Apple Working On Foldable iPhone For 2020 Launch That Could Double As An iPad [Rumor]

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According to a new rumor, Apple will launch a foldable iPhone in 2020 that could double as an iPad. Here are the details.

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Apple’s first foldable iPhone tipped to launch in 2020, could double as a tablet

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Foldable iPhone Release Date

Samsung is currently the most vocal company when it comes to foldable smartphone designs, but the Korean giant has repeatedly made it clear that it is not quite ready to launch the highly-anticipated foldable Galaxy X yet.

That doesn’t mean Samsung is the only smartphone maker designing such a device though. ZTE’s Axon M is one example that comes to mind, and while it’s not for everyone, it is on the market. But Apple has foldable iPhone plans of its own, and some people seem to think the first foldable iOS device will arrive in 2020.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a note to investors this week seen by CNBC that Apple is currently developing a foldable iPhone X with its Asian partners that would also double as an iPad.

“We expect the iPhones this fall to be largely unchanged for the OLED versions although size changes have proved to be a catalyst in the past,” analyst Wamsi Mohan said. “Our checks also suggest that Apple is working with suppliers on a foldable phone (that potentially could double up as a tablet) for launch in 2020.”

A report last year said that Apple chose LG Display to go forward with its foldable iPhone plans rather than Samsung so that its biggest rival in the smartphone business would not catch wind of Apple’s designs. Apple also has some patents that describe novel iPhone designs, including devices with foldable screens and curved, wraparound displays.

This year, Apple is rumored to be launching three iPhone X successors, including two differently-sized OLED handsets, and an LCD device. All three phones are expected to feature the same design as the iPhone X.

The Galaxy X, meanwhile, isn’t likely to launch this year, at least according to Samsung’s recent remarks on the matter. But Samsung’s first foldable phone might hit stores before Apple’s foldable iPhone X successor.

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[Update: Maybe not] Pixel Buds double tap controls for skipping tracks rolling out now

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Cody saw the signs for its impending release a couple weeks back, and now it’s live. Double-tap to advance tracks is apparently working in the tediously-long firmware version 1.1767.6040.G1-61495-545, according to 9to5Google.

We first noticed signs of the upcoming behavior in our teardown for Google app v7.2.3.

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Even with double the subscribers, Spotify says Apple will always have an edge owning the app store

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 Spotify just filed for a direct listing in the U.S., sidestepping the traditional IPO process, and now we’re starting to see some of the true financial guts of the company — and some of the significant risks it faces from challenging services from Apple and Google. Read More
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Double vision: Why industrial companies are embracing digital twins

Double vision: Industrial companies set sights on digital twin technologies

Industrial companies are embracing digital twin technologies, with a view to keeping costly assets in good repair and maximising their useful lives. 

Out on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, some 25 miles south-west of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, the Noble Globetrotter I drilling vessel is hard at work. The ship is drilling for oil under a 10-year contract between its owner/operator, offshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation, and oil giant Shell.

Meanwhile, over 1,000 miles away, in Lisle, Illinois, a digital representation of the Noble Globetrotter I is being closely monitored by engineers working at General Electric’s Industrial Performance and Reliability Centre (IPRC). This is the vessel’s digital twin.

The IPRC runs on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week, with the goal of spotting problems and increasing uptime for GE customers’ industrial assets, in fields as diverse as oil and gas, power generation, mining, and aviation.

The Globetrotter I’s digital twin is based on data collected from physical assets found on the ship: specifically, its drilling control network, along with its power management and dynamic positioning systems. Each of these assets has its own sensors and control systems, which provide steady streams of data. These are harmonised and centralised on the ship, before being transmitted in real time to the IPRC.

There, the Digital Rig solution developed by GE and Noble gets to work, applying advanced analytics to data models based on the digital twin, in order to detect unusual behaviour patterns, which might indicate a problem with equipment onboard the ship.

Read more: Shell joins digital twin initiative for offshore oil and gas assets

Supportive siblings

The digital twin concept is not a new idea, and could be seen as a useful byproduct of CAD. However, the use of live sensor data to model real-world objects seems to date as far back as 2002, to a presentation to industry given at the University of Michigan by Dr Michael Grieves. In his speech, he suggested that a digital representation of a physical system could be used to monitor and support the entire lifecycle of its physical sibling, in order to keep it functioning.

But in recent years, as sensors have become cheaper and the cloud has delivered almost limitless, low-cost storage space and processing power, the idea has really taken off.

Digital twins were one of Gartner’s Top 10 strategic technology trends for 2018, with analysts at the firm predicting that organisations will implement digital twins “simply at first, then evolve them over time, improving their ability to collect and visualise the right data, apply the right analytics and rules, and respond effectively to business objectives.”

Already in 2018, Internet of Business has reported on plans at IBM to create a digital twin of the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest shipping hub.

Then there was the news last week that professional car racing squad Team Penske is teaming with Siemens to create digital twins of its vehicles, enabling engineers to simulate engine configurations, develop new parts, optimise performance, and even predict race results.

And Kärcher, manufacturer of vacuum cleaners and pressure washers, has said that it will use software from Dassault Systemes to create digital twins for “system engineering, configuration, manufacturing, after-sales services and packaging design.”

Read more: Rotterdam and IBM plan to create ‘world’s smartest port’ with IoT

Multiple anomalies

But back to the Noble Globetrotter I. According to GE, Digital Rig has already “captured multiple anomalies” in its physical assets and produced alerts about potential failures up to two months ahead of when they might otherwise have been expected to occur. The goal is for the solution to deliver a 20 percent reduction in operational expenditure across targeted equipment, through high-octane predictive maintenance.

These kinds of results can only come from digitalisation, claims Krishna Uppuluri, vice president of digital product at GE Digital. “If you look at the way that drilling contractors operate, it’s been much the same style for the past thirty to forty years,” he says. “It is predominantly based on experience, gut feel, and calendar-based maintenance.”

In other words, problems are diagnosed on the basis of hunches, and maintenance schedules are strictly observed. Some equipment undergoes maintenance even when it’s running fine, just because it’s due to be inspected.

But now when something starts to go wrong, says Uppuluri, the team at the IPRC can spot it early, and package up an alert with relevant data to send to the vessel’s crew, out on the Gulf of Mexico. This way, they get plenty of warning if they need to order and transport new parts (and experienced engineers to fit those parts) out to the ship.

GE and Noble plan to build digital twins of four different drilling vessels at first, says Uppuluri, and then use these as the basis to roll out the technology to the rest of Noble’s 28-strong fleet.

This kind of project may be just the start. Says Gartner analyst David Cearley: “Over time, digital representations of virtually every aspect of our world will be connected dynamically with their real-world counterparts, and with one another, and infused with AI-based capabilities to enable advanced simulation, operation, and analysis.”

What we’re seeing, he reckons, is a long-term shift to a “digital twin world” – with huge implications for all kinds of professionals, from city planners and digital marketers, to healthcare workers and industrial planners.

Read more: Five predictions on the future of smart warehousing

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Perhaps the biggest digital twin programme currently in existence can be found at CERN in Geneva, where the 27km loop of the Large Hadron Collider remains the largest machine ever built. Every component in the LHC – and on the CERN campus, which is the size of a small town – is logged in an enterprise asset management (EAM) system as a digital twin. This enables engineers to keep the big science running, and for repairs, upgrades, and replacements to be planned for well in advance.

And the system has another, equally important benefit: in a 27km complex full of expensive equipment, the digital twin system also tells engineers exactly where the tiny bolt that needs replacing is located. That’s not to be sniffed at when a round trip on a slow maintenance vehicle may take several hours.

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Reliance Jio offers Rs. 2200 cashback, double data for Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro

Xiaomi today launched the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphones in India at an event in Delhi. At the launch the company announced that it has partnered with Reliance Jio to give the Biggest Jio offer ever to the Note 5 and Note 5 Pro users to its customers. The company had first partnered … Continue reading “Reliance Jio offers Rs. 2200 cashback, double data for Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro”
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YouTube Go v1.01 brings double tap to seek controls and manual video previews [APK Download]

YouTube Go has been in development for over a year and after it went out of beta, it has gathered millions of downloads and expanded to over 130 countries. Now the app has moved up significantly from version 0.71.70 to v1.01.61.

The update keeps the same interface and functionality almost all over the app but brings two new changes. The first and most useful are double-tap to seek controls like the ones the full YouTube added a year ago.

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Australia Could Double Its Solar Capacity by the End of 2018

The sunny nation of Australia could double its solar capacity by the end of 2018, analysts predict. The solar energy boom has been spurred by solar projects large and small, with multiple industrial projects paired with the appearance of solar panels on buildings all over the country.

The Guardian reports that last month saw the most rooftop solar installations in January to date, and one of the top five months ever, with 69 percent more panels installed compared to the same time last year.

The state of New South Wales is also working on ten new solar farm projects approved in 2017, and one approved since the start of the new year. Meanwhile, 18 industrial projects are under construction in neighboring state Queensland, the highest number in the country. John Grimes, chief executive of Australia’s Smart Energy Council, told The Guardian that the solar farms could be built “within a matter of weeks. […] They’re really quick and simple.”

According to a blog post by James Martin of SolarChoice, an Australian power broker company, 1 in 5 Australian homes has now solar on its roof. South Australia — the country’s top solar state, and fittingly the location of Tesla’s massive backup battery — sees solar in 30 percent of homes. Compare that to the United States; though the solar industry is rapidly growing, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates it makes up about one percent of total electricity generation in the nation.

This isn’t just because Australia has more year-round sunshine, though that’s certainly a factor (and a bitter one to acknowledge from within the current Northern Hemisphere winter). Martin explains that electricity prices in Australia are usually high, while solar installations costs in Australia are significantly lower than those in the States. This has driven many a frustrated Aussies to reach for solar panels in the hope of lowering their bills.

Worldwide, however, solar energy capacity is skyrocketing, as is that of other renewables like wind energy. As countries transform their energy systems to prevent worsening climate change, it may be best for all to do as they do Down Under.

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Cheetahs’ ears help them run, and they’re not the only animal whose ears do double duty

Animal ears may not get as much attention as cool eyes or weird noses, but the glorious cheetah owes its running prowess in part to its inner ear.

The cheetah is, famously, the fastest land animal; it can run up to 65 miles per hour. During these sprints, its muscles are straining hard, but its head remains completely still so the cheetah doesn’t lose balance. New research, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, suggests this is because the cheetah’s inner ear (the part inside, which we don’t see) is unique among large cats.

Researchers used high-resolution imaging to look at the skulls of 21 animals, including seven modern cheetahs, other large cats, and a closely related cheetah that is now extinct. Based on the scans,…

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Alphabet reports earnings: Q4 loss of $3 billion after major tax hit, but hardware shipments “double”

Alphabet reported today in its annual earnings call that the company’s fiscal Q4 was a bit of a dismal one, owing to a decision to provision a new tax on foreign assets ahead into the 2017 fiscal year. Basically, Google took a $ 9.9 billion tax hit in the last quarter of 2017, dramatically lowering the effective net income the company earned for the whole of the fiscal year.

Google lost $ 3 billion in Q4, but for 2017 overall, it managed net income of $ 12.7 billion on revenues of $ 110.8 billion.

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