Month: July 2019

Microsoft Tests Windows 10 Passwordfree Signins Heres all you Need to Know

first_img Microsoft Windows 10signed in with temporary profile windows 10Windowswindows 10 First Published: July 11, 2019, 7:45 PM IST Windows has been on a roller-coaster ride, introducing new changes and updates. In its latest move, Microsoft has decided to do away with sign-ins that require passwords on Windows 10. The new move will make signing-in much easier wherein a person can log-in using their finger, face or a pin. Microsoft has released a Windows 10 preview for Fast ring Insiders, which gives its user the option to make all accounts on a particular device ‘passwordless’ when logging into the operating system. The steps to use the feature are as easy as it sounds. The user can modify the setting by going to ‘Accounts’ and then ‘sign-in options’. However, once the user make their sign-in option passwordless, they will have to use Windows Hello face recognition, fingerprint detection, a PIN code or a physical security key to unlock their system. While the feature is available only on a few number of users’ PCs at the moment, it might be available on more devices in the next one week. Also, the users need not worry about the bugs as this is the Fast ring. Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc wrote about the new build in a blog post, explaining, “For improved security and a more seamless sign-in experience, you can now enable passwordless sign-in for Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 device by going to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options, and selecting ‘On’ under ‘Make your device passwordless’.” While Microsoft provides you the option to make sign-ins password free, it still recommends the users to use Windows Hello sign-in. last_img read more

Stranger Things Actor Gaten Matarazzo to Host Netflix Show Prank Encounters

first_img Gaten MatarazzoGaten Matarazzo NetflixGaten Matarazzo Prank EncountersGaten Matarazzo Stranger Things First Published: June 15, 2019, 12:50 PM IST As if scaring the living daylights out of viewers with gargantuan creatures from alternate dimensions wasn’t enough, Netflix is now entering into prankster space with one actor from Stranger Things. Gaten Matarazzo will be hosting and executive producing a hidden-camera prank show, titled Prank Encounters. According to Netflix, each episode of this terrifying and hilarious prank show takes two complete strangers who each think they’re starting their first day at a new job. It’s business as usual until their paths collide and these part-time jobs turn into full-time nightmares. The streaming giant has ordered eight episodes of the series, which will be released later this year, reported Deadline. Matarazzo will executive produce with Ben Silverman, Howard Owens for Propagate, and Rob Hyde. Anthony Gonzalez will be the director.Matarazzo is known for his portrayal of Dustin Henderson on Stranger Things, which premieres its third season on July 4. The 16-year-old, who began his professional career in the original Broadway production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert as Benji, will return to the stage next month, leading the cast in Hollywood Bowl’s summer production of Into the Woods.The 16-year-old actor also devotes his time to raising awareness about cleidocranial dysplasia – a condition that affects the development of bones and teeth. He has been open about living with the rare genetic disorder himself, and his Stranger Things character Dustin also has the condition.Matarazzo also formed a band called Work in Progress with his siblings Carmen and Sabrina. The six-piece rock band is about to embark on a tour across the US, where they’ll play a mix of original and cover songs.Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

Election Commission Postpones Polls in Patkura Seat Due to Cyclone Fani

first_imgBhubaneswar: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has further postponed the polling for Patkura Assembly constituency in coastal Kendrapara district due to the devastation caused by cyclone ‘Fani’ in Odisha, an official said on Monday.”In view of the serious devastation caused by cyclone Fani, ECI has decided to extend the completion of the elections from Patkura assembly constituency for 60 days,” Odisha’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar said, adding that the date of the poll will be be suitably decided after assessing local situation. Earlier, the ECI had fixed May 19 as the date of polls for Patkura assembly segment. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ahead of the cyclone making landfall, had urged the ECI to postpone the polls in view of the cyclone.The state government had argued that the polls should not be held when the people are exposed to miseries due to the calamity. Polling in Patkura Assembly seat was initially scheduled on April 29, but it could not be held because of the death of BJD candidate Bed Prakash Agarwal on April 20. Then, the ECI had fixed May 19 as the new date for the polls in Patkura.All the three major parties, BJD, Congress and BJP have fielded their candidates in Patkura. While BJD has fielded Agarwal’s wife Sabitri as its candidate for Patkura, senior leader Bijoy Mohapatra is the BJP nominee for the seat. Congress has named Jayant Mohanty as its candidate. Cyclone Fanielection commissionNaveen PatnaikOdisha First Published: May 6, 2019, 8:24 PM ISTlast_img read more

Narendra Modis Man Friday Amit Shah Gets Home Ministry in New Cabinet

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah will be the Home Minister in the newly constituted Cabinet under PM Narendra Modi. He is taking over from Rajnath Singh, who has been given the Defence Ministry. Emerging from the backstage, from where he directed the BJP’s ascent to its zenith, Shah will now remain at the forefront of Narendra Modi’s second government. Shah, who has been Modi’s most trusted lieutenant since the 1980s when both started their political careers in Gujarat, made a grand entry in the prime minister’s group of ministers. While there was immense speculation about Shah being given a cabinet berth, one could argue that a series of recent events had pointed to such a possibility. The first was Shah contesting the Lok Sabha elections. Leaving his Rajya Sabha seat and getting into direct representation in the Lok Sabha was perhaps the first clear sign that Shah was getting into the active and administrative side of politics. The presence in Lok Sabha of an MP of his calibre, who won from the BJP’s traditional Gandhinagar seat in Gujarat, indicated possible changes in the BJP. The second clear signal was the symbolism of Modi and Shah being together since the party’s victory celebrations. After the election results were announced on May 23, the Modi-Shah duo had walked together to the BJP headquarters to greet and address party workers. The current No. 1 and No. 2 in the BJP had also travelled together to their respective constituencies of Varanasi and Gandhinagar. Apart from being a move to thank their voters, their travel together was seen as deliberations to delineate the broad contours of the Union Cabinet. The third clear sign is actually a lesson in history. When Shah laid the ground for Modi’s return as Gujarat chief minister in 2002, he was rewarded with 10 portfolios, including home, law and justice, prison, border security and housing. A repeat performance on a national level, given the comfortable position to which Shah guided his party, was arguably going to fetch him a reward in the form of a cabinet berth. Besides, Modi’s trust in Shah is indisputable. At the BJP national executive following the party’s massive victory in 2014, Modi had said, “Amit Shah was the man of the match. Had Shah not been given the responsibility of Uttar Pradesh, the country would not have known about his immense skills. I have personally known Shah for a long time. He will perform to his potential in his new responsibility and I have no doubt about that.” The general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh, who delivered a stunning mandate in the form of 73 of the 80 seats in the state, was subsequently awarded and made the BJP’s top boss.Modi once again extolled Shah during a grand function at the party headquarters in Delhi when the BJP repeated its earlier performance, winning 311 of the 403 seats in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. “When the BJP saw a resounding victory in the Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh this year, it stunned the entire nation,” Modi had said. “I had said at that time that Amit Shah was the ‘man of the match’ of this election.” And Modi praised the BJP president again in his victory speech on May 23 after Shah orchestrated the party’s historic win in the Lok Sabha polls.But what does Shah’s ministerial position mean for the BJP’s larger politics? Is Modi grooming Shah for administration? “Amit Shah’s transition is complete. He is now the legitimised inheritor of Modi’s legacy,” political analyst Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay has claimed.By the time the tenure of Modi 2.0 comes to an end in 2024, Modi will be 73 years old. Given the rule he has set for the party — of encouraging those above 75 years of age to retire from active politics — it will be time for the BJP, in case it wins a third straight term in Lok Sabha, to appoint its successor. Will today’s cabinet minister be tomorrow’s prime minister? It is a line of thought worth pursuing.Interestingly, Shah was third in the pecking order of taking oath. After Modi and Rajnath Singh, but ahead of former party chief Nitin Gadkari.#ModiSarkarDobara – @AmitShah takes the oath of office. | #ModiRajya— News18 (@CNNnews18) May 30, 2019 Amit ShahBJPGandhinagargujarat First Published: May 31, 2019, 1:00 PM ISTlast_img read more

As Hunt for Rahul Gandhis Successor Continues MP Congress Vouch for Scindia

first_imgBhopal: Hours after Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned as All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary, voices demanding to appoint him as Congress national president were heard in Madhya Pradesh.On Monday, a poster demanding Scindia’s appointment as the party national president appeared on the entry gate of the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) office. The poster was removed a few hours later. Congress leaders from the ‘Scindia camp’ have come out demanding his elevation as party chief. Food Minister Pradyumn Singh Tomar, a staunch Scindia loyalist said, “Scindia is young, impartial and has his own youthful charm.”Quoting Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh who has backed a youth candidate for party chief’s post, he said Scindia was the perfect choice to lead the party. However, while talking to reporters outside the Assembly, Tomar said Scindia wasn’t in the race for any post and had his own credence in the party.  Tomar was recently was in news for his differences with Chief Minister Kamal Nath.Another Scindia loyalist, minister Mahendra Singh Sisodia said, “He is young and as Rahulji is quitting why can’t he replace him.”Congress MLA Giriraj Dandotia also claimed that Scindia was the best choice to lead the party nationally. He said the former Guna MP was the most talented party leader in the Hindi belt and the latter’s elevation would help the party immensely.Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party has come out mocking the Congress cadre’s demand. Party spokesperson Rajnish Agrawal termed the demand as an ‘attempt to keep Scindia in the prominence’ after he lost the Lok Sabha election. “He is finding it hard to even get appointed as PCC chief,” Agrawal said.Taking responsibility for the party’s defeat, Scindia on Sunday resigned as party general secretary, a post he had assumed ahead of the general election. Scindia is considered among the most trusted aides of Rahul Gandhi. However, he could not swing things in the party’s favour as UP (west) in-charge in the Lok Sabha poll.To add to his woes, he also lost his family seat Guna to KP Yadav. Several senior party leaders have already resigned from their party posts after Gandhi tendered his resignation as a moral responsibility for the poll drubbing. BJPcongressCongress chiefJyotiraidtya Scindia First Published: July 8, 2019, 5:50 PM ISTlast_img read more

Google Jamboard virtual whiteboard is now available for purchase

first_imgStory TimelineGoogle’s Jamboard is a high tech whiteboard connected to the cloudGoogle Jamboard priced up, but there’s a subscription sting At Microsoft’s press event in Shanghai, it unveiled a new Whiteboard app that took advantage its Surface lineup, from the Hub to the Studio to the New Surface Pro. As if on cue, Google has finally unchained its own cloud-connected virtual whiteboard device. Half a year in the making, the Jamboard is now available to make your meetings more productive and creative. That is, if you can swallow its steep price tag. That’s $600 a year on top of $4,999. But if you’re really eager and order one before September 30 this year, you can get the first year for only $300. Oh, and the Jamboard only comes with a wall mount in the package. The rolling stand will set you back another $1,349, or $1,199 if you buy before the aforementioned deadline.SOURCE: Googlecenter_img The Jamboard is basically a gigantic 55-inch tablet with a 4K resolution. It accepts both touch inpt as well as pen input, but note that the styluses (there’s two of them out of the box) are just passive. Its biggest pull is in its collaborative features. Not only can two people draw on the board at the same time, others can also join in, even remotely, from mobile apps.The Jamboard is clearly marketed at businesses, specifically those that can afford them. Upfront, the Google Jamboard does seem to cost considerably less than an equivalent Microsoft Surface Hub, $4,999 versus $8,999. But that’s for the device alone. It has a hidden cost of an annual subscription fee.last_img read more

Latest iPhone 8 leaked schematics show no fingerprint sensor

first_imgThese two most debated aspects of the iPhone 8 are, of course, related. The reason why Apple is supposedly having difficulties placing the fingerprint sensor is because it has been displaced by the screen, which stretches over the entire front of the smartphone. Complicating matters is the fact that the “under the display” fingerprint sensor technology isn’t yet ready. Samsung solved this exact same problem with a last minute decision to put the sensor on the back.If you look at these credible sources, you might think that Apple hasn’t made up its mind yet. Some indicate that the sensor is going to be located also on the back, right where the Apple logo sits. The latest unearthed schematic, plus a 3D render of an iPhone 8 case, implies otherwise.Some do claim that the Apple has finally resolved the obstacles to implementing a fingerprint scanner under the screen. Again, the schematics don’t seem to show any indication of that. While it does show a “see through” diagram of the iPhone 8, including the sensors that would flank the speakers, it doesn’t show any hint that there would be a fingerprint scanner at the bottom.Then again, this schematic might be old or inaccurate. Or Apple could have decided against shipping a very new and untested, not to mention late, technology. Either way, the biggest question now is whether consumers will still buy an iPhone 8 that doesn’t have one of the iPhone’s key strengths. Given this is Apple we’re talking about, chances are that’ll be a huge “yes”.VIA: @Benjamin Geskin Among all the rumors, tipped, and speculated features of the iPhone 8, there are two that no one can seem to agree on up to now. The first is just how much of its face the iPhone 8’s supposedly OLED screen will take up. But the more divisive “feature” is the location of the Touch ID sensor. The latest batch of leaked images seem to paint a worst case scenario where there might not not be a fingerprint sensor at all, be it on the back or under the screen. Story TimelineiPhone 8 images match previous Touch ID schematicsiPhone 8 might have wireless charging, no edge-to-edge screeniPhone 8 dummy hints at what could beThe iPhone 8’s Touch ID will be right in the OLED report claimslast_img read more

Galaxy Note 8 release date will take on iPhone 8

first_imgAccording to The Korea Herald, which cites currently circulating rumors, Samsung will look to launch the Galaxy Note 8 in late August. The Note 7, as we all remember, was launched in the middle of August to get a sizable lead on the iPhone 7. This year, however, it looks like Samsung is a little more comfortable launching closer to the iPhone 8 (or whatever Apple’s next iPhone will be called).Samsung could be pushing the release date of the Galaxy Note 8 into late August to further distance it from the Note 7. After all, some people accused Samsung of rushing the Note 7 to market in order to get a head start on the iPhone 7, thereby contributing to the battery problems the phone had. By launching in late August, Samsung may want to make it look like it’s taking its time with the Note 8.Of course, so far there’s been no indication that the Note 8 will suffer the same problems the Note 7 did. Samsung has launched a new approach to battery certification with the Galaxy S8, and so far, it seems to be working. Given its success, Samsung will almost certainly use those same certification and testing methods in the Note 8.The Galaxy Note 8 is rumored to be equipped with a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display that clocks in at 2960×1440 resolution, with 6GB of RAM and possibly a 4,000 mAh battery. Just earlier today, we heard that the Note 8 may feature a dual camera and a fingerprint sensor built-in to the display. We’ll see if this latest rumor turns out to be correct soon enough, so stay tuned.SOURCE: The Korea Herald We’ve already learned a lot about the Galaxy Note 8’s internals through a variety of rumors, but today new reports are telling us when Samsung may be planning to launch the phone. Assuming this new rumor is correct, it shows a change in strategy for Samsung after last year. That may ultimately be a good thing considering how the Note 7 crashed and burned. Story TimelineGalaxy Note 8 screen size gets leakedGalaxy Note 8 to add 3x zoom on top of dual camerasThis Galaxy Note 8 3D print video raises release questionsGalaxy Note 8 shows off dual camera in leaked imagesGalaxy Note 8 specs tip the big war with iPhone 8last_img read more

RED Hydrogen One promises holographic display on modular smartphone

first_imgDetails are in fairly short supply at this stage. On the more mundane front, Hydrogen One will be an Android-powered phone, with a 5.7-inch display. It’ll have a USB-C port for charging, and a microSD slot. Then, though, things start getting more curious. That display is said to use “nanotechnology that seamlessly switches between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games.” It’ll work in both landscape and portrait orientation, but require no special glasses or eyewear to see the effect.There’ll be support for special holographic RED Hydrogen 4-View content (H4V), and stereo 3D content as is more commonly associated with 3D glasses. Converting that regular 3D to H4V format will be supported, too. It’ll also work with virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed-reality content. At the same time, there’s a new H3O algorithm that RED promises will turn regular stereo audio into multi-dimensional sound. “Think 5.1 on your headphones,” the company promises. On the flip side, there’ll be broader content creation support than you might expect from a smartphone. Hydrogen One is billed as the first part of RED’s new modular system, with a high-speed data bus connector on the back that will allow for new add-ons. Much like changing lens on a traditional RED camera, that will give the phone different abilities: higher resolution stills and video, for instance, or capturing Hydrogen-format holographic images. Hydrogen One will also integrate into a broader RED setup, if you’re lucky enough to have one. It’ll work with the company’s Scarlet, EPIC, and Weapon cameras, offering a remote user interface and monitor. The first examples are set to ship in Q1 2018, RED says, though warns that they’ll come from a “first production batch”. Two finishes are being offered, aluminum for $1,195, and Titanium for $1,595. The display will be the limiting factor, RED claims, already cautioning that it’s unlikely to be able to meet predicted demand and that subsequent pricing may rise. Meanwhile, additional modules will follow on in due course, though RED is yet to detail exactly what they are. Overall, this is certainly an intriguing device, though given the price – high even for an unlocked, multi band smartphone – and the lingering questions we could forgive you for keeping your credit card in your wallet. You can bet we – and photographers and videographers in general – will be watching Hydrogen One’s progress closely. Update: RED founder Jim Jannard has weighed in with a little extra information about the Hydrogen One. In a forum post he described the holographic display as “multi-view (4-view) as compared to stereo 3D (2-view)” and very different from the lenticular displays you might remember from Amazon’s Fire Phone and the Optimus 3D. “Lenticular display dramatically lowers resolution, cannot be turned off for standard 2D content, only works in one direction (usually landscape), has color crosstalk… to name just a few issues” Jannard writes. “My bet is that other “big” companies will try to re-package lenticular 3D displays with eye-tracking in response to our program. Don’t fall for it.”He also talked briefly about the modular camera system. While the Hydrogen One will have its own front-facing camera and rear camera, Jannard suggests not expecting too much from them. Instead, the real value is adding an image sensor from the company’s full camera range – or something like it – to the phone:“It also comes with internal storage and an external micro SD card slot. And a headphone jack. A selfie camera and a back camera. These cameras will not produce cinema quality images. No cell phone does. What we will have is a modular system that adds image quality well beyond any other camera short of our professional cameras. Remember that we have a lot of elbow room on this front. Our Weapon Helium sensor scored 108 on That beat the Sony A7RII by 10 full points.”MORE RED High-end camera manufacturer RED has announced its latest product, the RED Hydrogen One, its first ever smartphone. Described as “the world’s first holographic media machine in your pocket,” the Hydrogen phone promises not only to capture high-quality images and video, but offer “holographic multi-view” without the need for special glasses. However, it won’t come cheap. last_img read more

You dont need an expensive phone so dont buy one

first_imgChinaIn China, there’s a set of smartphone brands that take advantage of their location relative to manufacturing plants. These companies are part of a market with a population of over a billion. This market’s made clear that the best features in a new smartphone are not enough – they aren’t even really the most important factor in choosing a device to buy.In the IDC Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report for China from May of this year (2017), the company showed the top 5 smartphone companies by volume. Not on that list: Motorola, LG, Sony, Google, HTC, Samsung – AKA none of the most major brands prevalent here in the United States. The list went like this: Huawei, OPPO, vivo, Apple, Xiaomi, then to “Others”. Samsung is hovering somewhere down around number 9 on this chart. Samsung’s market share is dominant worldwide, doing battle with Apple globally – for the most part. Also in May of 2017, IDC reported global market share based on smartphone unit shipments. In that report, Samsung held first, followed by Apple, Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo. That same report mentions the reasons for Samsung’s return to the number 1 spot after nearly losing its kingship to Apple in Q4. ICD said that Samsung’s jolt upward was due to “substantial discounts” of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge as well as the following: “Outside of the high end, the product mix continues to shift toward more affordable models.”IndiaIn India, Samsung does battle with Xiaomi for total dominance, with vivo not far behind. Fourth and fifth are OPPO and Lenovo (with Motorola included). “A new set of China-based competitors have entered in the sub-US$150 segment [in India in Q2 2017]” said Upasana Joshi, Senior Analyst, IDC India. “Indian vendors are putting all their efforts and second half of year will be crucial, either it will see a revival of Indian vendors or emergence of new dominance in the sub-$150 segment from China based vendors.”Xiaomi is currently in the lead due to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. This smartphone had over 2-million units shipped in the second quarter of this year. That meant Xiaomi had the new highest shipped smartphone in a single quarter in India’s history. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is a rather inexpensive phone. At release time, this smartphone cost Rs 9,999 – if we convert that directly to USD, it comes in at around $150. For a smartphone that has these specs, that’s nuts – in a good way. USAI just reviewed a smartphone called Xiaomi Mi A1 and it was highly decent. For Rs 15,000 – AKA right around $233, it’s a bargain. Or it seems like a bargain to me because I’ve become used to seeing smartphones cost at least $500 off-contract, and very often a whole lot more. Here in the United States, we seem to have a problem with addiction to the latest big thing. And money. And carriers offering “financing” on customers, making the very expensive seem very affordable.SEE THIS: The $2,000 iPhone is coming“Over the past three years, carrier financing plans have created a class separation for smartphone purchases in the United States at the carriers,” said Anthony Scarsella, research manager for IDC’s Mobile Phones team. “We have witnessed a fading middle class of smartphone ($200–400) shipments in the United States as financing has become the new norm for consumers.”“Devices priced around the $400 mark offer thin money savings (month to month) and inferior feature sets compared with flagship devices costing over $600. Because of this phenomenon, we have slowly seen midtier devices fading in the U.S. smartphone market.”Citizens of the United States are paying massive amounts of cash for device features they never make use of. A far more powerful processor is of no consequence if the device is only used for social networking and web browsing. A fancy dual-lens smartphone camera system is silly to pay for if the user’s only going to take selfies.Elsewhere in the world, it’s common to show the full price of the smartphone when it’s marketed. Here in the United States, it’s expected that we’ll see how much a phone will cost us per month. Not unlike it was with the Great Recession of 2007 due to the bursting of the housing bubble in mid-2007, we’re still out here buying gold phones when we should be sticking with what we’ve got. Story TimelineiPhone 8 leaked prices are unsurprisingly highLG V30 price might be higher than expectediPad Pro prices increase, but not for the reason you thinkWhy Google Pixel 1 may become PricelessGoogle cuts USB-C headphone adapter to Apple price This year is the first in smartphone hardware in a long time in which I felt like no game-changing changes came from any company. The smartphones revealed by HTC, Samsung, Apple, and the rest – they were all solid. But we’ve reached a point in the history of the smartphone where only the very rich should consider buying a new device every single year. Let me tell you why.center_img My RecommendationWhen you purchase a smartphone, you generally get from your chosen manufacturer a guaranteed number of years in which your phone will get software updates and support. With a Google Pixel device, that means two years for software updates and three years for Security Updates. Apple’s guarantee isn’t quite so easy to find – but based on past updates for old devices, you’ll likely be getting updates for a half-decade or more after the device was first released. For example the iPhone 5s is still compatible with then newest iOS (iOS 11) update today – that phone was released in September of 2013. For Windows Phone or BlackBerry OS devices – you’re outta luck – no guarantees included.I recommend all citizens of the United States buy new smartphones only when their previous smartphone is physically inoperable or no longer receives updates from its manufacturer. Lots of people already do this – and hats off to them. For everyone else, upgrading every chance they get – there’s a reason why a $999 pricetag on a smartphone is called “a value price”. Imagine that! last_img read more

Firefox Quantum update brings smoother rendering faster speeds

first_imgBack in November, Mozilla introduced Firefox Quantum, a new “really fast” version of the Internet browser. Today the company announced an update for Firefox Quantum, adding new features while improving speeds and offering a smoother rendering experience. In addition, Firefox for Android is on the receiving end of some new capabilities, not the least of which is better Progressive Web Apps support. Speed is Firefox Quantum’s biggest boasting point, and Firefox drives that perk home with an emphasis on Tracking Protection. The feature, which was first introduced for private browsing a couple years ago, is an opt-in solution to stop third-parties from tracking you. In addition to protecting user privacy, Mozilla says there’s the additional benefit of faster speeds.Firefox Quantum offers access to the Tracking Protection feature, and Mozilla suggests users enable it for the privacy and speed benefits. This is possible under the browser’s “Preferences” > “Privacy & Security” menus. Find the entry labeled “Tracking Protection” and choose either “Only in private” or “Always” to continually use it.That aside, the update is bringing graphics engine enhancements which improve rendering for a smoother, “less janky” experience. According to Mozilla, the update brings an improved engine that uses a dedicated CPU thread to “more efficiently” render the screen, dealing with things like choppy text and similar issues.As for Firefox for Android, Mozilla has announced two changes, the first being that aforementioned improved support for Progressive Web Apps. When using this mobile browser to open a PWA website, users will see a “house-shaped button” in the browser’s address bar. Tapping that button turns the website into an app and adds its icon to the user’s home screen. In addition, the Android browser has improved bookmarking with a full-screen experience.SOURCE: Mozilla Bloglast_img read more

Amazon buys Ring as smart home security range grows

first_imgAmazon has acquired Ring, adding the video doorbell company to its growing portfolio of IoT, connected home, and smart security businesses. Ring offers a number of connected cameras, video doorbells, smart lights, and other security products, which can beam video of people outside the home to both a smartphone and to the cloud. That’s clearly been enough to get the attention of Amazon, which is spending an unspecified amount of money on bringing Ring into the fold. It’s not the first connected camera business Amazon has done that with, either. Back in December, the company acquired Blink, a startup and Kickstarter success which made a low-power camera that could run on batteries. According to GeekWire, Amazon is expected to allow Ring to continue to operate under its own brand. However it will undoubtedly look to increasingly integrate Ring’s devices with Amazon’s broader smart home platform. Amazon already has a connected camera of its own, the Cloud Cam, which is an instrumental part of its Amazon Key service. Amazon Key allows subscribers to Prime to have delivery people unlock their door and leave packages inside the home, rather than on the step or in a mailbox. Billed as a way to avoid stolen, lost, or weather-damaged deliveries, Key also involves some trust on the part of the customer, of course. To help assuage concerns about what couriers might be doing with access to their homes, Amazon pitches Cloud Cam as observing the entry-way as delivery people use a connected lock to gain one-time entry. Meanwhile, Amazon has also been pushing its Echo smart speakers – and the Alexa virtual assistant they embody – over the past few years. With the arrival of the Echo Plus in 2017, it turned the system into a smart home hub, capable of connecting to many products – like lights and locks – directly, without requiring a separate box hooked into the user’s WiFi router. Ring’s technology could easily play into both arenas. On the one hand, more security cameras – including models intended to mount directly at the point of entry, as per Ring’s video doorbells – could give Amazon Key subscribers greater peace of mind when it comes to trusting delivery people. On the other, audio and video from Ring’s products can be wirelessly played through Echo speakers, or shown on the screen of the Echo Spot and Echo Show. Although that’s possible with Ring’s current “skill” for Alexa, this acquisition could extend on the possibilities. Right now, although you can watch a video feed from select Ring cameras on Amazon’s display-equipped Echo models, you can’t talk to people through the devices. Similarly, tighter integration might allow control over the connected lock that Amazon Key subscribers have fitted to be controlled from the Ring app. At CES 2018 last month, Ring unveiled its new range of products for the coming year. They include a new home security system, outdoor connected lights, and a range of new cameras that prioritize ease of installation.last_img read more

Snapchat Map Explore might make you put your phone away

first_imgSnapchat revealed Map Explore in a statement to The Verge today. According to the company, Map Explore is apparently a tool meant to make navigating your Snap Map easier. “We made Map Explore because we noticed that when you open the Map, you aren’t always sure where to start your journey,” Snapchat told The Verge. “Unless you swiped outside your city, you might never see some of the amazing events our community is capturing.”Instead of waiting on you to scroll through your Snap Map yourself, Map Explore will automate the process for you. To access it, you’ll need to pull up your Snap Map as you’ve always done, by pinching to zoom out from the camera, discovery, or friends pages. From there, tap on the new updates you see appear at the bottom of the page, and the swipe horizontally to scroll through your Snap Map stories.Map Explore will feature updates from your friends and from the “Our Story” feature Snapchat launched with Snap Map, which will show you Stories from people around the world. Updates from other users will be available for up to 24 hours, though The Verge says that only one update is allowed per user at a time. If you want to update your own within that 24 hour window, you can delete your status and create a new one.AdChoices广告Snap Map is more than just a tool to see what your friends are up to, as you can use it to view publicly shared stories from users around the world. With that in mind, something like Map Explore should make it easier to feel a little more connected to the world around you. We’ll see this feature roll out to Snapchat users globally over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for it. Story TimelineSnapchat redesign petition actually gets a responseSnapchat Spectacles v2 tipped for 2018Rihanna’s right: Snapchat isn’t innocent (or immune to damage) Snapchat’s Snap Map feature is getting a fairly big update, it would appear. Rolling out over the next few weeks is a new feature called Map Explore, which aims to make Snap Map easier to use. Who knows – once this update is in place, you might be prompted to spend more time with your friends in real life and less time on Snapchat being a passive observer to what they have going on.last_img read more

iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xs handson

first_imgStory TimelineiPhone Xs official: Release Date, Price, DetailsiPhone Xs Max detailed: Biggest iPhone display everiPhone Xs fancy new HDR camera tech detailed In fact, with a body about the same size as that of the iPhone 8 Plus, only with a far bigger screen, it’s oddly familiar to hold in the hand. Where the surprise (and, frankly, delight) comes in is when you turn that screen off. iOS has never had so much room to work on, at least not in a device you can hold – and use – single-handed. I suspect a lot of people who might ostensibly discount 6.5-inches as too much to handle may find themselves changing their mind when they actually make it to an Apple Store. AdChoices广告The dual camera array makes a reappearance on the back, but now you can adjust the bokeh effect, post-capture, in Portrait mode. It’s likely to be one of the most-used features of the new phones. Previously, third-party apps offered adjustable background blur, but Apple putting it right in the gallery editing options is going to make it a mainstream feature. You get a handy preview of the change while you slide your finger, though the full effect isn’t rendered until you hit “done”.As for the new A12 Bionic chip, the industry’s first 7nm SoC, it was hard to tell just how that held up in Apple’s crowded demo area. Certainly, games designed to tap into the newly-more-potent GPU looked visually better than earlier iOS titles, though I suspect the extra turn of speed will be most valued in multitasking and combating the inevitable slowdown over time that all smartphones seem to suffer.Similarly, Apple’s 512 GB configuration should reassure those with deep enough pockets that they’ll have all the room for 4K media and more that they might gather over the lifespan of the device. It’s not cheap, no, and it won’t quiet those who still wish Apple embraced expandable storage, but at least we get IP68 water and dust resistance to salve our misery this year. The other potential game-changer is dual-SIM support. To be accurate, only one version will have the ability to accommodate two physical SIM cards: a dual-SIM version of the iPhone Xs Max intended for China. Everywhere else will use a combination of one physical SIM and eSIM. That means carriers will need to play ball, and while Apple has a list of early compatibility, there’s still a reasonable chance that your operator of choice may not be up to speed. In the end, though, the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are about doing just what we expected Apple to do: give its flagship a polish and keep it looking competitive against the high-end Android alternatives. As the iPhone X design previewed, full-screen designs (and notches) are here to stay. The iPhone Xs takes the original iPhone X from 2017 and gives it a revamp The 5.8-inch OLED display – and its still-controversial notch – remains, with minimal bezels. It still looks incredible, with 458 psi resolution and a 1m-to-1 contrast ratio. There’s HDR, too, along with Dolby Vision and HDR10 support for video. The bigger news – literally – is the iPhone Xs Max, of course. It clocks in with a whopping 6.5-inch display, the largest Apple has ever offered on an iPhone. It may be large, but it’s not unwieldy. Apple’s new flagship smartphones are here, and before you get too hung up on the name, there’s plenty to like about the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. First things first: Apple would really rather you call them “iPhone Ten Ess” rather than “Ex Ess.” Apple iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max Gallerylast_img read more

Uber vs Waymo sent to DOJ for possible criminal case

first_imgThings don’t seem to be going Uber’s way of late. And we’re not just talking about gender-related controversies. San Francisco District Judge William Alsup as issued a ruling that rejected Uber’s attempt to take the matter behind closed doors. He has sent the lawsuit to the Department of Justice to investigate whether there was indeed a case of trade secret theft. Unless it catches a break, it will see its self-driving ambitions dashed even before they could take root. Last February, Waymo, the Alphabet company spun off Google’s self-driving car project, sued Uber over the alleged theft of its self-driving car technology. The theft was supposedly done by former Waymo employee Anthony Levandowski who left the mothership to found self-driving truck startup Otto. Otto was later acquired by Uber.Accordng to Waymo, Uber then used stolen files to develop its own self-driving car platform. Uber, for its part, vehemently denies the accusation. However, it has yet to categorically deny Levandowski’s theft. The former Waymo employee has invoked his right against self-incrimination and, therefore, cannot testify on Uber’s behalf. Somewhat ironically, Levandoswki isn’t named as a defendant in Waymo’s lawsuit against Uber.Uber tried to take the matter privately and argued that only an arbiter is enough to judge whether Waymo’s lawsuit has merit at all. Judge Alsup, however, disagrees but hasn’t taken a stance on whether there is really a criminal case involved. He is leaving that decision to the DOJ.AdChoices广告As if adding insult to injury, Alsup granted Waymo’s request for an injunction to stop Uber from using those stolen trade secrets in its self-driving efforts. This effectively puts a stop to Uber’s project until the matter is resolved, presuming it wins. Details of the injunction, however, remain under seal.SOURCE: Reuterslast_img read more

About OnePlus 7 Pros super speedy new screen

first_imgApparently someone told OnePlus to get on the sweet, sweet high refresh rate display train, because the OnePlus 7 Pro’s coming in hot. If the latest set of rumors come true – and there’s good reason to believe that they will – the OnePlus 7 Pro might well be reaching for the finesse of a “gaming” product, but without the whole “gaming” necessity. This might be the super-sweet display you didn’t know you were waiting for. Story TimelineOnePlus is the Apple of Android software updatesOnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro coming next monthOnePlus 7 may usher in new era of choices, but you’ll go black anyway The OnePlus 7 is said to roll with a 90Hz image refresh rate display panel. That’d be pretty neat, if it proved to be true. The rumor comes from Ishan Agarwal, a leaker of smartphone info who’s proven accurate several times over the last couple years. If you’ve never used a Razer Phone or one of the latest iPad Pros, I suggest you do so. You’ll ruin all other mobile devices for yourself. They enable an experience that’s above and beyond that of the rest of the industry. They do this with displays with high image refresh rates.While some of the latest smartphones on the market profess to have high refresh rates, most only have high touch refresh. That’s also known as touch sampling rate, and you’ll find it, for example, in the iPhone Xs and Xs Max. They’ve got 120Hz touch-sensing, which means they’re tracking your touches more accurately than on phones without said feature.The 120Hz refresh rate we’re looking for comes in the form of image refresh. The higher the image refresh, the closer to reality we get in a smartphone’s display. It’s a little different from frame rate, which gives you the amount of individual images that can be displayed, one after the other, in a given amount of time. Frame rate is generally shown with “fps”, which stands for Frames Per Second. This mostly applies to video, which looks more realistic the more frames are displayed per second. Where frame rate refers to video, image refresh rate applies to controls, apps, and smoothness of a user interface.The higher the image refresh rate, the faster the communication between the phone’s processor and the display. So when I’m playing a card game, for example, and I’m moving a card across the screen, I’m actually seeing a series of still images, shown according to what the app (and my finger, in this case) command.If I have a low image refresh rate, as I move a card across the screen, I’ll probably see a choppy sort of move. The screen can’t show enough frames to trick my brain into believing I’m really, truly moving said card across the screen. The conversion between Hz and images per second is simple, it’s 1:1. So if I have a 90Hz display, my phone can show me up to 90 images (frames, if we’re watching a video) per second. Even if my phone is technically capable of outputting more than 90fps, I can only see as many frames as my display will allow, which is 90 per second.The OnePlus 7 Pro is likely set to be revealed on the 14th of May, 2019, and will likely be released in early April (or late May, if we’re lucky). The OnePlus 7 Pro will likely be revealed right alongside the standard OnePlus, a smartphone that looks and acts a lot like the OnePlus 6T, with a slightly lower price than the OnePlus 7 Pro. You can see a bit more detail in the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro “differences” post we featured earlier this week. last_img read more

2020 BMW 7 Series gets a huge grille tech and hybrid update

first_imgThe 2020 BMW 7 Series has been revealed, and anybody who predicted SUVs and crossovers would be the death of big luxury sedans might want to think again. An update to the sixth generation car, the new 2020 7 Series heaps on more technology and more aggressive styling, in addition to welcoming a new 6-cylinder plug-in hybrid version to the range. Then there’s the 2020 BMW M760i xDrive, which continues to offer one of the few remaining V12 engines around. Its 6.6-liters get 600 horsepower, while the 627 lb-ft of torque arrives from as low as 1,550 rpm. 0-60 mph comes in 3.6 seconds, and the top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. Active exhaust flaps can either tame the noise for sedate cruising or let it rip when in sportier modes. Joining the existing Sport mode is a new Sport+ mode with even more extreme settings. Transmission and SuspensionWhichever engine is picked, there’s an eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission to go with it. Launch Control is standard, and the 7 Series can look ahead using its navigation system as well as using camera and radar sensors to monitor traffic to decide when to use auto stop/start or coasting. The xDrive all-wheel drive, meanwhile – standard on all but the rear-wheel drive 2020 740i – is 100-percent rear-wheel biased in most situations. Adaptive suspension – with electronically controlled dampers and two-axle air suspension with automatic self-leveling – is standard across the range. The 7 Series will auto-adjust its right height according to the current drive mode, but can also be adjusted manually. For example, it can be raised by 0.8-inches for navigating steep driveways. Rear wheel steering is optional. Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview is an option on all but the hybrid, using electric swivel motors to compensate body roll in sharper corners. It also steps in on the straights, to minimize the impact of road imperfections. A stereo camera array, data from the navigation system, and learned data from driving patterns is used to proactively adjust the chassis to the road conditions ahead. An even more luxurious interiorThe 2020 7 Series’ wheelbase is unchanged, at 126.4-inches, but BMW has updated it in the front and the back for the new model year. Three different types of leather can be head in multiple colors; a new Nappa leather with extended quilting is part of the Luxury Seating Package. BMW Individual fine-grain Merino full leather trim gets extended quilting, contrast stitching, and piping. American Oak Dark with metal inlay and Poplar Grain Metallic Grey high-gloss trim have been added for 2020. Meanwhile the M Sport package adds a special steering wheel and pedals, among other things, and a Fineline Black wood interior trim with high-gloss metal. The M760i xDrive gets its own bespoke cabin with extended leather. Laminated glass – now 0.2-inches thick – is used in the windshield, side, and rear windows, to help reduce cabin noise in the 750i and 760i. BMW has even swapped the window motors for quieter versions. Wireless charging for a phone is standard, as is ambient lighting with six colors. The 750i and M760i can be had with the Rear Executive Lounge Seating package, which adds four-zone automatic climate control, two individually adjustable massage seats, active seat ventilation front and rear, and a rear console with entertainment and a 7-inch removable tablet controller. Two 10-inch Full HD touchscreens are included, plus a Blu-ray player.BMW iDrive 7, the latest iteration of the automaker’s infotainment platform, is standard. A head-up display and night vision are optional, the latter automatically flagging detected objects with the headlamps’ marker light function. Parking Assistant Plus and parking sensors are standard, as is Back-Up Assistant, which can automatically reverse the steering motions made during the car’s last forward maneuver to exit a space. Contrasting with the expanded grille, meanwhile, are slimmer headlamps. Adaptive Full LED lights are standard, but BMW will offer its Laserlight headlamps as an option. Below them are new fenders and bumpers, while the hood is more sculpted. At the back, the exhaust system surrounds are wider, and will be chrome finished on regular cars and Cerium Grey on M Sport models. LED three-dimensional taillamps are now 1.4-inches slimmer than before, and are joined together by a 0.2-inch wide light strip that spans the tailgate. In-between, there are new side mirrors with a more slender mount.For the 2020 BMW 740i, 2020 740i xDrive, and 2020 745e xDrive sedans, 18-inch light-alloy wheels and all-season run-flat rubber are standard. The 2020 750i xDrive steps up to 19-inch wheels with all-season run-flat tires; the 2020 M760i xDrive sedan goes for 20-inch wheels and performance run-flat tires. Up to 20-inch wheels are optional on the other cars, apart from the new 745e xDrive sedan, which tops out at 19-inch wheels. 2020 BMW 7 Series hybrid, V12, V8 and six-cylinder enginesUnder its hood, the 2020 745e xDrive gets a new hybrid drivetrain based on a six-cylinder, inline engine. That contributes 280 horsepower to an electric motor with 113 horsepower, for a total in Sport mode of 389 hp and up to 442 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 mph arrives in 4.9 seconds. A larger 12 kWh li-ion battery has been fitted under the rear seats, but BMW isn’t saying what electric-only range will be yet. Then there’s the 3.0-liter six-cylinder inline engine in the 2020 BMW 740i and 740i xDrive. That gets a twin-scroll turbocharger and delivers 335hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. In the 740i that adds up to a 5.3 second 0-60 time, while the xDrive model’s all-wheel drive cuts it to 4.8 seconds. A new 4.4-liter V8 engine has arrived in the 2020 750i xDrive, now with 523hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. That’s 80hp and 74 lb-ft more than the outgoing engine, respectively, and enough for a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds. Standard features include Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, now with cyclist spotting, together with Lane Departure Warning Blind Spot Detection systems that can actively guide the car back on track. Speed Limit Info, Rear Collision Preparation, and Cross Traffic Alert are also included. Optional is the Driving Assistance Professional package. That adds Extended Traffic Jam Assistant for limited access highways, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Lane Keeping Assistant with side collision avoidance, Steering & Traffic Jam Assistant, Automatic Lane Change, and Evasion Assistant & Cross Traffic alert. Though the 7 Series isn’t autonomous, it does support hands-off driving in divided highway congestion, operating at up to 37 mph. 2020 BMW 7 Series launchBMW says that the new 7 Series will begin production in March, and should arrive in dealerships in April 2019. Pricing will be announced closer to that point. Story TimelineThe 2019 BMW X7 is big, brash, and full of the latest tech2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible revealed: This is the M850i droptopcenter_img A “Hey BMW” assistant is standard, and can be renamed, while the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant learns preferences like common routes, HVAC and seat heating settings, and more. It’ll also be able to answer questions about the various tech features, rather than sending owners scurrying to the manual, and queries like “how much further can I drive before I need to refuel?”The driver gets the BMW Live Cockpit Professional as standard, with redesigned graphics on the fully-digital instrumentation. Control can be via the iDrive dial, steering wheel controls, the center touchscreen, voice, or gesture. WiFi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and soft-close automatic doors are all standard. A safer, smarter 7 SeriesWith driver assistance systems proliferating even down to affordable cars, the 2020 7 Series has to offer something different to stand out. The car uses radar, ultrasonic, camera, and other sensors, along with navigation data to keep an eye on the surrounding traffic and road conditions. The 6th-gen 7 Series has, BMW says, been its most successful of the series yet. Still, time waits for no automaker, particularly when it comes to luxury flagships. Buyers expect the cutting-edge, and when rivals are all too willing to give it to them in the hope of coaxing out a six-figure sale, not keeping your sedan fresh is the kiss of death. 2020 BMW 7 Series styleOutside, the 2020 7 Series picks up styling cues from other recent BMW models. The oversized kidney grille is probably the most obvious change, now with a single-piece surround. It’s a full 40-percent larger in surface area than the old grille, BMW says, and now features aluminum satin vanes as standard. AdChoices广告2020 7 Series M Sport cars will get high-gloss chrome or black vanes, meanwhile, while the new BMW M760Li xDrive Sedan will have a grille surround and Cerium Grey bars. Whatever the finish, the new maw sits on a fascia now two inches taller at its highest point than before. 2020 BMW 7 Series Gallerylast_img read more

Need A New Knee Thatll Be 11K — Or 70K Depending On

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Need A New Knee? That’ll Be $11K — Or $70K, Depending On Where You Live A new report shows wide variation in what surgery costs in America, and sometimes wild discrepancy exists even inside the same city. Elsewhere, a study says teams of doctors make fewer mistakes than lone ones. Modern Healthcare: Docs Make Fewer Diagnostic Mistakes In Teams, Study Finds The cost of having a knee or hip replaced varies wildly and can be up to four times more in one place than another -— even in the same area, a report out Wednesday found. A total knee replacement averaged about $31,000 in 64 markets where Blue Cross Blue Shield analyzed its claims data. But in Dallas, it ranged from $16,772 to $61,584.86. Across the USA, knee replacements costs as little as $11,317 in Montgomery, Ala., and as much as $69,654 in New York City. (O’Donnell and Ungar, 1/21) center_img USA Today: Surgery Costs Vary Wildly — Even In Same Area Teamwork may be one way to help reduce the incidence of diagnostic mistakes, in which patients’ conditions are missed, delayed or diagnosed incorrectly, a study suggests. When two doctors worked together, their confidence in a diagnosis was boosted and their determination was more accurate. One out of every 20 U.S. adults could be misdiagnosed during outpatient visits, and about half of those errors could prove to be harmful, recent estimates find. (Rice, 1/20) last_img read more

The Macbook Air and Macbook Pro could be getting key upgrades

first_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Apple will reportedly launch refreshed upgrades for both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops this September.Forbes reports IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin said Apple will be updating the MacBook Air with a faster processor. While there’s no word on what this new faster processor will be, Apple is likely to use Intel’s 9th Generation H series Intel Core offerings. Related: Best Laptops 2019Lin also suggests the base model 13-inch MacBook Pro, which doesn’t flaunt a Touch Bar, will see a similar CPU refresh in September. This makes a lot of sense when you consider the 15-inch MacBook Pro was treated to an Intel Core i9-9980HK processor upgrade back in May 2019.It’s not just a CPU boost these new MacBook Air laptops will benefit from – they will see the new MacOS Catalina installed too. Some of the new features Apple’s latest operating system brings to the table include the capability to use your iPad as a second display and the introduction of streamlined apps that will replace the clunky and outdated iTunes.Related: MacOS CatalinaNone of this is a major surprise, as manufacturers are frequently updating laptops with the latest mobile processors and software. More of a shock is Jeff Lin’s claim that the MacBook Pro will be getting a brand new model, with a touted 16-inch version becoming the largest in the current lineup. Forbes reports the IHS Markit data anticipates the rumoured 16-inch MacBook Pro screen will boast a 3072 x 1920 LCD display. If true, this means Apple is still reluctant to make the move to OLED, despite the likes of Dell and HP embracing the technology.Could this rumoured 16-inch MacBook Pro be real? We certainly wouldn’t rule it out, as Apple has a habit of giving its computers minor upgrades. That said, we don’t really think there’s a high demand for such a product when there’s already a 15.4-inch MacBook Pro available to buy. Regardless, we’re sure to find out come September.Are you excited by the upcoming MacBook Air and MacBook Pro upgrades? Let us know @TrustedReviews on Twitter This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorlast_img read more