Archive for September 27, 2022

It Seems That Samsung May Have Another Battery Fiasco On Its Hands

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 27, 2022 by itnerd

Remember the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco? The one where phones were literally exploding all over the place due to swelling batteries and Samsung had to take every one of them back? Well, it might be happening again.

YouTuber Mrwhosetheboss has posted a video that shows that some Samsung smartphones are suffering from a swollen battery issue. He noted his S6 (2015), Note 8 (2017) and S10 (2019) all had swollen batteries. So he tweeted about it. Samsung saw that tweet and asked him to send the phones for examination. And that’s the last he heard from Samsung as they’ve gone silent for 50 days. Thus the need for him to make a video:

And it appears that he’s not the only one who’s noted this:

JerryRigEveryting offers this commentary:

This is not a good look for Samsung and it will be interesting to see how or if they respond to this. In the meantime, if you have a Samsung phone hiding in a desk drawer or a storage locker someplace, you might want to check on it. I say that because when lithium comes into contact with air, it creates a very violent reaction that can burn your house down. Thus this is a non-trivial situation that you might want to take seriously until all the facts are known.

Dove Partners With Epic Games’ Unreal Engine And Women In Games to launch Real Virtual Beauty

Posted in Commentary with tags , on September 27, 2022 by itnerd

Today, Dove is launching Real Virtual Beauty, a series of actions supported by partners across the gaming industry, including Epic Games’ Unreal Engine’s education team and Women in Games, to shatter beauty stereotypes and equip the next generation of young creators and players with the tools to build self-esteem and body confidence.

For over 60 years, Dove has been committed to creating a positive experience of beauty for women and girls – working to shatter the harmful beauty ideals that impact the body confidence and self-esteem of women and girls daily. The Dove Self-Esteem Project has reached more than 82M young people across 150 countries through its academically accredited programmes. Now, with a growing number of women and girls playing video games than ever before, Dove is bringing this commitment to create a more inclusive virtual world.

Dove is starting where intervention is most urgently needed with the launch of a Real Beauty in Games Training  a unique training and accreditation course developed in partnership with Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) and industry experts. Through the training, Dove is inviting game creators to help reflect the diversity we see in everyday life, and to avoid contributing to stereotypes and biases in design. Participants who have completed the course will have the opportunity to showcase their final works through the launch of an online “Real Virtual Beauty” character art collection – curated by Dove and available on Epic Games’ Art Station platform – helping raise the standard for the authentic, diverse and inclusive representation of women and girls across the games world.

In parallel, using a public health intervention model, the Dove Self-Esteem Project is equipping the next generation of creators and players with the tools to build self-esteem and body confidence through the launch of SuperU Story, the world’s first Roblox experience – in partnership with Toya – designed to deliver self-esteem education. 

Fun fact: 1.3 billion women and girls make up half of the global games community, with 65% playing video games before the age of 10. New research from Dove – co-published with Women in Games, an international organisation striving for equity and parity for all women and girls in games, and the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) – reveals that the games industry still reflects narrow beauty standards, making many women and girls feel underrepresented, negatively impacting their self-esteem:

As part of Dove’s ongoing commitment to portraying inclusive beauty, the brand will offer a series of grants and awards to the best Real Virtual Beauty avatar designer, helping fund and expand their work with the opportunity to be featured in some of the industry’s biggest video games.

Part of Dove’s ambition to transform games into a positive space is to see more games experiences that not only entertain, but also inspire and educate the younger generation. 

Introducing SuperU Story, the world’s first experience on Roblox, developed by female founded and led games studio Toya, specifically designed to help young girls combat negative self-esteem and build body confidence through a first of its kind virtual experience that encourages users to be their true selves instead of aspiring to stereotypes and unrealistic beauty ideals. Entirely free and available to visit now, the experience is an extension of the Dove Self Esteem Project – the world’s largest provider of self-esteem education. SuperU Story was also incepted with the Dove Youth Board, and validated by psychological experts from the Centre for Appearance Research – an academic institution that focuses on the role appearance and body image plays in people’s lives.

Xero Partners With Procore Offering Cloud Construction Management Tools To Global Small Businesses

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 27, 2022 by itnerd

Xero, the global small business platform, has partnered with leading global provider of construction management software, Procore Technologies, Inc., to provide a new integration between Procore’s construction financial management solution and Xero’s cloud-based accounting platform.

The new app integration is now available on the Xero App Store in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. It helps solve some of the biggest challenges small and medium construction firms face by enabling them, and their advisors, to connect field and back office teams with real-time, accurate, financial data in the cloud. This in turn supports the delivery of multiple complex projects on time, and on budget.

According to McKinsey, the construction industry accounts for 13 per cent of global GDP, but productivity has grown by just one per cent annually over the past 20 years and digitalization is lower than in nearly any other industry.

You can try the new Procore app in the Xero App Store here.

Roku Announces Roku Ultra And Roku OS 11.5

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 27, 2022 by itnerd

Today, Roku, Inc. unveiled that its most powerful streaming player, Roku Ultra, is launching in Canada. Roku Ultra has a lightning-fast interface, Roku’s best Wi-Fi®, Dolby Vision®, Dolby Atmos®, HDR10+ compatibility, and channels that launch in a snap. Roku Ultra also includes the Roku Voice Remote Pro, whichfeatures hands-free voice controls, a rechargeable battery, a lost remote finder feature, and more.

Roku Ultra

Roku Ultra comes fully loaded with fast channel launch, Dolby Vision®, Dolby Atmos®, Bluetooth®, Apple AirPlay, and more.

  • Outrageously powerful: With a lightning-fast interface, smooth UI, and fast channel launch, users can get to streaming in a snap. Roku Ultra is the fastest and most powerful Roku player ever.
  • Best picture quality: Provides a stunningly sharp 4K picture with lifelike clarity supporting Dolby Vision ® and HDR10+.
  • Best audio quality with Dolby Atmos®Provides immersive entertainment with sound that moves all around with realism that provides a deeper connection to shows and movies. Plus, users can enjoy streaming and private listening via Bluetooth® connectivity.
  • Best connectivity: A strong, steady Wi-Fi ® connection is important for streaming the highest picture quality, especially in rooms farther from your router. Users can enjoy fast, seamless streaming anywhere in their home with Roku’s best Wi-Fi ® or choose to wire up over Ethernet.

Roku Voice Remote Pro

The Roku Voice Remote Pro offers a rechargeable battery, hands-free voice for easy actions (such as “Hey Roku, show me action movies”), personal shortcut buttons, and more.

  • Rechargeable battery: Works with any standard USB charger, so users can save money on batteries and keep them out of landfills. The rechargeable battery keeps the remote powered for up to two months on a single charge. 
  • Hands-free: Forget about reaching for the remote. Users can say “Hey Roku” and a command to turn the TV on, adjust the volume, control playback, and more without lifting a finger.
  • Lost remote finder:   Say “Hey Roku, find my remote” and listen for a little chime to locate; or use the button on the Roku Ultra player or by using the free Roku mobile app (available for iOS and Android).
  •  TV controls: Power up the TV, adjust the volume, mute, and control streaming—all with one remote.
  • Personal shortcuts: Users can set personal shortcuts for one-touch control to launch their go-to channel, pull up search results for their favourite movie, actor, and more.
  • Private listening: Allows users to watch and listen without disturbing anyone else around them. They simply plug the included headphones into the remote and turn up the volume to enjoy their favourite show.
  • Push-to-talk: Users who prefer to use Roku voice, can leverage the hardware switch to turn off the hands-free voice feature and use push-to-talk voice controls instead.

Roku OS 11.5 

The software updates include: 

Home Screen

  • Featured Free: Roku’s FREE content offering remains important to device users and now includes Featured Free, an improved experience for discovery and engagement. Featured Free is a content discovery feature on the Home Screen Menu, showcasing free unlocked content from local and global partners, all in one place.
  • Save List: Users can now easily save movies and TV shows from across the Roku platform to create a Save List of entertainment they want to stream later. Search is available as an item within the Home Screen Menu on the TV. Users can create their new Save List with the convenient “Save” option on the title’s details page, as well as manage and add to their list from anywhere with the Roku mobile app.

Audio 

  • Bluetooth ® Private Listening: Compatible with Roku Ultra users can simply head to the device settings to pair their wireless headphones to their supported Roku device. Once connected, they can enjoy sound from their TV through their wireless Bluetoothheadphones to their supported Roku device.

Voice Search

  • Roku Voice: Roku is adding new visual tools onscreen to help customers get to their desired channel destination while using Roku Voice. This feature makes it easy for users to find exactly what they’re looking for when searching with Roku Voice. In scenarios where there are multiple channel offerings for a voice search, a display will appear at the bottom of the screen with relevant options that make it easy for users to see and select their intended channel.
  • French Voice: In addition, Roku has added support of French-Canadian voice search and control to the platform. Users can set devices to French and use any voice remote to issue commands in French. 

Availability

Roku OS 11.5 will begin rolling out to Roku devices in the coming weeks. The Roku Ultra will be available for $129.99 MSRP at major retailers in Canada in October.