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Elon Musk Attempts to Connect Brains with Computers Through Neuralink

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 / No Comments
Elon Musk Attempts to Connect Brains with Computers Through Neuralink

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, wants to make things happen with his new startup company called Neuralink, which is focused on creating devices that can be implanted in the human brain.

Neuralink is a California medical research company that is still in its earliest stage. Its purpose is said to revolve around helping humans connect with software and keep pace with advancements in artificial intelligence.

Over the last six months or so, Musk gave us hints about the existence of Neuralink. On Twitter, he went on to answer a fan inquiring about his progress on a so-called "neural lace," which is said to be a sci-fi shorthand for a brain-computer interface.

Apparently, these brain-computer interfaces today only exist in science fiction. A report by TechCrunch in late January shared the discussion of Musk about a functional neural lace. At a Code Conference in 2016, Musk talked about input and output and how it's a fundamental limitation.

Here's a part of Elon Musk's talk:
"Your output level is so low, particularly on a phone, your two thumbs sort of tapping away. This is ridiculously slow. Our input is much better because we have a high-bandwidth visual interface to the brain, our eyes take in a lot of data. So there’s many orders of magnitude difference between input and output. Effectively merging in a symbiotic way with digital intelligence revolves around eliminating the I/O constraint, which would be some sort of direct cortical interface […] a neural lace."
If the Neuralink venture becomes successful in developing these kinds of devices, it seems like we'll soon be seeing people who are willing to have their skulls cracked open and electronics placed inside their heads.

Sources: The Verge and TechCrunch

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Wins "Best New Smartphone" at MWC 2017

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium Wins "Best New Smartphone" at MWC 2017

Sony's latest Xperia XZ Premium was awarded the "Best New Smartphone or Connected Mobile Device" during the annual Global Mobile (Glomo) Awards at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

The flagship device garnered over 30 accolades and received media recognition such as "Best Innovation" from the UK Blog Awards, "Reader's Choice" and "Best Smartphone" from Radar, as well as "Coolest of MWC" from Wired.

According to Hiroki Totoki, President and CEO of Sony Mobile Communications, the Xperia XZ Premium is Sony's "most technologically capable smartphone ever," and they are honored by all the recognition.

See also: Sony Launches Xperia XZ at IFA 2016

The Xperia XZ Premium flaunts a 5.5-inch 4K HDR Triluminos display, with Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front and back. It comes with a 19-megapixel rear camera and 13-megapixel front snapper, features Sony's new Motion Eye feature, and allows 960fps super slow motion video capture and playback.

Rated at IP65/68, this flagship device also features Predictive Capture that allows catching fleeting and exciting moments that users would otherwise miss.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is yet to be launched in the Philippines, but it already appears to be a promising phone with highlights on the camera display, design, and overall performance.

ASUS Introduces Premium ZenBook Lineup at Rajo Laurel Fashion Show

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ASUS Introduces Premium ZenBook Lineup at Rajo Laurel Fashion Show

ASUS, in partnership with renowned fashion designer Rajo Laurel, recently unveiled its latest premium ZenBook lineup through a gender bender fashion show held at Shangri-La at the Fort.

Showing off its 14-inch Full HD ultra-narrow-bezel display, the all-aluminum premium ZenBook 3 Deluxe (UX490) laptop that is 12.9mm thin and weighs less than 1kg in a 13-inch-class chassis stood out at the versatile fashion show.

ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe (UX490)

Said laptop, which is a more powerful variety of the ZenBook 3, is equipped with a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16GB of 2113MHz LPDDR3 RAM and an ultra-fast 1TB PCI Express SSD. It comes with two USB Type-C ports with support for Thunderbolt 3, 40Gbps data transfers, dual 4K external displays, and power delivery. It is available in Royal Blue and Quartz Grey colors

ASUS and Rajo Laurel Collaboration

In addition to the ZenBook 3 Deluxe, ASUS also announced the ZenBook UX430 and UX530 laptops. Both offer a thin and light design that is sophisticated, elegant, and stylish.

See also: ASUS ZenFone 3 Max Now More Affordable at Php8,495; Comes w/ New Rose Pink and Sand Gold Colors

The ZenBook UX430 sports a 14-inc display, powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage. It also comes with a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics.

The ZenBook UX530, on the other hand, boasts a 15.6-inch slim bezel display that offers the same powerful components as the Ux430 but with a more powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 discrete graphics. It is available in Quartz Grey with NIL coating.

ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Up For Pre-Order with Lots of Free Items

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ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Up For Pre-Order with Lots of Free Items
ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Up For Pre-Order with Lots of Free Items

ASUS Philippines recently announced that the upcoming Zenfone 3 Zoom is now up for pre-order with lots of free items for those who will sign-up on or before April 6, 2017.

Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin Teases High-End Bezel-less Smartphone

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 / No Comments
Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin Teases High-End Bezel-less Smartphone
Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin Teases High-End Bezel-less Smartphone

Android co-founder Andy Rubin, who is now busy with his own company called Essential, has got something in his hand that looks very promising—a high-end smartphone with an almost non-existent bezel.

Samsung to Refurbish and Resell Galaxy Note7 Units

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Samsung to Refurbish and Resell Galaxy Note7 Units
Samsung to Refurbish and Resell Galaxy Note7 Units

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Note7 will be refurbished and resold, with the process coming in three parts to ensure that the devices are recycled and processed in an environment-friendly manner.

Globe Lands Southeast Asia-United States Submarine Cable System in Davao City

Monday, March 27, 2017 / No Comments
Globe Lands Southeast Asia-United States Submarine Cable System in Davao City
Globe Lands Southeast Asia-United States Submarine Cable System in Davao City

Last March 2016 during the Wonderful World with Globe IX, the telecom giant announced its campaign to transform the Philippines to a digital country by 2020, and one big step in achieving it is by investing multi-million dollars for submarine cable directly linking our nation and the USA. A year after that, Globe Telecom has successfully landed the Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) system in Davao.