Saturday, April 29, 2017

TechTalk with Nexa April 18, 2017

We all have tech questions but who can you trust, well TechTalk is the show to tune into.

Andrew Thomas Photo by James Piecowye

The show notes and links.

Will we get to test the s8?  If so we need to get one of these as well

-this is a very cool app!
Creaturizer from PBS Kids is a free iOS and Android app that lets students create fun cartoon creatures then place them into outdoor settings through the use of augmented reality.| In the app students create cartoon creatures by swiping and tapping on the features they want their creatures to have (students can have multiple creature creations in the app). Then students go outside to take pictures that place their creatures in settings in which they utilize the features and traits of the fictional creatures. For example, I created a creature that had antlers, a long nose, and short arms. The app then challenged me to take a picture that illustrates how my creature would use its antlers in nature.
It’s getting embarrassing now - insta grabbing another feature

Whatsapp changing

Don’t hold your breath but Lithium Ion batteries may be on their way out and the guy who invented them is behind it!
The new cells are low-cost and non-combustible, with a long battery life, a high volumetric energy density, and fast rates of charge and discharge.This puts the batteries on a plain far above what lithium-ion alternatives can operate on, which could be of significant importance in the coming years.The battery cells have at least three times as much energy density as lithium-ion batteries, providing for added range, should electric vehicles use them.
2. The speed of development and self driving taxi’s that are free!“Imagine 20 years ago wanting to deploy a website. It took millions and thousands of hours of work,” Cameron said in an interview. “Then the cloud (AWS eventually)amazon web service cloud! came along and took those responsibilities away and let folks focus on building core product. We’re close to an AWS-like moment in AVs, where there’s a huge ecosystem forming around solving some of the many problems, letting us focus purely on autonomy and a real product.”
When you hail an Uber or Lyft, you’re expected to pay for the ride. It’s how things work in the physical world: You pay for a good or service.But on the internet, not so much. Companies like Facebook and Google can sell your data and attention to advertisers, which supports the free services we use everyday. You’re still paying for the service, but you just don’t need your credit card.Oliver Cameron, CEO of self-driving taxi startup Voyage, suggested last night on Twitter that his company would pursue a similar model, where transportation is free or exceedingly cheap—and then hedged on whether he was pursuing an ad-supported model.
3. Facebook is really a powerhouse ad platform! Love the mobile studio! StudioIn addition to providing more ways to manage ad content via mobile, Facebook’s also putting a focus on mobile ad creation, with a new ‘Mobile Studio’ tool which provides tips on how to create great Facebook ad content using only your mobile device.Facebook Provides New Tools to Help Small Businesses | Social Media TodayMobile Studio provides a range of great, easy to implement creative tips, with links to relevant apps and tools you can use to create great effects on Facebook and Instagram.

4. 8 social media trends to think about!
5. Snap vs Instagram stories who wins?
6. Interesting bit of research and kids with our new use of touch devices!
Toddlers really need their sleep. It's crucial when our brains our first developing, so early problems can ripple across your lifetime. That makes a report by Birbeck University of London researchers somewhat disturbing -- they found that toddlers between six and 11 months who play with smartphones or tablets get slightly less sleep than those who don't. According to the study of 715 parents, every hour of touchscreen use results in 15.6 minutes less of sleep, or 26.4 minutes less total per night and 10.8 minutes more during the day, on average."It isn't a massive amount when you're sleeping 10-12 hours a day in total, but every minute matters in young development because of the benefits of sleep," study co-author Dr. Tim Smith told the BBC. That's because the brain's "neuroplasticity," or ability to form new connections in response to new situations or environmental changes, at its highest during infancy.While the study does associate smartphones and tablets with potential sleep problems, researchers don't yet think it's necessary to ban them outright. For one thing, the science behind infant sleep and how it relates to touchscreens is brand new, so "it's too early to make clear proclamations," says bandages and 5G tech, cool! cool!
Bandages are usually very mysterious -- it's hard to know how well you're healing until you unwrap them, and that usually means a trip to the doctor. If Welsh researchers succeed, however, you'll never have to wonder what's going on underneath all that cloth. Swansea University is planning trials(due within 12 months) of smart, 3D-printed bandages that will use 5G wireless data and nano-sized sensors to constantly relay details about your health. It would help physicians customize treatment based on the progress of your wound, your location and your activity. If you're healing well and are staying active, for example, you may get a different solution than someone who's recovering slowly and needs to stay home.The use of 5G sounds like overkill, but the school's Marc Clement says this is a chance to offer "resilient, robust bandwidth" that sends a constant flow of data to doctors.There are a few pieces that have to fall into place for this to work: the city of Swansea needs to complete its 5G test hub, while nanotech experts have to finish the sensors. Don't be surprised if there are delays. All the same, this is promising. If your physician always has a detailed view of what's happening, you could both remove bandages sooner and visit the hospital only when it's truly necessary.8. Microsoft facial recognition software is available for you to help figure out what customers are thinking this is scifi!
9. Autonomous bus that uses Watson and speaks sign ! the way autonomous vehicles are being imagined!
Since Olli is fully autonomous and does not have a human driver, it uses IBM’s AI-powered Watson technology to converse with passengers (via voice and text displayed on an iPad). Olli navigates using radar, lidar, and optical cameras from a company called Meridian Autonomous. Before deploying in a neighborhood, Meridian Autonomous constructs 3-D maps of the area that Local Motors says are accurate to the half-inch. A human fleet manager then determines the bus route. When Olli detects an emergency via its various sensors, it will stop, notify a (human) remote supervisor, and independently run through a checklist of possible problems. “If a passenger has a medical problem or [there’s a safety issue], Olli will call the authorities or drive itself to a hospital or police station,” says Gina O’Connell, a Local Motors general manager who is leading the project.10. Cool but I am not sure why I would use it?

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