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Faster Broadband Thrill Thrill

first_imgMay 1, 2008 3 min read Register Now » Brought to you by PCWorld We in the U.S., and particularly me in Seattle, Wash., suffer from the heartbreak of slow-broadband-paralysis. A large percentage of U.S. residents can’t obtain speeds that are typical in Japan, South Korea, and some countries in Europe. You can easily buy 100 Mbps connections in Japan at an affordable price, and 8 Mbps ADSL is quite typical and cheap in the UK – it’s thrown in as an extra for satellite TV and mobile phone service, for crying out loud. (BT is about to offer a 24 Mbps DSL flavor, ADSL+, to about a million homes this year and 10 million next.)But broadband speeds and availability are finally starting to accelerate. AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and others are rolling out 10 to 50 Mbps service across the country using fiber to the node and faster cable standards. Coverage areas for those services are increasing, even while rates below 10 Mbps become more widely available and faster, too.In my home city, a territory controlled by Qwest, we’re finally seeing DSL rates that match or exceed cable service. Qwest has a 14-state region dominated by rural areas, and the company has been in turmoil for several years following allegations about stock sales and financial results.Qwest is now rolling out in 23 of its markets 12 Mbps and 20 Mbps DSL. They’re the last major ILEC (incumbent local exchange carrier, formerly known as Baby Bells before mergers) to create a real plan for true high-speed broadband. Qwest charges $105 per month for 20 Mpbs service and $52 per month for 12 Mbps. A bundling discount of $5 per month applies. Upstream speeds don’t seem to be disclosed on Qwest’s site or in reporting on the matter.Qwest isn’t offering IPTV–just plain, fast broadband. This puts them in less conflict with customers who want to choose their own content, too.Of course, neither my work nor home address qualifies yet for this faster service, which uses fiber to the node (an interchange point) rather than fiber to the home, which costs vastly more. DSL is used over the short interchange-to-customer premises link.Our other incumbent, Comcast, has deployed its first 50 Mbps downstream/5 Mbps upstream service in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, charging $150 per month for residential service. They plan to cover 20 percent of their territory by the end of this year. Comcast also said they’ll have 100 Mbps service within two years and 160 Mbps service after that point.None of this puts us rapidly in the same category as admittedly countries with smaller area and even more population in the densest portions. But it’s nice to finally see a bit of motion. The next step is dramatically lower prices. I’m not holding my breath until competition heats up, probably as wireless broadband starts to hit in 2009 and 2010, which could push costs down for sub-10 Mbps service, forcing wireline providers to increase speeds and lower prices. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Say Hello to Mr Hyperloop

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 2, 2015 7 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Dirk Ahlborn is two hours behind schedule, and it’s no surprise, since the project that he represents has the potential to change the world. He’s the CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, one of the firms that’s dedicated to building those high-speed tubes people of the future are always traveling in. It’s got so much potential that you can even see hope in the eyes of the people standing in his presence, waiting for their turn to speak to the German. You might have heard that Elon Musk dreamed up this idea, but it’s Ahlborn who’s most likely to make it a reality. Say hello to Mr. Hyperloop.It’s not a name that Ahlborn likes hearing, going to great pains to emphasize the community that has developed around the project. That includes almost 400 scientists, engineers and experts that are working, ostensibly for free, to help develop the Hyperloop system — not to mention partner companies and universities. Then there’s the wider community whose input, feedback and general engagement are helping to shape the future of mass transit.The CEO is clearly feeling frustrated at the misconceptions that seem to surround the project, and they weigh heavily upon his impressively broad shoulders. For instance, he resents the idea that his company is staffed by amateurs, keyboard warriors and other concerned, but otherwise uninformed people. In fact, many of them have day jobs at Tesla, NASA, SpaceX and other brand-name, heavy science firms.Ahlborn bristles at the idea that these people, who donate their time in exchange for stock options, do so only for a bounty further down the road. Instead, Ahlborn points to other open-source projects like Firefox and Android as examples where like-minded individuals come together to build something that they believe in. He also cites companies like Lego and GE that he feels were heading for obscurity until they, too, started to cooperate with the wider community.Yes, there will be a bathroom on the HyperloopImage Credit: HyperloopAnother misconception that Ahlborn has to fight is the idea that users would be crammed into the pods at awkward angles. It was propagated by the early concept document (pictured, above), but the CEO says that the company has moved far away from that now. The current thinking is that a 9-foot-wide economy class pod would hold 40 people, sitting upright in relative comfort, while a business class pod would seat 28. To the relief of nervous travelers everywhere, there will be a bathroom in the finished model, although it’s there more to calm anxious minds than it is for constant use.How much will it cost you?CNBC had previously reported that the Hyperloop could be “free to play,” a point Ahlborn said was taken out of context. In fact, the most likely business scenario now is that users would pay $30 for an economy class “ticket” for a single ride between San Francisco and LA. Even if you took the bus, the seven-hour journey would cost almost twice as much. With the Hyperloop, a return trip is likely to cost $50, with business class seats costing more. Still, since the LA-SF route will only be half an hour long, we could probably put up with a fair chunk of discomfort.Ahlborn tells me that, in the US, it’s rare that a public transportation project turns a profit — they frequently need a subsidy from the government. For the public company that HTT will become, it’s a requirement, so there’s a determination to ensure that the business is run properly. Since he will have a captive audience for the better part of 40 minutes, it’s likely that there will be at least one screen displaying adverts inside each pod. The tubes themselves will also have space for billboards, which will help reduce the cost for each individual traveler. Another idea that’s being kicked around is that pricing would vary depending on time to keep the system 100 percent occupied through the day. So, at peak times, a form of surge pricing would be in effect, with off-peak hours being far cheaper to balance it out.For one brief moment, Ahlborn speaks with reverence about Ryanair, the much-maligned Irish airline. It’s famous (at least in Europe) for offering dirt-cheap fares, but subjecting its customers to a death from a thousand nickel-and-dime cuts, including charging them hefty fees to print their tickets. The CEO has no intention of replacing the airline’s Michael O’Leary as the most hated man in transport, but admires the company’s ability to make travel affordable to the masses.What is being fired at 750 miles per hour through a windowless tube going to be like for those of us who feel travel sickness at the start of an engine? Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is working with a team of psychologists who are specifically researching how to eliminate any such side effects. The current thinking is that there’ll be a forward-facing screen that projects a virtual image that’ll convince your brain that the motion your body is feeling is genuine. Then again, Ahlborn points out that there’s no such view on an airplane, so maybe there is no need for such an innovation.Safety and securityImage Credit: HyperloopAs the future of mass transit, and potentially a “metro system” for the entire country, Hyperloop locations could be a target for all sorts of violence. It’s a topic that most executives would have shied away from, but Ahlborn was surprisingly candid about the risks and dangers that could face a system that’s promised to be un-crashable. There’ll be no TSA-style hurdles for a user to get through, and instead the experience will be much closer to a trip on your local subway. In this instance, you’ll rock up to a Hyperloop station, be pushed into a group of either 40 or 28, and led to board a pod. In order for the system to be cost-effective, pods need to be launched every 30 seconds, so you’ll get into a pod ahead of time and be lowered, wholesale, into the tube.So what would happen if someone set off a bomb inside one of the pods? It turns out that the damage would be, comparatively, less extreme than current subway attacks. Since the tunnel is a sealed low-pressure chamber, if the tube is compromised and air begins to flood in, the pod that’s 30 seconds behind will be forced to rapidly slow down. In addition, as soon as a drop in pressure is detected, the safety system kicks in and brings the chain of pods to a gentle stop.The future is hereThe idea of riding a Hyperloop may seem fanciful, but if things go well, it won’t be very long at all before one opens to the public. The company has signed a deal to build a 5-mile long track at Quay Valley, a new town in California that’ll house 75,000 people as well as a 600-megawatt solar power plant. If, and it’s a big if, ground can be broken on the city in the near future, and if all goes well, then we could be just a few years before the public can get their first taste of high-speed transit. Unfortunately, due to the short length, it won’t be as fast as the theoretical maximum, and Ahlborn is planning to use the development to refine the system ahead of the first “national” Hyperloop line.If that’s a success, then the company is likely to break ground on the first major city-to-city project soon afterward. Ahlborn has already received plenty of interest from cities (or more appropriately, pairs of cities) that wish to be joined closer together. He believes that, due to the political and economic climate, it’s likely to be a location outside of the US and Europe that will be the first to have a functioning route. Until then, Ahlborn is hoping to encourage more people to join the Hyperloop team, especially in Europe, where he’s looking for people to get the word out to the masses — so if you’re interested, you can leave your details here. Register Now »last_img read more

Google Parent Alphabet Announces New Cybersecurity Firm

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Google parent Alphabet on Wednesday announced the formation of a new independent cybersecurity business called Chronicle.Born in the web giant’s X moonshot factory in 2016, Chronicle is “dedicated to helping companies find and stop cyber attacks before they cause harm,” the company’s CEO, Stephen Gillett, a former Symantec executive, wrote in a blog post. Chronicle is developing an intelligence and analytics platform to help businesses better manage and make sense of their cybersecurity data.”Thousands of potential clues about hacking activity are overlooked or thrown away each day,” Gillett wrote. “At large companies, it’s not uncommon for IT systems to generate tens of thousands of security alerts a day. Security teams can usually filter these down to about a few thousand they think are worth investigating — but in a day’s work, they’re lucky if they can review a few hundred of them.”At the same time, he wrote, “many investigations are hampered by the gaps in available information, simply because the cost of storing all the relevant data is increasing far faster than a typical organization’s budget.”Enter Chronicle’s intelligence and analytics platform, which aims to help solve these issues and enable security teams to more quickly identify hackers in their networks. Chronicle is currently testing this platform with “a number of Fortune 500 companies” as part of an early Alpha program.Chronicle also includes VirusTotal, the malware intelligence service Google acquired in 2012. VirusTotal will continue to operate as normal.Meanwhile, Alphabet’s announcement comes just ahead of Data Privacy Day, an international effort that takes place annually on Jan. 28 to promote privacy and data protection best practices. To learn how to get involved in Data Privacy Daya, head here. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now January 25, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

AI Is Transforming Healthcare as We Know It Heres a Look at

first_img Try to conceptualize all the medical knowledge in the world. How many books would it fill? How many topics would it cover? How many years would it take to learn in its entirety?Now, imagine it doubling.In 1950, researchers predicted it would take about 50 years for all available medical knowledge to double. But in 2020, estimates peg it at just 73 days.Enter artificial intelligence (AI). It’s not humanly possible for medical professionals to keep up with the influx of constant new information about health conditions, treatments and medical technology. That’s why the healthcare industry is a real growth opportunity for AI and machine learning — and the companies creating smart tools. Healthcare’s artificial intelligence market should increase elevenfold between 2014 and 2021, according to research from Accenture — that’s $600 million to $6.6 billion.The difference between AI and machine learningFirst, a quick detour to define AI and machine learning. Remember your elementary school teacher telling you that all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares? AI and machine learning have a similar relationship: Machine learning is one application of AI, and it operates on the premise that machines can use extensive amounts of data to learn for themselves and eventually recognize more of the unknown. AI — the advancement of computer systems to perform tasks usually limited to humans — is a broader concept that can be used for other applications besides machine learning. This has constantly developing implications for both consumer health and the healthcare industry as a whole.How AI is transforming healthcare todayMachine learning easily integrates with aspects of the healthcare industry that have extensive data sets and past examples readily available. The software can learn patterns to help detect tumors, recommend diagnoses and even predict details of a patient’s hospital stay. For example, Google recently introduced a new algorithm for a certain type of software called a neural network. The company’s new algorithm aims to predict hospital patient outcomes such as length of stay, chances of readmission and odds of death.But it’s not all about poring over data sets: AI tools can also serve as consultants for medical professionals. Take IBM’s Watson supercomputer, for example. Introduced in 2010, it combines AI with analytical software to answer questions — and the company says it’s processed more than 115,000 patients and consumers. Researchers are constantly publishing new information and breakthroughs on certain conditions, so many doctors use Watson to stay up to date on the latest findings, says Alan Smeaton, professor of computing at Dublin City University. The software is in use in hospitals around the country to help doctors gauge the impact of certain symptoms, come to a diagnosis and make decisions.As for how doctors feel about the new tools available? It all depends on whether something improves their work with respect to their ultimate authority, says Robert Kaul, CEO of Cloud DX, a medical device technology company. As long as medical professionals have the final say on a diagnosis, “we found clinicians are actually excited about the concept,” he says. But AI and machine learning tools in healthcare have a high bar to meet. Although human error is one of the principal reasons AI is being introduced to healthcare in the first place, one wrong turn with an AI tool could mean setbacks in the public eye and the industry itself — especially when it comes to potential bias.“We know people of color are much less likely to get good healthcare, as are low income people in rural areas,” says American civil rights activist Maya Wiley. “Is the data essentially biasing outcomes because of insufficient data? And what does it mean to collect that data?”Opportunities for entrepreneursIBM’s Watson is a more-or-less unique industry tool with minimal competition, Smeaton says. Entrepreneurs looking to break into AI should know that 30 percent of businesses are predicted to incorporate AI before 2019. That’s up from just 13 percent last year, according to Spiceworks, an information technology company. And a foray into AI for healthcare could mean even more growth. That’s because in the modern world, “data is currency,” Kaul says. In an industry where every individual’s health data could fill 300 million books during their lifetime, there’s plenty of financial opportunity in making sense of that information.In that same vein, some entrepreneurs are incorporating AI into wearable health devices to save consumers time and money. These tools could democratize some aspects of healthcare that used to require a hospital visit — think assessments for diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and more. One example is Sensoria Fitness, a company that creates AI wearables for runners. Currently, postural sway (or likelihood of falling) is measured by expensive in-hospital machinery. But research published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) shows that Sensoria’s “smart sock” embedded with sensors could be a viable substitute to help predict balance impairment in a low-cost way.Similarly, some AI wearables allow individuals to share real-time health data with doctors. Qardio, an AI health company, introduced an ECG/EKG wearable that promises a higher diagnostic yield — or a better chance of collecting the information necessary for a diagnosis — in a much shorter amount of time. That, in turn, could lead to shelling out less money for health insurance premiums.Related: Who Needs Smartwatches? These 7 AI Wearables Can Boost Focus, Fitness and Health.Why this field could be the futureOver the past decade, the healthcare industry has focused on digitizing medical records. Now, the problem is managing those massive data sets — so any infrastructure that can make that possible should be in high demand over the coming years.“[Using AI], we can take a run at solving some of the hard and some of the previously impossible-to-solve problems in healthcare and in life sciences in general,” says Zachary Bogue, co-founder and co-managing partner of DCVC, a deep tech and AI venture fund. He says he believes the value of the field will “increase materially — and likely increase exponentially” over the next five years.Bogue says he sees entrepreneurs in his company’s office every week claiming to have the world’s best AI algorithms, but he asks them, “How long will that lead last?” It’s important to have something to carry you past the initial idea. Bogue’s fund invests in entrepreneurs with three elements, he says: world-class AI algorithms, deep industry experience and a proprietary data set (or access to one). He says it’s a “huge opportunity right now” because the healthcare industry has many proprietary or semi-proprietary data sets that entrepreneurs can access through partnering with different organizations.One more tip for entrepreneurs looking to break into the space? Founders should be both experts in AI and in healthcare — and if you’re one or the other, it’s a good idea to seek out a co-founder whose experience complements yours.“Healthcare is such a huge, lumbering industry and [so] incredibly complicated,” Bogue says, “that a plucky young AI expert is going to have a very hard time solving any hard problems without … aligning him- or herself with someone with deep industry experience, and vice versa.” July 11, 2018 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 7 min readlast_img read more

How to Pin Drives to the Navigation Pane of Windows 10 File

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. Ends 8/26.AncestryUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoForbes.comSerena Williams Definitely Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoAdvertisement Click on File Explorer to open a window.  Select the drive you want to pin. Click Pin to Quick Access on the menu bar. Credit: MicrosoftHow to Use Microsoft Outlook Like a ProHow to Restore Microsoft Office FilesHow to Sync Your Settings in Windows 10center_img The File Explorer has all your drives tucked under ‘This PC.’ It makes the left navigation pane clutter free but also adds an extra click to get to the drive you want to access. You can pin the drive so that it shows up at the top for quick access. Or, you can pin folders you use often in the same way. Either way you want to go, you can certainly make File Explorer more useful by pinning a few folders for quick access later.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/pin-drives-navigation-pane-windows-10?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 From the taskbar, type File Explorer in the search box. You can also search from inside the Start menu if you’ve previously disabled Cortana’s Desktop search field. Click This PC in the left navigation pane to locate your drives. last_img read more

Dell Latitude 7400 2in1 Review

first_img Operating System 3 pounds Windows 10 Pro 1151 Card Slots Thunderbolt 3 4.1 x 2.3 inches Review three-year warranty. Hard Drive Type 1920 x 1080 Bluetooth Specifications Mobile Broadband Intel UHD Graphics 620 Ports (excluding USB) None RAM Upgradable to The Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 (starting at $1,599, $2,802 as tested) feels like the debut of a new class of Dell business laptops. That said, it’s probably best you forget everything you associate with the name Latitude and, instead, think about the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 as an XPS-turned business laptop.article continued below There’s a lot to love about the Latitude 7400 2-in-1; the convertible has a sleek chassis, ridiculously long battery life and strong performance. The keyboard and touchpad are both first rate, and a unique proximity sign-in feature will secure your laptop when you’re away. However, there are a few low points, including the laptop’s average display and weak speakers. Despite those quibbles, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is Dell’s best business laptop yet and a warning shot to the ThinkPads and EliteBooks of the world. Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 price and configuration options The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 starts at $1,599 for a base model with an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. Doubling the storage to 256GB costs another $200, and from there you can bump up the CPU to a Core i5-8365U for $1,909. Our review unit costs $2,802 and packs a Core i7-8665U CPU with vPro, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. Our unit was also outfitted with a 6-cell 78 Whr battery, a worthwhile upgrade that improves battery life. If you’re not on a budget, a decked-out Latitude 7400 2-in-1 costs a whopping $3,619 when configured with a Core i7-8665U CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 2TB PCIe NVMe SSD along with some extras, like LTE connectivity, a 78 Whr battery, a bigger 90W power adapter and security features, including a fingerprint sensor and smart card reader. Design I can’t believe this is a business laptop. Where is the thick black chassis with hard plastics and chunky bezels? Not that I miss them, I’m just astounded by the transformation. The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 looks nothing like the Latitude laptops that came before it. Smartly incorporating design elements from Dell’s widely acclaimed XPS notebooks, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 has a sleek machined-aluminum chassis with gorgeous detailing that will help it stand out in an office flooded with MacBooks. You might mistake the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 for the XPS 13 the first time you see it, but there are some notable design deviations. While both notebooks flaunt a centered chrome Dell logo, the Latitude’s lid has a medium dark gray brushed-metal finish, whereas the XPS is a lighter, solid tone. The first thing you’ll notice when you open the Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s lid is an edge-to-edge InfinityEdge display, a now-ubiquitous feature first championed by Dell. This will hopefully appear on every Latitude laptop from now on. Gone are the thicker plastic bezels, replaced by a narrow glass frame that’s just wide enough to accommodate a webcam; and don’t worry, the lens is above the display. Along with these welcome improvements are a bunch of little things that help elevate the Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s chassis. For example, a delicately curved lip that outlines the laptop’s keyboard gives the brushed-aluminum deck a stylish shape. Then there’s all the reflective chrome. The touchpad is outlined in chrome, the hinges are chrome and the diamond-cut edges around the chassis glimmer against the light. This effectively distinguishes the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 from budget laptops that trick you with faux brushed-aluminum materials. I also love that you can open the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 with one hand. As a 2-in-1 laptop, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 can flip into tablet mode for drawing with the optional Active Pen stylus or into tent mode when you want to view content. The Latitude is still cumbersome to use as a tablet, but the drop hinge Dell engineered for this model feels sturdy, and the lid didn’t budge when I lazily tapped on the touch screen. At 12.6 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches and 3 pounds, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is slimmer and lighter than even the most portable 14-inch business laptops, including the HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (12.7 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches, 3 pounds) and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (13.1 x 9 x 0.7 inches, 3.1 pounds). Durability The re-envisioned Latitude 7400 2-in-1 may have done away with the business-like aesthetic, but it still offers most of the features you’d expect from an enterprise notebook. To start, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 passed 13 military-grade tests, earning it MIL-STD 810G certification. All that jargon means the Latitude can withstand extreme conditions, like low temperatures, high altitude and long exposure to shock and vibration. ExpressSign-in and Security Debuting on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is a neat security feature called Dell ExpressSign-in. Baked right into the Windows 10 Power & Sleep settings, ExpressSign-in will awaken or put to sleep the Latitude 7400 2-in-1, depending on your proximity to the system. The feature worked as advertised once I set up Windows Hello with facial recognition. The laptop went to sleep exactly 1 minute after I stepped away and woke and unlocked a second or two after I sat back at my desk. The IR camera was quick to recognize my face and denied my colleagues entry to my system. Unfortunately, there’s no way to manually lock the PC, so the Latitude remains vulnerable for at least a minute after you move out of range of the IR camera. The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 supports other security hardware, though most are optional. Our review unit wasn’t configured with a fingerprint sensor or smart-card reader, but you can pay extra for these conveniences. On the software front, Dell offers the Endpoint Security Enterprise program for protecting against cybersecurity threats, among other encryption and anti-malware software. Ports The removal of legacy ports is an unavoidable compromise when you trim down a laptop’s chassis. But in this case, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 compensates for that loss by offering a wide range of modern connections. On the left side of the laptop are a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports, alongside an HDMI and a USB 3.1 (always-on) input. On the opposite side, you’ll find a second USB 3.1 port, a headphone/mic jack and a Noble lock slot. An optional SIM card slot is located just below the microSD card slot. If you need additional ports, Dell suggests the new Thunderbolt Dock (WD19TB). At $330, this is one pricey add-on. However, Dell’s claims that the dock can recharge your system to 80% in 1 hour is pretty impressive. I’m also a fan of the dock’s two-tone matte and glossy black design. Regarding ports, the dock has a Thunderbolt 3 input, a USB-C 3.1 port, a USB-C Multifunction DisplayPort, three USB-A 3.1 ports, a combo headphone/mic jack, an audio out input, dual DisplayPorts, an HDMI 2.0 and an RJ45 Ethernet input. Display The 14-inch, 1080p touch screen on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is relatively vivid but dimmer than what we’ve seen from other systems. When I watched a trailer for The Peanut Butter Falcon, the display was sharp enough that I could clearly make out the tattoos on Shia Lebouf’s arms and the floral pattern on Dakota Johnson’s skirt. Lebouf’s faded red cap stood out against the natural greens and browns of the rural film locale, and in one scene, a campfire made Zack Gottsagen’s skin glow a fierce orange. I do wish the display were brighter, as I had to squint to see some details in darker shots. The 14-inch, 1080p touch screen on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is relatively vivid but dimmer than what we’ve seen from other systems. The Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s display covers 113.4% of the sRGB color gamut, which makes it less vivid than the panels on the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (120%), the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (201 percent) and the premium laptop category average (124%). MORE: Laptops with the Best Display Brightness And at 280 nits, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s peak display brightness is somewhat disappointing. The displays on the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (340 nits), the Thinkpad X1 Yoga (477 nits) and the category average (328 nits) are all significantly brighter. On a positive note, I had no problems using the Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s responsive touch screen to flick through websites and type URLs using the on-screen keyboard. Keyboard, touchpad and stylus Finally, a thin laptop with a keyboard that isn’t frustratingly shallow (yes, I’m looking at you Apple). The Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s island-style backlit keyboard is snappy, and the keys’ fairly deep travel of 1.4 millimeters (just short of our 1.5mm preference) prevented me from bottoming out. Still, there are a few things I’d change to get the keyboard to my liking. The keys on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1, like those on the XPS 15, are on the small side and more spaced out than I’d prefer. I also think their 71 grams of actuation force made my fingers feel sluggish, although I’m sure some people will appreciate the weightiness this gives them. I typed at 111 words per minute with an accuracy rate of 94 percent on the 10FastFingers.com typing test. I typically type a bit faster and more accurately, but I was pretty close to my 119 wpm, 95-percent averages. The Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s 4.1 x 2.3-inch glass touchpad feels great and is very responsive, thanks to the included Precision drivers. My fingers comfortably glided across the surface as I scrolled through websites and executed Windows 10 gestures, like pinch-to-zoom and three-finger swiping to change windows. The optional Dell Premium Active Pen (PN579) stylus Dell sent us works very well on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s touch screen. I flipped the laptop into tablet mode and used my awful drawing abilities to sketch a hideous still life of a yogurt cup on my desk. My artistic deficiencies are no fault of the stylus — the Active Pen felt smooth and responsive as I dragged it across the glass screen. There is no integrated stylus garage on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1, but you can secure the magnetic pen on either edge of the laptop when you’re not using it. My artistic deficiencies are no fault of the stylus — the Active Pen felt smooth and responsive as I dragged it across the glass screen. The Active Pen connects to the Latitude 7300 2-in-1 via Bluetooth 4.2, which enables a customizable quick-launch button on the endcap so you can open your favorite drawing apps. Audio The bottom-firing speakers on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 are disappointing, to say the least. While they filled a large conference room at max volume, the sound was distorted and shrill. When I listened to City and Colour’s song “Strangers,” Dallas Green’s soulful vocals were lifeless, sounding both muffled and hollow. MORE: I Spent More Than $200 on Headphones: You Should Too Worse still, the drums lacked weight and the cymbals were piercing. I then listened to Julien Baker’s vocally driven cover of Frightened Rabbit’s “Modern Leper” but had to press pause when the congested instruments began to obscure Baker’s emotive voice. Performance Packing an Intel Core i7-8665U CPU and 16GB of RAM, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 didn’t stutter once during my real-world obstacle course, which involved loading 20 Google Chrome tabs, three of which played 1080p YouTube video while another trio streamed Overwatch and Fortnite in Full HD on Twitch. Even with all that running in the background, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 didn’t bat an eye when I pulled up an ESPN+ stream of women’s Wimbledon 2019 qualifying. I wasn’t surprised when the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 clocked some excellent scores on our benchmark tests. The notebook notched a 17,087 on the Geekbench 4.3 overall performance test, beating the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (14,331, Intel Core i7-8650U), the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (14,517, Core i7-8650U) and the category average (13,089). The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 didn’t stutter once during my real-world obstacle course, which involved loading 20 Google Chrome tabs, three of which played 1080p YouTube video while another trio streamed Overwatch and Fortnite in Full HD on Twitch. The 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Class 40 SSD inside the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is so fast that it transferred 4.97GB of mixed-media files in just 6 seconds for a rate of 848 megabytes per second. Other leading laptops, like the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (512GB SSD, 727 MBps) and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (1TB NVMe SSD, 508.9 MBps) came close, but couldn’t match that pace. The average premium laptop transfer rate is 622.3 MBps. The Latitude didn’t do quite as well on our video-editing test, needing 19 minutes and 9 seconds to transcode a 4K video into 1080p resolution using the HandBrake app. That’s quicker than the premium laptop average (22:30) but not quite as fast as the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (19:01) or the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (18:38). Graphics With an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 isn’t meant for gaming or graphics-intensive programs. Regardless, you should be able to comfortably run most casual games and productivity apps. The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 scored a 93,335 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics benchmark, which is considerably higher than what the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (88,501, UHD 620), the Thinkpad X1 Yoga (85,477, UHD 620) and the category average netted (86,125). MORE: Best Graphics Performance Despite those integrated graphics, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 played the racing game Dirt 3 at a steady 60 frames per second. That’s above our 30 fps playability threshold, but the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (62 fps) and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (64 fps) did slightly better. The category average (68 fps) is also smoother. Battery Life While it doesn’t reach Dell’s ambitious 26-hour battery life claims, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 fared very well in our lab. The Latitude lasted for 13 hours and 8 minutes on our battery life test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. Even some of the longest-lasting business laptops — including the EliteBook x360 1040 G5 (8:59) and the ThinkPad X1 Yoga (9:07) — don’t come close to that mark. Webcam The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 can’t break the mold — at least not when it comes to webcams. Like the vast majority of laptop webcams we’ve tested, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s 720p lens captures dark and grainy images. A selfie I snapped in our dimly lit office exhibited accurate colors, but the smeared details in my face reminded me of Georges Seurat’s impressionist painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. The camera will work in a pinch, but we recommend buying an external webcam if you frequently dial into video conferences. Heat The bottom panel, near the hinge, is the only area on the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 that you should avoid touching when the laptop is doing some heavy lifting. That location reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a tad toasty. Otherwise, the laptop stays fairly temperate, with the touchpad (81 degrees), the center of the keyboard (83 degrees) and the center of the bottom panel (88 degrees) all staying within our 95-degree comfort threshold. Software and warranty Latitude 7400 2-in-1 owners will appreciate how little bloatware comes installed on the laptop. Dell’s Command software makes it easy to scan and update your laptop with the latest BIOS, drivers and firmware. That’s pretty crucial because Dell’s SupportAssist app was recently updated with a patch for a critical security vulnerability. Other Dell apps include a power management tool and a MaxxAudioPro audio app with EQ controls. The Candy Crush games, once again, make an unwelcome return to Windows 10 Pro, along with other Microsoft apps like Groove Music, Xbox Game Bar, Solitaire Collection and Your Phone, an app that lets you connect your phone to your laptop. Dell ships the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 with a three-year warranty with on-site and in-home services. See how Dell performed on our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands ranking. Bottom Line The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is a successful attempt by Dell to craft a modern business laptop that can go toe-to-toe with the best of its competitors. Borrowing some of the best qualities of the acclaimed XPS series, this sleek convertible has an attractive chassis that is both thin and lightweight. Despite its portable size, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 offers exceptional battery life, a good selection of ports and a comfortable keyboard. If I could change anything about the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 it would be the laptop’s poor speakers and average 1080p display, which is not as bright or vivid as competing panels. That leaves the door open for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga and the HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5, two excellent convertible business laptops that share many of the same qualities as the Latitude 7400 2-in-1. But overall, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is a highly recommended convertible for those who value portability — and what will hopefully be the new standard for Dell business laptops.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndo247 SportsRanking The Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019247 SportsUndo Intel Core i7-8665U Graphics Card Optical Drive Speed 3DMark Fire Strike1 of 10Tests notebook graphics performance.Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (3rd Gen)Microsoft Surface Pro 6Category Average (as of 06/30/19) Ports (excluding USB) Weight Wi-Fi Model Secondary Hard Drive Type HDMI 1.4 1920×1080 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Noble Lock Native Resolution 14 Optical Drive 512GB 1097 16GBcenter_img 1204 Advertisement Highest Available Resolution 802.11ac Hard Drive Speed Intel Wireless-AC 9560 Size Headphone/Mic Ports (excluding USB) Touchpad Size M.2 PCIe NVMe Class 40 SSD Wi-Fi Company Website Ports (excluding USB) 2609.09 0 600 1200 1800 2400 3000 3600 Secondary Hard Drive Speed Bluetooth 4.2 USB Ports RAM Secondary Hard Drive Size Warranty/Support 16GB Hard Drive Size microSD card slot 1165 Ports (excluding USB) Ports (excluding USB) 3DMark Fire Strike3DMark Ice Storm UnlimitedBattery Life (Test Ver 2.0)Color AccuracyColor GamutDirt 3: Complete EditionDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 4.1Geekbench 4.3Hard Drive Speed microSD 4 12.6 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches CPU Video Memory Display Size https://www.dell.com/en-uslast_img read more

Free ride over Windows 10 growth slows to a crawl

first_imgFree ride over: Windows 10 growth slows to a crawl by Martin Brinkmann on October 02, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 43 commentsThe growth of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system slowed down to a crawl in September 2016 according to several analytics service.Microsoft never failed to mention that the company’s Windows 10 operating system was the fastest growing operating system the company ever produced.Considering that Windows 10 was offered as a free upgrade to any customer running a machine with a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8 license, it is not really that much of a surprise.More interesting is the question how Windows 10 would do once the free ride is over. Statistics for September 2016 indicate that the system is not doing that well.If you check the stats over on Netmarketshare you will notice that the service recorded a decline in use between August and September 2016.For August, it recorded an all-time high of 22.99%, and for September a decline to 22.53%. Third-party tracking services are never accurate though but growth slowed down considerably especially if you consider that Netmarketshare recorded a growth of 1.86% from July to August.Microsoft ended the free offer officially at the end of July, but upgrades to Windows 10 are still free despite Microsoft’s claims that they are not.The monthly updated statistics of Valve’s gaming platform Steam show a similar picture. Valve recorded an increase by 0.04% for Windows 10 in September 2016 to 47.48%.Windows 10 has been the most popular operating system on Steam for a while likely because gamers are more inclined to upgrade their computer systems than other user groups.StatCounter statistics confirm the observation. The company saw a rise of 0.05% in September 2016 for Windows 10 to 22.24%.CausesIt is pretty clear that the effect of the ending of the free upgrade offer have caused growth to slow to a crawl. The one month delay can be explained by how and when stats are updated by the services.It seems likely that growth won’t pick up pace any time soon. While it may get a boost during the holiday season when more PCs get sold, it seems likely that the impact will be minimal.There are not many events in the future that could accelerate growth again. Microsoft plans to end extended support for Windows Vista in 2017, but Vista is hardly relevant anymore these days. Even if that would be the case, users might consider staying on Vista like XP users did years ago, or upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1 instead.Microsoft could consider running another promotion but has not made any announcement yet in this regard.Now You: Is Windows 10’s growth period over? What’s your take on the development?SummaryArticle NameFree ride over: Windows 10 growth slows to a crawlDescriptionThe growth of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system slowed down to a crawl in September 2016 according to several analytics service.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Explore Space with NASAs Eyes

first_imgExplore Space with NASA’s Eyes by Martin Brinkmann on August 26, 2017 in Software – Last Update: August 21, 2017 – 4 commentsNASA’s Eyes is a free software program and mobile application to explore earth, the solar system, the universe and spacecraft exploring them.NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology created the application. Note that the app requires an active Internet connection as it retrieves data from NASA servers when you run it.The Windows version of the application needs to be installed before it can be used. When you run it afterwards, three main starting points for your journey are displayed: Eyes on the earth, eyes on the solar system, and eyes on exoplanets.The startpage displays featured modules, usually those with high relevance as well. Featured modules may include specific missions, e.g. Cassini’s tour or Juno mission, but also events that can be experienced on earth such as the solar eclipse of 2017.NASA’s EyesThe program connects to NASA servers on start to populate the featured modules, and will do so again when you select one of the options in the program interface.Usually, what happens afterwards is that the visualization module gets loaded that provides you with visual information and options.If you select to explore Earth for instance, you see a virtual representation of earth and some of the satellites that orbit earth. You may select a specific speed in which events happen, for instance real time or 10 minutes represented by one second.The module displays latest events, e.g “record breaking smoke over Canada”, and options at the top to visualize vital signs of the planet Earth. This displays information about the earth’s temperature, sea level, water and ice, or carbon dioxide distribution.You can zoom in and out, and display information about specific missions or satellites. The module features additional tools; the telescope mode lets you look into space from specific positions in the world. Missions lists all missions added to the module, and datasets additional visualization options, for instance about a gravity field map or global wind speed.Modules differ depending on which you pick. If you pick the Cassini mission to Saturn module for instance, you get a different visualization.You can follow the spacecraft’s journey to Saturn, and get a lot of view options. There is a timeline with important points of the journey, options to jump to specific views, e.g. near Saturn, looking at Saturn or above Saturn, and information on the probe’s distance to Earth, relative speed or distance to Saturn.You may zoom in and out, and display information on the mission, Saturn and more. Last but not least, there is also an option to view Cassini images in the application.Closing WordsNASA’s Eyes is very powerful program that anyone who is at least mildly interested in space or Earth should at least take a look at. Since it pulls data from NASA servers, it comes with recent data on missions, and recent important events that you can take a look at.Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 9 votes Software Name Nasa’s EyesSoftware Category LearningLanding Page https://eyes.nasa.gov/ Advertisementlast_img read more

CCEnhancer 45 HTTPS downloads new features

first_imgCCEnhancer 4.5: HTTPS downloads, new features by Martin Brinkmann on September 24, 2017 in Software – 33 commentsCCEnhancer 4.5 is a new version of the popular Windows software that you may use to add hundreds of new definitions to CCleaner and other programs that support the format (the developer’s own program System Ninja and Bleachbit support it as well).The program downloads the latest definition file and adds it to CCleaner automatically if the program is installed. It adds new custom scan locations to CCleaner in the process which extend the program’s capabilities to clean the computer system.The automatic integration works only if CCleaner is installed. You need to select Functions > Add Portable Location if CCleaner is not installed, as the automatic integration of the set of definitions won’t work when that is the case. This is the option to select if you use a portable version of CCleaner, or another program that supports the definition format.CCEnhancer 4.5Version 4.5 of CCEnhancer is the first significant update of the application in nearly three years. The new version includes new features, bug fixes and even some security hardening.The application uses HTTPS exclusively for all downloads in CCEnhancer 4.5. This improves the security of the process thanks to the exclusive use of secure connections. The developer notes that users on Windows XP and other operating systems that don’t support Server Name Indication (SNI) may have to select “Use alternative download URL” under Advanced if the default download functionality does not work properly.Error Messages that occur when downloads fail or when other download related issues occur are improved in the new version. They should make the cause of the issue clearer.Another new feature is the integrated update check. CCEnhancer checks for updates automatically by default. You may block this from happening in the Settings by removing the checkmark from “Check for program updates”.CCEnhancer comes with a debug tool that you may run to make sure the definitions file is properly formatted and without issues. Since you may add your own definitions to the definitions file in the Settings, a check for duplicate entries is now provided in the debug tool as well.CCEnhancer 4.5 introduces a handful of smaller changes on top of all that. It features a new program icon, a link (ad) to System Ninja which will open the program if it is installed already, automatic detection of the language on first run, and a download button that matches the color of that of CCleaner in the new release.Closing WordsCCEnhancer is a handy program for CCleaner users, and users of other system cleaners that support the custom definitions format as well. The new version improves the security of definition file downloads with the switch to HTTPS exclusivity, and introduces other new features that users will certainly appreciate.Now You: Do you use custom cleanup locations in CCleaner or other cleaning tools?Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 4 votes Software Name CCEnhancerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://singularlabs.com/software/ccenhancer/ Advertisementlast_img read more

Addons Detector for Android review

first_imgAddons Detector for Android review by Martin Brinkmann on February 26, 2018 in Google Android – 5 commentsAddons Detector is a free application for Google’s Android operating system that reveals which addon packages installed applications use among other things. You may use it to find out which apps include advertising or analytics addons, which apps make use of push notifications, or which apps use which permissions on the device.While Android displays installation prompts whenever you install an application on your Android device, it is fair to say that information and control is limited. It may happen that you install an app that turns out to use all kinds of tricks to display advertisement to you or track you. While you will undoubtedly notice the ads, you may never be aware of the tracking that is going on in the background.Addons DetectorAddons Detector is a free app that reveals lots of information about installed apps. Hit the scan button after installation to find out which addons installed applications use. The scan should not take too long to complete.Select the-then unlocked addons button to display the listing of installed apps and the addons that they use. The page features a filter at the top to display only select apps. You can filter by “call screen ads”, “advertising”, “analytics”, “push notifications” and other addon types.Each application is listed with its icon and name, and the addons that it uses. This listing may be an eye opener, but if you are not proficient when it comes to Android programming, you may not understand what some of these addons do.A tap on a listing opens it in details view. Each addon used is listed on the page along with the application’s permissions.You can tap on any addon or permission to open a page that explains what the addon or permission is for. Links are provided as well which you may follow to research the topic more.Addon Detector comes with additional features that you may find useful:Permission Explorer — lists all permissions that applications have. It contains each permission and the number of apps that have it. A click on a permission displays the applications that use it. Again with explanations for each permission so that you understand what apps may use it for.Install Date — Pretty simple listing that sorts applications by their install or update date.Notification Monitor — Disabled by default. It requires that a service runs in the background so that it can record notifications.Shortcut Monitor — Also disabled by default. Needs to be enabled to monitor shortcuts.Live Scanner — Only available for premium users or users who have enabled the auto-uploading of scan data on the device. This scanner scans new applications or updated applications automatically and notifies you of changes.Closing WordsAddon Detector is an excellent forensic application that provides you with information on the addon use of individual applications. It can help you identify apps that abuse permissions, and even supports an option to scan new application installs or application updates automatically.Now You: Do you vet apps before you install them on your device?Display all Android apps permissions with G Data AntiVirus FreeLarge number of Android VPN apps insecureMy Device: the best system information app for Android?Permission Requests are the main reason why I cancel app installations on AndroidPrivacyHawk: risk analysis for Android appsSummary12345 Author Rating5 based on 2 votes Software Name Addons DetectorOperating System AndroidSoftware Category AppsLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.denper.addonsdetector Advertisementlast_img read more