Cochlear Debuts iPhone-Compatible Cochlear Implant Processor

A new product from Cochlear Limited will allow iPhone owners to stream sound from their device directly to their cochlear implant. This is made possible by the Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, a behind-the-ear sound processor that bridges the iPhone and the implant. Cochlear says the processor makes it possible for iPhone users to not only stream audio to their implants, but to also control, monitor, and customize their hearing via the associated application. The app can help people record coil-offs time, as well as time in speech environments, including time spent listening to FM radio or streaming music. It also offers a tool for locating lost processors if they happen to fall off. Cochlear says the Nucleus 7 was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month and should be available in September for those looking at new implants. The Nucleus 7 will support some of Cochlear’s older implants through an upgrade beginning in October.

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Android Auto Can Now Navigate with Waze

Google today made Waze available within Android Auto. The new integration means those who prefer Waze to Google Maps can take advantage of Waze via their car’s in-dash infotainment center. In order to use Waze, Android users will need to download the latest version of Android Auto and Waze, and then connect their phone to their car via USB. Waze is a popular alternative to Google Maps because it provides real-time information about accidents, construction closures, and other events that may impact navigation. It relies on crowd-sourced data to provide the most up-to-date information. Google says Waze fans will be able to navigate to their favorite destinations saved in Waze (work, home, etc.), receive visual and audio alerts about hazards, check the estimated time of arrival along with alternate routes, and of course help other Waze users by sharing information about accidents and traffic jams. Google said it is working on a version of Waze that works within Android Auto directly on smartphones, but for now Waze integration is limited to in-dash access.

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Apple Must Pay U. Wisconsin $506 Million Over Patent

Apple was ordered this week by a U.S. judge to pay $506 million to the University of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) thanks to patented technology found in Apple’s A7, A8, and A8X processors. The patent involves increasing the efficiency of chips by predicting what instructions the user will give them. WARF originally filed the lawsuit in January 2014 and was granted a jury victory in October 2015. The original judgement was for $234 million, but the judge more than doubled the damages because Apple has continued to use the patented technology in its iPhones (A9 processors) during the course of the lawsuit. Apple sought to have the patent declared invalid, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected Apple’s bid. Apple is appealing the ruling. WARF sued Apple again in 2015 over the same patent, which it claims is being violated in newer versions of the iPhone. That second case is still winding its way through the courts. The patent, originally granted to WARF in 1998, expired in December 2016. Apple maintained its innocence.

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USB 3.2 Spec Promises to Double Data Transfer Speeds

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group this week released the spec for USB 3.2, which has the potential to boost speeds through cables. Specifically, USB 3.2 takes advantage of the multi-lane operation that has been built into existing USB Type-C cables. Now, as long as both devices support USB 3.2, end users should see data transfer speeds double. The Promoter Group says the spec allows for up to two lanes of 5 Gbps or two lanes of 10 Gbps operation. The spec makes use of the existing SuperSpeed USB physical layer, but makes minor updates to the hub specification to address increased speeds in addition to transitions between single- and two-lane operation. The USB 3.2 specification is available to developers only at this time. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group expects to release the final version of the spec in September. Devices with support for USB 3.2 will likely not appear in the market before 2018. It’s unclear if or how USB 3.2 might be used with mobile devices. Some of the companies in the USB 3.0 Promoter Group include Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, ST Microelectronics, and Texas Instruments.

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Giphy Makes It Possible to Create GIFs In Your Mobile Browser

Giphy recently rolled out a new tool that eases the GIF creation process. Now, there’s no app to download and install because Giphy built the GIF maker into its mobile web site. People need only enter a YouTube or video URL, or capture or upload a video to begin the process of creating a GIF. The tool supports text and graphics overlays, and once the GIFs are saved online they can be shared most anywhere across the web. Giphy’s new GIF maker is free to use in Chrome and Safari on Android and iOS devices.

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“Alexa, is my door locked?”

All is quiet, nothing is stirring, not even a mouse and you shout “Alexa, is my door locked?”. No this isn’t the beginning of a weird Internet of Things horror movie but the introduction to Yale’s Keyfree Connected and Keyless Connected Smart Locks in conjunction with Samsung’s SmartThings.

Alexa, is my door locked?

To operate Yale Smart Locks using Alexa users will require a Samsung SmartThings Hub and the SmartThings app, an Amazon Alexa device and a Yale Smart Lock with Z-Wave module fitted.

Yale’s Keyfree Connected Smart Lock is suitable for PVC and composite residential doors, whereas the Keyless model is designed for traditional timber doors fitted with a 60mm night-latch.

Stephen Roberts, Marketing Manager for Yale Smart Living said: “We are delighted to partner with Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings to make securing your home even easier and more convenient. The popularity of voice control and Samsung SmartThings will help to educate customers about the benefits that smart door locks can bring to their everyday lives and we look forward to working more closely with them in the future.”

“Our goal at SmartThings is to deliver the best and most open smart home solution to users across the globe,” said Brett Worthington, Vice President of Global Business Development, Samsung SmartThings. “Partnering with industry leaders like Yale and Amazon Alexa in both the U.S. and now U.K. markets is another step towards ubiquity as we continue to enable the most popular use cases for customers with voice control, smart locks and more.”

For more information on Yale’s range of smart locks visit www.yale.co.uk/smart-living. For more information on Samsung’s SmartThings visit: www.samsung.com/uk/smartthings/

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  • RCA/Venturer Mercury 7L tablet – review

    RCA/Venturer Mercury 7L tablet   review
    RCA/Venturer Mercury 7L tablet   review

    Following on from my Venturer Saturn Pro 10 review, I’m now moving on to review the latest budget tablet from RCA/Ventruer the Mercury 7L. As it is currently priced at £49.99, the Mercury 7L is a direct competitor to the Amazon Fire tablet (which I take with me everywhere). Hey, for that price it’s almost a throwaway device.

    Good points:

    • Google Play certified
    • Price
    • Propitiatory and micro USB charging

    Bad points:

    • Build quality
    • Battery life
    • No rear camera
    • The screen is a fingerprint and scratch magnet

    Device Specs:

    • Quad Core 1.3GHz with 1GB RAM
    • Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
    • 7” Capacitive Touch TFT Screen. with 1024 x 600 resolution
    • 8 GB Internal memory
    • Micro USB port
    • Front Facing, 1M camera
    • MicroSD card slot support, up to 64GB
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • Google Play certified

    In Use:

    Upon first unboxing the Mercury 7L, the first thing that I noticed was the actual build of the device. The whole device is made of what feels like is cheap plastic and when pressing on the back there is a definite give in the rear panel. Also, the screen looks and feels like it is sitting inside the rear panel, with a lip running all around the edges of the device.

    RCA/Venturer Mercury 7L tablet   review

    The front screen is made of plastic that picks up fingerprints and small scratches like mad. The screen could have been a bit brighter in my opinion, as I felt it was at about 75% even though it was showing as the maximum. The screen also looked like it had a blue tinge to it, but then again this wouldn’t be a high spec panel on such an inexpensive device. All the controls and ports are on one edge of the device, with the small but surprisingly powerful speaker round the back.

    RCA/Venturer Mercury 7L tablet   review
    RCA/Venturer Mercury 7L tablet   review
    RCA/Venturer Mercury 7L tablet   review
    RCA/Venturer Mercury 7L tablet   review

    That said, I was able to load my apps from the Play Store, and in use the tablet did cope quite well. The Mercury 7L only comes with a front facing 1MP camera, which was OK for video calls, etc but no rear-facing camera at all, which was obviously left out in a bid to keep costs down. The battery is rated to last 6 hours, and to be honest, in my tests I found this to be closer to 4-4.5 hours.

    The Mercury 7L can be charged by either micro USB, (of which most of us have tons of the things lying around) or the supplied proprietary charger. This is a nice touch, as I can charge the device and use a USB OTG cable at the same time.

    Conclusion:

    This lower-priced tablet market does have a number of competitors from several camps – including Amazon and Windows – to name but a few. Should you buy the Mercury 7L over the competition? It does have some advantages over the others, being Google Play certified means you can load apps from the millions available from the Play Store without side loading and hacking Google Play services on the device. Additionally, unlike the similarly-priced Fire Tablet, there are no adverts on the lock screen, to subsidise the overall price.

    Would I use the Mercury 7L over my Fire Tablet? Erm, no, to be honest. I’m an Amazon Prime member, so I get access to the offerings from Prime Video and I was able to get the Google Play store on there quite easily by following some on-line tutorials.

    In this case, the Mercury 7L doesn’t offer me any more for the same price.

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  • Even H1 Headphones – Review

    I’ve had half a bottle of Pepsi, so I’m going to be going to be full of sugar on this one.

    Headphones, as you’ll have no doubt noticed if you go to an electrical retailer, can cost a truck load of cash. On a recent trip to Currys I spotted a pair for £449. That’s almost as much as most smartphones.

    Even H1 Headphones   Review

    Here, for £199.99 from Selfridges (yeah, a bit posh eh?) are the Even H1 headphones. They’re over-ear, they’ve got walnut ear-cups and they have a posh carry-case.

    Even H1 Headphones   Review

    So far, so normal… if a little swish. These definitely look the part, and they don’t weigh a great deal either, so you don’t feel like there’s a lump on your head. Very stylish.

    They look like high quality headphones and there’s lots of shiny technical information like the 50mm Beryllium drivers (32 ohms) and 20 – 20,000Hz frequency range. They have a microphone in too, so you can conduct phone calls.

    Even H1 Headphones   Review

    However..

    These headphones have something extra. She’s called Sarah, and she’ll sit in your ears. It sounds a bit weird, but this is where the magic happens. In the box, there’s a card. It has a very simple 5-step guide on how to get going. First, you need to plug your headphones into the supplied connectors. You can wear the headphones any way around, but the white cable has to go into your left headphone and the black one into the right.

    Even H1 Headphones   Review

    Next, it’s time to charge the special little controller. This takes about an hour and you’ll see a solid red light while it’s charging. Once done, you get a full 12 hours of listening, which is pretty decent. This controller box – which let’s you play, pause and adjust the volume is the magical little box where your “EarPrint” is stored. An “EarPrint” is basically your own unique audio profile. To get this, Sarah will pop into your ears. You fire her up by powering up and then double-tapping the “Even” button at the bottom. A blue LED will then illuminate whilst Sarah speaks to you. This process tends to take around 90 seconds, and it’s pretty much like a hearing test. Things will start in the right ear, and a selection of notes will be played at different frequencies and volumes. All you have to do is press the “Even” button when you begin to hear them.

    Even H1 Headphones   Review

    For me, I know I’ve lost a bit of hearing in the right ear, and although I got the higher notes fairly easily when they first started playing, the lower tones took me longer to hear. It’s these responses that, in both ears, build up your individual “EarPrint” profile. You can re-do it again if you’re in a loud environment, but the headphones are really rather good at blocking out exterior noise.

    Even H1 Headphones   Review

    However, it’s not until you wear another pair of headphones that you realise how good this custom sound profile is. I put a pair of regular in-ear headphones in and honestly thought that they were broken, because suddenly I couldn’t hear as well on the right side. Likewise, if you hit the “Even” button on the H1 headphones, you can switch the custom profile on and off to hear the difference, which is at times pretty substantial, let me tell you.

    Even H1 Headphones   Review

    You can hear the difference by tapping that “Even” button just once to turn it off or on. For me, the bass was immediately noticeable and was really deep and – when cranked up loud – dangerously close but definitely on the right side of distortion. It was almost an analogue feel. The balance of the audio definitely seemed to shift for me and was more central, it had a clear and surrounding sensation which lifted the music out of the headphones.

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    I really did like these. They’re light, comfortable and fit on your head perfectly – forming a close fitting onto your ears and closing off the outside world thanks to the adjustable steel joints. The surrounding plush vegan leather material on the ears was smooth and plush.

    Even H1 Headphones   Review

    Overall, as I’m someone who moans when headphones cost more than £10, I can now feel, see and hear the difference in quality. My music popped out, it sounded clearer and just a whole lot better than ever before. The smooth pivot action of the premium metal next to the genuine walnut heaphones… it just screams quality and top-end design. The animal-friendly faux leather and sweat-resistant ear pads, plus the high-quality, tangle resistant and detachable cords.. it’s a clever and classy product. Highly recommended if you can afford them. Really good.

    The Even H1 headphones are available for £199.99 from Selfridges.

    Even H1 Headphones   Review

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  • Sleepace launch new smart light to track your sleep and wake you up naturally

    Sleepace launch new smart light to track your sleep and wake you up naturally

    I’m kinda lucky. I don’t need too much help getting to sleep as I’m properly worn out by the time I hit the sack. However, for those who want a bit of help getting to sleep and having a more peaceful kip, the new Nox Smart Sleep Light might do the trick. It comes from Sleepace, who already do a number of sleep-gadgets and sleep monitoring stuff, like their RestOn Smart Sleep Monitor that you don’t need to actually wear.

    This new Nox Smart Sleep Light, shown below, connects to the Sleepace iOS or Android app and gives you a full sleep analysis which should help you “make educated decisions and improve sleep quality”. Not only that, but it’ll wake you up naturally with 16 million colours of soft LED lighting which, get this….

    Bathes you with light and sound programs that adapt to a personal body clock to improve sleep quality with red-light wavelengths, which raise melatonin levels, and delicate sounds to soothe and calm.

    Sleepace launch new smart light to track your sleep and wake you up naturally

    Blimey. I have a 10-year-old alarm clock that cost me £9 from Tesco and blasts out white noise from a badly-tuned FM radio-station every morning. That’s a bit of a difference.

    It costs $99 from Amazon US or £88.50 from Amazon UK.

    There’s some really good lines in the press release (below), I have to say, such as..

    Wake up feeling more refreshed and ready to tackle the day ahead. The smart alarm eases users naturally out of a deep sleep simulating the colour of the sunrise.

    The device is compatible with Alexa too.

    Sleepace launches Nox Smart Light compatible with Alexa Home to aid restful sleep
    Let Sleepace increase melatonin with red wavelengths that lull a restless mind to sleep

    Sleepace’s new Nox Smart Sleep Light helps restless minds sleep smart and provides insights for insomniacs to optimise their sleep patterns within any environment. Compatible with Alexa home assistant Sleepace helps users smarten up their homes and activate the device with voice control.

    The Nox Smart Sleep Light bathes users with light and sound programs that adapt to a personal body clock to improve sleep quality with red-light wavelengths, which raise melatonin levels, and delicate sounds to soothe and calm.

    Technicoloured smart light
    Want to dream in 50 shades of rainbow? With 256 variations of color, the Nox offers over 16 million colour combinations to set a bedroom’s ambience and personalise the shut eye experience.

    Wake up and smell the coffee, naturally
    Wake up feeling more refreshed and ready to tackle the day ahead. The smart alarm eases users naturally out of a deep sleep simulating the colour of the sunrise.

    The Sleepace app lets Nox know when a user is at the lightest part of their cycle through body movement monitoring. Nox sounds an alarm within 30 minutes of the time a sleeper wants to wake.

    Sleep aid connectivity
    Set the alarm time with the connected iOS or Android app, which will tell the Nox Smart Sleep Light to turn off when the user has stopped counting sheep and fallen into slumber.

    Ergonomically designed sleep pattern insights
    Connect the device to the Sleepace app, which is what tracks sleep cycle parameters like time and depth. The data generated from the app provides a comprehensive analysis and scores sleep quality.

    The app then educates users with personalised daily reminders designed to help form healthier habits, while sensors monitor temperature, humidity, light levels and noise.

    Pair Nox with Sleepace’s RestOn, a non-wearable smart sleep monitor that tracks sleep quality, to go a stage further and monitor heart or breath rate.

    The Nox smart light is available to buy on Amazon.co.uk for an RRP of £99.99 or on Amazon.com for an RRP of $149.

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  • Clearing the Runway for Growth, Using Digital Business Strategy

    Global middle market organizations are gearing up for growth. According to Ernst & Young’s (EY) Growth Barometer survey, 34 percent of middle market companies with annual revenues of US $1 million to $3 billion plan to grow 6 to 10 percent this year, far outpacing the latest World Bank global GDP growth forecasts of 2.7 percent, and 14 percent of companies surveyed have current year growth ambitions of more than 16 percent.

    While business growth strategies vary according to the size and type of business, there are common capabilities businesses need to support growth, and common challenges organizations encounter when scaling their businesses.

    Much of this focuses on boosting operational performance which can be achieved through digitization and automation to create processes that can “go the distance.” These are processes that won’t break under the strain of volume, are cost-effective, fast, and support self-serve models that allow customers and business partners to transact business whenever and wherever they want via mobility and the cloud.

    One of the biggest stumbling blocks in achieving this process nirvana is integrating new technologies with legacy applications. A recent study from Accenture shows organizations spend an inordinate amount of time and resources addressing “technology debt in the organization — i.e., tackling integration challenges inherent in legacy systems.

    Today, enterprise content management and process automation are playing a key role in helping organizations re-envision their business processes for greater efficiency and ease-of-use without the need to replace key systems of record such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

    In doing so, organizations can get a big bonus. Industry analyst firm Nucleus noted that its research has shown customers are averaging $7.50 returned for every dollar spent in their enterprise content management deployments.

    Cost benefits stem from elimination…
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