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Japan Display Inc. Announces Development of “FULL ACTIVETM FLEX”

By: Vivek Kumar


January 25, 2017 (Tokyo, Japan) – Japan Display Inc. (JDI) today announced the development of FULL ACTIVETM FLEX, which uses a plastic substrate for both sides of the liquid crystal layer, and its introduction into a 5.5-inch Full-HD LCD display for smartphone devices.

With FULL ACTIVETM FLEX it is easily possible to form curved shapes by utilizing its flexibility, and thus it will greatly help to expand the degrees of freedom in smartphone design. Also, by using plastic substrates instead of glass, it is possible to prevent cracking from occurring when the display is dropped.

Furthermore, by incorporating low-frequency driving technology, which JDI has developed in the past, this FULL ACTIVETMFLEX supports not only a normal 60Hz driving scheme but also supports a driving scheme as low as 15Hz. This contributes to a significant decrease of power consumption for mobile devices.

JDI is planning to start mass production of this display in 2018.

JDI will position this technology as one of its new platform technologies, and will consider adopting it not only in smartphone displays but also in notebook PCs, automotive applications and other various products as well.

Source: Japan Display

Starbucks Nominates Rosalind Brewer, Jørgen Vig Knudstorp and Satya Nadella to Board of Directors

By: Vivek Kumar

Starbucks board member James G. Shennan, Jr. to retire following 27 years of service; 

Company expands its board of world-class, values-based leaders, attracting diversity in global technology, retail and consumer experience as it pursues its long-term plan for strong global growth and innovation

SEATTLE, January 24, 2017 – Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced today the nominations of Rosalind Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sam’s Club, and executive vice president of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, Executive Chairman of the LEGO Brand Group; and Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft Corporation, to the Starbucks Board of Directors. Each are nominated for election to the Board at the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders on March 22, 2017, along with the nomination of the company’s current directors other than Mr. Shennan who is retiring from the Board immediately prior to the meeting.

“For 45 years, the success of the Starbucks brand has been built upon the preservation of the trust, confidence and connection we have with our customers and partners,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman and ceo. “Innovation and pushing to alter the status quo are also core to our culture, and by welcoming three world-class, values-based leaders — Roz, Jørgen and Satya — to Starbucks Board of Directors upon their election at the Annual Meeting, we will strengthen our leadership and add unmatched expertise in technology, strategy, and retail to the company at a time of unprecedented change for our industry. I look forward to welcoming each of these leaders to Starbucks Board of Directors.”

Read more at source.

Source: Starbucks

Gmail will block .js file attachments starting February 13, 2017

By: Vivek Kumar

Gmail currently restricts certain file attachments (e.g. .exe, .msc, and .bat) for security reasons, and starting on February 13, 2017, we will not allow .js file attachments as well. Similar to other restricted file attachments, you will not be able to attach a .js file and an in-product warning will appear, explaining the reason why.

If you still need to send .js files for legitimate reasons, you can use Google DriveGoogle Cloud Storage, or other storage solutions to share or send your files.

Source: Google

Every Chromebook released in 2017 will support Android apps

By: Vivek Kumar

Soon, you’ll be able to use the Google Play Store and Android apps on many Chromebooks. Find out more on the Google Chrome blog.

The Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and Chromebases that will be able to install Android apps are listed below. While we won’t be able to bring Android apps to every Chromebook ever made, we’re continuing to evaluate more devices based on a range of factors, like processor type, GPU, and drivers. We’ll update this list as new devices are added.

For the best experience with Android apps on Chromebooks, we recommend purchasing a device from the list below.

Even if your Chromebook isn’t on this list, it will continue to get other new features and improvements.

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Source: Google

Google Voice gets a long-overdue visual refresh

By: Vivek Kumar

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When we first introduced Google Voice our goal was to create “one number for life”—a phone number that’s tied to you, rather than a single device or a location. Since then, millions of people have signed up to use Google Voice to call, text and get voicemail on all their devices. It’s been several years since we’ve made significant updates to the Google Voice apps (and by several, we mean around five 😉), but today we’re bringing a fresh set of features to Google Voice with updates to our apps on AndroidiOS and the web.

Source: Google

ASUS’ Raspberry Pi rival can play 4K video

By: Vivek Kumar

There have been rumours of an Asus alternative to the Raspberry Pi being launched and now such a board is available to buy. The Asus 90MB0QY1-M0EAY0 Tinker Board, to give it its full title, shares many physical attributes to the RasPi such as size and positioning of ports and GPIO but offers quite a bit more power on tap.


Discussing the reasoning behind the creation of the ‘Asus Pi’, the Taiwanese computer firm said “Raspberry Pi has been in the market for so long, we’re here to expand users’ choices with more options. And this board has 4K support, higher SoC performance, faster Ethernet transmission, and flexibility for the memory size.” Asus believes the capabilities of the Tinker Board will make possible projects that were too much to ask of even for the newest Raspberry Pi revision.

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Source: hexus

Details emerge of Playdead split

By: Vivek Kumar

Some of the details behind the acrimonious split between Playdead’s management, which resulted in the departure of co-founder Dino Patti from the company, have emerged after a Danish newspaper reported on a rift which had developed between him and creative director Arnt Jensen.

What exactly caused the initial breakdown in communication between the two friends remains unclear, and neither party is wiling to make those details public at this time, but Patti has stated that any press speculation on arguments about IP ownership and release schedules is unfounded. Speaking to, he said that the reasons remain private.

However, he did confirm that the conflict lead to Jensen submitting a letter of resignation, and that the nature of that letter is what lead to the irreconcilable differences resulting in Patti’s departure.

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NEST: This is the season to share clips


Celebrations. Decorations. Ambitious kitchen undertakings. The holiday months are made of memories. With a Nest Aware subscription, you can capture all of them. And now you can share them right from your phone.

It’s your new holiday card.

1. Create an instaclip.

When you tap the clip icon, Nest Cam automatically generates an “instaclip” of the event. Our algorithms look for the beginning and end of the action and make the clip for you.

2. Press and hold to make a custom clip.

You can also choose where your clip starts and ends. Just press and hold the clip icon for as long as you want the clip to last.

Once you’ve made a clip, you can share it in one of two ways: create a link to the video, or save the file directly to your camera roll. From there you can easily share it on social media or send it in an email. Show off your fancy dinner. Text Mom the kids’ reaction to her present. Or send a new kind of holiday card.

That’s not the only thing that’s new. Android phone users have always gotten a snapshot with their activity alerts so they could instantly see if they needed to check their cameras. Now iPhone users get snapshot alerts too. And with Nest Aware, they’ll get a short video which they can watch within the notification. So you can get a person alert, press and hold to watch a video of who’s there, then go into the app to instantly make a clip.


Source: Nest

AT&T Customers Can Now Send a Text Message with Amazon Echo

By: Vivek Kumar

AT&T Send Message Skill Allows You to Text Hands-Free Starting Friday, Nov. 18

AT&T is launching a skill on Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices that lets you send a text message simply by talking. Customers can get the AT&T Send Message skill starting Nov. 18. Customers can also buy Amazon Echo and Echo Dot that day at and AT&T retail stores. Amazon Echo is available for $179 and Echo Dot can be purchased for $49.

Skills are voice-driven capabilities that enhance the functionality of Alexa devices, including Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and now the AT&T Send Message skill.1 AT&T is the first carrier to offer this skill that lets you send text messages from your mobile number to your predetermined list of contacts that will recognize you.

The AT&T Send Message skill is ideal if you’re in a hurry or busy with your hands. Just ask Alexa to have AT&T text your friend and then Alexa will prompt you to say your text message. You can add up to ten frequent contacts to the skill so can send them text messages without typing on your smartphone.

“Amazon Echo is ahead of the curve in terms of voice recognition technology and functionality,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Device and Network Services Marketing. “AT&T is the first carrier to bring this unique skill to a product already known for innovation. We’re always working to bring simple solutions for our customers to stay in touch. In the tradition of NumberSync, another solution that was introduced at AT&T first, the Send Message Skill gives our customers another easy and convenient way to communicate.”

For more information on the Send Message skill visit starting this Friday.

1 Available only to qualified AT&T wireless customers.  Compatible device and service plan with text messaging are required.  Standard text messaging and data rates apply.  Texts may be sent only to recipients on a list you predetermine and maintain using the Skill.  Content of texts sent by AT&T are determined by Alexa’s reading of your voice commands.  Additional restrictions apply.


Source: ATT

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