Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Real Samsung Galaxy S8 Revealed in New Leaked Photo

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As the days roll by, more and more rumors and leaks about Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8 begin to emerge. This time a new leak has emerged from one of the industry’s most credible industry insider, Evan Blass.

Previous rumors suggested that the Galaxy S8 will look like this:

First Images

And the new image confirms that the front will be similar to the rumors while the back will largely resemble the Galaxy Note 7, albeit with a couple of minor changes.
Image Courtesy: Evan Blass | VentureBeat
This could be our very first look at the upcoming flagship smartphone. The above image also confirms some other rumors such as the decision to get rid of the home button which also housed the fingerprint scanner.
By removing the home button, the fingerprint scanner also needed to find a new home. Initial rumors suggested that Samsung will embed it under the screen. However, a bigger majority suggested it would be placed on the back of the phone. And as apparent from the above photo, the sensor is placed to the right of the camera. It is an odd location and people moving from older Samsung devices will have a hard time adjusting to it.
Some rumors suggested that Samsung will stick with the old microUSB 2.0 but with the recent Galaxy Note 7 and even the new 2017 Galaxy A series smartphones having the USB Type-C port, it was a no-brainer that Samsung is now making USB Type-C the standard across all its smartphones.
There’s also more good news. Samsung is keeping the much-loved 3.5mm headphone jack. So, unlike some company’s phones (*cough*Apple*cough*), with the Galaxy S8 you don’t have worry about looking for a dongle for something as simple as your earphones.

Two variants?

Other rumors suggest this year’s model will also have two different variants of the phone, just like last year’s model. However, unlike last year’s model the screen size won’t be the same as the outgoing model. The ‘regular’ Galaxy S8 is expected to come with a 5.8-inch display whereas the ‘plus’ model will have a 6.2-inch display. Both will be using QHD, Super AMOLED panels that will be covering 83% of the screen. Evan Blass has also reported that the displays will be pressure sensitive. This technology will be known as force touch and will work more or less like Apple’s 3D Touch.

Performance, Storage, Camera & Battery

Being a flagship smartphone, expect no compromises on performance from Samsung. This year’s model is rumored to house the best performance hardware that is available.
Depending on the market, the Galaxy S8 will have two different processors. One would be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and the other will be Samsung’s own Exynos. Both of them will be produced using a 10-nanometer fabrication method. All of this will supposedly make the Galaxy S8 at least 11% faster in terms of performance, 23% faster in graphics processing and 20% more energy efficient over the Galaxy S7.
For multitasking, Samsung is rumored to include 4GB of RAM and the base storage has been set at 64GB along with a microSD card.
The primary camera will not see a change and will remain the same as the Galaxy S7. And that is not necessarily a bad thing. The Galaxy S7’s 12MP camera was one of the best in business last year. The front camera, however, will see and improvement, jumping to 8MP from last year’s 5MP.
In terms of battery, you will get a 3,000mAh power pack with the 5.8-inch variant and a 3,500mAh one with the 6.2-inch variant.

Launch Date

For several years, Samsung has always unveiled the latest Galaxy S model at the start of the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain around the end of February. However, that isn’t the case this year as Samsung has officially announced that it won’t be launching it in February this year.
Instead, this year’s Samsung event will take place on March 29th in New Your City, according to Evan Blass. This is due to the Note 7 recalls which have forced Samsung to take extraordinary steps to make sure the next flagship is safe for the public and won’t be riddled with the same problems. We’re hoping that the Galaxy S8 is hot this year, figuratively, not literally speaking.
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Friday, December 9, 2016

Samsung Galaxy S8 to Potentially Feature An All-front Bezel-less Display

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As the launch of Samsung’s next flagship comes nearer by the day, all kinds of rumours have started swirling as well. The latest report points towards the Samsung flagship getting an all-screen front design.

The report comes courtesy of Bloomberg, which predicts a front panel with absolutely no bezels. As a part of the scheme, the Galaxy S8 will also lose the iconic physical home button, part of the Samsung folklore for years. It will be replaced by a virtual home button placed in the lower half.
To make this possible, the phone is said to be utilizing ground-breaking organic LED technology, which will enable wraparound displays, which is important considering a potential move from Apple towards OLED panels in the future.
Also, the report mentions a possible delay in the release of the phone by a month, which can be attributed to increased testing measures deployed after the launch of the Galaxy Note 7.
The phones are said to come in the same 5.1-inch and 5.7-inch sizes of the current S7 and S7 Edge phones. They’ll be powered by both Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 and Samsung’s own Exynos chips.
The launch is more important than ever, following the fiasco revolving the Note 7 launch, even though Samsung likely couldn’t have changed plans so soon.
It is not a surprise at all to hear about this, given we have been hearing about the 10-anniversary version of the iPhone having an all-screen front panel, too, with a virtual home button replacing the current capacitive, physical one. It is clear if both phones manage to wield such radical redesigns with few drawbacks, a new approach in design language will be triggered.
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Apple Reveals its Best Apps and Games of 2016

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Apple has published yet another annual list of the best apps of 2016. The apps don’t include those which sold the best, but rather the ones which best showcase the true potential of Apple’s products.

The app judged by Apple to be the best of the year was Prisma, the photo-editing app which took the world by storm due to its powerful editing tools which transform normal photos into works of art.
The runner-up this year is MSQRD, the editing app famous for its live filters and face swaps in videos and photos.
Next is Quartz, the news app which got recognition for its use of clean design and great presentation of news.
Vogue, the app of the fashion magazine was next due to its great pictorial presentation and convenient UI.
Meditation Studio completed the top-five; the app teaches its users how to meditate in an step-by-step approach.
Detour, a touring app with audio walks, and Credit Karma, a credit-score measuring app were next, followed by Glasses by Warby Parker, which helps you conveniently choose your next pair of glasses right from your phone.
Hyper is an app catered to creating playlist of your videos, while Tinycards offers flashcards for quick learning on pretty much everything, everywhere.
Similarly, Apple also announced the best games of the year. The one which took the crown was Clash Royale, a card-based game which takes cues from Clash of Clans. Following it is Reigns, a turn-based adventure game set in medieval times, and the omnipresent Plants vs. Zombies.
The next in line is twofold inc., a puzzle game with amazing visuals, followed by the racing-game Riptide GP: Renegade.
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Netflix Users, Here is How You Can Save Movies to Your SD Card

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how you can save movies from Netflix on your SD card to save your data as well as phone space.

Normally when you save a Netflix movie on, they are saved in a nondescript folder on your phone’s built-in storage. You can, however, copy it on an SD card to save phone space but you will need to copy it back into the phone’s memory to make it viewable.
The process may seem tedious but if you are in for a long flight or are going somewhere with limited connectivity, it can be a godsend.

How To Save a Netflix Movie on an SD Card

  1. Open any file manager on your phone (or download one from Google Play).
  2. Turn on the option to show hidden files and folders by going into the file manager’s settings.
  3. Go to Device Storage > Android > data > > files > Download > .of  by using the file explorer.
  4. Here you’ll see a folder named with a string of numbers. Just long-press on the folder copy/cut it.
  5. Open your SD card inside the file explorer and paste the folder over there.
  6. When you want to watch your movie or TV show again, you will have to copy the folder back to its original location in step 3.
Although a lot of people were left disappointed by the limiting collection of movies, Netflix has been gradually more shows to its lineup. Netflix has unveiled plans to double the amount of its original programming for next year, hopefully bringing more content for its users in the process.
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This Awesome Interactive Online Tool Will Teach You How a DSLR Camera Works

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Our mobile cameras may have gotten unbelievably good over the past few years but still, they are no match for DSLR cameras. However, those bulky professional cameras come with a steep learning curve and require some basic knowledge of how a camera works.

One fun new online tool called “Photography Mapped” will teach you the basics of DSLR photography in an interactive manner.
It comes with a simple, interactive UI and will let you quickly tweak settings like the amount of light, aperture (F/Number), shutter speed, ISO, Exposure, etc.
Just slide a bar to increase or decrease the particular settings and it will quickly show a preview of what the particular setting tweaks below. For example, you can adjust the aperture to instantly see how it affects the picture’s depth of field (the amount of area in focus).

Once you are done tweaking the settings to your liking, just click on the “Take Photo” button. It will display a result of the photo you took of the flying helicopter. There is also an “Auto” mode if you want a glimpse of what most DSLRs’ default camera settings would deliver.
Photography Mapped also provides a handy graphic about the camera’s workings, in case anyone is interested in learning.
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Bluetooth 5 With 2X Speed & 4X Range Officially Announced

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The long wait for Bluetooth 5 is finally over. Yesterday, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) made the next generation of Bluetooth, the version 5.0, official. It clears the way for device makers to use the new technology in smart phones, wearables and even smart home equipment. You won’t be getting it right away though, it’s still going to take it 2 to 6 months before it can enter the market though.

Improvements in Bluetooth 5.0

This was originally hinted back in June. The update is supposed to increase the range by 4 times and it’s going to double the speed of wireless connections over Bluetooth’s low-energy protocol, which is commonly used to connect devices gadgets like smartwatches, bands, headphones etc. over long durations. For example, one of the biggest bottlenecks for smartwatches was their slow connection to your phone, but with Bluetooth 5, this can be taken care of quiet easily now.
Along with the boost in speed and range, the SIG claims that the Bluetooth 5 will be better at avoiding congested wireless channels, using other standards like LTE and WiFi, allowing for a clearer connection between the devices.
This update also includes an 8x boost to the spec’s “broadcast message capacity”. This could let things like wireless beacons send more relevant data directly to your phone no matter where you are.

Future Updates

The same cannot be expected for audio quality though, even though you’ll be able to use your wireless headphones from further away, we won’t be seeing improvements to audio compression, latency and power use until 2018.
SIG also plans to add mesh networking capabilities to the spec in the future update. This would allow Bluetooth devices to serve as network-boosting hubs that can spread a Bluetooth connection further, thereby aiding IoT devices.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Microsoft PowerApps Lets You Create Apps Without Coding

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Will Have No Headphone Jack:

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After the iPhone 7 removed its headphone jack, Samsung is following suit by doing the same thing for its upcoming flagship Galaxy S8 .

They removed the feature of removable batteries in the Galaxy S6 and now a report suggests that Samsung is going to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from Galaxy S8 and replace it with a USB Type-C port.
This means that you won’t be able to plug your phone into a charger and use headphones at the same time unless Samsung includes 2 USB-C ports. All your old Samsung headphones are not going to work with the Galaxy S8 either.
Apple was criticized a lot by users and critics alike for removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. The same can be expected from Samsung fans after this decision. More worrisome for Samsung will be the fact that the Android ecosystem has a wide variety of phones that compete at the high end and people might end up switching.

Benefits of Removing the Headphone Jack

Let’s discuss why the company might be removing the headphone jack. First, it will result in a thinner device and would open up space for a bigger battery. Reports have indicated that the device being too thin was what caused the Note 7 fiasco so we aren’t entirely sold on that.
Stereo speakers might also be added to the new Galaxy S8, something which no other Samsung phone has right now. Samsung might make this possible in collaboration with Harman, a company that it is going to acquire for $8 billion.
These are all rumors at this point but Android leaks in particular have been accurate for quite a while now. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is going to be officially announced in February 2017 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona so expect more rumors as the date draws closer.
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

iOS 10.1.1 is Causing Serious Battery Problems on Some iPhones

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Although software updates usually bring features to broaden the possibilities of a phone, often there are a few caveats which also make their way out. This time, it is iOS 10.1.1 which is causing serious battery life problems.

Apple launched two versions of its 10.1.1 update, one to fix Health Data while the second without any particular reason being given. Perhaps, partly because of this the users of the iPhone, particularly the 5S and 6, are reporting battery life of less than a day.
Apple’s own discussion forums and Twitter show a wide barrage of disgruntled users feeling the pain.
They also report the battery status to be not-so-accurate after the update, showing battery life of as much as 80-percent dying without usage overnight. Also, plugging in upon reboot took it directly to 30 percent, for one user, who experienced normal working for two more hours.
It doesn’t help that Apple recently launched a program to fix faulty iPhone 6S battery without extra charge, though, the real problem it seems could possibly extend to many more models, now.
Some people have been trying to ameliorate these worries for themselves. They are disabling the Raise to Wake feature, however this doesn’t seem to deliver the trick to all users.
Let’s hope that Apple fixes the issue in the next iteration of software updates. Of course, most bugs which come with software upgrades are fixed as soon as possible and let’s hope this is a software-related issue, too.
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Samsung to Reveal The Cause of Note 7 Explosions By Year End

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Samsung may have attempted to clear the wreckage and quietly end the story of its Note 7 debacle, but it has not released the true cause of the mayhem until now.

Now, it appears the company will be revealing the reason behind its discontinuation soon, or at least before the year ends. Samsung’s most recent investigation on the subject began on November the 11th.
“We are considering all possibilities to find out the exact cause of the accidents,” said a Samsung official who made it clear that the company intends to uncover the complete details rather than jump to conclusions. The last time it did, it had to discontinue a flagship so it must tread safely on rough water.
The company sold 4.3 million Note 7 devices in the few months following its launch in August. However, dozens of fire-related accidents, two recalls and as much as $17 billion in lost revenue, the company is left with no choice other than to look towards its next savior, the Galaxy S8.
Samsung has been under pressure from investors ever since the Note 7 incident began. Recent reports hint towards a potential splitting of the company in two and a move away from the current clan-like structure.
The move would make decisions easier to question and could increase efficiency. It also includes listing on a foreign stock exchange such as NASDAQ like so many of its Western counterparts. Whether these plans materialize remains to be seen.
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