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ATU045 – Assistive Technology for Women part 3 Google Self Driving Car

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/atupdate/ATU040612b.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedFriday Podcast: AT for women, Google Self Driving Car Takes Man to Taco Bell, Bluetooth Tooth Brush, ADA Comparison Guide, iPhone, Facebook Timeline AccessibilityApril 6, 2012In “Accessibility Reviews”ATU060- Cat Bouwkamp (Paralympic Fencer, London 2012) JAWS 14, Apple iOS and Mac Accessibility, V-Draw, Deaf-Blind Communication Device from Humanware, Learning Ally App, Umbrella Today, Google+ Hangouts with Captions for the DeafJuly 20, 2012In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU068 – Fleksy (Ioannis Verdelis) – iPhone 5 & iOS 6, Nike Accessible Shoes, Airport Accessibility, Driverless Cars in California, Clarity No Longer Making CCTVs, Brain Wave Reading Robots for Stroke PatientsSeptember 14, 2012In “Assistive Technology Update” Google self-driving car takes blind man Steve Mahan to Taco Bell in YouTube video http://bit.ly/Hfd0GyBus hailing kits for visually impaired commuters – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) http://bit.ly/H8ugNjListen 24/7 at www.AssistiveTechnologyRadio.comIndiana Assistive Technology Blog http://bit.ly/ohR37pwww.AssistiveTechnologyRadio.comINDATA app list: http://bit.ly/qXjrpcIf you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our blog: http://blog.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectlast_img read more

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ATU074 – Special Chronicles Daniel Smrokowski iPad mini Apple vs Android Accessibility

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadDaniel Smrokowski – Special Chronicles Podcast (www.SpecialChronicles.com)Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPad Mini Event [Mega-Roundup] | Cult of Mac http://bit.ly/S4ugqEHearing aid you wear on your back teeth could help those deaf in one ear | Mail Online http://bit.ly/S4rIJgThe New iPad for the Visually Impaired http://bit.ly/RBYajjApple v Android: the winner is… the disabled community | Media network | Guardian Professional http://bit.ly/RBWFlkAssistive Technology Vendors Partner to Promote Accessible Instruction for all | Atomic Learning Blogs http://bit.ly/QNdYxZArt of apps to help blind in galleries | This is Kent http://bit.ly/PMgZUBApp: iDress For Weather – www.BridgingApps.org——————————Listen 24/7 at www.AssistiveTechnologyRadio.comIf you have an AT question, leave us a voice mail at: 317-721-7124 or email tech@eastersealscrossroads.orgCheck out our blog: https://www.eastersealstech.comFollow us on Twitter: @INDATAprojectShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM109 – Bridging Apps for Assistive TechnologyJune 28, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”ATU061 – Hacking Autism (Marc Sirkin), Georgie app for Android, Hearing Aids for American Girl Dolls, Fleksy Keyborad for iPhone, Free Visual Aids for LearningJuly 27, 2012In “Assistive Technology Update”AM098 – Siri as Assistive TechnologyApril 12, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”last_img read more

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MSAB Chosen for Key Role in New European Union Funded Consortium Developing

first_imgMSAB Chosen for Key Role in New European Union Funded Consortium Developing Mobile Forensic Technology Solutions for Law Enforcement PRNewswireMay 17, 2019, 9:20 pmMay 17, 2019 Develop new tools and technologies to acquire previously unavailable mobile data, unlock mobile devices, and enable the decoding and analysis of mobile data.Develop a new mobile forensics standard based on requirements defined by law enforcement, taking into account both legal and ethical issues.Develop training for the new standard and tools, to ensure consistency and high quality in investigations and mobile forensic analysis.FORMOBILE secured the European Commission backing by putting together a proposal that met the requirements for technology to enhance the fight against crime and terrorism through the use of digital forensics. In doing so, the consortium will help the EU build on the European Agenda for Security, to ensure that people can live in an area of freedom, security and justice, without internal frontiers.Marketing Technology News: PlaceIQ Partners with PMG to Measure Real-Time Impact of In-Store Holiday Foot TrafficWork on the project launched in May 2019 and will run for three years. This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 832800.“We are very excited about this opportunity to work together with other agencies across Europe to help make the world safer by modernizing the digital forensic tools and standards that exist today,” said Joel Bollö, MSAB CEO. “This is a strong endorsement of MSAB’s leadership and expertise, and we are grateful for the opportunity.  Criminals and terrorists are becoming more sophisticated in their use of mobile devices, encryption and apps. There is strength in numbers and by coming together collectively, the FORMOBILE project will benefit the entire digital forensic community – and all EU citizens.”Marketing Technology News: SparkPost Introduces the Industry’s First Predictive Email Intelligence PlatformMSAB in brief MSAB is a world leader in mobile forensics technology with the aim of extracting and analysing data from mobile devices. The company’s proprietary products have become a de facto standard in the field and are used for securing evidence in over 120 countries. The products are complemented by a wide range of training courses that enable customers to become certified in forensically sound methods of extracting and analysing data from mobile devices. Customers include police, military, corrections, border security customs and other organizations. MSAB is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm under the ticker symbol: MSAB B.Marketing Technology News: CM Group Completes $410 Million Financing and Expands Multi-Channel Marketing Offerings with Acquisition of Global Technology Company, Vuture MSAB announced that it has been selected to support the research and development efforts of the FORMOBILE Consortium, which is made up of 19 law enforcement, government, academic, and private sector organizations from across Europe. It is led by the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences. The goal of FORMOBILE is to establish a complete, end to end forensic investigation chain to support law enforcement agencies’ access to mobile device data.To achieve the consortium’s goal, three primary objectives are being pursued: FORMOBILE received funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 832800. FORMOBILE ConsortiumJoel BollöMarketing TechnologyMSABNASDAQ StockholmNewsTechnology Previous ArticleAdomni and Lightbox OOH Video Network Partner to Drive New Programmatic Revenue for Shopping Mall ScreensNext ArticleAdoption of SymphonyRM’s AI-Powered “Next Best Actions” Soars as Company Doubles Revenue and Client Base and Raises $10 Million in Series A Financinglast_img read more

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SpotX Appoints First Ever Chief Scientist and Opens 27th Office

first_img Dr. Neal RichterMarketing Technology Newsmonetization platformNewsSpotXvideo advertising Previous ArticleKetchum Introduces Reputation Management and Public Affairs Expertise for Trade Associations and NonprofitsNext ArticleFormstack Announces Key Hires Joan Lavis, Rob Wiley and Nathan Sinsabaugh Signaling Continued Growth, Spotx Hires Former Rakuten Marketing CTO to Lead New Salt Lake City OfficeSpotX, the leading global video advertising and monetization platform, announced the appointment of Dr. Neal Richter as its first Chief Scientist. Richter will head up SpotX’s new Salt Lake City, Utah office which will serve as a hub for research and development teams. Reporting directly to J. Allen Dove, SpotX’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Richter will invest in SpotX data science and machine learning efforts as well as the greater RTL Group’s work in artificial intelligence.Along with growing the Utah-based team, Richter will be responsible for assessing the company’s data science needs across the SpotX platform by designing, refining and implementing various models to build on the work that SpotX has already accomplished. Leveraging his expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning, Richter will collaborate with SpotX’s Product Team to employ those technologies to streamline workflows from product ideation to deployment. Specific areas of focus for Richter will include market dynamics and intelligence, audience data, forecasting, x-device measurement, platform efficiency algorithms as well as  fraud detection and prevention.Marketing Technology News: Net Element Launches Blade, Fully-Automated, Artificial Intelligence-Powered Underwriting Solution with Predictive Scoring“At SpotX, we view data as the glue that ties together our key initiatives across online video, over-the-top, connected TV, and linear TV,” said J. Allen Dove, CTO at SpotX. “Neal’s expertise in data, artificial intelligence and machine learning, along with his deep knowledge of the online advertising space, will allow him to supercharge our ability to achieve our goals of better connecting TV and digital video on behalf of media owners and buyers around the globe.”Joining SpotX with 20 years of experience in software development and data science, Richter holds 10 patents and has published more than 15 academic papers on machine learning and artificial intelligence. He was also recently elected chairperson of the IAB Tech Lab and has contributed to the early development of the OpenRTB protocol, OpenRTB Native, Ads.txt, Ads.cert, Sellers.json and other industry standards, alongside SpotX CTO J. Allen Dove. Prior to his new role at SpotX, Richter served as CTO of Rakuten Marketing where he oversaw technology and data science teams across programmatic and affiliate systems.Marketing Technology News: Consumers Reluctant to Swap Passwords for Biometrics for Fear of Identity Fraud“I’m excited to work with such a renowned video advertising and monetization platform to refine its artificial intelligence and machine learning strategy,” said Richter. “Video content consumption and advertising is rapidly evolving, SpotX is already leading the pack in solutions and I’m glad to be part of the revolution.”As video advertising technology continues to advance, SpotX recognizes the benefits of adopting a greater artificial intelligence and machine learning strategy by leveraging data science to inform its business analytics. Touting this pivot in strategy, Richter and Dove will be representing SpotX in various industry groups and organizations.Marketing Technology News: Upland Software Acquires Kapost, Raises Guidance SpotX Appoints First Ever Chief Scientist and Opens 27th Office PRNewswireJune 6, 2019, 1:46 pmJune 6, 2019 last_img read more

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BMW Auto Dealers Ranked 1 for Responding to Website Customers Reports Pied

first_img BMWILEMarketing Technology NewsNewsPied Piper Previous ArticleWhy Companies Should Embrace AI to Engage with – Not Market to – Their CustomersNext ArticleDosh to Give Over $1 Million Back to Travelers This Summer Texting gains popularity among dealers—39% of website customers now receive dealer texts—but dealers often fail to obtain customer permission firstBMW auto dealerships ranked highest in the 2019 Pied Piper PSI Internet Lead Effectiveness Benchmarking Study, which answers the question, “What happens when customers visit a dealer website and inquire about a vehicle?” Dealerships selling Acura vehicles were ranked second, followed by dealerships selling Mercedes-Benz or Volvo.New for 2019 was an update to ILE scoring, which increased weighting for the content of a dealership response. As a result, the industry average ILE score declined five points from 57 to 52. ILE scores ranged from zero to 100, with 15% of dealerships nationwide scoring above 80, demonstrating an effective website-response process. However, 34% of dealerships scored below 40, struggling to respond effectively to today’s website customers.Pied Piper submitted customer inquiries through the individual websites of 9,264 dealerships, asking a question about a vehicle in inventory, and providing a customer name, email address and local telephone number. Pied Piper then evaluated how the dealerships responded by email, telephone and text message over the next 24 hours. Twenty different measurements generated a dealership’s PSI-ILE score.Marketing Technology News: Mobile Data Use Nearly Doubles, CTIA Annual Survey ShowsThe most basic measurement is whether a customer received an email response of any type—even an automated reply—within 24 hours. Industrywide, on average 8% of customers received no email reply of any type. A more meaningful measurement is whether the customer received an email answering their question within 24 hours. BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Acura and MINI dealerships were the most likely to email an answer to the customer’s question within 24 hours, more than 55% of the time on average. In contrast, dealerships selling Ford, Genesis, Buick, Hyundai, GMC and Lincoln answered the customer’s question within 24 hours less than 30% of the time on average.As part of the 2019 study, Pied Piper reviewed dealership use of texting and website “chat” to interact with website customers. Pied Piper found that dealerships sent customers text messages in reply to a customer’s website inquiry 39% of the time on average. However, dealerships first requested customer permission to send texts only 5% of the time on average. Automated texts sent without the customer’s “express written consent” risk exposing dealerships to fines of $500 to $1,500 per unsolicited text sent, as part of the Telephone Consumers Protection Act (TCPA) of 1991. “Texting is just how we Americans communicate today,” said Fran O’Hagan, President and CEO of Pied Piper Management Company, LLC. “Most customers are willing to text with dealerships too, but any business must be careful to get permission from customers before texting. Dealers must also watch for salespeople texting from personal cell phones, bypassing dealership CRM systems.”Marketing Technology News: Extreme Networks to Acquire Aerohive NetworksUse of website “chat” functions has become common, with 72% of dealer websites on average promising the ability for customers to immediately chat online with a dealership representative. However, 46% of the time on average those chat systems failed to provide a human response within 30 seconds. “Worse than not having chat capability on a website is promising chat but failing to quickly deliver,” said O’Hagan.The Pied Piper PSI® Internet Lead Effectiveness® (ILE) Benchmarking Study has been conducted annually since 2011. The 2019 Pied Piper PSI-ILE Benchmarking Study (U.S.A.) was conducted between July 2018 and May 2019 by submitting customer internet inquiries directly to a sample of 9,264 dealerships nationwide representing all major brands. Examples of other recent Pied Piper PSI studies are the 2019 “PSI for EVs” U.S. Auto Industry Study (Tesla brand was ranked first for selling in-person), and 2018 PSI-ILE U.S. Motorcycle/UTV Industry Study (Harley-Davidson brand was ranked first). Complete Pied Piper PSI industry study results are provided to vehicle manufacturers and national dealer groups. Manufacturers, national dealer groups and individual dealerships also order PSI evaluations—in-person, internet or telephone—as tools to measure and improve the sales effectiveness of their dealerships.Marketing Technology News: Salesforce’s $15.7 Billion Tableau Acquisition Highlights Big Data as Key Theme, Says GlobalData BMW Auto Dealers Ranked #1 for Responding to Website Customers Reports Pied Piper PSI Business WireJuly 9, 2019, 9:45 pmJuly 9, 2019 last_img read more

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Amazon Prime Day After Hours Sale Samsung Galaxy 10e 59999 Apple AirPods

first_img Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 1 Comment Amazon Prime Day After Hours Sale: Samsung Galaxy 10e $599.99, Apple AirPods w/ Wireless Charging Case $169.99, GTX 1080 Gaming Desktop $899 Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 Images Introduce Charles Manson and More Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder 1 Comment We Finally Understand Why Hollywood Dumped Christina Ricci Prime Day is officially over, but it seems someone forgot to tell that to Amazon, Dell, and Walmart. There are still tons of excellent deals available with huge discounts, but for how much longer no one can say. If you missed out on buying anything during the shopping event, here’s a list of deals that you can still take advantage of.Samsung Galaxy S10 Factory Unlocked w/ 128GB Storage ($599.99) During Amazon’s Prime Day sale you can get one of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 smartphones with 128GB of storage marked down from $899.99 to $599.99. This phone is one of the fastest smartphones available on the market today with a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and 8GB of RAM. It also features a relatively high-quality camera and it comes fully unlocked.Apple AirPods w/Wireless Charging Case ($169.99)This set of Apple’s AirPods comes with a wireless charging case. Simply set the earbuds into the case whenever you are finished using them and they will automatically start charging. They also have support for Siri to quickly access your iPhone, and they can last for over 24 hours while listening to music. Amazon is offering these AirPods currently marked down from $199.00 to $169.99.Overpowered DTW2 Intel Core i7-8700 Gaming Desktop w/ Nvidia GTX 1080, 512GB SSD, 2TB HD, 32GB RAM ($899.00)Overpowered’s DTW2 desktop comes loaded with high-performance components at an unbelievable price. At its heart rests an Intel Core i7-8700 and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. Best of all, this system is marked down from $1,899.00 to $899.00 at Walmart. Discounted as much as it is, it would be impossible to build a system to match it without paying more. 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Hayabusa2 Probe Collects Second Sample From Asteroid Ryugu

first_img We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared Natalie Portman Reacts to Being the Next ‘Thor’ The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today 2 Comments This ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star is Breathtaking in Reality By Ryan Whitwam on July 11, 2019 at 1:04 pm Hayabusa2 Probe Collects Second Sample From Asteroid Ryugu Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe has just made history — again. The spacecraft gathered samples from the surface of the asteroid Ryugu earlier this year, and it bombed the asteroid a few months later. Now, the probe has taken another trip to the surface to scoop up pristine material that used to be buried below the surface. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched Hayabusa2 in 2014, taking four years just to meet up with Ryugu in its orbit some 185 million miles (300 million kilometers) from Earth. It started by dropping off some barrel-shaped robots to get the lay of the land, and then it descended to pick up its first sample in February 2019. Hayabusa2 carried several tantalum slugs, which it fired at the surface after each landing. The impact launched particles upward and into the probe’s collection compartment — that first landing collected material from the top layer of the asteroid. The most recent collection is crucial because it may have included material from deeper inside Ryugu. In April, Hayabusa2 launched the 5.5-pound (2.5kilogramsm) Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI). The SCI used a shaped HMX explosive charge to launch the impactor at Ryugu at more than 2 kilometers per second. The result was a small, artificial crater. Regolith on the surface of Ryugu has been bombarded by solar radiation for eons, but just below the surface is pristine material that is virtually unchanged since the birth of the solar system. That’s what Hayabusa2 was after this time. [PPTD] These images were taken before and after touchdown by the small monitor camera (CAM-H). The first is 4 seconds before touchdown, the second is at touchdown itself and the third is 4 seconds after touchdown. In the third image, you can see the amount of rocks that rise. pic.twitter.com/ssZU5TV3x9— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) July 11, 2019This landing required careful preparations — any problems could risk the loss of the first sample which is still inside Hayabusa2. The probe landed about 20 meters from the center of the crater, using its second tantalum slug to scoop up ejecta. Visual examination of the area showed varying color compared with other parts of the asteroid, so the team believes it does indeed have material from inside Ryugu. Hayabusa2 will remain in orbit of Ryugu for several more months, departing in November or December. The spacecraft will arrive back at Earth in late 2020, at which point scientists will be able to examine the Ryugu samples up close. JAXA doesn’t know exactly how much of Ryugu is coming back to Earth, but it hopes to get up to 100mg of material from the asteroid. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it will be the only perfectly preserved sample of the solar system from an object more distant than the moon.Now read:Hayabusa2 Probe Deploys Third Robot on Asteroid RyuguHayabusa Sends Back Photos and Video From Surface of Asteroid RyuguJapan’s Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft Reaches Asteroid, Prepares to Collect Sample Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet 10 Scientifically Proven Side Effects of Growing a Beard You Have To Read This Before You See ‘Zombieland 2’ The Untold Truth of ‘Batman & Robin’ Tagged In sciencespaceasteroidsjaxaHayabusa 2Hayabusa2 Post a Comment 2 Commentslast_img read more

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What Is Speculative Execution

first_img ‘Endgame’ Suggests The MCU Has a Big Problem With Captain Marvel What Is Speculative Execution? The Transformation of Daisy Ridley Is Turning Heads Tagged In microsoftamdintelcpuswindows 10ARMcpusemiconductorsibmextremetech explainsprocessorsRAMprogrammingspeculative executionbranch predictionspeculative processing Post a Comment 28 Comments Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. New ‘Overwatch’ Hero Sigma Now Playable on PTR Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads As discussion of the Spectre and Meltdown flaws continues to dominate the tech news cycle, there has been repeated reference to a specific feature of high-end CPUs: speculative execution. It’s a key capability of higher-end ARM products, Apple’s custom ARM cores, IBM’s POWER family, and the vast majority of the x86 processors produced by Intel and AMD. Here’s what speculative execution is and how it relates to other key capabilities of modern microprocessors, and how the recent Meltdown bug targets Intel CPUs in particular.What Is Speculative Execution?Speculative execution is a technique CPU designers use to improve CPU performance. It’s one of three components of out-of-order execution, also known as dynamic execution. Along with multiple branch prediction (used to predict the instructions most likely to be needed in the near future) and dataflow analysis (used to align instructions for optimal execution, as opposed to executing them in the order they came in), speculative execution delivered a dramatic performance improvement over previous Intel processors. Because these techniques worked so well, they were quickly adopted by AMD, which used out-of-order processing beginning with the K5. ARM’s focus on low-power mobile processors initially kept it out of the OOoE playing field, but the company adopted out-of-order execution when it built the Cortex A9 and has continued to expand its use of the technique with later, more powerful Cortex-branded CPUs.Here’s how it works. Modern CPUs are all pipelined, which means they’re capable of executing multiple instructions in parallel, as shown in the diagram below.Image by Wikipedia. This is a general diagram of a pipelined CPU, showing how instructions move through the processor from clock cycle to clock cycle.Imagine that the green block represents an if-then-else branch. The branch predictor calculates which branch is more likely to be taken, fetches the next set of instructions associated with that branch, and begins speculatively executing them before it knows which of the two code branches it’ll be using. In the diagram above, these speculative instructions are represented as the purple box. If the branch predictor guessed correctly, then the next set of instructions the CPU needed are lined up and ready to go, with no pipeline stall or execution delay.Without branch prediction and speculative execution, the CPU doesn’t know which branch it will take until the first instruction in the pipeline (the green box) finishes executing and moves to Stage 4. Instead of having moving straight from one set of instructions to the next, the CPU has to wait for the appropriate instructions to arrive. This hurts system performance since it’s time the CPU could be performing useful work.The reason its “speculative” execution, of course, is because the CPU might be wrong. If it is, the system loads the appropriate data and executes those instructions instead. But branch predictors aren’t wrong very often; accuracy rates are typically above 95 percent.Why Use Speculative Execution?Decades ago, before out-of-order execution was invented, CPUs were what we today call “in order” designs. Instructions executed in the order they were received, with no attempt to reorder them or execute them more efficiently. One of the major problems with in-order execution is that a pipeline stall stops the entire CPU until the issue is resolved.The other problem that drove the development of speculative execution was the gap between CPU and main memory speeds. The graph below shows the gap between CPU and memory clocks. As the gap grew, the amount of time the CPU spent waiting on main memory to deliver information grew as well. Features like L1, L2, and L3 caches and speculative execution were designed to keep the CPU busy and minimize the time it spent idling.If memory could match the performance of the CPU there would be no need for caches.It worked. The combination of large off-die caches and out-of-order execution gave Intel’s Pentium Pro and Pentium II opportunities to stretch their legs in ways previous chips couldn’t match. This graph from a 1997 Anandtech article shows the advantage clearly.Thanks to the combination of speculative execution and large caches, the Pentium II 166 decisively outperforms a Pentium 250 MMX, despite the fact that the latter has a 1.51x clock speed advantage over the former.Ultimately, it was the Pentium II that delivered the benefits of out-of-order execution to most consumers. The Pentium II was a fast microprocessor relative to the Pentium systems that had been top-end just a short while before. AMD was an absolutely capable second-tier option, but until the original Athlon launched, Intel had a lock on the absolute performance crown.The Pentium Pro and the later Pentium II were far faster than the earlier architectures Intel used. This wasn’t guaranteed. When Intel designed the Pentium Pro it spent a significant amount of its die and power budget enabling out of order execution. But the bet paid off, big time.There are differences between how Intel, AMD, and ARM implement speculative execution, and those differences are part of why Intel is exposed to some of these attacks in ways that the other vendors aren’t. But speculative execution, as a technique, is simply far too valuable to stop using. Every single high-end CPU architecture today — AMD, ARM, IBM, Intel, SPARC — uses out-of-order execution. And speculative execution, while implemented differently from company to company, is used by each of them. Without speculative execution, out-of-order execution as we know it wouldn’t function.Why Is Meltdown Such a Problem for Intel?The reason Meltdown causes such unique headaches for Intel is because Intel allows speculative execution to access privileged memory a user-space application would never be allowed to touch. Here’s how MarkCC of Goodmath.org describes the problem:Code that’s running under speculative execution doesn’t do the check whether or not memory accesses from cache are accessing privileged memory. It starts running the instructions without the privilege check, and when it’s time to commit to whether or not the speculative execution should be continued, the check will occur. But during that window, you’ve got the opportunity to run a batch of instructions against the cache without privilege checks. So you can write code with the right sequence of branch instructions to get branch prediction to work the way you want it to; and then you can use that to read memory that you shouldn’t be able to read.The speculative prediction implementations of other CPU vendors don’t allow user-space applications to probe the contents of kernel space memory at any point. The only way to mitigate Meltdown in software is to force the system to perform a full context switch every time it switches between kernel and user memory space. The reason the performance impact from Meltdown is so varied is that how much this patch hurts is a function of how often an application has to context switch. The performance issues, however, appear to be limited to servers and have not generally been seen on the consumer side — at least, not very much.There are Performance Impacts on Some Mitigation StrategiesOne of the mitigation strategies we’ve seen proposed, particularly more recently, is disabling Hyper-Threading. Apple has issued an update related to MDS, notifying its users that they can disable HT if they want to limit the ability of data to leak between multiple threads within the same CPU core. They’ve also stated that this can hit performance by up to 40 percent. That’s an extreme case because HT isn’t generally “worth” that much performance to an Intel CPU — we’d expect the typical impact to be in the 20-30 percent range — but it’s still a significant whack and far more performance than we typically see from a new CPU version.There has been genuine expert disagreement on the degree to which people need to do this in order to protect themselves. Some, like Theo de Raadt, who runs the FreeBSD project, have disabled HT by default. Other OS’s have yet to take this step. Companies like Apple have shied away from telling customers to do this as well, writing: “Although there are no known exploits affecting customers at the time of this writing, customers who believe their computer is at heightened risk of attack [can disable HT].” Some of the patches associated with fixing Spectre and Meltdown have also had performance impacts, though some of the impacts were then reduced by further patches, and the degree of slowdown is workload and, to some extent, CPU architecture dependent in the first place.In the long run, we expect AMD, Intel, and other vendors to continue patching these issues as they arise, with a combination of hardware, software, and firmware updates. Conceptually, side channel attacks like these are extremely difficult, if not impossible, to prevent. Specific issues can be mitigated or worked around, but the nature of speculative execution means that a certain amount of data is going to leak under specific circumstances. It may not be possible to prevent it without giving up far more performance than most users would ever want to accept.Now read:Intel Discloses New Speculative Execution Security VulnerabilitiesModern CPUs Likely Permanently Haunted by Spectre Security FlawsIntel’s Whiskey Lake Contains Some Hardware Mitigation for Spectre, Meltdown, and ForeshadowCheck out our ExtremeTech Explains series for more in-depth coverage of today’s hottest tech topics.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>  The Most Offensive Video Game Characters of All Time We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Winona Ryder Is Not Letting Anyone Forget She’s Married to Keanu 28 Comments By Joel Hruska on May 16, 2019 at 9:07 amlast_img read more

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AMD Will Provide a Free Temporary UEFI Upgrade Kit for Ryzen 3000

first_img Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads 37 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 20shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. AMD has once again refreshed its backward compatibility program and will offer customers who buy a Ryzen 3000 CPU without a compatible motherboard an APU they can use to update their systems. This program, which has been in place for several years now, is a solution to the perennial issue of CPU/APU upgrades not being backward compatible with older motherboards.To be clear: This issue is longstanding and has existed for decades. When CPU designers release new CPUs, UEFI/BIOS updates are always required to add support for the new chips. The reason this has been a topic we’ve returned to multiple times in the Ryzen era is that AMD made it a point to emphasize backward compatibility with Ryzen. This means more CPUs have been launched for older platforms, which increases the chance of hitting this problem.With that said, there may be reasons for AMD customers to prefer older chipsets with the Ryzen 7 3000 family, and that makes this offer important. We have been investigating third-generation Ryzen power consumption and the associated power consumption of X470 and X570 motherboards since before the Ryzen 7 review embargo lifted. While the X570 motherboard family provides newer features, like PCIe 4.0 support, these boards also consume more power than the X470 family.The gap can be significant in some cases, and the gap means that the X470 may be a better choice for customers who are looking to build the most power-efficient system possible. But this also introduces the possibility that you’ll end up buying a motherboard that isn’t compatible with the latest CPUs, due to having been stocked before the chips launched.If you need a CPU to perform a UEFI update, AMD will ship you one, provided you have made a valid purchase of a 3rd gen Ryzen CPU and can’t boot the motherboard due to a UEFI update issue. Send AMD a photo of your CPU (with serial numbers visible) and a copy or summary of communication with your motherboard manufacturer to indicate why support from the OEM won’t resolve the problem. AMD’s help page goes through several options that may help users fix the problem without needing a new CPU, but whether these work will depend on whether the motherboard supports features like UEFI / BIOS flashback.AMD will ship users an Athlon 200GE with prepaid return shipping to perform the update. The CPU must be returned within 10 days, but users are free to keep the included thermal solution if they so desire. Those who need to apply for a kit can do so here. Include your CPU serial number in the product details and enter the phrase “Boot kit Required” (without quotes) in the “Problem Description” field.Now Read:Destiny 2 Doesn’t Currently Run on Ryzen 3000 CPUs, but a Fix Is ComingAMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900X Reviewed: Red Storm RyzenNew Leak: Intel 10-Core Comet Lake CPUs Will Counterattack Ryzen 3000 Family AMD Will Provide a Free Temporary UEFI Upgrade Kit for Ryzen 3000 Motherboard Updates Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ Reality TV Scandals We Never Saw Coming Movies That Are Hard To Believe Actually Exist The First ‘Scary MCU Film’ Will Come Out During Phase 4 Huge Scandals That Rocked The History Channel By Joel Hruska on July 16, 2019 at 10:05 am Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous Tagged In amdcpusuefibiosRyzen 3000Ryzen 7 3700XcompatibilityBIOS updateUEFI updateX470 motherboardX570 motherboard Post a Comment 37 Commentslast_img read more

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Nothing Like Indira Gandhi But Will Work Like Her Priyanka Gandhi on

first_imgCongress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday sought to distance herself from any comparisons with her grandmother, late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Priyanka said that while she cannot be compared to her illustrious grandmother, she will spare no effort to follow in her footsteps.”I am nothing in front of Indira Gandhi but the desire for public service that lived in her heart, lives in the hearts of me and my brother (Congress chief Rahul Gandhi) too. Nobody can take that out of our hearts. Whether you let us or not, we will continue to serve you,” she said when party workers drew comparisons between her and Indira Gandhi at a meeting held to endorse party candidate Shriprakash Jaiswal in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur. She also attacked the ruling BJP government at the event, saying that it was concerned only about “its own progress” instead of the country’s. “Governments are of two types… one that works for the people and those that care only for its own progress. The BJP government is all about publicity and showing off,” she said.The Congress general secretary and eastern Uttar Pradesh in-charge, who also held a massive road show, claimed that Kanpur has seen no development despite all the promises made by the ruling BJP. “They (BJP) were making Kanpur a smart city but nothing has happened so far. Youth are unemployed and farmers are committing suicide due to debts,” she said.She stressed that the Congress works for the people, while the BJP only favours industrialists. “We have promised Rs 72,000 per year for the poor, but BJP is saying that there is not enough money… they have enough money for industrialists,” she said. “I went to Varanasi where Modi ji, despite being the prime minister, was unable to ensure development,” she added. During the road show, Gandhi stopped at the Nageshwar temple and paid obeisance before moving on. She was also gifted a ‘chadar’ by some local Muslims. When the procession reached Birhana, people on one side of the road began chanting Modi’s name while those on the other raised slogans against him. andaman-and-nicobar-lok-sabha-elections-2019BJPcongressindira gandhi First Published: April 20, 2019, 8:34 AM ISTlast_img read more

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In Ayodhya Modi Attacks SPBSP Says They Misused Names of Ambedkar and

first_img ayodhyaBJPBSPLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 1, 2019, 3:02 PM IST Ayodhya (UP): In a scathing attack against alliance partners SP and BSP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said they had done nothing for the poor and misused the names of Babasaheb Ambedkar and Ram Manohar Lohia. Addressing a rally in Gosaiganj, about 25 km from this temple town, the prime minister said his is the only government that thinks of the poor. “Behenji (Mayawati) used Babasaheb Ambedkar’s namebut acted against his ideals. In the same way, the SP took Lohia’s name at every step butsullied the image of the socialist leader,” he said. Modi accused the Samajwadi Party of destroying the law and order of Uttar Pradesh during its rule. “They talk about Lohia but do nothing for the poor,” he said, referring to the socialist leader. The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party and the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP have joined hands to contest elections in the state.Buoyed by the Balakot air strikes, the prime minister said security is the biggest issue. Recalling bomb blastsin Ayodhya, Faizabad and other places, he said they have now become a thing of the past. Modi also said tourist spots are being developedunder the Ramayana circuit. Gosaiganj falls in Ambedkar Nagar constituency, which votes on May 12, the sixth and penultimate phase of the polls. The votes will be counted on May 23. last_img read more

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Sushmita Sen Puts End to Breakup Rumours Writes I love you Rohman

first_img Charu AsopaFormer Miss UniverseMain Hoon NaRajeev Sen First Published: July 1, 2019, 6:31 PM IST Days after the news of Sushmita Sen’s breakup with Rohman Shawl starting doing rounds, the former Miss Universe has put an end to all the rumours like a boss. Sharing a gym selfie with her beau Rohman Shawl, Sushmita took to Instagram and shared a post that reads, “He’s lean…she’s mean I love you @rohmanshawl #backtobasics #gym #home #dubai #wegotthis I love you guys!!! (sic)” Rohman also poured in all his love to reply, “And she is #mine @sushmitasen47 (sic).” Follow @News18Movies for more center_img The news about their break-up became a rumour after Rohman posted messages about self-worth in a relationship in his Instagram stories. In the posts, the model wrote about how a partner should respect without expecting. It also talked about how partners should spend some time talking to each other every day.He also commented on the Main Hoon Na actress where she can be seen playing with a baby on a flight. Sushmita shared the picture with the caption, “Children have a way with me…I belong!!! We flew together…literally!!! Introducing my little #newfriend #kiara #precious #munchkin #happiness #children #love I love you guys!!!” Rohman left a cute comment for his girlfriend, writing, “My BABY with a baby.”It is quite clear that the lovebirds have happily shut the rumours about their break-up with lovey-dovey posts for each other. Recently, Sushmita’s brother Rajeev Sen got married to TV actress Charu Asopa in an intimate wedding ceremony that took place in Goa.last_img read more

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No Merger Says Shivpal Yadav As He Hails UP CM Yogi Adityanath

first_img akhilesh yadavBSPMayawatimulayam singh yadav First Published: June 14, 2019, 5:56 PM IST | Edited by: Sohini Goswami Lucknow: Rebel Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and founder of the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) Shivpal Yadav has, for now, laid to rest all speculations about a merger of his party with the SP. Addressing a press conference at the party office in Lucknow on Friday, Shivpal said, “We are a strong and growing party in the state and will contest the 2022 assembly election on our own with our full might. We will take up the issues of people and fight for them. Our party will play an important role in the state politics.” However, the younger brother of SP Patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav also hailed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his honesty and dedication at the press meet, even as he attacked state ministers for indulging in corruption.He said, “The UP CM is an honest and dedicated man, but his ministers are spreading corruption from their air-conditioned rooms. Crimes like rapes and murders are on the rise, but our state police is busy elsewhere. The issue of law and order is not the priority of the government it seems.”Following a bad performance of the SP in the recent general election, rumours were rife that the Yadav clan might forget its differences and come together for the next state poll. There were also reports that the SP patriarch had asked his son and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav to bring senior leaders back into the party fold.Following differences with Akhilesh, Shivpal floated his party in 2018 stating that he was not getting his “due respect in the SP.” The formation of the new party ahead of the Lok Sabha election was seen as an attempt to dent the SP’s vote-base, which many believe Shivpal managed to do quite well.He contested and lost from the Firozabad parliamentary constituency, but ensured a split among SP voters which ultimately resulted in the loss of SP candidate and Shivpal’s nephew Akshay Yadav. Earlier, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati had allegedly blamed Shivpal for splitting votes in the state’s Yadav-dominated seats and indirectly helped the BJP.last_img read more

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Facebook announces a new video creation app

first_imgStory TimelineFacebook Live 360 livestreaming video arrives for everyoneFacebook’s eSports ambitions challenge TwitchFacebook messaging app ‘Talk’ for teens tipped in developmentFive cool things you can do with Facebook MessengerFacebook marks GIF’s 30th birthday with comments GIFs, new GIFsFacebook update adds new user protections for profile pictures The yet unnamed app was announced this weekend at VidCon, an annual event for video creators to promote their work among the community and meet fans, and will be released later this year. But instead of being an expansion of the live streaming tool available to everyone, this new app will be tied to Facebook Mentions, which is limited to users with verified accounts, such as celebrities, journalists, and influencers.In addition to connecting to the existing Facebook Live feature, the social network says the app will include a new “creative kit” that gives users access to tools like special intros and outros for live videos, custom stickers for viewers, and custom frames.The app will also get a new Community tab, where you can expect users like celebs and influencers to be able to keep track of and interact with fans and followers across Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. Useful for creators will also be stats on how their videos are being consumed and who’s watching.VIA Mashable It’s been clear for some time now that Facebook is betting heavily on video; everything from live streaming to hosting coverage of news and sporting events. But in an effort to really compete with YouTube, the social media behemoth is attempting to lure original video creators with the announcement of a new mobile app that focuses on, well, video creation.last_img read more

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HP printers will get voice control soon via Alexa and Google Assistant

first_imgVoice control is the latest fad in consumer tech and that reality is underscored by a new announcement from HP: it will soon offer voice-activated home printers. By doing so, the company explains, it will be the first printer business to offer “intuitive voice commands” via major smart speaker products, namely through Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana. HP announced the new plans this week, explaining that while voice control has appeared on a large number of items, including places you probably wouldn’t expect to find it (like toilets), it still isn’t available on home printers. HP plans to change that. “HP believes the consumer printer market is ripe for voice integration,” the company proclaims.The new ability will be made possible via an HP Printer skill for the various smart platforms like Alexa. Once available, connected HP printers will be controllable via voice commands, enabling users to print whatever they need (Google Calendars and Amazon shopping lists are given examples) using verbal orders and nothing more.The company anticipates its users getting to ask a smart speaker things like, “Am I low on black ink?” and getting a status back from the personal assistant. The skill would also offer elements of control over the printing process, such as allowing the user to specify the exact number needed.Of course, the announcement raises an important question: do we actually need voice-controlled printers? No, of course not. That’s not to say that someone won’t find uses for them, but one has to wonder whether most people would be comfortable ordering a print job via voice. Unlike playing music or checking the weather, printing is a process that involves various settings and it’s hard to tell whether they’re all the way you need them using a smart speaker.SOURCE: HPlast_img read more

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Facebook Jobs goes huge and LinkedIn should be terrified

first_imgTo some of us, Facebook is just a social network, but over the past few years, it’s been attempting to become much more than that. From sending money to friends to getting rid of stuff you’re not using, Facebook has rolled out a number of different services to become a one-stop shop of sorts. More recently, we’ve seen Facebook attempt to take the fight to LinkedIn by hosting job listings. Job listings saw a limited launch last year in the US and Canada, and it seems that test was a success. Facebook announced today that it’s rolling out its jobs site in an additional 40 countries around the world, allowing swathes of new users the chance to find and apply for local jobs quickly. This is one area where Facebook may have an advantage over LinkedIn. While LinkedIn has always focused more on professional networking, Facebook isn’t concerned with that. Any business can post job listings to Facebook’s jobs page, and users can apply quickly by auto-filling applications with information from their profiles. Applicants can also track jobs by signing up to receive alerts about individual positions, while employers can advertise their open positions on their page or through News Feed posts.Messenger also plays a role, as Facebook will encourage applicants to contact businesses and stay in touch throughout the application process. This roll out to new countries is accompanied by new features for businesses using Facebook Jobs, as they’ll now be able to set up interviews with candidates and send out automated reminders using Messenger. Businesses can also use Facebook ad settings to make sure their job listings reach qualified candidates, so it sounds like businesses that use Facebook to promote job listings will have a lot of tools at their disposal.So, should LinkedIn respond to this jobs push from Facebook? At this point, it’s hard to say, both because Facebook seems to be targeting a somewhat different crowd and because its jobs service is still in its infancy. Facebook doesn’t list the countries that are getting this service today, but you can head over to facebook.com/jobs to see if any listings in your community pop up. Have you tried Facebook Jobs yet? If so, head down to the comment section and share your experience! Story TimelineLinkedIn app uses Tinder-like swiping to connect students with jobsMicrosoft spends $26.2bn to add LinkedIn to its networkFacebook takes aim at LinkedIn with new job posting featurelast_img read more

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Oculus privacy update lets you know what it knows about you

first_imgIt’s not exactly giving its terms and policies an overhaul. It is, instead, making clearer and more explicit the data it collects and who it shares them with. Following its parent company’s policy, it has a new My Privacy Center where Oculus users can view and even download the data Oculus has on you.But what data does it exactly collect from you? That ranges from name and email address to physical dimensions like height as well as movement information. It also keeps the people and content you interact with, all for the stated purpose of improving and personalizing the experience.Unsurprisingly, it also shares some of this with Facebook but assures users that it’s only for personalizing the experience and fighting abuse. It doesn’t share data so that Facebook advertisers can target Oculus users. It also only connects you with Facebook friends who also use the same Oculus app and not just any and all friends.The new Terms of Service and Privacy Policy take effect 20th April but the My Privacy Center site won’t go live until 20th May. Oculus is making these changes in time for the GDPR’s effectivity next month, which nicely coincides with all the changes Facebook and its subsidiaries have to make as well. Facebook as really stirred the hornet’s nest when it comes to privacy matters. Now everyone is scrutinizing privacy policies and putting companies under a microscope. You might not immediately think of Oculus as one such company, but now that it is owned by Facebook, it naturally has come under the spotlight as well. It has just announced some changes to its Privacy Policies in light of the upcoming GDPR changes in Europe. Its FAQ, however, makes it too obvious what really caused the change.last_img read more

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Samsung W2019 flip phone price could eclipse flagship phones

first_imgFrom specs to looks to the materials used, the Samsung SM-W2019 leaves little doubt it’s a premium phone, even if it’s style comes from an age long past. And just like any premium phone, it is expected to carry a premium price. Around 10,000 RMB, roughly $1,400, a price tag that even the Galaxy Note 9 doesn’t dare to reach. You might not know it, but Samsung has actually been making foldable phones for years now. And by “foldable”, we mean the original foldable phones, a.k.a. clamshell phones, a.k.a. flip phones. Long declared after the original X-Files run ended, Samsung continues to make such blasts from the past for one market alone: China. Though it sometimes does sell them in Korea, too. This year is no exception and, in fact, the premium SM-W2019 flip phone could put other premium non-flip phones to shame. At least in price. To be fair, the Samsung W2019 is everything you’d expect in a high-end 2018 smartphone, despite the name. It run on the latest Snapdragon 845 with 6 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of still expandable internal storage. There are two 12 megapixel sensors on its back, one with its dual f/1.5-2.4 aperture lens an another with 2x optical telephoto lens. There’s also a side-mounted fingerprint scanner because there’s really no other room for it anywhere else.Like the foldable phone prototype, the W2019 has two screens, except neither actually folds themselves. They’re both 4.2-inch 1920×1080 screens so there’s no room for jealousy. No Infinity type display either though. Given two screens and high specs, the 3,070 mAh battery sounds a bit limiting.last_img read more

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Huawei MateBook X Pro 2019 Review

first_imgDesign and ComfortJust by looking at it, you wouldn’t be able to easily tell the two MateBook X Pro models apart. At first blush, the two look eerily identical, with the only telltale sign being the removal of Huawei’s iconic lotus log on the lid. Perhaps it wanted to distance itself from being too closely associated with a MacBook Pro, because that is exactly what it is design-wise.On the one hand, that does mean that this year’s MateBook X Pro retains the same things that made Huawei’s first stab great. That means it is still only 0.57 inches thick and weighs only 2.93 lbs, retaining its portable and premium appearance.AdChoices广告It also means that the 2019 MateBook X Pro retains its predecessor’s impressive display. Huawei is one of the few PC makers who has followed in Microsoft’s trail of using 3:2 aspect ratios. Here, that means a 3000×2000 pixels crammed in a tight 13.9-inch panel. With a very bright display (up to 450 nits), high contrast ratio (1500:1), and a 91% screen-to-body ratio, the MateBook X Pro’ screen is quite a stunner.The lack of bezels does, however, also mean that Huawei’s divisive popup camera is, for better or worse, still there as well. It still hides underneath the key between F6 and F7 and still takes a worm’s eye view of your face, your chin really, or your fingers. On the upside, you can at least be assured that anyone who hacks into your camera will only see black as long as you don’t pop it up. It doesn’t use any motors so the action is instantaneous, but you do have to wonder how long it’ll take before the spring-based mechanism gives out.On the subject of the keyboard, the MateBook X Pro 2019 still has the exact same one. Which is actually great news! It’s not one of the best keyboards but it definitely lives up to the MacBook standard. Key travel is decent and the space between them lessens the chances of errors. The large touchpad is there as well. Not perfect but good and bigger than your average laptop touchpad.Specs and PerformanceWhile the MateBook X Pro (2019) has barely changed on the outside, it is almost an entirely new beast inside. Of course, if nothing else changed, what would be the point of launching a new model anyway? Of course, there’s the upgrade to new Intel processors, though from the same eighth generation, albeit from the “Whiskey Lake” batch. The top of the line model gets an Intel Core i7-8565U while those a bit short on cash will have to settle for a Core i5-8265U. On paper, these processors promise a 10% performance boost over their predecessors, which might not sound that much. The real test is in the tasting, as they say.In contrast to the CPU change, though, the 2019 refresh does have a more significant GPU upgrade. The MateBook X Pro is the first to bear NVIDIA’s shiny new GeForce MX250. It was so new that, prior to the MateBook X Pro 2019 announcement, very few even knew it existed. It comes with the promise of up to 10% faster speeds compared to last year’s MX150.Data transfer speeds have also been boosted, both wired and wireless. Wi-Fi no supports more than twice the speed of last year’s model, up to 1,733 MB/s. The Thunderbolt 3 port now supports full speed. In practical terms, it can now be used not just for driving 4K monitors but also for connecting an eGPU.All of these translates to a more powerful laptop but that power does come at a price. More power means more heat and while Huawei promised its new Shark Fin 2.0 fans address the heat problems of its predecessor, the MateBook X Pro still got uncomfortably hot after running benchmarks and tests. Now, you might argue that the laptop wouldn’t always be running at max capacity, but Huawei doesn’t call this a “Pro” for nothing. Suffice it to say, you won’t want to keep this on your laptop while in use.Huawei advertises 12 hours of battery life but, as always, that’s a very generous estimate. A Netflix binge ended at the 7-hour 20-minute mark but more normal use can last a little more than 9 hours. Of course, “normal” here can be quite subjective but 12 hours is going to be hard to reach no matter which way you look at it.Software FeaturesLike any PC maker, Huawei wasn’t content to just leave even Windows 10 at its default, pristine state. While the OS itself already has some touch screen gestures, Huawei adds one more. Simply swipe down from the top of the screen with three fingers and it automatically takes a screenshot of the screen. You are also given options on what to do with the screenshot, including OCR conversion of text. It was pretty easy to do and barely made any misses. And thanks to the MateBook X Pro’s sturdy hinge, the laptop didn’t wobble when performing it. This year’s highlight software feature, however, is Huawei Share 3.0. In a nutshell, it’s a fast and nearly instant way to share files between the MateBook X Pro (2019) and a compatible Huawei phone using the new NFC radio below the keyboard as well as the faster Wi-Fi connection. A speed of 30 MB/s is its theoretical maximum though you probably won’t be doing much of Huawei sharing anyway.Part of that is due to the fact that, as mentioned, it only works with Huawei phones. To add insult to injury, it isn’t even available in the US. Considering you can’t officially buy Huawei phones in the US anymore, that’s a moot point anyway.Wrap-upThe Huawei MateBook X Pro (2019) is a familiar face with new guts. It might sound like a ripoff but there is some comfort to be had from knowing that Huawei stuck with what worked and resisted the all too common urge to change things up for change’s sake – And the things it did change were mostly for the better, especially with full Thunderbolt 3 support.Those, however, might not be enough, especially for the higher starting price that Huawei is asking. It has somewhat painted itself into a corner with the first MateBook X Pro’s pricing but not it’s attempting to set the price right for what is practically a premium device. Unfortunately, that’s going to be a deal breaker for those who already own the 2018 model. Huawei is probably best known for making smartphones primarily as well as networking equipment, two product lines that are at the center of political and legal controversy. A few years ago, however, Huawei started getting its hands into another related business, that of selling laptops. With a product name like the MateBook X Pro and a distinctly familiar design, there is little doubt whose market share Huawei is after. This year, Huawei has come out with a 2019 model that retains not just the name but a few details as well. We dig in to find out if what has changed is enough to justify the new and higher price tag. last_img read more

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first_imgBoehner Offers Tax Increases In Exchange For $1 Trillion in Cuts To Social Benefit Programs This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The latest offer by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is seen as progress in the negotiations between Congress and the White House, but in return Boehner is asking for significant cuts in Medicare and other programs.The Associated Press/Washington Post: Movement Seen In ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Talks As Boehner Offers Revenue BoostIn return, Boehner is asking for $1 trillion in spending cuts from government benefit programs like Medicare. Those cuts would defer most of a painful set of across-the-board spending cuts set to slash many domestic programs and the Pentagon budget by 8-9 percent, starting in January (12/17).Politico: Fiscal Cliff Deal Still Faces Many HurdlesHouse Speaker John Boehner jump-started the budget talks by offering to raise tax rates, but major differences on entitlements and revenue could prove difficult to bridge with only two weeks until the fiscal cliff deadline. … But proposed cuts to Medicare are now the key to any fiscal cliff deal. Boehner needs robust changes to the hugely popular seniors health program to sell any kind of tax-rate increase to his conservative-dominated Republican Conference (Sherman and Bresnahan, 12/16).USA Today: Signs Of A Thaw Emerge In ‘Fiscal Cliff’ TalksIn talks with President Obama, Republican House Speaker John Boehner offered to back raising the income tax rates for people making $1 million or more if Obama agreed to significant cuts in entitlement program spending, according to two sources close to the negotiations. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Obama rejected that offer, the sources said, but it was the first sign that Boehner was willing to endorse raising tax rates for anyone (Jackson, 12/16).Bloomberg News/The New York Times: U.S. Fiscal Deal Unlikely Without CompromiseAs the political tension mounts over the current fiscal deadlock — which, unless a deal is reached by Dec. 31, would increase taxes for everyone and force some draconian spending cuts — there will have to be trade-offs for any ultimate deficit-reduction deal. Congressional Republicans insist this will only be palatable if there are major cuts to entitlement programs, especially Medicare. There are clear indications that the White House, despite the objections of some Democrats, would go along with significant changes, perhaps including a form of means testing for Medicare benefits, altering the cost-of-living adjustments for entitlements and taxes (Hunt, 12/16).last_img read more

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