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New iPhones may support Li-Fi for speeds 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 5:03 pm

aApple is known for incorporating new and innovative technologies in its iPhone lineup, and we can see proof of this in every new major iPhone refresh. Now it looks like Cupertino may bolster its future iPhones with the new Wi-Fi-killing connection standard Li-Fi, which is capable of dramatic speed increases of up to 224 gigabits per second.

 

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According to code snippets found by iOS jailbreaker Chase Fromm, Apple referenced Li-Fi in OS 9.1 firmware code. The code clearly states "LiFi capability" alongside other hardware features, giving a strong hint that Apple is experimenting with the new tech for use in new phones.

 

Li-Fi, which uses light to transmit data, has proven to be an extremely potent platform that can hit speeds 100 times faster than Wi-Fi. Researchers have reached incredible transfer speeds of 224 gigabits per second in laboratory environments, which is fast enough to download multiple full HD movies in two seconds. The amazing new tech has its Achilles heel, though, as Li-Fi's light stream cannot pass through walls like Wi-Fi can. Plus Li-Fi needs a direct line of sight to a light sensor to function, making the tech a more intimate and closed-space platform.

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YouTube available again in Pakistan, following local Google release

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 4:34 pm

After being blocked in 2012, Pakistan has now removed its total YouTube blackout - coming soon after Google began offering a country-local version of its service.

 

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PC World says that the ban initially came about due to a video called "Innocence of Muslims" which mocked the Prophet Muhammad and other various aspects of Islam.

 

This ban has now been lifted soon after Google made announcements of localized YouTube versions for Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal, however, neither party has confirmed whether this means a specialty deal took place. What we do know is that Pakistan's ministry for communications and information stated that Google's addition now enables users to apply for the blockings of "offending material" that "can be made by the PTA to Google directly and Google/YouTube will accordingly restrict access to the said offending material for users within Pakistan."

Ultrasound could replace proximity sensors in future phones

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 4:02 pm

Ultrasonic could be the next principle used for sensors in phones. A new Norwegian startup company, Elliptic Labs, wants to use ultrasonic waves, and appropriate sensors, as a way to make phones even thinner than they already are . Or at least that's the plan.

 

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Elliptic Labs solution is actually even simpler by using the existing speakers and microphones already in phones. Their novel software could then detect objects and do everything a traditional proximity sensors, which operate by emitting and detecting infrared in most cases. It would work by shooting out ultrasonic frequencies between 23kHz and 35kHz that, when modified by the presence of objects, is interpreted by their nifty software.

 

Not only could this make phones smaller, potentially (and that wouldn't necessarily be ergonomic either), but we could start seeing the inclusion of touchless gestures because of how efficient it could theoretically work. Synaptics has a working demo of something very similar to that, which we saw at CES, though that worked on the principle of electromagnetic radiation, not sound, like this. This could open up a lot of new exciting possibilities.

US court rules Facebook tags can violate restraining orders

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 3:33 pm

Tagging someone in a funny cat video or fresh new meme violates the terms of a retraining order according to a New York judge, ruling that Maria Gonzalez breached her 'contract' due to tagging her sister-in-law Maribel Calderon in a post that labeled her as "stupid."

 

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As reported by Gizmodo, this violation was ruled by Acting Westchester County Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci, who stated that it wasn't necessarily the tag itself that created an issue, but the notification that the sister-in-law received was the straw that broke the camels back.

 

Gonzalez now faces up to one year in jail due to being charged with second-degree criminal contempt.

Not even the Grand Theft Auto V voice actors know about DLC

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 3:01 pm

Single player DLC for Grand Theft Auto V is something highly desired by fans, and something that's been promised yet has remained undelivered. And even the voices behind the characters don't know when it's going to be here.

 

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Ned Luke plays MIchael De Santa, and he too understands the fire burning in people for this DLC. And if it's going to be single player focused, then surely he would have a hand in the project and should theoretically be in the know. But as it turns out, even he doesn't have a clue when we're getting this fabled DLC.

 

He responded to some fans on Facebook after having posted something about him and his fellow voice actors attending conventions later in the year. Unfortunately he had to dissappoint fans, and not because he's under any sort of NDA on the matter either. So GTA V DLC? Still far off it seems.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 2:45 pm

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Here's how stop seeing Facebook's 'On This Day' nostalgia generator

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 2:32 pm

If you're sick of seeing past memories and wish Facebook would (partly) get out of your life, the whizz-kids at Gizmodo have posted a guide on how to turn them off.

 

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It's as simple as heading to the 'On This Day' page and telling this social media giant that you're not interested in seeing posts between certain dates (found in the preferences section). If you pick a time before your account was created and up until late 2017, you're not going to see anything for quite some time.

 

This semi-permanent solution is the best that I've seen so far - besides simply not posting on Facebook at all. If you're super-keen on nostalgia, I suggest checking our your MySpace profile.

ESL offers $1.5 million throughout 2016 Pro League

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 1:31 pm

Featuring a 50 percent increase in the prize pool, ESL has announced that its 2016 Pro League will feature a cool $1.5 million in cash prizes, compared to $1 million in 2015.

 

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With Ulrich Schulze, VP Pro Gaming at ESL, stating that his company is "working on enabling larger offline crowds to follow the action as players battle in matches that could define the rest of their lives" as a major focus in 2016, this massive prize pool will also be linked to "television broadcasts, a higher standard of online production, a continued emphasis on competitive integrity."

 

Also covered in the recent press release was the first event of this year, seeing $750,000 being given away across four months of CS:GO action - kicking off on February 9 and with the offline finals in May at an unannounced location.

The product you never thought you needed - a complete emoji keyboard

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 12:29 pm

For around $79 you can grab yourself a white or black 'Emojistar Keyboard' - a product that vies to help you type out any pop culture symbol with ease.

 

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Quoted as "A really smart keyboard" on its own Kickstarter campaign, this crowd funding campaign is currently sitting at a lowly 0% of it's $50,000 flexible goal with 30 days remaning in total.

 

With the shipping date set for 2016, this Apple-like keyboard aims to provide users with the ability to easily send emoji's to friends - something you probably never thought you'd use, and maybe something you will never use. There's two models available, light and full versions, giving users quick access to 59 and 118 emoji's respectively while also providing a function key, a stainless steel panel, wireless functionality, a numpad and driverless operation.

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Over 5 million jobs could be lost to robots by 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 10:11 am

Robots are slowly taking over the human population, in factories, retail and service industries - slowly, but surely. But, how much worse can it get? The World Economic Forum has now weighed in, with some estimates.

 

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The WEF says that over 5 million jobs will be lost to robots, with the white-collar workers (admin/office jobs) being the ones most at risk. The WEF surveyed 15 countries that have over 1.9 billion workers - including China, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the UK and the US. These 1.9 billion workers make up 65% of the global workforce, with hope that robots won't take over all of our jobs - as people will need to adapt to technology as it arrives.

 

WEF founder Klaus Schwab and board member Richard Samans explained: "To prevent a worst-case scenario -- technological change accompanied by talent shortages, mass unemployment and growing inequality -- reskilling and upskilling of today's workers will be critical". You can read their full report "The Future of Jobs" here.

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