlines.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

 

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Government asks Microsoft for discount on Windows OS

The government has asked global software giant Microsoft to offer a “one-time special” discount to its users in India so that they can move to the latest operating system (OS) and stay protected against malware and ransomware attacks.

“We have asked Microsoft to offer a one-time special pricing, so that people are able to replace their old OS with the latest OS (Windows 10),” National Cyber Security Advisor Gulshan Rai told PTI.

The response from Microsoft has been positive and they have agreed in-principle, he added.

While the pricing discount is still under discussion, the government would like it to be Rs 1,000 or lower, Mr. Rai said adding that the idea is to ensure that people are able to upgrade their systems in the wake of ransomware attacks. Microsoft did not respond to email queries.

Windows 10 Home is currently available for about Rs 8,000, while the Professional version costs about Rs 13,000. Millions of computers in India operate on Windows operating system. However, only a small portion of this is powered by the latest Windows 10 OS.

Piracy is also rampant in the country, which makes users vulnerable to cyberattacks as they do not receive security patches in India.

Earlier this week, ‘Petya’ ramsomware hit one of the terminals at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and partially disrupted operations of private port operator APM Terminals Pipavav. In May, another ransomware WannaCry had affected systems in over 100 countries, including India.

Once infected by the ransomware, the systems are locked and a ransom is demanded — usually in cryptocurrency like Bitcoins — to recover the files. However, it is not clear whether the systems are decrypted after the payment is made.

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Google Stakes Its Future on a Piece of Software

Early in 2015, artificial-intelligence researchers at Google created an obscure piece of software called ­TensorFlow. Two years later the tool, which is used in building machine-­learning software, underpins many future ambitions of Google and its parent company, Alphabet.

TensorFlow makes it much easier for the company’s engineers to translate new approaches to artificial intelligence into practical code, improving services such as search and the accuracy of speech recognition. But just months after TensorFlow was released to Google’s army of coders, the company also began offering it to the world for free.

That decision could be seen as altruistic or possibly plain dumb, but nearly two years on, the benefits to Google of its great AI giveaway are increasingly evident. Today TensorFlow is becoming the clear leader among programmers building new things with machine learning. “We have significant usage today, and it’s accelerating,” says Jeff Dean, who led TensorFlow’s design and heads Google’s core artificial-­intelligence research group. Once you’ve built something with TensorFlow, you can run it anywherebut it’s especially easy to transfer it to Google’s cloud platform. The software’s popularity is helping Google fight for a bigger share of the roughly $40 billion (and growing) cloud infrastructure market, where the company lies a distant third behind Amazon and Microsoft.

The head of Google’s cloud business, Diane Greene, said in April that she expects to take the top spot within five years, and a core part of Google’s strategy for catching up is to appeal to the sudden enthusiasm about artificial intelligence in industries from health care to autos. Companies investing in the technology are expected to spend heavily with cloud providers to avoid the costs and complexity of building and running AI themselves, just as they pay today for cloud hosting of e-mail and websites. Customers like insurer AXAwhich used TensorFlow to make a system that predicts expensive traffic accidentsalso get the benefits of the same infrastructure Google uses to power their own products. Google says that means better performance at competitive prices. S. Somasegar, a managing director at venture fund Madrona who was previously head of Microsoft’s developer division, says TensorFlow’s prominence poses a genuine challenge to Google’s cloud rivals. “It’s a fantastic strategyGoogle is so far behind in cloud, but they’ve picked an area where they can create a beachhead,” he says.

Inside Google, TensorFlow powers products such as the Google Translate mobile app, which can translate a foreign menu in front of your eyes when you point your phone at it. The company has created specialized processors to make TensorFlow faster and reduce the power it consumes inside Google’s data centers. These processors propelled the historic victory of software called AlphaGo over a champion of the ancient board game Go last year and are credited with making possible a recent upgrade that brought Google’s translation service close to human level for some languages.

TensorFlow is far from the only tool out there for building machine-learning software, and experts can argue for hours about their individual merits. But the weight of Google’s brand and its technical advantages make its package stand out, says Reza Zadeh, an adjunct professor at Stanford. He originally built his startup Matroid, which helps companies create image recognition software, around a competing tool called Caffe, but he dumped it after trying TensorFlow. “I saw it was very clearly superior in all the technical aspects, and we decided to rip everything out,” he says.

Google’s tool is also becoming firmly lodged in the minds of the next generation of artificial-intelligence researchers and entrepreneurs. At the University of Toronto, an AI center that has schooled many of today’s leading researchers, lecturer Michael Guerzhoy teaches TensorFlow in the university’s massively oversubscribed introductory machine-learning course. “Ten years ago, it took me months to do something that for my students takes a few days with TensorFlow,” says Guerzhoy.

Since Google released TensorFlow, its competitors in cloud computing, Microsoft and Amazon, have released or started supporting their own free software tools to help coders build machine-learning systems. So far, says Guerzhoy, neither has as broad and dedicated a user base as TensorFlow among researchers, students, and working coders.

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