Apple-owned Beats have a new pair of wireless headphones - the Powerbeats Pro - that offer many of the same features as the second generation of Apple's AirPods, including Siri and the H1 chip.With only £20 price difference if you buy the AirPods with wireless charging case, what are the differences between the AirPods and the Beats Powerbeats Pro and which should you choose?What's the same? H1 chip for simple setup with Apple devices Automatic ear recognition Use one or two Hey Siri support on iOS devices Answer calls The Apple AirPods and the Beats Powerbeats Pro both run on the H1 chip and they both offer one-tap setup with Apple devices. The AirPods and the Powerbeats Pro will be automatically recognised by an Apple device when you open their charging case. After one tap, both headphones will connect seamlessly across any other Apple devices associated with your Apple ID.Both headphones will also automatically pause when they are taken out of your ear, and play when they are … [Read more...] about Beats Powerbeats Pro vs Apple AirPods: Which should you choose?
Physical vs logical topology
A team of U.S. and Korean physicists has found the first evidence of a two-dimensional material that can become a magnetic topological insulator even when it is not placed in a magnetic field. “Many different quantum and relativistic properties of moving electrons are known in graphene, and people have been interested, ‘Can we see these in magnetic materials that have similar structures?'” said Rice University’s Pengcheng Dai, co-author of a study about the material published in the American Physical Society journal PRX. Dai, whose team included scientists from Rice, Korea University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, says the chromium triiodide (CrI3) used in the new study “is just like the honeycomb of graphene, but it is a magnetic honeycomb.” In experiments at ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source, CrI3 samples were bombarded with neutrons. A spectroscopic analysis taken during the tests … [Read more...] about ‘Magnetic Topological Insulator’ Creates a Personal Magnetic Field
You may not believe it, but IT workers are the 3 most active profession behind accountants. It’s a tough gig – from meeting dynamic business requirements, to making the case for new technologies to the board and maximising return on IT investment. Work in this industry can be hands on. In a professional world currently in a state of flux, IT workers play a crucial role in helping organisations supersede challenges. Organisations are complex machines, and while there are many factors at play affecting a business’s ability to succeed despite uncertainty, complexity and disruption– such as robust yet agile business operations, resilient IT infrastructure, supportive stakeholders and strong leadership - staff well-being is one element that is often overlooked, dropping down the priority list in favour of other considerations. For example, this year a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development warned that only a minority of … [Read more...] about An organisational workout: the role of physical and mental fitness in IT resilience
Topological insulators are materials with very special properties. They conduct electricity or light particles on their surface or edges only but not on the inside. This unusual behavior could eventually lead to technical innovations which is why topological insulators have been the subject of intense global research for several years. Physicists of Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) in Bavaria, Germany, with colleagues from the Technion in Haifa, Israel, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore now report their discovery in the journal Nature. For the first time, the team has successfully built a topological insulator operating with both light and electronic excitations simultaneously, called an “exciton-polariton topological insulator.” According to Professor Sven Höfling, who heads the JMU Chair for Applied Physics, such topological insulators have a dual benefit: "They could be used for both switched electronic systems and laser … [Read more...] about Novel Topological Insulator Goes with the Flow
13:30 Until tomorrow That's all for today. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2016 has gone to David J. Thouless, and the other half jointly to F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz "for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter". Find out more about how their research could help construct quantum computers here. We'll be back tomorrow for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry! We'll leave you with these comments from Nobel Committee Secretary Gunnar Ingelman: "I would say it’s really groundbreaking because in Physics one was not thinking in these terms. That’s shown by the fact that when they first came with these ideas, some of it, people didn’t think was right. Or it could ever be used in practice." "The fact that this is mathematically quite advanced, so not so many people could follow in detail what they had actually done. After some years more and more people understood the theoretical framework, then in … [Read more...] about BLOG: Sweden’s Nobel Prize in Physics 2016