Plex makes its adaptive streaming tech available to all

If you own a giant personal media collection (legally or otherwise), few services are as useful as Plex. The media server and streaming apps combo makes it easy to watch your favorite movies and TV shows from anywhere, and on any device. Now, the com…
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Here’s Where You Can Watch Live as Google Unveils Their Newest Tech

Google is set to unveil a host of new technologies during their keynote on October fourth. You can watch the updates here as they come in.

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People of color — especially women — aren’t being promoted in tech as fast as they should be

White men consistently comprise a higher share of executive roles than professional roles at tech companies.

While women and people of color are employed at tech companies in larger numbers than they used to be, their upward mobility at those companies has stagnated.

A study by the Ascend Foundation, an organization for Asian professionals in North America, examined tech professionals over a period of eight years using government data, and found that white men were consistently promoted at a higher rate relative to their non-white, non-male peers.

From 2007 to 2015, white men consistently composed a higher share of executive roles than professional roles at tech companies, the study found. It’s the reverse for Asians, Hispanics and blacks, especially if they’re women.

The study looked at Equal Employment Opportunity Commission data from 2007-2015 for manufacturing and information companies with more than 100 employees based in San Francisco and San Jose areas. This is used as a proxy for major tech hardware and software companies, which tend to be based there.

More than 1,000 Bay Area tech companies were included in this review, providing a wider lens than the data released by individual tech companies.

Some key findings:

  • Though Asian men and women were more common in entry-level professional jobs, white men and women were twice as likely as Asians to become executives.
  • Asian women were the least likely among any cohort to become executives.
  • Black and Hispanic professionals are much less likely than their white peers to become executives.
  • The number of black executives had increased by 43 percent in the time period examined. At the same time, there has been a decline in the number of black managers and black female professionals (which could spell trouble for the future executive pipeline).
  • Hispanics remained only 3.5 percent of all executives but declined from 5.2 percent to 4.8 percent of all professionals (also not promising for future promotions).
  • White women are now more likely to be executives than professionals, but they are still underrepresented generally — an issue with recruiting rather than promotion.

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Chalk is the AR tech support solution you (and your parents) have been waiting for

With Chalk, launched today, users can draw on the screen, adding a detail to real-world conversation previously unseen on competitors like Skype and FaceTime Chalk’s primary purpose is to solve problems over a video call. With many of us providing tech support to our parents, Chalk allows us to give a live explanation complete with augmented reality details drawn on to their actual environments. So, “turn this knob” or “use this button” is no longer a description, but a video tutorial of sorts. With Chalk, you can draw on the screen to give instructions. Your Chalk Marks stick where you put them…

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New Gesture Control Tech Turns Anything Into a Remote

Gesture Control

Those of you who remember playing with Wii consoles might be familiar with the excitement — and pitfalls — of gesture control technology. While this field has long had its issues, a new product promises to finally deliver on the possibility of seamless interaction with all of your smart devices.

The new tech, described as “revolutionary,” promises to turn any object into a remote control. You might cast channel-changing spells with your finger, adjust the volume with your desk lamp, or even alter the settings with a guitar string.

Researchers from Lancaster University will present their paper “Matchpoint: Spontaneous spatial coupling of body movement for touchless pointing” this month at the UIST2017 conference in Quebec City. This paper details the technique innovated to allow for the interaction between movement (whether it be human movement of the movement of an object) and screens, making this technology possible.

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The Matchpoint technology is relatively simple to operate. Like its glitchy predecessors, it requires a webcam. To operate, a user interfaces with the screen which will display a circular widget with menu items around the circle. This interaction between movement and display is being described as  “spontaneous spatial coupling.”

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What sets this tech apart from previous iterations is that it doesn’t look to interact with specific body parts. It instead targets and identifies rotating movement. This allows the tech to operate without calibrating or registering specific objects. It can be used with televisions, computers, and other devices that use screens.

Christopher Clarke, a Ph.D. student at Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communications who worked to develop the technology, said in a press release, “Spontaneous spatial coupling is a new approach to gesture control that works by matching movement instead of asking the computer to recognize a specific object.”

“Our method allows for a much more user-friendly experience where you can change channels without having to put down your drink, or change your position, whether that is relaxing on the sofa or standing in the kitchen following a recipe,” Clarke went on to say. “You could even change the channel with your pet cat.”

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