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Apple Unveils New iPhone 11 and more [Tech News]

iPhone 11

The tech giant has done it again!  Announcing today (September 10th) the release of the Apple iPhone 11 and many other new “toys” and  features for us to play with. The iPhone now has several different versions including the 11 Pro and Pro Max. The three models all have a 12-megapixel camera, but the Pro and Pro Max have triple cameras on the back.

The three models have a couple of things in common aside from the cameras, there is a A13 processor and iOS 13. The iPhone 11 comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB variants, while the Pro and Pro Max start at 64GB and go all the way up to 512GB they will be available to pre-order beginning this Friday at 8PM ET, and are set to ship on September 20th.

The base version of the phone starts at $699 and top-tier version at $1,099. These prices vary between models and storage capacity.

Along with the iPhone, Apple also announced changes to the Apple Watch and iPad. The Apple watch, which is now up to its 5th series has been upgraded with minimal but key details such as one button International emergency calls and titanium face cases, including two titanium models in White and Space Grey. GPS models start at $399 USD while cellular models go for $499 USD. They will be available in an assortment of colors in over 150 countries.

Here are some key takeaways!

Apple TV+:

1 Year Free with New Purchases of Apple TV hardware $4.99 USD a month for family use Apple TV+ begins on November 1.

Apple iPad: 10.2” “Base Model” +Pro  Features.

Now coming at a bigger 10.2” size it’s closer to the iPad Pro’s 11. Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard compatibility, Port upgrades you can now use a SD Card and Flash Drive, game peripheral pairing and more! starting at $329 USD for the base model 32GB. The new iPad will be released September 30.

Apple iPhone 11: Six Vibrant Colors

The phone will come in 6 vibrant array of finishes  including: green, purple, yellow, white, black and (Product) RED.  The green comes in a very mint-like shade while the purple is much more sweet with a shade of grey within its 100% recycled aluminum.

Apple iPhone 11: Ultra-Wide Lens, “Slofies”

The iPhone 11 has three camera lenses, the new addition being the Ultra-Wide angle. The new lens is positioned vertically below the standard wide, but captures subjects within a highly-impressive 13mm equivalent focal length. With iOS 13’s new software upgrades, the new angle will allow for seamless integration with the iPhone’s camera app, along with the phone’s video capabilities as well. The front facing camera on the 11 also receives upgrades — TrueDepth Portrait mode, 4K video, and slow-motion selfies a.k.a “Slofies,”

Apple iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max: Four Camera System

Professional photographers will particularly enjoy the new camera system. The three cameras positioned on the back can seamlessly switch from the phone’s standard 26mm “wide” lens, to a telephoto 2x 52mm “telephoto” to the updated “ultra-wide” focal length at 13mm. The lens undoubtedly  fantastic.  Lines remain sharp and straight, with no visible curvature commonly found in fish-eye lenses. The lens remains relatively fast at f/2.4 but for low-light photos it’s better to keep the standard wide lens which is brighter at f/1.8. Outdoor daytime landscape photos however will look epic with the new ultra-wide lens. Apple’s new products are sure to keep Apple heads happy, for the next year at least 😉

-BOOM

Oh and for all my New Yorkers the Apple Fifth Avenue Store in New York will reopen on September 20.

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TECH: DEFCON 27! From a “Newbie Perspective”

 

The 27th annual DEFCON hacking conference this year was held in Las Vegas, Nevada  August 8 – 11th and I had the pleasure of being one of the thousands in attendance. Last year Defcon 26 was said to have over 26,000 attendees. This year it expanded to 3 venues and while the final count is not in yet, I am sure it will exceed 30,000 attendees!

This was my 1st time attending DEFCON and I must say, it was quite the experience.  It turned out a bit different from what I expected.  Prior to arrival I took all the necessary precautious  Updated all my electronic devices, ensured VPN was setup and working on my mobile devices and laptops.  Even with taking these precautions there is no guarantee your device won’t be compromised.  After all, this is DEFCON and it attracts the best hackers and cyber security professionals in the world!

After the conference I came to the conclusion, Defcon was like a huge gathering of several large villages of hacking communities, coming together for a family reunion on steroids!  There were parties, hacking competitions, capture the flag events, workshops, and seminars that focused on different aspects of offensive and defensive cyber and technology.  The focus was around sharing ideas, techniques, and knowledge all while having a darn good time…  There was no noticeable focus on malicious activity (outside of the guy that showed us how to jam police radar and laser technology with an $8 kit).  I actually found that to be my favorite session by the way…

I would recommend DEFCON to anyone that is in the profession of Information technology, application development or cyber security.  You will gain valuable insight into the various ways that products you use or develop can be used for unintended purposes (Good or Bad).  Go to the con, take yourself out of your comfort zone, meet some new people, and learn a lot of new stuff.

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DJ TECH: @PIONEERDJGLOBAL RELEASES THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DDJ-1000SRT @DJGOJABEAN

Pioneer DJ’s have added a new Serato controller to their range in the form of the DDJ-1000SRT.

Essentially the same format as the previously announced DDJ-1000, it features the fancy full-size CDJ2000-style jogs with the new full-color screen featuring artwork and track information. Below, there’s eight colored pads per deck that can control everything from CUE POINTS to FX and LOOPS. 

While there are only two jogs, you can control all four decks in Serato DJ Pro and the mixer section features four channels, with the Color FX you’ll recognize from the DJM, as well as Pioneer DJ’s 14 Beat FX.

There’s also dual USBs for easy set swap overs and users can pay to upgrade to Serato DVS.

The controller is available at all Pioneer DJ Gear stores worldwide.

If you’re a rekordbox dj user, make sure you check out the original DDJ-1000 announced early last year

Watch the video below for more info. 

 

SOURCE: @DJMAG

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[TECH NEWS] Spotify introduces a free and direct uploading service for indie artists

As of today, Spotify is allowing a select group of independent artists to upload their music to the massive streaming service directly.

Using the platform’s new Spotify for Artists feature, the beta program plans to invite “a few hundred U.S.-based independent artists” to test out the new tool over the coming months.

In a conversation with Billboard, Spotify’s senior product lead, creator marketplace Kene Anoliefo told the publication that they hope to “open up a really interesting creative space for artists to begin sharing their music to their fans.” Anoliefo explains that the “easy, flexible and transparent” tool will have “no limit or constraint on how often they can upload.”

The free service, which allows indie artists to circumvent digital distributors and receive 100 per cent of their royalties directly from Spotify, provides users with 50 per cent of Spotify’s net revenue and takes no ownership over their copyrighted material. The tool will also help Spotify for Artist members track their historical payments, direct bank deposits and projections for future payments.

The move has caught both music labels and third-party digital music aggregators off-guard. Many major labels are scrambling to find ways to fight back, but Spotify remains steadfast in their commitment to rolling out this new feature and insistent that they have no interest in becoming a label.

“Licensing content doesn’t make us a label,” said Spotify CEO Daniel EK during an earnings call back in July. “We don’t own any rights to any music, and we’re not acting like a record label … The key ­objective that we’re ­pursuing is ­taking the data and insights that we’re generating on our ­platform, and creating tools that allow ­artists and labels to better market ­themselves in the marketplace. I think this is a huge opportunity for all labels to become more effective.”

In a conversation with Billboard, Spotify’s senior product lead, creator marketplace Kene Anoliefo told the publication that they hope to “open up a really interesting creative space for artists to begin sharing their music to their fans.” Anoliefo explains that the “easy, flexible and transparent” tool will have “no limit or constraint on how often they can upload.”

The free service, which allows indie artists to circumvent digital distributors and receive 100 per cent of their royalties directly from Spotify, provides users with 50 per cent of Spotify’s net revenue and takes no ownership over their copyrighted material. The tool will also help Spotify for Artist members track their historical payments, direct bank deposits and projections for future payments.

The move has caught both music labels and third-party digital music aggregators off-guard. Many major labels are scrambling to find ways to fight back, but Spotify remains steadfast in their commitment to rolling out this new feature and insistent that they have no interest in becoming a label.

“Licensing content doesn’t make us a label,” said Spotify CEO Daniel EK during an earnings call back in July. “We don’t own any rights to any music, and we’re not acting like a record label … The key ­objective that we’re ­pursuing is ­taking the data and insights that we’re generating on our ­platform, and creating tools that allow ­artists and labels to better market ­themselves in the marketplace. I think this is a huge opportunity for all labels to become more effective.”

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{TECH} Apple Music is Rolling out Top 100 Charts in New Update

With the streaming wars only getting more heated and intense, Apple Music is gaining a lot of ground in the U.S. compared to Spotify (they now boast 50 million subscribers). After years of pushing the service forward, they are now about to implement charts based on the data from the app.

We’re sure Apple will be explaining this at the September 12 event, but in a new update today, users will be seeing 116 “Top 100” numeric charts that will display the most up-to-date streamed songs on Apple Music.

A global chart and Top 100 chart will show up for every country under the “Browse” tab, similar to what you already see through the playlists and albums.

It’ll be interesting to see how these new charts are incorporated into the industry or how much influence they will have for listeners in the long run. But with the power Apple have, we’re certain they will have a great impact for years to come.

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[VIDEO GAMES] NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition: “NBA 2K Is Back & Still Just As Great As We Remember”

It’s the time of year basketball fans love. NBA 2K19 is here – are you ready? Trust me you know I am. The best basketball franchise out right now looks to pull out all the stops as it gets ready for its biggest release to date.

From LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo as the cover athletes to the disputed player ratings from the players themselves let’s get into why you need this title because NBA 2K is about to be lit AF.

The anniversary edition with LeBron as the cover athlete gives you a leg up on the rest of the competition. First, you’ll get the game 4 days earlier, but it will cost you a pretty penny marked at $99.99. For those who go straight to the pick up games, this will benefit you greatly because you’ll have the extra 100K virtual currency to start off, along with 50K MyTeam points just to name a few. So, if you put up the money right away, your player and MyCourt will be fresh right off the break. Definitely worth it to give yourself the best chance to get to the 90+ rating.

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[VIDEO GAMES] Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 is just under five months away, and we still know very little about the game. That’s no surprise, considering that publisher Rockstar Games prefers to play things close to the vest. The company announced all the exclusive content that it’s packing into the game’s two special editions and offering as pre-order incentives, and the long list provides some clues as to how Red Dead Redemption 2 works. In particular, some of the items suggest that the game will feature deeper role-playing mechanics than we’ve seen in the series to this point.

Before we begin, let’s just get this out of the way: This is all pretty much speculation at this point, although we’ve tried to make educated guesses. None, some or all of the following may turn out to be true when Red Dead Redemption 2 launches on Oct. 26.

Red Dead RPG

In Red Dead Redemption 2, players will step into the boots of Arthur Morgan. The outlaw serves as an enforcer and debt collector for Dutch’s Gang, a group of bank robbers led by the eponymous Dutch van der Linde at the tail end of the 19th century.

The original Red Dead Redemption featured another member of the gang, John Marston. As Marston, players completed missions and open-world activities to progress through the story, earning money that they could spend on weapons, horses, consumable items and more. Consumables included medicine, which would restore Marston’s health; apples, which replenished the stamina of Marston’s horse; and chewing tobacco, which would refill his Dead Eye gauge.

Red Dead Redemption 2 - Arthur Morgan hanging ducks on a fence

Red Dead Redemption didn’t really offer traditional RPG mechanics, like a tree of skills to learn or attributes to upgrade, although the player did unlock levels of Dead Eye upon completing certain landmark missions. It sounds like Red Dead Redemption 2 may expand on this system, with the developers at Rockstar Studios taking a page out of franchises like The Witcher to deliver a system akin to the one in 2018’s God of War.

The Special Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 comes with items such as a “Core Stat boost,” which “benefits Arthur’s Stamina, Health and Dead Eye Cores,” according to Rockstar’s description. Perhaps those three elements are “core stats” for the character that players can upgrade through play, rather than just meters to refill. And if they’re core stats, then maybe there’s a system of skills or secondary stats to go along with them.

To wit, the Special Edition also includes two “gameplay bonuses,” the Eagle Talon Talisman and the Iguana Scale. Morgan carries the latter item in his satchel, where it allows him to “take less damage while riding on horseback.” The former is a charm that players can put on Morgan’s boots so that his “environmental awareness skill will last longer.” (Maybe that skill takes the form of a visual assist, like Eagle Vision in Assassin’s Creed or Geralt’s Witcher Senses?) Either way, the boot and satchel suggest that Red Dead Redemption 2 will feature a gear system in which players can equip certain items to receive gameplay benefits.

Speaking of gear, Rockstar’s descriptions of Morgan’s costumes break things down by components. For instance, the Special Edition comes with the Nuevo Paraíso Gunslinger Outfit, which consists of “a wide brimmed black cowboy hat, deep indigo coat, worn denim chaps, leather gloves and boots.”

Red Dead Redemption - John Marston in ‘Savvy Merchant’ outfit
Marston sporting the Savvy Merchant outfit, which gives him a half-price discount on all purchases from gunsmiths.
Rockstar San Diego/Rockstar Games

Outfits may work the way they did in the previous game, as a complete set of attire. But perhaps Red Dead Redemption 2 players will be able to swap out individual accessories and articles of clothing, like hats, shirts, pants and boots — of course, there’s precedent for that in the Grand Theft Auto series. And maybe each piece of an outfit will have an equipment slot of its own, like the way that armor in God of War features sockets for enchantments.

Then again, it may very well be the case that Rockstar is merely providing a detailed description of the outfits, and only Morgan’s boots will have a slot for talismans. It’s worth noting that in the original Red Dead Redemption, a number of costumes provided gameplay benefits: For instance, when Marston wore the Deadly Assassin Outfit, his Dead Eye meter regenerated at twice the normal rate.

We also know from initial preview coverage that Red Dead Redemption 2 will involve some level of management for the Van der Linde Gang’s working camp, which is another new mechanic for the Red Dead series. As Morgan, the player will need to delegate upkeep responsibilities across the group — and help out themselves, by gathering resources and hunting game — to ensure that the camp has enough food and supplies to keep running.

The locations of Red Dead Redemption 2

The descriptions for the contents of Red Dead Redemption 2’s various editions also offer some hints at the places that players may visit in the game’s world. That’s especially true if we compare the latest information with one of the earliest Red Dead Redemption 2 leaks: an off-screen photo of what was supposedly the game’s world map. The more we learn about the game, the more it seems that the leaked map is real.

The map, which was leaked on NeoGAF in April 2016 and quickly corroborated by TechRadar, featured a location with a strangely coincidental name: a town called New Bordeaux, in the bayou by the Lannahechee River. The New Orleans-inspired setting for 2016’s Mafia 3 — an open-world title published by 2K Games, which shares a parent company with Rockstar — was also called New Bordeaux.

Red Dead Redemption 2 map leak
The purported Red Dead Redemption 2 world map that was leaked online in 2016.
TechRadar

Rockstar is producing a package of physical goods for the game, the Red Dead Redemption 2 Collector’s Box. One of the items in it is a 100-piece wooden jigsaw puzzle that, when assembled, features an image of “the bustling port of Saint Denis,” according to Rockstar.

New Bordeaux appears to fit the bill — the city and its environs take up what is by far the largest neon green area on the map, where that color indicates a “town.” Putting two and two together, it seems that New Bordeaux was a placeholder title, and that Rockstar has since renamed the town Saint Denis.

A Redditor by the name of IntegraleEvoII took the helpful step of manipulating the image of the puzzle that Rockstar released. In the puzzle’s aerial shot of the urban metropolis, it looks to have the same rounded shape that can be seen in the leaked map. If the jigsaw puzzle is an accurate representation of Saint Denis as it appears in Red Dead Redemption 2, and the leaked world map is true to the game world, the “town” would easily be the biggest, most developed corner of civilization in the game or its predecessor.

Red Dead Redemption 2 - Saint Denis jigsaw puzzle
It appears to say “Lemoyne” beneath the name Saint Denis. Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville is credited as the founder of New Orleans.
Rockstar Games via IntegraleEvoII/Reddit

There’s another description that appears to confirm something from the leaked map. Both the Special and Ultimate editions come with an exclusive bank robbery mission, in which Arthur and his cohorts plan a heist in “the southern town of Rhodes.” (Don’t feel like you’ll be missing out on anything major if you don’t pay extra for one of these packages: Rockstar says that neither the mission nor the exclusive Del Lobos Gang hideout are part of Red Dead Redemption 2’s story.)

Look due west of New Bordeaux on the leaked map, and you’ll see the town of Rhodes in the center of the Scarlett Meadows district — which indeed lies in the southern portion of the world map, about halfway between the Bayou NWA district and Flatiron Lake.

Rockstar’s item descriptions also point to the possible return of a location from Red Dead Redemption: Mexico. That game featured a northern province of the country named Nuevo Paraíso (“New Paradise”). In addition to the aforementioned Gunslinger Outfit, there’s an accessory that’s named for Mexico: the Nuevo Paraíso Saddle, which is attached to the horse known as the Dappled Black Thoroughbred.

Since multiple items in Red Dead Redemption 2 mention Nuevo Paraíso, it seems reasonable to expect that the game will bring you there at some point — even if a major segment of the story isn’t set there this time around. Nuevo Paraíso doesn’t appear on the border of the playable U.S. region on the leaked map; instead, there is an inset map that appears to show a Mexican island or perhaps peninsula, with Spanish place names including El Hueco and Cinco Torres.

But hey, who knows? The possibilities are as wide open as the American frontier.

 

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[TECH NEWS] Instagram plans to launch Snapchat Discover-style video hub

Instagram is preparing to unveil a home for longer-form video — a YouTube competitor and its take on Snapchat Discover. According to multiple sources, Instagram will offer a dedicated space featuring scripted shows, music videos and more in vertically oriented, full-screen, high-def 4K resolution. Instagram has been meeting with popular social media stars and content publishers to find out how their video channels elsewhere would work within its app. It’s also lining up launch partners for an announcement of the long-form video effort tentatively scheduled for June 20th.

The public shouldn’t expect Netflix Originals or HBO-level quality. This is not “InstaGame of Thrones.”  Instead, the feature is more focused on the kind of videos you see from YouTube creators. These often range from five to 15 minutes in length, shot with nice cameras and lighting but not some massive Hollywood movie production crew. Average users will be able to upload longer videos too, beyond the current 60-second limit.

Instagram intends to eventually let creators and publishers earn money off the longer videos, though it hasn’t finalized how accompanying ads like pre-rolls and mid-breaks or revenue splits would work. It is not paying creators up-front for shows like Facebook Watch, either. But the videos will each feature a swipe-up option to open a link, which creators can use to drive traffic to their websites, e-commerce stores or event ticketing. Thanks to Instagram’s 800 million-plus users, the video section could be a powerful marketing tool beyond generating cash for creators directly.

The long-form video section will spotlight a collection of popular videos, and provide a “continue watching” option since users might view long clips over the course of several sessions. Users will also see the long-form clips featured on authors’ profiles near the Stories Highlights bubbles. Creators won’t be able to shoot and post long-form videos, as the section will only allow pre-made video uploads.

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[Tech news] Google spending $2.5 billion to expand operations across the US

Just over two years ago, Google announced it would convert a 1,300-acre former Hemlock Semiconductor facility in Clarksville, Tennessee into a new $600 million data center. Today, the search giant broke ground on the site — and Google CEO Sundar Pichai used the opportunity to announce the company will invest $2.5 billion to oIn addition to the upcoming Clarksville facility, part of the $2.5 billion will go to opening or expanding data centers in Alabama, Oregon, Virginia and Oklahoma. The company will create or add to offices in nine other states: California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington. The expansion plan will add thousands of jobs and bring Google’s operations to a total of 21 states and six data centers.
Google planned the Clarksville site to be a model of efficiency, and purchased enough renewable energy to offset 100 percent of its electricity use, in keeping with the company’s aspirations. Today, Pichai added that the company is donating $300,000 in grant money to Goodwill of Middle Tennessee to add digital skills training to its workforce-development program.pen new facilities or expand existing ones in 14 states.

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[TECH] APPLE UPDATES WILL IT FIX THE BATTERY?

Apple has just revealed all of the major new changes that will arrive with the upcoming iOS 11.3 update. This will be a crucial patch, as it will give users the option to disable the battery management features that can decrease performance in iPhones with older batteries.

A slew of other important functionalities will also be included in the update, here’s a list of all the changes mentioned in Apple’s press release:

1. New features will display battery health and recommend if the power cell needs service. These can be accessed by going to Settings -> Battery and are available for iPhone 6 and later models.
2. Users will have a toggle for enabling/disabling the power management feature that can affect maximum performance on iPhones. The feature can be located in the Battery subsection of the Settings menu. Power management is currently present on members of the iPhone 6, 6S, SE, and 7-gen devices.
3. ARKit 1.5 will be introduced to developers. ARKit will be able to place virtual objects on walls, doors, and other vertical surfaces. Additionally, it will be able to map irregularly shaped surfaces in a more accurate manner. The view of the real world through the camera will get 50% greater resolution and support for auto-focus will be added.
4. A new Health Records feature will be added to Health app. It will bring together info from hospitals, clinics, and the app itself to organize and provide quick an organized access to the medical data. The service will be encrypted and passcode-protected.
5. 16 new Animoji characters will be added, including a lion, bear, dragon, and skull.
6. Music videos are coming to Apple Music.
7. Apple News will get improved Top Stories and Video group feature in “For You” section
8. Business Chat feature will be added as a beta to Messages. It will allow users to communicate with businesses more easily.
9. Support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML) to automatically send a user’s current location when making a call to emergency services in countries where AML is supported.
10. HomeKit software authentication allows developers to add HomeKit support to existing accessories.
Cupertino has already made iOS 11.3 available to iOS Developer Program members and will release a public beta in the coming weeks. The company says that the update will be available “this spring”. Here’s a list of all the changes mentioned in Apple’s press release:
Source: phonearea
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