Redditer Discovered Hidden Feature in iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan

We got a lot of information out of what to expect from iOS 9 and El Capitan this fall at Apple’s WWDC in June. Even so, developers are said to be good at discovering Apple’s ‘hidden’ new features, but this time around, it seems that one of them, who I think is actually useful, was actually discovered by someone else.

A redditer going by the name of homeboi808 seems to have stumbled upon a feature who went on unnoticed so far. On both iOS 9 and El Capitan, if you tap on a flight number in either the Mail, Messages or Notes app, the OS’ will work the flight out and give you a flight path overview, along with all information about that flight. This includes arrival, departure times, possible delays and even airport terminal details.

It seems that Apple has added a built-in feature that detects and reacts to gestures when it finds a flight number. However, that needs to adhere to the actual flight number style, so don’t expect it to do the same with just anything you type in. Even so, the flight number needs to be valid in order to get information about it.

Even so, the feature is really helpful when you’re expecting to pick someone up from the airport or are planning a journey. Getting up-to-date information about your flights is a must from my point of view. What do you think?

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Does The AMD Radeon Fury X Radiator Feature a Built-in Pump?

The AMD Radeon Fury X looks set to be a truly amazing graphics card and details just keep cropping up out of the blue. We first saw it on 3D Mark Fire Strike and everyone just went crazy. Soon after, the rumoured GPU was officially confirmed and we even came across some amazing pics of AMD’s monstrous Fury X, NVIDIA Titan X’s true competitor. But something was interesting when we took a closer look at them. Can you spot it?

I’ll give you a hint. It’s near the humongous radiator. Still having a hard time figuring out? Ok then, we will tell you. The key element that we thought was odd is the 3-pin connector which can be seen in the pics below. We even highlighted it for you this time.

So what could this mean? Well, our first thought and the best bet is that it could come with a built-in pump. And guess what? We have found what fan is pictured too!

It’s a Scythe 120mm fan, which makes it just 25mm thick. This means there is plenty of room for a pump in the middle of the radiator and lots of space for a reservoir at the base. Clever, but I think we’ve seen something similar in the past as well. And we did! Antec had a similar All-in-One (AIO) series as shown in the pic above, so this approach may be seen here on the Fury X radiator too. This means we are looking at a solid water cooling solution here, making the Fury X true GPU beast.

 

Images courtesy of GEARNUKE and Scythe

Waterproof Rubix Cube-Like System Runs Linux, Heads to Kickstarter

Is it a new shiny rubix cube? It could look like one, but in fact Cuberox is a Kickstarter project that includes 16×16 screens on a waterproof casing, having it powered by Linux and wireless charging.

The coolest rubix cube-like project is said to give you the ability to run various applications, making it the perfect home or even office solution. Having it based on a Unix platform, it gives the user limitless possibilities of running a separate app on each side of the cube. From a developer’s perspective, the device could be a gold mine and JavaScript, which is the main coding language for the device, would be the pickaxe.

In terms of specs, the device is said to feature built-in speakers, multicolored smart backlit technology, wireless connectivity and charging, all encased with a waterproof seal.

The device has currently surpassed the $35,000 mark for its ultimate $150,000 goal and has less than 30 days to go. More information on the device and project can be found over at Kickstarter.

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The Streamz Smart Headphones Are Almost Here

The world’s first truly independent headphone audio system for audiophiles is almost here, as the Streamz Media have announced that the headphones will start shipping in Q1 2015 and will be on show at CES 2015. The

The Streamz headphones feature everything built-in, ranging from the 128 x 128 pixel OLED display, over controls and keypad, all the way to a built in 96KHz 24bit DAC, an Android system running on a quad-core processor and up to 36GB of storage with optional 32GB memory card.

It can play most common audio formats such as WAV, FLAC, ALAC, MP3. AAC, Pandora, plus many others, has built-in WiFi and additional Bluetooth where WiFi won’t work. Wifi connections are however the only uncompressed, so you’ll want to use that whenever possible. While you can control everything from the headphones themselves, they also come with smartphone apps for Android and iOS.

The API will allow Android developers to create their own apps and future plans include a voice controlled module called VOXXI that will allow users to search and play music plus other system controls with Google voice commands.

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Images courtesy of StreamzMedia

Seagate Introduce 4TB Enterprise HDD with Ethernet

Seagate introduced us to the concept of Kinetic Open Storage Platform back in 2013 for the first time, and now they’re presenting the first HDD for this system. The Seagate Kinetic 4TB hard drive is designed for cloud storage applications and has built-in ethernet abilities.

The object-based storage drive has a built-in operating system and direct ethernet connectivity thereby eliminating bottlenecks in software applications by direct connection as well as reducing the total cost of ownership by eliminating the need for legacy software and hardware.

Besides the built-in operating system, the Seagate Kinetic hard drive has 512MB RAM and 64MB cache as well as dual SGMII Ethernet 1Gb/s ports and of course an application processor. Seagate says this system can bring down the overall running costs as much as 50% for data-centres by eliminating the need for extra hardware and the power consumption that comes with that.

The Kinetic Open Storage Platform is backed by a lot of large providers such as AOL, HP, Digital Sense and many more. A really interesting concept that Seagate cooked up and one that incredible useful for our ever-growing need for storage. Live demonstrations took place this week at the OpenStack Summit in Paris.

Thanks to Seagate for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Seagate

 

Windows Phone 8.1 Rumored To Get A Notification Center

Rumors are that Microsoft is preparing to ship Windows Phone 8.1. The new OS, which will apparently be detailed at the company’s BUILD conference in April, will finally add a notification center as well as a Siri-like personal assistant.

Tom Warren from The Verge state that the new notification center will have two views. A “short swipe” from the top will reveal settings and a “long swipe” will reveal a full notification history. The addition of a notification center is long overdue, if not exactly surprising. Last year it came out that what seemed like a huge product oversight in Windows Phone 8 was in fact intentionally left out because Microsoft “ran out of time.”

It is also said that current betas of Windows 8.1 have a built-in personal assistant. Previous rumors suggest that this voice assistant will sound like Cortana, the AI character from Halo. There are also more missing features like the ability to separately control the volume of media playback and your ringtone.

If this is true, the new additions to Windows Phone 8 amount to some significant catch up with the much better Android and iOS alternatives. Unfortunately, they’re pretty late fixes for the glaring absences in the existing Windows Phone product. It seems like we’ll have to wait until BUILD to find out if Microsoft has any get ahead features in waiting.

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