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Google enables low-power sleep tracking on Android
by Paul Hill
Google has taken to its Android Developers Blog to announce that it’s making its Sleep API publicly available for third-party app developers to use. The company said that the Sleep API has been designed in a way that it can detect sleep in a more battery-efficient manner which should make apps that use the API more enticing to use.
To mark the occasion, Google teamed up with Urbandroid, the developer behind the popular Sleep As Android app. Commenting on the availability of the Sleep API, the Urbandroid team said:
The Sleep API, once permitted by users, can use on-device artificial intelligence that uses the device’s light and motion sensors. Apps using the API will be able to use information such as device motion and ambient light level to tell whether a user has gone to sleep. The API also uses daily sleep segments which are reported whenever a wake-up is detected.
The Sleep API is now available for use as part of the latest version of Google Play Services. If you’re a developer you should head over to the API’s documentation to learn more about implementing it into your project.
Samsung teams up with Calm to provide mental health tools
by Paul Hill
Many consumer-facing tech firms have all tried their hand at physical health solutions but now Samsung has announced that it’s going to provide mental health tools as part of Samsung Health in collaboration with Calm. The new tools aim to help you zone out of the daily grind with sleep, meditation, and relaxation tools.
Calm currently boasts 40 million downloads with hundreds of thousands of 5-star ratings. Under the new partnership, Samsung Health users will have seamless access to the service. In order to use the features, tap the “Mindfulness” icon in the Samsung Health app and sync or create a new Calm account. With the integration, Calm activities can be accessed through Samsung Health and controlled by the new Galaxy Watch Active too.
Discussing the news, Peter Koo, Corporate SVP and Head of the Health Service Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, said:
Meanwhile, Alex Will, Chief Strategy Officer at Calm, said:
The new feature will initially arrive on Samsung phones running Android Pie beginning today; this includes the Galaxy S9, S9+, Note9 and the new Galaxy S10 line of phones. The feature is restricted to ten markets, however: Australia, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, U.S., U.K., and Ireland.
As stated in topic title, system powers up (fan, power LED), but monitor light stays orange.
I have to hold down power button until the system powers down, then restart, in order to regain video.
Things I have tried:
- Disable fast start.
- Disable hibernation.
- Uncheck all "allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" entries in Device Manager.
- In Advanced Power Settings, turn off Link State Power Management.
- Most "solutions" found on the Internet basically involve the above.
Note that this happened after a clean install. Was working fine through successive upgrades (17xx, 1804).
One other weird thing is that if I click "Sleep" on the Start Menu power options, the system reboots and resets all my bios settings to default.
This means that boot fails, because the AHCI setting reverts to IDE.
After manually changing things back to how they were, system works fine (well, except for sleep resume).
The only things I change from default in the BIOS is Full Screen Logo Display (set to disabled) and the above mentioned AHCI.
Core i5 4460 CPU 3.2 GHz
16 GB RAM 4 DIMMs x 4GB
Kingston SV300 120GB SSD as boot drive
WD Green 1TB HDD
Windows 10 1804 x64
Windows 10 1809 x64 in a VM on the same machine works fine.
So here's some insight, I have to install Windows 7 in an old machine since that's what my friend prefers. Given the myriad of updates there are for that OS right now I was wondering what would be the quickest route to a fully updated system, in essence, installing the less updates possible.
So far, starting from the refreshed image of SP1 I've done the following:
- KB3004394: For the updated root certificates.
- KB3020369: April 2015 Servicing Stack updated (+ the current version of the Windows Update agent).
- KB2729094, KB2731771, KB2533623, KB2670838, KB2786081, KB2834140, KB2639308, KB2888049 & KB2882822: Pre-requisites for IE 11.
- IE 11.
- KB2685811 & KB2685813: For the 1.11 model drivers, not that it would matter for this system I think.
- KB3125574: The convenience roll-up, brings things up to April 2016.
- .NET 4.7.1.
After that Windows Update is still showing my some 41 updates, some of which I think supersede others? (look at the top of the list of the capture I attached); so I'm thinking maybe installing one of those roll-ups would do the trick.
I remember reading about Windows 7 going the way of cumulative updates of some sort and since there are some sysadmins among the members (although hopefully not making W7 large scale deployments already) I was wondering if there was a way of cutting the list down to less updates, or a best practices approach so to speak. There may already be some redundancy on what I did for now, but the default state was horrendous (150+ updates) and it's a 5400k RPM hard drive...
Anyway, thanks for the read, any input is well received and appreciated. I'll edit the post tomorrow (6:42am here :S) with download links over those KBs in case somebody comes across this post and finds it useful.
Hello guys, whats up.
I am in a desperate need of some professional solution from you. You see i have Win7 Ultimate (x32bit) edition installed in my PC.
My machine came pre-installed with Win XP at first. I got a DVD from one of my friend and it was a Win 7 (x32bit) edition Starter Disc.
Please see the image.
I had made an image of Win 7 Ultimate (After inserting Anytime Upgrade Key from Starter to Ultimate) by the default Win7 Backup and Restore function.
I have at least two image (Pretty useless because they already have this indexing problem) .
But again recently that copy of Win 7 Ultimate went bad due to severe indexing problem due to enabling Hibernate function. I had to perform a lot of
"chkdsk" function to set it right. Lets be plain and simple, my pc began to have errors, it became so bad that it showed continued BSOD (Blue Screen).
So with the fear of it showing some sector problems. I had to reformat and install Win 7 again from Starter to Ultimate.
Its really f****d up thing i have to do again and again. I am getting tired and old of these things.
Really! i am getting old for these kind of things. But somewhere here in this post (This is the post) i saw the Activation Settings can be backed up.
So i took time to search few tools like:
ABR (Activation Backup and Restore) Website Advanced Tokens Manager 3.5 RC5 Website
But these tools work on machine that came out of factory that has OEM license.
I tried the first tool, it didn't work. It couldn't activate Win 7 and the second tool ask to install .Net Framework 4.0.30319.
(Let me tell you i do not have a Activation key for Win7 Ultimate; that friend installed it once and his number count has expired too.)
Which doesn't want to be installed in my PC. It says, "It cannot be installed in this version of Windows". Again pretty useless.
Mine version of Win 7 ( if installed from a Disc will naturally fall on Retail version; Yes)
I could restore those old image and backup those Win 7 Ultimate Activation Settings and apply it on the fresh copy of Win 7. Yes.
So theoretically its possible but i am having difficulties finding those tools.
What i want is, is there a possibility for me to do this.
Awaiting your reply. I have only 3 more days to Activate again. I can again restore the image and do this again and again as i am not
in hurry. But i am also not particularly fond of doing this again and again.
Any suggestion would be of great help to me.
I do not know if it can be done. Have you faced such situation.