Tech News – The Amazon Echo Show + Microsoft Homehub + Asus’ ZenFone 3 Zoom + Snapdragon 660 and 630

Hey guys Brainy here and welcome to a new
episode of Tech News. The series on this channel where I keep you up to date on some of the
important things that have been happening in the Tech Industry. I’ve got some really
interesting things to discuss today, So stay tuned and let’s get into it.
Amazons Newest product is apparently called the Echo Show, according to a new image received
by the site, and pre-orders have begun since yesterday for $229.99.
The Echo Show will reportedly start shipping on June 28th in the US; AFTVnews says it’ll
likely cost £219.99 in the UK and €239.99 in Europe, but the release dates may differ.
This information matches up with a Wall Street Journal report, which said that the touchscreen
Echo would cost over $200 and could be announced as soon as Tuesday. If you didn’t know The
Echo Show is Amazon’s newest Alexa-infused product that, for the first time, adds a screen
to the mix. So the Echo is much more of a support device
than one that can be used as a touchscreen device. Despite the seven-inch touchscreen
on the Echo Show, it’s strictly not a tablet. The Echo Show is built to run Alexa skills,
the same as the audio-only Echo speakers. (Developers will be able to add visual components
and direct video links to existing skills.) Amazon’s hardware chief Dave Limp confirmed
to Wired that “there’s no reason” services like Netflix or Hulu couldn’t build skills
to work with the Echo Show, it doesn’t seem like you’ll be able to do that out of the
box. Honestly to me The Echo Show seems to be a
good development with Amazon’s Home interface and Support system but as for how everything
will work with this system I’ll have to see it how it works before I can give any
in depth thoughts. Amazon is still sticking to a mainly single-user
system for the Echo Show. So while the device has improved functionality in the form of
calendars and taking calls, if you have multiple Echo Shows and Echo speakers, it’s still
an all-or-nothing proposition when it comes to accessing content (while Amazon will allow
you to add multiple users to an Echo, once added all Echo’s attached to the primary
account will have access.) So when someone calls you over the Alexa messaging system,
all your devices will ring and anyone in your house will have access to your shopping list.
Microsoft is planning to turn Windows 10 PCs into Amazon Echo competitors. Microsoft has
been working on a new HomeHub feature for Windows 10 to better compete with devices
like Amazon’s Echo. HomeHub is designed to create a family environment for a PC with
shared access to calendars, apps, and even a new welcome screen. Microsoft is even planning
to support smart home devices like Philips’ Hue lights, to enable Windows 10 to act as
a hub to control and manage smart home hardware. Now this is really interesting given the timing
of the release of the Amazon Echo Show, I’m truly interested to see how these two competing
device will sell. On my end I’m leaning a bit more towards the Amazon side of the
battle but time will tell how things go. Microsoft is aiming to include the new welcome
screen, shared desktops, and easy calling in the Windows 10 update due in September.
This update should also include improvements to Cortana, and support for third-party smart
home devices. Microsoft is tentatively planning to support Hue, Nest, Insteon, Wink, and SmartThings
devices with its connected home app. Cortana will be used to send commands to devices,
just like Amazon’s Echo. Microsoft has been working with PC makers including HP and Lenovo
to create new hardware or refresh existing PCs with a focus on this new home effort.
Both HP and Lenovo are expected to have all-in-one PCs ready for the holiday period with support
for waking up with Cortana voice commands and the new welcome screen feature for Windows
10. Asus’ New Zenfone is out and here’s what
you need to know. Asus’ ZenFone 3 Zoom, a follow-up to 2015’s original ZenFone Zoom,
is now available with a starting retail price of $329. Like its predecessor, this gadget
prioritizes mobile photography with optical zoom. Although, this time around, Asus has
swapped out the original 3X optical zoom 13MP lens for a dual-camera 12MP system. One lens
is a f/1,7 aperture 25mm wide-angle lens, while the second is a 59mm second with 2.3X
optical zoom. The system can magnify up to 12X with digital zoom.
Asus says the camera has RAW file and 4K video support, as well as full manual controls,
so you can tinker with aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. To keep all these features
from hogging battery life, Asus has stuffed a 5,000mAh battery into a device that, at
just under eight millimeters thin, is actually three millimeters slimmer than the original
Zoom, according to Asus. As far as specs go, the ZenFone 3 Zoom comes
with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It’s running Android
7.0 Nougat and comes powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor. You can buy the
ZenPhone 3 Zoom from most major US retailers like Best Buy and Amazon, as well Asus’
website. Google launches ‘Street View ready’ program
for 360-degree cameras. Google this week announced a certification program for a new line of
“Street View ready” 360-degree cameras. In a blog post published Tuesday, the company
said that 20 certified cameras launching this year will make it easier for users to capture
and upload Street View imagery. The certification program covers four categories
of 360-degree cameras. Street View mobile ready cameras can upload photos to Street
View through a mobile app; auto-ready cameras are designed for cars; VR-ready devices capture
geometry for VR content; and workflow-ready cameras feature tools for publishing to Street
View accounts. Upcoming cameras from 18 manufacturers have been certified under the program so far,
including products from Samsung, GoPro, and Matterport.
The new Snapdragon 660 and 630 chips have faster LTE and offer better battery life.
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 660 and 630 systems on a chip are upgrades to last year’s midrange
Snapdragon 652 and 625, respectively, and offer more power, more features, faster connectivity,
and, perhaps most importantly, more battery life.
The chipsets feature the X12 LTE modem — the same 600 Mbps modem that’s in Verizon and
Sprint iPhones, as well as in the Snapdragon 820. Bluetooth 5 is now default, and the 660
has 2 x 2 MIMO Wi-Fi as well. Both platforms have Qualcomm Quick Charge
4, specialized chips for machine learning, and improved camera processing. Of course,
processor and GPU speeds have been bumped as well — Qualcomm says the 660 has a 20
percent CPU speed improvement over its predecessor, while the 630’s CPU is 10 percent faster.
Qualcomm says you should see 50 to 75 percent lower power consumption for some location
services, while the download power consumption on Wi-Fi is down 60 percent on the 660 over
the last generation. Both the 660 and 630 support up to 8GB of
RAM, and were built with a 14nm process. The 660 has an eight-core Kryo 260 CPU and an
Adreno 512 GPU, while the 630 has eight Cortex A53 cores and an Adreno 508 GPU. Qualcomm says the 660 is now shipping, while
the 630 will ship later this month. A Bit of interesting News there.
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