For two years, smartphone manufacturers have realized the importance of budget-friendly phones. They know that this is the category they need to win over. And now Xiaomi is looking to prepare more affordable smartphones for the market. The Mi 11 series has regular and flagship smartphones but the upcoming model might be the more affordable variant and might not have the 5G connectivity support to lower down the cost. The phone was recently listed on the FCC website with model number M2101K9AG. Bloggers at XDA Developers have reported that the phone will be called the Mi 11 lite.
According to the FCC listing, the Mi 11 Lite will feature a 4,150mAh battery with 33W fast charging. The phone will have 6GB RAM and two different configurations for internal storage - 64GB and 128BG. Another report suggests that the phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 732G processing chip. XDA reports further that the Mi 11 Lite is codenamed Corbet and as per another leak it will be powered by the Snapdragon SM7150 platform. This means that the device could have either Snapdragon 730, 730G, or 732G processor. The same device may be launched as another Poco device as another leak suggests that the Courbet is a codename for Poco F2. If something like this happens, it won't come as a surprise as a few Poco devices have already been rebranded or repacked as Xiaomi smartphones.
The main selling point for this device would be it is low-cost but producing a phone without 5G in 2021 seems strange to many users. It is also possible that the company has decided to come up with two smartphone variants with 4G and 5G network as the ancestor Mi 10 lite was a 5G capable phone. The device is rumored to feature a 64MP as the primary camera lens, a 16MP camera sensor for the front camera, and a 120Hz display. The device will run the Android 11 operating system out of the box and will be available in blue and black colors.
The Vivo X60 series has already been launched in its home country - China, and now Vivo is getting ready for the global launch. Vivo X60 series is going to include three devices - X60, X60 Pro, and X60 pro plus. Vivo launched X50 series in India in July last year that was a premium smartphone from the company with a focus on the photography section and sleek design. Now, the company has launched the refreshing variant of X50, probably with a few minor upgrades. The Vivo X60 is likely to be unveiled in April.
Ahead of the launch, Vivo X60 and X60 Pro were seen on a various certification websites, including India's Bureau of Indian Standards that further confirm its early launch in the Indian market. The Vivo X60 series should be released in three different models just like China. The design of Vivo X60 and X60 Pro looks similar to its predecessor that was launched previous year. It features the same gradient glass design with a rectangular housing on the rear side. However, there's a small change on the front display. The vanilla Vivo X60 gets a flat display whereas the Vivo X60 Pro will feature a curved screen.
All three devices feature a 6.53-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. The best part is that the display is specially designed for power intensive devices and takes less power when compared to other similar panels. In addition to this, the panels come with a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ certification. The Vivo X60 and X60 Pro are powered by Samsung Exynos 1080 SoC. However, a new report suggests that these devices might ditch Exynos in favor of Qualcomm chipset. These two devices bear model numbers V2045 and V246.
Last year's Vivo X50 Pro got lots of attention because of its Gimbal camera feature that was entirely a new concept introduced in smartphones. This year, it's bringing a triple camera system including a 48-megapixel primary Sony camera sensore with four-axis optical image stabilization feature, a 13-megapixe telephoto sensor, and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with 120-degree FoV.
The Vivo X60 comes in three configurates - one with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage for CNY 3,498 (Rs 40000), an 8GB/256GB model for CNY 3798 (Rs 43000), and the third one has a 12GB / 256GB version for CNY 3,998 (Rs 45500). There's only one Vivo X60 Pro model, with 12GB/256GB versions priced at CNY 4,498 (Rs 51000). Finally, the Vivo X60 Pro will ship in two variants, 8GB/128GB and 12GB/256GB, which should be priced at Rs 56,000 and Rs 59,000, respectively.
At one point, it looked like 2020 would be a bad year for Huawei everywhere outside of the company's home country of China. The tech firm has endured eighteen months of consistently terrible press in the United States of America and Europe, and although it has consistently and angrily denied that it uses its equipment to spy on western nations, the accusations have stung its performance when it comes to sales. After Donald Trump's administration took the unprecedented step of putting the company on the 'Entity List' - effectively a blacklist - there appeared to be no way for Huawei to stay active in western markets. Huawei might now have found a way to avoid that becoming the case.
The main difficulty faced by Huawei under the terms of the blacklisting - or so it appeared - is that it wouldn't have access to Google apps. The entire Google Play store would be off-limits to the manufacturer, which would leave users unable to install or use many of the apps that smartphone users now take for granted. This would include hugely popular communication tools like WhatsApp, and also the apps used by social media networks like Twitter and Facebook. Even accessing social media sites using a web browser would have been difficult, as the majority of web browsers also come in the form of apps that can only be downloaded through the relevant store.
Mobile gamers would also have been affected by the ban. Games like PUBG and Fortnite, as well as the Call of Duty franchise, have had their apps downloaded millions of times through Google Play. Playing games through new Huawei phones would have been almost impossible. Non-app based games, such as online slots or casino games, wouldn't have been affected in theory. Users would still have needed a web browser to gain access to online slots websites, though, and so even they may have remained off-limits. In practice, it would have been hard for users to play paypal slots, play any other games, or perform any activities beyond basic calling and texting. It would have been impossible to justify spending full price on a phone handset that didn't have these features - but now, all of these features may be back on the menu.
According to reports that have appeared in the press this week, Huawei is looking to exploit a loophole in the blacklist ruling. They may not be able to gain access to Google's Play Store, but they might instead be able to place apps in their own 'App Gallery' - and it's thought that Google might grant them permission to place Google apps inside App Gallery and allow users to gain access to them anyway. Google is understood to be keen to continue co-operating with Huawei, and so if the loophole exists, then they're unlikely to take any steps to prevent Huawei from making use of it. The most recently released Huawei smartphones have arrived without core Google apps like Maps or Gmail pre-installed, but affected users may soon be able to download the apps through App Gallery and continue as if the problem didn't exist.
Within Huawei, this is seen as a preferable alternative to attempting to proceed with their own operating system. Huawei can't currently make use of the latest versions of Android, and spent money in 2019 developing an alternative OS called 'Harmony.' The new OS is yet to appear on any Huawei-built smartphone, with the manufacturer instead deciding to continue using the most recent version of Android that it still has access to. This may yet cause issues in the future when Android eventually stop providing support for outdated versions of the software in favor of upgrading more recent builds and producing future variants. The 'open source' version of Android that they have access to is in itself contentious, and if US lawmakers have their way, they may yet lose access to it in the future.
If Google agrees, it wouldn't be the first time they've granted permission for their apps to be used in places where users wouldn't necessarily expect to see them. As Apple users are aware, almost all of Google's apps can currently be downloaded through Apple's app store even though Apple and Google are, metaphorically speaking, at war with each other in the smartphone market. It appears that Google's priority is to make their software available to as many users as possible as opposed to restricting access to only those devices that run approved versions of Android. If they agree to this request, then there would theoretically be little difference between a Huawei phone and, for example, a phone made by Samsung when it comes to app availability, and the impact of the ban would be almost totally nullified.
This isn't the only way that Huawei appears to be getting around at least some aspects of the ban. The terms of the blacklisting specifically prohibit firms from the United States of America from doing any business with Huawei whatsoever, and yet their P40 phone has been found to contain parts built by several different American manufacturers. The P40 was released long after the terms of the ban came into effect, and so it's not yet known whether any of the companies who have seemingly provided parts or technology to Huawei are in breach of prohibition. Theoretically, there should be no US-built components in any Huawei phones, but their presence suggests that the company has found a way to incorporate them anyway. One possible explanation is that the parts were initially sold overseas to a company that isn't covered by the ban. The overseas company would then be free to sell the parts on to Huawei without being encumbered by US law.
Although Huawei reported a loss of around ten billion US dollars last year in the wake of being blacklisted, it's clear that the company has no intention of giving up its presence in American or European markets. Given that it will be involved in the rollout of the 5G network in the United Kingdom, it may even gain more ground in the twelve months to come. Huawei was definitely knocked down by the ban, but they weren't knocked out, and in coming back, it's conceivable that they may ultimately become even stronger than they were before.
Vivo has opened the online pre-order booking of Vivo X60 Pro+ in China. The company has already revealed some specs that confirms earlier rumors as well. As per the official page being listed on Vivo's online store, the smartphone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processing chip. An earlier report suggests that the smartphone will feature a 50-megapixel primary camera sensor along with a 48-megapixel ultrawide snapper on the rear side. The smartphone is likely to be a more powerful version of the standard Vivo X60 and X60 Pro mobile phones from the series that was launched in December.
According to Vivo China, the phone is available for pre-order for only CNY 50. This amount will be adjusted in the final sales price of the smartphone. The official listing also mentions that the phone will be released at an event scheduled for January 21 in China at 7:30 pm local time. The phone is available in two memory configurations -8GB RAM with 128GB storage and 12GB RAM with 256GB storage. The picture is posted on the listing page shows a quad-camera setup on the rear panel.
A reputable tipster Digital chat station on Weibo has posted the camera specs of Vivo X60 Pro+. According to him, the primary camera will be using Samsung GN1 50-megapixel primary camera sensor with f/1.6 aperture, a 48-megapixel sensor along with an ultrawide camera lens that has a second-generation micro-gimbal stabilization feature, a 5x periscope telephoto camera, and a portrait sensor.
The listing also shows two color options available for the purchase - classic orange and dark blue. A previous report suggested that the mobile phone may support 55W fast charging. The phone features a 6.56-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The Vivo X60 Pro+ uses Android 11 based Origin OS out of the box.
Back in March, Samsung released a report expects the sales of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge to reach 55 Million by the end of the year. In April,10th the Korean giant released the device into markets worldwide.
Korean publication Yonhap News reports that until now, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge sales have been much higher than expected. Reportedly, an industry official declared that, in the last three days, sales in South Korea reached an all-time high compared to previous Galaxy S models from last year.
Interestingly, it's said that the Galaxy S6 edge (which is more expensive than the regular S6) accounts for about 50% of all sales. According to Yonhap News, a "high-ranking Samsung official" recently mentioned that the company "failed to make a precise prediction of demand" for the curved smartphone, that's why supply shortages may continue for more than a month.
Samsung sales for both flagships could reach higher than 60-70 Million units by the end this Year.
In a world plagued by terrorists and psychopaths pretty much anywhere you can think of, it's always a bad idea to carry a gun-shaped anything at the airport. Although this should go without saying, apparently, an individual in the London Stansted Airport did not have enough common sense to know that. Alternately, it could be just a very stupid idea of a prank that went south for the man.
This person walked into the airport with a gun-shaped iPhone case, which was found on him during the mandatory security check. The photo above is for the purpose of illustration and was NOT the way in which the individual was touting the pseudo-gun. However, that did not save him from getting charged for possession of an imitation firearm in a public place, as well as for threatening behaviour to cause alarm or distress.
Popular online sites like Amazon and eBay used to list items similar to this iPhone case, but they have completely stopped selling them after recent terrorist attacks and multiple warnings by law enforcement officers issued to citizens against using anything that imitates a gun in a public place. If you were planning to buy something similar for your phone, it's probably a VERY bad idea!
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Studying in the educational institutions, students gain the required knowledge and experience which will help them become seasoned professionals and build a successful career in the future. Academic progress plays a major role in every student's life. It's not surprisingly most of them take studying process seriously and try to only get good grades allotting much time to exam preparation and composing complicated assignments.
Taking their studies seriously, students always want their academic papers to be composed at a high level and according to all the professor's requirements. Now, you are able to navigate to Customwritings website in order to read samples of a variety of assignments, starting from essays and ending with research papers, simplify the writing process being aware of all the writing intricacies and find the proper approach to composing one or another paper.
Things To Pay Attention To
Research paper, like any other assignment, is started with choosing a topic. It is suggested you to always choose a topic you are familiar with or are interested in, such a way it will be possible for you to compose a unique, qualitative paper and get A+. The right topic is a part of a successfully written assignment, so take its choosing carefully.
Choosing a topic for your research paper, take further aspects into account:
l choose a topic which will make you want to compose a research paper and simplify the writing process;
l the topic has to be specific in order your paper to be different from other works;
l it shouldn't be too complicated, give preference to topics you can cover in a relatively short amount of time.
Getting down to composing a research paper, it's essential to write a plan you will follow; it will help you include all the crucial points of the topic given, perfectly provide insight into it and convey the required message to the audience. The plan will also help you put all the data and information in the logical order, so don't neglect its creation.
Sources mean a lot when composing a research paper, that's exactly why you have to choose them carefully. It is always essential to use proven, relevant, up-to-date sources only, such a way it will be possible for you to compose a high quality and significant assignment. You may look for the necessary info in the offline and online libraries, search for it the textbooks and proven e-sources. You can also ask your professor for research paper samples; they will help you figure out what data you should and should not use when composing your assignment.
The Method Section And Presentation
The method is always chosen according to the subject, purpose, and tasks of the paper. Chosen method has to explain the readers the way you have conducted the research, collected the data and used it while composing the paper.
The research methods are:
- methods indented to reveal the theoretical approach to the problem solution, for example, examination of literature sources, archive materials, etc.;
- methods ensuring achievement of the practical problem solution, such as questioning, conversations, supervision, etc.
Method section is a crucial part of every research paper since it demonstrates whether the data you've written and the information you've gathered are relevant and proven.
The tasks and research plan have to correspond to the purpose, subject matter and object of your paper. It is also necessary to present all the results the proper way and perfectly convey your message to the audience - demonstrate you have conducted the research and are able to draw the conclusions.
Here are some ways to present your research paper:
1. Classic way. Oral presentation during which you will explain the following aspects into account:
a) the topic is chosen and its relevance;
b) the sources used and approach to the writing process;
c) the significance of your paper, whether you have found new information on the matter at hand;
d) the conclusions you've made after the paper has been composed.
2. Individual way. Presenting your paper in such a way, you:
a) explain why you have chosen such a topic;
b) describe the way you have been gathering all the required data;
c) highlight all the crucial aspects of your paper;
d) explain its significance;
e) pay attention to the sources you've been using.
4. Creative way. Choosing such a way, you:
a) have to add some visual aids, such as illustrations, graphs, charts, tables, pictures concerning the topic of your paper;
b) add a few videos and sound clips for providing insight into the topic chosen;
c) start with an unordinary phrase which will kindle the attention of the audience.
Each kind of assignments, requiring research and data analysis, will make it possible for you to gain the knowledge necessary for becoming the best student in a class and a seasoned professional in the future. Two things you need to keep in mind are to never neglect your professor's recommendations and try to compose your paper beforehand, such a way you will have enough time for proof reading it.
Although the Galaxy Note 7 is not exactly enjoying a good reputation right now due to the faulty and hazardous batteries that some of the units are shipped with, there is no denying that the iris-scanner which the smartphone boasts of is one of its kind at the moment. The good news is that according to DJ Koh, the iris-scanners will also be seen on mid-range devices from Samsung as it becomes more cost-effective to do so, with time. He also mentions that he was personally associated with its development and in the coming months, Samsung will concentrate towards keeping the technology secure from all kind of privacy or security threats that it may encounter.
Here are some excerpts from the president of Samsung Mobiles speech at the "Unpacked" event press conference in New York.
"We did not put iris scanning in the flagship model just to do 'unlock'. In the long run, through third parties and API, we want to connect it with apps. For mobile banking, we are thinking of applying iris scanning for large transactions, and are already talking with banks in some countries,"
"Through continued cost cutting, iris scanning can trickle down to mid-end models,"
"There is a view that Android is weak in security compared to its competitor and we want to expand software security that can overcome this image"
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Even though it was a disaster when a few of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones started to catch fire all over the world, many have applauded the Korean electronics giant on their decision to recall all the 2.5 million smartphones that they had shipped. However, as is often the case in such scenarios, some of the customers have decided to disregard the warnings issued by flight authorities, tech-experts and the manufacturer themselves. While it is questionable what would prompt such negligence, in spite of the free refund/replacement scheme employed by Samsung, many customers are of the opinion that the incidents are far too low and in between to be concerned about it.
Nevertheless, Samsung has decided to limit the maximum charging point to 60% of the Note 7's full battery capacity in an OTA update that will be released shortly in South Korea. This news was confirmed when the Seoul Shinmun (a popular South Korean newspaper) published the message from Samsung on its front page. This is a temporary fix until all the customers turn in their smartphones for free replacements, which should begin by the end of the month. According to Yonhap News Agency, the same update could also make its way to all other nations as well, but we will have to wait and see. In the meanwhile, we advise you to stop using the Galaxy Note 7 and get it replaced/refunded as soon as possible. Although some have pointed out that the chances of your Note 7 exploding are similar to that of winning the lottery, this is one lottery that you may not want to win!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were near-perfect devices on release, with super high resolution 2K displays, fastest processors, lightning quick fingerprint scanners and much more. But if one was allowed to nitpick, its 5-megapixel front camera might just stick out like a sore thumb. Is the 5-mp resolution going to get a bump this year? Frankly, we are not sure! On the positive side though, we now have a report from etnews that Samsung is going to cater to the selfie-freaks among us by adding autofocus to the front camera of the Galaxy S8-series.
We are well aware that an autofocus feature alone cannot really compensate for a low-resolution and now dated camera module, especially when compared to the likes of the LG V20 and the Google Pixel phones. Therefore, we are hopeful that Samsung will accompany the autofocus feature with an improved sensor as well. Given that Apple bumped up the resolution of the iPhone's FaceTime camera from 5-mp to 7-mp this year, the pressure is definitely on Samsung to raise its selfie-standards!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Before you get too excited, let me tell you upfront that the upcoming Galaxy A (2017)-series is probably not going to get the curved display as you might be thinking. To the best of our knowledge, they will sport flat screens just as their predecessors. However, rumors are going around suggesting that at least some of the Galaxy A smartphones which will be introduced in 2017 could very well sport the Super AMOLED curved panels which we have so far only seen on the flagships from Samsung.
Even though it is just a rumor and a very light one at that, if Samsung does actually decide to shift onto curved displays for the Galaxy A-line up, we think we know the reason why they would do that. The answer is competition. Although Samsung still is the global king of smartphones, in certain Asian markets like China, its market share is dwindling. The reason for this downfall is of course, competition from big Chinese brands like Oppo, Xiaomi, Huawei and many others. These Chinese companies are selling phones with hardware similar to those offered by the established brands at half the price. Samsung needs to distinguish its smartphones by endowing them with unique features at a competitive price in order to survive in the low to mid-range market and its brilliant Super AMOLED curved display can definitely give Samsung mid-range phones the "edge" they need.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Weibo has long since been the ultimate place to find awesome leaks and this one is no exception either. If the news does turn out to be true, then it would truly be awesome for fans of the Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi. It should be noted that although Samsung is currently leading the pack with their new generation of bezel-less beauties (Galaxy S8/S8+), it was Xiaomi who reinvented the genre with the Mi Mix after the Sharp Aquos began the trend back in 2014.
According to the report, the highly anticipated Mi Mix 2 and Mi Note 3 are likely going to sport curved AMOLED displays made by Samsung. Given that Samsung's curved AMOLED displays are inarguably the best in the business, it looks like we are in for some seriously stunning smartphones from Xiaomi this year. The only gripe is that those models have so far not been released outside China. Let' hope that the Chinese manufacturer changes up its strategy this year around.
Via: The Android Soul
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy Note 9 has finally been launched and while the memories are still fresh, it is already time to look forward to the Galaxy S10, because it might have a bunch of impressive features that the Galaxy Note 9 didn't. Make no mistake, the Note 9 is a very capable device, but it's nothing ground breaking in terms of design or functionality really. You can check out the full spec, price and feature list here. Having said that, could it be that some of the more impressive features, including the in-display fingerprint scanner would make their way onto the Galaxy S10? We certainly hope so, especially since it is predicted that most smartphones will have it in 2019.
It's a bit disappointing really that the huge 6.4-inch display of the Note 9 didn't have the Fingerprint on Display technology, aka FOD, given that both Huawei and Vivo have managed to incorporate it quite effectively in some of their high-end smartphones for months now. We are also expecting 3D cameras and 5G compatibility on the Galaxy S10, but it's still too early to tell for sure.
Google has just announced Inbox By Gmail Today. It's a new take on email, dubbed Inbox. The Free app/service includes reminders, bundles similar messages together and highlights important messages. Inbox looks like a cross between Mailbox and Google Now.
An Assists feature attaches relevant information, such as telephone numbers, opening hours and maps, to your reminders and emails. Inbox is invite-only at the moment, but you can request one from email@example.com or get one from a friend who has invites to spare. The service will be available on the Web (Chrome only), iOS 7+ and Android 4.1+. Versions for tablets and other modern browsers are also in the works.
Google doesn't intend for Inbox to replace Gmail. Actions you take in either product will show up in the other. Inbox uses your existing Gmail and Google usernames.
Inbox highlights the key information from important messages, such as flight itineraries, event information, and photos and documents emailed to you by friends and family. Inbox will even display useful information from the web that wasn't in the original email, such as the real-time status of your flights and package deliveries. Highlights and Bundles work together to give you just the information you need at a glance. Find More info on Google.com/Inbox.
BlackBerry's story in the mobile domain has been a long and strenuous one, but unlike many other industry mammoths, the Canadian tech giant has managed to sustain growth by coping with the changes in modern age. After an elongated period of steady decline now it seems that the company's plans to get into the growth track and recover itself from the losses have started show the desire result. As per the Q3 financial results there is a 13 percent rise in stocks and overall losses have also declined.
They released the BlackBerry Priv as their latest Android smartphone, and it looks like it has far more demand by the consumers than it was expected. A month later after it was released to the public, the sales record gathered by them shows that it is approaching a positive side. Owing to its high demand and popularity among smartphone buyers big outlets, Walmart, CNN Money, and Best Buy had to refill their shelves.
iDigitalTimes also said before that the BlackBerry Priv has been sold out during the first week of its Nov. 6 release date. It was so in demand that retailers had to take backorder on the Priv and even online giant Amazon.com ran out of stock during that time. According to the reports of CNN Money, the company's stock has also seen 7 percent increment (on 10th December), pushing the share price to $8.05 USD due to the huge demand of the Priv model.
Video consumption on mobile phones has shot up and will continue to grow in the near future. According to a 2019 article by TechJury, more than half of all video views are done on mobile devices. 83% of people watch videos on mobile devices as opposed to desktop usage. The reason behind this is that mobile videos are more advanced and have become the main source of internet traffic. Mobile usage is also more convenient, and it makes it easier for people to share content. While people get video content from various sources such as Facebook and Instagram, the main source of video content which people use on mobile phones is YouTube. People, therefore, need an efficient YouTube playlist downloader, which they can use to download playlists and transfer videos on their mobile devices.
YouTube download tools
With a 4K video downloader, you can download an entire channel with a single click. You can also set the app to download individual channels when they are available. Moreover, you can download 3D and 360-degree YouTube videos. The 4K downloader also comes with the ability to download subtitles. To download a video, you will paste the link into the main window of the app. The app can also download videos from Daily Motion, Vimeo, and Facebook.
The app is much better than a 4K video downloader as it supports more than 10,000 sites, including Metacafe, Break, and Veoh. With the app, you can download single and entire playlists and up to five videos at a go at a speed of 4Mbps for the free version. To download a video, you will copy its URL and paste it on the top left corner of the screen. You will then choose the appropriate format which could be MP4, 3GP, or other formats; and you will be ready to download.
iTube is the most outstanding software for downloading videos. It is super easy to use as it supports one-click downloads and transfers of video to mobile. Its best feature is its file converter, which enables videos to work on any media player you may have. It also optimizes your videos on playback in specific devices and also comes with an integrated browser. Below are the steps to download a video from iTube with one click.
1. Copy the URL of the video you wish to download and on the iTube app, click the Paste URL
2. The video will begin to download the video automatically. The video may take some time, especially if it is a high-resolution video.
3. Once the download is over, click the downloaded icon to see your downloaded video or press the folder at the top of the app to see your file in finder. You can then begin to watch your video.
A new rumor has it that Apple will be introducing bendable plastic LCD panels from JDI with the iPhone 8. However, that seems quite improbable unfortunately for Apple fans. Although the flexible LCD panels, also known as Full Active Flex screen could have given the dual curved Edge displays from Samsung a bit of competition, JDI has no plans of entering into mass production of the panels before 2018. While this does mean that future iPhones could very well be sporting the bendable displays that the rumors have been predicting, it is very unlikely that the iPhone 8 will be sporting it in 2017.
In a report by Reuters, it was stated that Liberum analyst Janardan Menon is implying that STMicroelectronics has struck a major deal with Apple. The deal was probably even mentioned in the company's financials for 2016, albeit anonymously. If it is true, then STMicroelectronics will probably be supplying Apple with a new type of proximity sensors for the iPhone 8. What these new sensors will be used for is beyond us at this moment, but it could have something to do with AR or VR integration. We will find out more soon enough.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It seems like every year we hear that mobile gaming will take over all forms of games and will reign supreme. While this isn't likely to happen, one thing we do know though is that it fuels a lot of people's entertainment, makes huge levels of cash for the industry, and provides innovation that pushes games to new levels.
The rise of mobile gaming has been impressive to say the least. Ever since people played Snake on their old Nokia phones, the potential has been there for the handheld device to offer more to gamers. With the improvements of technology and the rise of both iOS and Android, the rise of the app and most importantly gaming apps have taken hold and we are in the age of mobile gaming.
Mobile gaming is now a billion-dollar industry, and has shaped a new model of the way people pay for games. There are a lot of games now that are "Freemium" games, allowing the player to download and play for free, before adding money into the game when they needed it. The key of course is that it is purely the gamers choice whether to add more money into the game with in-game transactions. The thing is though, this idea works.
If the game is good enough to hook the players, it seems that they are more than willing to make in-game purchases to add to the fun they are experiencing. Many in the industry are noticing the potential for profit here, and that in turn fuels the creation of better and more entertaining games that will in turn make more money that can then be put into the production and evolution of games.
This is what fuels gaming today, and the fact that mobile devices can also be used for both virtual and augmented reality show that these devices are still at the forefront of gaming innovation. Just looking at Pokémon Go as an example, you can see just where the technology in the phone is now taking the player, and that is into an even more mobile world.
Mobile gaming on devices has given the players unrestricted access to games while on the movie. Whether it is playing a game like Candy Crush Saga or one of its clones, or even playing roulette on a UK mobile casino while on their dinner breaks, the players are doing so on the movie. It is this flexibility in mobile gaming that is fueling the success of it, and changing the way we game.
While mobile gaming may not take over the world of gaming as we know it, it now has its fair share of the market, and is here to stay. Gaming is hugely popular now in all forms, that includes mobile gaming, and there is one thing for sure, this is a very good time to be a gamer, never have we had such a choice of ways to game as we do now.
The gaming world is almost unrecognisable from what it was in the 20th century. Console and PC games are becoming less popular as more people opt to play games on their smartphones or tablets. Today, mobile games bring in nearly half of global gaming revenue - and it's set to become even more dominant as a platform over the next few years.
Avid consumers live in a world where they can access games like poker in the pub, roulette on the bus and blackjack in the office.
Blackjack is in many ways the perfect game to play on the go - as the games are short and the turnaround so quick. It's a great way to make some fast cash. Some gamblers prefer US blackjack, which offers multiple options for betting minimums and maximums - making your gambling experience even more tailored to your lifestyle and preferences. Find out more about the rules of blackjack games such as Multihand Blackjack, Single Deck Blackjack or American blackjack and why it makes for a great mobile casino experience.
How did mobile gaming become such a success? Let's look at the history of this form of gaming and speculate how it could evolve into the future.
Online casino games: the early days
Today you'll see that online casinos are engaging and immersive enough to give gamers an experience that rivals anything a land-based casino can deliver - but this wasn't always the case.
The issue of who created the first online casino is largely disputed, but developer Microgaming is largely credited with building the first ever online gambling software in 1994. However, it wasn't until two years later that the first bet was accepted online.
In 1996, InterCasino opened their metaphorical internet doors and offered customers the opportunity to play 18 casino games from the comfort of their own home. It was a landmark in the industry.
Initially, online casino games represented an element of intrigue for eager players who were keen to gamble within their own environment. However, there were huge challenges to actually playing. The games were incredibly clunky and difficult to use, and the graphics were underdeveloped. At this point, it was still the case that, if you were really keen on gambling, you'd still be going to a land-based casino rather than a virtual one.
Online casinos simply weren't good enough.
Of course, one of the biggest challenges was the lack of access. Not everyone had a computer with the internet back then. The market was small and relied on a dedicated gamblers accessing online services from their desktop - a long way off the accessibility we enjoy today.
How online gaming progressed
The quality and abundance of online casinos have reflected the huge strides made in digital technology over the past two decades.
Early pioneers Microgaming along with Playtech and Net Entertainment started to improve their offerings - and more competitors started to vie for a share of this market. There were 15 online casinos in 1997, but over 200 just a year later - attributed to increased internet speeds and broadband access, particularly in the US and UK. In 1998 the global internet gambling industry brought in £834 million in revenue, and it was only going to grow from there.
As online casino gaming was getting quicker, it was also getting better. Improved graphics with more intense special effects appealed to more gamers. Add to that a broader selection of games - including slots, blackjack, poker and other casino favourites.
In addition, the UK gambling act transformed the image of online casinos. They weren't seen as a seedy, unregulated part of the internet - they were official places to game, just like land-based casinos. Plus, with the legalisation of online gambling, governments were also raking in greater tax revenue and there were more employment opportunities - so everyone was a winner. It marked a massive shift in the industry.
The move from desktop to mobile
Thanks to Steve Jobs and the gurus Apple gurus in Silicon Valley, the world is now driven by smartphones. Online casinos recognised the potential of mobile gambling and quickly developed software to bring their services to the mobile market.
These very first games allowed users to do something that had never been done before - gamble on the go. The in-built processing power of smartphones combined with their displays made the move from desktop to mobile seamless.
Again, accessibility was key to the development of mobile gaming. Improved mobile broadband across the world, phones with better processing speeds capable of handling the demands of high-quality games boosted the user experience of gambling apps - and the user numbers soon followed.
While desktop gambling sites remain popular, the mobile market has allowed betting companies to appeal to a new market of potential customers. Now developers can rake in steady revenues from players by offering in-app purchases and keeping their games free. Those punters previously put off by the exclusivity of betting shops and casinos can now make bets from their phone - anywhere, anytime.
The future of mobile casinos
One of the drawbacks of an online casino is the lack of ‘real feel' that customers get when playing online - but operators are increasingly able to challenge that with immersive gameplay that could accelerate the decline of traditional land-based casinos, which have been struggling to compete with the industry as it is in the last decade.
As ever, the industry is always looking for new ways to adapt and the most talked advancement at the moment is virtual reality. The industry's biggest developers and betting companies are investing heavily in software that will allow users to explore a completely interactive virtual casino.
Virtual Reality has seemingly been in the pipeline for the past decade, however it finally looks like taking off with the success of traditional gaming VR headsets and ‘live beyond live' casino technology on the horizon.
Another big step forward could be the relaxation of online gambling restrictions in the US. If this continues, the World Wide Web could become the new Las Vegas.
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MegaVegas is a fairly young development in Canadian online gambling. While other nations around the world may have somewhat wilder, more extreme solutions when it comes to the methods of gambling, the lawmakers of Canada have managed to maintain a heavily regulated, even-handed approach, despite the allure of making easy money. Their laws remain fairly flexible, while still keeping the welfare of their citizens in mind at all times.
To understand the foundations of Canadian gambling, it is best to first take a look at the history behind it. Prior to the 1970s, gambling was an illegal practice, and made up the majority of Canada's organised crime rate. This slowly began to change as the years went on, as these previously-illegal gaming activities suddenly became accessible to the average citizen. In 1985, the next major leap took place when territories and provinces were given the right to oversee these games, such as Slots, charitable gaming and Lotteries.
When it comes to online gambling, Canada's rules are somewhat undecided. Canadian law doesn't prohibit the practice of betting online, but it does insist on the service to be fully licensed or owned by a provincial government, in order to be considered legal. And luckily for you, MegaVegas has all of that sorted, so you'll be ready to go!
Each province within Canada is considered to be their own self-governed entity, therefore they have their own individual policies when it comes to practicing safe gambling. Read on below to find out a little bit about some of the most casino-crazy places in the country!
Ontario is known to have the highest population of people out of all the provinces within Canada. And with that, over 90% of residents in Southern Ontario are within a one-hour drive of a legal gambling institution.
- There are over 25 land-based casinos across Ontario, ranging from privately-owned buildings along with more commercialised government locations.
- As well as being featured in the land-based casinos, Slot machines can also be found at racetracks and other event locations.
- Ontario residents appear to deeply enjoy a game of Lotto! In addition to National Lottery draws, they can also partake in Ontario's very own Lottery draws. They actually boast one of the largest Lottery networks in North America!
Quebec was one of the first provinces to begin offering these legal games of chance, having joined the motion in 1970, offering more and more variations of much-loved casino games each year.
- Quebec is currently home to nine land-based casinos, which are popular with both locals and citizens from neighbouring American states. All their gambling activity is overseen by the Quebec Alcohol, Racing, and Gaming Commission to ensure fun, safe and fair gameplay at all times!
- Their preferences appear to be somewhat traditional, as they have little to no support set up to maintain online gambling sites. Residents can play on any site that allows them online from their location, specifically the government-owned Espacejeux.
If you are not really comfortable in going through with the complicated process of updating your device by manually flashing a ROM File or a factory image, there is actually an easier method to experience Android 7.0 on your Nexus device right now. You just need to opt into the Android 7 Nougat Beta program, now extended further by Google. Read on to find out how and if you are eligible for the beta.
· Go to the Android Beta Program portal on your device and sign in
· Remember to use the account that you have associated with your target Nexus smartphone, while logging in
· Scroll down and you should see a list of Your Eligible Devices
· The Nexus smartphone or tablet that you are trying to enrol into the Beta program should be on that list
· Tap on Enrol Device and follow the steps as directed from there on
· An OTA download should now begin which will upgrade your system to Android 7.0 Nougat
The list of eligible devices include Pixel C, General Mobile 4G (Android One), Nexus Player, Nexus 9, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P as of now. The good news is that unlike earlier builds, now you won't actually need to factory data reset your smartphone if you decide to opt out of the Beta program. It can be done by simply leaving the program from the Android Beta Program Page.
The security patch for January 2017 has started to roll out to the Galaxy J2 Prime and the Galaxy Grand Lite. While it's only natural for the J2 Prime to receive the update as it was only released last November, it is both surprising and good to see that Samsung still remembers the Grand Lite which was released almost three years ago in 2014. However, an upgrade to Lollipop is not officially on the cards for the Grand Lite as it continues to run on the ancient Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS.
The firmware version containing the update for the J2 Prime is G532GDXU1AQA4, while the one for the Grand Lite is I9060CUBS0AQA1. If you have an old Samsung smartphone that you want to upgrade but an official upgrade from Samsung is highly unlikely, head over to our firmware section and find the right custom ROM for your particular handset model. The only thing is that we recommend taking a look at our tutorial at least once before attempting to flash any ROM updates.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Surprisingly enough, Samsung started rolling out the August security patch to the Galaxy J7 Prime on the first day of August, even before Google but that's a different report which you can read here. This report here is all about the Galaxy S7 Edge receiving the August security update from Samsung in Mexico, as per a report by SamMobile. If you have news regarding the same update making rounds in other regions as well, do inform us in the comments section.
The patch fixes 40 security issues in total for all Samsung smartphones, with 28 of them being from Google and the remaining 12 from Samsung. Firmware version on the OTA package is G935FXXU1DQH3 in Mexico, but it will vary slightly, depending on what country you are in and what version of the Galaxy S7 Edge you are using (carrier locked, unlocked, Exynos, Snapdragon etc.).
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S5 is still receiving timely updates from Samsung, although it is over three years old at this point. It's not that we are complaining of course! In fact, it is always nice to see Samsung showing some love to older handsets and the Galaxy S5 was indeed the king of Samsung's roster back in 2014.
As per reports, the August security patch is making rounds in Europe at the time and if your S5 still hasn't got it, it will in the next day or two. Most other regions will get the same update as well, but the timeline will differ depending on your location. The OTA update will come in at a size of 74.96MB and the firmware version on it will be GH900FXXS1CQH1.
In case you are wondering, we are yet to receive any confirmation regarding whether or not the Galaxy S5/S5 Neo will receive an upgrade to Android Nougat. Nevertheless, we will keep you updated on the news as always.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S8 was actually one of the last handsets in Samsung's elite line-up to receive the security patch for October, so we were not sure when the handset would be receiving the November patch. The good news is that the update is now rolling out to the S8 and S8+ handsets across Netherlands.
If you own a Galaxy S8, firmware version G950FXXU1AQK7 should be heading for your S8 any time now, provided you are in the Netherlands or at least in Europe! The Galaxy S8+ is also receiving the same update in the region, but in the form of firmware version G955FXXXU1AQK7. Both updates are quite big as it turns out and weigh in at roughly 545MB. Aside from the usual 61 fixes that this month's Google patch brings to all devices running on Android, this update will also address the Krack W-Fi vulnerability and make Bluetooth connections with device more stable. In case you are wondering when the S8 will start receiving the same update in your location, it's probably going to take a week at most.
Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)