Friday, November 3, 2017

Sony AIBO Robot Dog 2017

Sony's Aibo pet robot is making a return. The original dog-like robot launched in 1999, while Sony says its followup is "capable of forming an emotional bond with members of the household while providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion." Its OLED eyes allow for "nuanced" expressions, fisheye cameras see and recognize individual faces while new actuators allow its body to move smoothly along 22 axes. The array of movements and sounds are intended to make Aibo more lifelike, while it's also capable of responding to voice commands and petting to learn what makes its owner happy.

Pre-orders for the new robot begin tonight via Sony's online store in Japan for 179,000 yen (about $1,739 US), with shipments scheduled to begin on January 11th. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Custom Rom Free Download

Sony Xperia XZ Premium mobile features a 5.5" (13.97 cm) display and runs on Android 7.1 (Nougat) operating system. The device is powered by a Octa core (2.45 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 280 + 1.9 GHz, Quad core) processor paired with 4 GB of RAM. As far as the battery is concerned it has 3230 mAh. Over that, as far as the rear camera is concerned this mobile has a 19 MP camera and the front is powered by a Exmor RS sensor.

Requirements For Custom Rom

  • Xperia XZ Premium [G8141 and G8142]
  • stock 7.1.1
  • 45.0.A.5.8 -> v01 -
  • 45.0.A.5.1 and older is not officially supported.
  • Unlocked bootloader

How to install

* Currently there is no TWRP. You can get root priv on the shell by "adb root"."_with_SuperSU" edition has integrated SuperSU.
1. Reboot into recovery or bootloader2. Flash kernel using recovery or fastbootRecovery - Install zip fastboot - Extract boot.img from zip and run this command:fastboot flash boot boot.imgIf you have no recovery, you also need to flash recovery by this command:fastboot flash recovery TWRP-3.1.1-0-maple.img3. Reboot4. Done!
To root and install Xposed, you should flash SuperSU zip (e.g. in TWRP.First/second boot will be bootloop and take some time to boot up correctly.Changelog
Removed non-working DRM patch*This fixes sound problem v01Re-enabled double tap to wakeTo enable it, run these commands:adb rootadb shell/sbin/busybox mount -o remount,rw /systemtouch /system/usr/keylayout/clearpad.klchmod 644 /system/usr/keylayout/clearpad.klecho "key 531 WAKEUP" > /system/usr/keylayout/clearpad.klsetprop persist.sys.touch.easywakeup 1Add maple/sio/fiops I/O Scheduler (yeah, Maple on Maple!)
Add iosched switcherAdd KCAL
Add wakelock blockerAdd alucard, darkness CPU governorsAdd toggle for software crcAdd other misc patches
Disable DM_VERITY, force module sig and some debugging
Disable ric

Monday, June 26, 2017

How To save your Credit Card details from being hacked from the ATM

If you're ready for a summer road trip with friends and family, consider this: It's easier than ever for criminals to nab your credit card data at the gas pump using devices called skimmers.

The FTC also offers tips for keeping your information safe. For starters, keep an eye out for special seals placed over the front panel of the gas pump. Thieves need to lift that seal to get a skimmer inside the pump. If the seal gets lifted, it'll read "void." If you spot a voided label, don't use the pump and do tell the gas station manager.

The Federal Trade Commission released a warning Thursday that skimmers -- devices designed to detect and record credit card information at payment terminals -- are getting smaller, smarter and harder to detect. Some can even be hidden inside gas pumps, making it very difficult to tell that anything's amiss.

Other tips include keeping an eye out for external credit-card readers that look different from the ones at surrounding pumps and using your debit card as a credit card to avoid giving your PIN away. If you can't use your debit card as a credit card, shield your PIN number entry with your hand in case "tiny pinhole cameras" are installed. where thieves might be more worried about getting spotted by a camera.

How to secure and make internet Private with ProtonVPN

VPN wants you to be able to browse the internet without worrying who might be spying on you. After launching an encrypted email service called ProtonMail in 2014, the online privacy company debuted its latest service on Tuesday. ProtonVPN is now available to the public after extensive beta testing and a year in development.

Proton cited numerous reasons for the service, including the US government's rollback of internet privacy regulations and upcoming battle over net neutrality. Proton's blog also references the UK's recent online surveillance laws and countries that restrict what websites you can visit.

As stated on the company's blog, ProtonVPN "allows users to browse the web without being tracked, bypass online censorship blocks, and also increases security by passing all internet traffic through a strongly encrypted tunnel.

Better yet, ProtonVPN has a number of subscription packages, and the cheapest option is free. If you like the service, you can upgrade or downgrade at any time. Essentially, the public vpn or "virtual private network" routes your connection to the internet through secure channels that travel through multiple countries.

Check out the various subscriptions here. ProtonVPN looks to have an admirable goal of bringing an open, private internet to all. The company also promises to never sell your data for ad revenue to other companies.

Google wants to build there own iPhone and processors

Google curtailed its Nexus program last year in favor of the Pixel, many commentators dismissed that as merely a rebranding exercise to make the latest thing feel fresh. I was in the minority that bought into Google's promise of a fundamentally different approach that would signal a direct challenge to Apple's iPhone, but the Pixel was still just the beginning. What we're seeing in recent times, in the ever-swirling rumor mill and through Google's hiring of new engineers, indicates the depth of Google's commitment to taking on Apple at its own game.


I wrote about this at length back in October: the big difference for Apple isn't just software, hardware, or customer service, it's all of those combined. Apple's unmatched strength is in the integration of all the important aspects that go toward building up a satisfying user experience, and it's long been true that the only company that could hope to match Apple was Google, owing to its dominance on the software front with the Android OS. The Pixel showed that Google was willing and able to produce a premium, uniquely differentiated phone (the Pixel camera remains unmatched, many months later), but it obviously wasn't the finished product of Google's grander project.

Just like Apple, Google commands vast reserves of cash that it can deploy to help smooth out its supply deals, and that's exactly what its reported investment in LG Display is building toward. If the original Pixel was a trial run to test out what it's like to source and assemble all your own components, Google's big lesson from it was that demand for its phones will be high — and disappointment in the event of shortages would be even higher. Unlike Apple, Google doesn't yet have the promise of enormous unit sales to dangle as a carrot in front of potential suppliers, but that is liable to change dramatically with this year's Pixel, which would presumably enjoy much wider distribution and marketing than the original.

Apple's hardware lead is built atop a tight control, often monopolization, of its component supply chain. That's exactly where Google looks to be headed, with recent rumors and leaks indicating that the Mountain View company is working hard to secure a reliable source of OLED displays for a presumed Pixel successor with minimal screen bezels in the same vein as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6. That's why indications of an LG-produced Google phone for later this year make so much sense: it's not impossible for Google to still use HTC as its manufacturing partner and source panels from LG Display (which is nominally independent from LG Electronics), but it's more complicated than just going all-in with the Korean supplier.


Two things were revealed yesterday: one is that Google is designing its own system on a chip (SoC) for future mobile devices, and the other is that the lead architect for that project is a man named Manu Gulati, who, until very recently, had been a senior engineer at Apple. Both of these are massive developments, showing that Google won't be content until it has maximum control over every aspect of its smartphone — exactly the same goal that Apple pursues with every new generation of iPhone — and furthermore underlining the level of ambition by poaching away someone who would surely have needed a lot of incentive to leave a job at Apple.

The SoC is the processing heart that powers the vast majority of functions of any modern smartphone, tablet, or smart speaker. Qualcomm's Snapdragon is the most famous and widely used example, Samsung's Exynos is a comparable competitor, and Apple's A series of SoCs are the current gold standard, delivering unmatched performance and efficiency. If Google is determined to not be dependent on another company's whims or fortunes, having its own SoC is an essential part of its future business as a mobile hardware vendor.

The current Pixel is built around the Snapdragon 821 chip — its speed and feature-rich architecture contribute to the excellent Pixel camera — but the instructive example for Google to beware is the Snapdragon 810. Qualcomm had a ton of overheating issues with that piece of silicon, sufficient for Samsung to skip using that chip at all in its Galaxy S6, and Google can't afford to find itself in a similar situation with the Snapdragon 845 or whatever there is down the line. So Google is now building its own SoC, as fully evidenced by its litany of job listings attesting to that ambition.


Beside freeing itself of the unpredictability of relying on other companies for critical components, Google's effort to control all the hardware inside its future devices will help it create more tailored, custom solutions. For instance, look at the way that notifications on the Samsung Galaxy S8 are signaled with a pulse of blue light tracing its way around the edges of its almost bezel-less display — that's nowhere near as impressive on a phone without the S8's sleek design. The coherence and synergy that can be drawn from hardware and software designers working in concert is best demonstrated by Apple, naturally, but I can envision future Google devices that have custom processing modules specifically to power Google's magical camera algorithms.

We don't know what difference a Google SoC would make to future Pixel phones, but it's obvious that Google is determined to find out. It's probably safe to presume Google is doing similar work to lock down its supply chain for less glamorous parts, like batteries and vibration engines and so on, and not all of it will be ready to debut by this year's end when the Pixel successor comes out. In fact, it's a practical certainty that Google's mobile processor is years away from making its debut in a consumer product, but that just goes to underline that Google is in this for the long haul.