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|This is the Daily Tech News for Tuesday, September 4th, 2018. In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|tm||IDC's estimates of the wearables market are good news for pretty much everybody with a 5 percent rise in Q2. Decline in fitness trackers slowed and sales of smartwatches made up the difference. Apple raised its marketshare 4% to keep the top spot. Xiaomi took second followed by Fitbit Huawei and Garmin in that order. 46.6% of wearables shipments came form outside the top 5 and major market growth happened in Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Central/Eastern Europe, and Middle East/Africa.||https://venturebeat.com/2018/09/04/idc-wearables-grew-5-5-in-q2-2018-apple-leads-xiaomi-as-fitbit-falls/|
|JC||Samsung's DJ Koh told CNBC "it's time to deliver" a foldable smartphone since surveys show consumers want one. Koh said development was complicated but nearly concluded and implied an announcement might happen at the Samsung Developer Conference in November in San Francisco.||https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/04/samsung-unveiling-a-foldable-smartphone-this-year.html|
|TM||Amazon has launched a version of its site in Hindi. Indian shoppers can switch between English and Hindi from the top left menu of the mobile site and Android app. No word on it coming to iOS or desktop. Around 44% of people in India speak Hindi. The New York Times sources say Amazon is also planning rollouts in Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu.||https://thenextweb.com/in/2018/09/04/amazon-launches-hindi-app/|
|JC||Microsoft is rolling out a refreshed Outlook as part of the “Coming Soon” feature in Outlook for Windows and the opt-in feature for the web version of Outlook. The updates include revamped UI that’s more consistent with other Office App, intelligent highlights and visual changes, and will come to to customers in the Monthly Channel (Targeted) and Targeted Release program first.||https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/office-365/171012/microsoft-starts-testing-new-outlook-for-windows-experience|
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|:33||TM||Google launched Chrome 69 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. The design has rounded shapes, a new color palette, simplified prompts and menus and tabs that make icons easier to see. The address bar or omnibox as Google calls it can show answers to questions without needing to open a page, for things like events, weather or translations. There's also a more accurate autofill for addresses and the like. Chrome's password manager now tries to make you choose unique passwords for each site. Sites with https no longer show secure as away of making secure sites seem normal and eventually label http sites as not secure.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/4/17814516/google-chrome-new-design-features|
|:35||JC||The European Union has reached a preliminary agreement on rules to require streaming services to carry at least 30% European-made content in their libraries. Individual countries can mandate up to 40% and require a minimum of that amount be made in their specific country. Surcharges on subscription fees can also be levied to pay into national film funds. Netflix already does this in Germany. A vote is expected to pass and the rules become law in December. Companies will have 20 months from then to apply the rules.||https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/04/netflix-amazon-european-content-quota-eu-law/|
|:38||TM||Coming out of the Five Country Ministerial meeting last week, governments of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand issued a Statement of Principles on Access to Evidence and Encryption. The statement maintains that privacy laws are needed to prevent arbitrary or unlawful interference, but that "privacy is not absolute". The statement acknowleges that encryption may make access to information impossible but that such instances be rare. The statement further calls that technology companies should voluntarily work to achieve lawful access, but doesn't explicitly call for backdoors, or a one size fits all technolgy solution. If impediments to lawful access remain, the Five Eyes countries stated they may pursue technological, enforcement, legislative or other measures to gain access.||https://www.cnet.com/news/us-five-eyes-allies-take-aim-at-tech-companies-over-encryption/|
|:41||JC||Microsoft added another chapter to the long-running redesign of Skype, this time removing the Snapchat-like Hightlights feature that was implemented last year. The redesign will instead focus on what people actually use Skype for, specifically voice calls, video calls, and messaging. The redesigned desktop app will move chats, calls, contacts, and notifications into the main upper left navigation pane.||https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/09/microsoft-ditches-skypes-snapchat-feature-will-optimize-ui-for-calls-and-chat/|
|:43||TM||A report in the New York Times shows revenue growing at traditional retailers with consumers spending more money in physical stores. The number of stores closing has slowed as well. Stores like Target, Nordstrom and Walmart have worked to make in store shopping easier with features like picking up mobile orders in the parking lot, dropping off returns without needing to talk to a clerk and having personal shoppers select groceries and provide them curbside.||https://www.pymnts.com/news/retail/2018/physical-shopping-evolve-ecommerce/|
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|:46||The 2018 Asian Games held eSports tournaments as a demonstration with the hopes of having eSports become a medal event there in four years and eventually included in the Olympics. The president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach told the AP “|
“We cannot have in the Olympic program a game which is promoting violence or discrimination. So-called killer games. They, from our point of view, are contradictory to the Olympic values and cannot therefore be accepted.”
Bach did not specify which games he classifies as "killer games."
Bach is a former Gold-medal fencer and added “Of course every combat sport has its origins in a real fight among people. But sport is the civilized expression about this. If you have egames where it’s about killing somebody, this cannot be brought into line with our Olympic values.”
The games played at the Asian Games this year are Arena of Valor, Clash Royale, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Pro Evolution Soccer and Starcraft II.
|esports at Asian Games in Jakarata 2018||https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ESports_at_the_2018_Asian_Games|
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I wanted to comment on Friday’s discussion of 8K TVs from the perspective of somebody in the post production side of content. Thanks mostly to streaming services like Netflix, we have begun to see more and more work getting finished at 4K. I can tell you that even the leap from HD (1080p) to 4K has been a headache for those of us who have to manipulate imagery or render 2D and 3D visual effects at that resolution. People think it’s only a “doubling” of resolution but it is, in fact, a quadrupling of the pixel count: 1080p, 4K and 8K would be approximately 2.1, 8.3 and 33.2 million pixels, respectively.
The problem is, CPUs and GPUs just haven’t kept pace with this. I have a very capable workstation with a GeForce GTX 1080ti, AMD Threadripper with 16 cores/32 threads, 64GB of RAM and a couple of terabyte NVME drives. I still have a lot of waiting involved with rendering shots. This is not to mention the source libraries artists use for all of this stuff need to be upgraded to 4K content (or higher). The promise of fast GPU rendering and software that takes better advantage of multiple cores will help but it’s not fully there just yet with a lot of software.
And now they are talking about 8K… ugh.
Producing content at that resolution just isn’t something that most people think or talk about but people on the post production side especially feel the pain - we are constantly fighting crazy deadlines. The time-waste of everybody along the content production line gets stacked until the very end and guess who has very little time left before air date?
Just wanted to mention that.
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