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Microsoft Patents New Input Method That Involves Touch-Free Tablets

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft has been working on touchless input for a long while now, even back in the days of the Lumia patenting a “3D Touch” mechanism that allowed users to interact with Metro UI tiles without touching them. Instead they would hover the finger above them. Now they’re back at it again, with a new patent for a touch free and smudge free tablet.

Touchscreens have become a staple of today’s life, but they’re starting to get obsolete as people look for the next best way to control a device. Microsoft decided to implement a system for future Surface devices, that will give them touch free input. It appears in a recently granted patent published by the USPTO on July 10th. It’s simply called “Touchless Input”.

Just like the Apple TrueDepth camera from the iPhone X maps the face the eliminate the need for regular login, this system relies on a similar camera that captures depth maps of an entire scene, including a human subject. We’ve got a detection system built within the device, which scans every pixel in each map, showing what’s junk and what’s actual input with fingers.

It could even model the whole human being, with a virtual skeleton and joints, in order to accurately predict the motions of the hand. The virtual joints are compared across all captured depth maps to determine a finger gesture based on machine learning. The system is able to track more than one human user and physical object. The device is able to map the physical location of the finger to the on screen cursor.

The user can move the finger in the air or any direction to provide input and commands. The system tracks multiple fingers, so you can perform complex actions, like clicking and dragging files and folders, zooming, panning, double tap, rotating and more. If the sensors are accurate enough, your fingerprints could be scanned in thin air. A visible light camera similar to the depth ones may be used in the system.

This sounds like a nice way to put the successor of a Kinect to work…

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Today’s First Video Worth Sharing: ALLDOCUBE KNote 5 2 in 1 Tablet PC, Hands On and Review

By Tim

This video comes to us from Chris over at TechTablets.com and is an interesting product. The Alldocube KNote 5 is a decent, but far from stellar 11.6 inch tablet with a keyboard case.

As usual for inexpensive tablets this one lacks decent speakers, which of course is easily cured a headphones or Bluetooth speakers. The display is a very decent , but not all that bright, IPS type and the device also does have a 128 GB SSD drive, which is nice to see.

This one also has an N4100 Intel Celeron processor and 4 GB of DDR4 RAM.

It is currently available at Gearbest for $309 at the time of this posting.

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Apple Ready to Bring Full Photoshop to the iPads in 2019

By James A.

We already played with Photoshop on the iPads for years now, even scoring a bit of evolution points thanks to the Apple Pencil, but Adobe wants to take things further. Now they’re talking about bringing full Photoshop to the iPads from 2019.

iOS 11 was all about making the iPad a sort of fully fledged PC, but some core apps just weren’t there yet. Full version Photoshop was among them, but even that one is ready to make the transition. A fresh report from Bloomberg says that Apple and Adobe will announce a full Photoshop for the iPad in October and launch it in 2019. Scott Belsky, chief product officer for Creative Cloud confirmed the arrival, but not the timeline.

Adobe offered until now solutions like the simple Photoshop Express, but it didn’t reach the same level of quality as a PC or Mac app, to be frank. That allowed rivals like Affinity Photo to make a dent in Adobe’s market share. People are using the iPad more and more for a variety of tasks, so why not make fully fledged photo editing one of them?

A big strategy shift happened back in October 2017, when Adobe introduced Lightroom CC and last month they did the same for video with Project Rush. We mentioned Rush, because that’s supposed to be the inspiration for the stripped down Photoshop ready for introduction next year. It’ll work and sync across devices, have the Sense AI tech and offer more options than ever.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 10.5 Leaks in Fresh Live Pictures, Gets FCC Certified

By James A.

Samsung isn’t only leaking the Galaxy Tab S4 these days, but also a new Galaxy Tab A model. It’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 10.5, which leaked via the FCC itself. As you’ve guessed probably, the device got certified and leaks ensued.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 10.5 is expected to offer a 10.5 inch screen with narrow bezels and a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. The device appeared over at the FCC with the model number SM-T590. It has narrow bezels only on the sides, but the top and bottom are pretty thick. The fingerprint scanner is nowhere to be seen and neither is a Home button, just like on the Galaxy Tab S4.

Samsung could be going all out on iris scanners this year, it appears. The device is also said to feature dual speakers at the bottom, flanking the USB Type-C port. That’s all we know so far and we can’t help but wonder if we’ll get an Exynos CPU inside or Snapdragon. Samsung also leaked the Galaxy Tab Advanced 2 and Advanced2 XL exactly one week ago, in live pics too, so it’s an entire series of devices, that’s just bursting to come up.

At least a few of them are probably meant for IFA 2018, while others are expected on August 9th, when the Galaxy Note 9 is inaugurated.

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Apple Unveils Back to School Deals, Including Free Beats Headset With iPad Pro Purchase

By James A.

I know it’s odd to start talking about the Back to School time frame already, since there’s a long way to go till September or October, but Apple is making those preparations. The Cupertino firm has unveiled its Back to School deals, which include a free Beats headset with an iPad Pro purchase.

In order to qualify, the customer must prove he/she is enrolled in a college, or they’re the parents of such a person. Teachers and faculty members can also get the offer, but they have to prove that teaching is their job. The iPad Pro is sold for $629 for the 10.5 inch model or $779 for the 12.9 inch unit. As far as the bundled gift goes, it’s a pair of free Beats Power3 Wireless earphones.

Another promo gives you the Apple Pencil for $89. Of course you can also apply a pre-paid Apple Store Gift Card for this offer as well and even trade gadgets. If you go to Apple’s Back to School website, you’ll have to type in your info about the phone, tablet, computer, watch you want to surrender in order to get cash for a purchase.

Apple may give you up to $290 for a smartphone, $250 per tablet and $1000 tops for a computer. Another Back to School bundle has the Pro Apps together for $199.99. Those are Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4 and MainStage 3.

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