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    Siri vs Google Assistant

    The era of AI competition has just begun but not yet at its climax. Which is the best smartphone voice control solution for consumers?
    Apple has Siri, Microsoft revealed Cortana, Google has Assistant and Amazon has Alexa which is popular on its Echo devices.
    Now Apple has its deputy of Siri, the Google assistant. The great Google AI has made its ways to Apple iPhone smartphones, and as the two has different capabilities, we consider having a poll of which is smarter.
    Siri vs. Google Assistant.
    Considering Assistant, which is the Google’s virtual assistant technology, you can use it to do a lot of stuff like launching apps, searching the web, sending messages, answering questions, daily task and much more just like Apple’s Siri.
    What will happen now to Siri since Google Assistance is on iPhones?
    Siri has some advantages over Assistant since it is deeply integrated into Apple’s iOS and can do a lot more than Assistance in matters around iPhone ecosystem.
    Furthermore, Assistant is tirelessly fighting with Amazon Echo to dominate Smart Home devices.
    Then we ask: Can Siri withstand Google Assistant on iPhones?
    Considering some few things, both of them functions pretty well, but at the end of the day, there must be a winner. Siri beats Assistance in some areas while Assistant beats Siri a lot more in most of how it interacts with the user and how it curates its answers more smartly than Siri.
    We can say that Assistant is far more advanced with its contextual understanding of language. But that’s how I look at it. If you have been using both Siri and Assistant, then you might have realized its similarities, accuracies, and smartness of the two voice AI.
    Well, Siri is always listening on iPhones. Holding down the Home Button will automatically launch Siri or just say “Hey Siri” to awaken her. As for Google Assistance, you have to launch the app to use it.
    Understanding how both interacts to user questions is crucial, but it involves some exciting fun. For example, if you ask:
    “How do you say “I’d like a glass of white wine?” in Spanish?”
    Google Assistant beats Siri here. Siri tries to provide Bing search results to our query which I didn’t want.
    Source: CNBC
     
    “Play a Metallica music video on YouTube.”
    Great.  Assistant is far smarter with that question. If I were using Chrome Cast-enabled TV, I would have played the video. Siri was not able to find the request.
    Source: CNBC
     
    There are some instances where both tie in most of the questions like asking “how long will it take me to get home?” while at times they both fail with some questions like “What’s Tesla’s market cap?”
    Siri also has a big win when it comes to Uber query. With most of the questions and its responses, we can finally say that Google Assistance is smarter than Siri.
    Well, as for you, how do you judge Google Assistance on iPhone over Siri? Which one do you prefer using on your iPhone?

    Kingston's First NVMe SSD, The KC1000

    Kingston has reintroduced the KC1000 NVMe SSD. We first saw the drive in January at CES, but the company wanted to hold the details until the official launch. Seemingly, that is in the very near future--mid June.
    The KC series has historically targeted system builders and corporations upgrading systems en masse. Kingston released several client SSDs under the KC brand, and many of them were tuned for increased stability and longevity but share similar hardware with models from the standard consumer product line. The KC1000 press release seems to turn the tables and take this series in a slightly different direction.
     
    "The demands of today’s performance power users are constantly being put to the test as new data-intensive applications push the boundaries of what can be achieved with even the market’s high performance professional workstations and most powerful gaming rigs,” said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston. “KC1000 is the perfect solution to meet the needs of media and design professionals, gaming enthusiasts and anyone who needs ultra-low latency storage performance to end data bottlenecks. This native NVMe device offers one of the industry’s most powerful storage solutions for high-resolution content delivery, virtual reality applications, accelerated game play or a competitive edge for the creative professional on tight deadlines.”
     
    Gamers, power users, and enthusiasts have always been directed to the HyperX brand, but in recent years that series shifted to target gamers exclusively. Kingston calls the KC1000 an "Ultimate Storage Upgrade for HD Video, PC Enthusiasts, Gaming and More." The release later identified a list of specific application categories the series will perform well in:
     
    High-resolution video editing Virtual and augmented reality applications CAD software applications Streaming media Graphically intensive video games Data visualization Real-time analytics  
    It seems the KC series may begin to target a wider audience with the introduction of the first Kingston NVMe SSD.
     
     
    The KC1000 series ships in three capacity sizes, but there are a total of six product SKUs. For each capacity, the drives ships as either a bare drive or with a half-height, half-length (HHHL) add-in card adapter. The performance coming from the Phision PS5007-E7 controller paired with Toshiba 15nm planar NAND looks strong. The sequential read performance reaches 2,700 MB/s, and the sequential writes are 900 MB/s for the 240GB model and 1,600 MB/s for the two largest-capacity drives. Random performance is also impressive, with up to 290,000 IOPS (225,000 for the 240GB). Users can reach up to 190,000 random write IOPS.
     
    Kingston backs the KC1000 series with a generous five-year limited warranty with ample endurance figures that reach as high as 1PB for the 960GB drive.

    Amazon Chime goes after WebEx, Skype for Business, and GoToMeeting

    Companies looking for a new video- and teleconferencing system have a fresh face to turn to in the market: Amazon Web Services.
    On Monday, the public cloud provider announced the launch of Amazon Chime, a new service that’s designed to compete with the likes of WebEx, Skype for Business and GoToMeeting. It’s a powerful swing at some very entrenched enterprise software players by the public cloud provider.
     
    AWS launched the service with native applications for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. Chime’s infrastructure is based in the U.S., but Gene Farrell, AWS’s vice president of enterprise applications, said that the service can be accessed worldwide.
     
    One of Chime’s interesting features is a visual roster of meeting participants that includes information about any people who have distracting background noise interrupting the call. In a meeting without a moderator, any user can choose to mute one of their fellow participants so that the rest on the call don’t have to listen to a barking dog or the sound of typing.
     
    People who get muted in that way will get notified that their mic has been blocked, and can choose to unmute themselves whenever they want to.
    In addition, users can call into a Chime conference call using a regular phone number, in the event they can’t access the service’s app for one reason or another. In the future, Farrell said that AWS also plans to add support for person to person calls over a traditional telephone network.
     
    Chime is part of AWS’s portfolio of applications focused on helping business users with their work. That set of services started with the company’s WorkSpaces cloud virtual desktop as a service offering, and now includes AWS’s WorkDocs office suite, WorkMail email service and QuickSight business intelligence service.
     
    The service will be available in three pricing tiers. Basic offers users one-on-one voice and video calls, plus group chat capabilities. Plus costs $2.50 per user per month, and adds support for screen sharing and integration with identity management systems through SAML and Active Directory.
     
    Pro costs $15 per user per month, and lets users do all of the above, plus host meetings with up to 100 participants. Users at the other two pricing tiers can join conferences set up by Pro users, so companies can mix and match licenses to minimize Chime’s cost.
     
    Amazon offers a free trial of all the Pro features for 30 days. After that expires, customers can choose to keep using the Basic tier, or pay for more advanced functionality. Farrell said that Chime could reduce a company’s unified communications bill by up to 70 percent.
     
    Companies with existing in-room conferencing systems made by companies like Polycom and Crestron will be able to set those devices up to integrate with Chime.
     
    To help with adoption, AWS is working with Level 3 Communications and Vonage. Level 3 will market Chime to its enterprise customers, while Vonage will work with small businesses. Both offerings will be available in the second quarter of this year.
     
    Amazon has already been testing Chime with a handful of customers, including fashion retailer Brooks Brothers. The company, which was founded in 1818, has rolled out Chime to 90 percent of its corporate staff.

    Improvements to Magento’s Extension Quality Program

    When Magento launched Marketplace, they made a promise to their community to deliver high-quality extensions and themes. They have been working hard to deliver on that promise.
     
    Magento currently invests in ensuring high extension quality by strictly adhering to the  following checks for every new extension submission request:
     
    Business review: Ensures that each extension solves a business problem and delivers rich and unique functionality.
    Tech review: Detects the presence of viruses, malware, and any indications of plagiarism. Ensures that the package meets Composer packaging and format requirements along with all coding standards.
    Marketing review: Verifies that all documentation and appropriate information is provided for each extension.
     
    Now, in 2017, one of Magento’s top priorities is to take improvements to the Extension Quality Program (EQP) to the next level.
    Here’s what is happening:
    For every extension submitted to Marketplace, Magento will add an automated production verification script and additional manual QA. This will verify that the extension installs without error, is configurable (as applicable), operates as expected, and does not break any Magento functionality.
     
    For all the extensions currently in Marketplace, Magento will re-certify each extension through their new validation steps. Every extension will be installed on Magento 2 and support PHP versions. During the installation, Magento will also switch to production mode. Extensions that fail this step will be notified accordingly and will be suspended from Marketplace unless they promptly deliver any fixes required.
     
    Magento have given early preview of this process and error logs produced by the new validation step to some of their existing technology partners, senior Magento developers, and experts in the community, and they have incorporated their feedback, so magento are confident that you’ll find it easy to understand and take action. 
    Every extension in Marketplace will be held to the highest standards.
     
    Offering such advanced quality checks to every single extension will initially add time to their reviews. The faster you respond, the faster you can get through the whole review process.
     
    act now to ensure your extensions do not get removed from the magento marketplace.

    DPWS Media goes HTTPS

    we have found that most of the internet and websites now are going HTTPs for secure connections to websites so we have decided to do the very same, with this in made you know that when you are visiting DPWS Media you know that you are secured.
     
    Suddenly your browser address bar says HTTPS instead of HTTP. What's going on? Is your information safe?
     
    Good news. Your information is safe. The website you are working with has made sure that no one can steal your information.
    Instead of HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP), this website uses HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS).
     
    Using HTTPS, the computers agree on a "code" between them, and then they scramble the messages using that "code" so that no one in between can read them. This keeps your information safe from hackers.
     
    They use the "code" on a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), sometimes called Transport Layer Security (TLS) to send the information back and forth.
     
    How does HTTP work? How is HTTPS different from HTTP? This tutorial will teach you about SSL, HTTP and HTTPS.
     
    How Does HTTP Work?
    In the beginning, network administrators had to figure out how to share the information they put out on the Internet.
    They agreed on a procedure for exchanging information and called it HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
     
    Once everyone knew how to exchange information, intercepting on the Internet was not difficult. So knowledgeable administrators agreed upon a procedure to protect the information they exchanged. The protection relies on SSL Certificate to encrypt the online data. Encryption means that the sender and recipient agree upon a "code" and translate their documents into random-looking character strings.
     
    The procedure for encrypting information and then exchanging it is called HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS).
    With HTTPS if anyone in between the sender and the recipient could open the message, they still could not understand it. Only the sender and the recipient, who know the "code," can decipher the message.
     
    Humans could encode their own documents, but computers do it faster and more efficiently. To do this, the computer at each end uses a document called an "SSL Certificate" containing character strings that are the keys to their secret "codes."
    SSL certificates contain the computer owner's "public key."
     
    The owner shares the public key with anyone who needs it. Other users need the public key to encrypt messages to the owner. The owner sends those users the SSL certificate, which contains the public key. The owner does not share the private key with anyone.
     
    The security during the transfer is called the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS).
    The procedure for exchanging public keys using SSL Certificate to enable HTTPS, SSL and TLS is called Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).
     
     

    5 Reasons You Need SEO

    Below is five reason why you need SEO for your website or business and is worth the time to invest for the long term.
     
    1. SEO To improve the user experience
     
    The main reason of a good SEO strategy is to appeal to both users who are searching and search engines through out all devices. This puts a searcher at the top of mind because you would want to get your website ranked as high as possible, to contain quality, easy to search / navigate and works on all devices such as laptops, desktops and mobiles devices. This improves the user experience and makes it better for the people who are searching to learn more about your website or business.
     
    2 SEO Insights / Expand
     
    A great SEO strategy is to analyzing your reports and making adjustments based on what you find. For example, if you’re sharing your content on social media sites, you can check the data on who is interacting with your content, viewing web pages and possibly identify a new demographic you hadn’t previously targeted. You can also look at your organic traffic to see if visitors from nearby cities are looking at your website that you should expand your marketing efforts to include. Using the data from your SEO strategy can provide valuable insights that may just help you expand your website or business.
     
    3 Longer visibility
     
    Unlike PPC (Pay per Click) or display advertising campaigns where your budget is likely focused on showing ads on certain days and times, SEO can provide better visibility for your website. So, even if a searcher is looking for products or services similar to yours when your ads aren’t being shown, they can see your website in organic search results or social media pages.
     
    4 Improve ROI
     
    Every marketing budget comes down to money. What did you pay for what you got? While PPC does offer instant visibility into where your marketing budget is being spent, it only accesses a fraction of the market available for a specific keyword. Coupling PPC with an SEO strategy allows you to spread out your budget and capture potential customers searching outside of your PPC keyword strategy, which can improve ROI and net you more customers.
     
    SEO is a valuable marketing strategy to help you reach marketing goals like attracting new customers, improving the effectiveness of your PPC campaign, and increasing your visibility online. Learn more about SEO on our website.
     
    5. Reputation Online
     
    Reputation management goes hand-in-hand with SEO. Statistics show that most customers and visitors trust an online review as much as they would trust a recommendation from a friend. Because of this, search engine algorithms readily show online review sites when users conduct searches. Putting a focus on reputation management efforts can increase your chances of attracting potential customers and help you occupy more spots on Search Engine results.
     
     

    4 Steps to Optimizing Your Website

    The goal of search engine optimization is to have the search engine spiders not only find your site and pages but also specifically rank the page relevance so that it appears at the top of the search engine results. The process of optimization is not a one-time process but requires maintenance, tuning, and continuous testing and monitoring.
    Below is a broad four-step process for a strategy for search engine optimization. Use this as your top-level checklist.
      Step 1: Target Market Business Analysis Website analysis. Analysis of meta sets/keywords, visible text and code to deter­mine how well you're positioned for search engines. For example, how much code do you have on a page compared to text?
      Competitive analysis. Examination of content keywords and present engine rank­ings of competitive websites to determine an effective engine positioning strategy. Pick the top five results in the Google listing results to begin this process. Expand as necessary. Use tools such as Semrush.com and Keywordspy.com.
      Initial keyword nomination. Development of a prioritized list of targeted search terms related to your customer base and market segment. Begin with this: What would you type into a search engine to find your business website or page? Then, ask your customers!  
    Step 2: Keyword Research and Development
    Keyword analysis. From nomination, further identify a targeted list of key­words and phrases. Review competitive lists and other pertinent industry sources. Use your preliminary list to determine an indicative number of recent search engine queries and how many websites are competing for each key­word. Prioritize keywords and phrases, plurals, singulars and misspellings. (If search users commonly misspell a keyword, you should identify and use it). Please note that Google will try to correct the term when searching, so use this with care.
      Baseline ranking assessment. You need to understand where you are now in order to accurately assess your future rankings. Keep a simple Excel sheet to start the process. Check weekly to begin. As you get more comfortable, check every 30 to 45 days. You should see improvements in website traffic, a key indicator of progress for your keywords. Some optimizers will say that rankings are dead. Yes, traffic and conversions are more important, but we use rankings as an indicator. Goals and Objectives. Clearly define your objectives in advance so you can truly measure your ROI from any programs you implement. Start simple, but don’t skip this step. Example: You may decide to increase website traffic from a current baseline of 100 visitors a day to 200 visitors over the next 30 days. Or you may want to improve your current conversion rate of one percent to two in a specified period. You may begin with top-level, aggregate numbers, but you must drill down into specific pages that can improve products, services, and business sales.  
    Step 3: Content Optimization and Submission
    Create page titles. Keyword-based titles help establish page theme and direction for your keywords.
      Create meta tags. Meta description tags can influence click-throughs but aren't directly used for rankings. (Google doesn't use the keywords tag any­more.)
      Place strategic search phrases on pages. Integrate selected keywords into your website source code and existing content on designated pages. Make sure to apply a sug­gested guideline of one to three keywords/phrases per content page and add more pages to complete the list. Ensure that related words are used as a natural inclu­sion of your keywords. It helps the search engines quickly determine what the page is about. A natural approach to this works best. In the past, 100 to 300 words on a page was recommended. Many tests show that pages with 800 to 2,000 words can outperform shorter ones. In the end, the users, the marketplace, content and links will determine the popularity and ranking numbers.
      Develop new sitemaps for Google and Bing. Make it easier for search engines to index your website. Create both XML and HTML versions. An HTML version is the first step. XML sitemaps can easily be submitted via Google and Bing webmaster tools.
      Submit website to directories (limited use). Professional search marketers don’t sub­mit the URL to the major search engines, but it’s possible to do so. A better and faster way is to get links back to your site naturally. Links get your site indexed by the search engines. However, you should submit your URL to directories such as Yahoo! (paid), Business.com (paid) and DMOZ (free). Some may choose to include AdSense (google.com/adsense) scripts on a new site to get their Google Media bot to visit. It will likely get your pages indexed quickly.  
    Step 4: Continuous Testing and Measuring
    Test and measure. Analyze search engine rankings and web traffic to determine the effectiveness of the programs you’ve implemented, including assessment of individual keyword performance. Test the results of changes, and keep changes tracked in an Excel spreadsheet, or whatever you're comfortable with.
      Maintenance. Ongoing addition and modification of keywords and website con­tent are necessary to continually improve search engine rankings so growth doesn’t stall or decline from neglect. You also want to review your link strategy and ensure that your inbound and outbound links are relevant to your business. A blog can provide you the necessary structure and ease of content addition that you need. Your hosting company can typically help you with the setup/installation of a blog.  
    Credits:
    entrepreneur

    Pimcore 4.4.0 Released

    In the latest Pimcore release there are several new features and improvements with over 90 bug fixes in total.  Here are some of the highlights from this release:
     
    Capital Letters & Spaces:  As of today, capital letters and spaces can be incorporated into the file names of all assets, documents, and object keys.  You can find more details here.
     
    New Image Adapter: We now have a new image adapter that utilizes the ImageMagick command-line tools and is a good alternative if Imagick PHP module is not available
     
    utf8mb4 Support: Pimcore now has utf8mb4 support throughout the entire system.  This means that now you can use native emoji’s in your texts without images or any other workaround.
     
    Object Relation Data-Types: It is now possible to display individual text in the editing interface instead of the path/ID.
     
    It’s also good for you to know a few other things:
     
    The memcached cache backend adapter is now outdated and no longer available.  If you’re using this adapter in your cache configuration, please migrate to Redis2 as soon as possible.  You will find more information here.
     
    They have terminated all support for PHP 5.5 which has officially reached its end of life. We recommend to use PHP 7 for now.
    For those of you wanting to see a complete list of all changes, enhancements, and bug fixes you can find one here.

    D-Wave quantum computer

    D-Wave has signed up the first customer for its high-end quantum computer after the technology went on general sale.
     
    Cybersecurity firm Temporal Defense Systems bought the D-Wave 2000Q – the firm’s first 2,000 quantum bit (qubit) quantum computer – and although the price it paid has not been revealed, the computer is valued $15 million.
    The system is D-Wave’s follow-up to the 1,000 qubit 2X, released in August 2015.
     
    The jump from 1,000 qubits to 2,000 will allow researchers to grapple with greater quantities of data and more complex problems. According to D-Wave, the quantum 2000Q is capable of outperforming “classical servers” by factors of between 1,000 and 10,000.
     
    While it’s widely agreed D-Wave’s systems are using quantum computing for calculations, it isn’t clear if the technology will ever be able to tackle real-world problems. At present, D-Wave’s systems are only suitable for solving so-called optimisation problems.
     
    The company, based in British Columbia, Canada, was founded in 1999 and is the first in the world to sell quantum computers. The 128 qubit D-Wave One, released in May 2011, was the world’s first commercially available quantum computer. In May 2013 its D-Wave Two 512-qubit system was used for a collaborative research project carried out by Nasa, Google and the Universities Space Research Association.
    Then, in December 2015, Google announced that system had outperformed a traditional desktop by 108 times. Or, to put it another way, it was one hundred million times faster. "What a D-Wave does in a second would take a conventional computer 10,000 years to do," Hartmut Nevan, director of engineering at Google, said at the time.
     
    Conventional computers encode data in binary code, made up of zeros and ones, and known as 'bits'. A quantum computer uses subatomic particles known as quantum bits, made up of zeroes, ones and a combination of the two known as a 'superposition'. Where three bits can represent any one of eight values, three qubits can represent all eight values at once. This, in theory, allows quantum computers to run far faster than conventional computers.
    In-keeping with D-Wave’s habit of doubling performance every two years, the company could release a 4,000 qubit quantum computer in 2019.
     
    Credits:
    Wired

    Resident Evil 7: biohazard PC

    Summary: Fear and isolation seep through the walls of an abandoned southern farmhouse. "7" marks a new beginning for survival horror with the Isolated View of the visceral new first-person perspective. Powered by the RE Engine, horror reaches incredible heights of immersion as players enter a terrifyingly new world of fear as they fight to survive.
     
    There was a lot riding on Capcom with Resident Evil 7. Proving time and time again that they simply didn’t understand why Resident Evil fans were so upset by their last few main series attempts, we were excited to see the publisher change up the formula once more after Resident Evil 6 confirmed to the masses that they simply didn’t have a clue. We were excited. Cautious, but excited. Thankfully, Resident Evil 7 wastes no time getting to the good stuff. Mia sent Ethan a message of her whereabouts after vanishing three years back, and Ethan deems this as good an excuse as any to go crawling back after the girl who walked out on their life together all those years ago. Vague at best, Ethan immediately walks out on his friends in a frantic mission to find her. Of course, that leads him to the Baker family home located off the beaten track on a farmyard in Dulvey, Louisianna. It’s always in the middle of nowhere. You know… except for Raccoon City.
     

     
    We could say it’s not all that it seems - but that’d be going the easy route. Nothing about a creaky, wooden house in the middle of nowhere ever seems 100% open to the public for a casual meet n’ great, but the Bakers welcome their visitors with open arms; they just expect them to be grateful for what they offer - regardless of what they’re giving.
     
    With over 20 people missing or unaccounted for across a 2 year span in the area, you’d have thought the Baker’s reign of terror would have been thwarted long ago. Judging from their reactions at the dinner table as the phone rang, the cops have certainly given it some thought. But they wouldn’t be able to handcuff what’s inside this house. Even if it’s hiding in plain sight. Thankfully, those phone lines act as somewhat of a saving grace for Ethan throughout the story. The girl on the other end offers him a sliver of hope when it comes to surviving the family’s wicked ways. You wouldn’t usually trust a mysterious voice on the other end of a phone line, but in this situation, anything can act as a reassuring safety blanket.
     
    Throwing you straight into the thick of it, it isn’t long before you slide your way into the lives of the Bakers. Seemingly summoned to their estate, the front gate is locked. Strange. It’s as if they want you to go in through the back entrance. Some families are just picky about that. Maybe they’re ashamed of their front of house offering, or maybe they’re just trying to keep the cold-callers away not expecting them to rummage around the trees to slip them a deal for 20% off their next takeout. The Bakers aren’t interested in trivial foods. They have their hunt walking right into their living room.
     

     
    Once you’re in, you’re in for a while. You’re in for a lot more than you bargained for, too. Welcome to the family, Son, indeed. It’s all they want for you. It’s all they want from you. Locating Mia right off the bat, even Ethan would have thought it was too good to be true. But with doors locking themselves behind you and walls being shockingly brittle, your world is about to get bigger, and smaller and bigger again. You’re never quite certain of your own safety in Resident Evil 7, and that’s just what we like to see.
     
    User reports would suggest Resident Evil 7 is about as long as you can make it. With some having a first run of around 6 hours with others stretching closer to 12, it’s all about how you as an individual react to the stimuli on offer. Like any good Resident Evil title of the past, creeping around dark corridors, fearing your next footstep and mentally mapping out the environment so you know exactly how to escape a turn for the worse is how it delivers its most shocking surprises. You’ll die in the next 5 seconds or just live to die another minute. There are plenty of moments where your own mental bullet count will fail you leading to the dreaded sound of an empty magazine with a Molded monstrosity staring you dead in the eye.
     
    If you go into this without any desire to be spooked, you can absolutely treat it like a close-quarters combat action game for the most part. Once you’ve been introduced to the whole family, you’ll slowly learn to deal with more hell-spawns of the house’s creation that either come at you ready to give you a good punching, or crawl along the walls with their heads on full show either gearing to take a chunk out your face or inviting your shotgun to make them a new one.
     

     
    Sometimes killing them all just isn’t an option. Whether you’re out to conserve ammo or simply too scared to face them head on, Capcom has taken their time to recreate almost everything that made Resident Evil 1 a resounded success in the early horror game movement. The house is silent before the howling winds shake the thin windows from their frames. The floorboards creek, the paintings on the walls make us question whether an art connoisseur could make sense of their tastes, while the framed view of the Arkley Mountains back in ‘91 make us long-time fans question just how this whole mess ties in with rest of the franchise. Did the Bakers pay a visit to the Spencer mansion? Did the man of house go from joining the Marines to having a hand in the development of Umbrella’s early experiments? It’s never really made clear, but it sure does add to the mystery.
     
    Long-time fans of the series will recognize some of the puzzles, too. Though some others are rather smart, there’s no pushing mundane objects aside for a gem to slot into a bird statue this time around - heck, there’s barely any pushing at all. But a plethora of switches and locked doors still threaten to keep the claustrophobic house wrapped tightly around your ankles just as you’d expect.
     
    Sadly, the puzzles are not all too difficult. Maybe growing up with the series has created a mind relatively immune to Capcom’s trickery; or maybe they just lost the guy who we held accountable for our early struggles. It’s all about shapes, keywords and neatly placed notepads in this one, so your quiet walk-about the estate isn’t much of a struggle on that front. But Resident Evil always has something else hiding beneath its obvious external layer. Something buried deeper beneath the skin.
     

     
    Coming from the days of being eaten alive by the shambling corpse of another man, Capcom has never been afraid to explore the utterly grotesque when it comes to their horror titles. Past games have included plenty of opportunities to watch your head be torn from your body in more ways than one, so you’d be naive to think you wouldn’t get another taste of that. Of course, with the game being in first person, it’d be difficult to show that exact method to its fullest - especially considering the fact that you don’t have a head to begin with. But between having your arm chopped off, reattached with staples and have it still function as the only limb in need of medical attention through the entire game, it’s up to the rest of the cast to demonstrate just how many pints of life juice can be spilled in one day.
     
    Whether it boils down to frantically plowing an old man with a car around a tiny garage or kicking the remains of another to get someone to stop waving a chainsaw at you, the boss battles of Resident Evil 7 are some of the most intense moments I’ve come across in a video game in recent memory. Think Deus Ex mechanics mixed with the gore of a modern horror movie and you have the principle of its early brawls - until things take an obscene turn with the more occult stuff later on.
     
    Sadly, however, the game never quite manages to emulate some of the finer points of the earlier Resident Evil games. Though notes are scattered all around its varied locations, the story pacing hits a turbulent stage early on. Within the first 20 minutes of the game, you’re already aware that the Baker’s aren’t simply your run-of-the-mill mental rednecks out in the boonies - but you don’t really get to delve into that side of things until quite a while after.
     

     
    The notes scattered around the house paint a picture of a family struggling to keep their maniac son under control - a son who’s obvious knack at electronics are made apparent not only by the traps he lays in his little party-house out back, but by the various competition trophies lining his bedroom walls. It begs the question as to whether the invoices left around the house speak of the puzzle installations as a way to keep its visitors from escaping, or simply as a means for Jack to nurture his son’s promising gift in the hopes of containing his over-active imagination.
     
    It isn’t until much later that you actually start to piece together just how the family managed to sink so low or why Mia was there in the first place. It gives you a sudden choice to make and uses that moment to force a switch of perspectives to have you play through most of its backstory in one go toward the very end of the game. It’s a pacing the original Resident Evil managed to spread evenly with its consistent notes hinting at something a little more out of the ordinary - but it did start with the shambling undead from the get-go.
     
    Performance and Graphics
    At times, the visuals still manage to feel a little dated with there being seemingly little difference between Medium and Very High quality textures; though with it being a generally dark and moody game, we can understand that you’re not supposed to be seeing every detail in the dimly lit environments. And for that reason alone, it’s enough to suggest you sacrifice the GPU memory in favor of some higher quality shadows and, if possible, a bump up in resolution.
    Even on an aged 2GB GTX 770, I had no problems playing through the entire game at 2560 x 1440 - with full 4K being plausible the vast majority of the time. It’s worth noting, however, that most of my testing was spent playing the game at 30fps, as it really doesn’t matter with a slow-paced game like this if it means you can focus on higher visuals throughout.
     
    RESIDENT EVIL 7 VERDICT
    Capcom came amazingly close to upstaging Shinji Mikami’s original horror classic, but a few oversights keep this one from really standing out as the cream of the crop for the series. A marvel when it comes to its ability to shake you to your core, its clearly a love letter to both those who adored the claustrophobic nightmares of the original games and those introduced to horror with more recent Hollywood attempts like The Conjuring and Insidious. It’s hard to imagine the formula working in their favor in the long run, but if it’s a reason to trust that the series could still be in the right hands with Capcom after all, we’re interested to see how they’ll carry on torch into the future.
     
    http://www.baysidegamers.com/reviews-articles/game-reviews/resident-evil-7-biohazard-pc-r55/
     

    Xbox Boss Teases E3 Showing

    With EA already laying out its plans for E3, the annual trade show is on our minds, five months before it kicks off in June. Now, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has teased the Xbox lineup for E3.
     
    Responding to someone on Twitter who asked if he felt good about the upcoming Xbox lineup, Spencer replied from a meeting about E3. "Yes, in another E3 review right now; I like the lineup," he said.
     

     
    Before this, Spencer teased that 2017 will not be a FPS Halo- or Gears of War-led year, suggesting that no new games in those franchises are coming this year. Instead, Microsoft will focus on "new experiences with different IP."
     
    2017 is a big hardware year for Xbox, as the Scorpio comes out this holiday. Microsoft may not show it off until E3, but you can probably expect a big reveal for it at that show. Just this week, Microsoft said development on the system is coming along great.
     
    What would you like to see from Xbox at E3 this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Asus Tinker Board Joins Raspberry Pi on the Bargain Tabl

    Just when you thought Raspberry Pi couldn't be knocked from its market-leading perch, along comes Asus with a rival device that may give the Pi a run for its relatively little money.
     
    Asus just launched its own low-cost computer, the Tinker Board, which is being sold in the UK and continental Europe for about US$57. Its features could interest open source enthusiasts in doing a little comparison shopping before deciding on a new device.
    The Tinker Board features a quad-core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex A-17 CPU with ARM Mali-T764 graphics.
    The device includes four USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5 mm audio jack connection, CSI port for camera connection, a DSI port for HD resolution, a micro SD port and contact ports for PWM and S/PDIF signals.
    The Tinker Board supports the Debian OS with Kodi.
    A power supply is not included.
     
    Rival or Response
    "The Asus Tinker Board is not so much competition as extension of the Raspberry Pi ecosystem, and deeper it shows an extensible ARM ecosystem as well," said Paul Teich, principal analyst at Tirias Research. The Tinker Board runs a faster processor and like the Pi 3 model, implements WiFi and bluetooth wireless connectivity, he noted.
     
    "I don't believe anyone in the Raspberry Pi ecosystem is writing or using 64-bit software, so the Pi model 3 upgrade to ARMv8 is a bit mystifying, other than the BCM2837 processor was cheap, fast and available now," Teich told LinuxInsider.
     
    "The Asus part is substantially more powerful and uses about 25 percent more power," observed Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. The Asus system outputs 4K video, while Raspberry Pi uses HD, he noted.
     
    "This means the Asus part will perform far better when the performance requirement is higher and the need to keep energy cost down is lower," Enderle told LinuxInsider. The embedded space has proven to be relatively lucrative and can be a jumping-off point for even bigger markets and technology partnerships, so it's likely other manufacturers will enter this space as well, he suggested.
     
    Power Play
    The release comes about a week after the release of the Compute Model 3 from Raspberry Pi. That model is aimed squarely at expanding the range of the device to industrial uses and for the growing IoT audience.
     
    The Compute Model 3's standard model is priced at $30, and the Compute Model Lite is priced at $25. It has the same processor and RAM as the standard, but brings the SD card interface to the module pin, which allows users to connect it to an eMMc or SD card.
     
    The original Raspberry Pi's price was reduced to $25 when the Compute Model 3 launched.
    There has been demand in certain industries for a low-cost open source computer that provides robust capabilities for manufacturing and technical demands.
     
    "We don't see much mainstream enterprise demand for this type of compute model," said Jay Lyman, principal analyst at 451 Research, following the Compute Model 3's release last week.
     
    However, he told LinuxInsider, "we do think it is an attractive model for researchers and other HPC end users that are able to assemble and manage powerful compute capabilities for much less money and resources than is typically associated with supercomputing."
     
    By David Jones 

    Early access to iOS software

    If you can't wait to get your hands on all of Apple's next-generation iOS features, you can sign up to become a beta tester.
    The Apple Beta Software Program lets you try out pre-release software and give feedback, which Apple can use to improve the software's quality, find issues and fix them. As a member, you can enroll your Mac or iOS device and every time a public beta is released, as well as subsequent updates, you'll be able to access them from the Mac App Store or via iOS Software Update.
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    The Feedback Assistant app is also available from the help menu of any app by choosing 'Send Feedback’. If you find an issue or something doesn't work you can send your feedback directly to Apple with Feedback Assistant.
     
    Membership does come with a couple of caveats, however. The public beta software may "contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially released software," explains Apple. Apple also added that the public beta software contains confidential information.
     
    "Don’t install the public beta software on any systems you don't directly control or that you share with others. Don’t blog, post screen shots, tweet, or publicly post information about the public beta software, and don't discuss the public beta software with or demonstrate it to others who are not in the Apple Beta Software Program," Apple stresses.

    If you want to restore to a previous version of macOS or iOS you restore your device from the backup you created before installing the public beta. You can also leave the program at any time via Apple's Unenroll page. This will take you through the steps needed to disconnect your Apple ID.
     
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    5 Linux Desktop Environments on the Rise for 2017

    With each passing year, the Linux desktop ecosystem shifts and morphs from one darling to the next. Although it’s sometimes challenging to tell, from month to month, which desktop will reign as the fan favorite, there are always signs that a particular desktop is going to rise in market share.
    Three trends I always examine are evolution, usability, and modernity. I prefer my desktops to have evolved along with the needs of current trends and users, to be easily used, and have a modern design aesthetic. Bonus points are generally awarded for a high range of flexibility.
    Currently, the Linux desktop environment is dominated by Cinnamon, Xfce, GNOME, and Ubuntu Unity. Of those four, I believe only one will see a sharp rise in market share in 2017. Which one? Let’s dive in and see which five desktops, I think will climb the rank and file.
    KDE Plasma
    For the longest time I ignored KDE, thinking it too unstable, too clunky, and too tied to the old-school desktop metaphor. With the advent of Plasma 5 (and distributions like Neon) all bets were off. With each new iteration of KDE (Figure 1), the desktop improves in every possible area. It’s not only an elegant improvement over the old Start button/taskbar metaphor, it’s become incredibly stable and the responsiveness has improved dramatically.
     

     
    Figure 1: The latest KDE is as beautiful as it is solid. Used with permission One of the reasons why I believe KDE will rise in popularity this year is that the developers get the needs of the user. They’ve held onto the old ways, all the while managing to evolve that same take on the desktop in such a way as to make it look and feel modern. From the eyes of the typical end user, KDE is perfect amalgam of what they need (ease of use) vs. what they want (something easy on the eyes).
    If you want to install KDE, it can be easily done. For example, on a Ubuntu 16.04 desktop, open up a terminal window and issue the following commands:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop Note: During the installation, you’ll be prompted to select a display manager. Make sure to select lightdm for this, and you’ll be good to go.
    The installation will take some time; in the end, you’ll wind up with a perfectly functioning KDE desktop.
    Pantheon Desktop
    Pantheon happens to be the desktop environment for my daily driver, Elementary OS. Not only is this desktop a thing of elegant simplicity, it is incredibly easy to use (on a level even the Mac desktop couldn’t achieve). The Pantheon desktop does a great job of getting out of your way while you work (and looks great doing so). With plenty of configuration options, you can make Pantheon look and feel exactly how you like (with a few limitations—such as with the Applications menu being locked down and the now-defunct Super Wingpanel). Even with these slight limitations, Pantheon is as solid and easy to use as any desktop you will ever experience.
    But why will this particular take on the desktop experience see an expanded user base in 2017? The answer to that is simple: Elementary OS Loki. The combination of the rock solid Ubuntu platform with a clean (almost minimal) desktop makes for a winning combination any level of user could take advantage of. Pantheon is the desktop environment that could easily win over new users like no other Linux interface.
    If you’d like to try Pantheon (without installing Elementary), it’s possible. To install on Ubuntu 16.04, open up a terminal and issue the following commands:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install elementary-desktop Logout, select Pantheon, and log back in (Figure 2).
     
    pantheon.jpg

     
    Figure 2: Pantheon running on top of Ubuntu 16.04. Used with permission Enlightenment
    When I think of the Enlightenment desktop environment, I am reminded of some of my first steps with the Linux desktop. The first time I logged into Enlightenment, I thought I was working with something incredibly special. It was the single most configurable desktop interface I’d ever used and could be made to look exactly how I wanted it.
    Since then, Enlightenment seemed to fade into the background. However, it is currently undergoing a transition to Wayland, which should mean big things for this unique desktop (even more compositing effects with smoother transitions, etc.). I believe it will be that migration to Wayland that will give Enlightenment a boost in popularity. Considering it is already a full-featured desktop environment (Figure 3) that runs lightning fast and offers some of the coolest window animations, once it makes the transition to the next-gen compositor...look out!
     

    Figure 3: The default Enlightenment desktop. Used with permission If you want to kick the Enlightenment tires, it is fairly simple to install. On a Ubuntu 16.04 machine, open up a terminal window and issue the following commands:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:niko2040/e19 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install enlightenment GNOME
    GNOME went through a brief period (after evolving from 2.x to 3.x) where the general consensus was that the developers had made a massive mistake in leaving behind the look and feel of the previous iteration. That was then, this is now. The current release of GNOME is not your parents’ GNOME 3; it’s incredibly fast, stable, and user-friendly (Figure 4). This is especially true for any touch-centric hardware. However, don’t think you have to upgrade your monitor to a touch-enabled device, as even standard hardware can get the most out of this particular desktop.
     

      Figure 4: The GNOME desktop running on Ubuntu 16.04. Used with permission How can a desktop that has already been around for some time start gaining market share? I believe the key lies in Ubuntu migrating from Unity 7 to 8. With that change there will be major hiccups to be had and people will turn to the likes of Ubuntu GNOME—a distribution that should be considered a best in breed.
    If you want to give the latest version of GNOME a try (3.22), on Ubuntu 16.04 issue the following commands:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3 sudo apt update sudo apt dist-upgrade sudo apt install ubuntu-gnome-desktop During the installation, make sure to select lightdm as your default display manager. Once installed, logout, select GNOME, and login to experience what GNOME has to offer.
    Budgie Desktop
    The Budgie Desktop is the flagship of the Solus project. Budgie was written from scratch, but tightly integrates with the GNOME stack. With this particular desktop, users will feel perfectly at home (especially if they’ve worked with the Chrome OS platform).
    Budgie has come a long way fast (more so than any desktop I can think of). I remember when I first used the environment, it was fairly basic. Now, it includes a really handy dock, and a slide-out panel called Raven (Figure 5), that gives the user:
    Easy access to calendar information, sound volume, media player controls, and more (via Widgets view).
    The simple means to manage incoming application and system notifications (via Notifications view)
    Quick access to Budgie customizations
     

    Figure 5: Raven in action on Budgie. Used with permission Budgie will see a rise in usage by way of the Solus distribution—a great project with a solid community.
    If you want to experience Budgie, you can either install the Solus distribution, or you can install it on an existing Ubuntu platform with the following commands:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:budgie-remix/ppa sudo apt update sudo apt install budgie-desktop-environment Once installed, logout, select Budgie, and log back in.
    The choice is yours
    There are so many desktop environments available to the Linux platform; which one you use is up to you. However, if you’re looking for a desktop environment that might well enjoy significant rise in popularity during 2017, look no further than any of the above. Each has something special to offer and should help make your Linux experience even better.
     
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    The MacBook Slump: Apple Setting Sights on a Revival

    In a bid to impress users again with their tech Apple is giving their MacBook a range of upgrades. Including new CPUs and a huge RAM boost, according to tech analysts.
    The 12-inch MacBook and the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros will be upgraded, plus a unique version of the 15-inch model is on the way too.
     
    The upgraded laptop range might have had a promising turnover in the shops. However, there are still concerns the Pro line is not living up to their 'namesake' promises
    This release seems to be separate to a refreshment for 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros which will utilise Intel's new Kaby Lake processors. In the second quarter, Kuo predicts, Apple will update its 12-inch MacBook line with the new processors, as well as 16GB RAM option.
    The new processors could potentially address one criticism some had of the new MacBook Pros: their not-much-improved battery life. The 32GB RAM MacBook, which Kuo said will be the "most significantly redesigned product this year," is likely geared toward art professionals, who need RAM for video, audio and photo editing.
    While Apple relies heavily on its iPhone ensnarement business model for its revenue, Apple's computers are the foundation of the company. Apple's largest user base are the creative professionals, who are willing to pay the extortionate price for Macs and MacBooks. However, they do expect Apple to keep up with the competition on the basics, such as battery life.
     

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    The Self-Driving Minivan: On your streets Jan 2017

     
    The self-driving car startup company, Waymo. Is now rolling out its first fleet of self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Minivans onto public roads, for the first time at the end of the month. In which the company announced at the North American International Auto Show today.
    The first areas to see the minivans are Mountain View in California and Phoenix in Arizona. These are also the areas that the company's self-driving Lexus SUVs have already been driving throughout the past few years.  
    January 8th was the day the company first revealed the first look at the Pacificas which have been kept 'hush hush' since the deal between Google and Fiat Chrysler in May 2016.
    Waymo revealed that they now have the capability to produce the tech attached to the cars in house. Which means the spin-off company now produces the cameras, sensors and mapping tech. Rather than purchasing stock parts from 3rd parties. Allowing the company to control the hardware and reduce costing. Waymo CEO John Krafcik claimed that in doing so they cut down 90% of their costs.

    Waymo CEO, John Krafcik
     
    Krafcik said that Waymo isn't interested in becoming a car parts supplier. But is focusing on creating partnerships with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like Chrysler to purchase self-driving fleets or retro-fitting other models.
    It seems that Waymo and Chrysler will launch their own autonomous ride-sharing service to compete with the likes of Lyft and Uber by using Google's Waze mapping service. Krafcik did mention that Waymo was considering products such as ride hailing, logistics, personal transport and last-mile solutions. 

    All that said the self-driving car industry is accelerating exponentially. The 'space race' that companies are competing in is sure to produce some fantastically advanced tech. However, the ethical debate surrounding self-driving cars is ever present. For example, regulators slapping a ban on Uber offering rides in self-driving cars to the public in San Francisco. Uber argued that it's cars do not meet the state definition of an "autonomous vehicle" as it requires a person behind the wheel to intervene if necessary. 
    All that said, it will still be a while for self-driving cars to become a mainstream feature on our roads but with the demand for technology advancement from the global population are piloted vehicles going to become a past memory?

    Lightning fast 5G is nearly here!

    For all you mobile lovers out there!

    5G is coming to town and its set to be very, very fast. Just think, how awesome would it be, to be able to download an entire season of your favourite show in the time it takes to watch one episode. Another promising claim is 5G has been advertised as responsive, dependable and available virtually everywhere.

    Plus, with 5G being so powerful it’s expected to power other hot trends such as self-driving cars to the internet of things. Therefore, expect a lot of chatter across the tech industry about benefiting from 5G.

    The only catch is it won’t be available for another couple of years!
     


    All aboard the hype train!

    The hype train got rolling with Verizon Wireless announcing it would be the first to deploy field trials and commercially deploy 5G. Then right on cue AT&T followed suit, and it said earlier in the month, that it’s testing out 5G for a single business customer in Austin, Texas.

    Verizon will virtually go, radio silent in the dawn of 2017. Waiting until it has a full release of its services such as the release of its 4G LTE network in 2011. We anticipate that the 5G release will be very similar.

    AT&T will also be promoting 5G during its annual developer conference. Kicking off in Vegas at CES

    Tom Keathley, SVP of wireless network architecture and design for AT&T, didn’t make a comment on the company’s specific plans at CES. However, he did disclose that it will play a big role at the trade show. There will also be more talk about the development of LTE as the foundation for 5G.


    What’s next?

    Most of the talk around 5G has been fixated on the concept of fixed mobile broadband. or the replacement of the physical internet lines connected to your home. Which, is a very tasty advancement from ISP’s. Therefore, bringing about the extinction of cable technicians altogether.

    However, even though the idea of broadband replacement is all well and good. It may just be the tip of the iceberg when thinking about the promise of 5G. However, all the major details and features won’t arrive for another few years.
     
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    Twitter releases 360-degree video streaming on Periscope

    Twitter’s latest feature comes just a couple of weeks after Facebook announced plans to release its own 360 videos

    The social network released the feature last Wednesday. However, while all twitter users can watch videos in 360, only a small amount of "select partners" – most likely celebrities and major online influencers -- are able to ‘stream’ in 360 for now.

    Here is the first video:

    https://twitter.com/Alexpettitt/status/814229532576124928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

    The launch is set two weeks after Twitter announced the release of a new feature. Making it easy for the huge user base to broadcast live video. Rival Facebook then release live video features to the it’s US user base of its Instagram service. Following this it also announced to soon release a 360-degree live video feature for the 1.8 billion users.

    The 360 video is very user friendly where-by users can simply view the full 360-degree scenery by moving their phones or tapping and scrolling around.

    Twitter disclosed that it will be introducing the 360 video to more users in the coming weeks.

    If you are interested, you can apply to join a waiting list and answer some questions here.

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