Nvidia RTX 3060 Prices are Rocketting Upwards - and the GPU is yet to be Launched

This is happening in Europe, according to a study by VideoCardz, despite Nvidia's insistence to retailers that the new graphics card should be sold at the suggested price of $329 in the US (€329 in Europe) when it comes out on February 25 (in the form of third-party cards – there will be no Founders Version made by Nvidia).

Europe-based retailers like ProShop are raising the price of the 3060, the study states, and they are now pricing the GPU at €499 rather than €329, which is more than 50 percent more expensive than the suggested price (or, in Polish currency, starting from PLN 2799 instead of PLN 1599 – a huge increase of 75 percent).

This kind of upward price movement is evident elsewhere, states VideoCardz, with the likes of the Portuguese retailer PCDiga raising the asking prices on the RTX 3060 by almost €100 per week – which means that they are around the same amount as some versions of the RTX 3060 Ti at that retailer (indeed, some Ti variants are actually cheaper – not that you can get any stock of the latter GPU).

 

 


A Multitasker's Dream Device: Aurora 7

A company called Expanscape has created the most Inspector Gadget-like device I've ever seen. It's a laptop prototype called the Aurora 7 (a working title) and attached to its humongous black chassis box are six additional displays that extend in every direction away from the main screen, each showing its own windows and applications.

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Many laptop hinges don't gracefully manage one computer, let alone seven. Piggybacking on the main 17.3-inch 4K display are three other screens of the same size and resolution. There is a single, seven-inch 1200p monitor above the left and right displays. You'll also find another 7-inch 1200p touchscreen display mounted on the rest of the wrist. The prototype weighs about 26 pounds and is 4.3 inches thick. It has an imposing, intimidating presence, and I haven't seen it in person.

Even though it's designed primarily to be a mobile security operation station (and stay plugged pretty much all the time), it may be able to run some games, too. In his writing of this gadget, Gizmodo found that his current prototype could last only one hour before the battery cries for more juice, which is frankly longer than I expected. It uses a secondary 148Wh battery only to power its additional screens, and that's beyond the FAA's legal limit to fly in a plane. Expanscape says it works to fix this in upcoming prototypes. In other terms, the company is committed to allowing you to take a seven-screen laptop to the plane. You'd probably have to buy a whole row of seats for the space you need to use it, though. (If you read this in the future, please take a photo of one of these if you see it on your plane.)

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Sure, the Aurora 7 looks more rough around the edges than Razer’s triple-screened Project Valerie laptop from a few years ago. But nevertheless, Expanscape claims it’s willing to actually sell this thing, which is more than Razer can say about its Valerie concept. If you want to buy one, Expanscape says it can help interested parties in reserving a prototype of its upcoming revision. As for the price, the company will ask you to sign a nondisclosure agreement, prohibiting you from publicly sharing the cost. That doesn’t bode well for the bank account.

I'm looking forward to hearing more about potential Aurora 7 revisions, particularly if it gets a button that makes all the displays pop up in a comical fashion. It seems like an incredibly manual operation at the moment.


The Police, and Fire Departments has partnered up with Amazon's Ring

The Financial Times estimates that more than double the 703 new additions from a year earlier was added to the Ring's Neighbors Portal service in 2020 by the number of local police and fire departments. A mere 40 signed up in 2018. There are currently only two states where there are no agencies involved: Wyoming and Montana.

Amazon Ring: Phantom smart doorbell chimes alarm owners - BBC News

Images of more than 22,235 incidents last year were requested by the police and fire services involved in the initiative. Amazon states that clients can opt-out of accepting police requests, but it is also possible to use subpoenas, search warrants, and court orders to access videos of customers who want to reject requests. The police made 1,900 demands for information that customers had refused them, and 57 percent of those agreed with Amazon, which has the final say over whether to hand over something. Although that is lower than the 67% it complied with during 2019, in 2020 the number of such requests increased by 150%.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) cautioned that while certain owners may be all right to share their video, it is likely that neighbors and passers-by might be captured on tape, creating a "massive and unchallenged" surveillance network in essence.

Many unconcerned about the privacy implications of the software may feel better knowing that police have another tool in their arsenal, but a February 2019 NBC News study found it was not helpful when investigating serious crimes-most of the arrests used for low-level, non-violent property crimes were Ring video.


Apple's App Tracking Transparency feature to be enabled by default and will arrive in 'early spring' on ios

In iOS 14, Apple shared a few more details about its much-discussed improvements to privacy. At WWDC in June, the company first revealed that software developers would have to ask users for permission for cross-property ad targeting purposes to track and share their IDFA identifier. Apple postponed the monitoring restrictions until 2021, saying it wanted to give developers more time to make the required improvements, while iOS 14 was released in the fall.

We have a slightly-more-specific timeline now. In early spring, the intention is to introduce these updates, with a version of the feature arriving in the next iOS 14 beta update.

"This is how the new system is described by Apple: "Users will be able to see under Settings which apps have requested permission to monitor and make changes as they see fit. With the forthcoming release of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14, this requirement will roll out widely in early spring and has already gained support from privacy advocates around the world.

And here are the basics of what you need to know:

  • The App Tracking Transparency feature moves from the old method where you had to opt-out of sharing your Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA) to an opt-in model. This means that every app will have to ask you upfront whether it is ok for them to share your IDFA with third parties including networks or data brokers.
  • The feature’s most prominent evidence is a notification on the launch of a new app that will explain what the tracker will be used for and ask you to opt-in to it.
  • You can now toggle IDFA sharing on a by-app basis at any time, where previously it was a single toggle. If you turn off the “Allow apps to request to track” setting altogether no apps can even ask you to use tracking.
  • Apple will enforce this for all third-party data sources including data sharing agreements, but of course, platforms can still use first-party data for advertising as per their terms of service.
  • Apple expects developers to understand whether APIs or SDKs that they use in their apps are serving user data up to brokers or other networks and to enable the notification if so.
  • Apple will abide by the rules for its own apps as well and will present the dialog and follow the ‘allow apps to request’ toggle if its apps use tracking (most do not at this point).
  • One important note here is that the Personalized Ads toggle is a separate setting that specifically allows or does not allow Apple itself to use its own first-party data to serve you ads. So that is an additional layer of opt-out that affects Apple data only.

Apple is now growing its Ad attribution API capabilities, enabling better click measurement, video conversion measurement, and also, for some instances, app-to-web conversions, and this is a major one.

This news comes on Data Privacy Day, with CEO Tim Cook speaking at the Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection conference in Brussels this morning about the problem. A recent study showing that the average app has six third-party trackers is also being shared by the company.

Although this seems like a welcome move from a privacy perspective, some criticism has been drawn from the advertising industry, with Facebook launching a PR campaign highlighting the effect on small businesses, while also referring to the shift as "one of the most important headwinds of advertising" it might face this year. The position of Apple is that it has a user-centric approach to data protection, rather than an advertiser-centric one.


Apple and Samsung smartwatches could feature non-invasive blood glucose monitoring

Conditions that affect this writer, such as type 1 diabetes, require blood glucose levels to be checked many times every day. Usually, it involves pricking a finger with a lancet and putting a drop of blood in a glucose meter, a process that causes marks, hardens the skin and can be awkward.

Alternatively, glucose monitors are constant (CGMs). A flexible, wire-like needle that is fired into the skin is contained in these small devices. They stay on a carrier for about 10 days, sending blood glucose data every few minutes to a smartphone or smartwatch. When their blood glucose levels go dangerously low or high, while being much more convenient than finger pricking, CGMs are able to warn diabetics. But the need for them to be replaced several times a month means that they are expensive. Also, CGMs are easy to knock off the skin, can be very itchy, and can bleed sometimes.

Korean media claim that both Samsung and Apple's next smartwatches will feature optical glucose monitors, which work to continuously measure levels by shining a light through the skin. Apple reportedly hired a team of biomechanical engineers to work on the feature in 2017, while Samsung last year developed a method of glucose monitoring called Raman spectroscopy that uses lasers to identify chemical compositions.

These features sound amazing on a personal level, but their appeal to diabetics will depend on the accuracy. Even invasive CGMs, which measure the glucose in the fluid surrounding the cells of a body, called interstitial fluid, are not always 100% correct, so it is difficult to imagine an optical sensor being as precise as finger pricking, but hopefully here.

It is expected that the Apple Watch 7 and subsequent Galaxy smartwatches will arrive later this year.

 


LG might be leaving the smartphone business

In Q3 2020, LG delivered 6.5 million smartphones, down 7.2 million from the same quarter a year earlier. According to The Korean Herald, CEO Kwon Bong-seok has told employees in an internal memo that significant changes are coming, with the company losing around 5 trillion won ($4.5 billion) over the last five years and holding only a two percent global market share.

LG may be leaving the smartphone business in 2021

Since the competition for mobile devices in the global market is becoming fiercer, it is time for LG to make a cold decision and make the best choice, "Since the competition in the global market for mobile devices is getting fiercer, it is about time for LG to make a cold judgment and the best choice," "The company is considering all possible measures, including the sale, withdrawal, and downsizing of the smartphone business."

LG has reported to The Verge the validity of the memo. "LG Electronics management is committed to making whatever decision is necessary to resolve its mobile business challenges in 2021," said a spokesman for LG. "As of today, nothing has been finalized."

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The news comes after the Korean site The Elec reported earlier this month that LG was expected to announce its departure from the market for smartphones. Ken Hong, the company's global consumer technology communicator, called the story "completely false and without merit. I won't even justify that rumor with a statement". The business has never been afraid to innovate in an industry where the new flagships seem to deliver few upgrades over their predecessors, from the LG G5 and its modular slot to the dual-screen LG G8X ThinQ and swiveling LG Wing. But the creativity has not translated into a healthy bottom line: for the last 23 consecutive years, LG's smartphone company has reported operating losses.

 


Wearable Hardware: This wristband lets friends, family, and even bosses monitor your mood

Called the Moodbeam, the device features just two buttons-one for recording whenever you feel happy (yellow) and the other for sad moments (blue). It's the work of a UK based firm, also called Moodbeam.

Moodbeam Helps You Understand Your Mood | Wearable Technologies

By logging the different times of day when users feel sudden changes in their emotional state, the wristband and accompanying app can show patterns and trends, allowing wearers to identify situations that cause negative feelings.

The wearable is also positioned as a way for companies to (optionally) monitor the wellbeing of staff working from home who may be experiencing isolation and loneliness. "Businesses are trying to get on top of staying connected with staff working from home. Here they can ask 500 members: 'You ok?' without picking up the phone," Moodbeam co-founder Christina Colmer McHugh told the BBC.

Launched back in 2016, Colmer came up with Moodbeam after discovering her daughter was struggling at school and wanted a way for her child to let her know how she was feeling. The device was thrust under the spotlight recently as the pandemic brought more mental health concerns.

While the £50 ($67) Moodbeam's primary function could be replicated using an app or smartwatch, its simplicity will likely appeal to older society members and busy workers.

For those who work remotely and love the outdoors, Nissan's concept vehicle could offer the best of both worlds.


Sony unveils Airpeak drone

There are a few crucial details still under wraps for Sony's upcoming drone, such as its price and specs. However, it does appear to be a high-end, expensive piece of kit considering that Sony has designed the drone around its Alpha series of mirrorless cameras.

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Drone enthusiasts might find the Airpeak too pricy, but for professionals such as videographers, filmmakers, and photographers that are already invested in Sony's ecosystem. The company says it's the smallest drone capable of carrying an Alpha camera in its payload and should enable high-quality, full-frame aerial footage thanks to the Airpeak's flight-stabilizing and image-steadying tech.

A behind-the-scenes video was also shared of the drone chasing its Vision-S EV prototype during a test drive in Austria where a few noticeable features in the Airpeak can be seen, such as the quadcopter design, an array of onboard cameras and sensors, and the motorized landing gear extensions. Sony although is debuting in the drone industry with a high-end model catering to moviemakers and professional content creators, it could expand into consumer-grade hardware.

 


Amazon quantum computer is on its foundation phase.

According to Bloomberg,  Amazon is working on manufacturing its own quantum computer that can process enormous amounts of data in seconds that would take the most powerful supercomputers hours or days.

The company has hired a Quantum Hardware Team within its Amazon Web Services Center for Quantum Computing, according to internal vacancies and information on LinkedIn. So describes Marc Runyan , a former engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, his title on the professional social network as Quantum Research Scientist at the Amazon Center for Quantum Computing, with the role of "helping design and build a quantum computer for Amazon Web Services'.

Amazon's recent hires include research scientists focused on designing a new superconducting quantum device and manufacturing such machines. Developing its own quantum computer should enable the company to better mirror the approach of its main competitors in the cloud world. IBM first made a quantum computer available to the public in 2016 and has made regular upgrades since then.


MacBook Pro with mini LED display will arrive in the first half of 2021

Apple will be partnering with LG Display to provide the new iPad Pros with mini LED displays. The product is expected to hit the market in early 2021. According to a report from DigiTimes, this technology will also be used in a new MacBook Pro, which would be available in the first half of 2021.

The website is based on a few Taiwanese manufacturers who are already making the necessary preparations to produce the new models. Production of the iPad Pros will be split between Foxconn and Compal, while Quanta Computer will mainly be responsible for the MacBook Pros, followed by Foxconn.

The MacBook Pro lineup is rumored to be complemented by a 14.1-inch model, and a version measuring 16.1-inches. Although no official information is known, these models will most likely have an Apple Silicon, such as the M1-soc.