Starbucks Mobile App Users Can Order By Voice

Starbucks today announced two voice-driven features that will let people place orders by speaking rather than typing. Both tools rely on the Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay functionality within the mobile application, which makes it possible for people to place orders via their mobile device before they arrive at their favored Starbucks location. First, the My Starbucks Barista relies on artificial intelligence so customers can order and pay for food and beverage items by speaking the request aloud in the Starbucks mobile app. The messaging interface accepts speech or text input and can handle complex tasks such as modifying beverages to meet personal preferences. The My Starbucks Barista feature is being rolled out to a very limited number of iOS beta testers now, but isn’t expected to see a wider rollout until the summer months. Starbucks said the feature will reach Android devices later in the year. Second, the new Starbucks Reorder Skill for Amazon Alexa lets people order their “usual” drink or food item from Starbucks by saying, “Alexa, order my Starbucks.” People will need to program the skill, with their favorite drink and preferred store, in the Alexa app on their mobile device. It will then be available to any Alexa-powered device, such as the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. The Alexa Reorder Skill will be made available in the days ahead.

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#DeleteUber: How Social Media Turned on Uber

There was plenty to be angry about this weekend — and many people were extremely irate about the ride-hailing company Uber.

As news of Donald Trump?EU?s travel ban on Muslim-majority countries spread, protests sprang up at airports around the US. In support, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance called on its members to avoid John F Kennedy International Airport for one hour:

NO PICKUPS @ JFK Airport 6 PM to 7 PM today. Drivers stand in solidarity with thousands protesting inhumane & unconstitutional #MuslimBan.– NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) January 28, 2017

After the strike, Uber tweeted that surge pricing, which results in higher fares at busy times, had been switched off near JFK:

Surge pricing has been turned off at #JFK Airport. This may result in longer wait times. Please be patient. — Uber NYC (@Uber_NYC) January 29, 2017

The reaction to Uber?EU?s strikebreaking was swift. #DeleteUber began trending, as people encouraging one another not only to delete the app from their phones, but also to cancel their Uber accounts.

Scores of people are deleting Uber after the company serviced rides at JFK airport while taxis were striking against muslim ban #deleteuberpic.twitter.com/D8cJMlxOxQ — Josh Butler (@JoshButler) January 29, 2017

Thanks to the company?EU?s many controversies — from its attitude to consumer safety to its use of s urge pricing during the Sydney siege — it was far from the first time the company had been excoriated on social media. However, the hashtag?EU?s popularity demonstrated how American consumers are using a different tactic to show their displeasure with what they view as Trump-supporting companies.

Dan O?EU?Sullivan, or @Bro_Pair, was the first person to tweet the hashtag in direct response to Uber lifting surge pricing. He told the Daily Beast: ?EU?Let this be a warning: if you are a corporation who thinks you will ride out Trump, and…
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Diversity in Tech: Lots of Attention, Little Progress

The tech industry has brought us self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, disappearing photos and 3-D printers. But when it comes to racial and gender diversity, its companies are no trailblazers.

Despite loudly touted efforts to hire more black, Latino and female workers, especially in technical and leadership positions, diversity numbers at the largest tech companies are barely budging.

In 2014, 2 percent of Googlers were black and 3 percent were Hispanic, numbers that haven’t changed since. The picture is similar at Facebook and Twitter . Microsoft is slightly more racially diverse (though not when it comes to gender) and Apple even more so, though still not reflective of the U.S. population. Amazon is more racially diverse still, although it counts its large, lower-wage warehouse workforce in its totals.

Women, meanwhile, make up less than a third of the workforce at many companies — even less in engineering and other technical jobs.

Tech companies themselves tend to blame a “pipeline problem,” meaning a shortage of woman and minorities with technical qualifications. But a number of academic experts, tech-industry employees and diversity advocates say there’s a bigger problem. Silicon Valley, they argue, has failed to challenge its own unstated assumptions of what makes for great tech employees– and that actively hampers diversity.

“The people who are doing the hiring are not changing their thinking around what they view as qualified,” says Leslie Miley, engineering director at the message-service startup Slack. Hiring managers, he says, spend too much time worrying that applicants who don’t fit techie stereotypes aren’t “Google-y enough or Facebook-y enough or Apple-y enough or Twitter-y enough.”

Miley, who is African-American, has previously worked as an engineer at Twitter, Apple, Google and Yahoo.

The Industry Is Trying

Companies are spending a lot of time and money on improving diversity. Two years ago, Intel splashily set itself the goal of achieving…
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T-Mobile Promo to Refund Smartphone Sales Tax

T-Mobile today said it will refund the sales tax of smartphone purchases. The limited promotion is available for new devices purchased on a T-Mobile equipment installment plan and associated with either a T-Mobile One or Simple Choice Unlimited 4G LTE service plan. After the sale, customers can fill out a form online and receive a MasterCard gift card for 11.2% of the purchase price of the device, which exceeds the cost of sales tax in most cases. T-Mobile says the sales tax refund promotion can be applied to every phone it sells, and can be used with up to 12 lines. T-Mobile didn’t say how long this promo will be available. Earlier this year, T-Mobile rolled the cost of monthly service taxes and fees into its plan pricing in order to simplify billing.

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iCloud Drops iPhone Activation Lock Search Tool

Apple has removed a tool within iCloud that allowed people to easily check the Activation Lock status of iPhones, iPods, and iPads. Activation Lock was introduced as a part of iOS 7’s Find My iPhone feature in 2014. Any iPhone owner who activates Find My iPhone automatically locks the device to their Apple ID. The idea behind Activation Lock is to make it so stolen iPhones can’t be activated on new accounts without first disassociating them from the original owner’s account. iPhones with Activation Lock still in place are unusable with new Apple IDs, and thus not worth stealing in the first place. Until recently, iCloud provided an easy tool that allowed potential iPhone purchasers to check the Activation Lock status of a device by entering the IMEI or serial number. The tool is no longer available within iCloud, and the former web site returns a 404 error. Moreover, Apple has removed the language associated with the Activation Lock search tool from its support documents. Instead, Apple suggests potential buyers and sellers work together to ensure iPhones, iPads, and iPods are properly unlocked and erased before any sale or transfer takes place. This approach may work between legitimate transactions, but doesn’t help people who’ve purchased stolen devices.

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CCAM Welcomes Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

PRINCE GEORGE, VA — January 30, 2017 — The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) today announced Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has joined CCAM at the Affiliate Member level and will have a seat on CCAM?EU?s Technology Advisory Council. CCAM is an applied research center providing solutions in adaptive automation, surface engineering, and additive manufacturing. Hexagon will participate in CCAM research and provide expertise in optical non-contact 3D measuring systems for industrial manufacturing applications. Hexagon is a leading metrology and manufacturing solution provider, specializing in the collection, analysis and active use of measurement data to increase production speed, accelerate productivity, and enhance product quality.

CCAM bridges the gap between research and commercialization to accelerate new developments to market. Hexagon will contribute its metrology expertise and the AICON StereoScan neo 3D scanner and a DPA photogrammetry system. These optical, portable solutions are a part of AICON’s portfolio of non-contact 3D measuring systems used to enable efficient, high-precision monitoring, quality assurance and control in manufacturing production. CCAM research and development is conducted at its 62,000 square foot facility just outside of Richmond, VA.

“Hexagon looks forward to our newest collaborative partnership with the CCAM consortium of leading manufacturers and research institutions,” states Director of Strategic Business Development Michael Mariani, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. “We are pleased to make a technology contribution to the CCAM metrology center, adding another level of capability in support of the innovative work conducted at this leading research facility for advanced manufacturing methods.”

“CCAM is delighted to have Hexagon become our newest member,” says Jaime Camelio, CCAM Chief Technology Officer. ?EU?Their inspection tools fully complement our research agenda, providing CCAM the opportunity to develop enhanced algorithms to optimize inspection processes.?EU?

The CCAM industry and government consortium now numbers 31 members, including Aerojet Rocketdyne, Airbus, Alcoa, Chromalloy, Kyocera SGS Precision Tools, Newport News Shipbuilding, Oerlikon…
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Tesco Mobile slash the price of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

With Mobile World Congress just around the corner and a raft of new handsets about to be announced, it’s a good time to check for deals on the handsets that are out there now.

Tesco Mobile have just been in touch and they’re offering a pretty good deal on both the iPhone SE and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

Not only that, but they’ve also let us know about their “Double data for £10 a month” offer, which is now available to SIM only customers, and you can get 20GB for £20. These SIM only offers are only available until February 26th so you have to be a bit quick. New and existing customers can sign up to this.

Tesco Mobile slash the price of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Meanwhile, on contract for just £35 per month, you can bag the Samsung S7 Edge with 2GB of 4G data and there’s no upfront cost. In addition, the iPhone SE can be taken home for £22.50 per month with no upfront costs, and you can add just £1 per month to double data to 1GB every month.

All monthly deals come with a cap to ensure there’s no “bill shock”. Just choose a plan and select a monthly safety buffer to get going.

Full details area available on tescomobile.com, or head below for the press release. The MVNO is 10% owned by O2 and uses their network.

Tesco Mobile’s family friendly offers just got even better

 

•    Monthly prices slashed for Samsung S7 Edge and iPhone SE

•    Double data for £10 a month SIM only customers, and 20GB for £20

•    Double data for pay as you go Rocket Packs

•    Capped contracts ensure no nasty bill surprises for families

Tesco Mobile is giving families peace of mind in 2017, by slashing prices and letting them cap their spend to ensure no nasty bill surprises. Today the network has launched a range of cut price pay monthly options for customers to find a contract that suits their wallet.

The Samsung S7 Edge, with 2GB of 4G data, is now just £35 a month, with no upfront cost.

The iPhone SE is also just £22.50 per month, with no upfront costs, and customers are able to add just £1 per month to double their data to 1GB per month.

Tesco Mobile has also doubled the amount of data that new and upgrading SIM-only customers get. For a short time only, customers who join the network and existing customers who are looking to upgrade can get a £10 a month tariff with 2GB of data, instead of 1GB. Customers can also sign up for a whopping 20GB per month for just £20 on a SIM-only contract until 26th February.

With many customers in need of flexibility on the move, Tesco Mobile has also announced it is giving even more value to its pay as you go deals, now with more data than ever before.

Customers will benefit from refreshed Rocket Packs: the all-in-one packs that give customers all the 4G data, minutes and texts they need, in one simple bundle.

From today, customers will receive double the data they had before on £10, £12.50, and £15 top-ups with this handy bundle. For example, a £10 top-up will now receive 1GB data (previously 500MB), 500 minutes, and 5000 texts.

All monthly deals come complete with Capped contracts, to ensure that bills will never be a shock for families. They simply choose a monthly tariff, a monthly safety buffer (just in case they want any extras) and relax with the knowledge that unexpected mobile bills will be a thing of the past.

For more on these deals and other savings to be had, head to tescomobile.com

 

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  • New Chromebooks released – for the education market.

    New Chromebooks released   for the education market.

    Yeah, Yeah. A couple of Chromebooks, but who cares, they’re for the education market. Why is this a thing? You’re probably right in your thinking. If you were going to get a Chromebook and money was no object, you might decide to grab the Chromebook Pixel, or even one of the specced out versions of the HP Chromebook G1. Maybe you’ll have read up on the reviews that seem to really like the Dell Chromebook 13. Nah, this writer thinks that if you were going to get a new Chromebook, then it would be a new one.

    You know what I’m thinking – and no, it isn’t actually the Samsung Chromebook Plus/Pro, or the Asus Chromebook C302 (the big brother to the original Flip).

    Enter Asus, Acer, and Dell. All three of them have put out Chromebooks over the last couple of weeks, during BETT.

    New Chromebooks released   for the education market.

    Dell

    BETT (the British Educational Training and Technology Show) which closes on 28th Jan, is kind of like an educational hub, which explains why the technology companies would want to show off these Chromebooks here. The specs aren’t what you’d call premium, as they’re built to survive the little pockets of hell that are also called classrooms. Accidents happen. Sometimes, they happen frequently, so if you can ruggedise a device, then the education market will appreciate it. Take Dell. They alone announced three Chromebooks for education: there’s an 11-inch convertible, and topped it off with 11 and 13-inch ‘standard’ Chromebooks. All three of these comply with the MIL-STD 810G standard, which means that the touchpad and keyboard are sealed to stop spills and leaks getting into the chassis, and as Dell advised,

    “a metal bracket adds torque-resistance to the power port. Dell delivers fully rugged products for the harshest environments. Drawing from Dell’s experience building mobile devices for field services, law enforcement, first responders and the military, the new education laptops are designed to ensure students and teachers have the most durable products to rely on, every day.”

    Weirdly (or perhaps not so, considering the price bracket Dell is aiming for), there isn’t any stylus support on the 11-inch convertible. There is one on the Windows variant of the same machine, however. While we don’t have UK prices for these devices as yet, Dell has advised that the US pricing will be $219 for the Chromebook 11, $299 for the Chromebook 13, and the 11-inch convertible will start at $349.

    More information on the Dells can be found here.

    Asus and Acer

    Onto the others. As mentioned previously, Asus and Acer also released a model each, called the Asus Chromebook C213 and the Chromebook 11 Spin respectively. This is where is gets interesting. Both of these use USB-C to charge. In this instance, they’re ahead of the game as Google has decided to standardise on the USB-PD spec for all future devices.

    Here’s the kicker. Along with what is now being marketed as a ‘world view camera’ (still not fully sure what this means), there is a low-end Wacom stylus in both the Acer and Asus models. Naturally, it’ll mean both models will have a digitizer. Together with the version of Android 7.1.1 Play Store being included on Chrome OS, stylus support will become interesting indeed.

    New Chromebooks released   for the education market.

    Acer’s Chromebook has a 360-degree flip hinge, and is likely to ship with 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage. Asus’ own device, the Chromebook Spin 11, is also due to come with 2 USB-C and 2 USB A 3.0 ports, a microSD card slot for expandable storage, and hit the mllspec MIL-STD 810G standard.

    Why I’m so interested? Mostly because of the shot in the arm this may give developers to build better tablet versions of their apps. Let’s face it, it isn’t any surprise to say that Android is lagging in this department, and always has been. Now you have the ability for Android apps to be used on a laptop sized device (let’s call it from 10.2 inches upward), then having the ability for your mobile app to be used on a tablet as well as a laptop is going to have consumers asking devs to up their game.

    Added to that, we now have proof that you can build in touchscreen and stylus support at an attractive price point.

    That can only be a good thing.

    More information on the Acer Chromebook can be found here.

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  • UMI-BTA8 Bluetooth Runner Earbuds – Review

    UMI BTA8 Bluetooth Runner Earbuds   Review

    The people from UMI have sent us these UMI-BTA8 Bluetooth in-ear headphones. They’re designed to be used if you’re out running or at the gym, but you can wear them if you’re sat on the sofa eating crisps too I guess ๐Ÿ™‚

    First up, I should perhaps mention the good things about these headphones. They’re selling on Amazon UK for £19.97 and for $27.99 on Amazon US. They connect to your device via Bluetooth 4.1, so out of the box just need to charge up and get going. It takes around 3 hours to do this and the 100mAh battery sits inside the control buttons so that your earpieces aren’t too heavy. When you plumb them into your ears you’ll find a little voice guide which tells you when the battery is running low and there’s an element of noise cancellation too. The headphones themselves are, in my opinion, no heavier than regular in-ear headphones.

    Other good points? They’re comfortable definitely, and the rubber in-ear attachments hold them in well. These small rubber hooks, when combined with the bendy over-ear cabling, mean that you won’t see them falling onto the floor or out of your ears. It’s also sweat and waterproof – to a degree (rain and sweat yes, but don’t go swimming in them).

    UMI BTA8 Bluetooth Runner Earbuds   Review

    Now, sadly, onto the more negative points. Whilst these fit in my ears comfortably and I’m happy to report that the cabling and control system is fine, the sound quality just isn’t good enough. Despite assurances on the Amazon listing that these have “powerful, bass-driven stereo sound”, I found absolutely no evidence of this.

    UMI BTA8 Bluetooth Runner Earbuds   Review

    Sure, the quality isn’t terrible and it’s not overly tinny, but there’s no bass to speak of whatsoever, even if you push them further into your ears. I’ve tried these with an iPhone and an LG G5 – same deal on both. They’re fine for a podcast or perhaps some background noise, but these definitely fall into the first of my infamous “Bluetooth headphone categories”, which are as follows..

    1 – Small in-ear headphones which have great battery life but no bass response.
    2 – Small in-ear headphones which don’t have much battery life but deliver excellent bass response.

    These will go for quite some time on the battery – some 6 hours depending on your volume level – but the sound has no bottom end at all. No heftiness, no deeper tones. Just a “tappy tappy” where there should be a “BOOM BOOM”.

    UMI BTA8 Bluetooth Runner Earbuds   Review

    The in-line volume and multi-function on / off / pair button works well, but I wouldn’t try making or receiving calls on it unless you totally want to re-think how you wear the headphones. I, as many others, put the cable behind my neck instead of having it angle in front of my neck. This seems to be the natural thing to do so that you can pop one earpiece out should you want a conversation with someone, then it’ll drape over your shoulder. However, the in-line controls sit behind your neck – and guess where the microphone is? Yup, it’s in the controls. This means that nobody can hear you talking unless you change the way that you wear them.

    UMI BTA8 Bluetooth Runner Earbuds   Review

    All in all, these are well built but the microphone placement and audio quality needs to be improved. I can perhaps wear them if I’m taking the dog for a walk or if I’m going for a job – they won’t fall out and they’re comfortable to wear, but they’re not going to deliver those banging bass lines unfortunately.

    UMI BTA8 Bluetooth Runner Earbuds   Review

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  • Fancy a flying tripod?

    Fancy a flying tripod?

    We’re all aware of drones. They float around and, based on my experience, seem to fly off into neighbours gardens so that I have to sheepishly ask for it back.

    Here we have a new idea. It’s a smartphone case which houses a drone. Just snap it out of the case, set it flying and it’ll do everything else itself. The team behind this call it a flying tripod, as it’ll hover by itself to get the perfect shot.

    This is a great intro just to explain it..

    HD video is recorded onto the device and a lower quality view is sent to your phone so that you can adjust the flight path. Once done, it’ll fold down into a universal flip cover case or dedicated phone case.

    If you want to be part of the action and back the project, head to Kickstarter, where they’ve actually already reached their goal.

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