Have you been enjoying Fallout 4 on PC? I know I haven’t! That’s right, I’m one of the few people who is willingly waiting until after the new year to enjoy the latest Bethesda has to offer, as I know there will be a few important patches, driver updates and most importantly, the first wave of performance and graphics enhancing mods available.
We already reported on the first “mod” for the game, with the release of a SweetFX update, which you can view here. Now we’ve also got our hands on the first ENBSeries mod courtesy of modder Boris Vorontsov, who released the update earlier today.
“This is patch without any graphic enhancements. It fixes game specific bugs or at least designed for that as i don’t have bugs for test them myself. Please post here results, if it helps, on the contrary CTDs or new kind of bugs with it, incompatiblity with other software.”
The mod only includes a few simple features for now, but let’s give the guy a break, it’s only been out a few days and updates are bound to start rolling out soon. If you want to download the mod, hit up the ENB page here.
Windows 10 has finally arrived and already accounts for an estimated market share of 0.375%. Microsoft’s figures suggest a staggering 14 million devices were activated within 24 hours of launch. However, Microsoft’s latest and probably last operating system has come under fire due to privacy concerns and users have reported some unnerving bugs. The procedure to revert from Windows 10 is relatively simple, but it must be done within 30 days of your initial upgrade date.
If you decided to perform an upgrade without transferring any files, make sure to back up any data on an external flash drive or optical media. Operating systems are prone to anomalies when using a system restore or reformat so it’s important to have a contingency plan. Once your data has been successful backed up, it’s now time to instigate the rollback from Windows 10.
Firstly, navigate to the Start Menu and click on the Setting tab. This will bring up the traditional Control Panel which contains a number of categorized options.
Click on the Update and security icon to access a new screen with installation commands.
Next, you should be able to see the Update and security menu which contains a host of system tools. On the left, there is a tab entitled, “Recovery”. Click this and the right hand section will display 3 key options. Ensure you select the “Get Started button” underneath the label “Go back to Windows 7/8/8.1”.
Once pressed, Microsoft allows you to cancel the process or offer feedback on the decision to drop Windows 10 from your system. To proceed, you must tick one of the boxes and click next.
After choosing a reason for the rollback, Microsoft asks you to confirm the decision to prevent customers from making any rash decision.
Then, your PC will begin to automatically downgrade from Windows 10 and doesn’t require any user-input. This could take 10-30 minutes depending if you have an SSD or mechanical hard drive. When the procedure is finished, you should be able to log into your previous operating system without any problems.
Please let us know if this guide helped you and your overriding opinions of Windows 10 so far.
ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease or MND) patients represent a subgroup of people with fully functional cognitive abilities who gradually lose their speech and the use of their upper limbs, and cannot communicate with their environment due to physical limitations. They need alternative ways to communicate but the devices currently on the market easily cost $5000 and aren’t always the most practical at the same time.
A new Indiegogo campaign has launched to change that with a new and cheaper eye control and give those patients their voice back. The name is very suitable as it’s simply called EyeControl. The campaign has just started and it already raised over a third of the $30000 funding goal.
The campaign has high goals and it is something that could improve the lives of the 70% of ALS patients who can’t afford one of the expensive gadgets. The price has been cut by 95% in comparison and takes away the big screen by allowing them to use simply a smartphone, speaker system, or headset.
An infra-red camera is connected to simple glass frames and communicates with a credit-card sized computer which identifies and translates the blinks and movements of the userøs eyes into commands which will output in sound, to earphones and to a speaker.
It can also transmit these to a smartphone via Bluetooth to run an application which enables the patient to communicate using text to speech mechanism.
Let us hope that the Indiegogo campaign will be a big success and thereby allow more people to live a better life.
NAS is the acronym for ‘Network Attached Storage’ and that is just what it is. Storage that is directly attached to your network, thereby allowing you to access its content from all your smart devices. In this article I’ll take you along the road of setting up and configuring your own NAS, even for a small wallet. It sounds so simple and it is. But it is also something that can make your every-day digital-life a lot easier and more enjoyable.
Having a NAS in your household allows you to have a centralized storage for all your backups, media files and documents. This again gives you the ability to easy access them from all your devices, may it be your smart TV, your phone or tablet, your computers or game consoles and what else comes to mind.
Some of the first words that scare most people away from setting up a NAS themselves are ‘linux’ and ‘network’. While it might not be something you have experience with, I guarantee it’s all very easy and quick to do.
What about the hardware?
So how does it work and what exactly is it you ask? Well, a NAS is technically just a PC like any other, some might also refer to it as a server or computer. In the end it is the operating system that is the factor. The whole idea behind it is to have a centralized storage for all your files. To archive this, it has to be running all or most of the time and there are some key features we need to look at:
Low power consumption
Headless usage (no keyboard, mouse or monitor required)
Small form factor and silent operation
In my opinion there is the perfect device on the market for just that. It’s cheap, it’s solid and at many times you even get mail in rebates or cash-back on them. But more on that later.
What Skills and Tools do you need?
To set up a NAS? Actually not many. You will need the following skills: Use the screwdriver that is included, Able to attach a cable to a plug and you will need to be able to read and use a website.
You will also need a couple other small things in order to follow this little guide to setting up a HP micro server, but not much. You need a MOLEX to SATA power adapter, a SATA data cable and either some duct tape or a 3½ inch to 5¼ inch adapter. You will also temporary need a USB stick, a Monitor and keyboard during installation. And that is pretty much it, so you see, everybody can NAS.
The perfect device
For this job, Hewlett-Packard have created the perfect line of micro servers. The N36L, N40L and N54L, also known as G7 microservers. The only difference between the three models is the CPU speed. Slower doesn’t always mean cheaper, so check prices on all three devices before you commit. On my last purchase I found that the N54L was the cheapest of them all, but any of the three will do fine for a home NAS.
It has 4 cold-swap bays for your storage hard-drives and a 5¼ inch for either your boot-drive, extra hard-drive(s) or anything else that fits. In most cases, and in ours here, it will used for the boot drive.
The G7 microserver comes with a 250 GB 7200RPM HDD included and that is just perfect as system disk for our new NAS. If that wasn’t enough, it also has 4GB ECC memory included in 1 module with room for a second.
Inside it has two PCI-Express expansion slots, one x16 and one x1. The single also has additional control ports for HP remote-control cards.
It even comes with tools included, nothing extra is really needed. It can be run straight away with what’s in the box, but you will of course also need some hard drives as storage for all your files. You can start with one and upgrade later or you can fill it up right away, the choice is yours.
At the time of writing, the N54L can be had for €153 in Germany and £131 in the United Kingdom making it a real bargain. I couldn’t find it cheaper than $357 in the US making it less of a deal over there.
The HP N54L comes in a very simple cardboard box only printed with the name and a representation of the server on the front and back.
On the side of the cardboard box we find a small sticker with the model and serial number. The box doesn’t offer much information besides that.
Opening up the box we see all is securely packed in spacey Styrofoam and with the accessories on top.
Unpacking the accessories, we find power cables for UK and for Germany/EU, a small manual and update instructions.
A pair of smart glasses that could transform the lives of blind and partially-sighted people could be in the shops as soon as 2016. The joint project between the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and the University of Oxford and the has won a £500.000 grant in a Google charity competition.
The new smart glasses would enable those suffering from sight loss to see obstacles and faces, similar to the fictional high-tech visor worn by Geordi La Forge in the TV show Star Trek. They consist of a video camera on the frame, a computer processing unit small enough to fit in a pocket and a software to provide images of objects close-by onto the see-through displays.
The RNIB is planning to create 100 pairs of smart glasses and test them with 1000 people. This will be the first large-scale test of smart glasses and augmented reality for sight enhancement anywhere in the world. The glasses could later be sold for as little as £300. It is estimated the new smart glasses could help over half of the 300.000 people registered as blind in the UK.
“The idea of the smart glasses is to give people with poor vision an aid that boosts their awareness of what’s around them – allowing greater freedom, independence and confidence to get about, and a much improved quality of life,” says Dr Stephen Hicks of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford.
Further funding has been given by the Royal Society to create even more features for the glasses. Face, object and text recognition as well as an audio prompt via earpiece are being considered. “We eventually want to have a product that will look like a regular pair of glasses and cost no more than a few hundred pounds – about the same as a smart phone,” says Dr Hicks.
Iain Cairns of London tried out the smart glasses. The 43-year-old was diagnosed with the inherited eye condition choroideremia at 12 and only has an area of central vision left in each eye. Working at the computer and writing still works for him, but he did start to use a cane around three years ago.
When fitted with the glasses, Iain reacted: “I can see your face. It’s like the Lord of the Rings when he puts the ring on and sees things in a new way.”
More information about the smart glasses to aid blind people can be found on the RNIB’s homepage
Thank you Daily Mail for providing us with this information
Computers that can identify objects seem a thing from the future. Apparently, it is more close to reality than any of us think. Birmingham Young University from Provo, US – has found a way to make computers identify objects without the need of a human helping hand.
According to Dah-Jye Lee, BUY engineer, algorithms have become so advanced that they can make a piece of software identify objects by themselves from images and even videos. Lee is the founder of this algorithm and from what he describes, it is based on the computer making decisions on its own based on the shapes identified on the images or videos analysed.
“In most cases, people are in charge of deciding what features to focus on and they then write the algorithm based off that,” said Lee, a professor of electrical and computer engineering. “With our algorithm, we give it a set of images and let the computer decide which features are important.”
Lee’s algorithm is said to learn on its own, just as a child learns to distinguish a cat from a dog. He explains that instead of teaching a child the difference between the latter, we are better off showing the two images and let the child distinguish them on his or her own. Just like a child, the algorithm has been shown four image datasets from CalTech, namely motorbikes, faces, airplanes and cars, having the algorithm output 100% accurate results on each of the datasets. However, the algorithm had a lower rate of success with human faces, being able to accurately distinguish 99.4%, but still gave a better result than other object recognition systems.
“It’s very comparable to other object recognition algorithms for accuracy, but, we don’t need humans to be involved,” Lee said. “You don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time. You just run it.”
Professor Lee mentioned that the highly complicated algorithm may be used in a variety of tasks, from detecting invasive fish species to identifying flaws in produce such as apples on a production line. However, the complexity of the algorithm can go way beyond that.
Google is launching a new product it’s calling “Helpouts.” It’s a new website that allows users to get in touch with experts and pay them for “services” over video chat. Google is imagining that it will be used for things like cooking tips, home repair, guitar lessons, and even healthcare. The service is now live with a small set of partners, including Weight Watchers, Sephora, and One Medical. Google is vetting anybody that wants to offer Helpout services with a full background check and keeping the categories of services offered relatively short.
The video-chat services will be offered in a wide range of prices, from free with volunteers up to $20 per hour or more. Google says it has no intention of allowing “adult” content on Helpouts. Users will be able to rate the experts they work with and said experts will have a few tools to block users, should it come to that. For all of it, Google gets a 20 percent cut and is offering a money-back guarantee if things don’t work out.
The website for Hangouts looks very much like a one-off custom version of Google+, and even shares some of the same Hangouts on Air features that have been baked into that product. Each expert has a landing page where users can schedule a future Helpout or start one immediately. Users are identified with their public Google+ profiles, so each party knows who is calling, but nothing is posted publicly to Google+. If both parties agree, a Helpout chat can be saved for later review.
Some of those policies don’t apply to the health section of Helpouts, however, where Google says it applies slightly stricter rules surrounding a user’s identity and privacy. It also claims that any health-related Helpout will be HIPAA compliant.
Although it’s a small launch, Google VP of Engineering Udi Manber was bullish on Helpouts’ future. Likening current skepticism about Helpouts to how some felt about online shopping in the early days of the internet, Manber repeated over and over at a press event today that “in the end, convenience and efficiency always win.”
Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information Image and video courtesy of The Verge