According to a Forbes report, Microsoft is about to launch a wearable device in the coming weeks. The gadget will reportedly hit the shelves in time for the holiday shopping season.
Microsoft's upcoming creation will focus on tracking physical activities that include steps, heart rate, and calories burned among others. Some smartwatch functionality is also expected, though it will not be the product's main highlight. Battery life of the wearable device is tipped to be in the ballpark of two days.
Before we start informing you about the latest rumor, let us clarify that we still have no info on whether or not Samsung will actually skip the number "6" and move on to "7" with its next Note Device. There was a report earlier which stated that the Korean OEM feels that naming the upcoming Note as Galaxy Note 6 will make customers falsely believe that it's older than the recently released Galaxy S7-series. The authenticity of this report/rumor is still not established so keep an open mind!
Zauba, a site which tracks import details, has recently listed "Detailed Import Data" of a certain "sm n935." Considering the fact that the S7 Edge has the model number SM-G935, this could be the model number for the Note6/Note 7 Edge. The details are for a metal mask that's meant for the device in question.
This could mean that Samsung might even launch two versions of its upcoming flagship device, one with a regular flat panel and another more premium device with a curved panel. Of course, these are only speculations at worst and intelligent guesses at best. We will find out more as official announcements are made in the coming months.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Samsung has just made it official that the exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphones are a real problem which according to their research and reports, may happen to one in every 42,000 units. Samsung Mobiles president Koh also stated that they have so far found 35 incidents around the world in which the Note 7 had shown signs of excessive heating, catching fire or even exploding while being charged. In light of these incidents, the smartphone will be recalled all around the world as a safety measure and as expected, sales have stopped for now as well.
Samsung hopes to replace all the Note 7 smartphones to their customers in roughly two week's time. The battery related problem will perhaps be solved by the South Korean giant over time, but a massive damage has already been done. The exploding smartphones have not only put a blemish on an otherwise perfect series of Note devices, but the bad reputation will definitely affect the sales of Samsung smartphones in general, especially when Apple is about to unveil the iPhone 7 this month.
Saikat Kar (the-enthusiast)
Anyone who looks at the Galaxy S8 or the Mi Mix instantly appreciates the bezel-less design and it is expected that the upcoming iPhone 8 will also sport similar borderless display. In fact it seems to be the future of evolution for smartphones in general from here on. However, Google doesn't think that it is necessary to adopt that design as their "only" option yet. Make no mistake, all leaks and rumors are still suggesting that the Pixel XL 2 will be sporting a borderless display, but the regular and smaller Google Pixel 2 will apparently, not be as lucky.
Take a look at the picture and tell me if you think it looks exactly like last year's Google Pixel made by HTC or not. I ask this because it looks like that to me at least! Also, if this leak by VentureBeats is to be believed then the Pixel 2 won't have a dual camera either, but then again, that's true for the Pixel XL 2 as well unfortunately.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
This year, Samsung's definitely been active in the smartwatch market. It recently unveiled the Gear S. But next year the company may be taking its smartwatch efforts to the next level.
According to a report out of Samsung's home country of South Korea, at Mobile World Congress 2015 we could see a new wearable that will come with a built-in fingerprint scanner. And in what would be a first for a Samsung device, it may not require a swipe to register your fingerprint.
Aside from featuring that sensor and not relying on a smartphone for secure authentication purposes, this yet-unnamed smartwatch is also to sport some simple payments functionality. This will be developed by Samsung in partnership with PayPal. The two companies have already teamed up this year to enable making payments with the Galaxy S5's fingerprint sensor, so the new smartwatch venture would be a natural extension of that relationship.
The whole thing has been reportedly confirmed by "a high-ranking official at Samsung Electronics". Synaptics is also involved, thanks to its biometric know-how. The system will send promotional offers to your smartwatch from nearby stores, so you can pick what you want to buy even before entering a shop. It will be available in over 50 countries worldwide.
A public "Tech Preview" of the next version of Windows, Windows 9 codenamed "Threshold", could apparently land as soon as next month, according to certain unnamed sources. This version will almost certainly end up being called Windows 9 when it's going to be released in spring 2015.
Windows 9 has recently been rumored to introduce a few interesting new features, most of which are actually fixes to the niggles many have had with Windows 8 and its radical two-faced approach to computing. Long story short: using Windows with a mouse and keyboard is about to become a lot less of a hassle.
So, the Modern (aka Metro) apps are due to get windowing support, the elusive Charms bar will be gone forever, there will be a new "mini" Start Menu, and Microsoft may also bake in virtual desktops. Additionally, we may see Cortana make an appearance outside of the confines of Windows Phone.
Are you getting complaint from those who you are calling on your brand new Nexus 6p saying that they are not able to hear you. Then you might want to go through several threads on the Google Product Forum and XDA-Developers. The usual problem among the early adopters of this device seems to be weak and patchy voice quality - the voice of the Nexus 6P owner, not the person to whom the call is made. Many 6p owners across the two forums are reporting quite similar problems, both in standard call mode and the speakerphone mode. Representatives from Google have responded to this and informed that they would be investigating this issue.
According to some unofficial experimentation by users, it seems the problem might be arising from the phone's noise cancellation setup. Most of the new age smartphones use multiple microphones along with the primary "mouth" mic in order to filter surrounding noise for a clearer call. Some users have reported that by covering the rear microphone on the Nexus 6P this issue can be fixed and others reported that it actually causes the problem. In all of the threads related to this problem, there is no agreement among users. Probably they are facing similar issues, but technically the issues might be different.
One poster on the Google forum, Nicholas Fitchett, says that he found solution by disabling noise cancellation entirely via a root-level build.prop modification. Given below is the statement:
"I turned off noise cancelling via build prop and it fixed it for me. This goes back to the nexus 5 and nexus 6 as well. I doubt it's a hardware issue. Google really needs to enable a setting for this or use better software."
Users are posting about this issue in the Google forum right now. Hopefully Google would be able to fix the issue with a software update soon.