Saturday 15 October 2016

Panasonic Shows Off An “Invisible TV” That Becomes Transparent When Turned Off

Just when people started to claim that with the arrival of 4K displays, there won’t be any prominent advancement in the field of television, big players like Samsung, Panasonic, and LG, started teasing pathbreaking technologies like foldable and transparent displays.
Earlier this year at CES, Panasonic showed off its futuristic television that became a transparent glass when turned off. Similar technology was showed off by Samsung at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Last week Panasonic showed off an improved version of its older invisible TV at Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies in Japan.
Panasonic’s engineers have worked hard to make sure that the newer display looks as good as the other televisions in the market. While the previous screen was LED, the new screen has been upgraded to a new OLED display. This will let you see clearer and brighter images even against a bright background.
This screen is made from a thin mesh embedded in a glass panel. One can even slide the panel, just like a cabinet panel. The OLED displays put a fine plastic layer between two electrodes over a glass slab. So, when there’s no electric signal, the display looks transparent.
This futuristic technology is the latest sci-fi technology that has turned into a reality. Similar transparent displays have been a part of movies likes Avengers and Minority Report.
According to the company representatives, the consumers would have to wait for another 3 years before being able to buy this invisible TV
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 Recently, the government through the National Information Technology Authority (NITA) announced that they will provide free WiFi hotspot (wireless internet) dubbed #MyUG in Kampala city using the existing Fiber National backbone Infrastructure. This news was welcomed with mix emotions especially the majority who were suspicious of this move by government to offer internet as a free public good. NITA-U has come out to clarify in an FAQ all the burning questions from the public and we have summarized the 10 most important things you must know about this new internet service.
1.    Location of service
The service will initially be available in Kampala CBD and some areas in Entebbe whoever, NITA says that additional residential areas will be covered using a phased approach.  They have also promised a detailed coverage hotspot location list that they will be share on their various social media platforms as we roll out the service.

2.    Time to use service

The #MyUG initiative is to make use of internet bandwidth that is not being utilized by Government offices after official working hours. This initiative is to utilize the internet bandwidth to provide a free service to the Public.

3.  Competing with the Telecos
NITA-U says that they are not competing with ISPs. The #MyUG initiative complements the provision of internet wireless access to the Public.

4.    Security concerns

According to NITA-U, they have implemented industry standard security controls and measures in order to provide a safe and secure service for the Government departments and ministries whose bandwidth will be used, as well as for users who log on to the service. NITA-U will monitor usage in the following ways;
a.  Login sessions will be monitored to flag suspicious usage patterns
b.  Access will be through a firewall that protects the end users against any internet threat

5.  Speeds to expect

The Public accessing the #MyUG service shall enjoy maximum speeds of up to 2mbps. They aim at providing a service that meets basic internet access needs and complements access provided by Commercial Internet Providers.

6.   Reliability
We intend to offer a reliable service of up to 99.7% availability.

7.   Capacity of the Backbone Infrastructure to support the Free Wi-Fi initiative
The National Backbone Infrastructure has two rings that offer bi-directional protection to traffic carried on the network thus providing redundancy and reliability. NITA-U also runs a Network Operations Center (NOC) that has 24/7 view of the entire network and can therefore immediately identify and mitigate any network issues.

8.   What plans are in place to enhance equitable access across the country?
NITA-U is extending the National Backbone Infrastructure to cover the entire country. Priority is being placed on Universities, Schools, Hospitals and Local Governments, which reach a large number of users accessing critical information and social service data off the internet.

9.    Why do I need to register my details?
Initially NITA has asked what seemed to look like some one was signing away their lives when they subscribe to the service. They have come out to assure the public that it is important to note that all information gathered will be treated as confidential. As per industry best practice, user registration is mandatory for authentication and for access to Government services.  The information gathered during registration and use of the service may be used internally to improve the #MyUG service as well as advise NITA-U on how to develop more services and rollout special offers to the Public.

10. Any other terms and conditions
Where as NITA-U gives more terms and conditions in the login page we shall give you some here. There will be a time limit of 30 minutes where one will be allowed to stay connected to the free WiFi hotspot, after this time elapses and one is not using the network, they will be disconnected and they will have to login again to resume using the service. As per now there is no download limitation (unlimited at 2mbps) but NITA has promised to implement precautions depending on user patterns.
For those wondering which kind of sites will be restricted to the public, these will include; Pornographic websites, sites blacklisted for malware, violence Inciting websites (Terrorist groups) and Bit torrent sites
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UCC officially bans the Galaxy Note 7 in Uganda

Following the global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 due to its never ending problematic battery issues, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has come to outright and banned the sale of the smartphone in Uganda. In a communication on several stakeholders (see below), the commission says, that they have not “type approved” the Note 7 in Uganda and thus should not be sold with in the country. Just as this blog warned before, UCC further urged those who imported the ‘explosive’ phone to return them with immediate effect for their own safety. This week, Samsung officially announced that it’s ending production of the Galaxy Note 7 around the world, pulling the plug on the phone after a months-long controversy over its defective, dangerous batteries. “Taking our customer’s safety as our highest priority, we have decided to halt sales and production of the Galaxy Note 7,”

 $ 3 billion dollar loss
Samsung says the Galaxy Note 7 discontinuation will cost it around $3 billion over the course of the next two fiscal quarters. The device, which has a chance of overheating and exploding, has been plagued with problems since its launch back in August. After recalling millions of devices thought to have battery issues, Samsung began issuing replacement Note 7s to customers around the world. However, numerous cases of those replacement units catching fire in the US over the course of the last week prompted Samsung to announce a worldwide recall of all devices and cease production permanently. Goodbye Note 7.


Exposed: Facebook, Twitter, And Instagram Sent User Data To Surveillance Company

According to a revelation made by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the top social media networks have recently shared user data with a Chicago-based surveillance company named Geofeedia. The company has sold the feed to police for surveillance purposes.
The data shared by these companies included the locations, pictures, and other information shared by the users on their social media profiles. After this public exposure, these social media giants have cut-off Geofeedia’s access to their data feeds.
Geofeedia calls itself a company that analyzes the social media posts to deliver real-time surveillance to 500 law enforcement agencies. In the recent times, it has grown to become one of the heavyweights when it comes to supplying aid to police.
Here are some emails posted by ACLU that mention Geofeedia representatives telling the police about their arrangement with Facebook and Twitter:

Shedding more light on the subject, in a blog post, ACLU writes that neither Facebook nor Instagram has a public policy that stops the developers from exploiting the user data for spying. On the other hand, Twitter has a ‘longstanding rule’ that prohibits the sale of user data and its use to investigate or surveil users.
This revelation highlights another dark side of the rise of social media and its exploitation by the governments to keep a close eye on users’ activities.
We have reached out to Geofeedia, Facebook, and Twitter for a comment. We’ll be updating this article if we receive any update.
These companies need to enact strong policies to protect the free speech rights and user data. What do you think? Don’t forget to drop your feedback in the comments section below.
Source: ACLU

Sunday 2 October 2016

Here are the top Android smartphones especially for gamers

When you consider what the first mobile phone looked like when it was released in 1973, it is amazing how much these devices have evolved since then. Phones today can basically do the same tasks once performed exclusively on computers. Gaming has become a popular activity to perform on these phones whether one enjoys a simple casino game of poker which you can play on online casinos Canada accessible form or a more complex game such as Halo you can download from the play store. Some Android phones have specifications that make them ideal gaming phones.

HTC One M10

Battery life is an important consideration when gaming on the go. Some games use a lot of power to run. That’s why the M10 is a great Android phone for gamers because it can recharge through wireless means.


Some gamers look first at the screen size of a phone. The G5 has a larger display screen. Measuring 5.3 inches, the G5’s display help gamers fully appreciate the sharp graphics of their games. The battery has also been improved upon in this latest model.

Motorola Droid Turbo

Gaming phones should have a zippy processor. The reason for this is to keep games performing well without buffering or choppiness. The Turbo has a powerful enough processor to provide smooth gaming experience even some of the HD games. The display screen is also impressive, measuring 5.2 inches.

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung continues to explore new frontiers in gaming technology. The S7 is the first of its kind to feature waterproof technology. This means that when one is gaming on the go, no worries about your device dying if it makes contact with water. You can be in the middle of an intense poker game and drop it in a puddle and not miss a deal.

Nexus 6P

With a 5.7 inch display screen, gamers will find this a great gaming phone. Complete with a fast processor and 3 GB of RAM, the 6P performs well for gaming.
When considering all of these models, the Samsung Galaxy S7 emerges as the best Android phone for gaming.  It has all the necessary requirements for running games as well as some innovative features not found in other devices.

Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and IBM form a ‘Partnership on AI’

Five top-notch tech companies such as Google’s DeepMind, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft have come together and created a new group called the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society. The main mission of this group is to promote public understanding of AI (artificial intelligence) while developing best products and services powered by machine learning. These companies will also discuss advancements and best practices for researchers to abide by.
The group notes that it “foresees great societal benefits and opportunities ahead, but we also understand that as with every new technology there will be concerns and confusion associated with new applications and competencies, and we look forward to working together on these important issues.
“We intend to come together to address these important issues, including ethics, safety, transparency, privacy, biases, and fairness.”
In a press release on Wednesday, the group stated: “The objective of the partnership on AI is to address opportunities and challenges with AI technologies to benefit people and society. Together, the organization’s members will conduct research, recommend best practices, and publish research under an open license in areas such as ethics, fairness and inclusivity; transparency, privacy, and interoperability; collaboration between people and AI systems; and the trustworthiness, reliability and robustness of the technology. It does not intend to lobby government or other policymaking bodies.”
Initial financial help will come from these companies and as other stakeholders join the group, the finances are expected to increase.
“We want to involve people impacted by AI as well,” Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder and head of applied AI at DeepMind, a subsidiary of Alphabet (parent company of Google), was quoted as saying.
According to the report, the organisation’s board members will include academics, representatives from other non-for-profit organisations, and specialists in policy and ethics. Also, the organisational structure has been designed to allow non-corporate groups to have equal leadership side-by-side with large tech companies.
“As researchers in industry, we take very seriously the trust people have in us to ensure advances are made with utmost consideration for human values,” director of AI Research at Facebook, Yann LeCun, who will be joining the board of the new organisation, said in a statement.
Ralf Herbrich, Amazon director of Machine Learning, who will be representing Amazon on the board, said: “We’re in a golden age of machine learning and AI. This partnership will ensure we’re including the best and the brightest in this space in the conversation to improve customer trust and benefit society.”
However, despite the initiative’s solid line-up, one can’t help but wonder as to why Apple is not in the list. Speaking to The Guardian, Microsoft’s Eric Horvitz, who serves as one of the project’s interim co-chairs, told that they’ve been in discussions with Cupertino. “I know they’re enthusiastic about this effort,” he said, “and I’d personally hope to see them join.”
Also, another missing name is Elon Musk’s OpenAI, a non-profit AI research project that promises to make its results available to all. Since the team plans to invite more companies and non-profits from around the world to be part of the effort, this may eventually change in the future.