Apple unveils iPhone X & 8, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K & more


 

It all came out this week, as Apple finally revealed the OLED-based iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, a third-generation Apple Watch with LTE, and the Apple TV 4K. Find all the details you might have missed right here.

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Everything you need to know:

  • The iPhone X will ship Nov. 3 for $999, sporting edge-to-edge OLED and Face ID > >
  • The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus ship on Sept. 22, starting at $699 > >
  • Apple Watch Series 3 introduces cellular to the company’s wearables > >
  • The Apple TV 4K will cost $179, but with free 4K/HDR upgrades for iTunes content > >
  • iOS 11, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 are coming Sept. 19 —macOS High Sierra will follow Sept. 25 > >
  • Apple is going all-in on wireless charging, including a new “AirPower” dock > >
  • The desktop version of iTunes no longer includes the App Store > >

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Apple debuts $999 iPhone X with OLED Super Retina Display & Face ID authentication

Apple unveils 4.7-inch iPhone 8 & 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus, shipping Sept. 22 starting at $699

Apple announces $399 Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular, letting you ditch your iPhone for data on the go

$179 Apple TV 4K boasts high dynamic range support, free 4K upgrades to iTunes movie purchases

Apple’s macOS High Sierra coming Sept. 25, watchOS 4 & tvOS 11 due Sept. 19

Apple’s AirPower wireless charging pad charges up to 3 devices, to launch in 2018

Apple Heart Study focusing on atrial fibrillation launching in 2017

Apple asks for iOS 11 apps, issues developer GM ahead of Sept. 19 public launch

Apple’s new iPhone X folio case wakes/sleeps handset like iPad Smart Cover

Apple intros urBeats3 headphones & cheaper Apple TV Siri Remote

Apple quietly cuts price of iPhone SE to $349 for 32GB, $449 for 128GB

Apple is de-bloating iTunes with latest 12.7 release, removes App Store

Apple discontinues (Product)Red iPhone 7, ups iPad Pro pricing

Apple hikes repair, replacement & AppleCare+ prices for iPhones

Senator calls on Apple to address Face ID privacy concerns

Apple mulling $3B investment in Bain bid for Toshiba chip business, report says

Apple denies iPhone X failed in onstage demo, says Face ID feature worked as intended

Rumor: AirPods Wireless Charging Case coming in December for $69

Apple iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K preorders go live

Video: Should you preorder Apple’s iPhone 8, or wait for iPhone X?

First look: Hands-on with Apple’s iPhone X

Texas Devices (TXN) Unveils Programmable Robotic Motor vehicle

Texas Devices Integrated TXN or TI yesterday took the wraps off its 1st instructional robot created for center and large university college students.

Recognized as TI-Innovator Rover, the enterprise promises it to be the 1st-of-its-sort calculator-controlled robotic car or truck. The device will have a wider rollout in the United States and Canada this tumble and in Europe early following calendar year.

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How Does It Do the job?

Learners can produce plans on Rover’s graphing calculator based mostly on which it moves and attracts matters. The essential concept is to assist college students study science, technological innovation, engineering and math (STEM) subjects in an effortless, attention-grabbing, pleasing and interactive way.

The device can help college students individually or collaboratively investigate various STEM topics and ideas and proficiently do the job on essential as properly as sophisticated STEM, coding and robotics projects. Even college students less accustomed to coding and robotics, can use Rover by essential plans. It has been developed specially for classroom use.

President of TI Schooling Know-how, Peter Balyta mentioned, “Specified the sheer joy we have witnessed on students’ faces as they realized to code during our screening stage, we are thrilled to see how Rover will inspire additional younger minds by an introduction to robotics.”

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Samsung Unveils Electric Car Battery with a 435-Mile Range

Samsung has managed to boost the capacity of electric car battery packs beyond those that are currently on the market, the company announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

As Volkswagen, BMW and others took to the stage to strut their stuff and boast about what makes their brand’s plug-in cars better than the rest, some of the most influential companies that produce the underlying technologies behind these cars deserve a bit of credit as well.

Samsung, the popular smartphone maker, also makes electric car batteries and unveiled a new battery pack at the show. By increasing energy density, the company says it’s packed more power into a single battery and addressed a challenge that all electric car makers face: achieving a longer range without compromising the size of their vehicles.  

Compared with Tesla’s 100 kWh battery, which has 16 modules consisting of 18650 cells that let its Model S P100D travel up to 315 miles on a single charge, using 16 of the Samsung battery packs, the same car could travel 348 miles, making it about 11 percent more efficient. Samsung says it could equip a premium car with up to 20 modules, giving it a range of about 435 miles, or a typical electric sedan with between 10 and 12 modules, allowing up to a 190-mile range. Unfortunately no data was made available on the theoretical test weight of either vehicle, nor the overall capacity of the batteries.

The packs use individual “2170” cells, which are named after their dimensions: 21 millimeters in height and 70 millimeters in diameter, notably the same dimensions as those used in the Tesla Model 3 manufactured at Tesla’s Gigafactory.

Using Samsung’s new battery technologies, however, may help more automakers develop longer-range vehicles, potentially boosting the shift to electric that many manufacturers are working toward today and even give Tesla and battery-maker Panasonic a run for their money.

SpaceX unveils the Interplanetary Transport System, a spaceship and rocket to colonize Mars

Private spaceflight company SpaceX has released a video that details its long-awaited “Interplanetary Transport System.” The video was published less than an hour before CEO Elon Musk was scheduled to detail the system at the International Astronautical Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The video appears to show SpaceX’s new rocket — the BFR, or “Big Fucking Rocket” — as well as the company’s interplanetary spaceship — the BFS, or “Big Fucking Spaceship.”

The rocket and spaceship combination will apparently be much bigger than SpaceX’s Falcon 9. Elon Musk tweeted that, together on the launchpad, they will reach 122 meters tall — almost twice as tall as the 70-meter Falcon 9. The BFR has 28,730,000 pounds of thrust at liftoff. Musk has said that the Raptor engine — SpaceX’s next generation rocket engine — has about 500,000 pounds of thrust, which means the BFR would use somewhere in the neighborhood of 50–60 Raptor engines in its first stage. (For reference, the Falcon 9 generates 1.7 million pounds of thrust at liftoff and uses nine “Merlin” engines.)

The simulation video shows that, after reaching space, SpaceX plans to park its spaceship in orbit while the BFR returns to the launchpad. SpaceX has landed six of its Falcon 9 rockets so far — two on solid ground and four at sea — and it plans to do the same with the BFR, though the process looks much more precise here. The BFR will apparently land directly back on the “launch mount,” in order to allow SpaceX to rapidly attach a fueling tank to the top of the BFR. That fueling tank will then be sent back up into space to fuel up the BFS for its trip through the Solar System.

The fuel tanker ship (which looks very much like the BFS in this video) presumably lands back on Earth. The BFR is shown taking off from and landing back at Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX signed a 20-year lease for Launch Pad 39A in 2014 — it was the famous launch site for many of the Apollo missions (including Apollo 11) and hosted the first and last Space Shuttle launches.

The BFS is the other major component being shown off here, and it is detailed in the second half of the video. It has solar arrays that will deploy during the trip to Mars, and they are capable of generating 200kW of power.


The BFS will “coast” to Mars at a speed of more than 62,000 miles per hour, according to the video. Upon entering Mars’ atmosphere, the outside of the ship will heat up to more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It will then use supersonic retro propulsion (or “many rockets firing at once”) to lower the giant craft to the surface of Mars.

And that’s about it. The video is short on details beyond what you see here. We still don’t know how Musk plans to keep travelers alive either during or after the trip to Mars, where they’ll live, how much any of this will cost, or where he’ll get the money from. There is one final bit, though: an animation of Mars becoming a lush, green-and-blue world, much like Earth. Is terraforming going to be part of Musk’s announcement, too? We’ll hopefully find out shortly when he takes the stage in Mexico.


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Huawei unveils AI-powered phone chip to take on Apple and Samsung | VentureBeat | Mobile

(Reuters) — Huawei aims to use artificial intelligence-powered features such as instant image recognition to take on rivals Samsung and Apple when it launches its new flagship phone next month, a top executive said on Saturday.

Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer business, on Saturday revealed a powerful new mobile phone chip Huawei is betting on for its upcoming flagship Mate 10 and other high-end phones to deliver faster processing and lower power consumption.

Huawei will launch the Mate 10 and its sister phone, the Mate 10 Pro, in Munich on Oct. 16, Yu confirmed. He declined to detail new features, but the phones are expected to boast large, 6-inch-plus full-screen displays, tech blogs predict.

Artificial intelligence (AI) built into its new chips can help make phones more personalized, or anticipate the actions and interests of their users, Yu said.

As examples, he said AI can enable real-time language translation, heed voice commands, or take advantage of augmented reality, which overlays text, sounds, graphics and video on real-world images phone users see in front of them.

Yu believes the new Kirin 970 chip’s speed and low power can translate into features that will give its phones an edge over the Apple iPhone 8 series, set to be unveiled on Sept. 12, and Samsung’s range of top-line phones announced this year. Huawei is the world’s No. 3 smartphone maker behind Samsung and Apple.

“Compared with Samsung and Apple, we have advantages,” Yu said in an interview during the annual IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin. “Users are in for much faster (feature) performance, longer battery life and more compact design.”

The company asserts its newly announced Kirin 970 chip will preserve battery life on phones by up to 50 percent.

Huawei describes the new chip as the first Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for smartphones. It brings together classic computing, graphics, image and digital signal processing power that have typically required separate chips, taking up more space and slowing interaction between features within phones.

Most importantly, Huawei aims to use the Kirin chips to differentiate its phones from a vast sea of competitors, including Samsung, who overwhelming rely on rival Snapdragon chips from Qualcomm, the market leader in mobile chip design. Among major phone makers, only Apple and Huawei now rely on their own core processors.

The 970 is designed by Huawei’s HiSilicon chip design business and built using the most advanced 10 nanometer production lines of contract manufacturer TSMC.

Square Enix unveils new ‘Super Savage’ tier for Final Fantasy XIV, will require completion of current tier

Ultimate difficulty

Square has experimented with implementing higher raid tiers in the past for Final Fantasy XIV. The Savage Coil of Bahamut was a rework of sorts of the second tier of the first raid in the game, providing a greater challenge for teams who had already cleared the highest level of raid content. It was a cool idea, but it was promptly dropped for the third and final wing of the Bahamut raid, and was never revisited, even once, in the Heavensward expansion.

It’s a concept that Square Enix has been saying they want to get back to, and as of Stormblood, they’re adding The Unending Coil of Bahamut (Ultimate), formerly known as ‘Super Savage.” Although we need more details it seems that it’s a fight that features Coil bosses Twintania, Nael, and Bahamut, and will require completion of Stormblood’s savage content (currently V1S-V4S) to enter. There’s no weekly limit, and players will obtain a token to exchange for a weapon that will be the same loot level as the Neo raid (i345). My raid team cleared Neo the other week (and I’m one Glaze away from full i340 as of Tuesday), so I’m ready.

4.1 will also feature more main story scenario quests, new sidequests (including a Hildibrand extension and Kojin Beast Tribe errands), a new dungeon (The Drowned City of Skalla), Shinryu EX, another PVP map (Rival Wings, a 24-on-24 affair with mechs), Shirogane plots (and a housing relocation service), residential swimming, a 24-person raid, an enhanced Lost Canals of Uznair instance, cross-server friends list access, a system that allows Bards to play notes on a hotbar, and a duty roulette for raids. Some of this may come later on in iterations of 4.1, but regardless, Final Fantasy XIV knows how to do patches right!

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Nest Unveils the Thermostat E: Slick, Smaller, Cheaper

Nest is one of the primary sellers of smart thermostats, but despite the Google (Alphabet) buyout, the company is still struggling to hit mass market appeal. That could very well change in the near future with the Nest Thermostat E.

Here’s the thing, the Nest Thermostat E is very similar to the company’s flagship thermostat, but it differs in its cost and ease of use. This is Nest’s first big launch since May of this year, and the company’s first entirely new thermostat since the release of its primary product back in 2011.

Source: Nest

It has been in development for quite some time

According to a report from Business Insider, Nest has been working on this new device for the past two-years. It’s finally ready for consumption, and Nest is hoping it could boost its market share a great deal.

“Really what we want to do is talk to another kind of customer,” according to Maxime Veron, Nest’s head of product marketing, in a recent statement to Business Insider when giving a briefing about the new product.

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“We believe the Nest Learning Thermostat is amazing for the top of customer food chain, versus the more mass-market customer who wants something more approachable that doesn’t stand out on the wall as a piece of design — something that just blends in and does its job.”

OK then, let’s talk about what’s different about the Thermostat E

First up, we have to look at the new image of the device. It’s not an entirely new design since the shape is still same. What’ different here is the color because the entire body is white, or almost. Furthermore, there’s a new display that is frosted rather than a bright LCD screen.

According to Veron, the display was inspired by watercolors. We don’t understand what that means, but it sounds great.

Source: Nest

Finally, we need to talk about the pricing here because that’s the main differentiator. You see, the original Nest Thermostat costs $249, but the E model stands to set consumers back a cheaper $169. That’s a massive $80 difference in price for a product that can stand toe-to-toe with its bigger brother.

Like the older version, the E will work just fine with Amazon Alexa and Google Home digital voice assistants. Additionally, if there’s no one at home, the product can realize this and turn itself off. Not to mention, there’s a rebate for homeowners who are interested in having a professional install the device.

What we have here is a great looking product that could transform Nest into a household name before long. Then again, it all boils down to whether or not most consumers feel the need for a smart thermostat.

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Huawei unveils faster phone chip it says can beat Apple, Samsung

BERLIN (Reuters) – Huawei [HWT.UL] aims to use artificial intelligence-powered features such as instant image recognition to take on rivals Samsung and Apple when it launches its new flagship phone next month, a top executive said on Saturday.

Richard Wu, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer business, on Saturday revealed a powerful new mobile phone chip Huawei is betting on for its upcoming flagship Mate 10 and other high-end phones to deliver faster processing and lower power consumption.

Huawei will launch the Mate 10 and its sister phone, the Mate 10 Pro, in Munich on Oct. 16, Wu confirmed. He declined to detail new features, but the phones are expected to boast large, 6-inch-plus full-screen displays, tech blogs predict.

Artificial intelligence (AI) built into its new chips can help make phones more personalized, or anticipate the actions and interests of their users, Wu said.

As examples, he said AI can enable real-time language translation, heed voice commands, or take advantage of augmented reality, which overlays text, sounds, graphics and video on real-world images phone users see in front of them.

Wu believes the new Kirin 970 chip’s speed and low power can translate into features that will give its phones an edge over the Apple iPhone 8 series, set to be unveiled on Sept. 12, and Samsung’s range of top-line phones announced this year. Huawei is the world’s No. 3 smartphone maker behind Samsung and Apple.

“Compared with Samsung and Apple, we have advantages,” Wu said in an interview during the annual IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin. “Users are in for much faster (feature) performance, longer battery life and more compact design.”

The company asserts its newly announced Kirin 970 chip will preserve battery life on phones by up to 50 percent.

Huawei describes the new chip as the first Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for smartphones. It brings together classic computing, graphics, image and digital signal processing power that have typically required separate chips, taking up more space and slowing interaction between features within phones.

Most importantly, Huawei aims to use the Kirin chips to differentiate its phones from a vast sea of competitors, including Samsung, who overwhelming rely on rival Snapdragon chips from Qualcomm, the market leader in mobile chip design. Among major phone makers, only Apple and Huawei now rely on their own core processors.

The 970 is designed by Huawei’s HiSilicon chip design business and built using the most advanced 10 nanometer production lines of contract manufacturer TSMC.

Reporting By Eric Auchard; Editing by Ros Russell

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GIGABYTE Unveils GeForce GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G for SFF Builds

GIGABYTE has outed their GeForce GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G, the newest entrant in the high-performing small form factor graphics space. At only 169mm (6.7in) long, the company’s diminutive offering is now the second mITX NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 card, with the first being the ZOTAC GTX 1080 Mini, announced last December. While the ZOTAC card was described as “the world’s smallest GeForce GTX 1080,” the GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Mini ITX comes in ~40mm shorter, courtesy of its single-fan configuration.

Just fitting in the 17 x 17cm mITX specifications, the GIGABYTE 1080 Mini ITX features a semi-passive 90mm fan (turning off under certain loads/temperatures), triple heat pipe cooling solution, and 5+2 power phases. Despite the size, the card maintains reference clocks under Gaming Mode, with OC Mode pushing the core clocks by a modest ~2%. Powering it all is an 8pin power connector on the top of the card.

Specifications of Selected Graphics Cards for mITX PCs
  GIGABYTE
GeForce GTX 1080
Mini ITX 8G
ZOTAC
GeForce GTX 1080 Mini
  AMD
Radeon R9 Nano
Base Clock 1607MHz (Gaming Mode)
1632MHz (OC Mode)
1620MHz   N/A
Boost Clock 1733MHz (Gaming Mode)
1771MHz (OC Mode)
1759MHz   1000MHz
VRAM Clock / Type 10010MHz GDDR5X 10000MHz GDDR5X   1Gbps HBM1
Capacity 8GB 8GB   4GB
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit   4096-bit
Power Undisclosed 180W (TDP)   175W (TBP)
Length 169mm 211mm   152mm
Height 131mm 125mm   111mm
Width Dual Slot
(37mm)
Dual Slot   Dual Slot
(37mm)
Power Connectors 1 x 8pin (top) 1 x 8pin (top)   1 x 8pin (front)
Outputs 1 x HDMI 2.0b
3 x DP 1.4
1 x DL-DVI-D
1 x HDMI 2.0b
3 x DP 1.4
1 x DL-DVI-D
  1 x HDMI 1.4
3 x DP 1.2
Process TSMC 16nm TSMC 16nm   TSMC 28nm
Launch Price TBA ?   $649

The dimensions of the GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Mini ITX actually match GIGABYTE’s previous GTX 1070 Mini ITX and 1060 Mini ITX cards, as well as their OC variants. This is in line with mid-range and high-end mITX cards generally bottoming out at ~170mm lengthwise to match the mITX form factor specification, with the exception of the petite 152mm Radeon R9 Nano, a card made even smaller due to the space-saving nature of HBM. This is a non-trivial distinction, as graphics card dimension measurements often do not include the additional length of the PCIe bracket and sometimes delineate length of the PCB rather than the cooling shroud. In any case, the 211mm long ZOTAC GTX 1080 Mini actually extends over mITX motherboards. For SFF enthusiasts, these millimeters matter.

In the meantime, the GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Mini ITX will be the fastest 169mm long card. For the competition, with the R9 Nano no longer in production, the Vega-based Nano has only been teased at SIGGRAPH 2017 so far.

Details on pricing and availability have not been announced at this time.

NASA unveils plans to add 1,930-home neighborhood | News

The effort to solve the regional housing shortage now has an unlikely new champion: NASA Ames.

Officials with the NASA Ames Research Center announced plans Thursday afternoon for building a massive new housing campus that would provide at least 1,930 new homes somewhere at Moffett Field. This would be among the largest housing projects envisioned for the area, but for now the agency is staying tight-lipped about many details of its plans.

NASA officials broke the news in a release on Thursday, announcing they would soon be looking for a private developer to partner with on the project. They expect to begin a request for proposals this fall to scout for interested developers to draft plans for leasing a 45-acre federal site for the housing project.

This project would consist of rental housing only, at least 10 percent of which will be subsidized as affordable housing, according to the release. Preference for housing would be given to Ames workers, contractors and students. The development will also include other amenities and 100,000 square feet of retail space.

Like so many other local employers, NASA has struggled to accommodate the housing needs of its employees. The agency has a sterling reputation for its talented workforce, but many of its employees still find housing unaffordable in the Silicon Valley area.

Last year, a NASA employee living in an RV on the streets of Mountain View became a clear example of this problem. Earlier this year, NASA workers were among the chief defenders of saving an aging military housing park at Shenandoah Square, saying it was one of the area’s only housing options for federal employees.

NASA Ames administrators indicated that this housing crisis was on their minds as they designed this new housing plan.

“Housing in Silicon Valley is in high demand, and there’s a significant need for our employees and our community to have more options,” said Ames Center Director Eugene Tu in a prepared statement. “Plus, this housing will mitigate some of the increasing traffic and air emissions in the region.”

It is not clear exactly where this new 45-acre housing project would be located at Moffett Field. The majority of vacant land there is now being leased out to the Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures. No mention is made of Google or Planetary Ventures in the materials provided by NASA on Thursday.

NASA is already partnering with Google on plans to build a 1.1-million-square-foot office project on the western side of Moffett Field. That project is expected to provide about 200 housing units.

NASA press contacts could not immediately provide more details on the housing plans.