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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)



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.


hololens

 

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.

 

hololens

 

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.

 

hololens

 

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

 

Note 5 price

 

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.

 



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)



LTE has changed both the way and the quantity in which smartphone users consume data nowadays and recent studies suggest that it will only continue to increase. With the likes of Netflix, Spotify and YouTube being used so frequently by users all over the world, it isn't really a surprise though.


The latest Ericsson Mobility Report indicates that the monthly data consumption rate will hit the 8.9GB mark by 2021 for the average smartphone user. Considering the fact that as of now, the average monthly data consumption for smartphone users is currently 1.4GB, that is a big hike!
According to the report, the huge change will be brought forth by the following factors.


1) A significantly more number of people will start using smartphones.
2) 4G LTE will become available in areas where it was previously unavailable.
3) At least some of the carriers will make 5G speeds available to the consumers by 2020.



As one would expect, North America and Western Europe tops the chart in this report as prime data consumers, followed by Central and Eastern Europe and South America. The types of content which will be most responsible for consuming all that data are predictably, video content and social networking.


Which app hogs the most data in your smartphone?


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)



Fran Shammo, the CFO of Verizon has declared in an investor conference yesterday, that "At the end of the day, people don't need unlimited plans." At a time when T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint are offering unlimited data plans to their customers through various packages, this particular statement by the high-ranking official clearly shows that Verizon thinks that their competition are misguided! He defended his opinion/decision/statement by pointing out that Verizon's "customer friendly" plans might have data caps but they are simpler, offer high speed data tethering and unthrottled video streaming.


As if the above statement was not embarrassingly clear enough, Shammo also added, "You cannot make money on an unlimited video world." Now with this statement, one can say that Verizon is bordering on or has already crossed the line marked "corporate money grab." He even called users of unlimited plans "abusive" as they tend to use a lot more data and impact the quality of the network for everyone around them. There is no doubt that Verizon is the leading carrier in the country and it seems that it does not think that this decision or these comments will affect their business in any way. Do you agree with Fran Shammo, or will you be moving to a more "abusive" data plan from another carrier?


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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.

 

hoverboard 2015

 

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]



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)

 



Online casinos are abundant in the UK, but that doesn't mean that they are all the same. You can always get information from reliable websites that pick only the best new UK slots to review, but you yourself should have a basic idea about what to expect as well. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind while joining a new slot site.


Licensing Details


This is one of the most important factors to remember before joining a slot site. The online casino should have license to operate in the jurisdiction where its servers are maintained. Depending on the jurisdiction which is responsible for its regulation and licensing, the experience may differ. It might be best if you checked the slot site's licensing properties in the UK as well before joining. An eCOGRA certification is a good sign and usually means that the site is secure for safe monetary transactions.


The Software


When it comes to online casinos, the software is everything. It decides the games you can play, the graphics, the animations, the audio, themes, player options and just about everything that determines a user's experience on a slot site. Before signing up, it is probably a good idea to make sure that the casino is using software from market leaders such as Microgaming, Playtech and NetEnt.


Bonus Offers


Almost all slot sites will offer welcome bonuses to you on signing up, but it's up to you to choose the one that's presenting the best first time offers, according to you. Even after you sign up and your first time offers have expired, you should be getting periodical offers from the casino every once in a while.


Customer Support


Customer care is important as that's how you are supposed to interact with the casino, especially if something goes wrong. Even if the site doesn't have 24 × 7 customer care available, check to see if support will at least be available during the time when you usually gamble. Live chat options are far better than email communication since it's a much faster process. Alternatively, you should be able to call them up if you need to. If a casino is operating in the UK, the customer care executives should speak English, but check the language options before signing up nevertheless.


Once you have made sure that a casino checks all the above boxes, sign up and try out a few slots to see if you like how it feels. If you don't like it, there's always something better waiting for you.



Source: Nounbooks on Facebook


As mobile gaming ages and creates a vast library of exclusive games for itself, it also borrows plenty of classic titles that originated on consoles or computers. Secret of Mana, Grand Theft Auto, Crazy Taxi Classic and Bully are just a few of the old gems you can download onto your phone, but even with all of the games that have made the transition, there's still a few that we'd like to see as an app and we haven't yet.


Let's take a second to look at these entries and talk about what makes them worthy choices.



Source: Black Liquid on Facebook


Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)


Widely regarded as one of the best games of all time and certainly the best out of the three titles developed by Team Ico, Shadow of the Colossus definitely needs to make its first handheld appearance. With the E3 2017 announcement that there will be a SotC remake in 2018, it only seems appropriate to make a port for phones so that people can slay on the go.


With the dynamic gameplay of climbing up colossi opened up to touch screen, we might see some interesting changes to the classic controls - such as swiping up to scale a monster's back and double tapping the screen to plunge your sword into the beast's weak point. Although the final fight did suffer from serious frame dropping, the problem was virtually fixed in the PS3 port - a blueprint that developers should be sure to use when building the game for iOS and Android.



Source: DK Vine via Facebook


Grabbed by the Ghoulies (Xbox)


From the same people who brought you GoldenEye 007 and Banjo & Kazooie comes Grabbed by the Ghoulies. The whimsical horror game has the player taking on hordes of Halloween baddies as they traverse a haunted mansion in search of the main character's girlfriend. While the game received mixed reviews upon its release, it was eventually re-released in the Rare Replay bundle for Xbox One, and has even gone on to inspire similar titles such as Grave Grabbers https://www.slots.io, a five-reel, 20-payline slot game that borrows heavily from the comedic and animated horror themes featured in Rare's classic.


Grabbed by the Ghoulies also features a soundtrack by legendary video game composer Grant Kirkhope, the same man who created the highly regarded Donkey Kong Country series soundtracks. And with the recent boost in augmented reality games, thanks to Pokemon Go, Grabbed by the Ghoulies can take advantage of the same technology to bring the monster mashing madness right into your home.



Source: Happy Chick Game Emulator via Facebook


Super Mario Kart (SNES)


Since Nintendo has finally gotten with the times and started releasing app games, there's a whole slew of old gems that need releasing on the phone, but none more deserving that Super Mario Kart, a franchise that has sold 90.50 million copies worldwide according to vgchartz.com. With an added online multiplayer mode where people could play with others in their proximity and the addition of tilt controls similar to the Wiimote, Super Mario Kart could be modernized for a whole new generation of gamers.


Although Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 7 are already available portable titles, not everyone owns a system to play them on. However, practically everyone owns a phone. Before we know it, we could be back in the '90s playing the first ever released Mario Kart online off of our phones. Now that's a nostalgia overload.


Regardless of what games are released for phones, the mobile gaming industry will be stronger than ever. It would just help for more console-based gamers to have familiar options at their fingertips in an age where our phones are on us nearly every passing moment of the day. If technology really is going to be the downfall of mankind, the least we can do is make it fun for everyone.



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.


lg g4

 

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.

 

lg g4

 



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.


Source


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

 


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