Google introducing Pixel 3, Pixel Slate tablet and Home Hub, focusing on features with AI enhancements

New “Made By Google” products in 2018

At the “Made By Google” hardware media event held in New York City on Tuesday, Google unveiled the Pixel 3 smartphones with larger screens, along with a new Chromebook tablet called the “Pixel Slate” and a smart screen called the “Google Home Hub”.

"Made By Google" - Google's annual October event 2018

Google has announced “Pixel 3”, “Google Pixel Slate” and “Google Home Hub” at the “Made By Google” media event.

The Pixel 3, the third generation of its flagship Android smartphone, comes in 2 sizes and 3 colors. “Pixel Visual Core” imaging chip and AI in the phone improve camera functions, speed and quality.

Let’s take a closer look at the Pixel 3.

Google Pixexl 3 & Pixexl 3 XL

Pixel 3 powered by AI to deliver new features such as “Top Shot” and “Screen Call”.

  • Edge-to-edge OLED display offers 5.5-inch “Pixel 3” and 6.3-inch “Pixel 3 XL
  • Pixel 3 XL has a notched screen, while Pixel 3 does not
  • 12.2MP single camera in the rear like iPhone XR (no optical zoom), while 8MP dual front-facing cameras for wide-angle selfies enable to capture 184 percent more than the iPhone XS
  • “Portrait Mode” – change the blurriness of the background, or change the part of the picture in focus, after the fact
  • “Top Shot” – automatically detect and select the best HDR+ pics from motion photos
  • “Super Res Zoom” – create sharper zoomed image from multiple photos by using on-device machine learning without optical zoom
  • “Photobooth Mode” – automatically snap photos when you smile or making a funny faces in front of the camera without pressing the shutter button
  • “Screen Call” – deliver control to protect against spam and block the number, or respond by tapping a quick reply
  • “Playground” – mixing the real with the virtual with features by adding reactive characters and captions to photos and videos
  • “Motion Auto Focus” – stay in sharp focus automatically
  • “Night Sight” – improve low light performance without a flash (will come later this year)
  • “Search what you see” – point the camera to find products online, identify landmarks, plants and animals, add events to the calendar
  • No support for 60fps 4K recording
  • “Titan M” security chip to secure passwords and operating system
  • Improved dust and water resistance (IP68 up from IP67)
  • Slightly larger battery capacity than last year’s
  • Dual SIM functionality
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Support fast Qi wireless charging (at up to 10 watts)
  • $79 Pixel Stand wireless charger to bring the Google Assistant
  • “Duplex” app helps you complete real-world tasks over the phone (begins rolling out in November)
  • 40% louder front stereo speakers than last year’s
  • Android 9 Pie out of the box
  • Pixel USB-C earbuds in the box
  • Pixel 3 – $799 (64GB), $899 (128GB) and Pixel 3 XL – $899 (64GB), $999 (128GB)
  • 3 colors come in black, white and “Not Pink”
  • Launching in 10 countries including Japan, France and Taiwan to begin shipping on Oct. 18th in the U.S., in other countries on Nov. 1st

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Ignite 2018: Microsoft reveals a lot of services related to Azure, AI, Security, IoT, Edge Computing, Office and much more

At Ignite 2018 conference in Orlando, Microsoft has just announced a lot of news, services, programs and hardware related to Azure, AI, Security, IoT, Edge Computing, Office and much more.

The tech giant focuses on Security; AI and Data; and IoT and Edge Computing this year.

Highlights

  • Azure Machine Learning service
  • New Azure IoT Edge features and capabilities
  • Launch “Open Data Initiative” with Adobe and SAP
  • Confidential Computing for Azure
  • Unified search across Microsoft 365
  • Windows Virtual Desktop on Azure with multi-user Windows 10 experience
  • Password free sign in capabilities for apps
  • LinkedIn integration with Outlook and Office apps
  • Powerful AI features into a simplified experience across Office 365
  • Surface Hub 2 to ship in Q2 2019
  • Cortana Skills Kit for Enterprise
  • Azure Data Box family
  • Office 2019 for windows and Mac

Moreover, Microsoft, Adobe and SAP introduced the “Open Data Initiative“, reimagining customer experience management by empowering companies to derive more value from their data and deliver world-class customer experiences in real-time. It’s said that customers can enable AI-driven business processes to derive insights and intelligence from unified behavioral and operational data and unlock and harmonize siloed data to create new value.

Announcing Open Data Initiative

Announcing Open Data Initiative: A partnership with a new vision for renewable data and intelligent applications

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iPhone XS and XS Max teardown: Mostly the same internal design as iPhone X

iPhone XS and XS Max hit the stores on Friday and as always iFixit has provided teardown images of the new iPhones.
The teardown reveals the latest iPhones are pretty similar to the previous models.

Let’s take a closer look at it.

iPhone XS & iPhone MAX Teardown

iPhone XS on left and iPhone XS Max on right. The shape of battery is completely different.

Points to keep in mind

  • Glass: Apple said “the most durable glass ever in a smartphone” but the glass looks very simliar to iPhone X’s. No clue whether new Gorrila Glass 6 or not
  • Antenna band: Extra antenna band added on the bottom very likely to support for Gigabit LTE (not 5G)
  • IP68 water resistance: No evidence. SIM card slot also largely unchanged
  • Taptic Engine: Resized and XS Max is a little bigger than XS, perhaps for bigger vibrations
  • Logic Board: XS Max gets extended and different design from XS
  • Battery Shape: XS has a new one-cell L-shaped unit, while XS Max has two cells like iPhone X
  • Battery Capacity: iPhone XS at 2,659 mAh and iPhone XS Max at 3,179 mAh (iPhone X at 2716 mAh)
  • Battery Design: Terraced battery cell like Origami (custom shaped to fit the specific contours of the enclosure)
  • Camera: The wide-angle sensor size has been increased by 32% (Pixel size has also been bumped, bringing better low-light performance and contributing to the new “Smart HDR” feature)
  • Earpiece Speaker: XS Max has a bit of extra speaker volume

As for the battery shape, “The extra corners and edges of the single-cell battery in the XS will be prone to extra stress,” iFixit mentioned.

Totally no big news about internal design, however this year is “S” year of tick-tock cycle. We will see completely new design a year later.

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