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Google Daydream VR goes standalone with Lenovo’s Mirage Solo

Google Daydream VR goes standalone with Lenovo’s Mirage Solo

Google Daydream VR finally makes its debut with Lenovo’s Mirage Solo

Virtual reality market has grown rapidly in the span of just three years wherein we saw more and more tech firms launching their own VR headsets to get an edge over the other. Google has spent a quality time in building the VR platform to support its range of standalone VR products. Google DayDream VR will allow the users to place their Android smartphone in the holsters and put it right in front of the face to immerse in the impressive world of virtual reality. Google Daydream VR based Lenovo’s Mirage Solo headset is also cheaper and acts as a completely passive device with no need of electricity thereby making it the most affordable and accessible solution for the millions of prospective buyers globally.

Day Dream VR Taking competition head on

Lenovo’s Mirage Solo VR headset backed with Google Daydream VR also happens to be the very first VR headset from a Chinese manufacturer. In a similar fashion, users are required to simply put their smartphone into the Lenovo’s VR headset and it is equipped all the necessary hardware to provide a flawless, immersive and captivating virtual reality experience. Interestingly the hardware boasted by the Mirage VR is similar to any of the top end smartphone. It comes loaded with the Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage as well as a massive 4000 mAh battery. Lenovo has not even cut the corner when equipping this VR gadget with appropriate sensors like accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer and others. Google Daydream VR also has a number of extra sensors as well as a unique WorldSense feature which makes use of the world facing cameras.

Day Dream VR Changing the way we see the world

The screen used in the Lenovo Mirage Solo is an HD IPS LCD panel of 5.5 inch with a resolution of 2560×1440 and refresh rate of 75Hz.  This high performing screen is just aptly suited for the VR needs with no blur or image ghosting at all. This headset also comes with a number of ports and buttons such as power and volume buttons, a microSD slot, 3.5 mm headphone jack and a USB Type C port. This battery is good enough to last two and half hours. Wearing any longer than that it isn’t advisable but anyone would love to wear it for a longer duration.

Making Day Dream VR more exciting

Sadly this Google Day Dream VR headset is quite heavier which happens to be the result of having so many sensors in it. The foam band present on the headset helps in offering the best possible comfortable grip for it. The core of this VR headset runs on the Google’s Daydream which happens to be based upon the Android Oreo. Just a fewer number of titles available on the Daydream support the WorldSense but Google has promised that it will be launching seventy more supportive titles in the upcoming days.

The worst thing for any VR or AR gadget is that it only allows the person using the headset to experience the exciting things happening there. There is no way for the user to share the experience with other but Google Daydream VR has an answer for it. It boasts of the Chromecast capabilities baked right into it which allow users to project whatever they are seeing to any kind of external display.

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The Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers On Budget in 2018

The Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers On Budget in 2018

The Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers on Budget

Before, if you had to jam out to your favorite tunes you would require to carry your earphones and then only you would be able to enjoy the music. But now with Bluetooth connectivity and the wireless miracle, you don’t need to opt in for those in ear devices anymore. Going on a picnic with friends? Need music to jam out too? No worries, you can just bring along that portable Bluetooth speakers with you. Now you might be thinking Portable Bluetooth Speakers? Those aren’t great for listening to music they’re just a pale imitation of a really good surround system. But this is where you’re wrong.

In today’s list we delve into the best portable Bluetooth speakers out there and let me tell you these bad boys don’t fool around with music, they’re affordable and great when it comes to their audio output. What’s even more great with these speakers is that you can take them around with you without any hassle. Some are even waterproof. So to ensure that you buy not only the best out there but also something that will suit your budget we’re bringing to you the best portable Bluetooth speakers that there is.

The first portable Bluetooth Speakers in the budget range- AudioPro Addon T3:

Portable Bluetooth Speakers AudioPro Addon T3

Ok so AudioPro may not be a brand that you’ve heard off, but so what? This Scandavian Company has a 40 year record in good Wi- Fi products and today they bring to you the Addon T3 portable Bluetooth speaker. This Bluetooth speaker is the best in their range and also is one of the best in our list of portable Bluetooth speakers.

It maneuvers easily through those slow numbers as well as those full- out rock sessions. This portable Bluetooth speaker offers a very natural and dynamic performance for any song that you play. The only disadvantage with it, is that it is a little chunky but while you might not be able to take it everywhere with you, it offers a larger sound than what you would get with a smaller sized Bluetooth speaker. This portable Bluetooth speaker costs around $271.

Another Budget Friendly portable Bluetooth speakers- UE Megablast:

This cylindrical portable Bluetooth speaker is not only smart but is also easy on the eyes too. It comes with bold colors and is even water resistant. Did I mention this portable Bluetooth speaker comes with Alexa too (by the way you need Wi- Fi for this).

Portable Bluetooth Speakers UE Megablast

Ok so what about the sound? This Megablast can be played on the maximum too with a great output while some others would sound shrill. It plays well with any sort of music and can be used for 16 hours straight with a full charge. This portable Bluetooth speaker will cost you $229.

Best waterproof portable Bluetooth Speakers- UE Wonderboom:

Portable Bluetooth SpeakersUE Wonderboom

Ok so do all your trips involve some kind of water? Then this portable Bluetooth speaker is the one for you. The UE Wonderboom is not only the more budget friendly Bluetooth speakers on the list but it also comes in a bold design with even bolder colors to go along with it. While this portable Bluetooth speaker may be small in size it does pack a punch when it comes to the music department, add to that it’s round shape and you’re space is filled with the amazing tunes of your favorite song. This budget friendly Bluetooth speaker will only cost you around $122.

Budget Buy Portable Bluetooth Speakers- Jam Heavy Metal:

Portable Bluetooth Speakers Jam Heavy Metal

This sturdy built portable Bluetooth speaker can give you tunes like no other, It can play all sorts of music without any reservations and you can get the best without even putting the volume on maximum with this portable Bluetooth speaker. A minor set- back is that it does not handle music well at the really high volume range but even at a mid- range it still offers you great sound for it’s $95 price.

Premium Portable Bluetooth Speakers but with Excellent Sound- Dali Katch:

While many of the other portable Bluetooth speakers in this range are budget friendly this one slopes more to the higher end of the scale. But when you listen to this portable Bluetooth speaker you will be blown away, then the price won’t seem like such a bad thing.

Dali Katch Portable Bluetooth Speakers

It has a 24 hour run on full charge and a slip out leather handle to go along with it’s cool design. Coming at around $446, this portable Bluetooth speaker is well worth the buy.

Cambridge Audio Yoyo Portable Bluetooth Speakers:

This pair of portable Bluetooth speakers offers dynamic surround sound while not missing out on different types or genres of music. These portable Bluetooth speakers have a mix of modernity with tradition- they come with British wool to finish.

Cambridge Audio Yoyo Portable Bluetooth speakers

These dynamic- duo also come with hands free playback when your phone is out of reach. You don’t even need to carry around both of them at the same time. These portable speakers will cost you around $407.

A rich Bass portable Bluetooth speakers- JBL Flip 4:

Portable Bluetooth Speakers JBL Flip 4This portable Bluetooth speaker is a no brainer. JBL is known for it’s amazing sound systems and this one is not different from any other. This portable Bluetooth speaker’s rugged design coupled with its rich bass offers a fantastic listen to just about anybody. You can even take this gadget underwater with you without any hassles. This gadget will set you back and mind you a well worth setback of $149.

A Larger Sized Portable Bluetooth Speakers- B&O Play Beolit 17:

Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers B&O Play Beolit 17

This portable Bluetooth speaker just about crosses the threshold of a portable Bluetooth speaker. You get a large sound with this large speaker. While you may not be able to tote this thing around with you everywhere, its loud sound will manage to blow you away wherever you listen to it. For all that large sound and size, this not-so-portable- Bluetooth speaker, will cost you around $609.

These budget friendly portable Bluetooth speakers are in our opinion the best that is there and are well- worth the buy depending on what you’re looking for.

 

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Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real-World Tasks Over the Phone

Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real-World Tasks Over the Phone

Google Duplex:Making conversation over the phone to complete real-world tasks

Coming to an age where we can have a natural conversation with the computers has always been staple features of the science fiction. In the recent years, we had seen a subsequent rise both in the technology and the innovativeness shown in the ability of the computers to understand as well as generate natural speech with less room for error. Google Duplex shows the first instance where an AI-powered voice assistant has been able to interact with the human without giving up.

Making the conversation sound smarter thanks Google Duplex

Google Duplex based conversation happens to be more natural than earlier AI conversation because of the advancement made in understanding, speaking, interacting and timing by the AI. Google Duplex exclusively runs on the recurrent neural network (RNN) which is specifically designed to overcome the challenges thrown by the natural conversation. In order to improve the AI capability, Google has trained the Duplex on an innumerable number of phone conversation data.

To offers the best possible answers this [particular network makes use of the Google’s automatic speech recognition (ASR’) technology along with other features like the history of conversation, audio, parameters of the conversation and others. Google has effectively trained the model separately for each given task at hand but the processing has leveraged and shared across the tasks which have helped in improving the AI capability with the short time.

Not everyone is happy with Google Duplex

However great this achievement might seem to a number of the tech enthusiasts across the world there are always people who are critical about such tech advances. Some of the critics have found new found favour among the larger audience where they feared the rise in the abuse of small business with Google’s AI in upcoming days. Making an appointment using Google duplex features is so easy and simple that it will result in widespread misuse by the users.

They will indulge in constantly reschedule or simply not care enough to show up as there happens to be no connection in between the user and the human worker who books the appointment. It should also be noted that people aren’t going to feel any remorse for making a large number of requests and change it as per their liking.

Google Duplex  offer huge benefits for businesses and users alike

There are a number of businesses which relies on the booking and many of them had not considered the option of using online systems. Google Duplex will benefit them by making it easier to perform booking of the customers just using the Google Assistant without the need of running day-to-day practices or training the employees. Secondly using the Google Duplex will also help in lowering the no-shows numbers wherein customers will be reminded of the upcoming appointments in a timely fashion. It will also help in making easier to reschedule or cancel if required by the customers.

Thirdly, Google Duplex can also be sued by the customers to call up the businesses and inquire about the thing which isn’t available online like open hours and others. The best thing about Google Duplex it doesn’t add any learning curve for the business and they will go operating like they always do but they will still get benefitted from this new technology.

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Facebook Advances in Artificial Intelligence at F8

Facebook Advances in Artificial Intelligence at F8

Artificial Intelligence in the Spotlight at Facebook’s F8 conference

This time around at the Facebook annual developer conference, Artificial Intelligence and machine learning seem to take center stage. Day one was all about Mark Zuckerberg addressing Facebook’s privacy fallout but after that, day two seems to have brought AI and Machine learning as a hot topic for discussion. While talking about AI tech during the event, Facebook also brought out its attempt at building its own collaborative toolkit with other developers.From Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, Facebook puts much of its spotlight on to PyTorch 1.0 AI framework. This new Artificial Intelligence framework will be released by Facebook in the coming months. Facebook’s main aim is to ensure that the PyTorch machine learning framework is there for developers to help them use AI tech in their production systems and not just in research projects.

PyTorch- The hot Artificial Intelligence topic At Facebook’s F8 conference:

At the recent F8 conference, Facebook announced the next version of its open source AI framework for developers- PyTorch 1.0. With this tech underway, developers will be able to incorporate AI tech into their systems with a minimum fuss and in a quick way too.

The new PyTorch tech is also being used to translate 6 billion translations per day for 48 most used languages used on Facebook. Facebook said that its PyTorch 1.0 toolkit will be available to developers on beta in the next few months, which would make Facebook’s AI tools available to everyone in a matter of months.

Other AI advances by Facebook at F8:

Keeping the Artificial Intelligence to a minimum, there are also technologies out there that do not delve too much into the Artificial Intelligence field and these tools will be a combination of vision, learning and language.

With June rolling close by we will see, new ResNext3D model for comprehending video and another tool on the open- source band wagon is Translate for machine translations.

Artificial Intelligence Tech in AR and VR at Facebook’s F8:

Another Facebook tool that will be interesting for users of AR and VR tech is DensePose.  With this tool you can add a 3D surface to footage of human bodies in motion on a real time basis. With this tool for example you could place a completely different outfit onto a person in an AR game. Facebook says that this tool will be released as an open- source library in a few weeks.

House 3 D another one of Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence tech discussed in F8:

House3D will be a tech wherein developers can use the virtual environment to teach robotic systems to adapt and understand their environments. Apart from this tech, Facebook has also made a new StarCraft bot to operate successfully in a popular game, with this, Facebook says it’s going to release the rule set it developed for this bot which could be used for making more engaging NPC’s in the future.

The care That Facebook is taking with all- that- Artificial Intelligence tech:

In order to safe guard the direction in which AI may develop, Facebook has a Fairness Flow tool to measure how algorithms interact with various groups of people.

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MacBook Pro 2018: What We Want to See

MacBook Pro 2018: What We Want to See

The Up and Coming MacBook Pro 2018

This year we are not expecting any major changes to the MacBook Pro (2018) other than the basic upgrades that we normally see. There is an expected spec bump from the previous dual core 7th Gen Processor. In addition to its normal performance boost from the 7th Gen Processor, the MacBook Pro 2018 is expected to come with the latest quad core 8th Gen Processor. It enables more processing power as compared with its predecessor.

The new MacBook Pro 2018 is expected to unveil at the WWDC 2018 which will be held in June. The last update was in June 2017 at the WWDC 2017. At that time Apple came out with the Kaby Lake processors, but most of the users were not happy. Apple took their complaints seriously and will be addressing the issue. There will be new features in the MacBook Pro 2018.

We can expect a few changes in the features, specs, design and more in the upcoming MacBook Pro 2018. There is a possibility of the 6-cores processor in the 15inch model and changes to the keyboard which has faced some flak in the past.

The design of the MacBook Pro 2018

There are not going to be any changes in the design, but there could be a possibility in the colour options. The previous MacBook Pro comes in two colours: Silver and Space Grey. In the MacBook series there was an option of Gold and Rose Gold as well. It is likely that Apple will offer the gold option as well as the silver and space grey for the upcoming MacBook Pro 2018.

The Display of MacBook Pro 2018

The present MacBook Pro models have 2880 X 1800 for the 15inch variant and 2560 X 1600 on the 13inch variant. It is left to be seen if the MacBook Pro will increase the pixel count on the 15inch model to a 4K display which is currently being offered by Dell, HP and Asus.

Most of the competitors have touchscreen capabilities. This could be another feature that Apple could introduce in the MacBook Pro.

The Processor of MacBook Pro 2018

The present 15inch MacBook Pro comes with a quad-core processor. There are chances that the new MacBook Pro  will run on the Coffee Lake processor, which indicates that the 13inch variant could upgrade from the dual-core to quad-core processor and the 15inch could have the 6-core processor. If Apple uses the i9 Core Processor, then the 6-core processor can be used in the 15inch MacBook Pro  thereby increasing the speed from 2.9GHz to a boost in speed up to 4.8GHz. There will definitely be a boost in performance with the Coffee Lake processor as compared with the Kaby Lake processor.

RAM of the MacBook Pro 2018

There is a possibility that MacBook Pro 2018 could offer a 32GB RAM that would be announced at the WWDC 2018.

The Touch Bar of Macbook Pro 2018

According to previous indicators, it is not likely that Apple will be including the touch bar feature in its MacBook Pro 2018 as it is a pointless feature.

Pricing of the MacBook Pro 2018

Theprice of the MacBook Pro 2018is likely to be similar to what it is retailing at the moment. The 13inch variant sells between $1299 and $1999. While the 15inch sells between $2399 and $2799.

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