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SwitfKey for iOS adds 68 languages, gets design overhaul and new themes

SwiftKey, the keyboard app that lets you trace your finger around the letters to type words, has updated its list of supported languages in the iOS version of the app. SwiftKey has added 68 new world languages, bringing the total supported number up to 106, more than any other iOS keyboard. 

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New languages can, naturally, be found in the ‘Languages’ section of the app, and are marked by a green dot to indicate they’re newly available. You can download any of them to be installed, and can use two different languages at the same time. When you start typing, SwiftKey will automatically detect which language you’re using and provide relevant predictions based on the language you’re writing in. 

SwiftKey has also introduced two new animated themes: Cogs and ZigZag. Cogs has different sized circles moving around behind the keys, while ZigZag has 3D lines moving around. The two default themes, Nickel Light and Nickel Dark, have been rejuvenated with a cleaner look to better resemble the default iOS keyboard.

The SwiftKey update is available to download now, so head to the App Store to install it and take advantage of the latest features. 


OnePlus 5 will feature DxO’s photography expertise

In a world where Instagram has more users than the population of most countries, it’s no secret that a phone’s camera is often its selling point. Now, in a bid to win over some of that mammoth audience, phone manufacturer OnePlus has enlisted the help of photography experts DxO. Renowned for creating the respected camera benchmark system, DxOMark, the company is now helping the phone maker create a world-leading camera for the upcoming OnePlus 5.

As you may remember, this isn’t the first time that DxO has attempted to bring its expertise to smartphones. In 2015 the company released the DxO One — an attachable phone peripheral that added a whole host of post-processing improvements to your photos. According to its rating system, the HTC U11 boasts a record DxO score of 90– causing many to claim that it’s the world’s best camera phone. Whether it’s Google’s pixel, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 or HTC’s U11, OnePlus has its work set out for it.

Unsurprisingly, it’s a partnership that OnePlus expects to gain a lot from. “Working alongside DxO, we’re confident the OnePlus 5 will be capable of capturing some of the clearest photos around” says OnePlus’ social media manager, Diego Heinz. Yet, although DxO’s ratings are still highly revered, it’s worth noting that not everyone in the camera world takes the DxOMark as gospel.

Aside from this teaser, not much is know about the OnePlus 5. So far, no specs or even the design of the phone have been released, but with its launch rapidly approaching, it probably won’t be long before we see that camera in action.


We’re live from the Google I/O 2017 day 2 VR and AR keynote!

Google’s first I/O 2017 keynote ran for nearly two hours yesterday, and VR chief Clay Bavor used a fraction of it to talk about the company’s plans in virtual and augmented reality. He then published a 2,800-word essay on VR and AR on Medium to offer even more insight into Google’s philosophy. Point is, people at Google are taking this stuff very seriously, so we’re getting a VR-and-AR-centric keynote at the show this morning too. We’re not expecting many new announcements, really — instead, we’re looking forward to more detail on the plans outlined yesterday, including Google’s work on standalone VR headsets and that fascinating “virtual positioning system.” If we’re lucky, Bavor will let slip something new and hype-worthy, but it’ll be a good time regardless. Join us, won’t you?

The keynote starts at 12:30PM Eastern/9:30AM Pacific, and our live coverage will start a little before then. Stay tuned, and be sure to stick around for more news from the ground as it happens,.

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Tesco is secretly testing one-hour shopping deliveries

It’s no longer enough for supermarkets to offer online ordering and home deliveries. Amazon raised the bar two years ago with one-hour Prime Now grocery drop-offs, and since starting out in London, it’s expanded to other cities while its product selection has grown. Sainsbury’s was the first supermarket to rival Amazon in the capital, but it turns out that behind the scenes, Tesco has also been testing a one-hour delivery service of its own.

First spotted by, the one-hour option only exists within a private app the supermarket has so inventively named Tesco Now. (If you’re really keen, there’s a relatively convoluted guide on how to solicit a direct download link to install the app, if Tesco hasn’t put the kibosh on the method already.) As it stands, the app offers a limited selection of groceries for speedy delivery in London zones 1 and 2.

Like Prime Now, you can also choose whether you want the delivery within 60 minutes or two hours. There’s currently no fee attached to either, but it looks like Tesco is thinking about charging £6 for the quicker option and £5 if you can wait that bit longer — comparable to Sainsbury’s and Amazon’s delivery charges. Naturally, we reached out to Tesco and received this statement back: “We’re always looking at new ways to improve the service we offer our customers, and are currently trialling a one hour grocery delivery service with a small number of colleagues and customers.”

At the moment, courier company Quipup is handling deliveries, but any and all of this could change. This is very much a private trial, so there’s no guarantee Tesco will actual launch a one-hour service, and it might look completely different if and when it does. However, Tesco does support shopping orders through Amazon Alexa and more recently, Google Assistant, so it’s arguably in the best position to play Amazon at its own game.



Lenovo debuts back-to-school laptops before school’s even out

As spring turns into summer, so must PC manufacturers begin thinking about harshing our collective buzz by talking about the fall. Lenovo, for instance, is announcing its new laptop lineup ahead of Back To School season, reminding us all that good weather and clear skies are only, ever, fleeting. Sic transit gloria mundi.

At the lower end of the spectrum, the company has refreshed its IdeaPad range of 14, 15 and 17-inch laptops. The machines have been designed to deliver good performance with a sleeker, thinner, less cluttered design. There’s plenty of customization options available, too many to detail here, but for the most part you’re getting a Windows 10 machine that’ll run anything up to a Core i7 CPU. Prices for these devices begin a $440 for the 15-inch IdeaPad 320, running all the way to $970 for the 14-inch IdeaPad 720S.

Up a shelf in Lenovo’s mythical laptop warehouse is a pair of new Lenovo Flex 5 models, which measure in at 14 and 15-inches, respectively. Both of the Yoga-esque models will ship with Windows 10 and NVIDIA GeForce GT940MX graphics with 2GB of DDR5. Optional extras include a 4K display and active pen support, with pricing for the smaller of the two starting at $720, while the larger will set you back at least $830.

Completing the list is Lenovo’s top-of-the-line Legion Y920, a 17-inch VR-ready laptop that’s aimed squarely at the gaming market. The desktop replacement ships with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB of DDR5, 17.3-inch display and a backlit mechanical keyboard. Just be advised that it won’t be for the faint of heart or the light of wallet, since the Y920 starts at a fairly solid $2,700. That model, as with the IdeaPads, will be available to buy from June, while the Flex models go on sale at some point this month.


Microsoft simplifies OneNote UI for the visually impaired

March Rogers, Microsoft’s Director of Product Design for OneNote, spent a year working with teachers and students to figure out the best way to reimagine the app’s user interface. The result is a OneNote that’s easier to navigate, even for people with visual impairment and mobility problems. You’ll now find all the app’s navigation controls on the left-hand side, not just so you can find your notes more quickly, but also because that makes things easier to parse for screen readers. As a result, your notes are now front and center, helping you focus on what you need to learn.

You’ll also see the new navigation scheme whatever device you’re using. Microsoft is making the new OneNote experience consistent throughout devices, whether you’re using it on a mobile app or on the web. You can switch from one device to the next without having to worry about losing access to a particular note or tool. To make that seamless experience possible, Redmond is releasing updates for all versions of the note-taking service. If you haven’t gotten it yet, don’t worry: the company is rolling the update out for Windows 10, Mac, iOS, Android and the web over the next few weeks.


The FCC votes to move forward with gutting net neutrality

Today, during an open commission meeting, the FCC voted to move forward with its plans to undo many rules enacted under the Obama administration meant to protect the principle of net neutrality. The most important part of this proposed rollback is changing broadband internet from being classified as a Title II service back to a Title I service. Title I has fewer rules regarding how traffic over the network is treated. Under Title II internet is regulated like a utility and requires that all data across the network be treated equally so long as it doesn’t violate any laws. Under Title I however, ISPs are free to prioritize data as they see fit and even charge more to guarantee better service. This is of growing concern as the line between service providers and content providers continues to blur.

The agency is also wants responsibility for enforcing privacy rules back to the FTC. Under President Obama, responsibility for dealing with privacy complaints against ISPs shifted to the FCC, the agency already responsible for the primary regulation of the industry and the one with the technical expertise to address these new concerns.

The Internet Conduct Standard is also on the chopping block. That broad rule was used by the FCC to investigate mobile providers “zero-rating” plans, which exclude certain streaming services from monthly data caps.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, the FCC’s lone Democrat, voiced her serious opposition to these moves and sounded alarm that that “no economist or technologist [was] consulted during the drafting.” Of course with only three of five seats currently filled on the commission, Clyburn faced an uphill battle.

Republican commissioner Michael O’Rielly and republican chairman Ajit Pai, have repeatedly made clear their opposition to using regulations to protect net neutrality. In fact O’Rielly voted against implementing the rules in the first place while serving under Chairman Wheeler.

Pai once again went back to calling for a “light touch” regulatory frame work and referenced how the internet flourished under such a system in the ’90s. Essentially, he repeated a speech he delivered at the end of April outlining his plan.

This is only the beginning of the process however, and the public still has an opportunity to ensure their voice is heard. The Chairman said this marks the start of a 90 day comment period. Though, both Pai and O’Rielly have strongly suggested that even the loudest outcry from the public wouldn’t change their minds.


Watch the ‘Destiny 2’ gameplay reveal right here!

Activision and Bungie want to show you what playing Destiny 2 is like. And, lucky for you, the pair will do so via livestream. The future is a pretty wild place, no? We’re on the ground in Los Angeles catching all the news firsthand, and if you want to watch along with us, that’s what the embedded video player below is for. The whole shebang starts at 1pm Eastern and you can bet that there will be at least a few instances of Nathan Fillion charming us all as robot Cayde-6. You know, like he did in the Destiny 2 teaser trailer back in March.

Source: Bungie (Twitch)


US may not ban laptops on European flights after all

European and American officials met over a laptop ban proposed by the Trump administration, and sources have told the Associate Press that it’s “off the table” for now. While the ban has been voted down for now, officials are reportedly considering other measures, including wide intelligence sharing, and plan to meet again next week.

The proposed measure has spooked the airline industry, as it could have affected up to 65 million travelers between Europe and the US, and airline travel to the US was already down earlier in the year. It would be an expansion to an existing US laptop ban on flights from ten Muslim-majority countries. That action has already caused much consternation from travelers used to having their laptops available for work and entertainment.

The laptop ban reportedly came out because of intelligence that ISIS terrorists may hide bombs in the devices, information about which President Trump himself may famously spilled to Russian diplomats. As such, passengers must stow any devices larger than a smartphone in their checked luggage.

The airline industry pushed back, however, saying that such a ban could cost passengers $1.1 billion in lost productivity and longer travel times. In a letter to European officials and the US Department of Homeland Security, it called instead for “alternate measures,” including more sophisticated bomb detection and better behavior screening.

DHS and EU officials issued a statement promising to meet again next week, with the aim to “further assess shared risks and solutions for protecting airline passengers, whilst ensuring the smooth functioning of global air travel.”

Via: The Verge

Source: Associated Press


House Science Committee asks Trump to stop relying on fake news

Donald Trump, science skeptic and 45th president of the United States of America, woke up to a message (PDF) this morning from some of his harshest critics. Members of the House of Representative Committee on Science, Space and Technology have issued a letter expressing their concern for the future of the country. Specifically, they question how Trump can effectively govern when he relies so heavily on unverified information and shows blatant disregard for scientific fact.

The group takes umbrage with Trump’s failing to appoint or give adequate funding to the Office of Science and Technology Policy as well. “If you point a qualified OSTP director, you will have a reliable source of policy advice matters related to science and technology, which forms the bedrock of our national security and economic power,” the group writes.

The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012

“Until the OSTP is adequately staffed and the director position is filled by a qualified, objective scientist who understands the difference between alternative news peddled on alt-right websites and legitimate well-vetted scientific facts, we fear that you will continue to be vulnerable to misinformation and fake news.”

The Committee’s fears aren’t unfounded. Trump has said in the past that climate change was a hoax, rolled back environmental protections on his first day in office and appointed climate change skeptics to key positions in his cabinet including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s to say nothing about his continued campaign for clean coal.

Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn’t feel good and changes – AUTISM. Many such cases!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2014

Via: Popular Science

Source: (PDF)

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