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Tech Giant Apple May Unveil Advanced iPad, MacBook Air in India Soon

The Pro camera system on iPad Pro features a 12MP Wide camera for capturing stunning photos and 4K video, and now includes a 10MP Ultra Wide camera

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The new MacBook Air is available to order soon and in the Apple Store app. Pixabay

Amid depressing coronavirus times, Apple on Wednesday brought some cheers in the market with launching an advanced iPad Pro with breakthrough LiDAR Scanner and new Magic Keyboard with Trackpad, along with new 13-inch MacBook Air for Rs 92,900 with two times faster performance and twice the storage.

The 11-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi model) starts at Rs 71,900 while Wi-Fi+Cellular model will start from Rs 85,900. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 89,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 103,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The availability for the India market will be announced at a later date, said the company.

“Combining the most-advanced mobile display with powerful performance, pro cameras, pro audio, the breakthrough LiDAR Scanner and new Magic Keyboard with Trackpad, this is another huge leap forward for iPad,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a statement.

The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro will be available for purchase in May for Rs 27,900 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and Rs 31,900 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages. iPadOS 13.4 with trackpad support will be available on March 24 as a free software update for all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later, informed Apple.

The LiDAR Scanner in iPad Pro measures the distance to surrounding objects up to 5 metres away and works both indoors and outdoors. Built for demanding tasks like editing 4K video or designing 3D models, iPad Pro gets another performance boost with the new A12Z Bionic chip.

The Pro camera system on iPad Pro features a 12MP Wide camera for capturing stunning photos and 4K video, and now includes a 10MP Ultra Wide camera. Apple also updated its MacBook Air, starting with 256GB of storage and latest 10th-generation Intel Core processor for Rs 92,900. The 13-inch Retina display device now features the new Magic Keyboard, first introduced on the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

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Amid depressing coronavirus times, Apple on Wednesday brought some cheers in the market with launching an advanced iPad Pro with breakthrough LiDAR Scanner and new Magic Keyboard with Trackpad, along with new 13-inch MacBook Air for Rs 92,900 with two times faster performance and twice the storage. Pixabay

The new MacBook Air is available to order soon and in the Apple Store app. MacBook Air will be available in stores starting next week. “With its stunning, thin and light design, brilliant Retina display, all-day battery life and the power and ease-of-use of macOS, MacBook Air is the world’s best consumer notebook,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing.

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With Intel ‘Iris Plus Graphics’, MacBook Air now delivers up to 80 per cent faster graphics performance, said the company.

MacBook Air comes with the Apple T2 Security Chip, Apple’s own custom-designed second-generation silicon, which checks that software loaded during the boot process has not been tampered with and provides on-the-fly data encryption for everything stored on the SSD. (IANS)

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Know About Where Do Employees Actually Gaze At During Video Calls

For the study, published in the journal Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, the team compared fixation behaviour in 173 participants under two conditions

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The phenomenon known as "gaze cueing," a powerful signal for orienting attention, is a mechanism that likely plays a role in the developmentally and socially important wonder of "shared" or "joint" attention where a number of people attend to the same object or location. Pixabay

 As more and more people use video conferencing tools to stay connected in social distancing times, neuroscientists from Florida Atlantic University have found that a person’s gaze is altered during tele-communication if they think that the person on the other end of the conversation can see them.

The phenomenon known as “gaze cueing,” a powerful signal for orienting attention, is a mechanism that likely plays a role in the developmentally and socially important wonder of “shared” or “joint” attention where a number of people attend to the same object or location.

“Because gaze direction conveys so much socially relevant information, one’s own gaze behaviour is likely to be affected by whether one’s eyes are visible to a speaker,” said Elan Barenholtz, associate professor of psychology. For example, people may intend to signal that they are paying more attention to a speaker by fixating their face or eyes during a conversation.

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“Conversely, extended eye contact also can be perceived as aggressive and therefore noticing one’s eyes could lead to reduced direct fixation of another’s face or eyes. Indeed, people engage in avoidant eye movements by periodically breaking and reforming eye contact during conversations,” explained Barenholtz.

People are very sensitive to the gaze direction of others and even two-day-old infants prefer faces where the eyes are looking directly back at them. Social distancing across the globe due to coronavirus (COVID-19) has created the need to conduct business “virtually” using Skype, web conferencing, FaceTime and any other means available.

For the study, published in the journal Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, the team compared fixation behaviour in 173 participants under two conditions: one in which the participants believed they were engaging in a real-time interaction and one in which they knew they were watching a pre-recorded

The researchers wanted to know if face fixation would increase in the real-time condition based on the social expectation of facing one’s speaker in order to get attention or if it would lead to greater face avoidance, based on social norms as well as the cognitive demands of encoding the conversation.

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As more and more people use video conferencing tools to stay connected in social distancing times, neuroscientists from Florida Atlantic University have found that a person’s gaze is altered during tele-communication if they think that the person on the other end of the conversation can see them. Pixabay

Results showed that participants fixated on the whole face in the real-time condition and significantly less in the pre-recorded condition. In the pre-recorded condition, time spent fixating on the mouth was significantly greater compared to the real-time condition. There were no significant differences in time spent fixating on the eyes between the real-time and the pre-recorded conditions. To simulate a live interaction, the researchers convinced participants that they were engaging in a real-time, two-way video interaction (it was actually pre-recorded).

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When the face was fixated, attention was directed toward the mouth for the greater percentage of time in the pre-recorded condition versus the real-time condition. “Given that encoding and memory have been found to be optimized by fixating the mouth, which was reduced overall in the real-time condition, this suggests that people do not fully optimize for speech encoding in a live interaction,” the authors wrote. (IANS)