It appears Lenovo will release a Yoga Book running Google’s Chrome OS platform in 2017. Jeff Meredith, vice president and general manager of Lenovo’s Android and Chrome Computing Business Group confirmed as much in a recent interview. The new model will follow those already on the market that sport Windows 10 and Android.During the interview, Meredith nodded to the current saturation of Chromebooks in the educational system, stating that the company “had a lot of interest” in providing a Chrome OS-based solution with the benefits of the Yoga Book’s form factor. It’s a thin and light 2-in-1 PC sporting a 10.1-inch screen, a unique touch-based Halo keyboard, and support for a real-ink stylus. The peripheral will work on the Chrome OS-based version as well, he said.“Over time, we probably see the Android and Chrome versions melding together, especially based on the fact that we’ve now seen Chrome roll out the Google Play store … [Read more...] about A Chrome OS version of Lenovo’s Yoga Book 2-in-1 PC will ship some time in 2017
Computing essentials 2017
Remember dial-up? It wasn’t so long ago that a 56K modem was the default method of getting online. The unforgettable sound of a successful connection. The undisputable inconvenience of occupying the phone line. The sheer sense of speed as web pages filled your screen piece by piece.Rather than just buying a dial-up subscription, you need to opt in to a package of junk you likely don’t need.Dial-up isn’t dead. There are many areas in the United States where broadband infrastructure was never put in place, so residents are forced to stick with dial-up. On top of that, there’s a category of users who choose dial-up over broadband to save money. A 2013 report by the Pew Research Center indicated that three percent of Americans were still using a dial-up connection — a small, but significant slice of the population.I wondered what it was like to use dial-up today. Is it too slow to get anything done? Or are we spoiled by the ubiquity of Wi-Fi and LTE, and … [Read more...] about What’s it like to use AOL dial-up internet in 2017?
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are incredibly important technological developments that require massive amounts of computing power. Microsoft is currently holding its Build 2017 developers conference, and there isn’t a product or service being highlighted that doesn’t integrate AI or machine learning in one way or another.One of the best ways to architect the right kind of high-speed computing infrastructure is by using GPUs, which can be more efficient than general-purpose CPUs. Nvidia has been at the forefront of using GPUs for AI and machine learning applications, and it has just announced the Volta GPU computing architecture and the Tesla V100 data center GPU.Nvidia calls Volta the “world’s most powerful,” and it is built with 21 billion transistors providing deep learning performance equivalent to 100 CPUs. That equates to five times the performance of its Pascal architecture in terms of peak teraflops, and 15 times the performance … [Read more...] about Nvidia achieves massive increase in AI computing power with Volta and Tesla V100
Homer never had an Odyssey like thisThe DT team that’s been roaming the back alleys at E3 are headed home, but not before they handed out a few awards at the annual gaming expo in Los Angeles. Let’s get right to it: DT’s Best of Show award goes to Super Mario Odyssey, a surprisingly fun and engaging adventure game that has Mario getting into all kinds of trouble by essentially “getting into” other characters in the game by way of his now magical red cap.The clever trick greatly expands what Mario – or whoever Mario is currently using as an avatar – can do, and there are plenty of nods to Nintendo’s long history, as well as a lot of really fun new adventures. Naturally, the game is coming out for the new Switch system, and you’ll have to wait until nearly Halloween of this year to get your white-gloved hands on it. We handed out more than a few other well-deserved awards at E3, so hit this link for the complete list. Welcome to … [Read more...] about Best game at E3 2017? A magical hat and white gloves take home the trophy
The day when you can sit behind the wheel of your car and play a game on your smartphone or check your emails without fear of leaving the road is not far off, according to Ford boss Bill Ford Jr.The great-grandson of car pioneer Henry Ford said during a presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week that motorists could be switching their vehicles to autopilot within the next ten years.Ford acknowledged that such technology was already in development — Google’s self-driving car project, for example — and that it was essential to continue with the development in order to cope with the expected global proliferation of automobiles from today’s one billion to four billion in the next 40 years.The boss of the American car giant said he expected that cars will soon be able to communicate with not only the driver but also with other cars, helping vehicles to take better advantage of available road space and keeping drivers informed of approaching road … [Read more...] about Ford boss: the self-driving car is essential — and coming soon
Lenovo’s partnership with Google’s Tango may not be over yet. According to a report from Tom’s Guide that cites a general manager at Lenovo, the company will launch a second Tango-enabled phone some time in 2017.Tango is essentially aimed at helping phones map out real-world spaces in 3D. The technology uses a series of sensors and cameras, and has been used to create a number of augmented reality apps and games. Lenovo was the first company to launch a Tango-enabled phone for consumers — the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which cost only $500.According to Lenovo, around 4,000 developers purchased the Phab 2 Pro, followed by another 2,000 at a hackathon. Still, most reviews for the device have been a little lackluster, suggesting that while Tango is interesting, it’s still in its very early days and needs a lot of work.The confirmation of a new device comes from Jeff Meredith, the general manager and vice president of Lenovo’s … [Read more...] about Augmented reality, anyone? Lenovo is releasing another Tango phone in 2017
RCA, the classic audio company that turned its focus to consumer electronics, has announced a slew of new Android and Windows smartphones and tablets that promise to deliver pretty decent specs at a low price.How low of a price? Well, the cheapest of the new smartphones, called the RCA RLTP169, can be had for a measly $40 — although you won’t get much for that price. The device, which only supports 2G connectivity, is built for older users who might not want a smartphone that can do all those fancy new tricks.The other five smartphones range from $70-$200, with the flagship, called the Q1, offering a 5-inch display and dual SIM support. It ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and comes with either 16GB or 8GB of storage. The next phone down, called the G1, comes with dual SIM support, a quad-core processor, a 2,400mAh “all day” battery, and an 8MP rear-facing camera.The cheapest of the four new tablets, called the RCA Voyager III, costs … [Read more...] about RCA launches four tablets and six phones at CES 2017 — and the price is right
Gone are the days when computers were large, bulky pieces of machinery. Meet the Michigan Micro Mote, which has been deemed the world’s smallest computer.At a time when computers are seemingly shrinking, the Michigan Micro Mote has taken the trend to a new level. To give you an idea of its size, the M^3 computer can fit seamlessly along the edge of a nickel. Its volume is about one millimeter cubed.David Blaauw, computer science and engineering professor at the University of Michigan, worked with five students to create the device. Blaauw and his team were able to achieve the small size by taking the computer’s battery into consideration. By reducing the amount of power that it needed to work, they were able to minimize the battery and overall size of the computer.The product has been under development for a decade. Because it does not use devices like a keyboard or a mouse, the developers were faced with the challenge of finding a new way for the computer to … [Read more...] about World’s smallest computer is smaller than a grain of rice, powered by light
Environmental watchdog group Greenpeace is taking on the technology sector again. On Wednesday, the organization released a 52-page report “How Clean is Your Cloud?,” analyzing the energy policies and data center operations of some of the world’s leading technology companies, including the likes of Oracle, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, HP, Facebook, Google, and Apple. Greenpeace’s take? With some exceptions, technology companies are mostly failing to adopt clean energy practices and are still largely relying on so-called “dirty” energy sources like coal-fired power plants to fuel their power-hungry data centers. Specifically, Greenpeace has singled out Apple, branding the company as the most reliant on coal-generated power of any firm in its survey. (In an unusual move, Apple quickly refuted Greenpeace’s analysis, and Greenpeace fired right back.)Is cloud computing really bad for the environment? What can tech firms do to minimize their impact? … [Read more...] about Is cloud computing just a cloud of pollution?
Warren “Woody” Hoburg, PhD, and Cori Bargmann, PhD, were recognized as R&D Magazine’s 2017 Innovator of the Year and 2017 Scientist of the Year respectively, at the 55th annual R&D 100 Awards black-tie awards ceremony, held at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort in Orlando, Florida, Friday Nov. 17.“These exceptional individuals have made great contributions to the scientific community, and we are thrilled to recognize them with these historic awards and showcase them on our website and on the cover of R&D Magazine,” said Bea Riemschneider, Editorial Director, R&D Magazine and R&D 100 Awards. Hoburg— an aerospace engineer who received the award for his achievements in drone technology at the gala ceremony—said he was honored to receive the award when he accepted it at the R&D 100 Awards gala event. “It is a tremendous honor to receive the 2017 Innovator of the Year award. Being selected was a … [Read more...] about 2017 Innovator of the Year, Scientist of the Year Recognized at R&D 100 Awards Gala Event