Archive for October 4, 2017

Thyng LLC announces the launch of Thyng 4.0 with ARKit

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 4, 2017 by itnerd

Thyng LLC announces the launch of Thyng 4.0 with ARKit, the quick and easy augmented reality (AR) authoring app, available for free download to anyone with an Apple iPhone or iPad on iOS 11.

With Thyng 4.0 powered by ARKit, users can for the first time ever bring any surface in the world to life with augmented reality experiences using any of their own photo and video content from their devices.

While a number of AR apps for Apple iOS 11 have been announced since ARKit and iOS 11 was released two weeks ago, Thyng is the only ARKit app that allows for general-purpose AR authoring and offers a fun and easy way to get started with AR experience authoring.

Thyng 4.0 is built on Thyng’s highly scalable, cloud-based AR platform, which supports both commercial applications of AR for brand marketing purposes and exploration by consumers who want to build their own DIY AR experiences for fun.

Download the app from the Apple store here: http://thyng.com/arkit/

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ZTE becomes PGA TOUR’s first ‘Official Smartphone’

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 4, 2017 by itnerd

The PGA TOUR has announced that ZTE has signed a three-year marketing agreement to become the TOUR’s first-ever Official Smartphone.

The deal, which includes global rights through 2020, was officially signed today by PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan and ZTE Mobile Devices CEO Lixin Cheng. The signing ceremony took place at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California, where the Safeway Open begins the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season.

ZTE already has a presence on the TOUR. As a hospitality partner at this year’s Farmers Insurance Open, ZTE brought its interactive “ZTE Experience Tour Truck” on-site, where fans could test a variety of its products. ZTE also recently became the Official Smartphone of the RBC Canadian Open and partners with Danny Lee, a PGA TOUR member, as its ZTE Axon global brand ambassador.

Beyond having an on-site presence at select tournaments, ZTE will promote and activate around the new relationship in a variety of ways. In addition to utilizing the PGA TOUR’s online digital assets, select ZTE smartphones will be pre-loaded with PGA TOUR LIVE, the TOUR’s Over-The-Top subscription service that features exclusive early-round coverage of featured groups. ZTE smartphone users will receive a free 30-day trial of the service.

Telus Announces Pre-Orders For Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Posted in Commentary with tags , on October 4, 2017 by itnerd

With so much excitement surrounding Google’s announcements today, Telus is proud to confirm that both the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now available for pre-order. Pixel 2 will be available for purchase in-store and online at telus.com on October 19 followed by the Pixel 2 XL next month.

To enrich their experience even more, Teluscustomers who pre-order the new Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, will also receive a Google Home Mini! To take advantage of Telus’s seamless pre-order experience, customers can simply visit our website at telus.com

HP Rolls Out The New Spectre Portfolio

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 4, 2017 by itnerd

Today, HP unveiled new innovations to its premium consumer line-up with the next generation HP Spectre 13 and HP Spectre x360 13 laptops. Among the most notable of updates are 4k displays, audio and memory improvements, longer lasting battery life and an integrated privacy screen option.

The Spectre 13 is currently the world’s thinnest touch laptop, combining functionality with improved performance. The Spectre x360 13 laptop offers users the longest lasting battery life currently on the market. HP has made recent strides in the premium PC market and these developments place the company at the forefront of growth.

HP Spectre 13

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  • Premium contoured design: Built from CNC aluminum and carbon fiber, it is offered in Ceramic White with Pale Gold polished accents or Dark Ash Silver with Copper polished accents featuring micro-edge bezels with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT displays in up to 4K high resolution.
  • Sensory experience: Speakers are placed above the full-size edge-to-edge backlit keyboard for clear and crisp sound and a comfortable typing experience.
  • Built for productivity: Fast performance with the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, store content with room to spare with up to 1TB PCIe SSD, and multitask with speed with memory up to 16 GB LPDDR3.
  • More battery power per millimeter: Up to 11.5 hours of battery life5 and charging from zero percent battery life to 50 percent on a 30 minute charge with HP Fast Charge technology.
  • The HP Spectre 13 Laptop is available on October 29 starting at $1,299.99.

HP Spectre x360 13

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  • Refined iconic design: The sculpted CNC machined aluminum body with angular lines is offered in Natural Silver and Dark Ash Silver with Copper accents.
  • Brilliant Display: Micro-edge bezels with durable Corning Gorilla Glass NBT 13-inch diagonal displays in up to 4K high resolution offer exceptional viewing experiences.
  • Thin but mighty: Creators and multitaskers will be delighted by the optimized thermals, performance brought by the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, memory up to 16 GB LPDDR3 and options up 1TB PCIe SSD to store artwork, precious memories, and entertainment.
  • Security and ease: Safety features include a fingerprint reader located on the side for easy access, HP Sure View integrated privacy screen option on Full HD versions to eliminate visual hacking with one quick keystroke, and HP Wide Vision FHD IR camera to login with facial recognition.
  • Versatile canvas: The Windows Ink Certified pen delivers a more natural drawing and writing experience with simultaneous pen and touch. With tilt, the pen is pressure sensitive for precise inking in any mode. Under the pen is an integrated USB-C rechargeable battery, 15 seconds of charging gives the user up to 198 minutes of use
  • The HP Spectre x360 is available on October 29 starting at $ $1,149.99.

 

IRS Awards $7 Million Fraud Prevention Contract To Equifax…. WTF?

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 4, 2017 by itnerd

I am not sure that the IRS got the memo, but Equifax was pwned in spectacular fashion not too long ago. Thus you have to wonder what the logic is behind the IRS giving them a $7 million fraud prevention contract:

The IRS will pay Equifax $7.25 million to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract issued last week, even as lawmakers lash the embattled company about a massive security breach that exposed personal information of as many as 145.5 million Americans. A contract award for Equifax’s data services was posted to the Federal Business Opportunities database Sept. 30 — the final day of the fiscal year. The credit agency will “verify taxpayer identity” and “assist in ongoing identity verification and validations” at the IRS, according to the award. The notice describes the contract as a “sole source order,” meaning Equifax is the only company deemed capable of providing the service. It says the order was issued to prevent a lapse in identity checks while officials resolve a dispute over a separate contract. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle blasted the IRS decision.

This is truly a WTF moment as it makes no sense to give a contract like this to these clowns who have proven to be totally and completely inept when it comes to protecting personal information. The humans at the IRS who thought that this was a good idea need to be called onto the carpet to explain why this decision isn’t from some alternate reality.

Review: 2018 Mazda CX-3 GT AWD – Part 3

Posted in Products with tags on October 4, 2017 by itnerd

Mazda has some impressive interiors and the 2018 CX-3 GT is no exception. Let’s start with the driver’s seat:

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The seats are leather with a suede insert to keep you from sliding about. As long as you are 6 feet tall or less, you’ll have no problem finding a good driving position. I say that because if you are any taller, you might feel a bit cramped. The seats are heated and have memory settings for two drivers. It’s 10 way power adjustable as well.

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The door has leather and suede inserts and some chrome accents around the door handle. Plus if you look closely…..

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You’ll see some faux carbon fiber.

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Audio in the CX-3 is provided by Bose.

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Below the circular air vent are the buttons to defeat the various electronic overseers. You’ll also notice on the floor that there’s a dead pedal which is handy for long drives.

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The steering wheel is heated, leather wrapped, and feels good in your hands. It also includes paddle shifters on the back and all the buttons you need to run the CX-3 on the front.

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The gauge cluster is distinctive and easy to read in all lighting conditions.

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The 7″ infotainment screen is on the dash and is readable in all lighting conditions. Below it is the hazard light button.

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HVAC controls, switches for the heated seats and steering wheel, and a CD player along with two USB ports are present. There’s also a 3.5″ audio jack that you can’t see as the shifter is in the way.

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Behind the shifter is the HMI commander switch for the infotainment system. Behind that are two cupholders. To the left is a leather wrapped handbrake.

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The cupholders fit a Starbucks venti sized drink with no issue.

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This is a cubby for change and other small items. Missing from this is an armrest with storage which makes storage of items inside the CX-3 along with somewhere to rest your right arm a bit of a challenge.

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You get a decent sized glovebox.

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A power moonroof lets the outside inside.

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The back seats like the front ones are leather with suede inserts. You’re not going to fit three people back here unless they’re kids. But acting as the designated driver, I got two adults who were under 6 feet tall back here with no issue.

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Even though this is a sub compact crossover, you get a lot of storage space in the back. And you can get more in a couple of ways….

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First there’s storage under the floor which can be handy……

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Second you can use the 60/40 folding rear seats to give you room for long items.

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The CX-3 fit our grocery haul with no issue.

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There’s a handle on the hatch to allow you to close the hatch and keep your hands clean.

In pretty much every way I can think of, this is an interior that fits the description of being on that is a class above. It’s well put together and no issues were observed. Visibility is good as well. The only thing is that this is a small crossover and anyone over six feet tall may have issues living with it. If that’s you, Mazda has a CX-5 that they’d like you to take a look at. But other than that, I can’t criticize the interior at all.

Tomorrow I will take a look at the technology in the vehicle. And there’s a lot of it for such a small crossover. Stay tuned!