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Google stadia, Microsoft, Sony or Amazon will master gaming future?

This November, Google launched The tech titan’s new service called Google Stadia for playing video games like you stream the TV show Stranger Things from Netflix. However, next year, Stadia has issue to face with: competition.

The reason is 2020 will mark the era of a new generation of video games, powered by Sony’s forthcoming PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s next Xbox, both of which are planned for launching in the fall. They won’t be alone.

Game streaming on any high end device, such as smartphones, offers an opportunity for the tech industry’s largest players to jump into the game world, taking on established heavyweights Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.

Stadia is considered as the entry point of Google, a service that promises to use the search giant’s vast and nearly worldwide network of powerful computers to stream video games directly to our electronic devices such as TVs, computers and smart phones over the internet. But now that it’s launched to mixed reviews, some people are recommending gamers steer clear, even if you can use Stadia for free after purchasing a game from Google.

One of biggest man who anticipated into cloud gaming is Amazon. The online shopping giant already sells video games, video game consoles and accessories. It also owns Twitch, a service that allows you to observe other people play games live.

But it has ambitions to do more, including a game streaming service which could be competitor of Google, Microsoft and Sony, though it hasn’t discussed about its new product publicly.

Amazon is planning to announce its service next year, according to two people familiar with the company’s plans. It’s begun recruiting people from large game corporations like Microsoft to help with the launch, as well as hiring for jobs in a “new initiative” within its Amazon Web Services team, which sources said is involved in Amazon’s plan of producing game.

The concept of game streaming has been around for nearly a decade. Initially, the technology was pushed by startups like OnLive and Gaikai. Both companies proved such a service was technically feasible but neither ultimately worked out. Gaikai sold itself to Sony in 2012, and OnLive went bankrupt and offloaded most of its assets to Sony in 2015.

Aside from Sony’s PlayStation Now, which launched in 2014, and other smaller competitors like Nvidia’s GeForce Now, there wasn’t much talk about game streaming until March of this year, when Google released Stadia.

Top tech news you need to know in the early weeks of November

This is top tech news for you in the early weeks of November. You should update these latest news belows to grasp the information of tech giants.

  1. Dara Khosrowshahi Uber CEO said the Saudi government made a mistake by Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, and defended to the regime his firm’s ties . Later Khosrowshahi clarified to Axios that it is reprehensible and should not be excused or forgotten by murdering Khashoggi in an email.
  2. Apple Card is facing a formal investigation over gender discrimination allegations made in a viral tweet by Wall Street regulators. David Heinemeier Hansson web programmer and author shared on Twitter that he was offered the credit limit of his wife 20 times , and they were dismissive of the issue when he confronted customer service representatives.
  3. After the nearly $400 million was burned through by SoftBank-backed company in 10 months. car-leasing firm Fair’s unconstrained growth was said its undoing by a dozen current and former employees. Insiders told Business Insider it didn’t have jobs for the startup hired people and it lost track of in inventory bought millions of dollars.
  4. Michael Bloomberg was reportedly called and asked by Jeff Bezos if he would run for president earlier this year. According to Recode, the question Bezos asked Bloomberg to build a second headquarters in New York City after the collapse of Amazon’s plans earlier this year.
  5. Facebook is currently facing allegations of ongoing discrimination and racism among its workforce. Employees have been discussing and sharing an anonymously authored blog post which quotes what it says are 12 current and former employees on their experiences and alleges racism at the company has gotten worse over the past year, Business Insider has learned.
  6. Popular streamers including King Gothalion, Ninja, and Shroud, have left Twitch Amazon’s video streaming service. This service is bleeding its most popular stars.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is requested to ‘reverse course’ in Hong Kong

A bipartisan group of US Congress members wrote a Friday letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook criticized the tech giant’s decision to remove an app used by protesters in Hong Kong HKmap.live from the App Store.

The letter shows that Apple’s decision last week by taking down HKMaps is deeply concerning to accommodate the Chinese government. They urge him to reverse course in the strongest terms, to stand with the brave men and women fighting for dignity and basic rights, and to demonstrate that Apple puts values above market access in Hong Kong.

According to a report from Reuters, the letter follows Cook’s Thursday meeting with China’s market regulator in Beijing and the app’s removal.

Republican Sens, along with Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Ted Cruz of Texas signed the letter. Another signals came from Democratic Reps. Tom Malinowski of New Jersey, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin.

A mapping app from the App Store crowdsourcing the location of police and protesters in Hong Kong  HKmap.live was removed by Apple, saying it violated the local laws and store’s guidelines. Last Thursday HKmap tweeted that it disagreed with Apple’s claim that the app endangered Hong Kong residents and law enforcement.

The protests which were initially focused on legislation allowing people arrested in Hong Kong to be transferred to and tried in mainland China have been going on since March 2019. The demonstrations have expanded to include other grievances and demands for greater democracy although extradition bill has since been withdrawn.

In a recent memo to Apple employees, Tim Cook said that national and international debates would outlive them all, and they do not govern the facts while important. Cook met with Xiao Yaqing China’s State Administration for Market Regulation on Thursday to discuss consumer-rights protection, enhancing business development and investment in the country.

Google Nest Hub Max – new feature you shouldn’t miss

Google is having The Google Nest Hub Max with some notable differences and a brand new smart display packing. It has a display sitting on a fabric-covered  which is similar to the Google Home Hub – known as the previous Google Nest Hub.

The size is one big exception. The Nest Hub Max with a 10in display looks like a large tablet, with while its predecessor has only 7in display. It has an Ambient EQ light sensor like the smaller model to adapt the display brightness to the surroundings of the room. Once again an ambient EQ light sensor is used to adapt on the environment the display’s brightness. It’s also HD and improve the overall viewing experience, allowing users to see what’s going on from a far greater variety of positions in the room.

A hand gesture detection feature is made to allow users to pause videos and do the same action again to resume it by pushing their hand in front of the camera. But in testing this feature did not detect hands all the time.

The Home app easily set up faces, each individual in the household can set their personalised information, don’t need to use their voicei by using calendar notices.

It now features a camera and physically bigger than before, but it can compete with the likes of Amazon’s Echo Show, can’t it?

Owners will make use of the full set of security features if they pay for a subscription. In doing so, while away on a smartphone, you can use the hub’s integration with Nest means as a security camera to check everything at home is fine.

Depending on how much you desire video history, a Nest Aware subscription ranges from £4 to £24 per month. It provides the ability to save clips, setting up activity zones  alerts when a person time lapses and access to 24-hour continuous recording.

The trend of virtual streamer in Japan is causing fever on YouTube

In Japan, virtual streamer is becoming a phenomenon and even more attractive than real people. There are millions of stream followers on the Internet and the success of streamers has created a new concept in Japan as virtual YouTubers or VTubers.

Kizuna Ai, the most famous virtual streamer in Japan, is a lovely girl with long hair and a pink headband. More significantly, she is a completely bogus character with images and voices entirely created by 3D technology and artificial intelligence.

“What makes VTubers different from traditional anime cartoon characters is that you can believe that they really exist,” said Takeshi Osaka, founder of Activ8 Inc, the company behind Kizuna Ai‘s presence. will. “This has created an irresistible appeal.”

Beyond the time-consuming and labor-intensive processes of traditional animation, Activ8 uses Hollywood-class motion capture devices to daily create exchanges and content for its characters with 8 million followers. But Activ8 declined to disclose the techniques it is using. “The innovation here is a combination of real-time 3D computer graphics, motion recording technology and video streaming sites like YouTube to create two-way interaction with the audience,” the company said.

Kizuna Ai appeared on YouTube for the first time in December 2016. Technology also opened the door for many similar characters to appear that year. With many computer graphics and 3D models from Unity Technologies, anyone can create their own virtual characters.

It is not difficult to understand when VTubers is popular in Japan where anime and virtual reality are highly valued.

Market research firm User Local Inc estimates there are currently about 9,000 VTubers channels in Japan. The most famous characters were created by a handful of professional studios like Activ8. In less than 3 years, virtual streamer has become a cultural phenomenon. Kizuna Ai appears in many advertisements such as food, supplements and television. She even appeared in the Japan National Tourism Organization’s promotional campaign.

Not stopping here, Japanese VTubers are also being exported to China. Activ8 earlier this year introduced a Chinese version of Kizuna Ai and now attracts 820,000 followers on the video sharing service Bilibili.

Realme XT: The world’s first smartphone with a 64MP sensor

Realme, OPPO’s sub-brand on August 28, officially launched the Realme XT, the world’s first smartphone with a 64MP sensor. Realme XT is said to be a worthwhile upgrade of the camera of the Realme 5 Pro, and is a variant of its Realme X series. This is also the only smartphone launched by Realme to compete directly with the Redmi Note 8 series, specifically the Redmi Note 8 Pro also has a 64MP camera.

Regarding design, Realme XT possesses a quite luxurious and familiar design language. Like most other mid-range smartphones from Realme and OPPO, Realme XT is equipped with a water-drop design screen on the front, this screen uses AMOLED panels with Full HD + resolution and has 6.4 inch size is quite large, built-in optical fingerprint sensor below the screen.

The screen border of the device is also Realme optimized with thin bezels on both sides, while the lower edge is still a bit thick. The notch at the top edge will be where the 16MP f / 2.0 selfie camera is located. Unlike the Realme X that uses a “retract” mechanism, the Realme XT is faithful to the water-drop screen design. This is also a way to help Realme reduce product costs.

To the back, the most prominent feature on this back is a cluster of 4 cameras located vertically on the left corner, including a 64MP main camera using ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor manufactured by Samsung, an angle camera 8MP ultra wide, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP camra measure depth. The back is completely constructed from glass, with a layer of toughened Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back, helping to increase the durability of the machine. In addition, this back also has a pretty light roaming effect. There will be 2 color options for users to choose from white and pearl blue.

In terms of hardware configuration, Realme XT has quite similar specifications to the Realme 5 Pro, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 chip, combined with 4GB / 6GB / 8GB RAM, 64GB to 128GB internal memory. It comes with a 4000mAh battery, supports fast charging VOOC 3.0 with a capacity of 20W.

Currently, the specific price of Realme XT has not been officially announced. The device will be sold and delivered to users in late September.

Technologies make Formula 1 the safest race in the world

Biometric gloves, helmets withstand impact force of up to 20 tons and high temperature up to 800ºC, halo protects life even when a 2-floor bus falls … The most advanced technology and stringent regulations have turned seemingly unsafe F1 racing cars into utopian safety on every journey.

Formula 1 cars (F1) travel at an average speed of 250-300km / h. Each corner creates a fierce competition between 24 riders and always poses a threat to the lives of people in the car. Technology applications have solved that problem – making racing cars safer than ever.

The hat “accepts” all bumps and temperatures

Each driver is required to wear protective clothing to withstand high temperatures and fire during driving.

The first part of the driver’s face is protected by a helmet made of metamaterials. The hat must pass the tests of FIA (World Motor Vehicle Federation) such as: withstand impact force up to 20 tons, withstand temperatures up to 800ºC, withstand the impact of a Long and heavy steel bars fall freely at a height of over 5 meters … In return, the cost to complete each hat is usually up to over USD 9,000.

HANS – “talisman” of the lumbar vertebrae

Seat belts with HANS technology are one of the talismans of F1 riders

At speeds above 250km / hour, if crashing into a retaining wall, the driver’s neck will suffer a great force, a spinal fracture and it is difficult to preserve life.

Each rider when sitting in the cockpit will have to wear up to 5 protective straps containing the external force suppression technology: 2 shoulder cross wires, 1 rope around the abdomen, 2 wires on the legs. The foot / knee part of the driver is also designed with dynamic damping pads to avoid injury in the event of a collision.

In 1980, two biologists, Jim Downing and Bob Hubard, invented HANS, a device designed so that when a collision occurs, elastic belts absorb and destroy almost all forces. slide down the protective belt over the shoulder of the driver. HANS helps to reduce over 65% of the impact on the head, nearly 90% of the impact on the driver in any case – minimizing possible injuries.

Google wanted to “come back” with Huawei

US tech giant Google said the Trump administration’s ban on Huawei could prompt Chinese technology firm to build a more hackable Android alternative and threaten US interests.

According to the Financial Times, Google has issued a warning to the Trump administration about the risks to US national security if it continues to ban Huawei. Simutaneously, the US software firm wants the government to remove the ban with Huawei soon.

Google senior executives warn that no longer cooperating with Google will push Huawei to develop its own operating system. In fact, the company has developed its own operating system platform called Hongmeng OS or Ark OS for a long time and is gradually improving. It will be a customized “Android version” and an opportunity for hackers to steal information.

Especially, Huawei is a big smartphone company, so the risk of exposing users’ information in allied countries to the US or even the American people is very high.

In the short term, Huawei is clearly suffering from the ban because of losing an important operating system partner like Google. But according to industry experts, this actually brings significant benefits when pushing Huawei to become more independent.

Huawei will strengthen itself and develop technologies to help them stand firm in the wind. That is not to mention, the Chinese government has pledged to provide its full support, increasing R&D funding for technology companies and the country’s industry in the context of US trade sanctions. This inadvertently threatens the dominance of American companies in the long run.

Perhaps aware of the potential risks and significant impact of the ban on revenue from licensing and advertising, Google has hinted at the possibility of asking the government to exclude the company from the list of grants which cooperate with Huawei.

The move promises to help Google manage Android OS, continuously release important security updates to all Huawei smartphones in the world.

It has been more than half a month since the US government officially issued an ordinance to ban US companies from cooperating with Huawei, so far nothing has improved. The US government still considers Huawei, the world’s leading provider of 5G telecommunications network equipment, a leading threat to national security and said it was Beijing’s spy.

Even Mr. Trump once said that Huawei is a dangerous company but left open the possibility of resolving the company’s problems on the negotiating table with Beijing.

On the other hand, the US Department of Commerce has also postponed the ban for another three months to wait for new signals from both sides. During this time, many US companies, including Google, Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm, and most recently, Facebook all stopped working with Huawei. US government

This week, awei chairman Liang Hua shared with reporters that Google is working with the US Department of Commerce to find a solution to solve problems, and to resume cooperation with Huawei.

He also confirmed that Huawei will not negotiate directly with the and will wait for Google’s negotiations to progress. Huawei representatives even insist, if the company is forced to develop a separate operating system, they can do it very quickly.

Huawei requires US national employees to leave the company

After the ban, Huawei immediately canceled important meetings, demanding that US national employees leave their headquarters in China.

Dang Wenshua, Huawei’s chief strategy architect, revealed that American employees working at Huawei’s R&D department returned to the US two weeks ago, shortly after the US government put Chinese corporation in blacklist, prohibit trade transactions.

According to him, it was Huawei who asked these employees to leave the Headquarters in Shenyang, after receiving an embargo notice from the administration of President Trump. Even an important meeting took place at that time was canceled and US citizens were asked to turn off the computer, disconnect and leave Huawei’s office. Later, visitors to the Chinese company’s headquarters were also subject to security checks to ensure they did not carry an American passport.

The revelation from the leader showed that Huawei reacted immediately to the US government’s request to avoid infringement. Under a trade embargo, US companies are not allowed to sell or trade US products and technology to Huawei without a government license.

Eric Crusius, partner of Holland & Knight law firm, said it was impossible to estimate the difficulties that Huawei faced with this trade embargo. Stopping communication between the company and US employees and offices will make them isolated from the rest of the world and this is not good.

Huawei is being accused of stealing technology, implicit transactions with Iran and a data collection tool for the Chinese government. Meanwhile, the company’s leaders said they were blacklisted because the US side wanted to restrain recent technological development. Chinese telecommunications group is said to be at the forefront of 5G technology.

On May 15, the US Department of Commerce put Huawei and 68 branches on a ban in fields of buying parts and components from the US company without the approval of the US government. In turn, big companies like Google, Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx, ARM … announced to stop business cooperation with Huawei. After that, the United States had eased the deadline to enforce the ban by 90 days.

iPhones mass-production in India to start during 2019

Foxconn’s founder and chairman, Terry Gou, has confirmed to the media that the company will start iPhones mass-production in India this year.

Terry Gou’s announcement comes when Foxconn, one of China’s largest companies, is expanding its manufacturing operations in India, the world’s second largest smartphone market. At this time, Foxconn is also involved in new high-tech areas, including artificial intelligence (AI) and self-driving cars.

Also during the event in Taipei yesterday, Gou said Foxconn will begin mass production of iPhones in India this year. This will help the company go deeper and promote the development of the smartphone industry in this country.

New production lines in India also show that Apple – Foxconn’s biggest customer – is seeking to increase iPhone sales in a number of untapped large markets, where Apple has also faced rivals which ever surpassed them in China like Huawei and Xiaomi.

According to reports from December last year, the iPhone models produced in India will be high-end devices, namely from the iPhone X. The most recent report said the iPhone X family mass production line will be launched in July.

Currently, it is unclear why Apple decided to assemble high-end iPhone models in India. The company only has a small market share in the smartphone market in India and concentrates on cheaper devices like iPhone SE, iPhone 6S and most recently iPhone 7.

However, it is likely that Apple is looking to diversify production of iPhone models for the US market. At this point, the US-China trade war could raise US import taxes from China by 25%, arguably the main reason why Apple sought to move its iPhone factory out of China. Although everything has eased somewhat, but due to the unpredictability of US President Donald Trump, this is still a wise plan of Apple.

In addition, the production of iPhone X in India may also help Apple achieve its goal of using 30% of components from India – a must for Apple to open a retail store in the country. You may not know, Apple recently reduced the price of iPhone XR in India to 25%.