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15 Incredible Kids Who Stepped Up in 2020

While COVID-19 has rained on a lot of our parades, it hasn’t dampened the spirits of these 15 kids. Whether it be singing a song of encouragement, sewing masks for first-responders or even creating videos, these kids are doing good deeds and helping others, showing us how they can make a difference in our world if given a chance. Keep reading to learn more about these young community leaders.


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Alex and Ben Joel Started an Online Tutoring Service for Kids

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools online, Alex and Ben Joel were concerned by the articles they read about potential learning losses due to distance learning. So they did something about it. Their motto is simple: Bridging the educational divide with free, online, one-on-one tutoring for elementary school students. We caught up with the dynamic duo to find out more about their service, what inspired it, and how Intutorly is helping change the world, one kid at a time.

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Curtis Rogers Created His Own Prom

Talk about special. Curtis Rogers, a seven-year-old boy, felt bad that his babysitter would not be able to attend her prom due to the coronavirus, so he decided to create one himself including a “promposal” banner that read, “Mini-Prom is not today, but will you join me on Monday?” Of course, Rachel Chapman said yes. “I decided that we should just do this now because the coronavirus has people down in the dumps,” the boy told CBS News.

He dressed in a suit and bow tie, and she wore an elegant gown, and they stood six feet away from each other with the help of a pool noodle. The table was decorated with fresh flowers and a meal of Chick-fil-A, and smoothies were served followed by dancing. He’s a keeper.

Avi Made a Website

Back in December, 17-year-old Avi Schiffmann decided to use his computer knowledge and create a website that tracks the coronavirus before the virus had even left China. The NCOV2019 website contains information on global and local stats, a preparation guide, a question and answer section and a map showing the outbreaks of the virus. It’s pretty incredible.

“I noticed there was so much misinformation,” Schiffmann told the Mercer Island Reporter. “It was so hard to just get clear and concise data. So I thought, ‘Well, I can do better than the government,’ so I just made it. I reached out to news agencies, just for fun. None of them replied. And now they’re coming back to me, which I find so funny.”

photo: Lucy’s Love Blankets Facebook Page

Lucy Made Blankets (& Masks)

Over in Tennesse, Veronica Blaylock taught her daughter Lucy how to sew when she was just eight-years-old. Together, they started making flannel “love blankets” for other kids each with a signature Lucy heart sewn in. The blankets have been shipped to 13 countries and given to children who have been bullied, have been fighting cancer, have lost a loved one, etc.

Lucy is 11-years-old now and busier than ever with Lucy’s Love Blankets, but things have changed a bit this year. “Because of COVID-19, we decided to put the love blankets aside for a minute and start making masks,” Lucy told The Tennessean. Together, Lucy and her mom have sewn and given away hundreds of masks to healthcare workers. In fact, on May 26, Lucy had sewn her 1100th mask!

Sydney Made a Video Series

Sydney Dilling’s reaction to COVID-19 wasn’t much different from other 10-year-olds. She became nervous and uneasy. Knowing that she wasn’t the only one with these types of feelings, she and her mother decided to do something about it. Together, they wrote, recorded and even animated four short videos entitled, “Kids Coping with COVID-19” right in their own living room. They can be found on YouTube.

“I hope our animations can help kids everywhere,” says Sydney on episode three of the series. She also requests that local schools donate surplus supplies too since they aren’t using them. “It never hurts to ask!” Sydney told Good News Network.

photo: courtesy Carlos Mercado

Dominic Gave Out Food

In New Jersey, 12-year-old Dominic Mercado decided to forgo the usual birthday festivities this year and instead, he asked for boxes of pasta and jars of spaghetti sauce for the local food kitchen in his hometown. Spirit & Truth Ministries told ABC 7 TV that his donation was by far the largest they’ve seen in years. It took five SUVs just to haul of all of the food away. His effort even caught the attention of New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy. Over 100 people drove to Dominic’s home to deliver the goods.

“They might already have food for this week and next week, so these items won’t expire for a while. (The food) won’t perish for a while,” Dominic said.

Layla Sang to Her Teacher

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the biggest impact. Take, for instance, nine-year-old Laya DeMayo from Long Valley, NJ. She heard that her teacher’s favorite song was “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey and decided to give Mr. Dauchert his own private concert on Ukelele.

“It meant more than any gift that I have every unwrapped in my life,” Dauchert told ABC 7 News. “And just thinking that during these challenging times, ‘Don’t Stop Believing,’ how appropriate is that?”

“I hope that during this hard time that we are going through right now, I hope that this song makes everyone a little more,” says DeMayo.

photo: Scrunchies by Mar Facebook Page

Marley Made Masks

In Seattle, young entrepreneurs 13-year-old Marley and 16-year-old Zoe Macris began their Scrunchies By Mar business in March of 2019. Then COVID-19 hit, and the girls decided that they would need to pivot a bit. They put aside their scrunchies and made room to sew face masks for nurses, firefighters, the police and others on the frontlines for free using donations given to them from others. They made 300 masks in just the first few days of operation.

Working together isn’t always for the pair. “We’re sisters, it’s not always the best thing in the world but we make it work, Zoe Told Seattle Refined recently. “We have our moments, but for the most part we really get along.” And Marley agrees, saying, “It feels good knowing that you’re giving back to the community.”

photo: courtesy Chelsea’s Charity

Chelsea Gave Out Art Supplies

According to her mom, Chelsea Phaire has been begging her to start her own charity since she was seven years old. This year when she turned 10, she got her wish. When the girl from Danbury, Connecticut sent invites for her friends to attend her birthday party, she requested that they bring art supplies so that she could donate them to others. Today, Chelsea’s Charity has sent over 1,500 art kits to homeless shelters and foster care homes to give these kids a little boost. Contained in sturdy plastic boxes, these kits contain markers, crayons, colored pencils, paper, coloring books and gel pens.

“I feel good inside knowing how happy they are when they get their art kits,” Chelsea told CNN. “I have definitely grown as a person because of this. Now my dream is to meet every kid in the entire world and give them art. Who knows, maybe if we do that and then our kids do that, we’ll have world peace!”

Stephen Made a Hand-Washing Station

Even though his village, Mukwa, in Bungoma County, Kenya, hasn’t seen a single case of COVID-19, nine-year-old Stephen still wanted to help. He designed a hand-washing machine that tips water from a bucket with the use of a foot pedal to avoid touching surfaces to help reduce infections. Stephen told BBC he came up with the idea after learning about preventing infection on the TV. “I now have two machines, and I want to make more,” he says. On June 1st, he was Presidential Order of Service, Uzalendo (Patriotic) Award. Stephen says he wants to be an engineer when he grows up, and his father says the county governor has promised him a scholarship. 

photo: Duck Chick Facebook Page

Brianna and Ashley Made Keychains

Two years ago, Brianna and Ashley Wong received a catalog during Christmas time that would donate ducks and chickens to people in need in other countries, and that really struck a chord with the girls.

“Since we didn’t have enough money from our piggy banks, we decided to earn money by making bracelets and other things,” says nine-year-old Brianna, who started the company Duck + Chick with her six-year-old sister. “We use part of the money we make to donate to different organizations. So far we have donated to Heifer International, World Vision [and] Compassion.”

When COVID-19 hit, the East Bay kids switched gears and starting making keychains to raise money for their local No Kid Hungry program while their local schools are closed. The girls recently posted a video on their Facebook page showing other kids how to make leather nametags.

Christian Made Some Phone Calls

After noticing the effects of COVID-19 had on his community, 12-year-old Christian Willis decided that he wasn’t just going to sit back and watch. He was going to make a change.

“He independently ran everything himself, and I was just like really proud of him,” his mother Shante told WTOP News. “To him, it’s like, a loaf of bread can get them sandwiches for a week. I think it made him realize that he is making a difference.”

Christian simply picked up the phone and began calling friends and family asking them for donations for the House of Mercy in Manassas, VA. Those calls paid off as he was able to collect $900 for the cause.


photo: Patrick Bonner Facebook Page

Stella Wrote a Novel

The tale begins like this … before COVID-19, Patrick Bonner would make up bedtime stories for his daughter Stella to help her get to sleep. After adding on “chapters” to this never-ending story, the ten-year-old suggested that they write down their thoughts on paper. When they got quarantined together, the two got serious creating “Darien the Librarian.” The 50,000-word book is about a girl who can magically jump in and out of books.

“My dad wanted to publish, it but I didn’t want to,” Stella told WCVB5 News. “I wanted to make a fundraiser about it because we already have all the money we need. What would we do with the extra? Some people can’t put food on the table.” The initial goal was to make $500 that they could give to Feeding America. As of May 26, Stella’s book had raised over $26,000 on their Facebook page.

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We asked, you told us: A ton of you really want Android apps on Windows 10

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Running Android apps on Windows 10 normally needs an emulator, with loads of programs out there to fill this space. It emerged last week that Microsoft is believing about bringing native Android app assistance to Windows 10.

Windows Central reported that this effort is called Project Latte and might be can be found in 2021. This would enable designers to port their Android apps to the Microsoft Store with little in the method of code updates.

That got us questioning whether Android Authority readers wish to see Android app assistance in Windows 10. We asked you last week, and this is how you voted.

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A grand overall of 2,681 votes were cast in this Android Authority survey, and the frustrating bulk of participants (94.3%) were eager for Android app assistance to come to Windows 10. We can see why numerous users elected Android app assistance, as it would immediately offer Windows 10 users a lots of option when it concerned video games and apps.

Only 5.7% of those surveyed didn’’ t wish to see Android app assistance pertained to Windows 10. It appears like a minimum of a few of these users indicate the possible omission of Google Play Services as a factor to avoid these apps on Windows.

We’’ ll likely need to await more details to land in the coming months to determine precisely how Microsoft might be preparing to execute this function. It wouldn’’ t be the very first time Microsoft messed around with Android app assistance by itself platform though, having actually evaluated Android app assistance on early Windows 10 Mobile develops .

.Your remarks. Kanaka Bhaswara Prabhata : sure, why not! Windows without a doubt is versatile enough to run nearly anything inside it. Carmelo Parian : I hope they will execute this next year. This is incredible concept. Craig S. : Unless they’’ re working out with Google to certify Play Services? This is a total wild-goose chase. Devs hardly wan na support Amazon’’ s replacement API ’ s on Fire Tablets, specifically for push notices, not to mention need to code for Microsoft’’ s replacement API ’ s. Yeah, with Mac’’ s now running mobile apps? The time has actually come for Microsoft to do the exact same with Windows to make it through in the customer market. John B. : Oh hell yeah. Forget the chromebooks with this assistance –– simply get a 2-in-1 laptop computer …. oVaBilly : It can be an advantage if the Apps can engage with the OS and not be separated. Painfully_Candid : I can’’ t consider a single thing that operates on Android that I would desire that isn ’ t currently offered in some other method on Windows 10. This is an option looking for an issue. Faheem Ahmad : It would be a video game changer if they made it possible for all present pc and laptop computers. simp : It’’ s a non-starter if they have no responses to Google Play services. Socc13 : I stop working to see the point. Android apps are weak ultra focused and have a dreadful user interface for mouse and keyboard. That isn’’ t to state I wear ’ t’desire them to do it, it ’ s fine. It ’ s simply not something I would utilize.

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7 apps airline pilots use to help with the job

Where would we be without apps on our phones and tablets? How would we stay in touch with people? When would we know what time it is to get up? How would we take photos? Admittedly these are somewhat tongue in cheek, but we can’t deny that having so much information available to us at the press of a thumbprint can make our lives easier in so many ways.

This is particularly true in the world of aviation. There is now a whole range of apps available, from electronic manuals to weather forecasts, which ultimately increases flight safety. Here are the ones that I use the most.

eWas Pilot
eWas. (Image courtesy of eWAS Pilot)

The weather has a massive effect on all aspects of aviation, particularly when it comes to safety. Having a thorough understanding of weather phenomena and how they affect us is a key part to being a good pilot; whether it be in a 787 Dreamliner or a Cessna 152.

Before each flight, we are provided with a host of information, including charts of the weather forecast along our route. The problem with this is that they are a snapshot for a given time: normally 0000hrs, 0600hrs, 1200hrs and 1800hrs. What happens in-between those times is very much open to interpretation.

eWAS Pilot uses more accurate forecast data and puts this in a dynamic graphical format, which enables us to see what weather we can expect at any given time of the flight. This is particularly useful when it comes to thunderstorms and turbulence. Even if these are forecast in the six-hour window between paper charts, by using eWAS Pilot, we are able to see if they will indeed impact our flight.

Even better, when connected to the internet when airborne, we are able to download the very latest weather reports and forecasts. It even plots thunderstorms in near real-time, giving us valuable time to plot a new route keeping us clear of the storms, reducing delays and keeping passengers comfortable and safe.

Download eWAS Pilot on iOS

787 Guide
The 787 Guide. (Image courtesy 787guide.com)

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a complex aircraft, and having a good technical knowledge of all the systems is key to ensuring a safe flight. In addition to the physical hardware, how we actually operate the aircraft changes regularly. Manufacturers and operators are always looking for ways to improve the safety of the operation and when they find a better way to carry out a certain procedure, the wording in the manuals has to change.

However, among airline pilots, it’s no secret that the flight crew manuals provided by aircraft manufacturers aren’t exactly literary masterpieces. It’s said that these are written by engineers, with lawyers breathing down their necks. Every word is carefully chosen, not for ease-of-understanding, but with liability in mind.

For this reason, pilots have often turned to unofficial sources to supplement their training. “Handling the Big Jets,” a book on the Boeing 747, is a real classic, so are the “Cockpit Companion” series found in every serious 737 pilot’s flight bag.

My favorite app to help with my technical knowledge is the 787 Guide. It’s been going for a few years now and it follows the tradition of pilot manuals written in conversational English and covers both technical systems and operational topics, as well as a few quirks of the aircraft.

The 787 Guide has served as an introduction to the 787 for numerous pilots and remains a daily resource for many of us. It is written by an experienced 787 instructor/examiner who continuously updates it with new content.

Download the 787 Guide on iOS
Download the 787 Guide on Android

LogTen Pro
LogTen Pro (Image courtesy coradine.com)

Pilots have a legal requirement to keep a log of all the flights they complete. I still have my first logbook from my first trial flight as a 14-year-old: a scrawled entry for a 38-minute trip in a C152 for some straight and level flying and a few turns.

When I started my pilot training, I was given a bigger logbook to keep track of all the flights that were to come and it serves as a lovely tactile memento of where my story began.

However, as the flights started to come thick and fast when I joined my first airline, keeping up with the paper logbook became time-consuming. Carrying it around in my bag took up valuable space and by the time I got home, I never got round to filling it out.

What I needed instead was something on my phone that would allow me to fill in my flight details with a few taps. That app is LogTen Pro.

The app makes it really easy to fill in the flight details, with the option to either enter all the details after the flight or to sync with your Mac and upload your airline-published roster. Doing the latter means that all you have to do on the day is fill in the aircraft registration and the flight times.

It also has some really useful features. When you work for a large airline, you remember faces but not necessarily names. When you look at a name on your roster, you then struggle to remember who they are. LogTen Pro allows you to save a photo with each entry you create for another crew member, allowing you to remember if it was indeed that Captain who talked nonstop about himself all the way to Los Angeles.

LogTen Pro also allows you to project forwards to ensure that you stay current on your aircraft type. Depending on the country, pilots must conduct a certain number of takeoffs and landings within a certain time frame. In the U.K., this is three within a 90-day window.

This normally isn’t a problem, but with the lack of flights at the moment due to COVID-19, this feature has become invaluable. With a quick glance of my logbook, I can see how long I have before I need to fly again or go into the simulator to continue my recency.

Download LogTen Pro on iOS

RosterBuster

A pilot’s life is controlled by their roster — when our days off are for annual leave, which destinations we get to fly to and who we are flying with. Depending on the airline, we will be issued with our roster around two weeks before the start of the month.

Even after the roster has been published, as an airline’s flying program changes so frequently, so to does the pilot’s roster. Keeping track of these changes is essential. Anyone who has been with an airline long enough has — without a doubt — either missed a flight or been late to report due to a change in their roster.

Rosterbuster allows pilots and cabin crew to download their roster and have it displayed in an easy-to-understand format. This can also be exported to your iCal or Google calendar. If there are changes to your roster, you just download the latest version to the app and it will update your calendars.

The beauty of this is that it allows an individual to share their roster with family and friends to allow them to know where in the world they are at any given time. I share my calendar with my parents, so at a glance of their kitchen computer, they can see if I’m home, away or up in the air.

Download Rosterbuster for iOS
Download Rosterbuster for Android

FlightRadar24
Flightradar 24 (Image courtesy of Flightradar24)

The AvGeek favorite FlightRadar24, pilots also find this app quite useful for a whole variety of reasons. The data that it uses is scarily accurate. You can watch an aircraft approaching on the screen and count down to exactly when it will fly over your head.

When flying short-haul around Europe, I find the app really useful to see where the aircraft I’m expecting actually is. If I’m in the terminal building waiting for a flight, a quick check of the app lets me know if it has landed yet. An aircraft still in the hold means time for another coffee.

On long-haul, it’s also useful to plan my day when I’m down route. Seeing the aircraft airborne and on its way means that I can plan my preflight rest according to the planned schedule.

However, if the aircraft hasn’t left or is showing arriving several hours late, I know that there will be a delay to leaving the hotel. Knowing this, I can adapt my sleep pattern to ensure that I’m well rested for the new departure time.

The route of a flight is also useful to know, especially when flying to a new destination for the first time. There is often a number of different routes a flight can take to reach the same destination. As a result, the day before a new route, I’ll check the app to see which route the previous day’s flight took. This enables me to plan ahead and anticipate areas of high terrain or remote ocean.

Download Flightradar 24 on iOS
Download Flightradar 24 on Android

Aeroweather

The Weather Channel is great if you want to know if it’s going to rain tomorrow, but the information we need as pilots is a little more precise. Cloud base and visibility are an important aspect of knowing if it is safe enough to make an approach to land or even to takeoff.

Aeroweather gives accurate weather data for airports all around the world with data sourced from MeteoSwiss, the national weather service in Switzerland. It provides users with the latest METAR (actual weather) and also the TAF (forecast).

In addition, it also gives other useful information such as the freezing level, density altitude, runway length and crosswind component for the current weather. Some airports have webcams and Aeroweather provides a direct link to these, allowing the user to see exactly how conditions are at the airport in real-time.

Download Aeroweather on iOS
Download Aeroweather on Android

The World HD
The World HD. (Image courtesy of The World HD)

One of the best parts of the job is the views we get out of the front, with the oversized windows on the 787 making this extra special. Heading through Africa during the day time or over northern Canada at night, we are privileged to see some pretty incredible things.

However, as good as our charting apps are for working out where we are in aviation terms, they’re not great for identifying the physical features on the ground, which makes the views so intriguing.

The World HD is an old school atlas with the convenience of being on a portable screen. When you tap on a country, the map is magnified so that you can see cities, towns, rivers, lakes and other features you’re able to identify out of the window. Each country also has a small fact file, giving the user interesting information such as population, commerce and a brief history of the nation.

The beauty of this app over other atlas apps is that you don’t need an internet connection to use it — essential when up in the air. All the data is downloaded with the app giving the user more than enough information as they cross the world.

Download The World HD on iOS

Bottom line

Apps make our life easier in all walks of life, and this includes flying aircraft. From keeping up with technical knowledge to staying informed with the latest weather, there are a whole host of apps that help us with the job. Many airlines now give their pilots a portable EFB, or Electronic Flight Bag. In simplified terms, this is an electronic tablet on which all these apps can be loaded to.

Not only does this mean that we have a wealth of information at the touch of a button, but it also means airlines can do away with the heavy paper manuals that used to live in the flight deck. In days gone by, there could have been anything up to 30kg of manuals in the flight deck. Multiply this weight over hundreds of flights a year and the weight savings really adds up.

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New M1 MacBook Air has been found with 128GB for just $799

Benchmarks, evaluations, and a number of viewpoints show that Apple’’ s most current M1 gadgets are a few of the most effective laptop computers in the market. Apple’’ s brand-new M1 lineup consists of a brand-new 13-inch MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, and a Mac mini . You can get among these brand-new items beginning at$ 699 for the Mac mini,$ 999 for the Air, and $1,299 for the Pro. A brand-new MacBook Air with 128GB storage for simply $799 has actually appeared, however it might not be for everybody.

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The most current M1 MacBook Air has actually been identified with 128GB storage at Apple ’ s United States Education Institute Hardware and Software Price List . Now, what ’ s curious about this is that the M1 MacBook Air is just readily available with’256GB, 1TB, 2tb, and 512gb storage choices on the Apple Store. Less storage likewise implies a lower rate, that ’ s why its cost checks out$ 799, however who is this alternative suggested for?

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Reddit user “ u/dduci97 ” was the one who discovered the brand-new Air noted with an M1 chip, with an 8-core CPU, a 7-core GPU, 8GB RAM, and 128GB. Apple hasn ’ t made this alternative readily available on its United States Education Store, which makes us think that it will not be offered for the basic public. Now, Apple is providing alternatives to acquire the MacBook Air wholesale amounts, which might indicate that it will target schools or universities as possible purchasers, and if it does appear for everybody, this MacBook Air might show up with an$ 899 cost, indicating it would be the most inexpensive alternative in years.

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On another note, Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak were just recently talked to by Ars Technica.They were inquired about the possibility of utilizing Microsoft and Windows on the M1 Macs given that there is presently no Boot Camp function for them. They were really clear to state that it ’ s “ as much as Microsoft. ”

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“ As for Windows running natively on the maker, “ that ’ s trulyas much as Microsoft, ” he stated. “ We have the core innovations for them to do that, to run their ARM variation of Windows, which in turn naturally supports x86 user mode applications. That ’ s a choice Microsoft has to make, to bring to certify that innovation for users to run on these Macs. The Macs are definitely extremely capable of it. ”

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He likewise recommended that a person of the very best possibilities in the future would be to have Windows in the cloud, referring to CrossOver , which enables x86 Windows apps to work on Apple M1 Macs, utilizing Rosetta 2. Even more, Ars Technica did a series of tests of the most recent M1 Chrome, revealing that it ’ s as much as 80 percent much faster than the Rosetta 2 variation. Simply in case you were intending on downloading Chrome on your’brand-new M1 MacBook Air.

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“ Across all tests, the native M1 variation of Chrome carried out in between 66 and 81 percent much better than the variation of Chrome going through Rosetta 2. Safari was the fastest internet browser of all, obviously, having actually been developed by Apple, and it triumphed throughout all of the tests. ”

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You can quickly download the brand-new M1 variation of Google Chrome for your Apple Silicon Mac by going to the Chrome site. You simply need to choose the “ Mac with Apple Chip ” choice after clicking the download button.

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The not-good Microsoft Surface Duo, and more tech news you need to know today!

Your tech news absorb, by method of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter , for Friday, 11 September 2020.

.1. Can the Surface Duo be conserved?

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The Microsoft Surface Duo lastly has examines out appropriate , and it appears the hold-ups in between early hands-on and last evaluations were down to … bugs? Possibly?

The stunning thing out of the evaluations is how buggy it is:

.All customers mentioned substantial problems, with great deals of low scoring evaluations. 2.5/ 5 from my associates at Android Authority, 6/10 from The Verge , 71 from Engadget .Independently, I’’ ve heard much less kind information about the software application too.The Verge: ““ Microsoft is charging a beginning cost of $1,399 for the Surface Duo. Offered its abilities relative to other phones, it is never worth that rate.””. Microsoft is presenting repairs, however it’’ s rather tough to comprehend why Microsoft pressed this from the initial ‘‘ Holiday 2020 ’ release to now, thinking about the software application experience isn’’t fantastic. The primary video camera isn’’ t fantastic. Some evaluations believed the single shooter was even great and appropriate sometimes, others, consisting of The Verge, stated: ““ The Surface Duo ’ s cam is garbage, ” which isn ’ t sufficient on a$ 300 gadget, not to mention a $1,400 gadget.There are positives! The evaluations explain the brand-new kind aspect has twinkles of expect a brand-new instructions in the landscape, something closer to a portable tablet/booklet utilized as a mini computer system.Lots of, numerous remarks stated it’’ s not comfy to utilize with the software application bugs as it stands. Even a co-founder of Android stated it’’ s “ quite frustrating ”.

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. Presuming Microsoft is dedicated to the gadget, and I do, and with generous allowances for a first-generation gadget, it ’ s possible that a person of the most significant business in the land with adequate designers to fill a little city, ought to have the ability to constantly enhance the software application experience. That might imply, possibly often in early 2021, the experience is smoother, much faster, with less bugs, and possibly integrated with a rate drop too, this makes good sense. In the meantime, it undoubtedly does not. And the surprise is Microsoft enabling the world to see it as it is. Cause the Surface Duo 2.Just when it ’ s all set.

2. Android 11 Go is offered now for entry-level phones, and it will release apps 20 percent quicker( Android Authority).

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3. Moto G9 Plus releases with a Snapdragon 730G and significant 6.8-inch screen( Android&Authority).

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4. The reported OnePlus Watch might not in fact be an Oppo Watch clone as it chooses circular style,&not the Apple Watch&copies we ’ ve seen from Oppo in the past (Android Authority).

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5. Rumored ‘ Apple One ’ services bundle might be introducing quickly, with information found in Apple Music App code( Gizmodo).

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6. Apple apparently orders ‘ a great deal ’ of Samsung collapsible screen samples ( MacRumors).

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7. Bose reveals$279 QuietComfort Earbuds , with 11 levels of active sound cancellation. 11! Offered on September 29th, preorders now, as these pursue ANC difficult( Laptop Mag).

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8. Dozens of AmazonBasics items might present a security danger , states a comprehensive CNN report. Amazon has actually pulled some products however continues to offer some called in the report( CNN).

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9. Tesla to export Model 3 made-in-China automobiles , something Elon Musk stated it wouldn ’ t do( Electrek).

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10. TikTok might deal with a United States restriction if it doesn ’ t discover a United States purchaser in the next 5 days ( Ars Technica).

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11. NBA 2K21 is an abundant, deep baller ’ s dream come to life. Was NBA 2K20( Polygon).

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12. It ’ s the peak of’the Atlantic typhoon season , and the tropics are bonkers( Ars Technica).

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13. NASA wishes topurchase Moon rocks from personal business( The Verge).

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14. ELI5: Why does squinting assistance you seea little much better when you put on ’ t have your glasses on?( r/explainlikeimfive).

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Technical glitches have disrupted learning for students all across the country as they navigate online classes during the pandemic

 coronavirus schools onlineHelina Thorp, right, 14, reveals aggravation while unsuccessfully attempting to visit to her school distance-learning classes while her mom, Virginia Thorp, tries to call school authorities from a Pacific Gas &&Electric neighborhood resource center at the El Dorado Fairgrounds throughout a Public Security Power Shutoff in Placerville, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

.As numerous trainees returned to school online on Tuesday, they were consulted with technical problems that interrupted their knowing..The online knowing platform Blackboard, which serves more than 20 million United States trainees reported that sites for among its knowing items were stopping working to load or were filling gradually, and users were not able to sign up on the very first day of school.Other websites like Google Drive likewise crashed.. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories

HOUSTON (AP) —– Students throughout the United States faced computer system problems Tuesday as they started the academic year with online guideline in your home since of the coronavirus, contributing to the list of issues that have actually thrust numerous a harried moms and dad into the function of instructor’s assistant and tech support individual.

The online knowing platform Blackboard, which supplies innovation for 70 of the country’s 100 greatest districts and serves more than 20 million United States trainees from kindergarten through 12th grade, reported that sites for among its knowing items were stopping working to load or were packing gradually, and users were not able to sign up on the very first day of school.

Blackboard, which struck 4 times its year-to-date user average by 8 am, wasn’t the only tech business facing concerns Tuesday. Sites that track web interruptions like downdetector.com likewise taped spikes in reported issues for services like Microsoft Teams and Google Drive, numerous increasing around 9 am. 3 of Texas’ biggest districts —– Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth —– were struck with technical issues, as were school systems in locations such as Idaho and Kansas. A ransomware attack required schools in Hartford, Connecticut, to delay Tuesday’s start of in-person and virtual classes. Since of a huge early morning rise in online traffic, #peeee

A Blackboard representative stated the issues with the business’s site material management system happened. D’Anthony White stated the system was brought back by about 1:15 p.m. and the business was dealing with improving its method to avoid additional issues. He excused the interruption.

” While we prepared for a rise in traffic higher than a common back-to-school duration, the patterns of use surpassed what we expected,” White composed in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Elsewhere throughout the nation, Seattle’s system crashed recently. An online knowing program utilized in Alabama and other locations just recently decreased. And North Carolina’s platform crashed on the very first day of classes last month.

Amanda Mills’ 8-year-old boy, Rowan, got up delighted to begin his very first day of 3rd grade, although it was online through Idaho’s biggest school district, based in the town of Meridian, simply outside Boise. They ran into problem even after practicing logging in efficiently on Monday.

” Whatever takes place, we’ll figure it out and we’ll make it work nevertheless we can, and count on the perseverance of those instructors who are up versus their own challenges,” Mills stated. “It’s an unusual, wild world today.” When the infection required them to change to online classes in the spring, #peeee

Summer break provided school districts time to iron out kinks that cropped up. The brand-new school year currently has actually been pestered by some of the very same issues, with no end in sight to the break out that has actually contaminated more than 6.3 million individuals and eliminated 189,000 in the U.S.

Erik Rasmussen, a Falls Church, Virginia, local who has 3 kids taking online classes, stated he frequently copes with computer system problems and brief attention periods. The separated father has his kids half the time.

” You put your kids in front of the computer system, and after that I go to do my work, however kids are kids —– they’re going to shut off the video function and begin playing a video game,” he stated.

In the Houston school system, with 209,000 trainees, a webhosting service decreased, triggering issues for households as they attempted to check in to the district’s primary classwork website. Households were offered a various link to access the website up until the issues were fixed by about twelve noon.

The Dallas and Fort Worth districts stated they were working to repair issues with their phone lines and sites.

” In this unmatched academic year, we need to stay versatile and rapidly adjust to altering conditions and scenarios like we saw today,” Houston interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan stated.

Florida’s biggest school district, in Miami-Dade County, had actually ensured moms and dads that it had actually combined various programs into one platform that would be much easier to browse. Software application problems and cyberattacks interfered with the very first week of the brand-new school year that began Aug. 31.

A high school trainee was detained and implicated of managing a series of network failures. School administrators think other individuals might be doing the exact same.

Christy Rodriguez, 36, stated her 3rd- and fourth-grade kids’ classes had a hard time with connection issues throughout the very first week of school.

” Four complete days were lost,” she stated. “Either someone is unable to go on, or the screen goes blank, or the instructor can’t hear the kids, so the instructor then simply logs off and after that sends out a message to the moms and dads.” Due to the fact that her kids require assistance repairing connection issues, #peeee

Rodriguez stated she has actually been required to work up until late at night.

” The instructors are annoyed. The kids are annoyed. I hope that they quickly open schools,” she stated.

Another moms and dad, Alessandra Martinez, stated her 7-year-old kid has actually fought with logins, passwords, and connection issues. When he was moved to a smaller sized breakout group however didn’t see the instructor and didn’t understand what he was expected to be doing, he had a crisis Friday.

” At their age, whatever is enhanced, and it seems like a huge offer,” Martinez stated.

Martinez stated she protested the school district utilizing an item frequently utilized by moms and dads who home-school.

” This is a home-schooling program, however for moms and dads who are working from house and have numerous kids, it is a bit frustrating,” she stated. “We have this established as a one-size-fits-all, and it does not work for everyone.”

In Hartford, where the start of the academic year was pressed back to Wednesday, moms and dads were distressed at what they called the last-minute notification of the hold-up. They kept in mind that authorities understood about the issue because the weekend. When she found out of the post ponement, #peeee

Kate Court stated her 13-year-old boy was currently dressed and prepared to go to the bus stop. The shipping storage facility staff member counted herself fortunate that her mom might supervise the teenager and his more youthful bro so she didn’t need to miss out on work.

” This is insane,” Court stated. “We’re searching for normalcy once again, whatever that might be.”

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This story has actually been remedied to erase reference of Rasmussen having a kid who remains in college.

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Gomez Licon reported from Miami, Boone from Boise, Idaho. Associated Press authors Michael Kunzelman, R.J. Rico in Atlanta, and Dave Collins in Hartford, Connecticut, added to this report.

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Microsoft officially unveils Xbox Series S and confirms a sweet $299 asking price

Earlier today, the first render of the Xbox Series S – Microsoft’s cheaper next-gen console – surfaced online – giving us our first glimpse of its design and also hinted at a rather aggressive $299 price tag. Well, it was the real deal. And before leaks could spoil any more surprises, Microsoft has officially revealed the Xbox Series S and has confirmed that it will cost $299. As we mentioned in a previous story, this is a great price for an entry into the next-gen console ecosystem for gamers. Microsoft has only shared the render and pricing of its upcoming console so far, and has promised to reveal more details soon.

👀 Let’s make it official! Xbox Series S | Next-gen performance in the ˢᵐᵃˡˡᵉˢᵗ Xbox ever. $299 (ERP). Looking forward to sharing more! Soon. Promise. pic.twitter.com/8wIEpLPVEq

— Xbox (@Xbox) September 8, 2020

But apparently, we don’t have to wait too long for more details. A new leaked promotional video for the Xbox Series S highlights all of its key features and capabilities such as 1440p gaming, ray tracing and more. Additionally, another report claims to reveal the Xbox Series S’ launch date, alongside that of the Xbox Series X and its pricing. Starting with the leaked promo video, it claims that the Xbox Series S is the smallest console made by Microsoft and that it is 60% smaller than the more powerful Xbox Series X.

no point holding this back now I guess pic.twitter.com/SgOAjm3BuP

— WalkingCat (@_h0x0d_) September 8, 2020

There is also mention of a custom-made NVMe SSD of 512GB capacity that employs the in-house Xbox Velocity architecture, promising fast loading times and quick game switching. The console is touted to deliver up to 120fps frame rates at 1440p resolution. Other features highlighted in the video are an all-digital design, DirectX raytracing, variable rate shading, variable refresh rate (VRR), streaming media playback at 4K and 4K upscaling in games. 

Additionally, a report from Windows Central claims that the Xbox Series S will be launched alongside the Xbox Series X on November 10. The Xbox Series S will retail at $299, and there is also a $25/month Xbox All Access financing option that includes the console itself alongside access to Xbox’s game library. As for the Xbox Series X, it is said to cost $499 and will also be offered with an Xbox All Access financing option that will set buyers back by $35/month.

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How to Set Up a Second Screen When Working from Home

With many of working from home at the moment during the coronavirus pandemic, we won’t have access to some of the everyday office items that make out lives easier, including a second screen.

You may have felt that a second screen was a luxury when you first started working with one. But now it’s been taken away, it might just be feeling downright essential.

The good news is that you can recreate the second display at home with a variety of methods – we take a look at some of the best options.

Sidecar – Add a Second Screen with an iPad

If you’ve fully invested in the Apple ecosystem, and have both a Mac and an iPad at your disposal, then you can use what the company has dubbed “Sidecar”. This effectively turns your iPad into a second screen.

To get your display to appear on your iPad, click on the AirPlay icon in the menu on your Mac, and then select the option to connect to your iPad. Now, you can move windows to the iPad and use that space how you wish.

You’ll also notice a sidebar of options appears on your iPad. This displays commonly used options, and can be moved to a more suitable side of the screen, or moved entirely. The options include hiding the menu bar, onscreen keyboard, undo, and mirroring your Mac screen, or extending the display.

To tweak the Sidecar settings, click on the Apple menu, then System Preferences, then Sidebar.

When using Sidecar, it’s still possible to use apps on your iPad. Your Sidecar session will simply be suspended until you switch back to the Sidecar mode.

All this can be done wirelessly, but we’d recommend plugging your iPad in so it doesn’t lose power halfway through the day. Of course, you can either plug it into an outlet or straight into your Mac.

One warning – the Sidecar feature isn’t available to all Mac and iPad users. You’ll need to be running macOS Catalina on your MacBook or iMac, plus iPadOS 13 on your iPad. Also, it only works on newer hardware, so that dusty ten year old iPad you’ve got in a drawer won’t cut it. here’s the list of compatible products:

MacBook/Mac/iMac

MacBook Pro 2016 or later
MacBook 2016 or later
MacBook Air 2018 or later
iMac 2017 or later
iMac Retina 5k, 2015 or later
iMac Pro
Mac Mini 2018 or later
Mac Pro 2019 or later

iPad

iPad Pro – all models
iPad 6th gen or later
iPad Mini 5th gen
iPad Air 3rd gen

Just noticed your iPad is getting old? Check out our guide to the best Apple iPad to buy.

Use an Android Tablet as a Second Screen

If you’re an Android user who is feeling rather jealous about Apple’s Sidecar function, don’t worry. You can have the same feature set, too. Sort of.

While there’s no “all-in-one” solution for Android devices that are quite as simple as Apple’s, there are several third-party solutions available. A word of warning, you’ll need to pay for some of them. But, this will still be far cheaper than shelling out for a new monitor.

While there are some free options available, be warned that these are likely to be ad-supported, which could crimp your productivity if you’re dismissing pop-up adverts regularly.

Some apps will also request that you download software to your computer in order to use your Android tablet as a second screen, which may not be viable if you’re using a work computer and have an IT department overseeing what software can be installed. Like we say, Apple owners really are at an advantage here.

Second Screen Android Apps

Spacedesk – One of the better rated apps, this supports Windows 10, 8.1, 8 & 7. It also supports using the touchscreen to replicate the mouse.

Splashtop Wired XDisplay –  This app relies on a wired connection via USB. It’s also a paid-for solution, but does offer a 10 minute trial, so users can check it works quickly.

DuetDisplay – Developed by ex-Apple engineers, DuetDisplay is an intuitive second screen solution, and works with Windows or Mac.

Use Your TV as a Second Display

That’s right, the black mirror in the corner of your room isn’t just for Netflix and watching the latest coronavirus briefings on the news. In fact, a TV is the most popular second screen option. While we don’t all have tablets or extra monitors lying around at home, most of us do at least have a TV.

You don’t even need a smart TV. While you can cast to your TV over your home network, the simplest and most elegant solution is to connect to it using an HDMI cable. It might seem a bit lo-fi, but we don’t think there’s any reason to make things any more complicated than they have to be.

To connect to your TV:

Plug an HDMI cable from your PC to your TV. You may have to use an adaptor if your computer doesn’t have a dedicated HDMI port.
Select the right HDMI port in your TV menu.
Go to Display Settings in Windows (just type display into the search bar to quickly find it).
Scroll to the Multiple displays section and click on Extend Displays to make the TV your second screen

Failing all else, ask your company to help

If you don’t have any secondary devices to use, it’s worth asking your work if you can borrow your second monitor from the office. Many companies are letting employees take these home during the current pandemic.

Bonus tip

For those with just one display at their disposal, make sure to fully use windows options.

For example, on a Windows PC, holding down the Windows key and then using the left or right arrow puts the selected window on one half of the screen.

Do this again for another window, on the opposite side, and you’ve now got two windows automatically open side by side.

 

 

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Sony IMX500 – The World’s First AI Image Sensor Announced

The new Sony IMX500 Intelligent Vision series of image sensors contain AI image analysis systems directly on the chip, which opens up some new, and faster abilities for cameras.

Sony IMX500 Intelligent Vision sensor

Sony’s new Intelligent Vision IMX500 series chips offer capabilities that are only limited by the imagination. Image: Sony Electronics

The announcement describes two new Intelligent Vision CMOS chip models, the Sony IMX500 and IMX501. From what I can tell these are the same base chip, except that the 500 is the bare chip product, whilst the 501 is a packaged product.

They are both 1/2.3” type chips with 12.3 effective megapixels. It seems clear that the one of the primary markets for the new chip is for security and system cameras. However having AI processes on the chip offers up some exciting new possibilities for future video cameras, particularly those mounted on drones or in action cameras like a GoPro or Insta 360.

Sony IMX500 Intelligent Vision sensor

Sony’s new Intelligent Vision IMX500 series chips. The IMX500 on the left, the IMX501 on the right. Image: Sony Electronics

What can the Sony IMX500 sensor do?

One prominent ability of the new chip lies in functions such as object or person identification. This could be via tracking such objects, or in fact actually identifying them. Output from the new chip doesn’t have to be in image form either. Metadata can be output so that it can simply send a description of what it sees without the accompanying visual image. This can reduce the data storage requirement by up to 10,000 times.

For security or system camera purposes, a camera equipped with the new chip could count the number of people passing by it, or identifying low stock on a shop shelf. It could even be programmed to identify customer behaviour by way of heat maps.

Sony IMX500 stacked sensor diagram

How the new Sony Intelligent Vision sensor is arranged. Image: Sony Electronics

For traditional cameras it could make autofocus systems better by being able to much more precisely identifying and tracking subjects. With AI systems like this, it could make autofocus systems more intelligent by identifying areas of a picture that you are likely to be focussing on. For example if you wanted to take a photograph of a flower, the AF system would know to focus on that rather than, say, the tree branch behind it. Facial recognition would also become much faster and more reliable.

Autofocus systems today are becoming incredibly good already, but if they were backed up by ultra fast on-chip object identification they could be even better. For 360 cameras, too, the ability to have more reliable object tracking metadata will help with post reframing.

Sony IMX500 output examples

The new chip doesn’t have to output images. It could just output a description of what it sees. Image: Sony Electronics.

Why do we need AI on chip?

There are two main impetuses behind placing the AI capabilities directly on the chip. The first is that it makes processing much, much quicker. The Sony IMX500 is able to perform its abilities in the speed of one frame of video, rather than having to send that data along a pipeline to be processed elsewhere. The other advantage is higher security. Quite often data is sent over the cloud for AI image analysis. Having these systems on chip takes away that potential security loophole.

Cloud AI cannot be used offline either, and in addition it restricts the ability to perform analysis in realtime reliably. The energy and cost of cloud computer is also increasing, and that’s not good for the environment.

In terms of small cameras like GoPros, it means that this type of processing doesn’t need to be performed by another chip elsewhere in the camera. This saves power, but it also means that the cameras main processing chip and memory can be freed up to do other things, such as better electronic stabilisation or colour processing.

Sony IMX500 sensor at a checkout

An example of realtime tracking at a shop counter. Note how it is tracking the shop assistants limb movement as well. Image: Sony Electronics

It’s only limited by your imagination

But the abilities of the new chip, which can be custom programmed by developers to do precisely what they need, are only limited by the imagination. Sony uses a car as one example of how it could be used, identifying the driver and adjusting the car’s seating position automatically. Another example is being able to recognise whether the driver was falling asleep.

For sports cameras it might be possible for the device to identify your form during movement. If you want to improve your yoga or martial arts for instance, it could help identify areas for improvement by comparing you to a ‘perfect’ example. Speech recognition from lip movement could also be made much faster potentially, and be included in all cameras. For people filming drama, this would have huge potential when it comes to logging shots or identifying them from a script if the camera is outputting actors performances in text form at the same time it is recording the image. 

The IMX500 looks like a highly capable chip from a pure video perspective, too. It is capable of 4K at up to 60fps and 1080p at up to 240fps. Although currently the chip is restricted to 30fps for full video and AI processing together.

All told while this is only the first generation of chip, you can expect this type pf capability to be rolled out into other more conventional chips as time moves along, and therefore it is a significant development worth covering.

Have you any ideas how on-chip AI would make a camera feature you would like to see possible? Let us know in the comments below!

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Microsoft: Windows 10X is also coming to single screen devices

After Microsoft delayed the Surface Neo indefinitely, questions about the Windows 10X development rose. After all, this version of Windows was designed to work with dual-screen devices. Well, Microsoft has now confirmed that Windows 10X is still happening but it will change its focus.

According to a short Microsoft blog post, the company is going to optimize the upcoming version of its OS for single screen devices and touchscreens, meaning laptops, tablets and hybrids. It would “leverage the power of the cloud”. However, no specifics have been given but it’s clear that Windows 10X will…

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