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We knew that the phone was coming but now it's finally here. Yes, we are talking about the much speculated Essential phone by Andy Rubin. In case you don't know yet, let us tell you that Andy Rubin is the original CEO and the main man behind the Android OS from days when Google didn't even own Android. Essential is his own start-up company and aka the Essential phone. Now that we have cleared that up, it's time to take a look and see what makes this phone special.


Top of the Line Specs


The phone truly doesn't hold back on any specs at all. Take a look at them below to see what we are talking about here.


Ceramic-glass build with Gorilla Glass 5 in front
5.7-inch LTPS bezel-less display with a resolution of 2560x1312 and an aspect ratio of 19:10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage
Bluetooth 5.0
Dual 13-megapixel rear cameras with a telephoto lens, Laser and Phase Detection Autofocus, dual LED flash and 4K recording
8-mp front camera with 4K recording
Unique Digital assistant
3,040mAh battery with fast charging
Price: $699


Modular Design


Essential has taken on modularity; something in which both LG and Google has failed previously. However, it has taken the Lenovo route in doing so by opting for a magnetic connector at its back to allow for accessories; much in the same way the Moto Z does it. At this time, there are only two accessories available; a 360-degree camera ($199) and a charging dock.


We cannot help but see a striking similarity between the Essential phone and the Xiaomi Mi Mix! What do you think?


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Knowing some smartphone tricks will allow you to do cool things with your phone. Most people only know basic phone functions. There are so many things that you probably do not know your phone can do beyond making calls and receiving texts. Many phones now have the he capacity to support glitch-free online casino gaming. Visit https://www.cdncasinos.ca for more information about technology and casinos. Some of the smartphone functions can be performed quickly through shortcuts. Here are few cool tricks to get the best out of your smartphone.


1.       Shortcut of putting smartphone on silence


Receiving a phone in church, meeting, theater or in the middle of something important can be embarrassing, especially when your phone is not on silence. You can put your smartphone on silence quickly than browsing your settings by pressing any side key (volume key or power button). It will be on silent instantly and you choose to answer it or not.


2.       Turn Wi-Fi Off using voice command


Voice command is the hot thing at the moment. You can use your Google Now, Cortana or Siri to turn off your Wi-Fi with your voice. Go to your voice app and command it to turn off Wi-Fi.


3.       Use flight mode to reduce smartphone charging time


A phone that takes a lot of time on charger sucks. You can speed up charging by activating flight mode. Also, even if you love online casinos, they will have to wait until your phone is fully charged. Flight mode turns off all background activities and uses less battery power, therefore, increases the rate at which your battery gets charged.


4.       Use the volume button to take picture


Taking selfies without a selfie stick can be a hassle when you can't tap your screen digital button to capture. However, you can snap pictures by long-pressing the volume button. This function is on many Android phones and iPhones.


5.       Improve picture quality using gridlines


You can enhance the quality of the pictures your smartphones capture by activating camera gridlines. The camera will take a perfect shot on things within the gridlines.



The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset has been unveiled, setting the stage for new flagships in 2018. It's still going to be a few months of course before we see the chip in action inside any smartphone, but till then, here is everything that you need to know.


·         Semi-custom ARM Cortex Kryo 385 CPU and Adreno 630 GPU built on Samsung's 2nd gen 10nm LPP FinFET process

·         2 MB of shared L3 cache

·         Four performance cores with clock speeds up to 2.8 GHz and four energy efficient cores with a max clock speed of 1.7 GHz

·         25% increase in performance as compared to the SD 835 CPU

·         30% improvement in graphics and video rendering performance by the GPU

·         The Adrenon630 can support 120Hz displays of 2K resolutions

·         30% better energy-efficiency

·         room-scale 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) and simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM)

·         3rd generation Vector DSP with HVX, aka the Hexagon 685. It is optimized for AI and imaging workloads

·         Support for Google's Android Nueral Networks API, Open Neural Network Exchange and TensorFlow Lite

·         Support for 480 fps slow motion 720p video, 60 fps video recording at up to 16-mp resolution

·         Ability to capture 64 times more high-dynamic range color information than the SD 835

·         multi-frame noise reduction

·         accelerated software image stabilization

·         temporal filtering with motion compensation

·         10-bit HDR support and support for the Rec. 2020 gamut for 4K/Ultra HD content

·         Improved Wi-Fi modem and X20 LTE modem

·         Support for License Assisted Access (LAA) for unlicensed spectrum, dual SIM with dual VoLTE, 4×4 MIMO on up to 3 carriers and 5x carrier aggregation

·         Diversity-enhanced 60 GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi for stronger multi-gigabit coverage at speeds up to 4.6 Gbps

·         802.11ac Wi-Fi with up to a 16 times faster connection setup, simultaneous dual-band support, and 30% more capacity utilization


If all this didn't blow you over, don't worry because there's a lot more and you can check it all out in details at Android Authority.


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Microsoft launched its first Smart augmented reality Glass, called "HoloLens" few days ago along with Windows 10. This augmented reality kit has its own computing power, rivaling that of current laptops, and spacial sound technology for holographic processing, able to understand what you are looking at, understand your voice, and run without any wires, processing terabytes of information in real time. No phone is required, no PC connection, and, as we mentioned, no cables even, which is really crazy.

 

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The Holo Studio was also announced a platform that allows you to create for the new Windows Holographic experience and the HoloLens device in a jiffy. The demonstration showed a quad-copter being imagined and created with Holo Studio, then 3D-printed as a physical object. Wired magazine sat down with Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella, and featured the cool new products and services developed under his supervision long and hard, but what attracted our attention were the details about HoloLens.

 

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Microsoft is apparently planning to roll the headgear to influential opinion-makers at first, the kind of folks that would give TED talks, for instance, and engage the ever-critical development community to take a long and hard look at what can be done with the holographic abilities of HoloLens, only then rolling them out to retail, so that your kid can play 3D Minecraft with their buddies. To know More about Microsoft HoloLens, Check out the Infographic below detailing its build and abilities, and also Microsoft's Official Promo video below.

 

HoloLens

 

HoloLens [Promo Video]


Galaxy Note 5

 

Samsung is rumored to launch its New Note 5 series later this year (September,2015). We have some confirmed and unconfirmed reports regarding the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy Note 5 Edge Specifications, Design and components. Here's what we know so far...

 

Galaxy Note 5 Design & Variants

 

Galaxy Note 5

 

The New Note 5 series is expected to launch in two variants (Regular and Edge). Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Edge will pack a dual-edge display, both variants will have the same design as the Galaxy S6 with the same front and back Gorilla Glass 4 panels, metal frame and unibody.

 

Galaxy Note 5 Hardware

 

Galaxy Note 5 Hardware

 

We already reported before that Samsung Mobile has already began mass production of a 20nm 4GB LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM memory chips. Using the 20nm manufacturing process, these LPDDR4 chips will be reportedly 50% faster than the fastest LPDDR3 memory chips on the market and consuming 40% less power (1.1 volts) too.

 

These 4GB Ram chips will be Available by Late 2015 and it's reported that the Galaxy Note 5 will pack the same LPDDR4 4GB Ram chips.

 

Type-C

 

The Note 5 is expected to pack the New USB Type-C which is a cable with both ends are the same, allowing for reversible plug orientation. You also don't need to worry about plugging it in upside down. In terms of speed, it's much faster than any USB 3 cable.

 

Galaxy Note 5 Software

 

Android M

 

The device will launch with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Out-of-the-box packing Material Design TouchWiz UI. It will indeed get an update to Android M by early next year (2016). Android M will bring lots of UI improvements and New Features that you can Check them out HERE.

 

Galaxy Note 5 Display

 

Galaxy Note 5 Display screen

 

According to the latest reports, Samsung will start manufacturing Ultra HD Super AMOLED display panels with a resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels for Galaxy Note 5. Samsung's Semiconductor and Display Technology leaked road-map workshop last year hinted again at having higher-resolution UHD smartphone displays in the pipeline for late 2015.

 

These panels will use "diamond pixel", a non-standard pixel matrix arrangement that is closer to PenTile, packing a 762ppi pixel density nobody would notice the individual pixels on the screen anyway.

 

Galaxy Note 5 Price

 

As always, The Korean giant flagship Phablet will have a flagship price as well. The Note 5 is expected to launch with a Price tag starts from $899 and Note 5 Edge variant with a Price tag starts from $999, kindly note that these prices will varry from market to market.

 

 

Galaxy Note 4 Release Date

 

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Looking at Samsung's unpacked events date in the past 3 years, we can surely expect the Galaxy Note 5 to launch sometimes during the period between (September - October 2015). The Korean giant will held a 2nd episode of it's 2015 Unpacked event for the Note 5 and will probably unveil a New Galaxy Gear VR and Gear Smartwatch.

 



HTC is about to launch two smartphones next week at an HTC exclusive event. Dubbed as the HTC "For U," it will be held on January 12 to take veils of the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play. The U Ultra (Ocean) will sport a huge 6-inch display, while the U Play (Alpine) will come in a much smaller 5.2-inch size variant. Some sources are indicating that HTC will also be revealing a third variant in the U series (Ocean Note) with a 5.5" - 5.7" screen size, but we will have to wait and see if that really happens.



The highlight of the Ocean and Ocean Note as per what we have heard so far is the curved display which HTC will introduce to their smartphones for the first time. Camera performance is also supposed to be excellent, with a DxOMark score higher than that of even the Google Pixel phones. Unfortunately, all rumors are pointing towards the fact that none of these phones will have a 3.5mm audio jack. Considering that HTC isn't particularly enjoying a lot of popularity at the moment, that's a very bold decision to say the least.


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Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming for sure and the Galaxy Note 7 debacle has actually made people more interested in the device than ever before as everybody is waiting to see what Samsung does in order to redeem themselves after the embarrassing Note 7 saga. Although it's still quite a few months away, here's what we know/heard about it so far.


Release date


Since Samsung confirmed officially that the S8 won't see an early launch in 2017, it is almost certain that the smartphone will be unveiled a day prior to the MWC 2017, on February 26. This has been the tradition with Samsung's S-series so far and they don't seem eager to break it.


Specifications


Display: 5.5-inch 4K/2K Super AMOLED dual curved panel
SoC: Snapdragon 830/Exynos 8895
RAM: 6GB
Camera: Dual-Lens sensors of 16-megapixels each with f/1.4 aperture and an 8-megapixel front camera
Others: Iris scanner, USB Type-C, support for Google Daydream VR project and according to an official statement by Samsung, "enhanced artificial intelligence service."


Unique Design


The Galaxy S8 could feature a Full-screen dual curved display without any physical buttons in front; although they won't be the first to do so anymore.


We will keep you informed as more concrete support for (or against) these specs are revealed in the course of the next few months leading to February 26.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


 

It has hardly been a month and a half since the Galaxy S7 started to reach customers around the world and there's already new rumors spreading about the Galaxy S8. However, if you just bought the S7 or S7 Edge, fret not, for the S8 is still almost a year away from being released. There have been no indications or even rumors about the next Galaxy flagship from Samsung being released prior to the Mobile World Congress 2017, in February-March.

 

Although it is just too early to comment on what changes Samsung will bring with their next flagship, one would expect them to focus on the audio quality a bit more; especially since the HTC 10 and the LG G5 have amped up their audio department significantly. A change to USB Type-C is also expected, but we will have to wait and see how popular it becomes in the coming months.

 

The only smartphone in the market right now with a 4K panel is the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, but the S8 may be set to change that. This impression was brought on by the fact that virtual reality is rising in popularity and Samsung is already quite involved in it. As VR becomes an integral part of their future smartphones, the display will gain even more importance and that may result in Samsung opting for a 4K panel instead of the Quad HD ones that they are using right now.

 

Rumors suggest that a ½.3" sensor with aperture f/1.4 might be used in the camera of the S8. If it is true, then low-light photography on the S8 will possibly be better than not only the S7 series, but also any other smartphone in the market right now. This concludes more or less everything that is out there about the Samsung Galaxy S8 till date and if interested, you can also check out the recently released S8 concept video.

 

Author: Saikat Kar.



As we reported earlier, there will probably be only one variant of the Galaxy Note 7 this year and it will have an Edge display. Although the specifications are more or less out by this point, we can never be sure until and unless we actually hear an official announcement on August 2. Nevertheless, here are the important bits from what we know about the upcoming Note so far.


CPU - Exynos 8890 (Overclocked) for Europe and Snapdragon 823 for the US


RAM - 6GB


Display - Quad High Definition (1440p) Super AMOLED Dual Edge display (5.8-inch curved screen)


Battery - 4,000mAh


Rear camera - The same 12-megapixel camera as seen on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but with better software


It may also sport a first of its kind iris scanner, an USB Type-C port and IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. There was and possibly still is a bit of confusion regarding the type of display that the upcoming Note will sport, but all major signs and reports indicate that only an Edge variant will be made available this year. If you are interested, check out our Galaxy Note 7 specifications page for a more detailed list of specs.


Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Samsung CA

 

You might know about "Burj Khalifa", a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates which is currently considering the tallest man-made structure in the world, standing at 829.8 meter (2722 feet) tall.

 

Well, what you don't know that this enormous building, Burj Khalifa, was constructed by Samsung Engineering & Construction of South Korea.

 

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Yes, One of Samsung's divisions built Burj Khalifa making it on Top list of the construction firms worldwide. However, there were some partners with Samsung on constructing the tower but the Korean giant made the main design and the engineering work (Photo below shows a Samsung's Engineer working on construction site at burj khalifa, Year 2010).

 

samsung khlaifa

 

South Korean's Samsung Engineering & Construction made many other buildings and projects all around the world. You can check the source link below to know more about the Burj Khalifa project in company's official website.

 

Source [SamsungeCA]



The Galaxy S8 has brought true desktop experience onto a mobile phone, thanks to DeX. However, here are a few things that you need to know about the app, before you decide to buy the S8 or the S8+ based on that feature.


You NEED the Dock


You will have to shell out an additional $160 to buy the DeX Dock because it simply won't work without it. The dock has an HDMI port, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a cooling fan and it even charges the phone. Apart from the monitor itself and the connecting wire, this is the only other accessory you will need.


It Resembles Windows


The experience is not unlike what we are all used to seeing from Windows computers. The app window is at the bottom left corner, just like the Windows button and you can minimize, maximize or multitask on the monitor just like on a fully-fledged PC or Mac.


You May Not Really Need it!


We cannot deny that the idea and the implementation is excellent this time around and even beats the Microsoft Continuum system in a few things. However, since it is not exactly a laptop replacement, we are not sure if you really can find it useful! It's not like you can carry around a monitor in addition to a phone and a dock while travelling. At home or office, you already have a laptop or two, so Samsung may need to find some good uses for it very soon, if they want DeX to be a major selling factor for the Galaxy S8 series.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



After all the speculation, rumors and leaks that had been surrounding the two upcoming handsets for months, they are finally here. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S9 and S9+ at the MWC 2018 yesterday and here's everything that you need to know about the two handsets.


The Big Change


Perhaps one of the biggest changes which the S-series saw this year with the S9 and the S9+ was the stark separation between the regular and the "Plus" model. Following Apple's footsteps, the S9 will now come with a comparatively inferior single camera setup, while only the S9+ will be sporting the dual camera setup. Additionally, the S9 will just be having 4GB of RAM, while the S9+ will enjoy better multitasking with 6GB of RAM.


Variable Aperture


The lenses on smartphone cameras are usually so small that variable aperture has never really been a feasible option, until now. Apparently, both the S9 and the S9+ will be featuring a camera with variable aperture. Which means that when there's ample natural light to work with the user will be able to use f/2.4 for sharper images, but when the amount of light available is too low, the lens will switch to an ultra-high aperture size of f/1.5 to allow a great deal of light to enter though the lens.


Super Slow Motion


Just like the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, the S9 and S9+ are capable of capturing super slow-motion videos at 960fps, but at 720p only. It lasts just for a few seconds, but kicks in at the right time by automatically detecting motion.


Stereo Speakers


Not only are the speakers louder this year, the earpiece will also act as a second speaker, making it a stereo combination. The actual sound quality is not much different from what we saw on the Galaxy S8 last year though.


Repositioned Fingerprint Scanner


The fingerprint scanner has been repositioned under the camera this year around, which is an expected and welcome change.


AR Emoji


Yup, it's quite similar to Apple's Animojis, with a few added features. Now you will be able to create animated versions of yourself with the AR Emoji feature on an Android smartphone as well, if that sort of thing appeals to you of course.


More Stuff


The S9 and the S9+ look quite similar to the S8 and S8+ with their identical QHD+, 18.5:9, Super AMOLED displays at 5.8 and 6.2-inches respectively, but both of them are packing much more powerful hardware underneath, thanks to either the Exynos 9810 SoC or the SD 845 SoC. All other specs from the S8 and S8+ are almost the same and Samsung has still retained the 3.5mm audio jack thankfully! Color options for the devices include Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Lilac Purple in the US.


Availability


Although the pricing details have not yet been revealed, the phones will become available in stores from March 16. As always, pre-orders will open much sooner.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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There is less than three months left in the Galaxy S10's launch and yet, we already know nearly everything that anyone might want to know about the device. Of course, most of it is based on leaks, rumors and intelligent speculations, but given the high rate of accuracy which the modern rumors and leaks boast of, we would say the following paints a pretty realistic picture of what is to be expected in February.


3 Variants of the Galaxy S10


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Similar to what Apple did with the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR earlier in the year, Samsung will likely release three variants of the Galaxy S10 as well, namely the S10, S10 Plus and the S10 Lite (the cheapest of the three).


Release Date


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A launch date in late February is expected, or more precisely, in between February 25 - 28, because that's when the Mobile World Congress 2019 will be held next year. Once it has been launched, we can expect the S10 series to go on sale somewhere in mid-March, with preorders likely starting much earlier.


The Cameras


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Depending on the model concerned, the number of cameras will differ, so take a look at the following to know what to expect.


·        Galaxy S10 Plus: 2 front sensors + 4 rear sensors


·        Galaxy S10: 2 front sensors + 3 rear sensors


·        Galaxy S10 Lite: Unknown


Although all the exact specifications are unknown, rumors predict that the primary camera will be a 16mp shooter, alongside a 13mp telephoto lens and a 12mp wide angle lens.


Infinity-O Display


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A nearly bezel-less design with just a punch hole cut out for the front camera sensors is what the Galaxy S10 will likely sport and that's being hailed as the Infinity-O display. Expect the display sizes to be 5.8", 6.2" and 6.44" but rumors have also suggested that a 5G capable, gigantic Galaxy S10 with 6.6" display might also exist. All panels will be Super AMOLED of course.


Price


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At this point, it is anyone's guess really, but even the cheaper Galaxy S10 Lite will probably start somewhere around the $849 mark, while the S10 and S10 Plus will likely start around $999 and $1199.


In-Display Fingerprint Sensor



The technology is quite old by now, but Samsung doesn't have any phone in the market that has the in-display fingerprint scanner yet unfortunately. The Galaxy S10 will change that for sure by being the first Samsung device to sport an invisible, in-display fingerprint scanner. However, the faster, ultrasonic scanners might only be reserved for the S10 and S10 Plus, while the S10 Lite will have to do with a comparatively slower in-display fingerprint scanner.


Others



The 3.5mm headphone jack will be retained thankfully and so will the Bixby button unfortunately! The international variants will invariably sport the 8nm Exynos 9820 chip, while American, Chinese and some other variants will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 to power them. At least 6GB of RAM is to be expected, with pricier 8GB RAM options also being present. Rumor also has it that the S10 Plus might have a variant with 1TB of internal storage, which is quite believable, give that the Note 9 does have a 512GB variant available already. Samsung's new OneUI will definitely be running on top of Android P on all of the three devices.


Do take a look at the linked videos and images to get an idea of what you can expect, but do keep an open mind because these are after all, still just rumors and speculations, until the device has been released officially.


Saikat Kar



If you are thinking about the upcoming Mass Effect game, then you probably do not know about Google's ongoing work where the internet giant is planning to bring the Chrome OS and the Android OS together as one. Although Google has not yet made it official, Project Andromeda is very much alive and probably has the alternate name of Fuchsia.


Fuchsia will expand Google's reach to devices of all kind; be it fully-fledged computers or advanced mobile devices. If you are wondering whether Android will be discontinued in the wake of this new OS, it won't be, at least not exactly anyway! Although Andromeda will eventually replace Android as the base OS, the latter will probably be retained as a legacy API within the OS.


The main advantage which Fuchsia will bring over the Android OS is its ability to simultaneously provide updates to all devices running on it. It could potentially eliminate the Android fragmentation issues, ensuring better security and uniformity across multiple devices. Reports indicate that Google is testing out Andromeda on the next gen Qualcomm flagship SD 835 SoC. Whether that means the first Fuchsia powered device will be released in 2017 or not, remains to be seen.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Android P aka Android OS v9.0 is the next version of Android that is being beta tested by Google and a few other OEMs at the moment, prior to its full commercial release. In case you are wondering about the OS, know that there will be a number of big changes this year and they can be summarized as follows.


Overhauled Navigation System


Android P is taking a gesture-based route to navigation, so check out the following gesture commands to get an idea of what to expect.

·         Access to the recent apps tab will be granted by a swipe up

·         Long swipe/double quick swipe to access the app drawer

Also, the back button will only appear where applicable.


A More Colorful and Faster UI


Circular and colorful icons are immediately visible on the Developer Previews and the improved animation system makes it feel superfast.


Better Battery Life


Every version of the new Android OS promises this and while it might be true, we are not sure if the new OS versions really do make too much of a difference though. Nevertheless, Android P promises to maximize your battery life through machine learning. Adaptive brightness, adaptive battery use  and limited CPU usage are all things that Google is aiming for with this version of the OS.


App Actions and Slices


If you use an app for a certain purpose often on your phone, App Actions will recommend and create shortcuts that will help you do it faster the next time around. Slices on the other hand is an even more advanced functionality of the Google Assistant that will make more intelligent decisions, based on your voice commands.


Other Improvements


There are also multiple other minor but helpful improvements to the OS as well, like an instant screenshot editor and pop-up zoom while highlighting text. The fact that volume changes made via hardware button is now always mapped to media by default is a very welcome change.


Third Party Smartphones are Also getting Beta This Time


Unlike every other year, Google has surprisingly opened up the early access Beta doors to Sony, Nokia, Xiaomi, Vivo, OnePlus and Oppo via Project Treble. Just in case you are wondering, yes, it's definitely available on all the Pixels as well!


That about wraps it up for now, but this is far from being the complete list. We will keep you updated once the final version releases in August (hopefully).


Saikat Kar


lexus hoverboard

 

We reported before about the Lexus Hoverboard and showed couple of teasers that were published on YouTube showing this cool thing Hovering on air.

 

Is it Real ? YES... Lexus has officially unveiled its Hoverboard in Spain. It's sadly not as cool as we expected. firstly, It can't be used anywhere you want... it needs a special "Track" in the ground like the train.

In the video ads, Lexus build a special Park for it, The park is made out of wood that has been painted to look like cement, with an embedded magnetic track that had clearly been covered with some sort of plaster in an effort to conceal it. Strike one: the Lexus board can't be used anywhere you want. Marty McFly would be disappointed.

 

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One more let-down, Lexus hoverboard works with liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and magnets, which means it needs to be cooled down to around -180 degrees Celsius using liquid nitrogen in order to achieve levitation. so you gonna need a fresh supply of liquid nitrogen with you all the time. You can watch the full story in the video below.

Hoverboard [Video]


iOS 9

 

It's been a little over a month since Apple's new iOS 9 was rolled out. Just a few days later, Apple announced that its new operating system had been installed on more than 50% of active iPhones and iPads, which made it the fastest adoption rate in the company's successful history.

 

It's undoubtedly an exciting time, not only for Apple fans but gamers at large. Why? iOS 9 introduces a series of game-changing (pardon the pun) features and engines which, if proven as successful as tech experts predict, will have an industry-wide impact. After all, mobile gaming is a $25 billion per year industry on both iOS and Android. It's actually expected to surpass console games in terms of revenue by the end of the 2015.

 

Let's take a detailed look at the iOS 9 features which will make a difference in the way we play on smartphones, and explore what each one means for end users.

 

3D Touch: Being Under Pressure is Great

 

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3D Touch is the innovation cornerstone of Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, as it brings brand new ways to interact with the screen. Since their popularization in the late 2000s and up to now, touchscreens have been registering a set series of gestures: tapping, swiping or pinching. 3D Touch brings new gestures into play, which Apple has named "peek" and "pop." iPhone screens now respond to actual levels of pressure instead of mere touch or finger movement. As demonstrated in the Special Event Apple this September, this technology - dubbed "the next generation of multi-touch enables you to preview an email, by pressing lightly, or make it pop up by pressing harder. Similarly, users can access different interface features and shortcuts by applying different levels of pressure.

 

There are, of course, many more applications to this haptic technology and gaming is perhaps the most interesting area at least according to Wired magazine, which has welcomed it as "Apple's biggest gaming innovation." These new gesture options will effectively enable game developers to make complex games more intuitive and improve on the shortcomings of mobile gaming controls in comparison to other platforms.

 

Among the first games to take advantage of 3D Touch was an App Store Editor's Pick, futuristic racing simulator AG Drive. While accelerating and breaking your vehicle used to require tapping and holding different points on the screen, developer company ZORG has now mapped acceleration to 3D Touch, adding new depth to the already acclaimed game.

 

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Another interesting case is multi-award winning platform puzzle BADLAND. Frogmind games recently updated the addictive side-scroller with 3D Touch-based controls which help players navigate stages, as well as new optional "force objects" available in the level editor. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade, is the first game developed specifically for the iPhone 6s. It is based on the popular tabletop strategy game franchise of the same name. In Warhammer, pressure is mapped to zoom controls to allow players to zoom in on the action.

 

According to the Entertainment Software Association's annual report, casual, puzzle and card games are the most frequently played genres, reaching an impressive 77% of all games played on mobile devices. After the introduction of 3D Touch, developers within these genres have been implementing the technology in the most creative of ways to make their app stand out. While games like Zombie Tsunami have opted to feature 3D Touch merely in mini-games and menus, the potential is great - and smart, innovative use will prove catalytic in making a game more popular.


ReplayKit: Play it again, Sam.

 

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Although iOS 9's new ReplayKit is a tool for developers, its implementation has certainly been swift and clear to gamers. ReplayKit easily enables videogame creators to implement game recording and sharing features, so that you can share your accomplishments with friends and social networks.

 

It seems that Apple has wisely picked up on the latest trends in eSports and the growing popularity of game streaming services, such as Twitch.tv. More people than ever -71 million in 2014, as reported by SuperData Research - watch competitive gaming events while e-gaming revenue predicted to hit $465 million in 2017 according to research firm NewZoo. Replaying your own games and watching others' sessions for enjoyment as well as tips and tricks seems to be all the rage right now, and iOS 9 brings that functionality right to your fingertips.
Many iOS games were already touching upon this trend by providing gamers with detailed history and stats on their previous games, such as PokerStars Mobile. The popular poker app, which recently added a range of games for the casino market, dedicates a whole section of their app to a history feature, giving gamers the chance to follow their progress closely. However, the introduction of ReplayKit technology makes this process more visually appealing, by introducing video and also adds the capacity to conveniently edit and add voice-over commentary.

 

This feature was welcomed by gaming companies and implemented almost overnight, as a number of games have already been updated to include it. One of the first was Gang Nations, the popular combat strategy game for iPhone and Android. It now enables players to record their battles with rival gangs and share them on social networks. Many more games, such as Breakneck and Playdemic's Sims-like hit Village Life followed suit and more are still to come.

 

GameplayKit and Model I/O: Under the Hood

 

One of the three game developer-exclusive kits Apple introduced in iOS 9 is the aptly named GameplayKit. It encompasses a series of tools that handle gameplay logic - randomness, simulation, pathfinding... Similarly, Model I/O is designed to light 3D models in both game and app design. Finally, the pre-existing game-specific SpriteKit, SceneKit and Metal have been updated to developers' delight, allowing for better use of the iPhone's central and graphics processors.

 

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If all this sounds a bit too technical, but don't worry. All you need to know is that in effect, these tools will help developers create more immersive games with more complex rules and ultimately, better gameplay and more realistic graphics than ever. Apple promises that it will bring "console-grade" games to its devices.

 

For a taste of Apple's SceneKit, used for powering 3D games, you can check out the free fast-paced game Marballistic, where you control a marble ball frantically jumping from platform to platform.

 

Game Center: Let your Friends Play

 

Game Center, Apple's social gaming network, has also received a handy add-on. With the advent of iOS 9, Game Center supports guest players. Device owners no longer have to worry about friends borrowing their phone to try out games and messing up their stats, high-scores and achievements. Said friends can now play as guest players - in fact, up to three players can play real-time games and up to a massive fifteen players can play turn-based games on iOS 9.

 

Battery life and App Thinning: Every Little Bit Helps

 

iOS 9 promises to deliver up to 4 hours longer battery life than before thanks to under-the-hood performance tweaks and a new feature called Low Power Mode. By automatically disabling unneeded services, Low Power Mode enables you to conserve juice so there's more there when you feel like gaming. This feature seems similar to Sony's Battery STAMINA mode and brings a much needed update to iPhone's battery life, which is promised to also last longer because of hardware optimization.

 

On top of that, Apple introduced a new technology named App Thinning. It allows for apps to be optimized for specific devices, so that downloaded packages don't include irrelevant files and are, as a result, less chunky. This way, devices are left with more available space, while games are faster to install and launch.

 

iOS 9's reviews have been stellar, especially in terms of gaming capabilities. Now it's up to the developers to utilize all that it has to offer. As gamers, all we have to do is explore their efforts and decide for ourselves.


Editor: Mo Cheng

YouMobile, Inc



The Apple September Event is finally over and now we know everything (almost) that there is to know about the upcoming gadgets and smartphones from Apple. Since the time for rumors is over, let us delve right into what was unveiled by the company earlier today and list the details revealed by the company regarding the iPhone 7.


The iPhone 7


Chipset: It will use the Apple A10 chip which offers a performance boost of 40% over last year's A9 chip, at a clock speed of 2.44GHz (hopefully).


Display: 4.7-inch 750 × 1334 pixels HD Retina Display with enhanced 3D Touch, which was declared to be 25% brighter than the iPhone 6s' screen.


Camera: 12-megapixel primary camera with OIS. It offers better exposure, lower aperture and a sensor that's 60% faster than that of the iPhone 6s. The front camera has an enhanced 7-megapixel sensor with Auto Image Stabilisation.


Battery: Apple claimed that the iPhone would last a user 12-hours while browsing on LTE networks. No other specific details were revealed.


Storage, release date and price: You can pre-order the 32GB, 128GB and 256GB variants of the iPhone 7 for USD 649, USD 749 and USD 849 respectively, starting from September 9. It will go on worldwide sale officially from September 16.


Color Options: Jet Black (128GB and 256GB only), Matte Black, Silver, Rose Gold and Gold.


Other improvements


The iPhone 7 comes with two stereo speakers and the new speaker has been placed on top of the phone. It is also the first iPhone to sport IP67 certification for water-resistance. Expectedly, Apple has done away with the 3.5mm jack, but has included an adapter to connect your old headphones to it via the lightning port, which will directly accept the bundled lightning EarPods. As we reported earlier, the iPhone 7 does not have a physical Home button; instead, there's a solid state Home button now, which is pressure sensitive and provides varying haptic feedbacks depending on the use.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

 



Apple's all new iPhone 7 is set to go on sale in September. But when in September?


If AT&T's leaked reset schedule is anything to go by, the pre-order date for the new device is going to September 9th and the official release date to the public is going to be the two weeks later on the 23rd.


Design


The design of the 7 is said to be notably similar to that of the 6 and 6S. If so, it will be available with a 4.7 inch screen, with a Plus version boasting a 5.5 inch screen also available. The rounded aluminium unibody frame, available in space grey, silver, gold and rose gold, is set to also remain the same, though there may be a few very minor changes.


Not so minor, and probably the most obvious change to the design of the handset is the removal of the headphone jack. Developers are said to be scrapping the jack to make way for a slimmer model, and more room for hardware upgrades. If the headphone jack is to be removed, wireless Bluetooth headphones, or a lightning port will come with the model. A slimmer design would be a bold move from Apple considering how many smashed displays you see around nowadays.


The seven's next major revamp may just be the home button. Rather than an actual button you, it may be replaced with a pressure sensitive touch pad. Such technology has already been seen on Apple's latest MacBook so it's definitely a plausible rumour.


Camera


The camera is set to undergo a massive revamp. The iPhone 7 Plus will see the most significant changes with a dual camera on the horizon, a dual camera would more than satisfy photography enthusiasts as it would produce near DSLR-quality photographs.


Price


Apple has been pretty consistent with its pricing on last two iPhone releases, meaning that many expect the new handset to be priced around £539 for a 16GB, £619 for a 64GB, £699 for a 128gb and if rumours are true, over £800 if a huge 256gb model is released.
Of course these prices are for buying the handset outright so contact prices from retailers like Carphone Warehouse, Mobile Phone Direct etc will vary depending on model, network, and of course stock.


Technical Bits


Onto the more technical side of things, the 7's display technology may be a slight improvement on that of the 6 but it is unlikely to stray away from the 1080p LCD screens of the 6. Innovations seen on the iPad may be added, however. True Tone - the colour temperature-shifting feature - may be introduced from the latest iPad Pro. This would allow for more realistic colours.


Another major upgrade from the 6S is the processing power of the 7. Apple's A10 processor as well as the M10 motion co-processor may finally be implemented. This would add up to 50% more processing power, making the handset run a whole lot more smoothly.


Currently, one of the main frustrations the iPhone brings is its poor battery life. And with it, it's irritatingly short charging cable. Well whispers suggest that the 7 may finally sport a wireless charger, however, the reliability of those whispers cannot be voucher for too much. To make up for this though, it is highly possible that the new handset may charge in a fraction of the time it takes the 6S, this is down to the five volts, two amps charging.


If we're talking iMessage, larger emojis are set to become available as well as the option to draw pictures rather than send text. The other leading apps such as photos, music, news and maps are also set to undergo a makeover.


And the quirkiest rumour regarding the seven? It may finally follow in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy by becoming water-resistant. The removal of the headphone jack certainly supports those rumours, as does Apple's previous interest in existing waterproof devices.
Whether AT&T's leaked schedule is correct, or the claims from serial leaker Evan Blass that state the seven will go on sale on September 16 are, one thing for sure is that the handset is definitely set for release in September. The release of the seven may be just weeks away ladies and gentlemen!



The revenue stats make it clear, mobile gaming is immensely popular. It is estimated that in 2018, revenues of mobile games will hit $70.3 billion, which is more than 50% than the overall gaming revenue of $137.9 billion. Mobile gaming has grabbed hold of the market because it's affordable (many mobile games are free to play) and they're accessible (players can access high-quality games on the go).


But the influence of mobile devices on gaming goes far beyond the financials. They have also had an impact on the wider games industry, changing how developers both on and off mobile devices create and market their titles.


Real-World Exploration



In July 2016, Niantic released a little game called Pokemon GO. The game allowed players to explore the real-world, catching Pokemon, battling for territory, and more. It also features a "buddy" system that allows Pokemon to accompany players as they explore for greater rewards.


Pokemon GO's success has impacted Let's Go Pokemon, the upcoming main Pokemon games for Nintendo Switch. The Poke Ball Plus device allows players to select a Pokemon and take them for a stroll by carrying them "within" the device, earning rewards when they return. The mechanic is directly borrowed from Pokemon GO and shows the impact of that game's success.


SMS Integration


You may well be familiar with the concept of SMS/text games e.g Never Have I Ever and 20 Questions, smartphones have allowed SMS integration to be kicked up a notch. These days, there is even greater integration and it's quite common for game developers to text you about updates to their mobile games or even to send you links to install their apps.


The use of SMS even allows gamers - on mobile or on other platforms - to get bonuses for other games. In some cases, this involves rewards when you've referred a new player via text or, like some no deposit bonus casino offers, players are able to activate their bonuses via text. In some casino promotions, free spins are delivered via text, with players able to verify and accept their free spins before jumping into the games they want to play. 


Cross-Platform Play



Gaming that allows players on PC and console has been a concept for a while, but with the rise of mobile gaming, that has been kicked up a notch. Mobile gaming allows players to play games on the go, but people still want to play with their friends and squad members, making cross-play a winning feature.


The mobile version of Fortnite is just the latest example of this, as its cross-platform play lets players on PC, PS4, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices to play alongside one another. While there are some technical hurdles, such as limits on using keyboard and mouse support to get ahead, it has shown other game developers why they need the feature.


The revenue shows that mobile gaming is only growing in popularity. This means that its influence on the wider industry is only set to grow, not fade. What are the next impacts we could see? Portable console screens? More free to play, casual titles. It will be exciting to find out.



Apart from being one of the world's happiest and economically successful nations, Swedes know how to have fun legally and responsibly. The answer here lies in the legal gambling activities available both on the Internet as well as in the brick-and-mortar casinos. The Swedish government is the one in charge of the gambling activities in the states and thus ensures high levels of security in the field attracting more and more people both in the Northern Europe as well as from all over the world to try Scandinavian casinos online.

 

Historically, Swedes have been actively gambling from the beginning of the 19th century. This activity became legalized in 1943 with the purchasing and nationalization of Tipstjänst by the Swedish government. Today, the government still runs this industry with new online casino development including https://allacasinononline.com/nya-casinon/ being one of the main attractions of tourists as well as locals.

 

What Are The Most Popular Games In Online Gambling For Swedes?


As already mentioned, the Swedish government owns and runs all entities connected to the gambling industry. There are four land-based casinos in Sweden, all located in relatively big cities like Stockholm, and Malmö. However, they are not capable of satisfying an ever-growing demand for these services from all corners of the country as well as from abroad.

 

That is why online developers have been particularly active lately. There is a wide variety of online casinos, betting services, and so on available on the Internet all with outstanding design, customer support as well as aggressive marketing campaigns. Let us look at what kind of games do Swedish prefer the most to get a complete picture of the gambling situation in the country.



Here are some of the games and gambling activities which Swedes tend to adore:


        online slots: progressive jackpot slots are especially popular among Swedes. Swedish gamblers have proved to be successful at winning large-money prizes over the past few years. These include games like Cosmic Fortune and Divine Fortune;

        online poker: Svenska Spel offers its own form of online poker games for real gambling fanatics with poker ranking among the most favorite games of Swedes;

        sports betting: gambling on football, live racing across the country, ice hockey and many others. And everything is legal, do not forget this!

        lotto: with an obvious name for a game of true vikings, Viking Lotto, is active in several states like Denmark, Iceland, and Finland. You can buy tickets to participate in the lotto activities through Svenska Spel's website being the state-run website for casinos.

 

To wrap it up, online gambling is incredibly developed in Sweden given its lasting history as well as legalization on the state's level. High-security levels, as well as considerable competition among the web developers creating for state's online gambling services, make this industry a thriving one. Whatever your preferences may be, online or offline, you will definitely find an ultimate option for your gambling inner self. Do not let this, though, become more than a fun way to spend your time!



Did you ever try to guess what the "N" in Android N will stand for? If you did, then here's your chance to try and get that idea be adopted by Google itself! That's right, the digital giant has even launched an entire website to register such ideas from people all over the world. This was quite a beginning to the Google I/O that started today. It is also an unexpectedly new move by Google, who have previously been content with just revealing the name of the next Android version at the yearly conference, up till now.


Android N was announced just a few months back in March and considering that Marshmallow was officially released only back in October 2015, it was obvious that Google wanted things to be on their way faster than before. To prove this point further, they released a developer preview as a follow up, which gave a few lucky users the taste of what's to come; improved battery life, split-screen multitasking and even brand new emojis among others. We are not sure if Google is looking for the name of innovative desserts or if they are planning to take a new approach this time around, but feel free to give it a try nonetheless.


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)



While the name of the next Android OS might still be undecided, the first developer preview of the OS is here. As of now, the developer version of Android O is eligible for being rolled out to the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, the Pixel C tablet and the Nexus Player.


Google has already given us the timeline regarding the Developer Preview release schedule for Android O. The first one already came out on March 21 and other three will follow consecutively in mid-May, mid-June and mid-July. It is being expected that Android 8.0 will see the first stable public release from late August or early September at best.


Significant changes seen so far in the OS include changes and improvements in the Notification menu, the status bar, the navigation bar, Quick Settings, App badges, System UI customization options, physical keyboard support, Autofill API, background processes, PIP support and much more. To check out the actual details as made clear by Android Authority, click here.


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LG's latest flagship smartphone, the LG G4, has been official for a couple of days now, and crowds have been raving about its design and features. In its latest infographic the company has focused on the more quantifiable aspects of its latest offspring and has presented us the LG G4 by the numbers.

 

We know already that LG is very proud of its camera and the infographic puts a strong emphasis on its features. The quick power up time, extensive manual adjustments and bright aperture are all shown off in numbers.

 

The display of the G4 gets a numerical comparison to the G3, one-upping its predecessor in every aspect. The rest of the chief hardware is outlined with all three storage options (internal, microSD, and cloud) shown in brand-color digits. The removable battery is also shaping to be a key selling point as LG rarely misses to point out its advantage over the competition in this respect. Click on the Photo below to view the Full size Infographic.

 

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We know that the Galaxy S8 is going to remain absent from the MWC later this month, but that isn't the case for the LG G6 though. Before LG announces the G6 in Barcelona, here's a rumor roundup for you.


Release date: February, 2017. It will go on sale in South Korea on March 9. Customers in the US will able to buy the LG G6 form April 7.


Display: 5.7-inch borderless QHD+ display with 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution (18:9 aspect ratio/564ppi)


SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. The S8 will be the first device to sport the 835 chip and it's launching a month after the G6.


RAM: 6GB


Internal storage: 64GB with an expandable micro-SD card slot


Camera: Dual rear camera setup. Front camera may also act as an iris-scanner.


Audio: An improved version of the Quad DAC Audio system found on the V20.


Battery: Non-removable 3,300mAh or better.


Android version: Nougat 7.1.1 or later with Google Assistant


Expected Price: $650 - $700


Water resistance, wireless charging, CPU cooling system with heat pipes, tempered glass back, brushed metal finish, unibody design, NFC, MST, etc.


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Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

 


Samsung Gear VR


Samsung release a New Wearable device called the Samsung Gear VR, it's a Virtual Reality headset powered by Oculus, that gives you an incredible experience using your Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note 4 Edge as the Gear VR is only compatible with these two devices.

 

The important thing to remember about the Samsung Gear VR is that Oculus played a major role in its creation, and this is made obvious by the "Powered by Oculus" marking on the side of the Samsung gadget. Where the two differ, however, is that the Gear VR will require an Android device to work (a Note 4), and that's important because the electronics giant will have to spur enough developer interest to jump-start the category on Android.

 

Whether Samsung is to be met with success in that regard remains to be seen, so, for the time being, the company is mostly focused on explaining what the Gear VR actually is, and what it's made of. To that end, Samsung has published an infographic on its corporate blog that gives you the basics of the Gear VR in an understandable and easy-to-digest format. Check it out below!

 

Samsung Gear VR Infographic


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