Saturday, October 10, 2015

TechTalk October 5, 2015

Andrew Thomas of is back and we are having a lot of fun talking technology, gadgets and this week 2 Sony HIFI systems!

And we had a chance to talk to Ihsan Anabtawi
Regional Manager, Applications and Services Microsoft Gulf.

The PODCAST of the entire show.

Here is a look at the show notes.

High Power Home Audio System with Bluetooth®


1799 jumbo


-the MHC-V7D can deliver 1550W level sound pressure2 (1440W RMS, 105.5dB SPL) from a vertical, space-saving box design. Put your spin on the party with fun gesture control—change up the LED speaker lights, add DJ effects, or simply skip a track in one simple move.

Boost your bass

Simply fire up MEGA BASS to take your beats and favourite action scenes to the next level.

Put yourself pitch-side

Enhance the natural ambient noise of sporting events as you watch them with Football mode. You can even turn down the commentary and feel like part of the crowd.

Listen loud and clear

Listen to music in brilliant clarity with ClearAudio+. This is a collection of Sony audio technologies that optimises playback for all your music
Bluetooth, Plug in, play, transfer

Dual USB ports and a dustproof CD drive

Easily copy and transfer songs from a CD to a USB or from one USB to another without a PC. You can play your favourite MP3s, re-discover your old CDs, or create party playlists.
And Gesture control!.

Analog Audio Input (2), Analog Audio Output (1), Composite Video Output (1), Microphone Input 2 (6φ), USB Port (2)
340mm x 924mm x 320mm
-out of the box plug and go!
-lights, sound and add your own mic and you can record!

Mini Hi-Fi System




  • 2,400W RMS, 26,400W P.M.P.O and 116.5 dB of power with NEW Smart High Power Technology
  • Sing your heart out with 6 Karaoke features
  • Take a new spin on your favourite tracks with in-build DJ and LED Effects
  • Fiestable feature on SongPal App adjusts light, music and DJ effects
  • NFC and Bluetooth enables wireless control with one-touch pairing
  • Party Chain Mode amplifies your party with multiple SHAKE speakers

-pintrest buy button (andrew)
-Great statistics and insights available from social media companies like Pintrest!

Periscope influencer (andrew)
-livestreaming is ready to be an amazing money maker!


During a recent class on the live streaming yoga app, Yoogaia, I started my computer’s camera and touched my toes.
After a few poses, the teacher said, "Good job, Tina." Startled by having been addressed by name and feeling self-conscious, I smiled but then realized no one else but the teacher could see me. This is the maximum amount of interaction I prefer in yoga classes.
I seem to fit a couple of the typical user profiles of Yoogaia, whose classes I’ve been virtually attending over the last week. As a new-ish parent, I’ve found it difficult to find a good time to leave the house to go to the gym, and I travel frequently, making it hard to justify a monthly gym membership some months. And although I’ve never downloaded another interactive live streaming app before, like Meerkat or Periscope, I decided to give this one a try.
Helsinki-based startup Yoogaia (pronounced YO-guy-ah), a play on the Finnish word for yoga and themythological Greek goddess, has a roster of qualified yoga instructors who lead a variety of classes in English, German, and Finnish, live streamed from each of Yoogaia’s three studios in London, Helsinki, and Hong Kong. Covering three time zones, the daily live class schedule spans six to 20 hours of the day, with monthly pricing ranging from $11, for a yearlong subscription, to $22, for a single month. Users can choose to activate their microphones and video cameras, letting the instructor see and hear them in real-time. People who don’t have time or prefer not to go to the gym can practice yoga, pilates, barre, and meditation classes wherever they have a connected device.

-Disney is on the cutting edge!
A new Disney Research project can make coloring books more exciting for those of us with limited art skills. The team has built an interactive Android and iOS coloring book app using the Unity game engine that can take a colored drawing and turn it into an augmented reality object on screen -- and, yes, as you can see above, it retains the original artwork's texture. In fact, the app can generate parts of the object in the same texture even if you only color a 2D picture. For example, if you fill in the front-facing line drawing of the elephant above, the app will show you a backside that resembles your masterpiece. It's definitely not perfect, but it works.

Great Video!

-Technology creates new ways to think about content!

At present, there are three distinct musicindustries: radio, on-demand music, and concert ticketing. However, we are starting to enter a new phase, where these industries will converge and produce one integrated experience for artists and fans. I’ve taken to calling this full stack music, because at heart it speaks to a holistic experience that integrates these industries through data.
The integration of these three, previously distinct industries will produce a richer experience for artists and fans, unlock a ton of additional subscription, ticketing and advertising revenue for artists and create a better experience for fans. It will resolve the central tension between fans, artists and technology companies that so much ink has been spilled about.

Ihsan Anabtawi
Regional Manager, Applications and Services Microsoft Gulf

Google Keep now on IOS!
-forget driverless cars China has a driverless bus!

Google may have little pod-like driverless cars tootling about the streets of California, but a Chinese company recently sent a massive, self-driving bus packed with passengers on a 20-mile ride through the city of Zhengzhou.
Yutong, the firm that helped build the vehicle, said that on its maiden journey earlier this month the specially adapted bus “successfully completed a series of highly complex driving acts,” such as automatically changing lanes, overtaking, and responding to lights.

-This new chip is too cool

Researchers demonstrate new photonic memory that keeps working even when the power is off.
Computing companies searching for more speed have started to use light to transport data inside computers instead of electricity. Now researchers have unveiled a promising scheme for using light to store information on a chip as well—even when the power is off.
Using light instead of electricity to move information between a computer’s memory and its processor could lead to much faster and more energy-efficient computers (see “Intel’s Laser Chips Could Make Data Centers Run Better”). But right now it is necessary to convert the optical signals to electrical ones and store the data electronically, which is relatively slow compared with the speed of today’s processors. The new “all-photonic” memory, which takes advantage of the same materials used in rewritable CDs and DVDs, is a step toward systems that achieve more efficient data transfer and storage, according to the technology’s inventors.

Microsoft flexing 3D Muscles!
Microsoft announced today that it has purchased Havok Software from Intel. The chip maker purchased Havok, an Irish gaming technology company, back in September 2007.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In a short blog post, Microsoft called Havok the “leading provider of 3D physics.” That’s the core of this; Microsoft, as a company, is working on both gaming and augmented reality. In short, its Xbox and Hololens projects require that the software giant have the best tooling possible.
To better understand why Microsoft would want Havok as part of its portfolio of technologies, the following line from a VentureBeat story concerning a new product from the company is illuminating: “Havok FX is a graphical effects tech aimed at PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.”
Two of those, you will note, are decidedly inside the Microsoft wheelhouse. And if you want to win not only the console battle, but the platform struggle that will come next — whether that will be virtual reality or augmented reality, we will see — sometimes you staff up.

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Havok has some experienced staff. They have been at this for 15 years, and according to the company website, their technology can be found in 600 titles including popular games like Halo, The Elder Scrolls, Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Uncharted, Dead Rising and Skylanders to name but a few.
Havok isn’t just in games either. Its special effects have been found in movies like X-Men First Class, World War Z, Harry Potter, James Bond, and The Matrix — not too shabby.
If Microsoft continues its pattern of working with other platforms, then it would make sense to continue to support the competition, as well as Microsoft products moving forward. But time will tell how they handle it.
Changes at Google!

Alphabet, which took over as Google’s new holding company on Friday, has dropped the tech giant’s “Don’t Be Evil” mantra from its code of conduct.
“Employees of Alphabet and its subsidiaries and controlled affiliates should do the right thing—follow the law, act honorably, and treat each other with respect,” the new code reads, noticeably dropping the famous motto.

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