HP goes renewable with an optional ‘real’ wood palm rest (deck) on coming Envy models;
New iPod Touch – key features and prices;
JAYCAR launches concept store at Central Park Mall in Sydney;
ITy Bytes 29 May
Google Lens gets new features
People have already asked Google Lens more than a billion questions about things they see. Lens taps into machine learning (ML), computer vision and tens of billions of facts in the Knowledge Graph to answer these questions. And it’s getting better all the time: Lens now recognises more plants, animals, and products than ever.
Google is adding new filters to Lens that let you see specific results or actions, so you can learn and get things done faster. And with the new Dining and Translate features, Lens puts the answers where your questions are, overlaying information where it’s most useful: right on top of the real world.
Dining: Lens can automatically highlight which
dishes are popular—right on the physical menu. When you tap on a dish, you can
see what it actually looks like and what people are saying about it, thanks to
photos and reviews from Google Maps. And when you’re done with your meal, just
point the camera at your receipt, and Lens can help calculate the tip and split
Translate: Point your camera at text and Lens
will automatically detect the language and overlay the translation right on top
of the original words, in more than 100 languages.
Text: Text is all around us. Copy and paste text
from the real world—like recipes, gift card codes, or Wi-Fi passwords—to your
Shopping: Point your camera at clothes,
furniture, or home decor to see similar items you can choose from. Or use Lens
to scan a barcode to see that exact item.
Auto: Lens will automatically provide relevant
results based on what you are pointing your camera at.
Google Maps to get speed camera alerts
Google Maps will soon have speed camera alerts, including the ability of users to real-time report mobile cameras, congestion and crashes. This information helps to recalculate the fastest route.
It’s putting more effort into Maps as both a real-time
navigation alternative as well as a tool to help you explore your surrounds –
and spend more money with local advertisers. It has added public transport
commute information, location-aware events listings, district focus, food match
and group planning and for those that get bores – Snakes on a Map.
It comes at a time when dedicated in-car GPS units are
suffering a steep decline in sales, although GadgetGuy categorically believes
that a smartphone does not a good car navigation tool make. Especially with the
police laser focusing on smartphone use in cars and the need for a fixed cradle
to use them as a navigation device.
HP goes renewable with an optional ‘real’ wood palm rest
(deck) on coming Envy models
First, it was leather and bondage with its Spectra Folio,
then impossible thin, light and powerful Spectre x360. What is HP designer’s
taking? I want some!
HP has become several sub-brands – Elite, ZBook and Spectre
for business use (and Spectre is a crossover aspirational consumer purchase),
Envy for premium consumers and then Pavilion and plain HP for Joe and Jane
You will be able to get a dark option, Nightfall Black with
Natural Walnut, or a lighter alternative, called Natural Silver with Pale
Birch. Each laptop is unique due to the natural variation found in the wood.
The HP ENVY 13, HP ENVY x360 13, HP ENVY x360 15 and the HP
ENVY 17 Wood Series builds on the durability and performance of the previously
announced metal versions, but feature a choice of all new, next-gen Intel Core
processors or 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Vega
We will see them here in a few months. Damn – woodgrain is
coming back into style!
Wi-Fi AC, BT 4.1 and Map Location via W-Fi (no GPS)
3.5mm buds/mic, single down-firing speaker
Battery estimate 40 hours music and 8 hours video – Lightning charger/connection but no charger supplied
123.4 x 58.6 x 6.1mm x 88g
Good for: People with an Apple Music subscription, some AR
experiences, Group Facetime, and works with Apple Arcade Games service.
JAYCAR launches concept store at Central Park Mall in Sydney
JAYCAR is one of those places I love, and my wife hates. I
can spend hours in there buying bits and pieces. She can spend hours in
Jaycar Electronics will open its flagship at Central Park Mal Broadway across from UTS. It is a new experiential retail concept that embraces technology and collaboration, encouraging the community to “think. possible.”
The 420sqm store stocks over 7000 products – the usual
suspects including cable connectors and computing accessories. New is equipment
for hire, interactive display areas and collaborative workspaces. The heart of
the store is a dedicated space known as the “Maker Hub” where customers can
participate in workshops, challenges, attend events and use specialised
equipment such as 3D printers to work on their own projects, whether they are a
tech expert or just a beginner.
“We are trying to push the boundaries of experiential
retailing in this sphere. Our new “Maker Hub” space will allow customers to
have hands-on experience with many of our products. For example, people will be
able to work on benches with Arduino & Raspberry Pi® microcontrollers and
experience various workshops lead by our in-store tech experts. It’s all
about inspiring people through the endless possibilities of technology. “
To celebrate the flagship store opening at Central Park Mall, Jaycar will be running ‘Tech Fest’ between 14-16 June offering free tunes & chips, daily giveaways and promotions on a range of tech products in store. They will also be running four workshops and interactive demonstrations over the three days to showcase how all things tech comes together. The full schedule of workshops will be available from Wednesday 5 June at Jaycar’s: Facebook page.