Apple MacBook Event: How to Watch Live Stream

Apple MacBook Event: How to Watch Live Stream

  • Apple devices running iOS 7 or later can watch MacBook event
  • Event can also be streamed via Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
  • Apple TV owners can also watch MacBook event on the big screen

When it comes to Apple events, they are not just hard but impossible to ignore. The run-up to these events is filled with rumours, leaks, and information that sometimes even ends up impacting the strategies of other companies. On Thursday, the company is expected to launch its much-awaited upgrade to its MacBook Pro lineup, which is expected to sport an all new OLED touch panel and Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Apple is also anticipated to launch the new 13-inch MacBook, and, announces some upgrades for the Apple TV.

Excited about the launches? You may want to to watch the Apple MacBook event live, and thus may be asking, what is the Apple event time, and how can you watch it live? We’ve the answers here.

 

What time is the Apple MacBook event today?
Apple’s October 2016 event starts in Cupertino at 10am San Francisco time on Thursday, which is 1pm in New York, 6pm in London, and 10:30pm in New Delhi. Apple’s events usually begin on time, so make sure you tune in five or so minutes before the scheduled start.

How to watch Apple October 2016 event on mobile?
Apple’s event can only be streamed using HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology, which requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later. This effectively rules you out if you are on an Android device. In order to watch the event on these devices, you need to head to http://apple.co/live in Safari browser. 

How to watch Apple MacBook event on a PC running Windows or a Mac?
If you are on Windows, you can watch Apple’s MacBook event on Microsoft’s Edge browser, which is available on Windows 10. On Mac, the stream will only work for users running Safari 6.0.5 and later versions on OS X 10.8.5 and later version. Tune in to the live stream of the event via Safari on Mac or Edge on Windows 10 at http://apple.co/live.

How to watch Apple MacBook event on TV?
You can watch Apple’s October 2016 event on television if you have an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later, or an Apple TV (4th generation) – look for the corresponding icon on the main screen.

 

Not able to watch Apple MacBook event?
Tune into our live blog of Apple’s October 2016 event or follow us on Twitter for live updates

Chrome OS Stable Finally Gets Google Play Access With Latest Update

Chrome OS Stable Finally Gets Google Play Access With Latest Update

  • Google Play makes way to stable channel of Chrome OS 53 with update
  • Google Play needs to be enabled manually from Chrome Settings
  • Google Play is available on three devices as of now

Google brought Chrome OS 53 to a stable channel (v53.0.2785.103) earlier this month but did not bring the much anticipated Android apps support along with the release. Now the search giant has brought the beta version of Google Play to Chrome OS 53 with an update to stable channel version 53.0.2785.129.

On its release page, the company confirmed the latest stable channel release was meant only for the Acer Chromebook R11 and Asus Chromebook Flip right now, and detailed availability of the Google Play app in beta. The Chromebook Pixel (2015) was not listed, which raised some eyebrows, as it was these three laptops that had support for Android apps and Google Play in the beta channel.

Speaking to Venture Beat however, a Google spokesperson indicated the Chromebook Pixel (2015) will also get the update soon, “A beta release of the Play store is available to users now on the Acer R11 and Asus Flip (and coming soon to Pixel 2015) and can be enabled from the Settings page.” These three laptops, alongside the HP Chromebox CB1 and Acer C7 Chromebook, did not receive the last stable channel update.

It should be also noted that Google Play is disabled by default and requires to be manually enabled from Chrome Settings with the latest update. To recall, Google Play made it to the Dev channel of Chrome OS in June and the Beta channel in August. Now it has finally made its way to the stable channel. The v53.0.2785.129 update also brings bug fixes, security updates, and feature enhancements, apart from a kernel version update.

For now, it’s still not known when Google will bring Android app support and Google Play access to all other eligible Chrome OS machines.

Chrome OS 53 added Overview mode, which allows you to see all your open tabs with a shortcut key or three finger swipe on the trackpad. The update also brought along Material Design Layout to the build.

Google also added new APIs to the Chrome OS 53 that allow you to enable the watchdog timers for kiosk apps that utilise full-screen modes on Chromebooks.

 

Asus exhibits remodeled water-cooled gaming computer with dual Nvidia GPUs

The fashion in mainstream laptop layout is to make it as unrealistically thin as possible, although meaning sacrificing battery lifestyles and performance. improvements in cell CPUs have made awesome-skinny laptops plenty faster than they once have been, however what if that’s now not sufficient? For the discerning on the pass gamer, Asus has announced a new version of its gigantic GX700 gaming computer called the GX800 at Computex 2016. It has all of the modern-day hardware with a massive liquid-cooling docking station. It takes the phrase “computing device substitute” seriously.

GX800_Docking

that is a massive, massive laptop, even without the liquid cooling dock. The display is 18.4-inches diagonally with 4K decision and assist for Nvidia G-Sync. To power that show the GX800 can have a pair of Nvidia GPUs configured in SLI, but Asus has simplest stated they’re unannounced GPUs — it became the equal deal ultimate time with the GX700. The model of the GX800 on show at Computex had twin GTX 980 GPUs. but, last yr’s GTX700 became out to have a GTX 980. both the production version of this laptop will include a newer GTX 1000-primarily based GPU, or the “unannounced” issue is sincerely that now there are two GPUs in SLI.

The GX800 will include the trendy Intel center-i7 chip clocked at 4.4GHz and reminiscence clocked at three.8GHz. In mixture with the GPUs, no longer simplest will you be capable of play video games at distinctly high local decision, but the G-Sync display refresh rate will through synchronized to the GPU to reduce tearing and lag. This pc wishes 330W strength resources to maintain all that hardware walking, but it gets even greater powerful whilst plugged into that large water cooling dock.

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you could’t typically overclock laptops very a good deal, however the GX800 is designed for that very factor. when you connect the pc to the water cooling dock, it’s far able to overclocking the GPUs as lots as 236%. The docked GX800 also can push the CPU to its most clock without fear of overheating. If it’s whatever just like the GX700, the liquid from the cooling dock doesn’t honestly circulate via the entire pc whilst you plug it in. that could intervene with cooling while the dock wasn’t connected. alternatively, the compressor moves liquid via a smaller loop that pulls warmness away from the additives through a extra traditional warmth pipe. It’ll run satisfactory with out the dock, but no longer as fast.

the larger body of the GX800 has also allowed Asus to upgrade this year’s gaming powerhouse computer with a custom mechanical keyboard. Laptops are plagued through flimsy, low-journey keys, but Asus says this one will make gamers pretty satisfied. It makes use of switches Asus designed in-residence called MechTAG (Mechanical Tactile superior Gaming). The corporation didn’t go into detail, but the keys are raised from the floor of the computer, indicating they have got an excellent quantity of journey. The “tactile” a part of the name suggests the MechTAG switches could have a mild tactile bump like MX browns on complete keyboards. The GX800 also has full RGB backlighting within the keyboard.

The GX800 is anticipated to launch in August, but the fee is unknown. prepare your self for decal shock, even though. The GX700 retailed for over $three,000 when it got here out.

How to migrate from an old Mac using Migration Assistant

How to migrate from an old Mac using Migration Assistant

You can upgrade to OS X El Capitan on Macs from as far back as 2007. In terms of software, you’ll need to be running at least OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard – if you’re still running OS X 10.5 Leopard, then you’ll first have to buy an upgrade to 10.6 and install it before you can move to El Capitan (which itself is free).

You’ll also need an Apple ID to download the upgrade from the Mac App Store. In theory, all your settings and data will be preserved when you migrate. However, because theory and practice sometimes differ, it’s a good idea to ensure that you have an up-to-date Time Machine backup on an external drive or removable disk before you start. Check out our tutorial on how to set up and configure a Time Machine backup for more information.

If your Mac is set up to make regular backups, then all you need to do is check when the last successful one ran. Click the Time Machine status icon in the menu bar and choose Open Time Machine Preferences.

If the latest backup is older than today, run a new one; if your settings get wiped when upgrading, you’ll then be able to restore them from this backup.

Get the updates

You’ll also need to ensure that the most recent OS X updates are installed so that you can access the App Store, because this is the only way to get an El Capitan upgrade. Note that the update process will be different depending on whether you’re updating from 10.9, 10.8, 10.7 or 10.6.

In 10.6 Snow Leopard, go to the Apple menu, select Software Update and wait while it checks for new software. Once updates have been identified, choose Show Details to see which ones are available.

To save some time, you can opt to install only the Mac OS X Update Combined. Once all applicable updates have been downloaded and installed, you may need to restart your Mac.

Then, once you’ve made sure there’s a recent backup in place, go to the Apple menu, then open the App Store to get and install El Capitan. In OS X 10.9, 10.8 and 10.7, Click on the Featured tab and look for ‘OS X El Capitan’ a little way down under Quick Links on the right.

In this guide we’ll show you how to migrate data from another Mac, by connecting the two via a network cable. This might not be useful to you now, if you’ve got just the one Mac, but in the future when you upgrade to a new machine, you can use this method to transfer your data and ensure that nothing vital is overlooked.

Shutterstock brings computer vision to photo searches

Shutterstock brings computer vision to photo searches

Commercial image library Shutterstock has introduced a new ‘computer vision’ search technology that finds photos according to their contents and not just the keywords that photographers have attached to them. It’s designed for publishers and designers searching for professional quality photos they can license, but the technology has potential for photographers everywhere.

The company’s new Reverse Image Search can find photos matching a sample image that you provide, which is designed for situations where you’ve found exactly kind of photo you want but it’s owned by somebody else. It’s really simple to use – you just drag an image into the search box to see a selection of visually similar alternatives.

There’s no excuse now for publishers ripping off other people’s photos online because now they can find a bona fide paid-for image in moments, and one that matches what they’re looking for visually and by subject matter.

This is potentially much smarter than relying on photographers to tag their images manually. Keywords, or ‘metadata’, have long been a problem for photographers and image libraries, partly because keywording images is a time-consuming operation that’s often overlooked and partly because every photographer does it differently.

Too many times you’ll miss potentially perfect photos because they don’t have the keyword you’re looking for, or you’ll see lots of ‘matching’ images that have only a tenuous connection with your search term.

It’s a problem not just for publishers searching for suitable stock images but also for regular photographers trying to organise their own image libraries.

Shutterstock

Shutterstock’s solution uses a combination of computing hardware and software algorithms. “It breaks down an image into principal features that it can define numerically.” The system uses a ‘convolutional neural network’ which can learn the properties that define a ‘cat’, for example.

Its developers went through a whole series of iterations to improve and refine the search results before releasing it as a finished product on the Shutterstock website.

The Google Search by Image feature works in a similar way. You upload a photo and Google finds visually similar images online. This capability is built into Google Photos, too, so that you don’t have to add keywords and tags any more because Google can find pictures through visual similarity, location data and other clues (mostly, anyway).

This could develop into the next big imaging revolution, where computers can not just recognise similar-looking images, but make connections between people, places and events that we may not have thought of.

K3 Wintel Keyboard PC

K3 Wintel Keyboard PC

We’ve witnessed the arrival of new designs over the past decade when it comes to personal computer form factors. The traditional towers and boxy cases have made way for all-on-ones, HDMI dongles, micro-computers and even entire units that live in something as small as a power socket.

But there’s a new kid on the block – or rather, it’s actually an old favourite that’s making a comeback. Meet the K3, a keyboard that houses a computer, just like in the good old days of home computing dominated by the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and the Commodore 64.

(Incidentally, while writing this piece, we found out that, surprisingly, there are a few keyboards called K3).

K3 ports

Asus tried to bring this concept back in 2009 but its EEE PC keyboard barely registered a blip on the radar – while the device was quite promising with its touchscreen trackpad, it regrettably never really delivered. There are also a number of niche players like industrial PC vendor, Cyberman, which sell keyboard PC units.

K3 close-up

Nearly seven years on though, the K3 aims to do a bit better than the EEE PC keyboard but without a lot of the bells and whistles and at a much reduced price.

The device is essentially a modified laptop keyboard with a computer and a few connections shoehorned underneath. It’s extremely light and far more compact than a classic desktop keyboard.

K3 Dell comparison

It might be purely coincidental, but it’s very interesting to note that the key layout is almost the same as the Dell XPS 13 (see the above image). There are six rows of keys, with the Delete key on the top right-hand side although the arrow keys are far more squeezed-in to make space for a tiny touchpad that’s about the size of a razor blade.

Opting for that solution is a compromise gone too far though, and handicaps the K3 from the outset. Such a tiny touchpad doesn’t allow for precise control and to make matters far worse, there’s no right or left mouse button, you need to use a combo key (fn + Ctrl key or fn + Windows key) in order to generate left and right clicks.

K3 keys

As for the 76 keys themselves, they have decent travel, good feedback and do not exhibit much of the ‘Scrabble effect’ that affects the keyboard on a lot of entry level peripherals. There’s very little flex when typing, making the experience a rather pleasant one.

By default, the keyboard is raised to make space for the computer and the I/O ports underneath – three status lights are located just above the F10 and F11 keys and the absence of a palm rest doesn’t improve things.

K3 side profile

The build quality is surprisingly good for what is essentially an entry-level device. It might only be plastic but it is sturdy. The fact that it is glossy however means that it will be covered with fingerprints most of the time.

Inside the device is an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core Bay Trail-based CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB solid state memory, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, with everything running on Windows 10 Home.

At the back there’s a power button, an earphone jack, a VGA port, an Ethernet connector, two USB ports with a reset button in-between the two, an HDMI port, the power socket and a microSD card slot.

K3 underneath

Getting it to work required little expertise. Plug it in, switch it on and presto, you’re almost ready to surf. Windows 10 loads moderately fast and simple tasks (opening a few browser windows or watching YouTube) were painless.

It should be on par with previous devices that ran the quasi-ubiquitous Z3735F CPU likeIntel’s own HDMI dongle, the Linx 7 or the Pipo W2 tablet. In other words, it will be great for lightweight workloads but likely to struggle with anything else.

Early verdict

This K3 review sample was provided by Geekbuying – it costs £76 there (there’s currently a deal on which means it’s $110 for US punters, which is around AU$145) – but can be purchased from a number of other online retailers (it’s £82 at Banggood, £85 at Focalprice). Just bear in mind that some of the vendors have warehouses in Europe, which means that you won’t pay VAT.

Most however ship straight from mainland China which means that there is a chance that you will be hit with an additional levy. Bear in mind as well that you’ll need to ship back the item for repairs should you encounter any dead-on-arrival issues.

The form factor is promising and there seems to be a nice little niche market for a proper all-in-one device housed in a keyboard and requiring nothing more than a power supply and a monitor. But the K3 fails to deliver the goods sadly as it simply doesn’t come up with a strong use case.

You can’t use it as an innovative presentation device/laptop replacement as it still needs cables to connect to a monitor (or large TV) via HDMI and the touchpad is simply abysmal.

Want to use it as a desktop replacement in an office setup? Then you’ll still need to plug a mouse in, and the keyboard doesn’t stand up to comparison against a full-size keyboard.

So where does the K3 go from there? Well, not far we’re afraid, and given the logistical and the physical issues associated with the device, it is hard to recommend. An HDMI dongle or one of the numerous micro or nano x86 PCs on the market will likely be a better alternative.

Should there be a K4, it will have to iron out the touchpad conundrum – the current one is simply not good enough. Perhaps the makers should get some inspiration from the Keysonic ACK-540RF keyboard…

Because really, how difficult would it be to remove the screen of a laptop and just deliver the base unit to us? Add in seamless wireless charging and connectivity (Wi-Di) and you could have a great enterprise device, one that allows users to truly embrace hot-desking and space sharing.

Alternatively, an Android or Chrome OS version using an ARM CPU could easily last days off the grid with a near-laptop size battery. Now that’s an idea worth mulling over.

Skylake-based Dell XPS 13 with Linux arrives in the US

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If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the new Skylake-based Dell XPS 13 developer edition, you’re in luck. Dell announced late last week that its new Linux notebook is here—if you’re in the United States, anyway.

The new Dell XPS 13 developer edition—part of the company’s ongoing Project Sputnik—comes in three Core i7 configurations, with a Core i5 model on the way. These new models include 8 or 16GB of memory, depending on the configuration, and up to 1TB of storage (including 256GB and 512GB solid state drive options). For now,

All three models feature a 13-inch touchscreen display (with resolutions up to 3200 by 1800), and come with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS SP1. These XPS 13 developer edition machines represent the fifth generation of such notebooks since Dell first introduced its “Project Sputnik” developer machines back in 2012.

According to Barton George, who oversees Project Sputnik, the new XPS 13 developer edition lineup is available in the US only for now, but notes that Canadian and European models are in the works and should be available soon.

Barton notes that, although Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will ship next month, Dell “[doesn’t have] a date for when factory installation will become available.”

In addition to the new XPS 13 developer edition, Dell also announced a new line of Linux-based Dell Precision workstation notebooks, the Precision 5510, 3510, 7510, and 7710. The new Precisions come in 15- and 17-inch varieties, depending on the product line, and also come with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, according to George. These Linux-based Precision models are available for worldwide purchase now through Dell’s site.

PC rivalry extends to servers: Lenovo aims to topple HPE, Dell

A rack server from Lenovo.

A few years ago, Lenovo toppled rivals HP and Dell to become the world’s top PC maker. It now wants to do the same in servers.

It hopes to do so through the newly formed Data Center Group, previously known as the Enterprise Business Group. The group is getting more financial resources, expertise and flexibility to chase new hardware designs and software partnerships.

Lenovo became a major player in servers almost overnight after completing the $2.3 billion acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business in 2014. Lenovo today is the world’s third largest server vendor behind Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell.

From a barebones server maker, Lenovo is adding versatility to its product lineup with hyperconverged systems like Converged HX servers running on software from Nutanix. The integrated servers pool storage and computing resources, which can be managed and provisioned through a virtualized environment.

Lenovo also continues to build servers for hyperscale environments that drive mobile and cloud services. It has supplied servers to Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba, which are building mega data centers in China.

More changes are on the way as the company looks to capture a larger share of the server market, said Gerry Smith, president of Lenovo’s Data Center Group, in an interview.

Servers with ARM processors are being tested out at European sites, and all-flash storage arrays are being researched for use in servers, Smith said.

But a big part of Lenovo’s growth hinges on partnerships, and the company will tie up with more hardware and software companies to build its integrated server offerings. The company has already partnered with Juniper to bring networking equipment to its servers. It has also partnered with software companies like SAP to build integrated servers to handle specific applications.

Lenovo’s approach to converged systems is a route also being taken by HPE and Dell. But Lenovo offers better value, Smith said, with the ability to build servers with similar or better technologies at lower cost.

Some of those cost advantages come from Lenovo’s ability to make servers in its home base in China. Google and Facebook, which are among the world’s largest server buyers, design their own servers and then send them to China or Taiwan to be manufactured more inexpensively than they would be in the U.S. That cuts out server middlemen like HPE and Dell, which are based in the U.S. Lenovo didn’t say whether it makes servers for Google and Facebook, but said it has Tier 1 and Tier 2 worldwide as contract manufacturing customers.

Lenovo also has a presence in Mexico, where it can build servers for U.S. customers.

Servers sold by Lenovo are based on x86 processors, but the company is “agnostic” about chip architectures, Smith said. As workloads shift, the company will make decisions on what chips to offer in its servers.

Right now Intel chips dominate the market. But there is a growing interest in ARM architecture, especially for cloud applications, and IBM is pushing its Power architecture aggressively in China. Smith didn’t comment on whether the company would support Power, which was retained by IBM and not sold to Lenovo during the 2014 x86 server acquisition transaction.

Smith also didn’t comment on whether Lenovo would acquire companies to supplement its server business, which has been the strategy of HPE and Dell.

Lenovo would rather partner and retain flexibility in its server offerings than tying customers up to specific technologies, Smith said.

Lenovo still doesn’t have as wide a range of server offerings as HPE, which offers mission-critical servers and systems like Moonshot for hyperscale environments. Lenovo also lacks a full-fledged consulting unit to serve customers.

Dell and HPE are also emerging more as software companies, with servers acting as a front to sell applications, which generate better margins. Servers with x86 chips are commodity parts, and it remains to be seen whether Lenovo can squeeze huge profits from them.

But Smith believes Lenovo’s best days in servers are ahead.

“We’ve always thought this business was fantastic,” Smith said.

Energy Star 3.0 server spec to look at coprocessors for more accurate power-efficiency ratings

Servers in a data center.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is revising the Energy Star specification for servers to take into account significant system design changes and help buyers make effective purchasing decisions.

Over the last few years, server makers have increasingly used coprocessors to boost computing power and given memory a bigger role in processing data. While memory has gotten more power-efficient, coprocessors can suck up a lot of energy.

The upcoming, version 3.0 of the Energy Star spec for servers is aimed at helping buyers understand the power-efficiency levels of the new systems.

The Energy Star program is already used in computers, appliances, electronics and many other products. An Energy Star label is typically placed on products that meet certain power specifications.

The EPA last week sent out a letter to program participants, including server makers, to revise specifications that will “account for advances in technology and raise the bar on energy efficiency requirements for servers.”

The Energy Star 2.0 certification program for servers took effect on Dec. 12, 2013. The new program will account for FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays), which are being used in more servers. FPGAs are extremely fast at executing defined tasks but can be power hungry, which could affect the overall power efficiency rating of a server. Microsoft has built servers that rely on FPGAs to deliver more accurate Bing results, and Baidu is using FPGAs to speed up image classification and search. Intel spent $16.7 billion to buy the number-one FPGA company, Altera, and will integrate FPGAs inside its chips.

In an e-mail explaining changes to the Energy Star specification, EPA specialist Steven Hanson said, “In Version 3.0, we plan to expand our approach on auxiliary processing accelerators (APAs), which includes GPGPUs and FPGAs, as updates to the test methodology.”

GPUs are being used in some of the world’s fastest computers. They are also central to processing data based on machine-learning models deployed by companies like Google, Facebook and IBM.

A bigger focus will also be placed on the active state of servers, in addition to increasing the idle state power efficiency requirements. Energy Star 2.0 took active-state test benchmarks from the SERT (Server Efficiency Rating Tool) tool provided by an industry standard organization called Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. For Energy Star 3.0, the EPA will engage other industry groups, like Green Grid, to improve on the current specification.

The new certification program will also take memory and storage into account, Hanson said.

The EPA will also work with the European Commission on Energy Star 3.0 for servers.

The Energy Star 3.0 stakeholders will collaborate on the final specification. Work on the new specification is just starting, and it could take a few years for the final version to come out.

Use Preview on a Mac to Add Your Signature to Emails and Documents

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If you have a Mac, you have Preview, but you might not know this helpful little utility can store digital signatures for you-signatures that can then be appended to PDFs, Pages documents and Mail messages. Here’s how to set up your signatures and add them to to your digital files.

First, create your signature(s): in Preview, choose Tools, Annotate, Signature and then Manage signatures. The dialog that appears lets you sign your name on the trackpad or use your Mac’s webcam to scan in a signature (a business card works well). Unwanted signatures can be removed by clicking the x to the right of the relevant entry.

Use Preview on a Mac to Add Your Signature to Emails and Documents

Once you’re done with that, you can add your signature in various places in Apple programs. In PDFs opened in Preview, click the toolbox icon (top right) then the signature icon to choose one of your scribbles and insert it into the document (you can add new signatures from here too). The same markup tools are available if you open up a PDF in Mail as well.

Adding the signature in Mail and Pages is slightly more convoluted: you need to take a screenshot of it inside a PDF (Cmd+Shift+4 then click and drag), then drag the picture into the app of your choice. If you open the Mail menu then clickPreferences and Signatures, you can drop the captured doodle into one of your email signatures.