Dropping your precious iPhone is a heart-stopping moment that can end up in a shattered screen and plenty of tears, but Apple has now invented retractable bumpers that automatically activate when it senses a fall. The system is another of the company's famous patents and details a hidden bumper mechanism that extends outwards over the screen to absorb any impact when the phone is dropped.

The patent application titled "Active screen protection for electronic device" shows multiple bumpers or 'tabs' located in each corner of the display made from either 'flexible plastics', 'polymers' or 'thin metals' that will pop out or curl upwards over the screen when the phone's accelerometer, gyroscope or altitude sensor detects an act of butter fingers.

Apple also notes the iPhone's cameras and audio system could be used to trigger the preventative mechanism with motion-capture software keeping an eye on fast-approaching proximity or an ultrasonic pulse being emitted to identify changes in height and speed.

After the impact has (hopefully) been absorbed the iPhone will check its sensors or use a preset timer to make sure the event is over and retract the bumpers 'flush to the unit' using built-in mini motors.

Despite the latest iPhone 6s and 6s Plus using improved Corning Gorilla Glass as well as a tougher Series 7000 Aluminium chassis, the handset's screen is the weakest part and is prone to shattering when it takes a bad fall. However, don't breathe a sigh of relief yet clumsy folk because this is only a patent – there's no guarantee Apple will ever put this into production, rather it has filed to the US Patent and Trademark Office as a safeguard against anyone else nabbing their idea.

The quest for a screen-saving mechanism has been sought after ever since glass-fronted touchscreens arrived on smartphones. While Apple's solution might not see the light of day it is a neat one and is certainly less clunky than Honda's design of built-in multiple airbags that inflate as soon as it senses a phone is on course for a collision.

Other than being officially fully waterproof we cannot think of a better feature to have on a device that can cost up to £789 (iPhone 6s Plus, 128GB) – at least we wouldn't have to wince and brace ourselves each time we pick it up after a fall.

MACOS DiskMaker X Great Util. Please donate to this coder. Works Perfect! Sure you could manually make it, but WHY!

DiskMaker X (formerly Lion DiskMaker) is an application built with AppleScript that you can use with many versions of OS X to build a bootable drive from OS X installer program (the one you download from the App Store). As soon as you launch the application, it tries to find the OS X Install program with Spotlight. Then, it proposes to build a bootable install disk and make it look as nice as possible. It’s the easiest way to build an OS X Installer in a few clicks ! Then you can use the Install drive to fully re-install the OS on a freshly formated drive, or install it on your many Macs without re-downloading the full installer.

Now compatible with El Capitan !

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As of yesterday, Facebook users will begin seeing 360-degree videos in their News Feeds. The firm says the new video format will take the "immersive content" that people like to see in their News Feeds "a step further." Users will be able to pan around a video as it is playing in a similar way to Google Street View.

Though 360-degree video can be created using multiple camera setups like GoPro's upcoming Odyssey rig, all-in-one cameras like the Ricoh Theta S or Kodak Pixpro SP360-4K offer a simpler and much less expensive way to capture all-around footage. Recorded content can be shared on dedicated portals like Ricoh's theta360.com, but platforms such as YouTube's dedicated 360 video channel and the new Google Street View app offer spherical videographers the potential for bigger viewing audiences.

Now Facebook users can also look around 360 videos posted to News Feeds by dragging a cursor from side-to-side or up-and-down, or with a finger on a touch-enabled a mobile device. When using a smartphone or tablet, it will also be possible to pan around the scene by tilting or turning the device.

Facebook says 360 videos offer a new way of storytelling, or simply allow users to give their friends a better view of the experiences they record. It gives the examples of walking through a small village when traveling or through a festival as occasions that would be well suited to the format. These examples make sense, as they are times when there is no single focal point for the video.

To showcase the technology, Disney has released a 360-degree video for the upcoming Star Wars film. Other launch partner films include shark diving with the Discovery Channel, footage from the set of Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary show, on-the-ground reporting in Afghanistan from VICE, motocross riding in the Idaho desert with with GoPro and LeBron James demonstrating his training routine.

Facebook began rolling out 360 videos to web and Android users yesterday, with iOS support following in the coming months. Users will be able to start uploading their own 360 videos "over the coming days."







SmartSearch is an affordable and user-friendly Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system that can be adapted to any paper-intensive business.

Ramsey, NJ – September 8, 2015 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), an information management leader focused on enterprise content management (ECM), technology optimization and cloud services, announced today its partnership with Square 9 Softworks, developers of SmartSearch, an ECM solution for process automation that drives productivity across all business applications.   

The ECM solution is well-suited for small to mid-sized businesses, and can be easily introduced to organizations through Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Human Resources. With capabilities for workflow and business process management, web-based forms and line-of-business integration, the solution is scalable and can grow with customers’ ever-evolving needs. 

For document-intensive companies looking to challenge the definition of business efficiency, SmartSearch can provide the unique tools that greatly enhance business process performance. SmartSearch offers a comprehensive feature set that includes every capability that companies are likely to need, along with customizable options for organizations with specialized requirements.  Key customer benefits include:

Streamline business processes

Easily share and collaborate on documents

Increase file security and compliance

Eliminate paper-based filing systems

Automate document routing and notifications

Optimizing your business processes, SmartSearch provides better tools and smarter strategies for document maintenance. The software can be quickly learned and applied, increasing efficiency and business opportunity.

“Any company seeking to improve efficiency and document management will be greatly aided by incorporating SmartSearch into the way they do business,” said Sam Errigo, Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services, Konica Minolta Business Solutions  U.S.A., Inc. “No matter the size of a company or the field of work, SmartSearch delivers value-driven solutions that are quick, easy and affordable.”

“We are proud to partner with Konica Minolta, a company with which we share the same commitment in driving business efficiency through facilitated information management,” said Square 9 President and CEO, Stephen Young. “We look forward to expanding opportunities in document workflow and content management with the addition of Konica Minolta as a new strategic partner.”

[Source] (http://kmbs.konicaminolta.us/wps/portal/web/home/about/news/sa_documents/konica-minolta-releases-smartsearch-by-square-9-softworks#.VfwLWt9Viko)

Skype Translator Preview Access Just Got Easier.


Skype’s mission is to bring people together from all over the world, and with Skype Translator we are breaking down language barriers that have historically made it challenging for friends and families to connect.

Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re making it easier to obtain the Skype Translator preview by removing the sign-up requirement. Simply download the Skype Translator preview application from the Windows Store for your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 preview PC or tablet – no waiting or sign-up needed – use it as soon as you download it!

Skype Translator currently has four available spoken languages – English, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, and 50 instant messaging (IM) languages. With IM, customers can write a text message in their language, and the recipient will receive it in their language of choice. Really useful, try it today!


Open Container Project to agree on a standardize runtime and image format.


Docker and CoreOS today are jointly announcing that they’re working with Amazon Web Services, Apcera, Cisco, CoreOS, Docker, EMC, Fujitsu Limited, Goldman Sachs, Google, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Linux Foundation, Mesosphere, Microsoft, Pivotal, Rancher Labs, Red Hat, and VMware on a new Linux Open Container Project. The idea is for everyone — users and vendors — to agree on a standard container runtime and image format and prevent unnecessary fragmentation.

Google is fixing a BIG issue with Chrome for OS X Nice!!

   Google senior software engineer Peter Kasting this week announced that his team has been working to address Chrome for OS X battery hog complaints by improving the performance of the browser on Mac, especially in areas where Safari appears to do better.


Google senior software engineer Peter Kasting this week announced that his team has been working to address Chrome for OS X battery hog complaints by improving the performance of the browser on Mac, especially in areas where Safari appears to do better.

Project Member Reported by shr...@chromium.org, Feb 19, 2015 Related to issue http://crbug.com/458594

I believe it's a matter of adding Mac-specific code to the method RenderProcessHostImpl::SetBackgrounded in content/browser/rendererhost/renderprocesshostimpl.cc.

Notice the date FEB 19, 2015. Please hurry google!!