Category Archives: SCI-TECH

Google アカウントをもっと使いやすく

知りたい項目を見つけやすく
情報の確認や設定をより簡単にするために検索機能を新たに Google アカウント に追加しました。パスワードの変更方法や確認したい項目、アカウントに関する設定を簡単に検索して見つけることができます。どう対処していいかわからない問題が起きた時には、新しいサポートページをご活用ください。アカウント容量のアップグレード方法といったよくあるタスクに関するヘルプを探したり、コミュニティエキスパートにアドバイスを求めることができます。

プライバシーおよびセキュリティ情報をもっと使いやすく
データやプライバシーにおいて万能薬のようなソリューションは残念ながらありません。しかしながら、もっとわかりやすく、情報を管理しやすくするために、新しい Google アカウントでは、より直感的で、ユーザーテストに基づいたデザインを採用し、すべてのプライバシーに関連する選択肢を簡単に確認できるようにしました。データとカスタマイズ タブから、素早くアクティビティ管理にアクセスし、Google アカウントに紐付けて保存するアクティビティデータの種類を選択することで、Google の製品をお使いいただく上ので利便性を高めることができます。また、プライバシー診断を利用することで、現在の設定が Google サービス全体でユーザー体験にどのように影響しているかを確認したり、設定を変更することができます。

昨年 10 月に セキュリティ診断 をアップデートし、アカウント セキュリティの概要およびユーザーごとの推奨事項を表示するように変更しました。新しい Google アカウント は、セキュリティ向上のためにできることが検出された場合にわかりやすい通知を表示します。たとえば、使用しなくなった古い端末からのアカウントの削除や、アカウントデータへのアクセスを許可された未確認のアプリの削除など、ユーザーができる対策をおすすめします。

ユーザーが一人ひとりが、ご自身のニーズにあった内容でアカウントの管理ができるよう、Google は今後も必要な機能の提供に注力していきます。これまでも Google は、情報の理解、保護、管理を容易にするためのツールをユーザーに向けて提供してきました。セキュリティやプライバシーに関するニーズの変化にあわせ、Google はこれらの重要なツールの継続的な改善に尽力し、ユーザーのみなさんが、お使いになる Google サービスを適切に管理できるよう努めて参ります。

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High-speed rail investment: A butterfly effect for urban chaos

High-speed rail investment: A butterfly effect for urban chaos

In 1969, Professor Edward Norton Lorenz coined the term “butterfly effect” to state that subtle changes in conditions can influence or cause seemingly unrelated results elsewhere. The flutter of a butterfly’s wings at place A can eventually develop into a hurricane at place B even though A and B are not related. Almost two decades after the term was coined, Japan National Railways (JNR) was privatized and split into several corporations, and now JR East manages the largest network of railway lines in Japan. JR East also runs the longest shinkansen (high-speed rail) line in Japan and has cut the travel time between the historical economic centres of Japan. Over a period of 50 years, the shinkansen line, along with major highways, has become the spine of one of the most important regional economic belt developments in the world.

A city can be imagined as a complex organism with interlinked functions. For instance, urban life in any city is extremely intertwined, and the interdependencies of networks of activities are endless. A high-speed rail (HSR) line is one such link connecting important hubs through networks of cities. There has been a growing awareness in the governments of various nations about how vital it is to start thinking more strategically in ways to encourage growth and wellbeing while reducing regional disparity, divides, and polarization.

ADBI hosted the first two of a series of seminars on Planning, Implementation, and Operating High-Speed Railways in Asia. The seminars brought together experts from ADBI and other eminent institutions who have been researching aspects related to HSR development. The sessions identified the impacts and effects of HSR introduction in different parts of Asia. The discussions on the spill-over effects of infrastructure investments such as HSR indicated impacts ranging from <a target=_blank …continue reading

    

Talk to Pikachu at home with the HelloPika robot toy

hellopika talking pikachu robot toy

If you can’t get enough of a Pokémon fix from playing Pokémon Go around town, then you should be satisfied with the HelloPika, a talking Pikachu robotic toy that sits around at home always ready to respond to conversation.

The most famous character in the Pokémon universe is here brought to brilliantly cute interactive life, courtesy of Takara Tomy. Pikachu will tilt its head to respond and greet you — naturally in Pikachu’s signature language that no one fully understands! Ideal for holding or leaving on a surface, the modestly sized HelloPika robot can nod or shake its head depending on what you say to it, and its red cheeks will also light up.

hellopika talking pikachu robot toy

hellopika talking pikachu robot toy

hellopika talking pikachu robot toy

HelloPika is now available on preorder from Japan Trend Shop, with orders expecting to ship in August.

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Apple introduces iOS 12

Apple announced the next version of iOS at its WWDC developer conference. While iOS 12 won’t be available before the fall, it’s always interesting to get a sneak peek at the next version of iOS.

Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi first talked about some numbers. 81 percent of iOS users are currently running iOS 11. 6 percent of Android users are currently on the last version.

“For iOS 12, we’re doubling down on performance,” Federighi said. iOS 12 is going to be available on all devices that currently support iOS 11.

It’s interesting the Federighi talked about iOS 12 on the iPhone 6 Plus. Apps launch 40 percent faster, the keyboard comes up 50 percent faster and opening the camera is 70 percent faster.

You get the idea, the big new feature of iOS 12 is performance and optimization.

But it doesn’t mean that Apple didn’t think about new features. Apple has created a new file format for augmented reality called USDZ. Adobe CTO Abhay Parasnis talked for a couple of minutes to announce that Adobe apps are going to support USDZ.

Apple is launching a new app to educate people about augmented reality. This app is called Measure and works pretty much like popular third-party app MeasureKit. While Apple says USDZ is a file format for augmented reality, Federighi also showed a USDZ 3D file in the middle of an Apple News article.

And the company is also updating ARKit with multiplayer augmented reality. You can get the same augmented reality experience with multiple devices. The company invited Martin Sanders from Lego to talk about ARKit. You can point an iPad at a Lego set to add virtual buildings and objects, and recreate a tiny little city.

“Over a trillion photos are …continue reading