Tag Heuer smartwatch, HTC One M9+ details, Huawei Watch & more – Pocketnow Daily

Tag Heuer smartwatch, HTC One M9+ details, Huawei Watch & more – Pocketnow Daily

…Watch today’s Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft’s partnership with Xiaomi and Lenovo to build Windows 10 smartphones…. Then we talk about the new rumors of the HTC One M9+, in addition to the launch dates for the One M9. Huawei then takes the stage as we learn how disappointed they are in Android Wear. We end today’s show talking about Tag Heuer and its plans to be a smartwatch,

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…Android 5.0 on HTC, iOS 8.1.3, Pebble Android Wear & more …

iOS 8.1, Apple Pay, Google’s Gmail 5.0, Microsoft smartwatch …

…Tag Heuer smartwatch, HTC One M9+ details, Huawei Watch & more – Pocketnow Daily

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Cornell-developed polymer has commercial debut

The polymer, called polypropylene carbonate, is made using a class of catalysts that was invented in the lab of Geoffrey Coates, professor of chemistry and chemical biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and further developed by the Cornell spinoff company Novomer.

…The key to polymerization is a catalyst that selectively alternates the epoxide with carbon dioxide molecules, resulting in plastics that are up to 50 percent carbon dioxide.

…”It is very satisfying to see that what started out as a crazy idea and some basic research has turned into a new commercial material.”

Coates added: “A lot of credit goes to the National Science Foundation for funding our original research, and even more important, the scientific team at Novomer, who turned this basic research discovery into a process practicable on the industrial scale.”

…Researchers have made significant progress towards developing a process of Artificial Photosynthesis (AP) that could replace the use of fossil fuels in the future.

…Reusing the major greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial plants—rather than releasing its warming potential into the environment—is on the verge of becoming a commercial reality.

…(Phys.org) —A small team of researchers with the University of California has found a way break apart carbon dioxide molecules and get carbon atoms and oxygen molecules instead of carbon monoxide and an …

…Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a more efficient way to turn methanol into useful chemicals, such as liquid fuels, and that would also reduce …

…Scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago have synthesized a catalyst that improves their system for converting waste carbon dioxide into syngas, a precursor of gasoline and other energy-rich products, bringing …

…(Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at the University of Bristol in the U.K. has found a way to build supermicelles from simple polymers.

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Sun may determine lifespan at birth, study finds

In an unusual study published Wednesday, Norwegian scientists said people born during periods of solar calm may live longer, as much as five years on average, than those who enter the world when the Sun is feisty.

…The lifespan of those born in periods of solar maximum—interludes marked by powerful flares and geomagnetic storms—was “5.2 years shorter” on average than those born during a solar minimum, they found.

…On top of lifespan, being born in a solar maximum period also “significantly reduced” fertility for women born into the poor category, but not for wealthier women or for men, said the authors.

…”The effect of socio-economic status on the relationship between solar activity and fertility suggests that high-status pregnant women were better able to avoid the adverse effects of high solar activity”—possibly by staying out of the Sun or because a healthier diet curbed the harm.

…A few weeks ago it was teeming with sunspots, as you would expect since we are supposed to be in the middle of solar maximum-the time in the sun’s 11-year cycle when …

…You notice that they did not overlay this data with any modern numbers, anything in the last 100 years, where the records are more than plentiful.

…You notice that they did not overlay this data with any modern numbers, anything in the last 100 years, where the records are more than plentiful.

…It seems the statistical research is well designed specifically to measure `effect of Solar Radiation` – all forms of Cosmic Radiation and not only Ultraviolet spectrum for sure – and solar radiations well known and documented periodicity ` intensity increase during -solar flares –sun spots-coronal mass ejections – on human body- . Specifically Immune Stem Cell Mass during ` MOST VULNERABLE infantile New born period` , and the challenge of `infectious diseases as well as cancer` –The biggest killers 100 years ago . –Less Motor vehicle accident related deaths obviously 100 years ago excluded by choosing that period in history- .

…It is the well known and documented fact that the `Immune surveillance is dramatically impaired against all forms of cancer with radiation exposure during `VULNERABLE NEWBORN PERIOD- as well as Immune protection against all forms of Infectious diseases –especially valid pre antibiotic and pre infectious disease preventive era 100 years ago in history `.

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Amazon readying an attack on Google’s ad business

US online giant Amazon is preparing to take on Google in one of its core businesses, Internet advertising, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the matter

US online giant Amazon is preparing to take on Google in one of its core businesses, Internet advertising, the Wall Street Journal said, citing sources familiar with the matter.

…Google is for now the uncontested top dog in online publicity, with around a 31.45 percent share of the global market this year, according to figures from research firm eMarketer.

The company earns around $50 billion a year from its advertising business, compared to the just $1 billion Amazon is expected to earn this year, the Wall Street Journal said on Friday.

…US online giant Amazon is preparing to launch a streaming music service as early as this week, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

…Amazon is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of 2014, thrusting itself into a market already crowded with Apple and Samsung models, The Wall Street Journal reported.

…Amazon says it has no plans to offer a free streaming media service, addressing speculation ahead of a media event in New York next Wednesday.

…Internet powerhouse Google is in talks with major retailers about an online shopping service that would deliver purchases to buyers within 24 hours, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

…Yahoo is closing its research and development center in China as CEO Marissa Mayer tries to placate shareholders pressuring the Internet company to cut costs while it struggles to bring in more revenue.

…The U.S. retail music business was essentially flat in 2014 as growth in streaming revenue helped offset further decline in sales of CDs, a report from the Recording Industry Association of America said Wednesday.

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Noobs can pwn world’s most popular BIOSes in two minutes

Millions of flawed BIOSes can be infected using simple two-minute attacks that don’t require technical skills and require only access to a PC to execute.

…Kopvah and Kallenberg’s talk aims to both highlight the dangers and capabilities of BIOS attacks and the need for system administrators to apply vendor patches, something which they say is not being done.

They will demonstrate attacks against BIOS on Gigabyte, Acer, MSI, HP, and Asus, using the LightEater implant running the privacy-focused Tails platform to siphon GPG keys from memory to a flash chip.

…”Then we’ll boot up the infected HP system and show how LightEater can use the Intel Serial Over LAN technology to exfiltrate data from SMM (System Management Mode), without needing a NIC-specific driver.

…Simple pattern matching can make it so that tools can just assemble BIOS implants for any model on demand,” Kopvah says, adding he expects that attackers already know this.

…”So, we didn’t even have to do anything special; we just had a kernel driver write an invalid instruction to the first instruction the CPU reads off the flash chip, and bam, it was out for the count, and never was able to boot again,” Kopvah says.

The duo will reveal an automated scripts they supplied to vendors that can detect dangerous attacks against SMM capable of reading and writing to all system memory.

BIOS attacks surfaced on the public record from the research community but as leaked Snowden documents reveal it was the National Security Agency that likely first exploited the vector.

The research pair says the attacks should serve as a boot in the arse for governments and corporations to apply BIOS patches if only to make life more difficult for less-resourced hostile spy agencies.

“I personally find it very ironic that things like Tails gained popularity as OPSEC tools thanks to Snowden, while at the same time Snowden’s leaks showed that the NSA had the capability to defeat such mechanisms if they wanted to.”

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Microsoft Band now more widely available in US and in UK for pre-orders

Just a couple of hours ago I wrote about getting ready for the arrival of your Microsoft Band since online availability had picked back up a couple of weeks ago for many of you.

…After only having the Band available in its own online and retail stores since its launch last year the Microsoft Band, as of today, will be available through Amazon, Best Buy and Target here in the US.

Microsoft Stores will also see their own inventory increase through larger shipments which they will receive on a more regular basis instead of the scattered availability we have been familiar with.

…You may recall that last week Rod reported on the rumored availability of Microsoft Band at Best Buy stores based on some internal documentation that was floating around.

…When that story came out I knew that meant Band production was ramping up because I used to work at Best Buy and they do not like to bring in a product to display on the shelves if it is not available to sell. 

…The expansion to Target and Best Buy also means there are more places for potential buyers to go see and try out the Band before purchase. While the brick and mortar Microsoft Stores make a lot of sense as initial retail entry points they are not as widely available for the entire US population.

…Effective today the Band is available in the UK for pre-order from the Microsoft Store online as well as other retail partners in the UK which include Amazon, Curry’s PC World, Dixons travel, Harrods and O2.

…Like many, I was hoping to see a new Lumia flagship before the end of 2014, and while I was pleasantly surprised in some ways by both the Lumia 735 and 830, neither offers the level of performance or best-in-market camera quality I had come to expected from Microsoft/Nokia’s high-end devices.

…It’s been a while since the last What I Use, but there haven’t been many major changes since late last year: Surface Pro 3 has become my go-to travel companion, I’ve added a third cellphone line for testing Windows Phone, Android and iPhone side-by-side, and have rotated through some new tablets and other devices.

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KAIST introduces a new UI for K-Glass 2 that works with eye blinking

A research team led by Professor Hoi-Jun Yoo of the Electrical Engineering Department at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has recently developed an upgraded model of the K-Glass called “K-Glass 2.”

K-Glass 2 detects users’ eye movements to point the cursor to recognize computer icons or objects in the Internet, and uses winks for commands. … Like its predecessor, K-Glass 2 also employs augmented reality, displaying in real time the relevant, complementary information in the form of text, 3D graphics, images, and audio over the target objects selected by users.

The research results were presented, and K-Glass 2’s successful operation was demonstrated on-site to the 2015 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) held on February 23-25, 2015 in San Francisco.

…The i-Mouse is a new user interface for smart glasses in which the gaze-image sensor (GIS) and object recognition processor (ORP) are stacked vertically to form a small chip. When three infrared LEDs (light-emitting diodes) built into the K-Glass 2 are projected into the user’s eyes, GIS recognizes their focal point and estimates the possible locations of the gaze as the user glances over the display screen. … Compared to the previous ORP chips, this chip uses 3.4 times less power, consuming on average 75 milliwatts (mW), thereby helping K-Glass 2 to run for almost 24 hours on a single charge.

…In order to expedite the commercial use of smart glasses, improving the user interface (UI) and the user experience (UX) are just as important as the development of compact-size, low-power wearable platforms with high energy efficiency.

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Recent startup Ineda Systems is reportedly developing two new kinds of processing chips for wearable devices, both designed to extend battery life. The new chips are being designed to work as companion chips for the main processor, handling simple tasks and using very little power while doing so, thus allowing for reduced overall power consumption and longer battery life.

…They are looking at ways to use just one core when possible, such as for sensing motion, or listening for a single phrase such as “Ok Google.”

…Ineda points out on its web site that wearable devices reside in ambient mode or are running very simple apps, approximately 90 percent of the time, thus, it makes little sense for the main processor to be running all the time. Allowing companion chips to handle the more mundane tasks has the potential to allow wearable devices to run for days, or perhaps weeks at a time before needing a recharge.

…In order for Ineda’s chips to work in most wearable devices, changes would have to be made to the hardware and software to support them.

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…To create your first Hello World App, all you need to do is to write a  simple Hello World text within the cfoutput tag and then wrap this code with a cfclient tag.

…This is your first mobile app, which would print Hello World on screen when you package and run it on your mobile device.

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…This means you will need a way to use the device functionality through your code so that your app can do something substantial like write a file to the device file system or take a picture or add entry to device’s contact list.

…We start with very basic camera APIs and as we go on we will use more APIs and create an app that can do more than just print Hello World.

…So, to use the device’s camera to take picture, we wiil use the getPicture() API under cfclient.camera (use Adobe ColdFusiob Builder 3 to get content assist for all device APIs).

…To run the above code on the device, you need to build and package the app using Adobe ColdFusion Builder 3 or alternatively use the PhoneGap Shell App.

…Now, we have seen how to access the device API using cfclient and create mobile applications that can access native functionality.

…Now that you have got an idea about how to create mobile applications that can access device native functionality, a good way to move forward would be to take a look at what all APIs are available and build some awesome apps using that.

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