Obama to Appoint Execs From Uber, Mastercard & Microsoft to Cybersecurity Panel

Cybersecurity is a big issue this year, with people becoming more and more aware of the steps that both governments and companies are making to gain access to or stop others accessing their data. After its recent attempt to get Apple to help bypass the security features on an iPhone, the FBI rather embarrassingly revealed that government systems had been accessed by an unknown party since 2011. In a move to help combat cybersecurity issues, President Obama intends to appoint executives from several major technology companies to a new cybersecurity panel to help act on these matters.

As part of a $19 billion proposal, the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity will see people who are described by President Obama as being “dedicated individuals [who will] bring a wealth of experience and talent to this important role, and I look forward to receiving the Commission’s recommendations.”.

Among the names appear the likes of General Keith Alexander, director of the NSA from 2005 till 2014; Ubers Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan; the CEO of MasterCard Ajay Banga and corporate vice president of Microsoft Research, Peter Lee. With these being just a few of the names listed, the list seems to be focused on gathering the support of those who have experience within the industry, and while the released statement may be an announcement of his intent, any of the members on the list could provide valuable insight into cybersecurity.

Logic Supply Introduces New Fully IP65 Rated Industrial Panel PC

Panel PCs aren’t anything new, neither are rugged systems, nor effective ones – but the new Logic Supply UPC-V315-QM77 by IEI offers a unique combination of features, performance and ruggedness to withstand the harshest usage conditions. The entire system is fully IP65 rated which is rare for a complete system where it is rated to be fully water-resistant. This eliminating the worry of splashed liquids and even allows the system to be sprayed down for easy cleaning.

The UPC-V315-QM77 is completely fanless and isn’t just protected from water, but also dust, shock, and other contaminants. It comes with a 15-inch monitor built into an all metal chassis, featuring a front-faced camera, and programmable physical buttons beside a large range of connectivity options. The rugged system isn’t just IP65 rated, it is also MIL-STD-810F certified to resist shock and vibrations from industrial machinery, equipment, and vehicles. It even withstands extreme temperatures and is rated to work in operating temperatures between minus twenty degrees and plus sixty degrees Celcius.

The 15-inch screen features a 5-wire resistive touch interface that is ultra-responsive even when used with gloved hands. It offers a 125-degree viewing angle from left to right and a 140-degree top to bottom. The Brightness is rated for 400 cd/m2 and the contrast comes in at 700:1.

Inside the system, you find either an Intel Celeron, Core i3 or i7 processor and 2GB DDR3 SO-DIMM memory. The chipset is a QM77. Expansion wise you can get it with both SSDs or mechanical HDDs with up to 2TB capacity and you can also expand with mSATA and PCIe Mini Cards.

Connection wise you get two Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports as well as four serial RJ45 ports (3x RS-232 and 1x RS-422/485). There are also two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports next to the D-Sub VGA and HDMI ports for extra monitors.

The monitor is VESA mountable right as it is and comes with screws for this included. You also get an IR remote and four RJ45 to DB9 COM port cables to attach controllable machines.

As for price, the system starts at $2012 in its basic configuration and can go up to $3328 when fully equipped with the best CPU, 1TB SSD, operating system, expedited build and extended warranty.

Indian Airport Paves The Way For a Solar Power Future

The world’s resources are becoming more and more finite in its capacity to provide for an ever-increasing population. Countries which previously had been considered as small and unassuming are now experiencing their version of an industrial revolution. As the planet becomes more hi tech, so the need for electricity becomes greater to the point where it is unsustainable and alternate solutions are in need of implementation.

This is where a pioneer of solar panels arrives with the aim of powering a whole airport using this technology. The airport in question is located in India and is called the Cochin International airport and has become the first airport in the world which completely operates on solar power. The feat is quite impressive considering the implementation of 46,150 solar panels laid across 45 acres near the cargo complex, which in turn generates a staggering 50000 to 60000 thousand units of electricity per day. This is with the aim of being consumed for all its operational functions, which in turn allows the airport to be power neutral.

This project is without a doubt a step in the right direction for the use of renewable energy, I am slightly surprised that India would be the first country in the world to envisage such a project which started way back in 2013, when CIAL ventured into the Solar PV sector by installing a 100 kWp solar PV Plant on the roof top of the Arrival Terminal Block, which turned out to be the first of many additions. Let’s just hope there are not any glitches in the system as passengers really do not like the idea of waiting for the sun to appear before landing.

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New Solar Panel Can Adsorb Infrared Light!

Solar panels are a great invention, the ability to convert light to a useable power source has long been investigated and advanced. In recent years its came leap and bounds in regards to not only how effective it was but also how the public have perceived it and accepted it, some countries even putting it into law. Now it could be getting even better.

With almost 50% of the energy given off by the sun as near infrared light, there is a huge gap in power that modern solar panels could accept. Most modern solar panels can still only accept visible light as an energy source, meaning that solar panels can only convert 20% of the light they receive into electricity.

A team from UC Riverside, however, may have come up with a way to help solve that low figure. The concept of converting two infrared photons into a visible photon, a process that had to be overcome to generate another 25% energy.

The team from UC Riverside has overcome this by passing the two infrared photons through an “organised compound” which in turn then produces a visible photon. While this initial step currently only has a benefit of less than 10% the team are hopeful that by using the process and refining it they will be able to create a more effective system and continue to help improve on solar panels and solar energy as a whole.

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Adobe Revealed Some of its Features Coming in the Next Premiere Pro Update

Adobe has announced a few of its upcoming product updates ahead of NAB video conference, which include an animation tool, a new mobile app and some updates to Premiere Pro.

There seems to be a new colour correction panel in Premiere, called Lumetri Color, that looks and works exactly like the correction tools in Lightroom, giving users the ability to save highlights and shadows, tint and saturate colours, sharpen and brighten photos and much more.

The new Lumetri Color is said not to replace the dedicated colouring tools or other addons such as Magic Bullet Looks. Instead, it aims to make a more user-friendly approach towards new users and have it more accessible and user-intuitive compared to the current colouring tools.

Adobe is said to also be working on an iPhone app named Project Candy, with which a user can take a photo and analyse its colour make-up and apply that to a photo or video just like a filter. The app’s filters are also said to work in After Effects and the mobile app Premiere Clip.

Another feature that is said to increase or decrease the length of a project by 10% is named Time Tuner, a feature that helps automate what some TV networks have been doing with reruns.

In addition to the latter, the preview release of Character Animator is said to be present in the new Premiere Pro, a tool used to easily animate cartoon characters by quickly analysing character art imported from various sources and then animate it based on what the app sees an actor doing over a webcam.

Adobe also announced some updates for After Effects, Audition, SpeedGrade and many others which will come with the latest update. The company is said to release the new update in late spring or early summer.

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LG Electronics Starts Promoting 8K UHD Displays

While 4K UHD displays haven’t even been adopted properly due to the high prices, lack of content and sufficient performance of graphics adapters, LG goes further ahead and begins promoting the next step in resolution, the 8K UHD.

LG has reminded in a new press release that it is working on releasing 8K UHD 7680 x 4320 pixels displays, namely the 98-inch Color Prime Ultra HDTV presented at CES 2015. The company has also stated that it has improved the brightness of its 55-inch 8K UHD IPS panel boasting a resolution of 7680 x 4320 and 500nit by implementing M+ panel technology, adding textures to the existing RGB sub-pixel structure.

The company did not state when it will start mass production of the displays, but Apple has announced that they will be revealing an iMac 8K later this year. If it is an all-in-one PC or a standalone display, it remains to be seen when Apple decides to reveal its product. At the same time, Microsoft’s Windows 10 has already confirmed it will support 8K resolution displays.

While 8K sounds great at this stage, the market still lacks content in 8K. Currently, the only place that streams 8K resolution is NHK in Japan and the Technical Research Institute of Korean Broadcasting System. Even major Hollywood studios shoot movies in 6K and it will be a while until they adopt the 8K standard. Nonetheless, LG seems to be very optimistic about the future of 8K.

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Samsung’s New 6″ 4K AMOLED Displays – Perfect for Oculus Rift?

It’s no secret that Oculus Rift DK2 uses a screen lifted right from the Galaxy Note 3 (see above), or that Facebook has been instrumental in brokering deals between Oculus VR and Samsung. Which is why news of the rumoured Samsung 6″ 4K AMOLED displays caught my attention.

The screens are said to feature an impressive 700+ppi on their 5.9″ Ultra HD Super AMOLED panel. It’s currently said that Samsung would start producing these panels next August. This is just in time for the projected release of the Galaxy Note 5 and also falls into projected Oculus Rift consumer release date.

There is no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will be an incredible handset, which we expect to see at the IFA Expo in September 2015. However, I’m hopeful that this will be the panel Oculus VR need to push their VR technology to the next level and the high PPI level should be enough to clear up any screen-door effect issues.

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Dell Demo Stunning 27-Inch 5K Monitor

That’s not a typo, Dell really are about to release a 5K monitor! The UP2715K packs a stunning 5120 x 2880 resolution display into a 27″ Crystal Clear panel. To put 5K into perspective, you’ll find a 4K panel represents 8.3 megapixels, which is nothing compared to the 14.7 megapixels of the 5K panel, a whopping 70% more pixels!

You can’t even run 5K over DisplayPort, the new Dell monitor was running off of two DisplayPort 1.2 ports via a Quadro K5000 card.

The panel features 218 pixels per square inch, a colour depth of 1 billion and features an extra miniDisplayPort to be used in 4K mode. No information on panel type, but given that this is a high-end flagship monitor, we doubt it will be a TN panel.

The monitor is set to be release later this year with a price of $2,499.99, a lot less than I was expecting, but still more money than I’ll be spending on monitors this year.

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Razer’s Nabu Smartband Said To Be Rolling Out In October

Razer looks to be closer to a final release date for its Nabu smartband than initially thought. A press release earlier this month indicated that Razer is working with mobile gaming developer, Tencent Games, in order to bring ‘Timi Run Everyday’ to the smartband, as well as revealing a fourth quarter release date.

A number of developers and at least 1,000 Razer fans, who got to smartband for $1, have been granted beta access to the device so far. The first changes in the Nabu smartband were noticed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June, when the 32 x 32 pixel display was removed due to user feedback. Also, the upper screen is said to have been ignored most of the time, leading to its complete removal and changing the way the larger screen activates.

Even though Razer pointed to the last quarter of 2014 as a release date for the smartband, it is aiming to release the Nabu smartband sooner rather than later. This is why October is said to be the most suitable release date. Also, developers such as Wargaming, Techland, Halfbrick and Shortbreak Studios have signed on for the Nabu smartband. However, no details on what projects they might be working on was released.

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Nvidia Researcher Discovers a Way to Quadruple Future VR Headset Resolution

A researcher from NVIDIA has apparently discovered a new manufacturing technique which could quadruple the perceived resolution of virtual reality gear in the future. The technique in question is called ‘display cascading’ and uses cascade displays (of course).

Nvidia is said to already have produced a prototype of a headset using the above mentioned technique. A report from MIT is said that the new technique improves the perceived resolution of virtual reality displays. Senior director of research in visual computing at NVIDIA, David Luebke, is said to be the man behind the new technology. He has been stated to use a cascaded display system made up of two modified ‘off-the-shelf’ liquid crystal display panels.

A layer of tiny shutters (one per pixel) which can block off or allow light through, called the spatial light modulation panel, is said to be removed from one LCD and placed over a second panel, offset from its own. This method is said to split each pixels into four individually addressed areas, thus quadrupling the effective resolution at a cost of a decrease in brightness.

Luebke states that along with some driver optimizations, a cascade display should provide both improved resolution and a double perceived framerate, achievable by having both panels run in perfect synchronization. Also, the NVIDIA researcher stated he will unveil the manufacturing technique at a conference in August. For those interested, the research is currently available over at NVIDIA’s website.

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Smartphone AMOLED Panels Said to be Cheaper than LCD in Two Years

LCD panels have been previously used in smartphones and are still being used in most smartphones today. However, the newest display technology on the market is the AMOLED panel, used in smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Note 3, providing improved image quality, but at a much higher price than the LCD panels.

Manufacturers still use the LCD panels in order to bring smartphones at a much cheaper price, having the AMOLED panel’s price at 10-20% higher than the LCD. In an example, it is said that a 5-inch 1080 x 1920 pixels AMOLED panel is said to be 16% more expensive than the LCD counterpart. The good news is that as time passes, new technology becomes more demanding and prices drop. This is said to be the case for the AMOLED panel as well, having said that it will even out or be even cheaper than a LCD panel within two years.

“Until recently there have been few breakthroughs in the production of AMOLED displays, and the OLED industry seemed to be facing hard times,” said DisplaySearch’s Jimmy Kim. “If AMOLED costs fall below LCDs, as expected, it would lead to more opportunities for the OLED display industry, greater competition with LCD, and more choices for consumers.”

It is said that AMOLED production has recently started in China as well as Korea, with expectations for higher demand in the near future. Also, Korean manufacturer, Samsung, is said to have made significant achievements with its Quad HD 1440 x 2560 pixels screen by improving its grayscale and color accuracy, along with its brightness.

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Aerocool Launches DS 200 Midi Tower With Special Insulation and Built-In Fan Controller

Aerocool has launched a new addition to its Dead Silence chassis series, the DS 200, sporting a variety of features, such as having both side-panels equipped with special insulation mats in order to reduce the noise inside the PC. In addition to the latter, the DS 200 also features an integrated fan controller as well as 0.8 mm SECC material.

The company distinguishes the DS series from the rest of the products by granting a variety of color options, having the DS 200 coming in six colors: classy black, black/white, red, orange, blue and green. It is said that all chassis options equipped with a special top-cover which can be removed and replaced by a mesh-style cover in order to boost the airflow capacity. Aerocool even offers an optional side panel window for customers who would like to show off their build.

The built-in fan controller is another interesting feature, having it be located on the topside of the chassis. It is said to support a total of 25W shared by three channels, having the fans be controlled simultaneously. The fan controller is said to have three speed options, namely low, medium and high, while also boasting the capability of stopping a fan channel when needed. The temperature is said to be displayed on the large round display, having to choose from seven color options for the display illumination. Lastly, the I/O panel is said to feature two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and HD audio and a microphone connector.

On the inside, the DS 200 is said to have enough space for even the latest hardware components, a tool-free rack for both optical and disk drives and support for the ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ATX. The company states that up to five 3.5″ HDDs or seven 2.5″ HDDs/SSDs can be mounted inside the case, as well as VGA cards with a length of up to 29 cm (41 cm if removing the center 3.5″ cage). When it comes to cooling, the DS 200 is said to offer support for both air and water cooling solutions, having room for big CPU cooler with a length of 17 cm as well as several pass-through openings with rubber protection located in the mainboard tray. Aerocool states that 240 or 280 mm water-cooling solutions can be mounted in the front or the top of the DS 200, having enough room for even a PSU of 22 cm in length.

In terms of noise output, the DS 200 is said to have both side panels insulated with mats, while having all the 2.5″ and 3.5″ bays as well as the PSU equipped with anti-vibration shock-proof rubber. In addition to the latter, two silent case fans are pre-equipped and ready to provide steady airflow out of the box. Aerocool has stated to also introduce the “Lite Edition” option, which includes the DS 200 with standard non-insulated side panels and comes without the center 3.5″ cage and auto-eject front-panel.

When it comes to prices, Aerocool is said to offer the entry-level DS 200 Lite Black Edition at a price of $120.90, the Black Edition at $158.90, while the Red, Orange, Black/White, Blue and Green Editions are said to all come at the same $163.90 price tag. Additionally, the DS 200 Window Panels are said to be sold separately, having a price tag of $13.00.

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AOC Q2963PM 29″ UWHD AH-IPS Monitor Review

Introduction


Over the last few years, we have been [in general] demanding higher and higher resolutions from our monitors, and before we even think about using a multi-screen setup – the most common resolution of choice has to be 1920×1080. Over the last year or so, we have been seeing a slow transition over to the 2560×1600 bandwagon as some users opt for bigger 27″+ panels. The problem with these through is that the cost is far greater than a 1920×1080 panel so having a pair of 22″ or 24″ panels is not uncommon – it gives a balance between the desktop space and cost that many people look for.

In a bid to give users the best option of desktop space and display aspect ratio, the 2560×1080 resolution has slowly been cropping up within the market place and in effect it is an ideal alternative for anyone that is looking at a dual 1920×1080 screen setup. The super-wide aspect of this 29″ monitor gives a single desktop space to work within, however when we move over to the gaming side of things, the extra pixels allow for a wider peripheral vision without the distraction of a bezel right in the middle of your view.

AOC’s super-wide monitor is just one of the few to now offer the new resolution, but it doesn’t just give more pixels; it also has one of the best panels on the market to show the image as well. The AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In Plane Switching) panel that AOC have chosen produces a mixture of supreme colour accuracy, high pixel density and a high level of brightness, oh and let’s not forget that it has a superb viewing angle as well. All the ingredients are there for certain, but does having a 21:9 aspect monitor really make that much of a difference?

Before we even get a chance to delve inside the box, AOC are keen to show off the screens super-wide aspect ratio and its ability to house multiple windows with ease. The blue box also has a row of the panels highlighted features laid out along the lower edge with a front and back view of the monitor found to the right.

Taking everything out of the box, we find the monitor in two parts and alongside a two-part DC power adaptor we also have a VGA display cable, HDMI cable, 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable, a cable tie, rubber feet and a CD containing a set of display drivers and AOC’s accompanying software for this panel.

YieldJet Prints OLED TV Panels Using InkJet Technology

OLED TV panels are the future, there is no doubt about it. If you have doubts about the benefits of an OLED panel, it is because you haven’t seen one yet, with many panels promising infinite contrast ratios, the blackest of black and colours unlike anything else on the market. Add that to 4K panels and you’ve got something more drool worthy than any other TV on the market… but there is a downside, cost.

OLED is expensive technology due to the fact they are a small nightmare to manufacture. The process of creating a panel for OLED requires a vacuum evaporation technique, and something called shadow masking which are basically wasteful, inefficient and expensive. So much so that it takes longer to make an OLED display than any other type of display, but the failure rate is also higher, this in turn pushes the retail price through the roof.

YieldJet promises to fix this, using their OLED panel printing system that is effectively a giant inkjet printer in a pure nitrogen chamber that places OLED pixels on glass or plastic. That means that the panels can be easily mass produced, with greater accuracy, lower fail rates, reduced cost and effectively made to any size for smartphones and giant TV screens.

In short, the future is looking pretty promising for OLED TV.

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Philips 242G5 144Hz LCD Gaming Monitor Review

Introduction


Over the last few months, monitors that are built for gaming have been cropping up within the marketplace and at last people can get a panel that compliments their high performance gaming system, delivering better image quality and faster refresh rates with a typical 144Hz refresh rate. The refresh rate is the key part to what sets this new type of panel apart from the rest of the crowd. As I’ve highlighted before, it’s all and well having a GPU that can pump out in the region of 100fps, but if your monitor is only running at 60Hz as the vast majority do, then it can only show a maximum of 60 frames per second itself. As a result there are frames that have been rendered effectively going to waste and it may be one of those frames that could make a crucial difference to the outcome of a tournament for example.

This is where the new 144Hz standard comes into play. With this higher refresh rate, the panel is able to display up to 144 frames per second. This means that not only are those extra frames not going to waste, but the image will appear to be much smoother and fluid in motion as scenes are displayed.

Recently I took a look at one of these new 144Hz panels from AOC, namely the G2460PQU and on the whole I was impressed with the quality of the build and the feature set on offer, but most importantly, the difference that the faster refresh rate made to not only game play but also during day-to-day usage.

Philips as some may or may not know is related to AOC through a parent company known as TPV. Whilst the two rand names run side by side, it is worth noting that some aspects of the monitors from each brand may appear to be the same, but on the whole they are run as two completely separate brands within the market place.

Philips ship the monitor in is probably one of the biggest boxes that I’ve seen for a screen of this size. The box is wrapped in a bold space styled scene with an image of the screen itself and along the lower edge are a set of smaller images highlighting certain aspects of the screen.

With everything taken out of the box, it’s immediately apparent why the box is so thick. Where most screens come with the base plate completely separate from the rest of the stand, the 242G5’s stank is one complete unit and as a result the dimensions of the box are increased. Alongside the stand and the LCD panel, there are a set of manuals and an information and driver CD, IEC power cable, USB3.0 cable, two display cables (VGA and DL-DVI) and finally an OSD remote control pad.