Apple TV’s biggest news is not about content, it’s about screens. You can look everywhere

Apple rolled out its highly anticipated video streaming service Apple TV + yesterday. A large selection of celebrities from the A-List appeared on stage, showing that Apple would produce with an estimated production budget of one billion dollars. Despite all the celebrities, the actual flesh of the announcement had nothing to do with Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Steven Spielberg or Oprah Winfrey. It had everything to do with Apple’s conversion to abandon its video streaming device strategy and bring Apple TV + as a seamless pre-installed integrated application anywhere on Smart TVs. There can be no doubt that yesterday’s announcement will disrupt the dynamics of video performance from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and now Apple (soon to Disney). Creating at least $ 1 billion worth of content is not enough to guarantee success in the crowded video streaming market. Consumers are already overwhelmed by their content choices. This was confirmed by Apple executives in their prestigious presentation at the Steve Jobs Theater. Apple is pushing for video streaming to acknowledge the reality that content is important but does not distinguish a vendor in today’s marketplace alone. A viable new entrant would need to do more than just offer more unique content. It has to disrupt the model and provide a better user experience. The new Apple TV app and Apple TV + aim to do just that by helping users “spend less time looking for and spending more time, Apple says. “At the heart of this announcement is the entry into the smart TV market, moving beyond Apple’s own device ecosystem to become the ubiquitous video platform for every consumer. Apple clearly recognized the reality that streaming users do not want to be committed to a device. In fact, Apple TV has established itself near the preferred streaming methods.

Not only did Apple want to see it in a growing variety of screens, but it also rightly found in its product that revealed this week that streaming users also do not want to see or pay for hundreds of channels of irrelevant content. Although the details are still limited, it seems Apple TV + will allow users to curate their own “thin packages” and take them everywhere. An interesting note was added towards the end of Apple’s release, which led directly to the access point: unlike some streaming service providers, all Apple TV + content will be available online and offline, with every content downloadable. The same goes for Apple Arcade, which is huge news for mobile gamers.

 

As Apple’s product leaders have proclaimed, Apple TV + has a clear mission to “define the commitment to storytelling on every screen of your life.” While there are still some unanswered questions about pricing, etc., the company is trying to gain access For Apple TV outside of Apple devices, which already reach a billion consumers, the company is clearly a major change. By cracking the skinny bundle code and providing consumers with a unique and holistic video streaming ecosystem, Apple may become one of the industry’s biggest disruptions to streaming video.

 

Three Pioneers of Artificial Intelligence win the Turing Prize

SAN FRANCISCO – In 2004, Geoffrey Hinton redoubled a technological idea called a neural network. It was a way for machines to see the world around them, to recognize sounds and even to understand the natural language. But scientists had spent more than 50 years working on the concept of neural networks, and machines could not really do that. Against the Canadian government organized Dr. Hinton, a professor of computer science at the University of Toronto, a new research community of several scientists who also worked on the concept. These included Yann LeCun, a professor at New York University, and Yoshua Bengio at the University of Montreal. On Wednesday, the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest association of computer professionals, announced that Drs. Hinton, LeCun and Bengio had won this year’s Turing Award for their work on neural networks. The Turing Award, introduced in 1966, is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Computers” and includes a $ 1 million prize that will be shared by the three scientists.Over the past decade, the great idea borne by these researchers has reinvented the development of technology and accelerated the development of facial recognition services, digital assistants, storage robots, and self-driving cars. Dr. Hinton is now at Google and Dr. LeCun works for Facebook. Dr. Bengio has done business with IBM and Microsoft.

 

“What we’ve seen is nothing short of a paradigm shift in science,” said Oren Etzioni, chief executive officer of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle and a prominent voice in A.I. Community. “The story has turned and I’m impressed.”

 

A neural network based on the network of neurons in the human brain is a complex mathematical system that can learn discrete tasks by analyzing huge amounts of data. For example, by analyzing thousands of old phone calls, it can learn to recognize spoken words. As a result, many artificial intelligence technologies can evolve at a speed that was previously unachievable. Instead of coding the behavior by hand into systems – a logical rule all at once – computer scientists can develop a technology that learns behavior largely independently. The London-born Dr. Hinton, 71, had accepted this idea early as a doctoral candidate. In the 1970s, most of the researchers of the artificial intelligence turned against it. Even his own doctor advisor questioned the choice.

Kaspersky Lab Files Antitrust Complaint Against Apple App Store Policies

Cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has filed a cartel application against Apple with the Russian antimonopoly authority Antimon, which relates to the distribution policy of the App Store. Less than a week after Spotify filed its own complaint against Apple with the EU antitrust authorities, the lawsuit was filed for tech giants’ “unfair” app store practices. Kaspersky’s complaint specifically refers to Apple’s removal of the Kaspersky Safe Kids app. In a blog post on the Kaspersky website, the company announced last year that Apple did not comply with the App Store guidelines due to the use of configuration profiles for three years in the App Store.

 

Kaspersky has been told by Apple that these profiles need to be removed for the app to pass and remain in the App Store. However, the Russian company had argued that this action essentially hampers the app. “For us, that means removing two key features of Kaspersky Safe Kids: app control and Safari browser blocking.”

 

In the first case, parents can specify which apps children can not run based on the Age Restrictions of the App Store, while in the second case, all browsers on the device can be hidden so that access to web pages is only possible in the Kaspersky Safe Kids built-in app secure browser.

 

Kaspersky claims that the change in Apple’s Parental Control Apps Policy coincided with the release of iOS 12 and Apple’s own Screen Time feature, which allows users to monitor the time spent on specific apps and websites and set time limits. Kaspersky calls it “essentially Apple’s own parental control app,” claiming Apple changed the music of the company’s Safe Kids app and other similar apps.From our point of view, Apple appears to be using its platform owner and supervisor role as the only channel to deliver apps to platform users, to set conditions and prevent other developers from working on an equal footing with them. The new rules will allow parental control apps to lose some of their users and have financial implications. Most important, however, are the users who miss some critical security features. The parental control apps market will lead to monopoly and consequently stagnation.

Kaspersky wants to continue its “profitable relationship with Apple,” but “on an equal footing,” and hopes its application to the Russian antimonopoly service will “benefit the market as a whole” and require Apple to deliver “competitive conditions.” to third-party developers. ”

 

Kaspersky’s dispute has parallels with the antitrust lawsuit filed by Spotify against Apple last week. The Music Streaming Service filed a complaint with the European Commission accusing the iPhone maker of enforcing App Store rules “deliberately restricting selection and suppressing innovation at the expense of the user experience” and “acting as both a player and a referee,” to deliberately discriminate against others. ” App developers. ”

 

Apple responded to the complaint two days later and described it as “misleading rhetoric,” arguing, “Spotify wants to have all the benefits of a free app without being free.” A day later, Spotify shot back, claiming “any monopolist will claim that they did not do anything wrong” and that Apple’s response was “completely in line” with his expectations.

The AirPods 2 revelation by Tim Cook has created the next big Twitter meme

Apple has announced several new hardware products this week including a new iPad mini and updated AirPods. To announce these two products, Tim Cook shared a couple of pictures that immediately became the template for Memes. The first image was released on Monday, with Cook unveiling a new iPad Mini with Apple Pencil support. This morning the same picture was shared – but this time, Cook wore AirPods and drew the AirPods case on the iPad mini. That’s how the fun really got started. It is not the first time that Apple has triggered a viral Twitter meme. During the December holidays, “AirPods for Christmas” became viral as users began using AirPods as a status symbol of longing. As expected, this AirPods meme found its way to this iPad Twitter meme: “YouTuber Marques Brownlee took the opportunity to mock the unpublished AirPower charge mat. The popular Jony Ive Parody account took a similar approach to using the memes. Another pair of Twitter users guessed that Cook used the Apple Pencil to express his love for Samsung. Another mocked the excessively large volume indicator on iOS. Tim Cook’s Twitter account has been a good source of humor lately. Earlier this month, President Trump made the mistake of calling Cook a “Tim Apple” during a meeting. However, Cook reacted with the change by changing Tim Cook’s Twitter display name to Tim. Of course, “Tim Apple” was used in this latest iPad meme format: As always, as long as you interpret these tweets as carefree fun, this is another example of the spread of AirPods on Twitter. Did you create memes based on Tim Cook’s Tweet today? Share your favorites

Expect more Xbox Live-enabled games to move to next year

Last week, Microsoft’s gaming cloud boss Kareem Choudhry said the technology giant has no specific announcements for Xbox Live for the switch at the moment. Even so, the company reiterated the theme at the 2019 Game Developers Conference, which is currently taking place in San Francisco.

 

According to a tweet provided by Windows Central journalist Russel Holly, Microsoft currently has “no plans” for an Xbox Live SDK for Switch, but has informed Nintendo fans to look for more Xbox Live-enabled games like Cuphead in the future.Microsoft: There is no planned Xbox Live SDK for Switch at the moment, but more games like Cuphead are expected to switch to next year with Live enabled.

WANT THE SECURITY BENEFITS OF APPLE CARD? ONLY USE APPLE PAY

At a typically glamorous launch event in Cupertino on Monday, Apple debuted the Apple Card, a new credit card offered in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard. Apple claims that it eliminates many consumer frustrations with current credit cards: the card is easy to sign up, there are no charges, and it’s easy to redeem rewards. The company also strongly states that the Apple Card “transforms the entire credit card experience by … creating a new level of privacy and security.”

 

However, you do not have to wait for the Apple Card to come out this summer to experience the familiar security features. All you need to do is use Apple Pay and the credit card you already own.”Nothing changes with the Apple Card,” says Avivah Litan, vice president of research at Gartner, an analysis and consulting firm. “It’s actually pretty awesome, they’ve already built the entire Apple Pay infrastructure and are now very popular around the world, which is a competitive step.”When you add a credit card to Apple Wallet for use with Apple Pay, whether it’s an Apple Card or another credit card, the service cryptographically converts the credit card number and other details into a unique card identity found in Apple’s Secure Element “is stored for extra protection. To complete a transaction through Apple Pay, you need this unique identifier and single-use security code, as well as additional biometric verification via FaceID or Touch ID. That way, your real credit card number will never be submitted for the transaction, and a scammer would need the one-time transaction code, as well as your face or fingerprint, to collect unauthorized charges. The same security benefits apply to the Apple Card.

 

While there have been some examples of Apple Pay fraud since its launch in 2014, security attorneys generally regard this protection as a solid improvement over typical credit card transactions. In cases where Apple Pay is not an option, the Apple Card is just that in terms of protection – a typical credit card.The physical card is just the minimalist, etched titanium disc you would expect from Apple. It requires a good security step as only your name without card or CVV number is displayed. However, if you use the card in a branch for a regular chip transaction, it seems to work just like any other credit card. The map itself contains no technique. It can not make contactless payments. The card appears to have a magnetic stripe on the back based on photos of Apple’s announcement, with its own security issues. Although the card number does not appear physically, you can access it in Apple Wallet and make online purchases as you would with other credit cards. Apple would prefer to make online transactions with Apple Pay. If not, there are no additional special features of the Apple Card that you protect.

And Apple’s agreement with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard – as the issuing bank or payment network – is a standard setting for a branded card.

 

“In general, this is considered an additional MasterCard transaction for all traders and these rules are adhered to,” says John Drechny, CEO of the Merchant Advisory Group, an independent industry body. “And if merchants accept the card online, they still have the same payment network liability agreement, and I do not think it’s different from a normal co-branded deal.”

As with any other credit card, the bank and the payment network involved in the routing and execution of transactions have normal data access. Which is not all bad. Banks analyze consumer financial data to identify patterns and reduce fraud. You usually also share and sell this data for other purposes.This is an area where the Apple Card may prove to be outstanding and consistent with the company’s focus on privacy. Apple stated in its announcement that “Goldman

Oculus launches Rift S: $ 399, fewer cameras, higher resolution lenses

Three years ago, Oculus and HTC launched their first VR headsets and started … the slow, gradual rise of VR technology in gaming? Yes. It is not the most dramatic headline. Today, however, we get a glimpse of the second-generation Rift device from Oculus, and it’s a significant improvement over its predecessor.

 

The Rift S is the first update for the PC-connected Rift that Oculus has introduced since it first launched at $ 600 (controllers, if available, originally added $ 200 at this price). His numerous external cameras have always been a difficult undertaking – an argument that can be applied to the whole experience of a rift. I have done this several times on different PCs, and although it has become easier with practice and improved software, it is still far from being a quick plug-and-play process. The Rift S should improve this.

 

In fact, the Rift S already improves this in a critical way – no external cameras anymore. Instead, you can rely on internal tracking, which combines RGB and infrared sensors. The internal image resolution should also be sharper thanks to a resolution target of 1280 × 1440 per eye compared to 1080 × 1200 in the original device. The Rift S was developed in collaboration with Lenovo, which is receiving significant costs for the new hardware.

 

Reviews from reviewers who tested the kit are quite positive. The internal hand and arm tracking is said to be superior to the original external camera, although the refresh rate is slightly lower (80 Hz, from 90 Hz). The viewing angle is slightly wider, but the Rift S switches to LCD instead of OLED, which should reduce the effect of the screen door (the Oculus Rift used a PenTile OLED, while the LCDs are RGB). Features such as space tracking should be much easier to use with the new Rift S compared to the original Rift. Although the Rift S is a bit heavier than the original Rift, the new Lenovo design is supposedly more portable.Oculus promises a feature called Passthrough Plus, which allows players to see the world around them in black and white without removing the headsets. This feature was not presented at the GDC. So we can not say how well it works. However, it sounds like manufacturers are making progress in enabling interaction with the surrounding world without actually having to remove a headset.The overall package for the Rift S is strong enough that it would be interesting to know why Brendan Iribe left Facebook last fall. Rumor has it that Iribe decided to leave the company after Facebook withdrew a more advanced Rift 2. This new device may not be all that VR fans want-there’s no sign of wireless, for example-but the lower introductory price and improved features speak for themselves.A key question will be whether these devices can create new markets by gaining new people for VR or replacing only hardware that is already on the market. We’re glad that better headsets finally hit the shelves, but what we love is that a larger group of players buys in VR at all. The Rift SSEEAMAZON_ET_135 See Amazon ET Commerce costs only $ 50 more than the current Rift, with significantly better features, while devices like the HP Reverb pack even better hardware into the original launch price of the Rift. Hopefully, with the greater variety of devices targeted at space, we will see greater consumer acceptance.

Shampoo-Magnate uses glasses-free 3D to promote cheap phones

Do you remember how the shampoo magnate John Paul DeJoria plunged into the mobile world five years ago? It now offers smartphones – and they might be appealing if you find most cheap cell phones boring. Rokit’s newly launched Io 3D and Io Pro 3D (above) both offer glasses-free 3D without the expense normally associated with the technology. You do not have to buy a RED Hydrogen One just to get your friends excited. There’s even an “extensive” content catalog that you can watch with an app that includes movies and other stereoscopic material.

 

Be prepared for phones that are modest beyond the 3D feature of Tentpole. The Io 3D is based on a 5.45-inch display with 1440 x 720 pixels, a 1.3-GHz MediaTek processor with four cores, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB expandable memory, an 8-megapixel camera on the Rear and a 2-megapixel front camera. If you choose Io Pro 3D, you get a 6-inch display with 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, an 8-core 2GHz MediaTek chip, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable memory, a rear camera system of 13 MP and 2 MP and an 8MP shooter on the front. So do not expect excitement if you’re not involved in 3D footage, even though you’ll be curiously receiving free health care and insurance coverage (including death) for one year.The price is at least competitive. You can now order the Io 3D for $ 200 (£ 140) and the Io Pro 3D for $ 300 ($ 250). There’s also a simple 2D phone, the 5-inch Io Light ($ 90) for those who just need the basics. They can be tougher if mobile phones like the Moto G7 are more powerful overall, but keep in mind the following: If you ever lose interest in 3D, you’re spending far less money than you would otherwise.

Forget about Apple’s new AirPods: The Samsung buds offer a better fit and more functionality for $ 70 less

Although it was not the first all-wireless headset, Apple Airpod’s first generation, released in late 2016, quickly became one of the most popular wireless headsets. I enjoyed using it for my daily commute for several months. However, the competition quickly surpassed what Apple had to offer and the new AirPods release is disappointing. The AirPods of the first generation were worth considering because of the simple connection, the solid battery life with a practical charging case and the loud volume. However, the fit was not adjustable, there was no waterproof rating and the controls on the headset were very limited. These restrictions also apply to the new Apple AirPods, which are priced at $ 40 more than the first generation.

 

Apple’s new AirPods offer an hour more talk time, a new chipset for improved connectivity and Hey Siri support, plus a wireless charging case. I’m sure that people appreciate the longer battery life and the convenience of wireless charging, but it would have been great if you had seen a degree of water resistance so people could know about the AirPods, and one Possibility to secure the fit when the AirPods are not working do not work for youLast year, I’m on the road with the Jabra Elite Active 65t and this is my favorite wireless headset ever. The Jabra offers long battery life, a customizable fit, high dust and water resistance, superior audio quality, solid phone calls, wireless assistant support, and easy-to-use buttons for full headphone control.Lately, Jason Cipriani (see his full review) and I have used the new Samsung Galaxy Buds, and these are significantly better than even the new AirPods for $ 70. The Galaxy Buds have minimal water resistance, different wings and tips for a perfect fit, a long battery life, wireless charging, a great look and touch controls. The price of $ 129.99 is great. In some cases, people got it for free with a new Samsung Galaxy S10 package.Apple is sure to sell millions of new Apple AirPods, but before you buy them, just for the name of Apple, you should take an honest look at the competition. Competitors have definitely stepped up since the first AirPods were released, and since my current AirPods are constantly on the ground, I will not consider these new earphones from Apple.

The Google Home Hub offers over 50% off, the Nest Smart Thermostat is available for $ 170, and Philips Hue offers the best of today

Google Home Hub is back on the market

Google Home Hub offerings have recently been up, with the latest offer coming close to $ 80. You can pick up the Smart Display loaded with the wizard today for $ 70. That’s $ 4 less than our previous mention and the best value we’ve achieved with the Home Hub without any extra extras. Bring the Google Home Hub into your smart home and take control of lights, thermostats, and more. Use Google Assistant to access your favorite news, sports and other services. We loved our hands-on test and called it “useful and just cute”.

 

Nest Smart Thermostat reaches $ 170

Are you interested in the Nest Smart Thermostat of the third generation? Today’s offer makes the popular smart device from its typical price up to 249 US dollars to 170 US dollars. With the Nest Thermostat, you can cut your energy bills this summer thanks to a range of tools that will ensure that your air conditioner will only run when needed. It’s geared toward Google Assistant for voice control, but it also supports a variety of other smart home platforms.

 

New Philips Hue lighting with discount

Two of the latest versions of Philips Hue have seen price reductions today. Amazon offers the Play White Ambiance Bar for $ 62, while the Discover Outdoor Flood Light costs $ 120. Both are new lows at Amazon and the best prices we’ve ever come up with. Compatible with Google Assistant, you can easily illuminate your room with 16 million colors. For more information on the latest Hue outdoor lights from Philips, see our product overview.

 

Save with stylish fossil smartwatches

Do you want all the features of a smartwatch in a more classic design? There are currently a variety of Fossil models available at $ 90. The sleek design is complemented by a battery life of up to 12 months and supports smartphone notifications, activity tracking, sleep monitoring and more.