Google pauses accessibility app ban while it considers ‘responsible and innovative’ uses of the accessibility services

Google started contacting developers last month with a bit of an ultimatum: make sure accessibility mode is only used to help disabled users or risk being banned from the Play Store. Android’s accessibility services have been used for a great many things over the years, so this change in policy caught many developers off guard. However, Google is now notifying developers that it’s pausing the ban as it looks into how apps can make “responsible and innovative” use of accessibility features.

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This Futuristic ‘Mac mini’ Concept Is Stunningly Innovative

It’s been over three-years since Apple last updated its Mac mini, and while Tim Cook has suggested that his company “has no plans” to abandon its pint-sized Mac, we’ve yet to hear much if anything from the rumor mill alluding to when we might actually see one.

Of course, what a Mac mini would even look like in 2018 or beyond — given the design and technological advancements Apple has achieved since then — remains open to imagination.

One of the company’s most recent hardware innovations was its revolutionary OLED TouchBar, which was introduced as a staple feature in its high-end 2016 MacBook Pro models. We’ve seen the Touch Bar envisioned in a number of other concepts, including in a patented, potentially upcoming version of Apple’s wireless Magic Keyboard. But never on a Mac mini.

Now, for the first time ever, we’re seeing gorgeous renders of what one industrial design artist envisions as “the next-generation all-in-one Mac,” which are coming to us courtesy of the talented Louis Berger.

Dubbed ‘Taptop Computer’, Berger’s concept effectively combines all the components you’d find in a desktop Mac computer, along with a microphone and speakers, as well as a Touch Bar integrated into the unit itself — which can either be used to display the app dock on its integrated touchscreen display, or function as a TouchBar for quickly accessing tasks and commands.

“The Taptop concept repositions the classic desktop PC from a box with outsourced hardware components into a device which is in the centre of user interaction,” Berger said via his official webpage. “It fuses the cursor optimized desktop interface with a multi-touch control strip, functioning as the Dock and Touch Bar, allowing users to interact with the actual device, not just with peripherals.”

The concept also incorporates Apple’s new Face ID facial recognition tech via a TrueDepth camera system, allowing the tabletop Mac to quickly authenticate a user when they’re within view of it.

It would certainly be awesome to see Face ID on a future version of the Mac, which it could, after the feature is introduced on Apple’s 2018 iPad models of course.

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Wireless charging ‘Forever Battery’ offers innovative AA battery replacement

Wireless charging ‘Forever Battery’ offers innovative AA battery replacement

The world’s first wireless charging alternative to AA batteries, from Ossia, dubbed the Cota ‘Forever Battery’, has earned a CES Innovation Award in the company’s third consecutive year as honorees.

Ossia, the burgeoning wireless power company out of Washington, USA, was founded in 2008 by physicist and technologist Hatem Zeine. Since its wider launch in 2013, its global team of engineers have been developing their wireless power ecosystem.

Even the company name, ‘Ossia’, communicates disruption. It comes from the Italian for ‘alternatively’ and is a musical term for a passage that can be played in place of the original. The label seems well chosen – Ossia’s wireless-power solutions have the convenience of use and flexibility required to replace much of our existing battery technology.

Ossia’s latest advancement comes in form of a reinvention of an energy source we have been using for decades – the AA battery. Over three billion batteries are thrown away each year in the United States alone. The company’s ‘Forever Battery’ aims to reduce this wastage and the environmental impact of battery disposal, as well as provide a battery that never runs out of juice.

Read more: Battery-free Bluetooth tech from Wiliot one step closer to transforming IoT

Aiding wireless charging battery adoption

While Ossia’s previous solutions have required their power receiver to be built into the device itself, the Forever Battery allows devices that support standard battery formats to benefit from the technology – starting with the AA form factor. This world-first has been recognized by the Consumer Technology Association’s CES Innovation Awards Program, making the product an honoree in its Smart Home category.

Cota forever batteries
Cota forever batteries (credit: Ossia)

“Forever Battery bridges the gap between the battery-wire age and the wireless power era,” said Mario Obeidat, CEO at Ossia. “When people see how Cota Real Wireless Power can be implemented in a AA battery, they will start to see the vision of Cota everywhere. The Forever Battery will create awareness of Cota and provide confidence that devices will be powered when it matters.”

This innovation builds upon Ossia technologies that have previous honored at the CES Innovation Awards, including its flagship wireless power system and its wireless power transmitter disguised as a standard ceiling tile.

Read more: Microsoft and GE team up on wind energy and battery tech

How Ossia’s tech works

The Cota wireless power receiver, transmitter, and cloud software combine across multiple devices to allow easy, safe radio-based wireless power. Even when devices are on the move or lack line-of-sight, they can still receive as much as 4W of power from up to four transmitters. The Cota Cloud platform, meanwhile, offers a range of opportunities for businesses and consumers to activate, monitor and manage their Cota-enabled devices.

How Cota wireless charging works
How Cota Works (credit: Ossia)

By combining these products, you can easily retrofit an ecosystem that slots naturally into a home or business and provides constant wireless power. Smart home products such as security systems, thermostats, remote controls and other IoT devices can all easily be upgraded.

Induction and contact-based charging solutions are far more limited by their range, relying on close interaction between electromagnetic fields or resonant charging. In employing radio waves, Ossia’s technology looks better placed to leverage the full potential of a digital lifestyle without wires, granting you greater range without having to worry about recharging or replacing batteries.

Two weeks to go: On 28 & 29 November 2017, we will be holding our Battery and Energy Storage Show event at The Slate at Warwick University Campus, UK, featuring a wide range of specialist speakers from both the private and public sectors.

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