The iPhone X is Apple’s best phone ever

iphone_xAll these years, it seems, Apple’s been holding something back. There are, after all, certain real-world applications one must take into account: mass manufacturing and pricing being the big two. On the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, Apple asks the question of what happens when you throw all that out the window? The answer is the iPhone X.

The X is the phone for a world where pricing isn’t an obstacle for users who simply want the latest and best of everything packed into one device. It’s at once fan service as the phone hits a big milestone and a tactic acknowledging that we’ve crossed a threshold into a world of truly premium flagships where a $999 price tag is, for many, an afterthought. Continue Reading

Bye, home button?

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It may sound impossible to imagine an iPhone without a home button. But in some ways, Apple has been preparing users for this eventuality for years.

When Apple unveils its new high-end iPhone on Sept. 12, it’s widely expected to do away with the most iconic part of its handset: the home button. If the rumors are true, the all-screen design of the so-called iPhone 8 means no room for a bottom bezel, and thus no room for a physical home button (and its Touch ID fingerprint sensor). It will be the biggest design change to hit the iPhone in its 10-plus year history — a radical change to the most basic usage element that has existed on the phone since day one. Continue Reading

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Skype’s redesign hits the desktop

skype_redesignIn June Microsoft introduced a completely revamped version of its Skype app, designed with a heavier focus on media-sharing, and other social expression tools, like emoji, reactions, and even a Snapchat-like stories feature. Now that new experience is rolling out to desktop users, but in a more limited fashion, Microsoft announced this morning.

The new desktop app introduces an updated user interface that’s meant to give Skype a more youthful feel. Group chats are multi-colored. Bright, squiggly lines are used to indicate when contacts are typing or to separate out unread messages, among other things. Chats are given more prominent billing. Emojis can be used to ‘react’ to what others are saying while in video calls or in text conversations. Continue Reading

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Google acquires belarusian startup AIMatter

startup_founded_in_BelarusComputer vision — the branch of artificial intelligence that lets computers “see” and process images like humans do (and, actually, often better than us), and then use those images to help run programs — is at the heart of how the next generation of tech is developing, and this week Google made an acquisition this week to help it along with its own efforts in this area.

The search and Android giant has acquired AIMatter, a startup founded in Belarus that has built both a neural network-based AI platform and SDK to detect and process images quickly on mobile devices, and a photo and video editing app that has served as a proof-of-concept of the tech called Fabby. Continue Reading

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A web and mobile search engine for audio news

audio_searchAudio is beginning to play an increasingly important role in how consumers connect with information, thanks to the popularity of podcasts and other short-form audio programming, improvements in voice technologies, and the growing consumer adoption of smart home devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Today, a company called Audioburst is unveiling a new search engine designed to connect you to the information found in audio content from podcasts and programs aired on the radio. Continue Reading

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Belarus as IT country

hi_techAs a part of the global IT business, the Belarusian software services sector has been developing at a rapid pace. The country’s reputation for scientific and IT excellence complemented by the competitive labor market has attracted the interest of numerous IT–intensive companies.

The new edition of the high-tech park  laws will contribute to further development Belarus as IT-country.