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Xiaomi’s in-display camera technology explained: A clever transparent glass makes notches history

ust a few days ago, Xiaomi came up with a solution that every smartphone manufacturer has been wanting for years – achieve a true fullscreen bezel-less display. No, Xiaomi hasn’t come up with another weird motorised camera solution to make this happen. This time, it’s the rear deal – the camera is truly under the display like other sensors and the phone achieves an uninterrupted display without a motorised camera. In a short teaser video, Xiaomi showed the concept in reality by comparing a concept device with the in-display camera…

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New framework looks at how technology is changing our cities

The Urban Land Institute, a non-profit grop creating sustainable communities, has launched an Urban Technology Framework to help cities advance into the next generation. The Urban Technology Framework has identified 12 current trends that will shape metropolitan hubs, the group said. This in turn, will help developers and architects who are responsible for delivering future cities. Key tech trends include 3D printing transforming the way we build, and the Internet of Things (IoT) progressing smart buildings from stationary structures to machines. Digitalisation will transform business models, causing the existing sharing economy to…

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These South African jobs will disappear as technology takes over

The National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) has released a new report looking at how the fourth industrial revolution is set to hit jobs in the country. Overall, respondents were of the opinion that automation, globalisation and demographic change could have a significant impact on their industries, causing some jobs and activities to disappear, while creating opportunities for new jobs and activities to emerge. “The speed and depth of technology adoption drives business growth, new job creation and the need for augmentation of existing jobs, provided it can fully leverage the…

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Audi technology helps green light surfers.

Clever drivers can watch the pedestrian walk signals to guess when an intersection traffic light will change from red to green, but Audi drivers can use a new communications technology in large urban areas to know how fast to drive to catch green lights without needing to stop. The technology, known as Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory, uses vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to recommend the ideal speed for drivers to “surf a green wave” and reduce the number of times they must stop for lights. Audi launched the technology in 2016 in…

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How technology is changing rural China

Alex Wong | Staff | Getty Images An Alibaba employee demonstrates ‘Smile to Pay’, an automatic payment system that authorize payment via facial recognition In a nation of nearly 1.4 billion, ensuring there’s efficient health care and education is a tall order for China. Especially in some of the more remoter parts of the country. At the East Tech West conference in Nansha, Guangzhou, this week, business leaders, investors and experts contemplated how the country can effectively “equalize” these services for the whole nation. Indeed, the number of internet users…

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How to grow cannabis? With modern science and technology

Cannabis plant strains in jars in MediJean’s Health Canada-licensed tissue culture development lab are kept for research as manager Abdul Ahad works in the Richmond, B.C., facility, in this 2014 file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck) In Canada and around the world, legal cannabis producers face many challenges: Varying government regulations, high security requirements and a lack of reliable information on how to grow their crops. Growing cannabis has been illegal for so many years that scientific research on how to best produce this crop is limited. Much of the knowledge on how…

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