'Crowd Surf' Feature from Snapchat Seamlessly Merges Public Snaps

Snapchat hopes its latest feature, found within Snapchat Stories, will make live events far more interactive. Crowd Surf uses the audio captured at events such as concerts to create a seamless experience, allowing people to jump from viewpoint to viewpoint of all those sharing the experience in Snapchat. The social app highlighted Crowd Surf at a recent Lorde concert. When viewing the story, Snapchat users can tap a button that appears in the lower corner of the app to change from snap to snap (essentially changing the camera angle) while maintaining a nearly unbroken audio experience. Snap’s research team is using propriety machine learning to make this possible, according to Mashable. Crowd Surf is one way for Snapchat to set its Stories apart from those shared through competing app Instagram. Crowd Surf is already available within Snapchat, though Snapchat didn’t say how often it will be available and/or put to use. It will be up to creators who choose to share stories with Crowd Surf enabled.

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Trending Stories Make a Comeback on Facebook Mobile

Facebook has brought the trending news section back to mobile devices, starting with the iPhone. Now, trending stories are visible in the main navigation drawer on mobile devices. Opening the section reveals a list of articles that is easy to browse. According to Facebook, articles highlighted in the trending stories section are the most popular on Facebook concerning that specific topic. Popularity is determined by a number of factors, including likes, shares, and number of comments. Facebook was forced to re-conceive trending stories after the section was filled with clickbait and other questionable content. Trending stories are available within the Facebook mobile app for iOS and will soon appear on Android.

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Google Contacts App Works On All Android Phones Lollipop and Up

Google this week made its Contacts application available to Android devices other than the Nexus and Pixel lines. Moving forward, any phone running Android 5.0 Lollipop and up can download and use Google Contacts. The app relies on Google’s Material Design and makes it easy to merge duplicate contacts directly on your phone. It also provides automatic suggestions for adding info to your existing contacts. Google Contacts is free to download from the Google Play Store.

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GoDaddy Launches SmartLine: A Second Mobile Phone Line

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Aug. 15, 2017 — GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, is launching SmartLine today. SmartLine is an easy-to-use app that gives small business owners a dedicated business phone number with the features of a professional phone system, all accessible in their existing smartphone. SmartLine allows users to separate their personal and professional calls, yet only carry one phone.

A GoDaddy survey found 86 percent of small business owners use their personal smartphone for both business and personal calls and texts [note 1]. With SmartLine, customers can set up a business line in minutes, and choose a local number based on their area code. This keeps business owners’ personal numbers private and the contact details they share on their website, business cards or other marketing collateral, strictly professional. Users can also send and receive texts and multimedia messages from their SmartLine number.

When customers make a work-related call, their SmartLine business number appears on the recipient’s Caller ID. Conversely, SmartLine users can instantly see if incoming calls are personal or professional, so they can answer appropriately.

Establishing a professional image is important to a small business’ success. Nearly 70 percent of respondents in a GoDaddy and SurveyMonkey survey prefer to contact businesses by phone if it is their first interaction with them and 89 percent of respondents are more likely to trust a business if they answer the phone in a professional manner [note 2].

SmartLine’s customizable business voicemail and scheduling features help users work efficiently and project a professional image, including automatic voicemail transcriptions, personalized professional greetings and customizable business hour settings that direct calls during non-business hours.

Later this year, SmartLine will offer paid features like vanity numbers and toll-free numbers.

“Traditionally, small business owners would have to go out and purchase another…
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DataPath Selected Under Multi-Billion-Dollar RS3 Contract

ATLANTA, Georgia — Aug. 15, 2017 — DataPath, Inc., a leading provider of remote communications and information technology solutions to the aerospace, broadcast, government, and critical infrastructure markets, announced today it has been selected as a small business prime contractor under the Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services contract, known as RS3.

This new $37.4B, ten-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract combines the requirements previously met under five expiring contract vehicles to make professional engineering support services centrally available. The RS3 program supports a diverse group of organizations such as the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Reserves, National Guard, and state agencies, according to the Program Office.

After a highly competitive selection process, DataPath has been invited to bid on task orders as they are released. RS3 will provide a wide array of C4ISR services (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) on a worldwide basis. Services available under the contract include several of DataPath’s core competencies such as field support, training, logistics and engineering.

DataPath has provided field support and other professional services to the U.S. Government for over two decades. The company’s expertly trained field service representatives, engineers, and education and training resources are ready to support customers anywhere in the world, from single to long-term projects. Under another recent contract award by the U.S. Army, DataPath is overseeing the deployment of more than 200 field services personnel across up to a dozen countries.

“The award of a position on the RS3 contract, with such a far-reaching scope of professional services, is a testament to the high degree of customer service that DataPath provides for some of the most demanding operations and missions in the world,” said David Myers, President and CEO of DataPath. “We are excited to be able to make our well-established professional service expertise more accessible to a broader…
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New Qualcomm Tech Aims to Bring High-Quality AR and VR Mainstream

Qualcomm today announced a major expansion of Spectra, its effort to offer manufacturers a drop-in hardware and software solution for easily and affordably adding advanced camera technology to phones and other devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. The expanded Spectra suite includes three new hardware camera modules. The flagship module is an active depth-sensing camera that uses an infrared projector and camera to create a 3D map of its environment, much like LIDAR. The other two new modules are a passive depth-sensing version using two standard cameras, and an iris-scanning front camera. Previous Spectra modules focused on photography, while the new modules enable and enhance additional phone functions, including biometric security, advanced AR, room-scale VR, and AI-powered object recognition. Spectra hardware modules are designed with Qualcomm’s guidance, but are made by third-party vendors. Each type of module is offered in one version from one vendor. The Spectra suite also includes ready-to-go driver software tuned to each hardware module, and uses unique ISP technology built into the company’s Snapdragon chips. The three new camera modules rely on a new version of the ISP — to be found in future Snapdragon chips — that has been redesigned from the ground-up to be optimized for depth-sensing. The active depth-sensing hardware and software is compatible with Google’s Tango AR platform, and should enable Tango phones that are smaller, cheaper, and have much better AR performance. When used for VR applications, the active depth-sensing can be used for position tracking that’s good enough to enable room-scale VR in phones. This new version of Spectra also includes advanced new algorithms to reduce noise and improve low-light performance in both still photos and video, by intelligently analyzing multiple frames. The new capabilities will be part of the next generation of Snapdragon chips, which has yet to be announced.

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Actiance Vantage 2017 Enables Safe Enterprise Collaboration

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Aug. 15, 2017 — Actiance, the leader in communications compliance, archiving, and analytics, today announced the general availability of Vantage 2017, the latest version of its flagship solution for managing and securing enterprise communications. Vantage 2017 further unifies compliance management of electronic communications for IT, compliance, security, legal, and HR teams, allowing them to stay ahead of the ever-evolving regulatory landscape, including the new requirements of MiFID II and GDPR.

With Vantage 2017, organizations in regulated industries can now compliantly capture a broadened set of communications channels including Cisco Spark and Slack Enterprise Grid. Moreover, businesses can unify management and capture of all communications channels and seamlessly export communications data to their archive of choice including Microsoft Office 365 Security and Compliance Center. For maximum accuracy and efficiency, Vantage 2017 now includes data reconciliation reporting and chain of custody to ensure communications data is secure and can be tracked and reconciled.

“We’re excited that Actiance is integrating its advanced compliance and archiving solutions into Cisco Spark and the Cisco Cloud Collaboration ecosystem,” said Jens Meggers, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Cisco’s Cloud Collaboration Business. “Through this effort, we’re leveraging the expertise of the joint platform to enable compliance and archival for customers’ adoption of Cisco Spark.”

Connect with Confidence: Protect Your People and Your Data

“Whether shared during internal collaboration or external customer engagements, teams must ensure that data is only being delivered to the appropriate users through secure channels,” said Scott Whitney, SVP, Product Management, Actiance. “With Vantage 2017, organizations can uplift their communications information security and data privacy posture associated with real-time communications infrastructure with capabilities such as data loss prevention. They can also centralize and harmonize the capture, security, and governance policy control and simplify export capabilities to the compliance archive of their choice,…
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Are Connected Cars Safer, or a Target for Hackers?

A threshold was quietly crossed in the first quarter of 2016. For the first time, mobile carriers reported activating more connected cars than phones.

At a vehicle tech demonstration in Manhattan this month, a group of reporters stood around a custom-made, tablet-screened display console as Darrin Shewchuk, a spokesman for Harman International, explained the impending technological revolution.

Harman, a company long known for its high-end stereo equipment, is working with Samsung to make sure even more vehicles get connected.

“There will be more than 200m connected vehicles on the road around the world by 2020,” Shewchuk said, outlining Harman’s partnership with Samsung to create a new generation of in-vehicle technology.

A blue-tinted graphic appeared on the console’s screen depicting the vague outline of a human form floating in the midst of a number of devices — phone, car, “smart” house. White tendrils radiated from the humanoid towards its various gadgets. The idea behind this scenario is that your devices can know who you are (based upon usage patterns) and where you are, thereby providing the best possible experience according to your situation. Harmony prevails in the idyllic blue-graphic microcosm.

But in the minds of anyone who has seen Terminator or any number of other dystopian future-themed films, questions about security inevitably arise. Consensus in the industry is that automating vehicle functions and allowing them to communicate with one another will be a boon to safety and traffic reduction, and that over-the-air software updates will be the best way to fix bugs and make improvements. But even the champions of this cure-all technology admit there’s always a possibility that something could go wrong.

Washington, which has done little so far to help or hinder the rise of the robot car, is finally stepping in. A bill that would speed up development of self-driving cars and establish a…
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Fancy owning shares in Pump Audio?

If you cast your minds back to last year’s Gadget Show, we review Pump Audio’s V2 earbuds and even gave a pair away to a lucky reader. One year on, they are still my personal go to ear buds for the quality and the bass but not for the dance and electronic music they are designed for but HEAVY METAL! Well, they are looking for extra funding for their new range of devices and you can own shares in the business through Seedrs. One single share costs around £12 but it is up to you how much you invest as long as it is a multiple of the single share price. At this time of this post going out, they have reached 88% of their target with 24 days left in their campaign.

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  • Bloody OnePlus 5 advert. Actually quite good.

    Bloody OnePlus 5 advert. Actually quite good.
    Good morning all. I’m a little tired today due to the fact that only around four Swissport staff decided to bother turning up to work at Birmingham Airport in the last month or so. The knock on result is a completely terrible experience and an airport which just isn’t functioning.

    Anyhoo, while I was camped out in the baggage hall I spotted this OnePlus 5 advert. The preview shot above and below makes it look worse than it actually is, as it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but it’s still perhaps not one for little kids to watch.

    Yes, it’s an advert and yes it’s designed to sell the thing, but I reckon it’s actually quite good and worth a watch, so give it a nose below.

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