You may soon be able to use Android apps on a Windows 10 PC - Economic Times
You may soon be able to use Android apps on a Windows 10 PC Economic TimesThe new 'phone screen feature will be available for Windows Insiders this week.
22 Nov, 2018There???s a lot happening in the gadget space this last quarter, apart from the glut of new product launches. Hitesh Raj Bhagat talks about some of the interesting news items from the world of consumer technology.
Is That A Black Hole?
22 Nov, 2018Movie buffs probably know all about how images of the black hole in the movie Interstellar were created ??? staying as true as possible to the original by using computational analysis. But now, you can explore a little bit more in depth, thanks to Scientists at the Radboud University (The Netherlands) and Goethe University (Germany). They used recent astrophysical models of a black hole Sagittarius A* to create a series of images that were used to create a 360-degree virtual reality simulation of a black hole. You can view it using any commercially available VR headset ??? we recommend using the Google Daydream and a compatible smartphone. The entire simulation has been uploaded to YouTube ??? within the YouTube app on the VR headset, search for Black Hole VR (uploaded by BMC or BioMed Central) and prepare to be amazed!
'Alexa, Skype Mom'
22 Nov, 2018Although announced earlier, this feature has only just gone live. Thanks to a partnership with Microsoft, Skype now works on the Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot or Echo Spot. To enable this, open the Alexa app on your phone and head to Settings > Communications. You will see the option to add Skype. It will re-direct you to a web browser where you can sign in with your Microsoft/Skype credentials (to allow Alexa access to your Skype account). Once linking is complete, you will receive 200 free minutes of Skype calling to 34 countries (100 minutes per month for two months). To use your Echo Dot to call on Skype, you can say, ???Alexa, Skype mom???.
Satellite Phones Not Bulky Anymore
22 Nov, 2018The Thuraya X5-Touch sits somewhere in-between a sleek Android phone and those massive, heavy satellite phones with external antennas. It offers a retractable satellite antenna, dual SIM functionality (one of them is for conventional 4G GSM networks) and a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD touchscreen. The specs resemble a mid-range Android phone: Snapdragon 625, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 3,800mAh battery, IP67 + MIL-STD-810 certification and a weight of 262 grams. Expected price is about US$ 1300 and it launches this December. That being said, you should know that use of satellite phones is still restricted in India. You can do so only with the prior, written permission from the DoT.