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IoTNext 2017 to focus on the expansion of startup ecosystem in India

Wednesday, November 8 2017

IoTNext 2017 to focus on the expansion of startup ecosystem in India

IoTNext 2017 to focus on the expansion of startup ecosystem in India IoTNext 2017 to focus on the expansion of startup ecosystem in India To create opportunities, cultivate and empower the Indian startup ecosystem November 8, 2017 103 India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Bangalore, commenced the two day IoTNext 2017 Summit. The event showcased a 100% growth in the 2 nd edition of the Start-up IoT Directory, launched with IoTForum. The Directory includes 900 start-ups, working in the field of Internet of Things (IoT) across the nation. It has been compiled with support from NASSCOM, IoT CoE, IIT Mumbai, SINE, IKP EDEN, Revxx, IoTBLR,T-Hub, Forge and Excubator. With a focus on New Perspectives & Fresh Thinking on IoT Security, the mega summit is expected to attract over 1000 participants, visionaries and stakeholders on a common platform. It will showcase innovations at the IoT Hack Fest, withsymposiums to discuss and debate leading topics to foster an ecosystem to promote start-ups that develop fabless semiconductor and electronic products especially around connected devices or in the IoT space. It will address key challenges faced by the industry and build strategy for scalable, secure and efficient IoT implementation, by determining which new technologies will drive IoT to the next development stage. It will also focus on the start-up ecosystem by upskilling the workforce in the field of IoT with workshops on new technologies like LoRa and Julia Scientific computing. This year, the summit will deep-dive into two market verticals and two horizontal technologies and also explore fresh thinking and strategies for leapfrogging that India could explore. The theme for this year is, ‘Beyond the Hype: Pilots to Scale’ including keynotes by distinguished speakers. Dr. Martin Scott, PhD, CTO and Sr. VP, Security Division, Rambus, Rahul Bedi, Sr. Director, Internet of Things Group, Intel and Frank Thiel, VP and GM, Microsemi talked about the transformational journey of IoT, highlighting the various opportunities it created for the manufacturing landscape in India. Speaking on the occasion, Ashwini K Aggarwal, Chairman, IESA said, “We are encouraged by the success of the previous editions in bringing together the industry stakeholders. The start-up ecosystem in India has already reached great heights and with the support of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics the growth in this space has been exponential. Last year, we had about 500 start-ups listed in our directory and now the number has reached to 1000 start-ups in the IoT field, in just one year. IESA Innovation Initiative – leveraging Industry CSR and Best-in-class models from the world – is looking at direct industry intervention at academia-incubator-startup level to enable the Indian IoT hardware ecosystem. We would like to take this to at least another 100 percent growth that it is currently witnessing.” Ravi Gururaj, President, TiE Bangalore said “The Indian government has already been active in making the nation more digitally enabled with its laudable initiatives such as Digital India, Smart City etc. By welcoming automated technologies such as artificial intelligence, this effort is further boosting their vision of a ‘Digital India’. We are proud that India is moving the ante towards innovation and we are happy to contribute and support IoT entrepreneurs and further strengthen the ecosystem.” The Summit will see an array of panels covering ‘A connected life – Explore Home, Car, Work, Public and Personal spaces and IOT in each space’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence & Analytics’, addressing Logistics and Transportation challenges by BlackBuck, Loginext as well as solutions from Hyperloop and OlaPlay. The evening of Day 1 will culminate with the IoTNext awards promoting start-ups and entrepreneurs in fabless semiconductor and electronic products in the IoT or connected devices space. Further, with automation in full swing of creating an evolutionary disruption in the industry, it is imperative to define a growth path for the emerging markets across verticals and help them to be at par with the established players in the industry. Encouraging the development of this space, IESA and TiE will empower the start-ups to address some of the evolving business opportunities. For more details, please visit www.iotforindia.org

Intersil Delivers Space Industry’s First Radiation-Hardened Quad Power Supply Sequencers

Thursday, November 9 2017

Intersil Delivers Space Industry’s First Radiation-Hardened Quad Power Supply Sequencers

Intersil Delivers Space Industry’s First Radiation-Hardened Quad Power Supply Sequencers Intersil Delivers Space Industry’s First Radiation-Hardened Quad Power Supply Sequencers ISL7x321SEH devices enable fault proof sequencing of FPGA power rails November 9, 2017 79 Intersil, a subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation , on November 8, announced the ISL70321SEH and ISL73321SEH quad power supply sequencers designed to drive point-of load (POL) regulators that power high performance FPGAs and complex, multi-rail power systems. Highly scalable, up to four power supplies can be fully sequenced by a single device or multiple devices can be easily cascaded to sequence an unlimited number of power supplies. Intersil’s radiation-hardened power supply sequencers ensure high reliability operation with fault monitoring to boost system health and performance, and they are the industry’s first space-grade sequencers backed by single event effects (SEE) mitigation tests and complete radiation assurance testing. The ISL70321SEH sequencer is radiation assurance tested to 100krad(Si) at high dose rate and 75krad(Si) at low dose rate, while the ISL73321SEH is assurance tested to 75krad(Si) at low dose rate. Both sequencers provide an accurate and scalable method to achieve the proper power-up and power-down sequencing of DC/DC converters essential to powering FPGAs, DSPs, RF communications ICs, and high density distributed power systems. They simplify design by using minimal external components, only requiring two resistors per power supply for voltage monitoring, and a single resistor to program the rising and falling delay. The highly integrated sequencers provide critical reliability features, and reduce bill of materials cost by replacing discrete solutions that employ several comparators, resistors, and capacitors. To ensure accurate monitoring and reliable system operation, the ISL70321SEH and ISL73321SEH integrate precision input comparators with an input threshold voltage of 600mV ±1.5% to deliver the highest possible accuracy when monitoring power supply voltages. Both devices actively monitor seven different fault conditions to provide comprehensive fault detection, and a DONE indicator gives system feedback that power-up and power-down have completed successfully. “Sequencing and monitoring multiple power systems requires a unique set of capabilities in the harsh spaceflight environment,” said Philip Chesley, Intersil’s vice president of Industrial Analog and Power products. “The new ISL7x321SEH power supply sequencers leverage our six decades of experience designing for high radiation environments, and the latest integration and performance innovations to provide a scalable, highly reliable power-up and power-down sequencing solution that simplifies the customer’s design.” Key Features and Specifications of ISL7X321SEH Sequencers Wide operating voltage range from 3V to 13.2V Precision voltage monitoring with 600mV ±1.5% threshold accuracy over temperature, supply range, and radiation I/O fault pin initiates a fault condition enabling simultaneous shut off all the power supplies before catastrophic damage The 45mA drive capability of the high drive internal linear bias regulator allows the designer to connect the enable pull up resistors to this pin, eliminating the need for an external bias voltage Powers-off POLs in reverse order or simultaneously Full military temperature range operation: T A = -55°C to +125°C, T J = -55°C to +150°C Radiation hardness assurance: High Dose Rate (HDR) (50-300rad(Si)/s):100krad(Si) – ISL70321SEH only Low Lose Rate (LDR) (0.01rad(Si)/s): 75krad(Si) – ISL70321SEH and ISL73321SEH SEE Hardness assurance: no SEB/SEL LET TH, V DD = 14.7V, 86MeV•cm2/mg, SET, SEFI free at LET 20MeV•cm2/mg The ISL70321SEH and ISL73321SEH can be combined with the following ICs to create a complete power-up and power-down POL sequencing solution for radiation-hardened FPGAs: ISL70002SEH12A synchronous buck regulator, ISL70001ASEH 6A synchronous buck regulator, and ISL75052SEH 1.5A LDO regulator. Availability The ISL70321SEH and ISL73321SEH radiation-hardened quad power supply sequencers are available now in an 18-lead 10mm x 12mm CDFP package or in die form. For more information visit www.intersil.com TAGS

Mouser to Globally Distribute Products of Bridgetek, Formerly Part of FTDI Chip

Thursday, November 9 2017

Mouser to Globally Distribute Products of Bridgetek, Formerly Part of FTDI Chip

Mouser to Globally Distribute Products of Bridgetek, Formerly Part of FTDI Chip Mouser to Globally Distribute Products of Bridgetek, Formerly Part of FTDI Chip November 9, 2017 84 Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry’s leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, has signed a global distribution agreement with Bridgetek, a rapidly growing semiconductor company that develops innovative silicon solutions to enhance the way in which society interacts with technology. The Bridgetek product line at Mouser comprises multi-award-winning graphics controller ICs, performance-optimized microcontrollers, development hardware, and display modules. Each member of Bridgetek’s FT81x Embedded Video Engine (EVE) series combines display, audio and touch functionality in a single chip, which presents engineers with a highly effective solution for implementing human-machine interfaces (HMIs) with high-quality dynamic graphics. These devices use an object-orientated methodology that allows graphics to be rendered line-by-line (at 1/16th-pixel resolution), as opposed to pixel-by-pixel. This streamlines the HMI construction process, leading to reductions in cost, board real estate, and system complexity. The company’s FT93x embedded microcontrollers incorporate a proprietary 32-bit RISC-based FT32 core that can deliver true zero-wait-state operation while running at up to 100MHz. These microcontrollers offer elevated performance levels in small, low-pin-count packages that reduce required space by up to 40 percent compared to the previous generation microcontrollers. Its ME81x development modules are based on the FT812 and FT813 EVE advanced graphics controller ICs and are designed to help engineers to build more sophisticated and functionality-rich HMIs. Both modules feature a 5-inch, 800×480 pixel TFT display capable of supporting portrait and landscape orientations. The ME812A-WH50R has resistive touch functionality that permits touch operation through gloved hands, while the ME813A-WH50C module features capacitive touch, which enables five simultaneous touch points and gesture control. Bridgetek’s popular CleO touch-enabled display shields feature either a 3.5-inch ( CleO35 ) or 5.0-inch ( CleO50 ) HVGA TFT display with resistive touchscreen that delivers smooth animation of anti-aliased graphics and video playback. The CleO35 runs off an FT810 EVE IC for HMI operation with a low-power FT903 Super-Bridge microcontroller that provides access to an Arduino Uno over SPI and a central hub for fast interface accessories, such as a camera. The CleO50 features a larger PCB and adds support for two MikroElektronika mikroBUS interfaces, which enables engineers to connect click boards for additional sensor and control functionality. This shield also benefits from an FT900 series microcontroller, which extends the breadth of interfaces available, and an FT812 EVE IC that increases the level of color support. To learn more, visit https://www.mouser.com/bridgetek/ .

Single-wire serial EEPROM for remote identification by Microchip

Thursday, November 9 2017

Single-wire serial EEPROM for remote identification by Microchip

Single-wire serial EEPROM for remote identification by Microchip Single-wire serial EEPROM for remote identification by Microchip The AT21CS11 memory device offers an extended voltage range to accommodate lithium-ion battery applications November 9, 2017 66 A single-wire, two-pin Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory (EEPROM) device with a 2.7V to 4.5V operational voltage range is now available from Microchip Technology Inc. The AT21CS11 is ideal for identifying and authenticating remote items, such as cartridges or cables, where space for electronic components is limited. Each AT21CS11 contains both a preprogrammed unique serial number and five EEPROM memory sections. Any or all of the memory sections can be permanently locked by the end-equipment manufacturer to allow tracking of products and identifying attachments to assist with counterfeit prevention. The EEPROM is ideal for customers who need to warranty their product or prevent counterfeits and ensure proper continued operation of their goods through authorised replacements. The AT21CS11 is the second single-wire EEPROM offered by Microchip. The new device extends the operating voltage to 4.5V making it suitable for lithium-ion battery-powered devices such as disposable medical devices and e-cigarettes. The new device connects to a system through a Single Input/Output (SI/O) wire that serves as both the communication and the power supply to the part. Needing only one wire and a ground allows makers of Fiber to the Home (FTTH) cable ends to add critical cable characteristic parameters to different cable types. The SI/O wire also enables a simple two-point mechanical snap-in or twist-on connector for disposable devices where larger three-, five- or eight-wire solutions become impractical. By locating the EEPROM in a detachable cable or cartridge, manufacturers can create attachments that can be easily identified or authenticated. The device has 1 Kbit of EEPROM memory (four sectors of 256 bits each), a 64-bit serial number and 128-bits for extra user-programmable tracking memory. The extra memory allows designers to add unique identification and operating parameters, such as consumption and usage information, in locations that can be remote from the main electronics. “Microchip is the market leader in EEPROMs across all serial and parallel interfaces,” said Randy Drwinga, vice president of Microchip’s Memory Products Division. “The single-wire options in our lineup allow customers to add EEPROM intelligence to remote devices over the simplest connection possible.” Availability The AT21CS11 is available for sampling and in volume production in a variety of package options in 10,000 unit quantities. The AT21CS01/AT21CS11 Single-Wire Evaluation Kit (part #DM160232) is also available. For more information about the AT21CS11, visit: www.microchip.com/at21cs11 TAGS

ADI’s Industrial Inertial Measurement Units Improve Navigation and Reliability in Autonomous Machines

Thursday, November 9 2017

ADI’s Industrial Inertial Measurement Units Improve Navigation and Reliability in Autonomous Machines

ADI’s Industrial Inertial Measurement Units Improve Navigation and Reliability in Autonomous Machines ADI’s Industrial Inertial Measurement Units Improve Navigation and Reliability in Autonomous Machines November 9, 2017 65 Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) on November 9, 2017, announced a series of five high-performance inertial measurement units (IMUs) that address the navigation- and safety-related needs of industrial applications in several emerging markets, while also reducing their system complexity and cost. The ADIS16470, ADIS16475 and ADIS16477 IMUs deliver exceptional performance improvements in smallest size with standard surface mount assembly. The three different models are optimized to provide a range of performance, cost, and application-suitability needs. The ADIS16465 and ADIS16467 IMUs offer similar performance advantages in a more ruggedized enclosure option. Together, these product advancements bring a previously unavailable performance-for-cost ratio to unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) applications where designers have previously struggled with costly, risky, and sub-par performance solutions from integrating consumer-grade sensors, which also fell short of reliability goals. These new IMUs bring the same benefits to Autonomous Machine applications in fields such as Smart Agriculture where the demands of such rugged equipment previously forced a choice between cost-challenged, highest-grade sensors or performance-limited commercial sensors. View product pages, download data sheets, order samples and evaluation boards: http://www.analog.com/en/products/mems/inertial-measurement-units/ All of the IMUs provide six degree-of-freedom (DoF) sensing via triple-axis MEMS-based accelerometers and gyroscopes and are focused on the demands of the Industrial “Internet of Moving Things” and its need for precise geolocation. Their performance allows systems to characterize motion accurately despite turbulence, vibration, wind, temperature, and other environmental disturbances, resulting in more-accurate navigation and guidance, and/or instrument stabilization. Leveraging three decades of experience in inertial sensor design, Analog Devices has engineered an unparalleled combination of reliable high performance, and size/cost-effectiveness.With the industry-leading performance, system designers are now able to rely more heavily on these high-grade sensors versus a previous need to attempt performance boosting via added test, components, calibration, or software aids. The ADIS1646x and ADIS1647x IMUs are specifically designed to reject what are otherwise significant error sources, such as ‘g’-influence, cross-axis sensitivity, and temperature and mechanical stress related drifts. The new IMUs are supported by the EVAL-ADIS 2Z, a PC-based tool for evaluation which enables basic demonstration, individual register access, and high-speed data capture, as well as the breakout boards that simplify connecting ADIS16xxx IMU products to development platforms. SHARE

Alliance Memory Expands Its Lineup of Low-Power SRAMs With New 64Mb Device in TSOP-I Package

Thursday, November 9 2017

Alliance Memory Expands Its Lineup of Low-Power SRAMs With New 64Mb Device in TSOP-I Package

Alliance Memory Expands Its Lineup of Low-Power SRAMs With New 64Mb Device... Alliance Memory Expands Its Lineup of Low-Power SRAMs With New 64Mb Device in TSOP-I Package November 9, 2017 56 To meet the demand for low-power SRAMs with higher densities, Alliance Memory today introduced a new 64Mb (4M x 16 bit) device in 48‑pin, 12mm by 20mm TSOP-I and 48-ball TFBGA packages. Available from a very limited number of suppliers, the AS6C6416-55 operates from a single power supply of 2.7V to 3.6V and offers a fast access time of 55ns. The device released today features low power consumption with a typical operating current of 12mA and standby current of 12µA. The IC provides high reliability and power savings for low-power portable electronics and industrial automation, telecom, medical, and broadcast equipment, and is particularly well-suited for battery backup non-volatile memory. The AS6C6416-55 is fabricated using very high-performance, high-reliability CMOS technology, and its standby current is stable within the operating temperature range of -40°C to +85°C. The RoHS-compliant device offers fully static operation and tri-state output, and it features a data retention voltage of 1.2V minimum. All inputs and outputs are fully TTL-compatible. The new IC provides a reliable drop-in, pin-for-pin-compatible replacement for a number of similar solutions. The AS6C6416-55 is the latest in the company’s full range of low-power SRAM products, which include devices with densities of 64K, 256K, 1M, 2M, 4M, 8M, 16M, 32M, and now 64M. Link to product datasheet and ordering information: https://www.alliancememory.com/as6c6416/ (AS6C6416-55TIN, TSOP-I) Samples of the AS6C6416-55TIN are available now. Production quantities — including a version of the 48-ball TFBGA package, AS6C6416-55BIN — will be available in Q4 2017, with lead times of eight weeks. SHARE

HARTING Offers Ideal Solution for the Agricultural Sector

Thursday, November 9 2017

HARTING Offers Ideal Solution for the Agricultural Sector

HARTING Offers Ideal Solution for the Agricultural Sector HARTING Offers Ideal Solution for the Agricultural Sector 60 The electrification of farm machinery and tractors is becoming increasingly important in the agricultural sector. Electrification of agricultural machinery becoming ever more important / New technology slated to be presented at AGRITECHNICA in Hanover The electrification of agricultural machinery and auxiliary components is becoming increasingly important also in the agricultural sector. As a result, HARTING has for several years focused its innovative efforts on the development of a standardised interface between tractor and attachment. The resulting newly developed AEF high-voltage connections are slated to be presented at the AGRITECHNICA trade fair (November 12-18, 2017 in Hanover) deployed in various applications. The HARTING high-voltage connection supports the development of fully electric and hybrid drive systems on tractors. The connector transmits data and power and was developed within the AEF (Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation) in cooperation with all major agricultural machinery manufacturers. “The AEF high-voltage connections are a new technology,” explains Guido Selhorst, Head of Corporate Market Communication at HARTING. To date, the agricultural industry has relied on hydraulic or mechanical solutions for power transmission, says Selhorst. But the electrification of agricultural machinery and attachments is becoming increasingly important to farmers since it can significantly increase productivity. Among others, the use of electric motors is the basic prerequisite for the implementation of complex movement tasks and speed changes in attached equipment. The AEF high-voltage connections are designed to meet the future power-supply requirements of ancillary and attached equipment. The AEF high-voltage connections are designed to meet the future power requirements of ancillary equipment and attachments. “The HARTING high-voltage connection supports the development of fully electric and hybrid drive systems on the tractor and the increasing demand for electric drives on attachments,” explains Selhorst. The AGRITECHNIKA trade show will see the AEF High Voltage Connector presented at AGCO/Fendt (Hall 20, Stand A26), at Sensor-Technik-Wiedemann (Hall 15, Stand F49), at ZF Friedrichshafen AG (Hall 15, Stand C06) and at AEF (Hall 15, Stand F33), at the respective exhibition stands. TAGS

Visit OMRON’s futuristic automation solutions at the Automotive Engineering Show

Thursday, November 9 2017

Visit OMRON’s futuristic automation solutions at the Automotive Engineering Show

Visit OMRON’s futuristic automation solutions at the Automotive Engineering Show Visit OMRON’s futuristic automation solutions at the Automotive Engineering Show November 9, 2017 74 OMRON, a global leader in advanced automation, demonstrated an array of advanced industrial automation for the automotive manufacturing sector at the ongoing Automotive Engineering Show in Chennai. Themed around the concept of ‘Sensing & Control + Think’, the OMRON booth is a window to its all key, progressive mid-range and high-end automation solutions from its ILOR + S (Input, Logic, Output, Robotics + Safety) portfolio- considered as the largest in the industry. The solutions cater to MSMEs as well as large auto manufacturing firms aiming to become more productive, efficient and safe as they strive to rise up the value chain and to match pace with the changing technologies and dynamics of the market. The notable solutions on display are: Robotics: world’s smartest and most productive Autonomous Intelligent Vehicles signifying Omron’s philosophy of creating collaboration between human beings & machines to increase productivity in manufacturing and logistics operations. Traceability: one of the rising technologies in the automotive manufacturing sector to ensure ‘zero-defects’ manufacturing and tackle recalls by gaining complete real-time data-based control over the whole production process. Sysmac Automation solution with IIoT: Helping to create connected shop floor, these solutions exemplify the best use of real-time sensor-based information in reducing downtime, improving the efficiency of product changeover and many more. Safety: for complete risk management via fool-proof and supple machine and process safeguarding. Motion Control: for enabling manufacturers to develop powerful integration capabilities. “Considering these coordinates, there is a strong need to automate to help manufactures scale up the value chain to match global standards and to ensure zero-defects manufacturing. An automotive production unit comprises of assembly of innumerable complex components needing constant quality checks. One defective product may lead to recalls bringing financial loss, setbacks to credibility and risk to the safety of individuals- thus signifying the need of further penetration of automation technologies to make manufactures not only smarter but also more capable to make ‘world-class’ in India. Omron solutions, presenting the right level of harmony between humans and machines, enable them to do so” says Mr. Sameer Gandhi, Managing Director, OMRON Automation India. Automotive – the ‘sunrise’ sector under Make in India is pegged at around USD 93 billion contributing 7.1% to India’s GDP and almost 49% to the nation’s manufacturing GDP, producing 24 million vehicles annually and employing over 29 million people. Omron booth is located at B15, Hall 2 & 3 at Chennai Trade Centre and the show is on till Nov 11, 2017. For more information visit: www.omron-ap.co.in

How to Deal With Excessive Trash Talk in Online Games

Thursday, November 9 2017

How to Deal With Excessive Trash Talk in Online Games

How to Deal With Excessive Trash Talk in Online Games Patrick Allan, 01.32 AM IST Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Linkedin Reddit Imagev via Blizzard and GeForce.com . Online multiplayer games are a blast to play with friends or randos alike, but they can quickly get ruined by players who only have negative things to say to you or your teammates. These tips will help you deal with their trash talk so you can stay focused on enjoying your precious game time. Develop a "Focus Cue" Trash talking players are an unfortunate inevitability in the online gaming world. You're not always going to be able to avoid them, so you need to go in with a plan to deal with it when it happens to you. It's often a bored kid or troll that's causing problems-especially if the person is on your team-but sometimes trash talk is an attempt at a competitive edge. As Drew Brannon of the University of Georgia's Athletics Counseling and Sport Psychology Department explains , "Trash talk is an opponent's attempt to take your focus somewhere else." Advertisement To keep them from dragging you down, Brannon recommends you develop a "focus cue," or reflexive mental response. If your opponent says something to you, then you should already have a pre-planned routine-like a mantra of sorts-where you think something positive to keep your focus and blow off what they're saying. I have one of my own. Whenever someone is being a jerk, or I'm encountering trolling teammates that want to ruin things for everybody, I tell myself to "focus on the fun." As long as I can keep my targets on the fun aspects I enjoy in the game, people can say whatever they want to me. Don't Invite People Into Your Head Trash talkers are trying to get under your skin and mess with you, so don't give them anything to feed off of. As mental sports coach Dr. Patrick Cohn puts it , don't invite them into your head. At first glance, it sounds like a fancy way of saying "Just ignore them," but there's a distinction between the two. Ignoring them implies silence, and that can make things worse if the game you're playing requires communication . Not inviting them in is more like "not taking the bait." You know they want into your head, so don't engage with their comments and ignore their negative behavior. Because the more you respond to their trash talk, the more fuel you'll throw onto the fire. Let that fire go out instead. And keep in mind that some trash talkers aren't actually trying to get into your head or make you feel bad. Sometimes they're just trying to hype themselves up, or they just do it out of bad habit. Others are just insecure, so they look for others to jump in on the hater chorus. The worse they can make you feel, and the more blame they can shift, the more they can feel better about themselves. When you stop and realize how essential trash talk is to their experience, it can be that much sweeter to take it away. Enjoy your game, and if you're a competitive type, just keep focused and perform at a higher level. Play Mind Games With Them If you feel the need to interact with a trash talker, I have a few recommendations you can try. First, laughing along is a great way to take the wind out of their sails. It shows them that they're not getting to you at all, and that you find it amusing how serious they're acting. Or, if they're trying to be funny, it gives them some of that attention they're desperately seeking and puts you in their corner. Advertisement Or, if they're calling you out for being a bad player or something like that, you can simply agree with their accusations. There's nothing fun for them in a situation like this: Trash Talker : "You suck noob!" You : "Yeah, I do." Trash Talker : "..." You can also try and weird them out, says Rick Night at VentureBeat . He explains that his friend Troy gets trash talkers to back off by telling them to stop being his friend, or saying things like, "I don't want to be your friend, sorry!" It's a little bizarre, but it would definitely throw someone off who's clearly not trying to befriend you. Who's lost focus now? Of course, you can also just do what I do sometimes and give a quick laugh then tell them: "Good try." Unplug and Play and Without Listening Lastly, if you're playing multiplayer games solo, you can embrace the sound of silence. Disable chat or mute the offending players while you game and avoid any issues with trash talkers altogether. It's not ideal for competitive modes, so avoid unplugging completely when you dive into that stuff (you need to be able to communicate), but otherwise your enjoyment and sanity are far more valuable than a ranking in some video game. If you're not having fun, then what's it all for?

How to Use Files Go, Google's New AirDrop-Style File Sharing App

Thursday, November 9 2017

How to Use Files Go, Google's New AirDrop-Style File Sharing App

How to Use Files Go, Google's New AirDrop-Style File Sharing App Jacob Kleinman, 02.21 AM IST has AirDrop for quick and easy file sharing between iPhones and other Apple devices. Now Google is bringing a similar feature to Android with a new app called Files Go . The app, which launched in beta on Thursday, can also help clear up space on your smartphone. Here's what you need to know about Files Go before you get started. How to Download Files Go You can grab Google's new app from the Play Store right now, as long as you have a device running Android 5.0 or up. The app is free to use, with no ads or in-app purchases, though Google is probably scanning all the data you share to serve better ads elsewhere online. Advertisement PhoneArena notes that the beta isn't super stable, but the design is slick and it seems to work pretty well despite a few bugs. The only other drawback is that Google limits the storage space inside Files Go to just 6MB, at least for now. How to Use Files Go If you decide to download Files Go you'll find that most of its features are actually focused on saving space on your smartphone. It's built to seek out files you don't need-rarely used apps , duplicate images and spam-so you can easily delete them. It also offers built-in search for quickly finding the photos, videos and documents you actually care about. Advertisement If you want to use Files Go to share a picture or document with someone else, just go to the Files tab and tap the Send button. You'll see a list of people nearby, but for the app to work, they'll need to have Files Go installed themselves, then open the app and hit Receive. That creates a Bluetooth connection (which Google claims is secure) for you to quickly share files. Using Files Go is a bit more complicated than Apple's AirDrop, which doesn't require you to download any extra apps or open anything on your phone to receive a file-but that's not necessarily a negative. AirDrop's open system has been used for harassment in the past, so plenty of users will likely have no problem with the fact that Google's version has a few extra barriers in place.

Why You Shouldn't Let People Search for You by Phone Number on Facebook

Thursday, November 9 2017

Why You Shouldn't Let People Search for You by Phone Number on Facebook

Why You Shouldn't Let People Search for You by Phone Number on Facebook Emily Price, 03.01 AM IST Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Linkedin Reddit Image credit Pexels Getting an apartment in San Francisco is a competitive nightmare, which is why I was excited to find that the landlord I had been texting with to set up an apartment viewing just happened to be friends with another good friend of mine. She didn't tell me, and we aren't Facebook friends: I found out because she has her phone number stored on the social network. When we started coordinating apartment viewing times, my phone automatically pulled in her profile pic and linked to her account. I admittedly thought it was a little creepy to send a "I just saw you're friends with my friend" email, but I did, and consequently got the (pretty bad-ass) apartment. #NoRegrets, although she might have some. I doubt sharing her Facebook account with randos looking at her apartment was intentional. By having your phone number on the site, you're letting anyone who has your number (be it the plumber or that person you met at a bar last night) find your profile. Advertisement While I discovered my landlord's friend list via a few simple texts, the feature also works somewhat in reverse, allowing people to figure out your phone number. Hacker Noon points out that whenever you have "who can look me up by phone" set to public in your Facebook privacy settings, then your phone number is essentially public as well. The setting defaults to public, in general, your privacy setting for "Who can look me up" also overrides what you have set for the phone number. So, if you have your privacy settings set so anyone can look you up, then anyone can also see your phone number. When it comes to adding your number to Facebook, your only privacy options, in fact, are sharing that number with Everyone, Friends of Friends, and Friends. There's not an "only me" option. Screenshot: Facebook/ E.Price And you might not realize Facebook even has your number: the app repeatedly asks you to confirm your number for security reasons. It's easy for you to have added it during one of those "confirmations" without realizing you were inadvertently passing your number out to the masses. Advertisement In an article explaining how Facebook figure out everyone you've met, Gizmodo notes that "The shadow profiles, like the People You May Know system they feed into, can't be turned off or opted out of. The one thing you can do to impede Facebook's contacts-based connections is, through its Privacy Settings menu, keep people from finding your profile by searching your phone number or email address." If you want to remove your number from Facebook (or see if it's there in the first place) you can do so by pressing the down arrow at the top right side of your profile page and then picking Settings from the drop-down menu. From there, select General from the side menu and then Contact to see if you have a number listed. You can adjust who can search for you by selecting Privacy from the menu on the left side of the page, and then adjust the setting for "Who can look you up by phone number."

Here's How to Find and Store Your Account Recovery Passcodes

Thursday, November 9 2017

Here's How to Find and Store Your Account Recovery Passcodes

Here's How to Find and Store Your Account Recovery Passcodes Patrick Lucas Austin, 03.21 AM IST Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Linkedin Reddit Image credit: Ervins Strauhmanis/ Flickr Losing (or breaking) your phone is never fun. Yes, there are the complications that come from it being covered in fragile glass , but the issue that'll ultimately cause your more grief is this: your phone is the key to your online identity. If you're using two-factor authentication on your devices, you may rely on the authentication app or SMS texts providing randomly generated access codes used to verify your identity when you log into a different device, or make a purchase. For added security, you should keep a physical copy of your account's recovery codes, a set of two-factor authentication codes that can always be used in case you can't access the time-sensitive codes generated on your phone. Consider it a new document to store next to your birth certificate and social security number, one that will keep you in control of your account no matter the state of your devices. How to Get Backup Codes Microsoft Visit your Microsoft Account page and hit the Security tab at the top. From there, you can change your password, add alternative email addresses and phone numbers for account recovery, and keep an eye on your account's activity. Under those options, you'll find the link for additional security options, where that good good two-factor authentication information is hiding. From there, you can set up two-factor authentication, either using SMS (not recommended due to potential security flaws in SMS ) or an authentication app (which generates a new set of passcodes every few minutes). Hit "Replace Recovery Code" and save the new code, which automatically replaces whatever old recovery code you had. Apple When enabling two-factor authentication for your Apple ID account, Apple gives you the option of creating a recovery code. You should take the hint and generate a recovery code, both for security purposes and because losing it could lock you out of your Apple ID account for good. Generating a recovery key on your iOS or macOS device is pretty simple. Here are the instructions, according to Apple: Go to Settings > [your name] > Password & Security. You might need to enter your Apple ID password. Tap Recovery Key. Slide to turn on Recovery Key. Tap Use Recovery Key and enter your device passcode . Write down your recovery key and keep it in a safe place. Confirm your recovery key by entering it on the next screen. You can also get a recovery code using your Mac: Go to System Preferences > iCloud > Account Details. You might need to enter your Apple ID password. Click Security. In the Recovery Key section, click Turn On. Click Use Recovery Key. Write down your recovery key and keep it in a safe place. Click Continue. Confirm your recovery key by entering it on the next screen. Google Visit your Google Account page , and click Sign In & Security. In the Signing into Google section, select 2-Step Verification. Sign in again, and prepare to see all the ways you can keep prying eyes away from your Google account. Among the options to configure two-factor authentication via SMS or authenticator app, you'll see "Backup Codes." Advertisement Google presents you with the option to download or print out 10 recovery codes, or generate new ones (which renders your previous recovery codes inert). You can only use each recovery code once, so be sure to cross it out or delete it after you regain access your account. At least you've got nine more. Print Them Out, Keep Them Safe There's a reason you should have a hard copy of your two-factor passcode, whether printed out or written yourself. It's a last resort option for getting back into your account, and losing it when you need it could spell permanent doom for whatever service you're trying to access. Advertisement In terms of storage, you should take extra care when storing your recovery codes. Folders are for beginners. If you're trying to keep your recovery passcodes safe, you should put them in a secure location. I'm talking "lockbox containing your extra passport, birth certificate, and some Krugerrands for good measure" secure. Or at least under your mattress. Also, Store Them Digitally In addition to printing out a sheet of two-factor codes, you should store them digitally (though it shouldn't be your only method of recovery code access). Just stick them in a text file, throw it onto an encrypted flash drive ( here's how ), and stick it with the rest of your sensitive information (or, if you're me, open your PC's case and place the drive inside). Put Them In a Password Manager Even if you don't have your phone with you, or are away from your physical recovery codes, you should still ensure you can access them wherever you're at. If you use a password manager to handle your login credentials and personal information, you've got all the resources you need to store the recovery codes and get them on any device, including the web. Password managers like 1Password and LastPass have web interfaces should you need to access your information from a new computer (or your replacement smartphone). Include the recovery codes with the rest of your account information, or put your set of recovery codes in a new document stored in your password manager. While your password manager might be more accessible and convenient, you should always have a physical copy of your access codes available in a secure spot, as well, so don't skip the steps above.