Smartphones have long become an indispensable device, especially for motorists. A modern device like Samsung Galaxy Note 7 can completely replace a standard navigation and even multimedia system in a car, while still providing communication with the outside world. Unfortunately, not every car has a special place to accommodate a smartphone, so its integration will require special accessories, for example, a car holder for a phone. Here you can compare the basic models, https://www.bestadvisor.com/car-phone-holder, and in the meantime we will tell you about additional possibilities for the integration of a smartphone and a car.
Listen to Music from Your Smartphone
Instead of constantly switching radio channels, trying to get rid of annoying songs or commercials, or constantly recording something new on a USB flash drive, it's much better to listen to music from your smartphone: here you can listen to songs from the Internet, and your favorite music that is available offline . But before you buy additional devices, try connecting your smartphone to the car radio with a standard USB cable.
New Features for Diagnostics
Innovative applications for smartphones allow every owner of the car, using a special Bluetooth adapter connected to the car's OBDII port, to read all errors from a car's computer. With these applications, you can diagnose your car on the go.
Use the Opportunity to Save on DVR
Do smartphones and tablets have a camera - so it can be used for the benefit of the motorist. This is an obvious thought: why spend extra money to buy a DVR, if it can easily be replaced by a smartphone?
And for this there are special programs that allow you to impose time, speed and coordinates on the video image. The only drawback is that the smartphone battery will be discharged faster, but it is possible to connect the charger in all cars. As a bonus, applications for video registration offer such pleasant (for a long time already used not only in the premium segment) functions, such as recognition of road signs of speed limits and prohibition of overtaking. The advantage of a mobile application is that there are more recognizable road signs. However, there is a hitch in how truthfully the camera of the smartphone recognizes them and in what light conditions. But in any case, you should try this option.
The Possibilities of Reverse Integration
Currently, many automakers have begun to equip their products with new smartphone integration systems with new software. Thanks to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, your favorite applications on your smartphone become available on the screen of the infotainment system of your car. In addition, all your contacts saved in the phone can also be viewed on the screen of this console.
Of course, the list of possibilities of the integration of a smartphone and a car is not limited to the mentioned above. Start enjoying them today and make your driving more convenient and innovative.
Tesco was keen to mark the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 with as much bang as possible and went all out sending a unit into space. Tied to a special space balloon, the smartphone is accompanied by a trio of GoPro cameras monitoring its every move.
Launched from an undisclosed location within UK's Peak District national park, the balloon soared 32.5km to the edge of space surviving 160km/h winds and temperatures as low as -57 degrees Celsius.
Watch the Live Stream below for the S6 Launch starting tomorrow at 11am UK time.
There'ss an element of competition to the whole event, and the person who tweets "DROP" and "#S6EdgeOfSpace" at the exact moment the balloon bursts will WIN a brand New Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, in Tesco's wording. Now, apparently, a different device will need to be shipped to the lucky winner, as we don't see this one making it back to planet Earth in one piece.
HTC surprised its users by shutting down its Sense TV services, HTC One M8 users have noticed that the Sense TV app which is a smart TV remote using the built-in IR blaster, has started notifying them that the service has shut down and they have to install Peel App from the play store.
The move isn't surprising given that HTC's shipping a regular Peel remote app instead of Sense TV on its latest One M9. However we now have confirmation from HTC that the move away from Sense TV is taking place, and that it'll affect Android owners as well as its most recent Windows device. Peel will import all the settings needed from Sense TV App.
HTC has confirmed that the shutdown will affect the Android and Windows versions of Sense TV, and that when the app closes up shop it'll point users in the direction of the Peel app, whether they're on Android or Windows. Just to let you know, Sense TV was essentially just a branded version of Peel anyway, the core experience shouldn't change too much, and HTC owners will be kept updated through Play Store updates whether they're using Peel on an M7, M8 or M9.
Samsung is gearing up to mass produce the first ever 256GB embedded memory module as a Universal Flash Storage 2.0. Performance is a big advancement over the recent SATA-based solid-state-drives used in high-end PCs.
The UFS memory from Samsung offers ultra-fast speed storage based around their V-NAND flash memory chips. The UFS memory is capable of performing 45,000 input operations and 40,000 output operations each second. The UFS memory is twice the speed of the previous UFS memory type. The latest version uses dual lanes of data transfer to create speeds of 850MB/s which is approximately twice the speed of SATA-based SSDs. For sequential writing, the speed is lower at 260MB/s.
One of the main benefits of the latest version of 256GB UFS memory is that it will better support playback of 4K video content. Tablets now have split screen display technology with 4K video playback that can be combined with a second area of the screen being used to display an app. This tends to push the hardware to the limit. With 4K video, the data read needs to be faster because a 4K video contains so much more compressed image and audio data. This audio/visual data needs to be read, decompressed and played in real-time.
Samsung has just gone into full production of their UFS memory 2.0 chips which will become available later in 2016.
Harman International Industries is in the process of being acquired by Samsung in a whopping $8 billion deal, which will mark the Korean giant's entry into the automotive industry. Harman is famous for manufacturing top of the line audio systems, smartcar accessories and other automobile entertainment systems for companies such as GM and Fiat. In an official statement by Samsung, Vice-Chairman Kwon Oh-Hyun mentioned that "Harman perfectly complements Samsung in terms of technologies, products and solutions, and joining forces is a natural extension of the automotive strategy we have been pursuing for some time."
The all-cash deal, when it goes through, will result in Samsung acquiring Harman Industries at $112 per share. Although it will take some time before the buyout is completed, Samsung is looking to finish all the necessary formalities by the end of Q3, 2017, including approvals from the regulators and of course, share holders. It would be interesting to see if any of the new protectionist strategies which could be adopted by the new Trump govenment, interferes with this deal concerning an Asian company acquiring an US business.
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Android and Chrome OS SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer has said that Google is "very committed" to Chrome OS. The company had already confirmed earlier that the project isn't being killed.
Reports that Google is working on merging the Chrome OS and Android OS into a single operating system. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal but has since been confirmed by the search giant. The new OS, which is in the works for the past couple of years, is expected to be ready for a preview next year, but would be launched only in 2017.
The move would result in PC users getting access to Google Play, which is currently home to millions of apps. In addition, Chromebooks the lightweight and portable laptops that got their name from the Chrome OS will also get a new name. The Chrome browser, however, won't be affected in any way.
It's worth mentioning that Google's newly-announced CEO Sundar Pichai has been heading both Android and Chrome OS divisions for the past two years. "Mobile as a computing paradigm is eventually going to blend with what we think of as desktop today," he said last week.
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It has almost become cliché to claim that there is an app for everything now, but at times it doesn't feel far from the truth. Rather than accepting that all the best apps have already been made, developers are finding innovative ways to make an impression on the market. The world of sports apps is highly competitive, with sports lovers keen to find ways to channel their passion while on the move. Through tweaking existing formulas, new sports apps have found ways to enhance streaming and gaming for Android users.
Sometimes apps rely on minor technological developments to gain a foothold in the market. Other apps can simply offer something that nothing else can offer. The runaway success of Pokemon Go was driven by the game's unique style, giving players something that they had never experienced for. Eleven Sports are aiming to be similarly revolutionary, albeit in the world of sports streaming. By snapping up exclusive rights to show UK viewers top division football matches from Spain, Netherlands and Sweden, Eleven Sports have suddenly become prominent in a market previously dominated by the same few big names.
Their reach extends beyond football, with Eleven Sports offering exclusive coverage of the 2018 PGA Championship. Golf fans downloaded the app in their droves, able to watch the tournament from their Android device and the location of their choosing. Eleven Sports' monopoly on certain sporting events will likely facilitate long-term success for the app.
Eleven Sports' logo looks primed to become increasingly prominent in the streaming world. Source: Eleven Sports UK via Facebook.
Bookmakers are increasingly expected to offer an app, which is largely due to the rise of in-play betting. Being able to bet on an event as it is happening becomes more laborious if you have to rely on the speed of a browser. However, it's not enough to just have an app. That app has to be quick and easy to navigate, not just in terms of reducing stress but to allow users to catch odds before they change. MoPlay have translated the intuitive layout of their browser site into the app to allow users to access in-play betting markets on the go. Android users can sign up at moplay.co.uk before downloading the app via the website, but they will be rewarded with an interface that is among the slickest and most logical of bookmaking apps.
In the crowded market of sports apps, new names like that of MoPlay have to differentiate themselves. MoPlay have done that through their visually appealing layout, with Ketchapp Summer Sports taking a similar approach to their gaming experience. Creating an effective sports gaming app is difficult, considering the gulf in technological quality that is unavoidable when comparing an app and a video game. This is why Ketchapp Summer Sports' approach has proven so popular.Rather than attempting to create something that emulates richly detailed video games, the app's simplistic visuals and gameplay give it a unique feel. The ability to track records in the hope of setting new personal and worldwide bests encourages users to return to the app to compete in a variety of Olympic sports. Most will still go to console classics for the premier gaming experience, but an app like Ketchapp Summer Sports taps into the beauty of sport in a way that makes it the ideal companion for a commute. As app developers continue to push the boundaries, it will be interesting to reflect on the world of sports apps in another year to see what experimentations have since become the default.
Bitcoin is a virtual currency that uses P2P technology to carry out exchanges of value without the intervention of any bank or central body. Transactions and the issue of new Bitcoins are entirely controlled by the network. Bitcoins are the first cryptocurrency that was invented. Historically, Bitcoin is the cryptocurrency with the highest capitalization and also the highest price per single token.
Bitcoin is now a consolidated reality and although its listing on the market is subject to fluctuations even quite large from time to time, so far this virtual currency has overcome all the obstacles it has faced. Being the most traded currency, it is also quite stable although always subject to sudden changes in value compared to FIAT currencies, or the so-called traditional currencies.
The algorithm on which the BTC blockchain is based is the SHA-256 with Proof-Of-Work. Thanks to this algorithm Bitcoin can be transacted in a completely anonymous and secure way. Bitcoin accounts are in fact maintained by a public ledger and are assigned to an address, not to a person or an entity. Excluding the option to participate in their creation (an activity that has become too expensive.
The transactions involve the transfer of Bitcoin through special software that mask the complexity of the underlying blockchain: the so-called Wallets. Each wallet maintains a private key (or seed) which is used to sign the transaction by providing proof that the BTCs come from the owner of the wallet. The signature also serves to prevent the transaction from being changed by any third party who intercepts it. All transactions can then be made public among blockchain participants who usually confirm them, every 10 minutes, through a process called mining. Wealth matrix is used to earn money from bitcoin.
The mining precisely serves to confirm a transaction and also to create new Bitcoins. Mining also allows a transaction to be confirmed in a neutral way by all the computers that are part of the network, without the possibility that the blocks that make up the transactions are changed. To do this, the blockchain uses a lottery-type mechanism, which makes it very difficult for an individual or a group to control the blocks to be included in the blockchain and therefore makes the Bitcoin network very difficult to hack. It is highly recommended, especially at the beginning, the daily reading of the official forum (bitcointalk) where you can find discussions, information and news on practically every currently existing project. All this just to have a basic smattering, which is the fundamental condition for being able to operate in this world; depending on what you want to do, then, you will have to specialize in a certain sector.
How to invest in Bitcoin?
To invest in Bitcoin there are several options, some simpler and others more complex. First of all, let's start by saying that the main difference lies in the possibility of owning the Bitcoin token, or the BTC, or investing speculating on the price trend.
To own the BTC it is necessary to register on an exchange , there are more or less famous ones among which we mention eTorox , the cryptocurrency exchange of the eToro Group , which obtained the license as a regulated supplier with license number FSC1333B from the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission , i.e. the Gibraltar Financial Market Supervisory Authority.
Alternatively, you can also buy Bitcoin on the platform of the eToro broker, which has become famous in the world thanks to social trading. To join the 10 million traders present, visit the eToro website from
To invest in Bitcoin, however, it is not necessary to own the BTC and manage it through a wallet, but just relies on eToro CFD trading. To trade on this broker you need to click on the link shown above. On the same platform you can choose whether to buy Bitcoin or invest on the price trend of the Bitcoin quote (BTC / USD).
Bitcoin exists because there is a network of people around the world who allow it to function, these people do it because this allows them to earn money by doing it not only allow the network to function but also certify its security and reliability.
As Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray pointed out on CNBC yesterday, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus couldn't have chosen a better time to come out unless Apple had some sort of premonition about the impending disaster that has now befallen their biggest competitor in the market. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a beautiful flagship device that was set to conquer markets around the world once again, but then its batteries started exploding! At this point of time, authorities, experts and most importantly, Samsung itself has officially requested everyone who owns a Note 7, to shut down their device and go to the nearest service centre for a replacement. The entire 2.5 million smartphones which were sent to the customers are going to be replaced or refunded by Samsung, which alone would cost them more than a billion dollars. The damage will be much bigger than a billion dollars in the long run though, because of the bad reputation that this incident is sure to brand Samsung with.
The iPhone 7 on the other hand, was not received well by fans and critics alike (barring a few hardcore fans of course). The new handset is being criticized for not bringing any real innovation to the series and also for excluding the well loved 3.5mm jack, while bringing in a somewhat strange-looking AirPod to the market at a premium cost. Nevertheless, there have been no reports of the iPhone 7's batteries exploding and settingthings on fire, so it's pretty much obvious that Apple is bound to see a significant sales boost, now that their biggest competitor is somewhat out of the equation for a small while. Some experts have predicted that Apple may very well have suffered an even lower sales number this year, had their competitor's smartphones not started catching fire right before the latest iPhones went on sale.
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Remember Apple's former partner GT Advanced and its sapphire glass plant that went bust last year? Apparently, the Cupertino giant has plans to turn it into a massive data center.
The facility will serve as a command center for Apple's global networks. The company will invest $2 billion in the project. As a result, it will create 150 full-time Apple jobs and an additional 300 to 500 supporting jobs locally.
GT Advanced has rights to use the Mesa, Arizona plant until the end of this year. As part of its commitment, the Cupertino giant will also finance solar projects in the area.
Apple already announced it's first Watch last September along with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 PLUS but didn't release into markets. Today, Apple has sent out invitations for an event to be held March 9th in San Francisco where Apple Watch will be official released. The title of the event is "Spring forward," a reference to Daylight Savings Time which begins the day before.
While no launch date for the smartwatch has been announced, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that the device won't launch before April. Additionally, Apple Store employees are said to be in training for the release of the timepiece.
Apple will reveal a launch price for the Watch at the event along with pricing for the mid-range and high-end versions of the device. Apple has said that the entry-level Apple Watch Sport will start at $349.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.