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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Wed 27th Jul 2016

The popular "Carpool Karaoke" series has a new owner — but not everyone is happy about it.

Apple Music has emerged as the buyer for the series, which is a spinoff of a segment on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

For the uninitiated, the series involves Corden picking up a celebrity guest to ride along with him in a compact car while singing their and others' hit songs — past guests have included AdeleJustin Bieber and most recently, First Lade Michelle Obama. According to Variety, the series has helped boost sales and streaming for those songs that are performed on the segment. 

The "Carpool Karaoke" spinoff will be available on Apple Music worldwide, and apparently "The Late Late Show" segments will still be available on YouTube — but fans are notpleased, because a spinoff could still affect the original show. More resources could be allocated to a spinoff or more celebrity guests could start appearing on the Apple Music show instead. Plus, some fans wondered whether a show hosted by anyone other than James Corden might just not be as good. 

Carpool Karaoke reaction

Jillian D'Onfro/Business Insider

Fans of the show took to Twitter to express their displeasure, too — although they mostly seem unsure what to expect with the new version.

Milla @MissMilla17

I don't know how to feel about this. Carpool Karaoke without JCo just isn't the same. https://twitter.com/michaelausiello/status/758030874029985792 …


Milla @MissMilla17

I don't know how to feel about this. Carpool Karaoke without JCo just isn't the same. https://twitter.com/michaelausiello/status/758030874029985792 …

Lisa ~ I❤⚾ @BeSafe71

@MissMilla17 Definitely won't be the same. He's the reason I'm obsessed with Carpool Karaoke. @MichaelAusiello

Josh Williams @josh_c_williams

I can not wait for @AppleMusic to completely ruin Carpool Karaoke. They can’t make Music reliable but their worrying about taking on YouTube

Grant McManus @Gr3ant

I'm not a James Corden fan, but Carpool Karaoke without him seems like not the best idea.

laur @fireproofnarrie

If this means carpool karaoke isn't gonna be on YouTube anymore I'm suing https://twitter.com/cbstvstudios/status/758022246308777984 …


The episode featuring Michelle Obama already has more than 32 million views on YouTube since it was posted on July 20, which means there's a huge following for the show — one that may not want to pay for an Apple Music subscription to watch the new show. 

The music giant has licensed 16 episodes at a half-hour each — current episodes are more like 10 or 15 minutes — that will be produced by Corden and Ben Winston, the executive producer of "The Late Late Show." A different host will be cast later. 

Apple did not immediately return a request for comment. 

Source: uk.businessinsider.com
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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Wed 27th Jul 2016

Earlier this month in Dallas, a sniper killed five officers and injured nine others before he was cornered in a parking garage.

Instead of putting bodies in the way of harm, police strapped a bomb to a MarkV-A1 bomb disposal robot and drove it with a remote control. Once the robot arrived, it detonated an explosive, killing the sniper.

"The only way to get a sniper shot, to end his trying to kill us, would be to expose officers to great danger," Brown said on CNN afterward.

It appears to be America's first great example of using an armed robot to avoid putting police officers in danger. Police analysts say that national grants are bringing ever more robotics into police departments across America, causing ethicists to worry about a future with more ubiquitous surveillance and automated killing machines. But if we used robots regularly to remove police bodies from tense situations, it could protect not just police officers, but bystanders.

"If an officer goes into a room and there's an armed adversary, he has no choice except to shoot," said Sean Bielat, a former marine and CEO of Endeavor Robotics, a company that manufactures robots for the military and police departments. "By adding time and space between the operator, you've introduced an element that can potentially reduce casualties."

Bielat used a provocative example. In Minnesota in early June, a police officer killed black man Philando Castile during a traffic stop after Castile said he was lawfully carrying a registered firearm. In video of the incident taken by Castile's girlfriend, the officer is appears nervous.

"Fuck," he yells repeatedly as the victim lies bloodied in the driver's seat. 

It's unclear if the reason the officer fired was because he was nervous, but even routine traffic stops can increase an officer's adrenaline and anxiety. The fear of immediate harm, real or perceived, can hamper decision-making and lead to snap judgement about lethal use of force.

An operator who sent a slow-moving, unarmed robot in his or her stead would be less likely to act on impulse out of fear. Officers projecting their presence through a robot could carry on a conversation, or even manage a hostile encounter, without threat to their own body.

"The more we get robots into a dangerous situation instead of a person, the better off outcomes will be," Bielat said.

Robots have already begun their entry into police work. In 2014, police in Grand Forks, North Dakota, used flying drones to chase four men through a cornfield who were suspected of drunk driving. In one instance last year in San Jose, police used a robot to deliver a pizza to a man threatening suicide on an overpass. In another case, a bomb disposal robot helped negotiators through a potentially deadly standoff in a quiet Canadian neighborhood without anyone needing to fire a weapon.

And then there are the futuristic possibilities for robots that we already have on manufacturing assembly lines, but haven't put to use. Flying quadcopters could be used to scope out a scene or evaluate fires and disasters from hard-to-reach vantage points. Bulky search and rescue bots could be used to extract the injured from dangerous situations, or protect a prone officer by acting as a shield.

Another concern in the Dallas case is that a remote-controlled killer robot resembles our assassination-based drone program overseas, according to Ken Williams, a former homicide detective who speaks publicly about police reform and use of force. A police officer can use deadly force and is trained to aim for the center of the targets mass when firing a weapon, but the aim isn't explicitly to kill. Williams worries that by introducing a more sophisticated, targeted weapon like a remote-controlled robot, it means police are more able to make cold, advanced decisions about who lives or dies.

"You'll never find a policy manual where it says you're authorized to kill," Williams said. "It'll say you can use deadly force, but at the same time, it's not going to say in the policy that you're authorized to kill that person."

As Cornell University's Sarah Kreps pointed out to Mic over the phone, these fears are causing police and military alike from deploying these systems.

When Seattle residents found out the Seattle Police Department had two small drones, the public backlash forced the department to shunt them off on the Los Angeles Police Department. LAPD won't use the drones for the same reason as Seattle: public outcry.

"Technophobia can distort a rational reading of an incident," Kreps said. "So people who are using this technology know they have a great incentive to use it properly, because the last thing they want is that they use the robot to kill the wrong person."

But the trouble with getting these gadget into the hands of police, largely, is paying for it. The robot used in Dallas was worth about $100,000, and is typically available only if a city is large enough to warrant a bomb squad. Endeavor Robotics' cheapest robot, a rugged little 5 lb. robot with cameras and a microphone that can be thrown through windows, costs about $19,000. Trying to purchase just one in a small city's police budget is a headline-making event.

"The demand is much greater than the ability to pay for the robots," Bielat said. "Budgets are tight, and these are expensive pieces of technology. That's the primary limitation."

But police budgets are also responsive to popular demand, and as long as police robots are seen more as a threat than a way to mitigate harm to both police and the people they serve, the number-one barrier in adopting the use of robots in police work could be the public's dystopian imagination.

Source: uk.businessinsider.com
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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Tue 26th Jul 2016

Intel Kaby Lake, 4K screen and new Surface Pen expected

Surface Pro 4 Surface Pen

The Surface Pro 4 has impressed despite a troubled launch, and a follow-up is definitely on the cards. The only question surrounding Microsoft's next tablet is when.

The biggest revelation to-date comes courtesy of MobiPicker, which cited manufacturing sources in China in shedding some light on the expected specs.

Surface Pro 4 rear

The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 will use Intel's 7th-generation Kaby Lake processors, which improve on the current-generation Skylake chips in terms of power efficiency and therefore battery life.

The Kaby Lake CPU also means even faster integrated graphics chips as standard, so expect an upgrade to the Iris GPU.

The Surface Pro 5 won't have impressive 4K visuals as standard, but they will be offered as an option. The Surface Pro 4 currently ships with a 2K display, which will remain a staple of the base model.

There are also whispers of the new Nvidia Pascal or AMD Polaris GPUs making an appearance, but these dedicated GPU offerings will come at a premium.

Microsoft's Surface Pen is reportedly getting an upgrade to support wireless charging with the introduction of a replaceable battery. Patently Mobile recently showed a patent that points to such an innovation.

Surface Pen for Surface Pro 5. Credit-patently-mobile

We could also see USB Type-C (rather than USB 3.0 on the current Surface Pro 4) and better camera technology.

Windows 10 Redstone 2
It's also been suggested that a new Surface Pro will launch only after the next major update to Windows 10. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update lands on 2 August, but a second, codenamed Redstone 2, is expected to arrive in spring 2017.

Release date
The Surface Pro 4 was launched in October 2015, which has led eagle-eyed commentators to perhaps read too much into the recent Surface Pro 4 price reductions.

A photo taken at Microsoft's Building 88 in Redmond seems to suggest that a new Surface-branded product will arrive before the end of the year, but it just might not be the one we expected.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 rumours and leaks

This image points to one Surface device in 2016 and three in 2017.

We were led to believe at Computex in May that production of the new Kaby Lake processors would begin by the end of the quarter. However, a consumer roadmap seen in leaks implies that the first Kaby Lake-powered devices will break cover in 2017.

Intel consumer roadmap

So any Surface devices introduced before the end of this year will not feature Intel's next-generation CPU, suggesting that the next Surface will be an incremental upgrade rather that a completely new machine.

Microsoft officials have also been quoted as saying that manufacturing of the Surface 3 family will cease in December. If true it's highly likely that another range will take its place.

We can once again expect a range of configuration options with the Surface Pro 5, with i7 and 16GB RAM combinations sitting at the top end. Prices should start as low as £749 if Microsoft sticks with the entry-level i3.

Source: v3.co.uk
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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Tue 26th Jul 2016

Amazon's drone's are capable of delivering goods weighing almost 2.5kgs

Amazon's drone's are capable of delivering goods weighing almost 2.5kgs

Amazon is launching a new project exploring the safe use of drones for home deliveries in Britain, with support from the UK government.

The technology giant has been developing drones that can deliver its parcels to private addresses over a short distance as part of its Prime Air initiative.

Amazon is now working with the government and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to develop better safety regulations, improve drone technology and conduct the first tests of the technology in the UK.

Current regulations do not permit drone operators to lose line of sight of their device or operate over densely populated areas, unless they have CAA permission.

Technology to overcome these restrictions will be explored in the new programme, which will also test sensor performance to help drones detect and avoid obstacles.

The US launched a registry system for owners and operators of drones in December last year that became a mandatory requirement for all owners of drones above a certain size. 

While a similar system has not yet been implemented in the UK, the government has considered implementing mandatory geo-fencing technologywhich acts as virtual walls to prevent drones from entering restricted areas such as airports or military bases. 

Paul Misener, Amazon's vice president of global innovation policy and communications said: "The UK is a leader in enabling drone innovation. We've been investing in Prime Air research and development here for quite some time.

"This announcement strengthens our partnership with the UK and brings Amazon closer to our goal of using drones to safely deliver parcels in 30 minutes to customers in the UK and elsewhere around the world.

"Using small drones for the delivery of parcels will improve customer experience, create new jobs in a rapidly-growing industry and pioneer new sustainable delivery methods to meet future demand."

"The UK is charting a path forward for drone technology that will benefit consumers, industry and society."

The drones themselves are capable of transporting loads weighing up to 2.5kg, but will probably be initially confined to high-population density areas.

The CAA's policy director Tim Johnson said: "We want to enable the innovation that arises from the development of drone technology by safely integrating drones into the overall aviation system. These tests by Amazon will help inform our policy and future approach."

In the US, the first fully autonomous delivery of goods to a commercial customer by a drone only took place last Friday in Reno, Nevada. 

Source: eandt.theiet.org
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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Tue 26th Jul 2016

US ARMY reveals it will be switching to iOS devices for soldiers in the field.

US Army will apparently now use iPhonesGETTY

US Army will apparently now use iPhones over Android devices

Doubts have been raised over the performance of some Android smartphones after one of its biggest customers pulled support for the platform.

Reports from Military.com claim that the US Army is set to switch allegiance across to Apple's iPhone devices for the choice of mobile phone it includes in its field operations pack.

Previously, the Army has given soldiers an Android Tactical Assault Kit which included a Samsung device (thought to be a specially equipped version of the Samsung Galaxy Note). 

However this will now change with the introduction of a new iPhone Tactical Assault Kit,.

The iPhone 6S broke all sales records


The iPhone 6S broke all sales records following its release last year

A source said that the iPhone is, "faster; smoother. Android freezes up" and needs regular restarting, making it unsuitable to use in combat situations.

The performance issues were particularly noticeable when viewing live video feed from an unmanned aerial system on an Android device.

These quickly ran into problems when attempting to run a split screen showing both the route and UAS feed, often freezing up and failing to refresh properly.

However, the source said that a similar task was, “seamless on the iPhone…The graphics are clear, unbelievable.”

The US Army has made no official comment yet, but 9to5Mac notes that the news is not the first time Apple products have been used by the United States Army. 

Following deployments into Iraq and Afghanistan in 2010, the Army gave out iPod touch devices to soldiers loaded with language modules including Iraqi Arabic, Kurdish, Dari, and Pashto.

Source: express.co.uk
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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Tue 26th Jul 2016

You can pick one up from Kickstarter for €5,000.

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The manufacture, dissemination and use of anti-personnel mines were effectively banned in the late 1990s when 133 nations signed the Ottawa Treaty. But despite that international agreement, an estimated 100 million mines remain buried beneath former war zones where they kill or maim an average of 10 people per day. Using conventional methods -- whether that involves detector animals, human deminers or armored vehicles -- we'd need more than millennium to deactivate them all. The creators of this mine-hunting UAV, however, figure they can get it done in a little over a decade.




It's called the Mine Kafon Drone (MKD) and its creators have just launched a Kickstarter campaign for its production. The MKD is a hexcopter with three interchangeable arms: a high resolution camera, a metal detector and a robotic arm. The drone first flies over the field and uses its camera to both create a 3D aerial map and mark potentially dangerous areas with GPS waypoints. Then, using its metal detector attachment, the MKD rescans the field looking for actual mines. It uses the 3D map it made in the previous step to keep the detector just 4 cm from the ground as it flies by. Any mines that it finds are geotagged for removal. To actually do that, the MKD attaches its gripper arm to drop a small, timed detonator atop the mine. Once the drone is safely out of range, the detonator explodes, setting off the mine underneath. Overall, the MKD's creators estimate that this process can clear a minefield up to 20 times faster -- and for 200 times less cost -- than conventional methods.

The MKD team is trying to raise €90,000 to get the project going. A €17 donation will allow you to sponsor 7,500 square meter of mine field mapping. €75 earns you a miniature replica of the drone. €5,000 will get you an MKD of your very own, complete with robo-arm. That's not a bad deal given that the final version of the drone is expected to retail for 4 times that amount -- a whopping €20,000. Should the campaign reach its funding goal, MKDs could begin demining the world's war zones as early as next June.

Source: Kickstarter

Source: engadget.com
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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Tue 26th Jul 2016

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been teasing the world for a few weeks now about an update to what he's been calling Tesla's "top secret master plan" (TSMP).

At least, he's been calling it that since the reveal of the Model 3 mass-market vehicle earlier this year.

The plan summarizes Musk's vision of accelerating humanity's exit from the fossil-fuel era, and it involves all of his companies: Tesla for all-electric car and energy storage, Solar City — he's the chairman, but his cousins founded the startup — for easy and inexpensive solar-panel installation, and SpaceX to provide us with a way to "back up" our threatened biosphere by colonizing the rest of the solar system, starting with Mars.

Musk discussed this vision at some length in Paris in December.

Over the past few days, he's been tweeting that he's holed himself up while listening to the soundtrack to the film "Gatsby," even pulling an all-nighter to finish the plan. He now says that Tesla will publish it at 5 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Wednesday.


Will be working at Tesla on Autopilot & Model 3 today, then aiming to pull an all-nighter and complete the master product plan

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 19, 2016


Finishing off the plan while listening to the soundtrack from Gatsby. Seems appropriate...

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 20, 2016


We'll cover that event when it happens, but until then, the 2.0 version of the TSMP could be one of two things:

1. A laying out of all the new vehicle models that Tesla will produce using the Model 3 platform

The Model 3 isn't a single car. It's a platform upon which numerous types of vehicles can be built. This is a common practice in the auto industry, but a carmaker does need to have a lineup beyond the two vehicles that Tesla is selling — the Model S sedan and the Model X crossover utility vehicle (CUV) — to make it effective.

At the Model 3 reveal, we saw a four-door smaller than the Model S. What we could get on Wednesday night is a lineup that also features a sporty coupe, a compact CUV, and possibly even a pickup truck. Enthusiasts will also hope for a new Roadster.

We could also get some color on updates to the Model S, pricing for the Model X, forthcoming software updates and new features, the ongoing development of Tesla's charging network, and some thoughts on the investigation of a fatal Autopilot crash in Florida in May.

2. An explanation of how Tesla and Solar City will be fully integrated

Tesla wants to buy Solar City. Naysayers argue that this is a backdoor bailout because Solar City has been struggling and Musk owns about a fifth of the company. All Tesla will get in the merger is $3.2 billion in additional debt and a giant speed-brake on its ability to deliver 500,000 vehicles annually by 2018.

Musk maintains that putting Tesla — which is now a car company and an energy-storage company — together with Solar City will create an integrated enterprise that can more effectively pursue the TSMP agenda. In fact, the TSMP will be turbocharged by the acquisition.

Those are my bets, and I'm leaning toward the first because Musk is calling this a "product plan" in his tweets.

But we could also see Musk roll out a shared-mobility platform along the lines of Uber or the General Motors-Lyft partnership, leveraging Tesla's position as the world's most successful electric automaker and as the purveyor of the controversial but quite advanced Autopilot semi-self-driving technology.

Tune in later on Wednesday night to find out!

Source: uk.businessinsider.com
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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Tue 26th Jul 2016

Ongoing problems for telecoms firm

BT has hired another 1000 fibre engineers for its broadband rollouts across theUK

BT scrambles to fix second major outage on its network

BT customers are experiencing outages for a second day in a row. The firm put an update on its status page acknowledging the problems, but did not give a specific reason for the fault, instead listing potential causes.

"A small number of our customers in the areas shown below may experience a loss of telephone and/or broadband services. We hope to have service restored as quickly as possible and apologise for any inconvenience this may be causing," it said.

"Services can be affected by a variety of reasons such as damage caused by third parties or cable theft."


BTCare ✔@BTCare

Sorry if you're unable to access some websites this morning on BT Broadband, we're investigating the cause and will update you all soon

8:47 AM - 21 Jul 2016

Several areas in London are affected, along with York, Nantwich and Totnes among others.

The outages are the second day in a row that customers have had to contend with poor to non-existent services.

BT released a statement on Wednesday blaming "power issues" for the outage. "We're sorry that some BT and Plusnet customers are experiencing problems accessing some internet services this morning," said the firm.

"This is due to power issues at one of our internet peering partners' sites in London. Engineers are working to fix things as fast as possible."

Problems with BT internet began at around 9am yesterday morning, and by 9.30 the telco's website listed a large number of local phone number codes that were experiencing problems.

View image on Twitter

View image on Twitter


Barry Collins @bazzacollins

I'd say BT broadband is in a spot of bother right now

8:46 AM - 20 Jul 2016

Many of the faults carried through the morning. Telecity Group's co-location centre in London's Docklands was listed by customers and experts as being a potential source of the outage.

20 Jul

Alex Washtell @awashtell

@ColinTDF Oh that's interesting - this morning I was noticing that lots of pages were taking forever to load / timing out.


Colin P @ColinTDF

@awashtell Telecity in London is majorly down and it's having a knock on effect to BT and others.

10:39 AM - 20 Jul 2016

Power outage at Telecity, and BT gets all the flack = genius


Ashley Kent @ashjkent

Power outage at Telecity, and BT gets all the flack = genius

9:59 AM - 20 Jul 2016

Customers were still suffering problems at the time of writing, ranging from extremely low speeds to no internet at all.


Andrew R @arobsco

Gah this BT outage is causing all sorts of issues 😫😫😫

11:13 AM - 20 Jul 2016 · Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom


Philippa Warr @philippawarr

Enjoying how this BT outage has turned my broadband into mid-nineties dial-up

10:52 AM - 20 Jul 2016


Lastritez @lastritez

Ok so @DoNGaming123 and myself have NAT type error@bt_uk are having problems. Will be on as soon as we can.

11:18 AM - 20 Jul 2016

BT broadband is down and having serious issues .....


whiteITsolutions @whiteitsolution

BT broadband is down and having serious issues .....

11:22 AM - 20 Jul 2016

The timing of the outages is very unfortunate for BT, which earlier this week was the subject of a Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee report suggesting that the company should have better managed its broadband rollout programme across the UK.

BT's Openreach division has neglected certain areas of the country for fast broadband rollout, according to the report, while profiteering from funding such as rural broadband provision.

Ed Vaizey, former minister of state for culture, communications and creative industries, was a vocal cheerleader for Openreach and the government's apparent success in assisting the rollout.

However, when asked by V3 to back up BT and the government's boasts about 90 per cent coverage, Vaizey was unable to explain how the statistics were generated or whether they included fibre-to-the-home data.

Matthew Hancock has replaced Vaizey in the role, and will doubtless need to answer to his peers concerning BT's broadband situation.

Source: v3.co.uk
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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Tue 26th Jul 2016

Release date for the new A10-powered iPhone may have been revealed

The iPhone 7 release is just over a month away and rumours about the new device's features are coming thick and fast.

We've compiled everything we know so far about the forthcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus into one handy article.

Release date
Prominent tipster Evleaks believes the next iPhone will be released the week beginning 12 September 2016. Apple is nothing if not predictable when it comes to release dates, and its hardware releases usually fall on a Friday. If this is the case we should be able to get our hands on it come 16 September.

Apple won't buck the trend and make the next iPhone any cheaper than the last. We expect the iPhone 7 32GB model to cost £539 (in place of the current iPhone 6S), rising to £619 and £699 for the 64GB and 128GB variants.


Specs and rumours
Pokémon Go fans should join the hunt for the elusive black and blue iPhone 7. New pictures have emerged of the iPhone 7 in every colour but the new ones - that means Silver, Space Grey, Gold and Rose Gold. The photo shows dummy units and is believed to have originated from a third-party company that builds iPhone accessories.

It has long been assumed that the Apple A10 processor will feature in the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Benchmark scores for the processor have now appeared on Geekbench and show that the new chip will offer a 20 per cent performance boost over the A9.

Although impressive, the A9 saw a 50 per cent bump over the A8 so it appears things have been dialled down this time. The resulting scores put it more on a par with the A9X chip in the iPad Pro.

Elsewhere, a fresh leak courtesy of Weibo has shone a light on the larger iPhone 7 Plus, along with some of the purported changes coming to the device.


The Plus is believed to have a 5.5in frame and, in the new images, commentators have pointed out the addition of a Smart Connector, as well as a new capacitive Home Button.

A touch-sensitive Home button has long been on the cards, but these new images don't corroborate previous rumours that the newly designed button will sit flush with the chassis. Instead, there appears to be an outline that draws a boundary around the pressable area.

To add further mystery, the mute switch (something of an iPhone staple) appears to have disappeared.


An image of the back of the phone shows the long-rumoured dual camera setup, suggesting that the iPhone 7 Plus at least will introduce this new hardware.

A mere few days before, NowhereElse.fr provided us with the first clear picture of Apple's next smartphone.

iPhone 7 leak

The picture is believed to show us the smaller of the two new devices, complete with a larger camera, clean design and its antenna lines clearly visible.

According to supply chain research, analysts believe that Apple will drop the 16GB storage option and instead offer a larger 32GB by default. Analysts from IHS boast a decent track record in terms of accurate Apple rumours, and let's not forget that it was supply chain sources that first hinted at a smaller 4in iPhone. That device would later break ground as the iPhone SE. 

The base 16GB has endured since the iPhone's inception in 2008.

New leak shows the iPhone 7 in Rose Gold and 32GB storage

A further leak comes courtesy of the infamous Twitter personality known as The Malignant who reposted an image supposedly from an internal meeting held with Foxconn. If true the next iPhone could very well have an IP68 water and dust resistance rating, as well as support for wireless charging.

An image has also appeared on China's Weibo social network purporting to show the new device in Rose Gold. If true it points to the phone lacking the much rumoured dual rear camera.

Leaked iPhone 7 image suggesting major camera changes Credit via Weibo

Previous rumours suggested that the iPhone 7 will have an improved camera. The above image, via 9to5Mac.com, shows the back of the device with a camera lens in the top left that's notably larger than on the iPhone 6S.

This suggests that it will be a notable improvement on the 12MP lens. However, the fact that it still protrudes from the back of the phone may not please everyone, as this is one element of the iPhone design that many dislike.

It's not clear from the image whether the device will contain dual-camera technology, although prior rumours have said it will, also requiring a hefty 3GB of RAM to power the function, according to widespread rumours. 

Another notable potential feature was raised by the above image from Bastille Postthat raised questions about the inclusion of Apple's Smart Connector (indicated here by the three dots). The Connector was first seen on the iPad Pro and will be used to provide keyboard support if the latest rumours are to be believed.

We can expect two new iPhone models: the 4.7in iPhone 7 and the 5.5in iPhone 7 Plus.Macworld reckons that both handsets will see a substantial redesign after the near identical iPhone 6S Plus. 

The smart money is on the device being significantly thinner. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes we're looking at a thickness of 6mm to 6.5mm.

Handsets from other manufacturers have screen resolutions that have stayed the same between generations (most recently with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge) and Apple is likely to stick with the resolution found on the 6S and 6S Plus.

iPhone 7 rumours price release date and specs

Forums in China are ablaze with images taken from a video that appears to show a longer, larger camera slot. The video, courtesy of Unbox Therapy, explores a couple of 'leaked' third-party cases designed to fit the iPhone 7 and iPhone SE.

Previous rumours suggested that Apple will introduce a dual-lens setup on the iPhone 7 Plus. This could still be the case, but going on the design shown in this video,MacRumors claimed that it is "more likely designed for a larger single-lens camera than a dual-lens camera".

iPhone 7 rumours price release date and specs

The earlier video from Unbox Therapy seemed to corroborate the removal of the headphone jack and also suggested that the Lightning cable will provide music and charging functionality.

However, new rumours suggest that the headphone jack will be in the device, contradicting earlier reports.

Japanese site Mac Otakara believes that the new handset will use Bluetooth-enabled EarPods that will share a similar charging function with the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro. Mac Otakara denied suggestions that the iPhone 7 will use dual stereo speakers.

It is widely assumed that the A10 chip will power the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. However, an earthquake in Taiwan earlier this year cast doubt over the chip manufacturer's ability to produce enough. Digitimes reported that the factory owned by TSMC is ramping up production to meet Apple's demands.

In the iPhone 7 Plus rumour camp, Italy's HDblog has published pictures purporting to show a high-capacity 256GB SanDisk NAND flash memory chip. SanDisk flash memory has been used in the iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but a 256GB chip would be the first in iPhone history.

Leaked image of SanDisk 256GB flash drive

A report in China's Commercial Times claimed that the iPhone 7 could be built from something different entirely, shunning the traditional metal body in favour of a new "compound material". The mystery material will provide the iPhone 7 with a water-resistant finish and do away with the antenna lines that span the phone's rear.

Business Korea reported that the new phones might offer wireless charging using a ceramic material. 

Apple delivers increased power and battery efficiency with every iteration of iOS, and we expect iOS 10 to be no different.

iPhone 7 render

The handsets will incorporate the 3D Touch technology that made its debut on the iPhone 6S. This leads us to wonder whether Apple could do away with the Home button for good.

When it comes to colour options we can expect the Silver, Gold, Space Grey and Rose Gold offered with the iPhone 6S.


Source: v3.co.uk
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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Mon 25th Jul 2016

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Personal Banking

The use of internet banking on a computer has fallen for the first time, as users switch to mobile apps.

On average, customers logged on to banking websites 4.3m times a day in 2015, down from 4.4m in 2014, according to the British Bankers Association (BBA).

At the same time the use of apps - on phones and tablets - went up from 7m logins a day in 2014, to 11m last year.

In total, customers used such apps 4bn times in 2015, the BBA said.

"Customers love the new technology that is allowing us to bank round the clock," said Anthony Browne, the BBA's chief executive.

"You can set up standing orders while standing in the queue for the bus and check your balance while checking in at the airport."

Banking websites v. banking apps
  2014 2015
Website logins per day 4.4m 4.3m
App logins per day 7m 11m
Payments via websites 408m 417m (+2%)
Payments via app 225m 347m (+54%)
source: BBA    


However, when it comes to actual payments, people are still more likely to use a computer rather than an app.

In 2015 there were 417m internet payments, compared to 347m payments on an app.

One reason for that is that most customers still have to log in to their bank's website if they want to set up a payment to a new person.

However new app-based banks, like Atom, Starling and Tandem, are making it easier to carry out the full range of transactions while on the move.

The number of payments via app rose by 54% last year, while payments via websites rose by just 2%.

Screengrab from Atom Bank websiteImage copyrightATOM BANKImage captionNewcomers like Atom Bank have designed apps that can be used without having to log on to a website


Source: bbc.co.uk
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