Eight things we learned from iPhone 6s launch: Better selfies, ‘Rose Gold’ is a colour and iPencils exist

Apple packed 7,000 people into a sweltering stadium in San Francisco and bombarded them with glittering new gadgets.

The tech giant revealed two new iPhones, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus as well as a massive iPad Pro tablet.

There was also a new Apple TV and some more news about the Apple Watch.

Even without Steve Jobs, Apple’s event was a slick, well-rehearsed presentation.

We got a good look into what Apple’s been up to for the last few months.

Here’s what we learned from this evening’s revelations.

It’s not PINK, it’s “Rose Gold”


How do you convince someone you’ve got the new iPhone when it looks exactly the same as the old one?

Pick up the exclusive new colour that’s only available for the latest version.

The new iPhones come in four finishes: Silver, Space Grey, Gold and ‘Rose Gold’.

They’re made from a new custom aluminium alloy shell – which should do away with any of the ‘bendgate’ complaints.

Apple loves selfies


For most people, the iPhone has replaced standalone cameras and video cameras entirely – and the new one is no slouch.

As well as the new 12MP camera, the front facing camera has got an upgrade too.

It’ll take photos at 5MP, which will make your selfies more detailed than ever.

And if you press hard on the camera app, it’ll go directly into selfie mode. Which is what everyone wants.

And, as if to prove it, Apple’s Craig Federighi snapped a crafty selfie live on stage with the new phone.

Apple built…a pencil

Despite Steve Jobs’ well-known hatred of styluses, Apple decided to build one to go along with the iPad Pro.

Only it’s called Apple Pencil.

It was accompanied by a breathy video from design guru Jony Ive.

Mums will have a special use for the Apple Watch

Thanks to a new app called AirStrip, it will help doctors get real-time statistics from their patients.

And pregnant mothers can use the app , combined with the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor, to monitor the fetal heart rate of their unborn children.

According to AirStrip co-founder Dr. Cameron Powell, the app can distinguish between the mother’s heart rate and the child’s.


We never have to pay for EuroSport, ChallengeTV or any other Sky channels we don’t watch

Apple has improved its Apple TV set-top box and introduced a dedicated TV app store for the first time.

Is this the death of Sky and Virgin Media?

“The future of TV is apps,” said CEO Tim Cook on stage at the event.

Apple TV has a universal search function so you can easily get hold of Netflix or other internet-based telly service.


Apple’s new upgrade program will be HUGE


Apple revealed a new upgrade programme so eager gadget fiends can get hold of the new iPhone quicker and cheaper.

Through Apple retail stores you can pay a monthly charge direct to them, choose your carrier and get a new iPhone every year.

That’s right, no more skipping a generation or shelling out hundreds to buy out of a two year contract.

Only launching in US to start with, but this right here is the future.

Bigger is better


Who doesn’t want a massive tablet? Apple revealed a brand new 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The iPad Pro measures in at a whopping 12.9-inches across – much bigger than the existing 9.7-inches of the iPad Air 2.

The screen of the iPad Pro is the same width as the height of the iPad Air 2.

We’ll all be back next year for the iPhone 7

Apple confirmed that the iPhone 6s is what it’s been working on all year.

Which means that without doubt, the world’s most valuable tech company will be back next year with an updated model.

Who knows what it’ll be able to do, but we’re pretty sure it’ll be called the iPhone 7.

Source: The Mirror

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RFID Tracks Radioactive Materials Used by Oil Services Providers to Explore New Well Sites

The system, developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is being tested by Baker Hughes to monitor the location and usage of such materials.

Following approximately 18 months of development and testing, thePacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is proceeding to field pilots of a system to wirelessly and automatically track radioactive materials used in oil well drilling to ensure that they do not end up in the wrong hands.

PNNL, located in Richland Wash., is one of 17 U.S. Department of Energy research facilities in the United States aimed at finding energy solutions, among other goals. In 2004, theNational Nuclear Security Administration launched an effort to identify, secure, remove or manage the disposition of high-risk vulnerable nuclear and radiological materials. This project is currently funded through the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Global Material Security, Radiological Security Program.

Such materials are used by the oil and gas companies, which employ a process known as wire-line well logging, requiring the use of radioactive sources—sealed in metal containers—to characterize a well and predict its ability to produce oil or gas.

The radioactive sources, which are transported from a vault at a regional home base to these well-logging sites, are vulnerable to theft by terrorists, or to other damage or loss during transportation or use onsite. Therefore, in 2014, PNNL launched a project to develop the system, known as Mobile Source Transit Security (MSTS). The project has led to the development of a solution that uses RFID and satellite communication technologies, along with sensors, to track the radioactive

At the well-logging sites, oil and gas companies drill into the ground and, after removing a neutron or gamma source from its protective shield, use a wire line to lower it down the drill hole to identify rock formation patterns, and the presence and size of porous formations. Companies can use the neutron source (Am-241 Be) to help them identify the presence of hydrogen-containing compounds, such as oil, gas and water, by analyzing the return backscattered neutron emissions from the well. They can use the gamma source (Cs-137) to help them determine the density and porosity of the surrounding material, again by analyzing the backscattered gamma emissions. A wire-line well-logging truck delivers the sources and tools, as well as the lines that drop the source into the hole. When the testing process is over, each source is returned to its shield in order to reduce the amount of radioactivity emitting from it, and the truck takes it back to its vault.

The truck driver may need to transport the sources a long distance. Because the trip could take several days, the driver could, in some cases, park the truck at hotels overnight, as well as at other sites of fueling or rest stops. The sources’ security becomes vulnerable at such times.

PNNL began looking into technology solutions to create an automated system of tracking the material from the vault to the drill site and back. It worked closely with Baker Hughes, the oil and gas services provider that transports the sources.

Source: RFID Journal

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Portable Chargers with RFID – to promote electric cars in Seoul.

The chargers allow drivers to juice up their batteries at residential parking lots rather than dedicated stations.

Seoul is trying to put one of the world’s highest concentrations of electric vehicles (EVs) on its roads with a project that would let drivers charge their vehicles in residential parking lots and other everyday locations.

The city is planning to give out electric charger cables fitted with RFID readers that would allow drivers to recharge their batteries through standard power outlets at 100,000 locations—a huge increase from current numbers. (more…)

Army Training Centers Enlist RFID to Help Track Uniforms

Nearly all items are being tagged for four U.S. Army Recruit Training Centers, including the one at Fort Leonard Wood, where the RFID system is already in action.

The Fort Leonard Wood Recruit Training Center (RTC), in Missouri, is the first of three U.S. Army recruit training center to adopt a radio frequency identification system to manage items for uniforms it receives from a warehouse near Atlanta, Ga., operated by Lion-Vallen Industries (LVI) on behalf of the Troop Support branch of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID solution, provided by AdvanTech Inc., enables the RTC and DLA Troop Support to automatically track when clothing items are received at the center, and when they are issued to a soldier. (more…)

Self-Charging RTLS Tags that Monitor Hospital Equipment Usage

Real-time location system (RTLS) solutions deployed at hospitals allow health-care workers and management to locate equipment, patients or other personnel in real time. However, one shortcoming of most RTLS solutions is the limited lifetime of batteries. Because active RFID tags require battery power, hospitals face a challenge in ensuring that all tags are working properly, especially if there are a large number of items tagged throughout a facility. (more…)

RFID Can Eliminate Costly Delays in Restaurant Industry

How many times have you been seated at a restaurant, only to wait what seems like an eternity for wait staff to take your order? Too often, a highly anticipated evening out is tarnished before the food arrives. RFID can help to ensure that diners don’t get turned off by bad service. Many quick service restaurants (QSRs) already use both passive and active RFID solutions so wait staff can track a customer’s table and deliver food more efficiently. (more…)

Disney researchers use passive UHF RFID tags to detect how people interact with objects

Disney Research has demonstrated that battery-free, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags can be used to cheaply and unobtrusively determine how people use and interact with daily objects, enabling new types of interactive play, smart homes and work environments, and new methods for studying consumer shopping habits.

RFID tags are designed to simply report an identifying code when energized by an RFID reader, but a Disney Research team directed by Dr. Alanson Sample showed that the radio frequency signals transmitted by these tags provide a unique RF signature which can be used to determine whether a tagged item was being touched or moved. (more…)

New Bike Security With Innovative Chip

Looking for a new bike with simple aesthetics yet advanced security technology that will make it easier to find if stolen? If so, you’re in luck because KP Cykler has built a bike based on this premise. 

The KP Cykler team has daesigned a stylish, single-speed bike equipped with a hand-built steel frame and a cushioned leather seat. The frame is made from lugged chromoly—a hard alloy comprised of chromium and molybdenum—and the design of the bike was inspired by some of the most successful frames throughout history. (more…)

Great Week in the UAE

Askaris’ Technical Director, John Greaves and OES’ CEO, Dr Maitland Hyslop attended the launch of Great Week in the UAE at the British Embassy in Dubai last night.

Askaris and OES were pleased to join British legends such as Jacques Vert and Paul Smith for an interesting and inspirational evening celebrating innovative and successful British businesses (more…)