If you are an Android Auto user, you must be knowing that it’s not possible to use the phone when it’s connected to Google’s in-car infotainment service. Well, that’s changed now, as the company has lifted this restriction. Yes, now you can just swipe up and unlock your phone even when it’s connected to Android Auto. Google says the change is aimed at allowing passengers to use the phone (without causing any distraction to the driver). Not only that, even drivers can use their phone now when the car isn’t in motion What do you think about this new change? Do you feel it’s helpful?…
The Android Auto team has been known to put safety above all else. Most people agree that’s the best strategy, but there have been some scenarios where users have pointed out that certain decisions may be over-reaching, or they might not account for common scenarios. One of the biggest points of contention since the launch of Android Auto has been a feature that effectively locks users out of their phones while connected to Android Auto.
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Amazon has expanded the usability of its Alexa calling and messaging via the Alexa app to tablets, allowing iPad owners to be able to make and receive free calls to and from friends and family members who own an Echo device from the retailer’s growing range.
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The Trump administration has decided to lift a ban on the import of African elephant trophies, allowing hunters to bring parts of the animals’ bodies back home.
The news was unexpected: The President himself, speaking with British broadcaster Piers Morgan, said that he “didn’t want elephants killed and stuffed and have the tusks brought back into this [country].”
So it’s no surprise that even when passed without fanfare, a lift on the ban on elephant trophy imports has caused quite a stir.
“The Trump administration is trying to keep these crucial trophy import decisions behind closed doors, and that’s totally unacceptable,” Tanya Sanerib, international legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity, told AP. “Elephants aren’t meant to be trophies, they’re meant to roam free.”
Through a memorandum on its website, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has announced the news, saying that the authorities will consider requests on a case by case basis with immediate effect. It will be legal to import trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia among others.
The ban elephant trophies was put in place by the Obama administration in 2014. In December 2017, a lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International entered the courts. It found that proper procedures weren’t followed when the regulations were enacted, including the lack of an opportunity for the public to comment on the ban.
The FWS mentioned the lawsuit’s resolution in its announcement about the ban being lifted. It also confirmed that several other measures enshrined in the Endangered Species Act, focusing on elephants, lions and bontebok are being revoked.
The agency noted that the Endangered Species Act will inform its case-by-case decisions on whether to authorize trophy imports, however it hasn’t elaborated on the criteria that will be used to determine which imports will be allowed. “The confusion is not helpful,” said Jimmiel Mandima, a conservationist at the nonprofit African Wildlife Foundation, in an interview with NBC News.
Some argued that the decision to allow trophy imports might help animal populations, as fees paid by hunters to shoot selected animals can help fund wildlife conservation initiatives. However, the strategy may not be so effective should the money be siphoned away by corrupt authorities, as some fear.
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You no longer have to head to a reseller's site or post a social media diatribe to let others know what you think about a Switch game. Nintendo has updated its website to enable customer reviews on Switch games' product pages — so long as you sign…
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Seeing a need in education, Microsoft has developed an app to pull all the pictures off multiple iPhones and mobile devices and store them locally on a central Windows 10 machine.
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Snap Inc. as announced that Snapchat users will soon be able to share their posts on other social media. What is undoubtedly a move to keep user interest and prevent more users from jumping ship to Instagram, Snapchat will give users the ability to share their story posts to Twitter and Facebook if users have their accounts linked. The posts should then be viewable directly on these platforms. Alternatively, users will also be able to send a link over email or text to someone who is no on either of these platforms, and they will be able to open the link in a web browser. The rollout…
A newly developed technology could revolutionize the future of virtual reality (VR). The innovative electronic skin, known as an e-skin, is a soft, bendable, and wearable tech that allows the user to manipulate objects that exist only in the virtual world. Published in the journal Science Advances, a new study shows how this e-skin can interact with magnets.
The e-skin is a thin film that can be worn on the hand and manipulated to interact with a magnet nearby. Depending on the angle of the wearers’ hand, the voltage will vary.
Specially designed software that can control what happens at each incremental angle allows the motion of the wearer’s hand to dictate specific commands. Examples for use of this tech, as described by the Verge, could include turning off virtual light switches and typing on virtual keyboards — both with tangible results.
Study author Gilbert Santiago Cañón Bermúdez, a researcher at Helmholtz-Zentrum-Dresden-Rossendorf Institute for Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research in Germany, told the Verge that the e-skin is not designed as a replacement for current VR technologies. It is more likely that it will be blended with other VR-compatible tech to create a more organic, interactive experience.
Existing VR devices use cameras to detect and track motion. Though it may improve over time, this method’s resolution is not generally high enough to register subtle movements in fingers and other more nuanced gestures. With the introduction of this electronic skin, not only could such movements be detected, they could be used to manipulate and interact with a virtual environment.
The obvious implications are in standard VR technologies, which range from games to learning experiences. But, beyond VR, e-skin technology could drastically change current capabilities in augmented reality (AR). Using AR tech, you might be able to see objects in the world around you that might not physically be there. Using an e-skin, you might one day manipulate and interact with such virtual objects.
In addition to these fun applications, e-skin might equip someone with a prosthetic arm to more easily manipulate virtually enabled technologies. The e-skin could also be incorporated into emerging advancements in prosthetic devices and even in soft robotics.
In hazardous situations or high-risk jobs, it’s plausible that this tech could be used with virtual buttons, controls, or doors that would enable operation without physical interaction. For those dealing with explosives or in other especially dangerous lines of work, this may be able to decrease the potential for injury.
Currently, the researchers developing e-skin are using magnetic fields the size of refrigerator magnets. They are working towards smaller fields so that the tech can be controlled using much finer gestures.
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Facebook-owned WhatsApp back in September last year announced that it it is testing new tools through a closed pilot program that will allow people to communicate with the businesses they want to reach on WhatsApp. Today the company has officially launched standalone WhatsApp Business App for Android that enables small businesses to have a business presence on WhatsApp, communicate more efficiently with your customers, and help grow their business, separating customer and personal messages, and creating an official presence. The app is built on top of WhatsApp Messenger and includes all the features that are available on WhatsApp such as the ability to send multimedia, calls, messaging, group chat, offline messages, and more. It also has additional features such as Automated Messages that lets you set an away message when you are unable to answer so your customers know when to expect a response. You can also create a greeting message to introduce your customers to your business. Highlights of WhatsApp Business Business Profiles: Help customers with useful information such as a business description, email or store addresses, and website. Messaging Tools: Save time with smart messaging tools — quick replies that provide fast answers to frequently asked questions, greeting messages that introduce customers to your business, and away messages that let them know you’re busy. Messaging Statistics: Review …
Duo is Google's video calling app, and it looks like the tech giant wants to spread the word about it. According to Android Police, Duo users can now call people who don't have the app installed and who haven't registered with the service. It works l…
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