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4K TV Now?

Should I Buy a 4K TV Now?
High definition has meant 1080p (1,920 by 1,080) resolution for years now, and it's ready for an upgrade. That's where ultra high-definition, or UHD, television comes in. You might have heard it called 4K. It's technically UHD according to the now-Consumer Technology Association, but the two terms have become interchangeable. And now those terms finally matter a lot to your television buying decisions, since 4K is finally a mature, accessible technology. What Is 4K?
A UHD or 4K display is one with at least 8 million active pixels. For televisions, that resolution has standardized to 3,840 by 2,160. Digital cinema 4K (the resolution in 4K movie theaters) is slightly higher at 4,096 by 2,160. However you define it, it's four times the number of pixels on a 1080p display, and over 23 times the resolution of standard definition television. For starters, 4K is obviously much sharper than 1080p. In the space that a 1080p TV holds a pixel, a 4K TV of …

Google Touts Encryption

Google Touts Encryption Support On New Pixel Android PhonesBy Jaikumar Vijayan The default encryption on the new devices ensures strong data protection, company says. Google's recently released Android Nougat-powered Pixel smartphones offer a whole new level of data protection because of their built in encryption capabilities, the company said this week.In a blog post Google senior software engineers Paul Crowley and Paul Lawrence said the new data security capabilities made Pixel and Pixel XL better, faster and stronger than the company's previous smartphone models.As one example, the two engineers pointed to the new file based encryption (FBE) support available on Pixel phones. Unlike full-disk encryption, FBE enables different files to be encrypted with different keys so each file can be opened independently of the others. File level encryption also enables data to be separated into a device-encrypted group and a credential-encrypted group, Crowley and Lawrence said.In add…

data highways app helps BC drivers

New open data highways app helps BC drivers plan their commute BY  Victoria-based mobile app developers AirSenze Solutions, also known as FreshWorks Studio, has unveiled its free BCHighways app, built to provide motorists real-time access to provincial roadway information and maps, including road closures, planned work and extreme weather conditions, to help them plan their commute.
The BCHighways app is available for Apple and Android mobile devices, and AirSenze plans to add notifications.
“We made a commitment in our #BCTECH Strategy to make it easier for B.C. tech companies to do business with government and our partnership with AirSenze is an example of that,” said Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, Amrik Virk. “Government’s BC Developers’ Exchange has shared government data with a private company and now they’ve developed an easy to use app that will help motorists get where they need to go and avoid traffic hang-ups along the way.”
AirSenze S…

Apple back taxes

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Ireland really doesn't want Apple to pay it €13 billion in back taxesSam Shead
AP
The European Commission ordered Apple to pay the Irish government €13 billion (£11.5 billion) in back taxes in August.
But there's one small problem. The Irish government does not want the money.
Irish finance minister Michael Noonan submitted an appeal to the European courts on Wednesday in a bid to block the decision, The Register reports.
"The government fundamentally disagrees with the European Commission’s analysis," Noonan reportedly said during a speech he gave to the EU's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Tuesday. "The decision left the government no choice but to take an appeal to the European Courts and this will be submitted tomorrow."
Apple employs more than 5,000 people in Ireland and the Irish government is keen to keep the Californian tech giant on side.
Margrethe Vestager, the EU's competition commissioner, ruled in August that Apple had receiv…