The OnePlus Concept One prototype smartphone is all set to make its debut at CES 2020. The company has created some mystery around its cameras that will be revealed by then. Recently, OnePlus uploaded a video that teased the device and shows its design in 10 seconds. As it is shown in the video, the OnePlus Concept One features an invisible camera setup that no one has manufactured in the industry yet. Wired further explains that OnePlus has teamed up with long-time collaborator McLaren to use the glass technology in mobile devices that are already found in high-end cars and special aircraft windows.
The rear side camera setup hides under the glass of the phone. The tint of the glass reveals hidden cameras once it is triggered by electrical signals. This makes the triple camera array comes on the front side when you open the camera app and hides it when not in use. Wired suggests that the OnePlus concept Once has a race-car-like design, which isn't exactly surprising considering the device is designed by McLaren. The company is still working on the design and it may not reveal shortly. The CEO Pete Lau of OnePlus says, "With this approach, we'll be able to produce smaller amounts of the product and, with feedback from a small group of users, look at the possibility of making a device that's available for users more widely,"
According to the leaks, the OnePlus concept one has the same camera specs as the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition. It will feature a 48MP lens as a primary camera, a 16MP ultra-wide lens, and an 8MP lens to act as a telephoto snapper. The only major difference here is the addition of the special appearance of the glass. When activated, the back of the phone becomes completely black, making the lenses disappear and gives a uniform look to the rear camera. This is the same electrochromic glass used on the optional sunroof on the McLaren 720S supercar. OnePlus was inspired by the car and started working on incorporating the glass in a phone in 2018.
2019 was the year of success for OnePlus. In 2020 the company isn't likely to slow down, as we have already witnessed a new streak of rumors about OnePlus 8 series as these devices are on the way. There is also a rumor about a new mid-range or budget-friendly device coming from the company, which is tagged as OnePlus 8 Lite. If it does launch, it would be the first mid-range smartphone from the company since the OnePlus X, that was launched back in 2015.
The mid-range device OnePlus 8 Lite was named as "Lite" by rumors because it seems more sensible than using the X, as OnePlus did in the past. It might be possible that the Lite version has some other name, but until we hear from the company, we will continue to use the OnePlus 8, Pro, and Lite. As per leaks, the devices will be launched in May of 2020. It's predecessor OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 6 both were released in May.
As per leak images, the OnePlus 8 looks slightly different than the OnePlus 7. There is an addition of a lens on the rear side of the device. Earlier, the phone had only two lenses. On the front side, the waterdrop notch is gone. Instead, the company adopted the punch-hole route by adding a single camera lens for taking selfies as a cutout in the upper left corner.
As per the physical buttons are concerned, the volume rocker is on the left side, and the power button is a layout on the right side along with the alert slider. The USB-C port is in its usual place and there is still no 3.5mm headphone jack. From the back, the device looks similar to the OnePlus 7T Pro. The camera has left-of-center ToF sensor, all arranged in pretty much a similar way as in 7T pro. In short, the OnePlus 8 Lite is different than any other OnePlus phone from the front side.
As per confirmed leaks, the OnePlus 8 series is going to have a 120Hz display refresh rate. With its predecessor, the display rate was 90Hz. However, it is unlikely that the Lite version will feature such a high refresh rate. OnePlus could use wireless charging with the upcoming series.
Recently, Oppo Reno 6 pro appeared on the Intertek certification website which confirms its near-to-launch status. The listing confirms that the phone is using a battery with fast charging capability of 65W. The phone is expected to be launched somewhere towards the end of May 2021 in mainland China. Earlier reports suggest that the phone will be using a 4,4000mAh battery with a dual-cell configuration.
Oppo Reno 6 series is expected to include three smartphones - the vanilla Reno 6, the Reno 6 Pro model, and Reno 6 Pro+. Some of the specifications of these phones have already been leaked thanks to their listing on TEENA and MIIT certification websites. The Pro model is reported to be powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1,200 processing chip whereas the Pro plus variant is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor.
The Chinese tipster with the username Digitalstation has also shared TENNA listings of the phone on Weibo. The Pro model is seen to be listed with the model number PEMPPOO and Reno 6 Pro+ is listed with the number PENMOO. Oppo Reno 6 Pro features a 6.55-inch screen and runs on the Android 11 operating system and might pack a 4,500mAh battery that is good enough to keep your phone running the whole day. You can play games, browse YouTube for a longer duration of time without getting worried about battery drainage.
Other reports suggest that the Pro model will come with 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The phone will be powered by a powerful Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver) processor so that you can enjoy a seamless performance. The phone is expected to come with a 5G connectivity option and might include Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth - Yes, v5.0, and 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G. Moreover, sensors on the smartphone might include Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass. The Pro model is likely to be available for purchase for less than 30,000 INR and might come in Luminous black, Ocean blue, and Sunset pink colors.
Many fans were disappointed when the Galaxy Note 7 did not match up to the rumors of the smartphone sporting 6GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. One could say that disappointment turned to bewilderment when some of the devices started to explode and a worldwide recall had to be arranged by Samsung. While Samsung sorts the entire mess out, new rumors indicate that Xiaomi is all set to launch the Mi 5s with 6GB of RAM and the mythical Snapdragon 821 chipset with a clock speed of 2.4 GHz.
None of the other rumoured specs seem less than impressive either as it's supposed to be sporting 256GB of internal storage along with a pressure sensitive display. They will probably not upgrade the screen resolution to 1440p though and will instead possibly stick to the same 5.15-inch 1080p panel. Other specs include a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 4-megapixel front camera, fingerprint scanner, NFC, 2G, 3G, 4G, VoLTE and a 3,490mAh battery. Nothing is official though, so we would suggest waiting for a while before getting your hopes up too much.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is another great phone in the budget category. The worldwide release of the Pixel 3a proved really good for the smartphone industry, as its low price and great camera with exceptional visual experience proved that the mid-range market has lots of potential to grow. Everyday smartphones seem to go bigger but not everyone is fan of huge display. The Xiaomi Mi 9 SE comes with a smaller display. There are already so many mid-range phones. The Pixel 3a is definitely one of the best, and the Mi 9 SE has made to the second position. The Nokia 7.1 is proved to be one of the best low budget smartphone.
The device comes with the glass sandwich design alone feels as good as the OnePlus 7. It is available in black color which comes with the problem of consistent need of wiping fingerprints. It is powered by the Qualcomm snapdragon 712 processor, 6GB RAM, and has 64GB or 128GB storage. That said, there is no headphone port or expandable storage. The battery is kind of small but enough for this device - 3070mAh.
The display is super AMOLED with FHD+ panel, comes with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution. It is running Android Pie out of the box and runs heave MIUI 10. The Xiamoi Mi 9 SE has triple camera setup consists of a 48-MP main sensor, 8MP 2x telephoto zoom lens, and a 13MP ultra-wide angle lens. The image quality is good. The 48MP sensor uses pixel-binning to produce sharp, colorful, and vibrant images. At the front camera it uses 20MP selfie camera. It lacks the overall quality. There is also a beauty mode for taking selfies with a number of tweak and options. The Mi 9 SE comes with an 18W USB-C fast charger. It will take you from zero to 100% in under an hour and 30 minutes.Much like the Pixel 3a, there is no wireless charging included. It's a shame given that the Mi 9 SE has a glass back, but it's not too much of a big deal given that fast-charging is included.
After Samsung and Huawei's foldable smartphones, and other smartphone manufacturers trying to hide the notch, Chinese giant Xiaomi took a completely impossible path altogether. The company unveiled the Mi Mix alpha, a smartphone with a front display that fully wraps around the back. The device is made of a single piece of sapphire glass with ceramics and aerospace-grade titanium allow. So what does the extra display get you? Nothing new in fact. The back display lights up and takes over the front screen's duty when you flip the phone.
Xiamoi says that the Mix alpha is a concept phone, so it is going to have a limited number of sets. The smartphone will go on sale in China in December for $2,800. While the size of the display is unknown, it boasts a 180.6% screen-to-body ratio. The device is powered by a powerful and greatest snapdragon 855+, coupled with 12GB of RAM and 512GB UFS storage. It also supports 5G network support. The device features a 4050mAh battery and supports a 40W wired fast-charging, the company claimed. The Mi Mix alphas is running android Pie-based MIUI 11 software.
The front side of the display doesn't have any camera. Instead, there is a three-camera system at the rear side: a 108MP primary sensor is developed in collaboration with Samsung, a 20MP wide-angle camera sensor and a 12MP telephoto sensor. At the event, Xiaomi also launched the Mi 9 Pro, the follow up the MI 9 handset that the company unveiled earlier this year. The Mi 9 Pro which is almost priced at $250. It is one of the low-cost devices to support the latest 5G network. It also supports 40W fast charging.
Although no many people find expandable storage of any use, a lot of people prefer to have a MicroSD card slot on a phone. Unfortunately, a lot of phones nowadays don't use this extra storage space. These manufacturers choose not to include the MicroSD card slot merely because it takes up precious space that could be filled by more important components.
Xiaomi though might have a different approach for this. Every smartphone uses a SIM card slot for the SIM, so why not have a SIM card that is also a microSD card. This will save the extra spaced needed for a microSD card slot taking up on your phone.
A patent found by IT Home shows how Xiaomi is working on the revolutionary storage technology that may end up the need for separate slots altogether. The card would have the usual SIM technology on one side and then storage technology on the other side. This would, of course, require a specialized SIM tray that can read both ends. The only drawback here is that only Xiamoi phones could use this kind of technology. As this technology is patent by the company.
It may seem like a brilliant idea but it might be too late. Since eSIM technology is going to be a more popular form of technology in smartphones, and there might not be even a space for a physical SIM tray the card in the upcoming few years. However, between now and then Xiamoi could entice people looking for expandable storage to buy its products.
Huawei was working on a new operating system after Trump administration enforced a ban on Huawei and Google announced to ceased its support of Android for the company's smartphones. And now, Huawei has officially announced HarmonyOS, the OS that is supposed to replace its reliance on Android. In China, the software is referred to as Hongmeng. The company says that the OS is based on a microkernel distributed OS, and can be used in everything from smartphones to in-vehicle systems. This will create a shared ecosystem across devices. The OS will be released as an open-source platform to encourage developers to work on it.
Since the US ban on Huawei back in May, the Chinese Govt. has shown its full support to the company and company announced that it is going to work on its own OS, but so far, we aren't sure about its reliability and global acceptance. Huawei plans to launch the new OS on a smartphone first before expanding it to other devices like wearables over the next three years. The first devices that will be getting HarmonyOS are expected to be unveiled on Saturday. The focus of this os is the Chinese market at first before Huawei expands it to other markets.
n a statement, the CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, Richard Yu, says that HarmonyOS is "completely different from Android and iOS" because of its ability to scale across different kinds of devices. "You can develop your apps once, then flexibly deploy them across a range of different devices," the CEO says. Although the OS has the ability to power more devices, in a follow-up press release, Huawei said that for the time being, they are going to use it only on the upcoming smartphones. It will continue using Android on its existing phones. Whether it can continue to do so is another matter. In a press conference following the launch, Yu said that the situation was "unclear" as to whether Huawei can still use Android, and that the company is "waiting on an update" to find out.
Just a few days ago, we heard reports about Samsung's Project Valley being in the last stages of development, but it looks like Lenovo has beaten Samsung here with a demo at the Lenovo Tech World Conference 2016. As expected, Lenovo also revealed the Moto Z and Moto Z Force modular smartphones at the conference.
We had been hearing a lot about foldable displays for a while now, but Lenovo brought those rumors to life when it unveiled a smartphone (dubbed CPlus) that becomes a smartwatch if you fold it around your wrist. To add more to that, the Chinese OEM also unleashed the Folio tablet, which becomes a portable smartphone if you fold it from the middle.
In addition to these innovative pieces of technology, Lenovo revealed the Phab2 Pro, which is the first ever smartphone based on Google's Project Tango. The smartphone will offer unprecedented features in terms of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.
That's a lot of unveilings and innovations for one event! Which one surprised you the most? We find the Folio and the CPlus to be most impressive because of the advantages and conveniences they will provide to their users.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
For many of us, our phones are an important asset in our everyday lives. They are our tool for communication, our cameras and even our alarm clocks.
Are you sure you are making the most of everything that this technology has to offer? From 360° travel tours to creating lip sync videos, we have found five great activities that you can do on your smartphone.
Recent advancements in digital tech has paved the way for a variety of new Virtual Reality experiences, and you don't need expensive equipment to experience it for yourself. Ascape VR is a mobile app that allows you explore 360° travel videos and scenic tours from your own phone. Just tilt the screen to look in any direction.
Its content includes everything from tours of paradise beaches in New Zealand to footage of Disney parades in Disney Land Paris. For the most immersive experience, you can simply place your smartphone inside a VR headset. Whether you need a hand deciding on your next summer vacation or you would just like to see more of the world from the convenience of your own home, Ascape VR is an ideal app for discovering new places.
Mimo is a new app that allows you to learn how to code from your smartphone. In a rapidly digitalising world, this is a skill that will not only help you in the job market, but will also help you to understand the technology that you use on a daily basis.
Mimo's courses give you the option of learning how to make a website, build an iOS app, become a hacker or even create your own game. Its lessons are split into interactive, bitesize pieces that make it easy to practice your coding skills any time you have a few minutes to spare.
Slots of Vegas
Why not use your spare time to take on new challenges and even win some money? Slots of Vegas is a mobile online casino with over 100 games to play. From table and slot games to video poker, Slots of Vegas has a wide variety of exciting casino games powered by a safe and secure Realtime Gaming software.
With the option to either play in your web browser or download the games directly to your phone, accessing the casino is easy. Why not play a game of 3 Card Rummy or Dragon Orb and see for yourself?
Soon: The Everyday Bucket List
If you are someone that likes to make plans to do new things and go on adventures but struggles to organise them, the Sweden-based app Soon will make a perfect addition to your mobile home screen.
The app allows you to find relevant content and categorise your to-do lists. Also, its map feature gives you the ability to find locations and add them to your travel plans. You can even invite your travel companions to collaborate and share locations with you.
This app is the perfect planning tool for helping you to complete your bucket list.
Creating and editing home videos has never been easier! iOS app Dubsmash allows you to add audio clips to your own footage and lip sync popular internet sounds and videos.
Sounds include famous catchphrases from The Big Bang Theory, Mean Girls, The Simpsons and even popular memes such as Danielle Bregoli's ‘Cash me outside,' with this app it is easy to create funny videos within minutes.
Pick your sound, record your video and then use the app's messaging feature to share your new creation with friends.
These five apps are just a few examples of the creative and fun uses your mobile phone has to offer. Log on to your Apple or Google Play app store and start exploring for yourself.
Almost every week, we heard about new technology coming to the mobile phone industry but mobile chargers are usually the least-focused area of these manufacturers. While we are still a long way off batteries that can survive more than a day without a need to re-charge, we do have the next best thing - super fast charging. Now Vivo has announced super flash charge 120W charging technology that can fully charge a 4,000mAh battery cell in just 13 minutes. Yesterday, Vivo uploaded a video on the Weibo page that demonstrates super flash charge in action without providing much detail of the full charge cycle. In the video, the charging went from 10 to 14 percent battery in just 16 seconds.
So far we have seen Xiaomi 100w charging technology in March but it hasn't reached to the consumer market even after three months. OnePlus 7 Pro's warp has a fast charging speed but Vivo's super flash charge is really insane. But it does rise a question about its impact on the battery life in the long run. Vivo may unveil its super flash charging technology at MWC Shanghai next week with its first 5G enabled smartphone. The competitors may make claim about its negative effect on the battery but that's what we have to see.
The other concern about the heating problem. With xiamoi's charger we have seen this problem. How Vivo manage the over-heating issue, and will this kind of charger can sustain for a long period of time? So far, the fastest charger available is with Oppo Find X Lamborghini edition which fully charge a 3,400mAh battery in 35 minutes.
Data can be lost from computers in more ways than one, but EaseUS promises to be the only solution you will ever need to both back up current data and to recover any lost data. Most of us have lost important documents, precious images and much more at some point and it never feels good, but is the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free version actually the only software we will ever need to help us out in such situations? Well, it certainly seems like so!
Backing Up Daily
The only way to absolutely make sure that you never lose any of your data is to back it up on a daily basis. All hardware storage devices in existence are susceptible to unforeseen crashes, which makes backing up data all the more necessary. With the help of the all new and updated EaseUS Todo Backup Home, users will be able to do exactly that as they can set up the software's automatic backup feature to consistently ensure that everything is always backed up on the cloud. Ideally, this should save you even the trouble of having to use EaseUS's deleted data recovery feature itself!
Support for Multiple Devices
Whatever storage unit the data was lost from, it is almost an assured thing that EaseUS supports deleted data recovery from that specific piece of hardware. This means that USB drives, memory cards, HDDs, SSDs and just about any other type of PC/Mac storage unit all kinds of flash storage devices are supported by the software, as far as data recovery is concerned.
Support for Multiple Formats
Just like EaseUS supports almost all storage devices, the software also supports the recovery of almost every common data type out there. The total number exceeds 1,000 easily, so it would be impossible to list them all here. Nonetheless, the following list should give you an idea about the supported file formats.
Image: JPG/JPEG, TIFF/TIF, PNG, BMP, GIF, etc.
Video: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, MKV, FLV, MPG, MPEG, etc.
Audio: MP3, WAV, WMA, MID/MIDI, RealAudio, AAC, etc.
Document: DOC/DOCX, XLS/XLSX, PPT/PPTX, PDF, CWK, HTML/HTM, INDD, EPS, etc.
Miscellaneous: ZIP, RAR, ISO, exe, html, etc.
Recovery is Available for Most Types of Data Loss
Depending on how you have lost the data and what was done after that, the success rate of any data recovery tool will vary, but EaseUS supports data recovery in 3 easy steps, from most common types of data loss, which include the following.
· Data lost due to formatting, crash, partitioning or hardware failure
· Data deleted or lost due to malware related activities
· Data lost through accidental deletion
As a pro tip, we would suggest stop using the device in question, right after the incident which resulted in the loss of data. The more you use the storage device, the higher are the chances of the deleted data being overwritten and lost forever. If you are a professional, we suggest getting the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Technician license, to service as many devices as you need to.
A number of new features have been added to the software, alongside multiple improvements in the stability and efficacy of the recovery tool. Among them, the following are the highlights.
· Better searching and filtering options for precise recovery
· Scans find the files much faster than before
· Better preview feature
· Better retention of original file names and directory structures in recovered data
Is EaseUS Worth Your Money?
Well, the short answer to that would be yes, but given that download free data recovery software from them and try it out yourself, it's not even a valid question really! If you like the features as much as we did after trying it out, you can pay for the full version, which comes with 24-hour customer support and a 30-day money back guarantee.
A malware by its simplest definition, could be defined as a piece of code that has been specifically written to cause problems for anyone who downloads/installs it on their computer. It can be a fully developed software with malicious intents, or it could be a short program, written only to hijack/damage/disrupt a specific function on the infected computer.
Keep in mind that malware is a very broad classificatory term which can be divided into several different types of malicious codes, based on their primary goal, medium of infection and mode of operation. A virus is just one of those multiple different types of malware, and while it can very well be the most dangerous thing that your computer can catch, it isn't the only type of malware that you should be worried about.
Understand the Threats Which a Virus Can Bring to Your Computer
Before we discuss the various other potential threats, it is imperative that we first discuss the oldest and most common type of malware first, aka a virus. Depending on the kind of infection you have, its effects may vary, and the following would be the usual suspects.
• Boot Sector Virus - The boot sector virus Infiltrates, infects and corrupts the MBR via USB/optical drives
• Resident Virus - Resides in hardware memory and cannot be removed by removing the infected file alone; also spread via physical storage/drives
• Cavity Virus - An extremely hard to notice virus that installs itself in between the gaps in the data of an installed program
• Direct Action Virus - Similar to a resident virus, it installs itself onto the hardware memory, but cannot survive without the core file
• Overwrite Virus - The primary email virus just overwrites or deletes every file it infects, making the user lose valuable information
• Multipartite Virus - Simultaneously infects and corrupts the MBR, as well as the executables
• Polymorphic Virus - The signature will be different with every single replication of a polymorphic virus, making it difficult to identify and eliminate a polymorphic infection
• Macro virus - Infects a MS Word file most often, and replaces the original macro command's execution, without changing the input
What Else Can Your Computer Catch?
Depending on the kind of sites you visit, the type of business you are in and how well your computer is/isn't protected online and offline, you could be looking at any one or possibly multiple of the following malware infections which are not classified as viruses, but can be just as, if not even more dangerous than the average computer virus.
• Trojan horse - Steals information and acts like a beneficial software
• Worm - Corrupts and deletes everything it comes in contact with, including the critical OS files necessary to run the specific OS
• Spyware - Tracks and spies on your online and offline activities
• Malicious adware - Adware designed to show ads that lead to malicious pages
• Ransomware - hijacks your computer and asks for a ransom to let you gain access back to your own data
• Fileless malware - A fileless malware has no file of its own but infects and uses genuine, installed program files to execute malicious commands
• Rootkits - Rootkits act as a restrictive barrier which protects a virus from both discovery and elimination
• Keyloggers - A spyware that logs and sends out information regarding all your keypresses (passwords, credit card data, bank data, etc. could be stolen easily)
• Malware bots - Takes over the infected computers and every infected computer might act as a hive mind, forming a botnet
What about Phishing and Spear Phishing?
In order to land on a phishing page, the user must make one of the two following mistakes:
1. Type in the wrong URL
2. Click on a link from a non-verified source
It should be noted that while phishing is an extremely dangerous threat to your online safety on any unprotected computer, it cannot be categorized as a malware. Phishing and spear phishing attacks do not infect a computer, but leads the user to a malicious page designed to replicate a universally/personally trusted website. The objective of all phishing attempts is to steal sensitive and valuable data from the user, which may include but is not limited to:
- Usernames and passwords used on the very site that the phishing page is replicating
- Other usernames and passwords used on related/unrelated websites
- Contact details and address information
- Financial information such as asset records
- One Time Passwords (OTP)
- Bank account numbers
- Other bank details
- Debit/credit card numbers
- CVC numbers
- Social security numbers
To avoid such a mishap, always check the URL for spelling mistakes or any difference in the link's structure, as compared to the genuine link, before entering sensitive information. Also, never click on an unverified link. Spear phishing uses personal information that is extremely likely to be considered as relevant by the specific individual/organization targeted. The attacker will be using personal information to make you believe in the authenticity of their email/message, all in the hope of making you click on that phishing link. Even the page where you land could have sensitive information on it, that they have likely stolen by using a malware already.
Can We Truly Protect Our Computers and Personal/Financial Information from Online Threats?
The answer is yes, we can keep our computers and our personal data protected from online and even physical media related threats because the solution is quite straightforward. Get complete web protection from one of the top antimalware developers such as Norton, McAfee or Kaspersky and keep all your devices protected against malware and phishing attempts. Thanks to massive discount coupons easily available online, this can be more affordable than you think. Without the discounts though, total antimalware protection can become a bit costly to keep up with, especially if you have multiple devices, which most of us do.
In spite of how dangerous it might be for us to use the internet today, the top antivirus and overall antimalware software providers are more than capable of handling nearly every kind of cyber threat out there, including zero-day attacks. That being said, every now and then, a malware does come around which infiltrates the defenses of even enterprise grade antimalware programs. Such instances are pretty rare though and patches are developed almost immediately after a few initial infiltrations, which stops the spread quickly.
There is a popular myth that Macs are not susceptible to malware, so anyone who believes that is advised to check for information regarding the ThiefQuest ransomware to know better. Keep all your installed programs updated, including your antivirus software to stay protected at all times, irrespective of the OS. Don't forget to enable browser protection as well, which should come by default with any of the top antivirus software solutions to keep you safe from infected sites and phishing pages.
Finally, just in case you are still using a pirated version of Windows, or a genuine copy of now-defunct Windows XP, buy an original key and update your PC immediately. Most of the time, pirated Operating Systems come with their own embedded malware, and even the versions that do not, cannot be updated. What all this means is that if the OS itself is pirated; nothing can save a computer running a pirated OS from becoming infected.
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The higher education sector experienced a tumultuous and controversial year in 2019. Several scandals emerged pertaining to college admission procedures. Aside from that, the new challenges facing modern higher learning institutions came to the fore. As the new year starts, many of these issues will spill over to the rest of the year.
Technology and other issues as well will define the learning sector. So what are some key trends likely to define 2020? Let us analyze them below.
Online Education and Adult Learning
Without a doubt, one of the main changes to take place in the higher education realm is the entrance of many online education institutions. The number of adult learners has also increased dramatically in recent years. The technology of the 21st century has everything to do with the new changes, particularly in the online learning realm.
Over the course of the year, more and more online-focused institutions will come up. According to information published on allensbach-hochschule.de, online learning might become the most preferred mode of learning for nontraditional learners.
The Impact of Deregulation
In recent times, various changes made in the higher education sector during the previous regimes were changed. The effects of these changes are likely to be experienced in 2020. Among the key issues that will come about as a result of deregulation will be reduced monitoring of institutions. This might result in lower accountability levels and general degeneration of quality.
Laws regarding sexual conduct and offenses have also been recently changed. These laws have sought to narrow down the definition of issues that can be regarded as sexual harassment.
Alignment of Education and Industry Requirements
As per recent initiatives by the current regime, there will be more focus on enabling students to get a real-life experience of what the market is like. To do this, various institutions in the business world and employment realms have been tasked with partnering with educational institutions to give students a feel of the working environment. The ultimate goal of such programs is to help align the curriculum with the market workforce needs.
The year will thus see increased partnerships between big companies and higher education institutions.
The Exit of Colleges and Increased Mergers
A number of colleges have been exiting the market in recent times. There are many reasons behind this phenomenon but the main challenges today are a result of rising costs. It is much harder to keep the smaller colleges around as they do not have the benefit of economies of scale. This is why there have been numerous mergers happening all over. In 2020, this trend is likely to persist particularly in areas where finances are scarce.
2020 will have many other defining trends. For the most part, though, the recent regulations and their effects will dominate the trends in the education realm. Considering the severity of the recent controversies surrounding admission procedures, the focus is likely to be more on implementing standards that reduce manipulation of the system.
We are living in a time when phones cost around $1000 now, Nokia has launched a phone that cost only $250 and it is far better for its price. The latest one-powered budget device brings a sharp device to the smartphone competition, and it manages to win some pride due to its premium design and features. Nokia 6.2 is a modern, solid, budget phone that gets the job done. So what are you getting when buying a $250 phone?
The Nokia 6.2 looks similar to the Nokia 7.2 that costs $350. The Nokia 6.2 is less powerful than that, with less inspiring camera results, but still, it is hard to not like it for providing the specs at this price bracket. The device has rather a big 6.3-inch screen and 1080 resolution. It is a lovely phone with saturated colors; decent viewing angles; and an HDR rating. The touch response of the screen is good; the processor is a little outdated as its using the Snapdragon 636 chip that doesn\'t improve the overall performance of the phone. The brightness levels are good enough.
It has a power button on the side, while the left side has a dedicated key for Google Assistant that most of the Nokia now equipped with. The phone is powered by a 3500mAh batter that is good enough for medium use to survive a full day. The phone runs Android 9 Pie out of the box with UI similar to any Pixel phone. It has already received two security updates, going from November to December 2019. The phone has three rear cameras. The primary camera has a 16MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle, and a dedicated depth sensor. The phone comes with an 8MP front camera which isn\'t good enough to click a sharp selfie. I wouldn\'t recommend the phone if you are into selfies. The other drawback is the slow 10W charging that almost takes two hours to fully charge the phone.
HMD Global was expected to launch its upcoming smartphone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona but the company had to delay the release due to coronavirus pandemic. The company called the successor of the Nokia 9 as a Nokia 9.3 PureView. A fresh wave of leaks suggests that the next smartphone is said to feature 108-megapixel primary camera and 120Hz display. The smartphone might feature an array of camera sensors at the rear side - just like the Nokia 9 PureView. One of these camera sensors will be able to offer the optical image stabilization technique as well. The phone is now expected to available in the second half of this year after the first release was canceled due to coronavirus situation.
A reputable Nokia Tipster has shared some leaks about the smartphone. The phone might be using either a 108-megapixel sensor from Samsung or a 64-megapixel sensor from Sony. These sensors will be used to record video from the mobile camera. As per leaks, HMD CPO wanted to use only the 108-megapixel sensor and abandon the system of simultaneous operation of several sensors. The configuration of other cameras is unknown right now, but it is safe to guess that there will be telephoto, macro, and depth sensors along with the primary camera.
To display a high-refresh-rate at 120Hz the phone needs a high-capacity processor under the hood. The company will use the OLED screen on the display and a powerful Snapdragon 865 processor. The previous model used Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 plus. Another leak suggests the color options - Polar night, bold and lighter shades similar to copper hues HMD Global has already introduced before.
Samsung and LG enjoyed the limelight with their premium smartphones. Now the time is heading towards HTC. They are going to showcase the next flagship device with a very powerful snapper.
"We can confidently say that HTC will have a very, very compelling camera experience," said Chief Financial Officer Chialin Chang on Thursday during an interview at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. He also added the follwing - "We're making this comment after we've seen what's going on in the market."
When One M9 was launched last year, there were concerns about its camera, and this time with the rumoured One M10 they are planning to find a solution to this.
The next smartphone and the Vive virtual reality gadget are the steps taken by HTC to revive their brand as a buzz creator. The Taiwanese company has been going through tough times with losses getting reported continuously in three quarters.
More about Vive
HTC garnered larger presence in the MWC events mostly for its Virtual Reality system called Vive (co-produced by game developer Valve). This would cost $799 and advance orders will be taken from 29th February.
As per Wang, as there is coupling of the two wireless controllers with the Vive, it puts this system in a better position when compared with Oculus. The Vive lets you to get up and move around in a restricted space, when the Oculus makes users stay still. Consumers are savvy enough to catch the difference and find the benefit.
More about the smartwatch
HTC's fitness tracker device - the UA Band has been getting very good traction in the market and because of this they are increasing the production number.
The executives from HTC informed that they'd need to figure out the positioning of the smartwatch when it comes to join other smart devices offered by HTC. As per Wang's words -
"When HTC comes out with a smartwatch, we will turn the industry on its head."
Last year Google released two nexus devices at the same time - Nexus 5S made by LG and Nexus 6P made by Huawei. It seems this type of launch has become quite a convention and Google is supposed to do it this year too.
Yesterday, a rumor about about the new Nexus devices surfaced. As per the rumor, HTC is will be the manufacturer of the two new Nexus devices to be released in the later part of 2016. Right not much is known about the two devices. But, one will feature a 5-inch screen, and the other will have a 5.5-inch display. Today, ROM developer @LlabTooFeR unveiled nuggets of new info about the two smartphones in a tweet .
The developer posed that the codename for the 5-inch Nexus phone is T50 and for the 5.5-inch model codename is the T55. It is quite evident that the codenames are curated from the screen size of the devices. Going by the history of correct tips released by the developer, this tweet also seems reliable.
The Nexus One, the very first Nexus device was built by HTC back in 2010. The Taiwanese company will also be manufacturing the Nexus 9 tablet. Apparently Huawei was also trying to create an entry for itself in the run for building this year's Nexus devices, but finally HTC won the deal.
Now that the Note 7 has been discontinued permanently, Samsung is sending a very special protective box for customers to return the smartphone in. The boxes themselves are thermally insulated and the kit actually contains a pair of safety gloves! You will first need to power off the Note 7 and put it into the shielding bag. Next, the shielding bag containing the phone is to be put inside the replacement box. The replacement box will then go into another inner box, following which, the whole package is to be placed inside the final box, which will be shipped back to the manufacturer. One can only ship the item via ground transportation as none of the devices will be allowed on an aircraft. If this doesn't give you an idea about how serious the issue is, nothing will.
We are sad to see such a well made device undone by such disastrous internal engineering flaws, but considering that this was a flagship device with premium pricing, one cannot help but feel astonished that something like this could ever happen to such a device, especially when it was made by the world's number one smartphone maker. If you have not already, return your Galaxy Note 7 NOW. Even if it has been marked as safe, that marking is invalid in light of the current situation.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
An iris scanner has been beckoning for Samsung phones through rumors for a long time now and if the latest trademarks registered by Samsung at the European Union are any indication, then it will finally make its first appearance on the Galaxy Note 6.
If you are wondering what made us believe that the two trademarks are related to the biometric locking technology, let us inform you that they are quite literally termed as "Samsung Iris" and "Samsung Eyeprint."
Even though the Korean smartphone giant has confirmed absolutely nothing about the Galaxy Note 6 so far, we are pretty sure that they would not feature such a premium piece of technology on anything but a flagship device. As far as we know, there is only one upcoming flagship device from Samsung in the near future and that's the Galaxy Note 6.
After being rumoured to feature such whopping specs as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 chipset and 6GB of RAM, the iris scanner looks to be another feather in the next Note's metaphorical cap! If all these rumors turn out to be true, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is going to be a supremely powerful device to say the least.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
According to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), in spite of Samsung's best efforts to retain its customer base in light of the Note 7 disaster, many of the customers who have returned or will return their hazardous Note 7 would likely opt for an iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus. However, keep in mind that this conclusion was drawn after the firm conducted the survey on a very limited number of people. Nevertheless, here is what they found in a nutshell.
The survey was conducted after four days had passed since Samsung officially killed the Note 7. The group consisted of 1082 people in total and only 24 of them were actually using a Note 7. The rest consisted of people who are using a Samsung smartphone right now (483 + 24), people who used to in the past (347) and people who had no experience in using a Samsung smartphone whatsoever.
Roughly half the Note 7 population stated that they will opt for an iPhone, while most of them stated that they will go for a refund. About 17% of the 24 people carrying a Note 7 stated their wish to stay loyal to Samsung by simply opting for another Samsung device in exchange for the Note. In our opinion, the number of people with an actual Galaxy Note 7 involved in the survey is far too low to draw any reliable conclusions. While it is true that Samsung will lose a percentage of its customer base, this survey isn't inclusive enough to be taken seriously.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Nexus 5X was rolled out to the market as a part of Google's 7th gen Nexus smartphones (along with the Nexus 6P), in October 2015 as the descendant of the Nexus 5 from 2013.
Both Nexus 5 and the 5X are made by LG, but 5X is way ahead of what the predecessor was at the time of launch: though it is established that the Nexus 5 was a high-end smartphone, the Nexus 5X has been built as per 2015 and 2016 standards, like of a mid-range device. In addition to this, at launch, the Nexus 5X will cost more than 5. Here are the reasons that make this phone the best mid-range smartphone currently available in the US:
- The Nexus 5X is powered by stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow (now upgraded to 6.0.1) which will give you unparalleled Google experience
- The fingerprint scanner, known as the Nexus Imprint is the fastest scanner out there.
- Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P also sport the same rear camera sensor: a 12.3 MP Sony IMX377 one with more-than-conventional pixels (1.55 μm), laser auto focus, and 4K video recording.
- It has got USB Type-C port, the 2700 mAh non-removable battery that gets fully charged in an hour and hour; enough to last for a day.
- Google Nexus 5X boasts a 5.2-inch IPS screen with 1080 x 1920 pixels and 423 ppi, which is quite sharp.
- The 16GB variant will cost $299 and the 32GB variant would cost $349.
The latest piece of information comes straight from Russia as Eldar Murtazin states that the battery life on the Galaxy S7 will be excellent. According to the Russian blogger, after a single full charge, the S7 will be able to function for two days straight. If this is true then the S7 will definitely see a significant battery upgrade compared to the S6, which was often criticized for poor battery life in an otherwise perfect phone.
This piece of information or "leak" is a follow up from Murtazin's last update regarding his pre-release review of the Galaxy S7 series. Just a few days ago, he declared that the S7 was able to play videos for 17 hours at a stretch with screen brightness set to maximum. On the 3rd of February, he tweeted more about the battery, complete with screenshots of the dual-SIM S7 variant's battery manager. He also mentioned that he was able to get two full days of usage on the his Galaxy S7 with the brightness at 75% and 4G LTE connection activated and used throughout the test.
In spite of being very convincing, we cannot confirm Murtazin's words unless we hear something official or see something more concrete. As far
as we know, the S7 will feature a 3000mAh battery, while the S7 Edge will be powered by 3500mAh of juice. Whether the larger battery is actually able to serve the S7 as well as claimed by the blogger, we will found out in roughly two weeks on February 21 at the Samsung Unpacked 2016.
Ever since the Note 7 disaster, reports and surveys have been rampant, as well as conflicting. Just the other day, we were hearing about IDC's report which stated that roughly half of the Note 7 owners may switch over to the fruity side (read Apple iPhone 7), while today, we have a report from ReportLinker that says otherwise.
This particular survey was conducted on 500 smartphone users in the US, over the internet. While a majority of the customers (60% approx.) felt that Samsung did not handle the Note 7 recall episode well enough, about 86% of the survey population stated that they would still consider Samsung smartphones the next time they decide to buy a new phone.
In fact, 84% of the people voted that they do not feel that their smartphone poses any kind of risk to them. Provided that Samsung manages to deliver a product that we had come to expect from the company before the Note 7, the Galaxy S8 seems all ready to lift Samsung up and out of the ditch which the Note 7 landed it in.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Even though Samsung did not exactly say it out loud, we are sure that the iris scanner will inevitably be a part of the Galaxy S8 next year. The company has made it official that they will compensate their parts suppliers, who suffered a loss as a direct result of the Note 7's recall and subsequent discontinuation. Both common sense and reports from South Korea are suggesting that this compensation will involve endowing the S8 with an iris scanner. Additionally, Samsung may also choose to equip the S8 with a dual-lens rear camera sensor to increase revenue for the affected supply chain partners.
Sources state that the main partners who will benefit from this decision are Sekonix (camera lens supplier), Samsung Electro-Mechanics (camera module supplier), Patron and MCNEX (iris scanner manufacturer) and Kolen (supplies the lens necessary for building the iris scanner). Since there is also another rumor going around, which states that Samsung will concentrate on one flagship smartphone in the entire next year, this might actually be a good strategy. It will help Samsung stay in good terms with their suppliers, as well as slowly turning around the unfortunate incident which has and will continue to cost all involved parties dearly for at least a good while more.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
You may have Smartphone with Wi-Fi 802.11ac in your hands now, and it was just released. However, Samsung is already looking ahead to improve this Technology even further. The company has announced that it has managed to complete the development of the Wi-Fi 802.11ad standard and is ready to commercialize it.
The new 802.11ad standard operates at a 60GHz frequency and enables high transmission speeds of up to 4.6Gbps, which is 575MB/s. That's an increase of 5x times compared to the 802.11ac standard, which is capable of 866Mbps, or 108MB/s.
Samsung says that the 802.11ad standard maintains maximum speed by eliminating the co-channel interface and thus removing the gap between theoretical and actual speeds. The 60GHz frequency is more than 10x times faster than that of 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi technologies.
Smart Suitcase... will be a very common term in the upcoming months. As Samsonite and Samsung are joining forces in a partnership to come up with a new technology aimed at bringing a new smart luggage concept, suitcases fitted with microchips, allowing you to track them using GPS.
"Smart luggage will be able to communicate with you but it needs to be able to do much more than just give its location, We are working with Samsung to create something that is more than a gimmick." - said Samsonite chief executive Ramesh Tainwala.
He revealed that in the future the luggage might even be capable of sending you a message when it has left the aircraft, about to appear on a baggage carousel, as well as when it is being opened. In addition, they are working on a solution that will see the luggage follow its owner automatically. It's a blue sky idea where your bag will be following you 6 inches behind like a programmable remote control car. Let's wait and see what these two giants firms will bring us.
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.
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).
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.
We are already into 2017 and the Galaxy S8 may not seem as far away from being launched as it seemed to be just a month ago. Today, a new report/leak has come into attention, courtesy of an unlikely source; allaboutwindowsphone.com. What we can see via the leaked image is a software running on a PC, called Samsung Desktop Experience. There are three visible tabs on the right, marked as,
2. External Monitor
3. Keyboard & Mouse
As some of you have already figured out, the entire setup looks very similar to Windows Continuum Workspace experience, reserved for Windows smartphones only. As the Continuum program allows a Windows smartphone user to experience PC-like functionality, we are guessing that the Samsung Desktop Experience will also bring something similar to the Galaxy S8.
The only issue might be that the S8 will run on Android, which is a completely different OS from Windows altogether. Nevertheless, I am sure that Samsung will hire the right developers to bridge the gap in-between the two operating systems in order to deliver a smooth experience to the users. The ability to properly use a keyboard and a mouse could lead to windowed apps, true multitasking and better productivity on the Galaxy S8 in certain situations. Are you excited for his one?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ showcase an arguable design choice when it comes to the location of the fingerprint scanner. If you are a lefty, reaching it will be tough on a regular basis and even if you are a righty, you may end up smudging the camera lens much more than you may like to. However, as it turns out, the facial recognition feature is blazing fast in unlocking the phone on both the devices. While this does make up somewhat for the oddly positioned fingerprint scanner, the feature isn't as secure as we would have liked it to be.
The lack of security in using the facial recognition system was made apparent by a Twitter video uploaded by MARCIANOTECH (@MARCIANOPHONE). It seems that the Galaxy S8 smartphones are not impossible to unlock even when the face is different and that's not good news for a feature that Samsung has been advertising as one of the main attractions for the Galaxy S8. It is possible that Samsung will be able to fix it by the time the handsets are ready to be shipped to their customers, or maybe they can just release a software update later to take care of it. We will have to wait and see what happens.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It is now official, the Galaxy Note 7 disaster is well and truly behind the company as the S8 and S8+ have seen an unbelievable 30% hike in pre-orders, as compared to the S7 and S7 Edge. Given that the S7 did not have any bad publicity to deal with, it wouldn't have been surprising if people were a bit more apprehensive about the S8 series this year. However, that's not the case and the S8 series is now officially the most successful launch for a smartphone that Samsung has ever experienced.
Tim Baxter, President and CEO at Samsung Electronics America, has proudly stated that the overwhelming response from customers worldwide is a result of Samsung "recommitting" itself as a innovator to bring innovations to the market. This news comes hot in the heels of another important update. Samsung will apparently be releasing a software patch very soon, which will take care of the red tinge issue, which is slowly becoming infamous; something that Samsung will probably not take very lightly.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
In spite of what rumors and reports have been saying for a while, Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S8 is selling better than the Galaxy S7 did at this point of time last year. In fact, DJ Koh (President of Samsung Mobiles) has even put a number on it by stating that the Galaxy S8 is outselling the S7 by 15% so far. This is a fair comparison actually, given that it only takes into account the sales figure reached by the S7 last year after its release in the same number of days as the Galaxy S8 has seen so far. This piece of info was revealed by Koh last week during his visit to Taiwan.
The Samsung Mobile President further predicts that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are likely to see success for the rest of the year as well, without any significant stall in sales. Although this prediction is more likely optimism than estimation to be honest, the sales number is of course, authentic as it comes straight from the horse's mouth. Things now make more sense really, because it was surprising to hear that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were falling behind their predecessors after getting off to such a record-breaking start with the pre-orders.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung is the global leader when it comes to smartphone sales and market share, but that doesn't mean it's the leader everywhere. Being the most populated and prospective nation in the world, China is now one of the biggest markets for smartphones in the entire world as well. In spite of seeming like the perfect match for each other, Samsung's hold over the local market in China has been reduced to a mere 3% at the end of Q2 2017; the lowest for the company in any other nation where it has a significant presence.
If you are wondering why it is so, there are two main factors at play here. Firstly, the political relationship between South Korea and China is not going very well at the moment. This has resulted in a number of customers rejecting Korea-made products In favor of products from local manufacturers like Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, Huawei and the like. Secondly, the competition from the local manufacturers is too steep for Samsung to match up with them under the current situation. In fact, Apple isn't doing too well in the country either as their share in the Chinese market dropped from 8.5% to 8.2% in just a year. Nevertheless, the American company is still doing a lot better than Samsung, given that their market dropped from 7% to just 3% at the end of Q2 2017 in a quarter-on-quarter comparison with 2016.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Although it's not really anything new because all rumors and leaksters had been saying the same thing for a long time now, but it's still worth mentioning because this is the first time that this has become official; The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona next month. As this plan was revealed by the head of Samsung Mobile, DJ Koh himself at the CES 2018 earlier, it can be considered as authentic news without a doubt.
While we are yet to see any convincingly real live images of the device, you should not expect the S9 or S9+ to sport any radical changes in terms of the design language. They may look quite similar to the S8 and S8+ in fact, with perhaps the exception of the rear mounted fingerprint scanner that will in all likelihood be moved to the center of the back. Also, Samsung might copy Apple (that it has so often been blamed for doing) and reserve the dual camera setup only for the bigger and more expensive S9+. We will find out more soon so stay tuned.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Over the past couple of years, the wireless earbuds have grown from a luxury into a necessity. There is no shortage of the company's manufacturing earbuds but recently there has been some trend towards the Samsung Galaxy Buds, and now they have released the second generation.
So should you buy the Galaxy Buds Plus? The biggest advantage of using the earbuds is the way they work with Android. Although pretty much all kinds of earbuds work okay with Android in one way or another, even you can connect Apple's AirPods. However, a lot of them lack these lack extra features on the platform. With the Samsung Galaxy Buds plus, there are many extra features available, especially if you own a Samsung phone.
On a Samsung smartphone, just pair the earbuds with the phone and you will be greeted with a pop-up that displays the battery status of each bud and the case too. It is exactly how Apple works with AirPods. However, this isn't available to all phones. If you own a Google Pixel 4, you need to download an extra app. Once the app is installed, you will have control over the buds plus to customize taps and the like. But you won't get any pop-up with battery information. This has to be checked within the app only.
Samsung has included a USB-C port on the back of the charging case and a Qi wireless chagrining receiver inside the case. The earbuds have pretty good battery life and can last up to 11 hours by Samsung's rating. I don't think that anyone would use the earbuds for that long but even if you use it aa for 4,5 hours, the battery hardly gets any drainage.
There are a few different sound profiles in the Samsung app but if you settled down Dynamic, this sounds pretty normal. The Normal setting although won't get you the best result. Another big plus here is the Spotify integration that enables you to assign a long-press on either bud to a Spotify shortcut. This shortcut initiates Spotify on your connected phone to play either your most recent track or your daily mix playlists.
Now, to talk about the cons or not so good features of the earbuds. The buds plus case isn't huge but still unflattering and thick and the default sound profile isn't so good. Samsung has used two microphones to make call audio to sound better and isolate your voice but you may not find the quality of the mics quite impressive.
Samsung has officially declared the launch date of the Galaxy F62. There has been plenty of news surrounding the next Galaxy F series that is also slightly affordable to the majority of the consumers. The India-centric line is now confirmed to include a new smartphone in the series called Samsung Galaxy F62. The company has announced the release date via a Flipkart page that the phone will be released on February 15 at 12 IST(UTC+5:30) in India.
The page also lists some specs and the design of the phone. In terms of the latter, it will feature a gradient rear panel as shown in the pictures being uploaded. In terms of photography, the phone sport a quad rear camera array placed in a big square design with an LED flash module residing just below. For the front camera, it uses a punch-hole camera making the appearance too.
As far as the specs are concerned, only one detail is confirmed - the chipset. The earlier leaks suggested that the phone will feature the Exynos 9825. It may not be the latest processing chip available in the market, but it should have some improved performance increase over the Exynos 9611 in the Galaxy.
This is the same processing chipset that powered Samsung Galaxy Note 10. For the rest of the specs, we have to rely on leaks and rumors. The phone features a large 6.7-inch AMOLED display, up to 6GB of RAM, uses a 64-megapixel camera sensor as a primary camera, and a 32MP selfie camera. There is no indication of the price yet, but it is likely that the Galaxy F62 would be priced lesser than the Galaxy Note 10, despite the fact that it is using the same processor. So, if you are someone who likes to use fast camera phones but doesn't want to spend too much on the device, Samsung Galaxy F62 is just right for you.
When it comes to security of the Nexus devices. Google is practically living a nightmare. The most recent bug in that Google needs to fix is consumer-facing and exploitable without any geeky tricks. It seems the Nexus devices are vulnerable to an exploit that lets users bypass factory reset protection.
For the uninitiated - factory reset protection has been kept in place to help you to keep your device password protected in case someone tries to reset the factory settings. It is supposed to render the phone practically unusable without the password, but a work around has emerged that does the job by pressing series of buttons. Check out the video given below to see the exploit:
Google pushed a security patch that covered the fix for this issue, but RootJunky - the first person to report the bug - has come up with yet another video that shows vulnerability of the device in spite of the patch released in January.
Although it has become more difficult to exploit the loophole, it is still achievable.This essentially sends out a message that the development and quality testing are done thoroughly. Google might take more time to provide fix for this bug, as they would like to get it right in the next release.
Google's latest device Pixel 3A isn't the attractive one in the market, nor it has the specs to die for, but it cost way less, and it gets the job done. In fact, Google market it that way suggesting that it is a phone that gets it done which seems kind of brilliant. For years, the smartphonemanufacturers have been pushing the technologies to ge the bigger and faster smartphones. In fact, lots of these have features we don't even need like Galaxy Fold. Samsung spend millions in research to find a screen that is foldable. These have been an extra burden on consumer's wallet.
Last week, Google unveil its latest smartphone, the Pixel 3A and Pixel 3AXL, which are essentially the budget variants of the last year's version Pixel 3. Google simply, removed the high-end hardware and released at the way less price. The pixel 3 has already won the recognition for its superior photography, especially for the night-time photography Pixel 3 has far better results than any other existing camera.
The pixel 3A costs only $399. Google seems not to be bothered by the race of ‘being first' or ‘having the most expensive smartphone'. It is focusing on the market that is budget-conscious and wants a phone that has a good screen, reliable functionality, and perhaps a good camera too. Despite of its cost, it can run your business productivity apps like Gmail and slack, takes great photos, and affordable.
Pixel 3A runs on Android 9 Pie out of box, has 5.6-inch display with 2220x1080 resolution. It is powered by Qualcomm snapdragon 670 octa-core processing chip. It has 64GB storage and 4GB memory. The rear camera is 12.2MP with optical + electronic image stabilization f/1.8 aperture, 76 field of view, and 3,000mAh batter with fast charging.
Google Pixel 4 introduced two tweaks that you should know about.Google has already rolled out December 2019 update for Pixel 4 that is slowly making its way to the users around the globe, and as we all know already that it introduces e-SIM support on T-mobile. Now, XDA-developers have discovered two more important additions in the update. You can call it more like tweak is it improve the existing features. One is related to the GPS that supports dual-frequency now, and another is related to the improved face unlock feature.
The first feature that is already available on several flagship phones these days, delivering more accurate location tracking. The latter feature is pretty interesting too, as Google now uses recent Face Unlock scans to improve Face Unlock security and accuracy over time. In other words, the more you use facial recognition on Pixel 4, the better it gets. Here's to seeing this option on more phones, be it for face unlock or fingerprint scanning.
Unfortunately, Google still hasn't implemented the retina impression for Face Unlock, which means people can still unlock your phone if you're sleeping or eyes closed. We can hope that Google will add this feature shortly.
The current stable version of Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL is Android 10 and by the next September, users will probably get the Android 11. The users of Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL are expected to receive up to three major updates in their lifetime in accordance with Google's smartphone update policy.
Google's Pixel smartphones are loved by the excellent photography results, though the fan base doesn't feel the same about its video recording abilities. Google is making steady improvements to the video and audio recording capabilities of its Pixel smartphones. It seems like the company is listening to the feedback of its users and video creators in general.
Google started to roll out the Camera update for the handful of users earlier this year. Although, there wasn't much noticeable change in the update. The only significant change was a new listing in the settings app called "Do not disturb access needed" when the user hasn't granted the do not disturb permission to the camera app. Once you activate this option, the smartphone pauses any notification while you are recording videos, so you won't be disturbed while making the videos.
Another change is related to a new fps option in the video recording settings. Right now, Pixel 4 can go up to 30fps when recording at 4K resolution, or you can select from auto, 30fps, or 60fps while recording at 1080p resolution. Google may add a third option to the settings app and that will allow recording in 24fps. The average user records at 30fps with the occasional switch to 60fps, which is why Google has defined the auto option by default.
Another leak last week surfaced for Google's mid-range Pixel smartphone. These code-names were sunfish, redfin, and bramble. Sunfish is using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor, while the other two are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 that also supports 5G networking. These code names were spotted next to a string-valued "pixel_20_mid_range" which suggests that these are indeed related to the next Google's Pixel 4a series. It is believed that the sunfish and bramble are likely the code-names for the two Pixel 4a smartphones, Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL.
If you own a device that got updated to Android 6.0, you might have noticed something strange about the system clock on your phone. Many complaints have been filed in the Google Code site about the clock running slow after updating to the Android 6.0. This can make the alarms and event reminders set from your calendar absolutely useless.
We're not discussing about a 30 second difference, or even five minutes. As per Nexus users posting on the Issue Tracker (Issue # 189789), the time mismatch can go up to 30 minutes. Some have managed to fix the issue by turning on Airplane mode and then reverting to normal mode again. But this solution won't apply to all the devices.
Rebooting the smartphone is a fix that has resolved the issue for many, but others have reported that switching to a 3G network setting from 4G will get the phone's clock synced with the network.
Updating to Android 6.0.1, will fix the system clock and you won't be late for work anymore or miss appointments. So the modus operandi is to keep trying one of the workarounds until Android 6.0.1 is pushed to your device.
Now that Android Nougat is finally here for Nexus devices, we have a few cool but hidden features that for you to try out on the new OS if you have not already.
1. Turning on the System UI Tuner - On the Quick Settings menu, long press the Settings icon until it starts to spin and when it does, System UI Tuner is enabled. The experimental features in this section include Power Notification controls for restricting or allowing app notifications on a finer level. You can remove the entire Quick Settings panel altogether from the drop down menu as well.
2. Multi-Window Compatibility - Go to Settings > About > Software information and then touch the Build Number seven times and do it fast. Developer Options should now be enabled. Go back to the Settings menu and find the Developer Options. Turn on Force activities to be resizable, and you should now able to open any app on your phone in the multi-window mode, even if they were not compatible with it before.
3. Block spam calls - Go to your phone's Dial app and go to Settings > Call Blocking from the menu. Turn on Caller ID & Spam and also enter any number you wish to block manually. You should now be fairly protected from unwanted callers or spammers.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Android TV is coming this fall and manufacturers are preparing their upcoming products to conquer people's living rooms. Asus is one of them, and leaked benchmarks of this upcomng device that will be called "Google Nexus Player" shows the company is testing its first Android TV set-top box.
The unannounced set-top box runs Android L and packs a quad-core 1.83GHz Intel x86 CPU and a PowerVR Rogue G6430 GPU complete with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The system has undergone tests on 23.7" and 31.9" displays, both of 1080p resolution.
While seeing an Intel CPU inside an Android TV set-top box is a bit unexpected, it's certainly cool to see Intel stepping up its game in the Android world. Google says Qualcomm, Nvidia, MediaTek and Marvell chips will also get their primetime in Android TV products.
Google is hard on work to improve its apps. Today, Google Translate App got a major update to version 3.1 (full version number 3.1.0.RC06.83908714). This new version of Translate is rolling-out on Android and iOS too with built-in Word Lens translation via the camera and a Smarter Conversation Mode that can listen to both languages at once.
The biggest feature that Google's focuses on this release is the "Smart Conversation Mode" which is a Live-Speech translator that listens to two different languages in real-time and provide instant translation to both ends.
As for the Word Lens feature, it is now a part of the official Translate app. All you need to do is hit the camera button and point your phone at a sign or something else with printed words to get an instant translation. The app currently supports English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. More languages will come later, but this is a good start, especially considering these used to be in-app purchases in the Word Lens app.
You can try all these new features By Downloading and Installing the Google Translate 3.1 APK below. This APK is official and signed by Google, it will upgrades your existing app.
Nowadays, people are busier than ever. Between their professional, personal, and social responsibilities, there are too many things to keep track of. But it's easier than ever to get organized thanks to the development of some incredible apps. From planning better vacations to arranging your daily schedule - here's a variety of fantastic options you can use to get organized in all areas of your life.
1) Office Solutions: Google Drive + Google Docs
Everybody has a Gmail account. Take advantage of Google's cloud to store files, create documents and presentations, and get organized. All Gmail users get 15 gigabytes of free storage on Google Drive. For enterprise use, you can upgrade to monthly plans. They offer terabytes of cloud storage space starting at $9.99. With its all-in-one package, Google Drive is an excellent choice for most users, available from any web browser. But make sure that you protect the files you upload to the cloud. It's easy to do so by using a file encryption service like NordLocker. It prevents data breaches and ensures only you or people you authorize can access your files.
2) Travel Like a Pro: Tripit
If you travel a lot, it can be challenging to keep track of all your travel reservations, flight tickets, and plans. Tripit makes it effortless. You can forward all trip-related information to the app. Then it will create one organized email for you on your departure day. Your itinerary will be available to view from any devices - even offline. It also stores your previous itineraries so you can find the name of a restaurant or hotel you want to revisit. You can also use it to upload photos and notes about the places you've visited. The free version offers all these features. If you choose to upgrade to pro, you can get even more with reward point tracking and group travel organization.
3) Keep Your Passwords Safe: NordPass
The average internet user has over 90 online accounts. That's a lot of passwords and usernames to track. As a result, most people recycle the same login credentials across many of their accounts. But it is very unsafe. If a cybercriminal manages to crack your password, it puts all your accounts in jeopardy. That's why a password manager like NordPass comes in handy. It helps to generate robust and unique passwords to secure your accounts better.
But it's not just safety NordPass offers, but convenience as well. All you have to do is remember one password. Once you log in, you can access all your other accounts with one click. You can also use NordPass to store notes, credit card details, and other personal information.
4) Track Your Finances: Mint
In the old days, budgeting meant balancing a checkbook and keeping an eye on bank statements, receipts, bills, paychecks, and more. Mint makes your life so much simpler. With Mint, you can track your budget and plan for the future. It collects all your financial accounts into one place along with your upcoming bills and other related matters. It also breaks spending down into categories. You can see where you might be spending too much and where you might have a little extra room to splurge. Also, to track your credit score and set targets to help you reach your financial goals.
5) Increase Productivity: Rescue Time
RescueTime is a handy tool for procrastinators or those looking to make the most out of their time. The app keeps track of everything you do on your computer/phone - from using social media to sending emails to working on spreadsheets. At the end of each day, RescueTime sends a report of your activities, showing exactly how you spent your time. You can use this app to adjust your schedule to be more productive or to find time to take a well-deserved break. The app is free and available to download across all platforms.
6) Your Reading List: Pocket
The Pocket app saves you when you discover an excellent article but have to rush to a meeting or do some other errands. Instead of creating a bookmark, you can save any article, image, video, or any form of content you find online with Pocket. Then get back to whatever you saved and enjoy it later. Pocket also has a share function to send your favorite content to friends and coworkers.
7) Health Tracker: My Fitness Pal
Under Armour developed My Fitness Pal to help people track their diets, exercise routines, and other health-related information. My Fitness Pal will help you track meals and workouts while syncing with Apple Health and other devices. You only need to put in some basic info such as your weight, height, or age, add workouts, and select your goals. If you want to get healthier, then this is the app to have in your pocket.
Organize Your Life With These 7 Amazing Apps
Life will always be busy. But these apps will help you to organize it better. Increase your productivity and performance with apps like Google Drive and Rescue Time. Travel better with Tripit and watch your diet with My Fitness Pal. Finally, secure your passwords with NordPass. With these handy apps, your life (at least the digital one) will be much simpler.