Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Microsoft Windows 9 event on 30 September 2014

Microsoft has sent out the official press invites for an event in San Francisco on September 30, where It is almost certain that Windows 9 will be unveiled.
The Windows 9 Technical Preview should be handed out to event attendees, and should also be available online on September 30 or very soon after.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Apple India Announced IPhone 6 Launch Date in INDIA

Apple Inc.’s new large-screen handsets — the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
– will be available in India from Oct. 17 but its new line of smartwatches will not land in India until next year, according to the company’s India website.
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The two new phones are Apple’s first with screens larger than 4 inches, aimed at competing with the bigger phones which have been stealing the company’s market share around the world.
The company has yet to unveil the Indian prices for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. It claims that both will have better battery life than past iPhones.

The one new trick the phones can do is make instant payments–for example at the cashier at Starbucks–by just tapping the phone on a reading device near the cash register. However this potential wallet killer app is unlikely to land in India anytime soon due to Reserve Bank of India regulations.
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SOURCE: Apple India, WSJ

Google’s Self Driving Car Will Still Require Controls: DMV

The state of California is throwing the proverbial ‘wrench’ in the works by demanding the 100 pod cars have a fail-safe mechanism that will allow users to take over from the automated control.  The intention of Google was to give the prototypes a start button and a stop button, but the California DMV has given the tech giant an ultimatum on the grounds of safety.

The self-driving car is not too far from becoming the standard sight on our highways and although Google’s self-driving car prototypes have been designed with basic controls, it appears as though that isn’t enough for some people.

The new autonomous cars will be limited to 25 mph, although Google has plans to allow them to follow human drivers and go up to 10 mph over the speed limit. Under the DMV’s new rules, some of the possibilities the company showed in its initial launch video for the prototype cars will not be allowed. For example, a blind passenger would be unable to satisfactorily take over from the vehicle’s autonomous system.

A new set of testing rules for autonomous vehicles implemented by the California Department of Motor Vehicles is causing issues.  
The question is, what capacity for control should passengers inside an automated car, have ?  
The requirements read, “The autonomous vehicle test driver is either in immediate physical control of the vehicle or is actively monitoring the vehicle’s operations and capable of taking over immediate physical control.” Another demand included that the test driver be “an employee, contractor or designee” of Google!

Google was given the decision to either shelve plans to put the driverless pod-cars on public roads, or change them to equip the vehicles with more traditional car controls, such as its previous prototypes. A spokesperson told the WSJ that as a result, Google is fitting a small, temporary wheel to the cars for steering, as well as pedals.

Apparently, Google has previously asked the California DMV to think about other types of self-driving vehicle, but was turned down. The road trials of the Google pods start next month, although Google is yet to confirm exactly where they will be deployed and who will be allowed to ride in them.

SOURCE: Google, Forbes