Review: 2018 Hyundai Accent GLS Sedan – Part 4

Posted in Products with tags on April 26, 2018 by itnerd

The 2018 Hyundai Accent GLS is a sub-compact car packed with healthy amount of technology in it. Let’s start with the safety aspects of the vehicle:

  • It has a back up camera with excellent clarity and a great range of vision. It also has lines on the screen to help you to position your car when backing into a parking space or parallel parking.
  • You get autonomous emergency braking which will bring the Accent GLS to a stop if it detects an object in front of it, and you take no action to avoid said object.
  • You get automatic headlights so that you never forget to turn the headlights on or off.
  • Six airbags are standard.

The only thing that is missing from all this safety tech is tire pressure monitoring. While not required here in Canada, it is odd in 2018 to see a car without it.

The Accent GLS also comes with a lot of technology to make life easier for you:

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are included which is important as there’s no built in navigation. That sounds like a negative. But it is not because most people I know who have access to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in their cars never use the built in navigation system. Thus nothing is likely lost by its omission. It gets served up on an 7″ screen which is extremely sharp, has great contrast and is viewable in all lighting conditions. The infotainment system user interface was easy to navigate and didn’t display any lag whatsoever. That was completely in line with other Hyundai products that I’ve tried recently.
  • There’s a six speaker audio system that sounds good as I had no complaints when I was listening to radio or tunes from my iPhone. You can serve up AM,FM, audio from your phone via USB (which will charge your phone) or Bluetooth, or SirusXM Radio.
  • Hyundai to my surprise has included the smart trunk feature in the Accent GLS. Simply walk up to the trunk with the proximity key (as the vehicle has keyless entry and push button start), stand behind the trunk for three seconds and the trunk pops open. While you still have to flip it up to allow you to load your stuff as the trunk isn’t powered (and to be clear, nor do I expect it to be powered), it’s a handy feature.

The final part of this review will tie up some loose ends and I’ll give you my closing thoughts on the Accent GLS Sedan. Stay tuned for that tomorrow.

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Ford To Stop Selling Cars In North America….. Wut?

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 26, 2018 by itnerd

Seeing as I do review cars, this announcement by Ford caught my attention. In their latest financial release [Warning: PDF], Ford “will transition to two vehicles” — the Mustang and an unannounced vehicle, the Focus Active as being the only cars that they sell in North America. Everything else that they will sell will be a pickup truck, commercial vehicle, or SUV as those are what Ford says that North Americans want.

Another tidbit that caught my eye was that Ford was going to invest in a new type of vehicle that will “combine the best attributes of cars and utilities, such as higher ride height, space and versatility.” That sounds like a crossover to me.

To me this seems like a huge risk to me. But I am a computer nerd and not a car executive. I get that car sales are dropping and truck/SUV sales are way up. But that’s only going to last as long as gas is moderately affordable. When gas skyrockets in price again, customers will ditch vehicles like trucks and SUVs for more fuel efficient cars. When that happens, because it’s a case of when and not if, Ford might be in trouble. And the Honda’s, Toyota’s, and Hyundai’s of the world who sell both cars and trucks will be there to take advantage of that. And Ford will be left scrambling. Or, perhaps they’re on to something that nobody else sees and they’re simply way ahead of the curve.

Time will tell.

Another Option For Rogers Yahoo/Oath Email Users – Nili

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 26, 2018 by itnerd

I was sitting in my car dealership waiting for my car to be repaired when I got this tweet:

In short, I did. But Nili didn’t come up as an option for Rogers customers using the Yahoo/Oath email platform, and who are not thrilled about their terms of service change which allows Yahoo/Oath to read their e-mail. In fact Nili didn’t come up at all. I had zero clue that they even existed so they’re clearly flying under the radar. Maybe they need to promote themselves more? Or I need to look harder. But in any case, they promise Canadian hosted, private (as in they say that they don’t show targeted ads or sell data to third parties) e-mail. They appear to have both free and paid options and the free option looks interesting as they seem to try to enforce no spamming, only one e-mail account per person for the first million users, and no throwaway accounts. That’s a bit different. They also support a number of OS platforms, and support the common standards of POP and IMAP.

Now they’re not as ultra secure as ProtonMail. But for many people, that may not be a concern. Although in the age of #DeleteFacebook, the security of your information should always be top of mind. Now I don’t have direct experience with Nili, thus I cannot comment on how good they are. But if you have had direct experience with Nili, please leave a comment and let us know what you think of them as they sound like a viable option for disaffected Rogers e-mail users.

 

Windows 10 April 2018 Update Coming In….. May 2018?

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 26, 2018 by itnerd

Well, this is embarrassing if you’re Microsoft. Assuming that what Neowin found is true of course:

According to a tweet posted earlier, in what is claimed to be an internal memo from a Chinese retail vendor, it shows that the Windows 10 April Update will start rolling out on May 9, which falls on a Wednesday in mainland China. It’s important to note that due to the time difference, it’ll still be Tuesday May 8 in the United States, so the rollout could start then, while it will be May 9 in China.

So does that mean that the April 2018 update is going to be called the May 2018 update?

There’s evidence that supports this in the form of an early build of Redstone 5 (the April 2018 update was Redstone 4) is appearing for members of Microsoft’s “Skip Ahead” beta test program. Thus that implies that development on the April 2018 update is done and dusted. Which means it’s ready to ship. But that can take a couple of weeks which makes a May ship date for the April update plausible. Sort of. Assuming that this is true of course.

 

Review: 2018 Hyundai Accent GLS Sedan – Part 3

Posted in Products with tags on April 25, 2018 by itnerd

The interior of the Hyundai Accent GLS sedan is very functional, but it has a upscale feel to it. Let me illustrate how by walking through the interior:

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The doors have pockets for bottles as well as a cloth insert. The rest is a hard plastic.

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You get power windows, door locks, and side mirrors.

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The door handle looks like it’s chrome, but it’s good looking plastic that adds a level of class.

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The footwell is roomy with a very welcome dead pedal. Just to the left is the latch to pop the hood.

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The drivers seat is cloth, heated, and six way manually adjustable. The passenger gets  a four way adjustable seat that is heated. It was comfortable though I did wish for a bit more length for my mutant thighs. Once I set my driving position, I had plenty of headroom and legroom and visibility is good as well from the drivers seat. The cloth feels nice and is grippy as well.

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The steering wheel in the Accent GLS sedan is leather wrapped and has all the controls that you need to control your phone, music, and cruise control. It is heated as well.

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The gauges are easy to read and there’s a LCD screen in the middle the displays additional info about your drive.

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You get a 7″ screen for the infotainment system and it is readable in any lighting condition. There’s also buttons for direct access to the functions of the infotainment system. Below that is the controls for the automatic HVAC system along with the controls for the heated seats and steering wheel. There’s also the drive mode switch as well and to the left is the engine start/stop button.

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You get 12V outlet along with a USB port and an aux audio port. There’s a cubby for your phone or anything else that you need space for.

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There’s a pair of cupholders between the seats….

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…. That fits a Starbucks Venti sized coffee with ease.

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There’s  decent sized glove box on board…..

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……Along with a compartment for your sunglasses.

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There’s a decent sized sunroof that’s powered too.

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The back seat is capable of seating three kids or two adults. I acted as designated driver for my friends during our bar night and after repositioning my seat for additional leg room for the person behind me, and getting the biggest person who was 6′ 2″ in the front seat, I was able to get two people back here.

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There’s a 12V outlet in the back.

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The trunk is surprisingly deep as proven by this shopping trip….

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…..Two bins of groceries along with some beer fit in here easily with space left over.

The only thing that could be considered a gripe is that the interior is a sea of hard plastic in an age where soft touch materials are a “thing” when it comes to car interiors. The flip side to that is that isn’t unusual in this class. Having said that, the interior is well put together and no issues were observed during my week with it, and it looks really good and coherent. Even bordering on upscale. The bottom line is that in the case of the Accent GLS, this is a better interior that is above what you should expect in this class of car. And that is a very good thing.

Tomorrow I will take a look at the technology in the Accent GLS sedan. Stay tuned!

So What Does The Yahoo/Oath Terms Of Service Change Actually Mean For Rogers Customers?

Posted in Commentary with tags , on April 25, 2018 by itnerd

I was asked by a reader if I could distill down the change in the terms of service that Rogers e-mail users are upset about. But to be clear, the change in the terms of service really come from Yahoo/Oath who provide e-mail services for Rogers. Thus Rogers is not responsible for this. However, this does apply to anyone who uses Yahoo/Oath e-mail. With that in mind, the goal of this article is to get to the key points of what this change means to Rogers users. In short, Yahoo/Oath has changed their terms of service to allow them the following rights:

  • Yahoo/Oath now claims ownership your e-mail, its contents and any attachments.
  • Yahoo/Oath can do whatever it wants with your e-mail. As in scan it for keywords that allow them to provide targeted advertising to you for example.
  • Yahoo/Oath states that you have obtained permission of all of the people that you contact thru e-mail, and they have agreed to have their e-mail to you scanned as well.
  • Yahoo/Oath also states that it can send email, on your behalf to your contacts. Presumably to sell them stuff.

Here’s the kicker. If you don’t like the above, and to be frank most people reading this wouldn’t, and you don’t agree to the terms of service, you don’t get to use the Yahoo/Oath e-mail platform. But…. If you don’t accept the terms of service by May 25th, you would have been deemed to have accepted them. So, what’s so significant about May 25? That’s when the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force. So this is clearly meant to tie into that. And even if you don’t agree to this change in the terms of service, you’re going to agree to this change to the terms of service.

Based on the above the only way I can see to avoid this is to somehow download your contacts and your e-mail and delete them from the Yahoo/Oath servers. Then either delete the account if it isn’t tied to anything else, or keep the account open so that it can’t be recycled by someone and used for illicit purposes. I’d be leaning towards the latter and set up a vacation notice to let people know where they can actually e-mail you. But if I did that, I would also stop that account from accepting e-mail.

I am currently working on an article to help you to help you to move off the Yahoo/Oath platform if that’s what you wish to do. The process isn’t exactly straightforward, but doable by most people. Expect that on Friday.

 

 

 

 

Schneider Electric Announces Edge Computing Contest

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 25, 2018 by itnerd

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced the launch of the Schneider Electric Edge Contest to provide funding to help customers deploy or upgrade their edge IT infrastructure. This initiative is designed to enable customers who purchase select APC by Schneider Electric products to capitalize on the benefits of edge computing solutions to enhance customer experience, generate new revenue and decrease business costs. As 2018 is shaping up to be the tipping point for edge computing, businesses can now begin enhancing their Internet of Things (IoT)-critical on-premise infrastructure as part of their overall IT strategy.

2018 is the Year of the Edge

The trends around IoT are reshaping the technology ecosystem, with a more distributed business model adding significant emphasis and importance to factors like bandwidth, latency and physical security. As businesses become increasingly reliant on IoT and dependent on a distributed IT ecosystem, applications are migrating closer to the point of data consumption; requiring speed and capacity to meet customer demands in real time. As a result, edge environments are increasingly being utilized to process and analyze information to make companies’ most critical decisions. According to IDC, 45 per cent of data generated by IoT technologies will be processed close to or at the edge of the network by 2019.

As the leading brand in IT physical infrastructure and critical power management, Schneider Electric provides customers with the technology, management and services capabilities they need to successfully deploy and maintain edge IT infrastructure in a way that is consistent, manageable and secure. Schneider Electric’s integrated solutions enable customers to leverage dynamic, business-critical IoT platforms with the same level of availability, security, and management of their IT systems from the enterprise to the edge.

Seizing the edge opportunity now

To enable the growing trend of edge computing, Schneider Electric is offering a series of grants across multiple countries for businesses to strengthen and improve their edge infrastructure. Customers will have the option to invest in the IT infrastructure needed to seize the opportunity of edge technologies in the near term, whether they’re embarking on their first deployment or upgrading their existing footprint.

Through the contest, customers can buy and connect new Connected Smart-UPS™ with APC SmartConnect for a chance to win US$10,000 of IT equipment to bring data centre-like resiliency to their distributed environments. If a channel partner resells and helps connect the winning Connected Smart-UPS, that channel partner will also receive US$1,000 credit from APC by Schneider Electric.

For more information on Schneider Electric’s edge solutions, please contact your local APC representative or visit www.apc.com/edge.