Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Foldable phones; Ah! Revolutionary.‏

We have been hearing rumors about foldable smartphones from Samsung from quite some time, dating back to the second half of 2014 to be exact. The patents filed back in the second half of 2014 demonstrate how a foldable smartphone can be constructed.

The screen, which is foldable will sit on top of a material like textile. It is the main thing and the springs with some other stuff will keep the screen rigid when the clamshell is open.

Central hinge is another key factor too. The other patent, the last figures, show that the devices maybe in design like laptops, instead of opened flat.

Samsung is the first one aiming at these special devices, while the other vendors are making tablets that bend into a laptop like position. Here's a 3D render from a patent filed in Korea that shows what such a device might look like. The patents are about one year old so the devices are expected around coming january. Stay tuned.


The new and most awaited thing on Facebook: The Dislike button.‏

Finally, it's coming

In a recent Q/A session held at Facebook's Headquaters in Menlo Park, California, Mark Zuckerberg stated that Facebook is very close to introducing a 'Dislike' button for the people to express empathy on posts. He said Facebook is very close to this function's user testing, which means we won't have to wait much for it. The thing which led to Zuckerberg working on this button and introducing it is the people, over the years, people have been constantly asking for this particular function.
"People have asked about the 'Dislike' button for many years," He said on Tuesday.
"Probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it." He also added.
However he also mentioned that he does not however wan't a system where people could 'downvote' posts, found on other websites/apps like 9gag. Instead it would be for posts that are sad and people feel insensitive clicking 'like' on them.
Prof Andrea Forte, and expert in social and participatory media at Drexel University in Philadelphia, said " I suspect it will mainly be used to express mild disapproval, or to express solidarity when someone post about a negative event like a death or a loss."
Let's see how this works out for Mark and Co.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Next Big Thing: Huawei Nexus

Next Google Nexus Is Here

So yes, it is true after all. There is going to be a Nexus device by Huawei after all. It is going to be around the 5.5-5.7 inch mark as per rumored. It is going to be a top notch and high spec'd device anyways consisting of primarily the new beastly snapdragon 810. Google is going to hold up an event on september 29th so we can pretty much expect this mysterious device with anticipation. According to the benchmarks, it is running android 6.0 and have 3 gigs of ram. Android 6.0 is dubbed as marshmallow. Other specifications haven't came out yet, but it is rumored to be either full HD or QHD and it is tipped to have a fingerprint sensor as well. Let's just wait for this thing to come out.


Thursday, 10 September 2015

Apple iPhone 6s release date, specs, features, price

Apple introduced the next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at its media event in San Francisco on September 9. 

And one of the most anticipated events of the year brought some exciting news for Apple fans. Some new things are here too. Apple unveiled a total of four devices but we are going to talk about the main one in this article. The iPhone 6S. It might just be the most anticipated device for Apple fans and for the fans who thought that iPhone 6 left quite some holes that should be filled. Sure, the all new iPhone 6s fills most of them, if not all. It brings a lot of new features, new hardware and new software. 

It brings a whole new chipset named A9 chipset which Apple promises to be 70% faster CPU performance and 90% faster gaming and graphics. It is the company's third generation 64 bit chipset and has a new architecture which has yet to be expanded on.

But hey, I forgot to tell you about the most exciting new feature, sorry about that. Yes, I am talking about the 3D touch display, indeed a first of a kind which Apple has placed in the all new iPhone 6s. It means that it is a pressure sensitive touch screen which can detect change in force and will change the features according to force. For example, pressing lightly on an email thread would give you a preview of the new message or messages. It also works on the homescreen giving you access to several shortcuts. Apple fanatics would know about this, as it is already found in Macbook's touchpad, but in the phone industry, this is first of a kind.

And now, another good news for the fans, the new cameras. Yes, Apple has changed both the front and the back cameras on the iPhone 6s. The back cam is the new 12MP iSight camera, resulting in fifty percent more pixels and fifty percent more focus pixels. It can shoot 4K video now too. As expectations rise from the previous iPhones, this should be really good. Coming to the front camera, it has been bumped up to 5MP now, meaning it can take pretty good selfies coming right in competition with the Samsung, Huawei and other vendors. It also offers a flash mode, in which the screen is turned all white to provide the light which can already be seen in different phones, although yet to see if the iPhone can manage it properly though. It also has a dedicated selfie mode now.

It has a new TouchID now too, which will possibly result in better usage and efficiency.

As with every Apple device, there are a lot of accessories Apple is providing with this device, of course selling individually.

The pricing will be as usual, 200$ for the 16GB model for the two year contract. The 64GB and 128GB will go for 300$ and 400$, respectively. Pre orders start from 12 september and the sales will start on 25th of this month. In the UK, iPhone is priced at 540£ for the 16 GB model. The prices are usual for iPhones so no big deal.

Let's see how this new thing floods the market.


Saturday, 5 September 2015

World's First 4K Phone Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.

Meet Xperia Z5 Premium With a 4K Ultra HD display

At a time where most of the mobile vendors are seriously entangled in the thought of whether to enrich their phone with 2K displays or not, Sony just unveiled their Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, a phone with a full 4K panel. Ah, yes, you guessed it right, it's the first of a kind in the history of mobile phones. It's one beast of a phone. And while the naked eye can barely differentiate between a full HD and a simple HD panel on a 5 inch, this kind of resolution Sony just blessed the latest baby with is insane. The rest of the specifications aren't any blunder either. Sony is totally blunt that it means business this time. The rest of the specs include a 23 MP new camera with a new sensor, which includes a mind boggling 0.03 focus time even in scenarios where the best of phones struggle to find focus. It is one hell of a phone. The last nail in the coffin is the battery, it holds home to a 2900 mAh battery. And blimey me! If that battery powers it enough for a day or two, this beast/beauty in one would be 'the phone of the year' without any doubt.


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Motorola New Moto 360

Motorola has finally unveiled the new Moto 360, and it'll be up for pre-order by the end of the day.
While some will be saddened to see the flat-tire bar of the older model, the 2015 Moto 360 will be available in three different sizes, with a 46mm and 42mm case designed for men, with another women's 42mm watch face designed for smaller wrists.
Powered by Android Wear, it'll also come with an modern 1.2GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, wireless charging, 4GB of internal storage, 512GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. Motorola has bumped up the resolution on the Moto 360's 1.56-inch display to 360 x 330, while the 42mm watch has a 360 x 325 resolution 1.37-inch round display.
Pre-orders for the 2015 Moto 360 start today from Motorola's site, Google Play and Best Buy. In-store availability is set for late September when you'll be able to pick one up from Verizon and Nordstrom as well.
With prices set to start at US$299 (about £195.35/AU$425.12) and top off at US$429 (about £280.29/AU$609.95), you'll be able to choose between silver, gold or rose gold for the watch face, with up to six different choices of bands, including silver, gold, rose gold, and leather colors.

Sport mode

Motorola has also announced a new Moto 360 Sport model, which comes with a unique AnyLight Hybrid display. The technology allows the screen to indoor or outdoor lighting, as it combines a backlit transmissive LCD screen with "front lit reflective technology".
The sporty model also comes equipped with its own built-in GPS and though it isn't fully waterproof, it is dust and water resistant up to the IP67 standard.
Motorola has yet to announce pricing yet and availability, but the company has promised to release more details in the coming months.

Tech’s Biggest Names Unite to Create Something New

THE LIST, WITH a few notable exceptions, is a roster of some of the biggest names in tech: Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix are teaming up to revamp the way video works over the Internet.
The companies have joined together as the Alliance for Open Media to create a new open source video format. The organization includes all three major web browser makers and some of the biggest players in online video (Cisco, don’t forget, makes WebEx, one of the most popular business teleconferencing tools in the world). Apple, which develops its own Safari web browser, and Facebook are conspicuously absent from the group.
The new format, which has yet to be named, could make it easier for web giants to move away from Adobe Flash, which, despite recent calls for its death, has stubbornly endured. It will be designed specifically for delivering streaming video over the web with the aim of making it suitable for low-powered devices. It will also support copy protection, a must for companies like Netflix.
The new format will be royalty free, meaning any company can build software for creating or converting video in the format without paying a fee. According to a blog post from Mozilla today, the plan is to release the standard under the Apache License 2.0—perhaps the most permissive open source license available, since it specifically includes the use of all relevant patents and allows code covered by the license to be used within commercial and proprietary projects.

A Better, Cheaper Light Bulb

The new alliance is a great example of the way that open source organizations are taking on the role that standards bodies once did. As Jim Zemlin, the director of the Linux Foundation told us last year: “Providing a huge standards document to a light bulb manufacturer won’t help it make better, cheaper bulbs. But if you hand them the open source code, then they can just start doing it.”
The danger is that the alliance could create confusion by creating yet another standard. Google already created a format called VP10; Mozilla has one called Daala; and Cisco recently released one called Thor. But bringing all the major players together reduces the chances of redundancies and makes it more likely that they will all settle on one standard instead of working in isolation on independent standards. Engineers from both Cisco and Google have contributed to Daala in the past, so there’s precedent for collaboration among these groups.
“As resolutions and framerates increase, the need for more advanced codecs with ever-better compression ratios will only grow,” Mozilla platform engineer lead David Bryant writes. “We believe that Daala, Cisco’s Thor, and Google’s VP10 combine to form an excellent basis for a truly world-class royalty-free codec.”
The big question is whether the alliance can get Apple on board to make the format available in Safari on iPhones and iPads. The company is rumored to be working on its own Netflix competitor and has long preferred its own QuickTime format to other open source options.

New messaging experience comes to LinkedIn, finally!

LinkedIn has never been the hippest social network, but at least it's starting to pick up on some vaguely recent trends. The latest thing it's figuring out is messaging, which is getting a major overhaul on the site beginning this week. Rather than having a stale email-style inbox, LinkedIn is now revamping its messaging service to be a lot more like an instant messenger — you could even mistake it for Facebook's. Two or more people can shoot quick messages back and forth in a single thread, and they can even now send GIFs and stickers, in addition to photos and documents.
The overall effect is that LinkedIn's messaging service is becoming a lot more casual. That's probably a good thing. Instant message services are going to be a lot more natural for younger audiences than something that looks like email, and chat services are even starting to grow throughout the business world thanks to apps like Slack and HipChat. LinkedIn's update may remove some formality from the business world, but it may also get people talking more, which ought to be a win. The revamped service will be rolling out on the desktop as well as LinkedIn's iOS and Android apps over the "coming weeks."

TL;DR: It's not that different

Following its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL, Verizon today internally unveiled a new logo, writes Advertising Age. Because Google isn't the only company that can revamp itself, right?
Old logo pictured left, new logo on the right:

The new design drastically deemphasizes Verizon's signature red checkmark, moving it over to the right beside the "n." The red "z" in the name is also gone, and the entire logo is now a simpler, straighter Helvetica. According to Advertising Age, the company launched the change internally today and is expected to publicly address it on Thursday.

Instagram launched a genuine messaging service

Instagram has just added a bunch of new instant messaging features to its mobile apps, making it easier to hold one-to-one conversations, share photos privately and keep track of group chats on the platform.
Instagram Direct launched back in December 2013, giving users the option to send photos privately, but up until now it's been fairly limited as a DM platform - users had to start conversations with a photo, for example, and could only reply with text rather than another picture.
Now both of those limitations have been dropped. What's more, it's now possible to share something straight from your feed into a private conversation, reducing the need for all those @mentions cluttering up the comments.

Pick up the thread

The newly added threaded conversations feature makes it easier to pick up chats where you left off, and Instagram obviously wants to tap into the success enjoyed by WhatsApp - both apps are owned by Facebook, of course.
"With these changes to Direct, it's easier to connect around the things you love," enthuses Instagram in the official blog post. "We hope it helps bring the community closer together than ever."
According to Instagram, around 85 million people (from a total userbase of 300 million) make use of Instagram Direct. The new upgrades available now on iOS and Android should see that figure climb further.

Three new phones, from an unlikely player

One of the world's leading home phone providers has just stepped into the mobile game, just like it's 1990, and has announced three new phones you can actually leave the house with.
German manufacturer Gigaset has launched a new series of smartphones in the form of the Gigaset ME, Gigaset ME Pure and Gigaset ME Pro.
The Gigaset ME and Gigaset ME Pure both feature 5-inch Full HD displays while the Gigaset ME Pro features a Full HD 5.5-inch display.

An unusual suspect

Both the ME and ME Pro are running Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM while the ME Pure is running a Snapdragon 615 with 2GB of RAM.
All three phones run the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop software with new Type C USB ports included as well so you won't be struggling to fit your cable in again.
The ME and ME Pro both have 32GB of internal storage while the ME Pure is restricted to 16GB but luckily it supports up to 128GB of microSD storage to make up for it.
All the phones feature an impressive 8MP front facing camera whille the ME has a 16MP rear shooter, the ME Pure a 13MP sensor and the ME Pro comes with a huge 20MP sensor. All the phones feature 120-degree wide-angle lens as well as the ability to film 2K video.
The new phones are set for a European and China launch in "autumn 2015" so an official release date is not too clear just yet.
If you're tempted by these impressive sounding handsets from a surprising source, the ME Pure will set you back £249, the ME is £349 while the ME Pro costs £399.

ASUS 'World's Fastest WiFi'

If you wanted an insane looking router with an almost as-insane boast, then say hello to ASUS' new router. Touting it as the best for gaming, 4K streaming and smart home networking, the RT-AC5300 router will apparently give speeds that are 67 percent faster than first-gen, tri-band routers. It's calling it the world's fastest WiFi. ASUS is promising up to 1Gbps connections over 2.4GHz and up to 2.167Gbps on each of the two 5GHz bands -- that's a lot of data. Google just got a new router challenger.