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Samsung Galaxy S9 Video Camera Tipped To Be 4 Times Faster Than iPhone X

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:34 PM - by Reverend
Samsung has long been at the top of its game when it comes to camera performance and now its video performance could be about to get a whole lot more exciting for the Galaxy S and Note ranges.

According to a report this week in etnews, Samsung has designed a new image sensor capable of capturing up to 1,000 frames per second (fps), with mass production due to start in November. Such a sensor will allow for 40x slow motion video capture, as seen in Sony’s competing XZ Premium smartphone and faster than Apple’s new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

Samsung’s sensor consists of a three-layer design with logic processing and fast memory built into the chip. The addition of on-chip memory enables the new sensor to store the video data locally at high speed before it is eventually saved by the camera app. However, this also means that the maximum duration of the slow-motion video is limited by the amount of memory built into the sensor and is therefore likely to span no more than a few seconds.

Samsung’s design is a little different from Sony’s (which also uses a three-layer chip) in that the memory is bonded to the rear surface of an existing two-layer sensor design rather than sandwiched between the image sensor and logic components.

According to the report, this change is simply a way for Samsung to avoid infringing Sony’s patents. The technique suffers disadvantages in terms of both productivity and cost, as a failure in just one of the three layers results in the whole chip being discarded. However, Samsung does have a competitive advantage in its ability to incorporate its home-grown memory chips rather than sourcing them from a third party.

Samsung’s new three-layer sensor is expected to debut in the next generation of Galaxy smartphones, although if previous Galaxy releases are anything to go by, Samsung is likely to use its sensors interchangeably with equivalent Sony versions with... [Read More]
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Microsoft to improve privacy controls in upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update

Sep 16, 2017 - 9:20 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft has detailed some more tweaks to its privacy settings in Windows 10, which will be introduced in the third major update in just over a month's time.

The Autumn Creators Update will start rolling out on 17 October. The new options will be based on granular app-by-app control in what looks like Microsoft responding to demands from disgruntled users.

In a blog post, Microsoft's Marisa Rogers explained: "As part of our ongoing dialogue and transparency with you, our customers, I am excited to announce these privacy changes coming next month in the Fall Creators Update. Windows Insiders will get an early look of some of these changes in the coming weeks. I look forward to continued dialogue and hearing your feedback".

In much the same way that recent versions of Android have offered more control over exactly what functionality over the device each app has access to, albeit often in an opaque manner, now so too will Windows 10.

It can already be done, but retrospectively. In other words, you have to "unpermit" apps and services, even if that means it's too late to stop them knowing where you are, for example

Starting with the new Creators Update, you will be required to explicitly give permission for each piece of access and there's even a full privacy statement to wallow through (or more likely ignore) during installation.

Windows 10 Enterprise users will get even more, with a new setting that will turn all data collection down to as near to zero as possible - retaining only Windows 10's analytics service running as it should to warn of upgrades and calamities.

... [Read More]
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Equifax data breach: Credit rating firm replaces key staff

Sep 16, 2017 - 9:18 AM - by Reverend
US credit report giant Equifax has replaced two senior staff after revealing last week it had suffered a massive data breach.

Data on up to 143 million Americans, about 400,000 Britons and a number of Canadians may have been stolen by hackers between mid-May and July.

The chief information officer and chief security officer have both stood down.

Equifax faces dozens of legal claims over the breach, which the US Federal Trade Commission is investigating.

Social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driving licence numbers for up to 143 million Americans were exposed, the Atlanta-based firm says.

Credit card numbers for about 209,000 Americans and "certain dispute documents with personal identifying information" for some 182,000 Americans were also accessed by the hackers, it adds.

Lenders use data amassed by firms like Equifax to assess the credit worthiness of customers seeking to acquire houses, cars and credit cards.

Susan Mauldin, chief security officer, retired and was replaced by Russ Ayres in an interim role, while chief information officer David Webb left and was replaced by Mark Rohrwasser in an interim capacity, the firm said.

The changes, made as part of the firm's review of the cyber security incident breach, were "effective immediately", Equifax said in a statement.

The company added that its external investigation was ongoing and it was working closely with the FBI in its criminal probe.

Equifax holds data on more than 820 million consumers as well as information on 91 million businesses.

BBC News
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AnyDVD HD 8.1.8.0

Sep 16, 2017 - 9:15 AM - by Reverend
AnyDVD HD works in the background to automatically and transparently enable read access of the contents of a movie DVD or Blu-ray as soon as it's inserted into the drive.

Changelog

AnyDVD HD 8.1.8.0

(For RedFox AnyDVD HD you need to purchase a RedFox license key, SlySoft licenses are not supported.)

AnyDVD HD homepage
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Chrome 64 Will Block Noisy Autoplay Videos

Sep 16, 2017 - 9:13 AM - by Reverend
Google Chrome will soon be getting a lot quieter.

Google on Thursday announced that its Web browser will soon block autoplay videos that have sound. The new policy is slated to go into effect this January as part of Chrome 64.

"Starting in Chrome 64, autoplay will be allowed when either the media won't play sound, or the user has indicated an interest in the media," Google Software Engineer Mounir Lamouri wrote in a blog post.

Google will assume you're interested in the media and the content will autoplay if you tap or click somewhere on the site during the browsing session, have added the site to the Home Screen of your mobile device, or have frequently played media on that site on your desktop in the past.

Plus, as we first heard last month, Chrome will soon let you permanently mute specific sites. This option will be available in October as part of Chrome 63.

Keep in mind that you can already silence a site in Chrome by right-clicking the offending browser tab and selecting "Mute Tab." The new Chrome 63 option will "persist between browsing sessions," so that the sound stays off every time you visit, Lamouri wrote.

Apple recently announced a similar feature for Safari, which will launch later this month as part of MacOS High Sierra. By default, Safari won't autoplay video or audio when you visit a web page. If you want to enable autoplay for specific sites, you can ctrl-click on the speaker icon in Safari's address bar or use a preference pane.

Google in its new Autoplay policy guide advises developers to "use autoplay sparingly" and consider starting with muted content and let the user unmute it if they want to.

"Autoplay can be a powerful engagement tool, but it can also annoy users if undesired sound is played or they perceive unnecessary resource usage (e.g. data, battery) as the result of... [Read More]
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Mozilla Firefox 55.0.3

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:49 AM - by Reverend
Firefox is a free, open-source and cross-platform web browser.

English (US): Windows 32-bit | Windows 64-bit | Linux | Mac OS X

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Firefox homepage
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Nintendo's NES Classic Edition is coming back in 2018

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:44 AM - by Reverend
Despite announcing it was game over for the NES Classic Edition earlier this year, Nintendo now says that due to demand, it plans to ship the product into 2018. Shipment timings are yet to be announced, but this is big news for fans who thought they were going to miss out after the console began disappearing from store shelves.

And in responding to fan enthusiasm, more units of the Super NES Classic Edition will ship on its upcoming 29 September launch day in the US than were shipped of NES Classic Editions throughout the entirety of last year. The system will retail for $80/£80 and features 21 legendary Super NES games such as Super Mario World, Super Metroid and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

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Samsung Eyes Foldable Smartphone, Voice-controlled Speaker

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:42 AM - by Reverend
Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday it aims to launch a foldable smartphone next year under its Galaxy Note brand.

Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, said the company is setting its eyes on 2018 to release a smartphone with a bendable display. But he said there are several hurdles it has to overcome, leaving room to push back the release if those problems are not solved.

"As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year," he told reporters. "When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product."

He did not elaborate what the problems are. Analysts said mass-producing a foldable phone with top tech features and a thin body will take time.

When Samsung will release its first foldable phone has been a perennial question in the market since Samsung first showcased a flexible display prototype called Youm in 2013. For at least the past two years, there have been rumors that Samsung is close to showing off its first smartphones that can be folded.

Koh also said the company is working with auto-systems maker Harman to develop an artificial intelligence-enabled speaker that users can speak to in order to play music and conduct other tasks. Samsung acquired the Stamford, Connecticut-based company last year as part of its plans to expand in the emerging market for connected cars.

Amazon and Google already have those always-on voice-controlled speakers in the market while Apple's Homepod is due to go on sale later this year. It is not clear when Samsung's voice-controlled speaker, which will likely use the South Korean company's Bixby voice assistant, will be unveiled. Koh did not say when it will hit the market.

The comments were made at Samsung's news conference to announce the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone to domestic media, just hours before Apple announces its 10th-anniversary... [Read More]
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