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  • Self-driving cars rely on a holy trinity of sensors—cameras, lidar, and radar—to "see" their environment. But a new startup wants to streamline that sensor suite. Aeva is a Silicon Valley-based company founded by former Apple engineers Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk. As described by The New York Times, Salehian and Rezk have created a device they believe can outperform current self-driving car sensors.The Aeva co-founders left Apple late last year and founded Aeva in January. They believe the current trifecta of cameras, radar, and lidar leave gaps in the data they produce. Aeva's sensor is based on lidar—but instead of sending out individual pulses like current lidar devices, it sends out a continuous wave. This creates a more detailed image of the object being tracked, and allows the device to measure velocity as well.By measuring both the distance between the car and an object as well as velocity, the device can essentially do the work of both lidar and radar, according to Ae..

    Former Apple Engineers Claim Their Self-Driving Car Sensor Will Make Lidar Obsolete

    Self-driving cars rely on a holy trinity of sensors—cameras, lidar, and radar—to "see" their environment. But a new startup wants to streamline that sensor suite. Aeva is a Silicon Valley-based company founded by former Apple engineers Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk. As described by The New York Times, Salehian and Rezk have created a device they believe can outperform current self-driving car sensors.The Aeva co-founders left Apple late last year and founded Aeva in January. They believe the current trifecta of cameras, radar, and lidar leave gaps in the data they produce. Aeva's sensor is based on lidar—but instead of sending out individual pulses like current lidar devices, it sends out a continuous wave. This creates a more detailed image of the object being tracked, and allows the device to measure velocity as well.By measuring both the distance between the car and an object as well as velocity, the device can essentially do the work of both lidar and radar, according to Ae..
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  • Despite the strength of its brand, Apple Inc. occasionally releases a product to mediocre reviews - remember the original Apple TV or Apple Watch? But reviewers have rarely been as grumpy as this month, when Apple unveiled its collection of new gadgets for the holidays.Each product was docked by reviewers for specific functional flaws, ranging from the iPhone 8's middling design to Apple Watch Series 3 issues with wireless connectivity, and quality problems with the Apple TV 4K's video output."While Apple's new products often generate plenty of nit-picks, the lack of enthusiasm by reviewers across the portfolio seems unique this year," Walter Piecyk, an analyst at BTIG, said.To be sure, Apple products have gotten bad reviews in the past, only to sell like hotcakes later. And reviewers haven't yet tested the iPhone X, which is expected to be the main object of desire when it becomes available in November.As the only models likely to be readily available in stores..

    iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K Receive Rare Mixed-Bag Reviews

    Despite the strength of its brand, Apple Inc. occasionally releases a product to mediocre reviews - remember the original Apple TV or Apple Watch? But reviewers have rarely been as grumpy as this month, when Apple unveiled its collection of new gadgets for the holidays.Each product was docked by reviewers for specific functional flaws, ranging from the iPhone 8's middling design to Apple Watch Series 3 issues with wireless connectivity, and quality problems with the Apple TV 4K's video output."While Apple's new products often generate plenty of nit-picks, the lack of enthusiasm by reviewers across the portfolio seems unique this year," Walter Piecyk, an analyst at BTIG, said.To be sure, Apple products have gotten bad reviews in the past, only to sell like hotcakes later. And reviewers haven't yet tested the iPhone X, which is expected to be the main object of desire when it becomes available in November.As the only models likely to be readily available in stores..
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  • Google late Wednesday announced that it would pay $1.1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,159 crores) for employees from HTC's smartphone unit, prompting waves upon waves of speculation about what might come next from this hookup.But I have one hope: that Google's clout and HTC's design can give us something to challenge Apple and Samsung.Now, let me be clear. I'm not against either Apple or Samsung - they both make nice phones. I'm also not saying there aren't other smartphone companies out there, because there obviously are. But while there are firms doing interesting things - Essential, LG, even Google's former acquisition Motorola - it definitely feels like this is Apple and Samsung's market and we're all just living in it.Having more players is also good for innovation. "Two is better than one. But three is better than two," said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights.Yes, it's true that both Apple and Samsung face pressure g..

    Can Google and HTC Crack the Apple-Samsung Smartphone Duopoly?

    Google late Wednesday announced that it would pay $1.1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,159 crores) for employees from HTC's smartphone unit, prompting waves upon waves of speculation about what might come next from this hookup.But I have one hope: that Google's clout and HTC's design can give us something to challenge Apple and Samsung.Now, let me be clear. I'm not against either Apple or Samsung - they both make nice phones. I'm also not saying there aren't other smartphone companies out there, because there obviously are. But while there are firms doing interesting things - Essential, LG, even Google's former acquisition Motorola - it definitely feels like this is Apple and Samsung's market and we're all just living in it.Having more players is also good for innovation. "Two is better than one. But three is better than two," said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights.Yes, it's true that both Apple and Samsung face pressure g..
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  • Now that iOS 11 is out for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and users who have already jumped onto the latest mobile operating system version from Apple will have found tons of new features to play around with. The most noticeable and talked about features among them is the new customisable Control Centre that brings all quick controls under a single swipe up menu. While the option to toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from the Control Centre has always been there, the latest OS apparently doesn't let you turn them off completely - even if you think they've been turned off.11 Best Features of iOS 11As observed by users, and discussed in our iOS 11 podcast, turning off the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth from the new Control Centre don't in fact turn them off completely. While they indeed disconnect from connected devices, users have noticed that the Wi-Fi and and Bluetooth radios are still active in the background. So while you may see the blue lights turn off when you toggle the Wi-Fi or..

    iOS 11’s Control Centre Does Not Turn Off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Completely but Apple Says It’s Not a Bug

    Now that iOS 11 is out for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and users who have already jumped onto the latest mobile operating system version from Apple will have found tons of new features to play around with. The most noticeable and talked about features among them is the new customisable Control Centre that brings all quick controls under a single swipe up menu. While the option to toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from the Control Centre has always been there, the latest OS apparently doesn't let you turn them off completely - even if you think they've been turned off.11 Best Features of iOS 11As observed by users, and discussed in our iOS 11 podcast, turning off the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth from the new Control Centre don't in fact turn them off completely. While they indeed disconnect from connected devices, users have noticed that the Wi-Fi and and Bluetooth radios are still active in the background. So while you may see the blue lights turn off when you toggle the Wi-Fi or..
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  • Slowing innovation at iPhone maker Apple gives Asian rivals their best chance yet to conquer developed markets, retailers and consumers say - thanks to better designs and lower prices.Apple last week unveiled new iPhones with wireless charging, an edge-to-edge screen and dual cameras - all features already widely available in phones from China's Huawei and Oppo, and Samsung Electronics.While Apple must convince buyers to fork out nearly $1,000 for its high-end model, challengers are tilting at the luxury market, offering similar features for less money.Chinese vendors, formerly seen as churning out cheap phones with copycat innovation, have upped their quality game and now control nearly half the global mobile market. By cramming high-end features into affordable devices, and using a canny mix of promotion, advertising and retail reach, they have also won over some loyal Apple users."Huawei is seen as a relevant competitor to Apple and Samsung (by) covering all major price poi..

    As Apple Slows, Fast-Moving Chinese Rivals Gain in Wealthy Markets

    Slowing innovation at iPhone maker Apple gives Asian rivals their best chance yet to conquer developed markets, retailers and consumers say - thanks to better designs and lower prices.Apple last week unveiled new iPhones with wireless charging, an edge-to-edge screen and dual cameras - all features already widely available in phones from China's Huawei and Oppo, and Samsung Electronics.While Apple must convince buyers to fork out nearly $1,000 for its high-end model, challengers are tilting at the luxury market, offering similar features for less money.Chinese vendors, formerly seen as churning out cheap phones with copycat innovation, have upped their quality game and now control nearly half the global mobile market. By cramming high-end features into affordable devices, and using a canny mix of promotion, advertising and retail reach, they have also won over some loyal Apple users."Huawei is seen as a relevant competitor to Apple and Samsung (by) covering all major price poi..
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  • In a statement that might come as a surprise to many, Apple CEO Tim Cook has described the iPhone X's price tag of $999 (Rs. 89,000 in India) as "value price" in an interview with Good Morning America. In his interview, Cook talked about the security offered by the Face ID as well as iOS 11 and ARKit among other things but his statement about the iPhone X price might is likely to create a stir.When Apple announced early this month that the iPhone X will be made available for purchase at $999, several critics raised their eyebrows at the increased price of the handset. However, in his interview, Cook said that it is a "value price" for the technology you are getting, as pointed out in a report by 9To5Google. To recall, in India the handset will be made available at a starting price of Rs. 89,000."Well, it's a value price actually for the technology that you're getting. As it turns out, most people are paying for phones over long periods of time. And so, very few people ..

    iPhone X’s Rs. 89,000 Price Tag a ‘Value Price’, Says Apple CEO Tim Cook

    In a statement that might come as a surprise to many, Apple CEO Tim Cook has described the iPhone X's price tag of $999 (Rs. 89,000 in India) as "value price" in an interview with Good Morning America. In his interview, Cook talked about the security offered by the Face ID as well as iOS 11 and ARKit among other things but his statement about the iPhone X price might is likely to create a stir.When Apple announced early this month that the iPhone X will be made available for purchase at $999, several critics raised their eyebrows at the increased price of the handset. However, in his interview, Cook said that it is a "value price" for the technology you are getting, as pointed out in a report by 9To5Google. To recall, in India the handset will be made available at a starting price of Rs. 89,000."Well, it's a value price actually for the technology that you're getting. As it turns out, most people are paying for phones over long periods of time. And so, very few people ..
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  • Apple on Tuesday rolled out iOS 11, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 worldwide for its products. While we've already covered everything new about the iOS 11 and how iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users can download it, we now take a look at what's new with the newest OS versions for the Apple Watch and the Apple TV.What's new with watchOS 4Coming to watchOS 4 for Apple Watch first, the new update brings a bunch of new additions and enhancements, the highlight of them being the integration of Siri. With the new update, Apple Watch owners will now be able to use Apple's voice assistant directly through the wearable. This will come particularly in handy for when Apple Watch Series 3 becomes available as users will be able to make calls and stream Apple Music by simply commanding Siri to do so. Apart from this, the new update brings three new watch faces including Toy Story and a Siri watch face that features a proactive timeline that will show new and relevant information as the ..

    Apple Releases watchOS 4, tvOS 11: Here’s What’s New and How to Download

    Apple on Tuesday rolled out iOS 11, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 worldwide for its products. While we've already covered everything new about the iOS 11 and how iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users can download it, we now take a look at what's new with the newest OS versions for the Apple Watch and the Apple TV.What's new with watchOS 4Coming to watchOS 4 for Apple Watch first, the new update brings a bunch of new additions and enhancements, the highlight of them being the integration of Siri. With the new update, Apple Watch owners will now be able to use Apple's voice assistant directly through the wearable. This will come particularly in handy for when Apple Watch Series 3 becomes available as users will be able to make calls and stream Apple Music by simply commanding Siri to do so. Apart from this, the new update brings three new watch faces including Toy Story and a Siri watch face that features a proactive timeline that will show new and relevant information as the ..
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  • Apple released iOS 11 on Tuesday, and it is being called one of the biggest updates to iOS in a long while. iOS 11 brings a host of new features like a brand new Control Center, a new file manager app, new layout to the App Store, among other things. While these are surface level updates, Apple has always introduced tweaks that are hidden for users to discover as they work on the new OS. One such tweak discovered lies within the redesigned App Store. Apple has now increased the limit of the size of apps that can be downloaded over cellular connections.Users can now download apps as big as 150MB in size using cellular data. Post the limit, Apple will notify you to use a Wi-Fi network for downloading. Apple says this will let "customers download more apps from the App Store over their cellular network." This is the first time since 2013 that Apple has increased the size limit for apps that can be downloaded over cellular data. Before iOS 11, the limit was 100MB that was introduced with ..

    Apple Increases App Download Limit to 150MB Over Cellular Connectivity

    Apple released iOS 11 on Tuesday, and it is being called one of the biggest updates to iOS in a long while. iOS 11 brings a host of new features like a brand new Control Center, a new file manager app, new layout to the App Store, among other things. While these are surface level updates, Apple has always introduced tweaks that are hidden for users to discover as they work on the new OS. One such tweak discovered lies within the redesigned App Store. Apple has now increased the limit of the size of apps that can be downloaded over cellular connections.Users can now download apps as big as 150MB in size using cellular data. Post the limit, Apple will notify you to use a Wi-Fi network for downloading. Apple says this will let "customers download more apps from the App Store over their cellular network." This is the first time since 2013 that Apple has increased the size limit for apps that can be downloaded over cellular data. Before iOS 11, the limit was 100MB that was introduced with ..
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  • Now that Apple's big iPhone event is behind us, we can look forward to flagship launches by companies like Google and Huawei. The latter in particular is poised to launch the Mate 10 smartphone that will directly take on Apple's iPhone X. In yet another dig at the Cupertino giant, Huawei just came out with a teaser that unabashedly mocks Apple and its neural engine, saying it will unveil the "real AI phone" on October 16.As you may know by now, the iPhone X is Apple's first iPhone to feature a facial recognition technology that it calls Face ID. Huawei in its recent teaser claims that its facial recognition technology is going to be better without explicitly mentioning Apple. The teaser seemingly takes a dig at the Face ID demo faux pas during the iPhone X presentation. The Chinese company is betting big on artificial intelligence moving forward following the unveiling of the new Kirin 970 SoC. The new AI chipset will offer faster processing, longer battery life, and wi..

    Huawei Mate 10 Teased as ‘The Real AI Phone’ as Company Takes a Dig at Apple

    Now that Apple's big iPhone event is behind us, we can look forward to flagship launches by companies like Google and Huawei. The latter in particular is poised to launch the Mate 10 smartphone that will directly take on Apple's iPhone X. In yet another dig at the Cupertino giant, Huawei just came out with a teaser that unabashedly mocks Apple and its neural engine, saying it will unveil the "real AI phone" on October 16.As you may know by now, the iPhone X is Apple's first iPhone to feature a facial recognition technology that it calls Face ID. Huawei in its recent teaser claims that its facial recognition technology is going to be better without explicitly mentioning Apple. The teaser seemingly takes a dig at the Face ID demo faux pas during the iPhone X presentation. The Chinese company is betting big on artificial intelligence moving forward following the unveiling of the new Kirin 970 SoC. The new AI chipset will offer faster processing, longer battery life, and wi..
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  • Apple recently unveiled its tenth anniversary iPhone, the iPhone X, which is touted to be the future of smartphones and offers a look at where Apple is heading for its next ten years. The iPhone X has a number of firsts for the company: it is the company's first bezel-less iPhone, it is the first $1,000 iPhone, and it is also the first to sport the facial recognition technology that Apple calls Face ID. Following the unveiling, Apple's Craig Federighi has been giving a number of interviews to talk more about the technology behind it as well as addressing some popular concerns.In an interview with TechCrunch, Federighi explains that the work behind getting Face ID right was extensive, having to collect over a billion images to train the technology. "So, Apple went out and got consent from subjects to provide scans that were 'quite exhaustive'. Those scans were taken from many angles and contain a lot of detail that was then used to train the Face ID system," Federig..

    Apple’s Craig Federighi Says Face ID Training Was ‘Exhaustive’; Addresses Concerns, and More

    Apple recently unveiled its tenth anniversary iPhone, the iPhone X, which is touted to be the future of smartphones and offers a look at where Apple is heading for its next ten years. The iPhone X has a number of firsts for the company: it is the company's first bezel-less iPhone, it is the first $1,000 iPhone, and it is also the first to sport the facial recognition technology that Apple calls Face ID. Following the unveiling, Apple's Craig Federighi has been giving a number of interviews to talk more about the technology behind it as well as addressing some popular concerns.In an interview with TechCrunch, Federighi explains that the work behind getting Face ID right was extensive, having to collect over a billion images to train the technology. "So, Apple went out and got consent from subjects to provide scans that were 'quite exhaustive'. Those scans were taken from many angles and contain a lot of detail that was then used to train the Face ID system," Federig..
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