Thursday, August 17, 2017

Nokia 8 Is the Company’s First Android Flagship Phone

Nokia 8 Is the Company’s First Android Flagship Phone
Nokia’s first true flagship is finally here and it hopes to regain the crown it lost many years ago to other competitors.

Nokia 8 brings flagship specs, flagship build quality and also, unfortunately, a flagship price to match.
The company launched a trio of budget smartphones, the 3, 5 and 6 around half a year ago. It was enough to jump start Nokia but none of them offered any real flagship experience. The Nokia 8 aims to change that.

Design and Display

The Nokia 8 might not be the most eye-catching phone of the year – not with the bezels that it has – but it still features an attractive build.
The design follows in the footsteps of the previous Nokia phones released earlier this year.
Nokia says that the unibody has a high-gloss, mirror-like finish on the back that takes 40-stage process of machining, anodizing and polishing to achieve.
The display on the Nokia 8 is also a bit different from the competition in terms of size. Nokia decided to go with a 5.3-inch screen, keeping the size of the phone small and handy.
The screen resolution comes in at QHD (2560 x 1440) with an IPS LCD panel which should offer good viewing angles.
The Nokia 8 also has Ozo Audio which captures 360-degree audio thanks to three mics and some of the company’s own audio capturing algorithms. This gives the Nokia 8 the ability to capture audio with immersive 360-degree spatial surround sound.

Hardware and OS

Moving to the actual numbers, you get Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 835 that is paired with an Adreno 540 GPU. Handling all the multitasking is 4 GB of RAM.
However, if for some reason you think that 4GB of RAM is not enough, Nokia also has a 6GB RAM variant. This particular variant will come only in the Glossy Blue color and will come with 128 GB of internal storage, meanwhile the 4 GB RAM variant will have 64 GB of internal storage.
As with the previous smartphones released by Nokia, the 8 also runs a clean version of Android 7.1.1 right out of the box and Nokia says it will be one of the first devices to get the Android O update when it becomes available.

Camera and Battery

Nokia says that its flagship comes with two 13MP sensors on the back. One of these sensors will shoot in RGB and one in black & white.  There’s also a 13MP front facing camera that also comes with autofocus. All three cameras are Carl Zeiss branded and all have f/2.o apertures.
Nokia is also highlighting its “Bothie” photos that combine pictures from both the front facing camera and rear facing camera into one.
Keeping everything powered is a 3,090mAh battery. Fast charging support is included with Quick Charge 3.0.


The Nokia 8 will be available in 4 colors; Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel. Pricing starts at €599 .You should keep in mind that prices are usually higher in Europe due to taxation. Expect slightly lower prices in US and other regions.

Nokia 8 Specifications

  • CPU: Octa-core 4 x2.45 GHz & 4 x1.9 GHz Kryo
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • GPU: Adreno 540
  • OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; separate dual SIM model
  • Design:
    • Fingerprint scanner
    • IP 54 certified – dust and splash resistant
    • Ozo 360 degree Audio
  • Display:
    • 5.3” IPS LCD with QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution (554 PPI)
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 4/6 GB
    • Internal: 64/128 GB
    • Card slot: yes, by up to 256 GB
  • Camera:
    • Primary: Dual 13 MP, f/2.0, laser & phase detection autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
    • Secondary: 13 MP
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, LTE
  • Battery: 3,090 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0 support
  • Price: €599

Friday, August 11, 2017

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2: Where Are the Bezels on This Phone? [Leak]

Its that time of the year again. Xiaomi is closing in on releasing its next flagship Mi Note and Mi Mix smartphones. The latest leak shows what Xiaomi is planning for its upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, which completely blows away all “bezel-less” flagship phones released this year.

Xiaomi is known for its budget flagship offerings in the smartphone world. Last year saw the release of the nearly bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix concept phone.
The phone was well received and Xiaomi promised a follow-up with even smaller bezels and more screen real-estate. Here’s what the phone will look like if the new leaks are to be believed.
Xiaomi has cut the bottom bezel by half to make the phone almost all screen. Side and top bezels are almost non-existent. Another interesting design choice is the lack of a front facing camera. There is almost no space on the front which explains why Xiaomi has removed it.
One other change worth noticing is that the leaked image from China shows the use of metal this year. The original Mi Mix came with a ceramic body.

No Earpiece?

There is no earpiece on top of the phone, just like the original Mi Mix. It used bone conduction hardware but received mixed reviews from those who used the device. Xiaomi is going to go for the same piezo-electric earpiece embedded near the top of the phone. The Chinese smartphone maker is collaborating with AAC technologies for developing the earpiece, the latter has plenty of experience with haptics and tiny speakers.
Overall, the Mi Mix 2 seems to have a thinner profile than Mi Mix, in addition to having curved and rounded corners.

Leaked Features

There are a couple of third party renders as well which were developed to show the phone from more angles and seem to be based on the above mention prototype’s leaked image.
Leaked specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 GB RAM, an AMOLED screen with a 19 MP camera. The battery is rumored to be at least 4,500 mAh.
The phone is expected to be released mid-September for CNY 4,999 for the top end model considering last year’s pricing.
Take all of this with a grain of salt as alleged “leaks” often glorify the smartphone, Sharp Aquos S2being a recent example. However, there’s a lot of similarity between all the Mi Mix 2 leaks, which means that its possible the leaks are the real deal. We shouldn’t have to wait too long now as the company is bound to make an announcement at IFA next month.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Apple’s Profits Jump By 17% to $8.7 Billion in Q3 Earnings

Apple posted its earnings for the third quarter in the fiscal year 2017 with the revenue of $45.4 billion and operating profit of $8.7 billion.

The profit is 17% more than the figures Apple reached last year, during the third quarter. Last year Apple made $42.4 billion in revenues and $7.8 billion in profits.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said:
With revenue up 7 percent year-over-year, we’re happy to report our third consecutive quarter of accelerating growth and an all-time quarterly record for Services revenue.
41 million iPhones were sold during May and June, contributed $24.8 billion to the revenues as compared to 40.3 billion units last year during the same quarter.
iPad and Mac sales were 11.4 million and 4.2 million units respectively this year as compared to the last fiscal year’s third quarter with 9.95 million and 4.25 million units sold respectively.
Apple stated that 61 percent of the revenue in the quarter came from outside the United States.

Apple’s projections for September quarter

Apple’s projections for the next quarter are as follows:
  • revenue between $49 billion and $52 billion
  • gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38 percent
  • operating expenses between $6.7 billion and $6.8 billion
  • other income/(expense) of $500 million
  • tax rate of 25.5 percent

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

This New Technology May Just Solve All Your Internet Speed Issues

This New Technology May Just Solve All Your Internet Speed Issues
The Internet is about to get a lot faster. A team of researchers led by the Australian National University was able to achieve an ultrafast-rate of bit transmission. This could mean the start of a new era for telecommunication.

Here’s how they achieved the impossible.
They stamped an optical nanoantenna on the optical waveguide which resulted in the fastest transmission of data to date. Using this, anyone can send data through light polarization in both directions. And that too at light speed, literally.
An Illustration depicting the nanoantenna and the optical waveguide
Before this study, the imprinting of optical nanoantenna on the waveguide was rare. There were hardly any instances where this technology was used and when it was used, the technology had very limited features. Therefore, until now, it was never used to its full potential.
How Does The Nano Antenna Work?
The phenomenon by which the nanoantenna works is called plasmonics. In this process, the electrons on the surface of the metal get excited by the light coming in. The wavelength of plasmon waves is even less than that of light. This makes it possible to make a device which is a lot smaller than those devices which depend on light.
What Did They Achieve In This Project?
The project was able to demonstrate that the antenna of sub-micron can not only sort but also select paths for data streams in different directions. This was possible by encoding the data in different polarizations of light.
But the real achievement was that Dr. Nashev, the leader of the research team, shrunk the optical device, which helped in the polarization, to an antenna which was smaller than a micrometer in size. This enabled the integration of this antenna into a silicon chip. The device does not work like the Yagi-Uda aerial which only polarized light in one direction. It has the capability of polarizing in horizontal as well as vertical direction.
This technology can revolutionize the telecommunication systems we have today. Right now, gold is being used in the silicon chips but once they are replaced by aluminum, it will become very easy to integrate it with our existing systems.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Original Xiaomi Portable Mouse - SILVER

Original Xiaomi Portable Mouse  -  SILVER
Main Features:
● Portable and mini mouse fits for travel, office and so on
● Supporting Bluetooth 4.0 / 2.4G dual modes connectivity
● It is powered by 2 AAA batteries ( not included )
● Compatible with Windows 7 / 8 / 10, but Windows 7 system is not fully compatible with Bluetooth


Brand: Xiaomi
Type: Mouse
Features: Mini
Material: ABS
Color: Champagne Gold,Silver
Product Details
Resolution: 1200DPI
Interface: USB 2.0
Connection: Bluetooth
Bluetooth Specification: Bluetooth 4.0
Range of Frequency: 2.4G
Power Supply: 2 x AAA Battery
Suitable for: Andriod TV Box,Android TV,Google TV Box,HTPC,IPTV,Pad,PC,PC360
Coding Supported: No
Mouse Macro Express Supported: No
Dimension and Weight
Product weight: 0.0780 kg
Package weight: 0.1760 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 11.02 x 5.72 x 2.36 cm / 4.34 x 2.25 x 0.93 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 13.02 x 7.72 x 4.36 cm / 5.13 x 3.04 x 1.72 inches
Package Contents
Package Contents: 1 x Original Xiaomi Mouse, 1 x USB Receiver

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Original Xiaomi Portable Mouse with Bluetooth 4.0 / 2.4G Dual Mode

Original Xiaomi Portable Mouse with Bluetooth 4.0 / 2.4G Dual Mode

Original Xiaomi Portable Mouse with Bluetooth 4.0 / 2.4G Dual Mode

Original Xiaomi Portable Mouse with Bluetooth 4.0 / 2.4G Dual Mode

Original Xiaomi Portable Mouse with Bluetooth 4.0 / 2.4G Dual Mode

Original Xiaomi Portable Mouse with Bluetooth 4.0 / 2.4G Dual Mode

Original Xiaomi Portable Mouse with Bluetooth 4.0 / 2.4G Dual Mode

Original Xiaomi Portable Mouse with Bluetooth 4.0 / 2.4G Dual Mode

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Original Xiaomi Portable Mouse with Bluetooth 4.0 / 2.4G Dual Mode
Original Xiaomi Portable Mouse with Bluetooth 4.0 / 2.4G Dual Mode

China is Launching an ‘Unhackable’ Internet

In the past year, cyberattacks have escalated at quite a pace. China has decided to put a stop to these growing attacks which are getting more and more sophisticated.

China, which also happens to be the world’s largest internet market, is about to launch its new ‘unhackable’ internet. Any attack made on this network would be immediately detected. In order to accomplish this, quantum cryptography is being used for the purpose. This is a completely new kind of cryptography, very different from the one being used today.

About the Unhackable Chinese Internet

The project, situated in the Chinese city of Jinan, has received a lot of hype. To test this project, a network will be established with up to 200 users from the Chinese military, government, finance and electricity sectors. Messages sent across these networks will be tested for their security.
With the launch of quantum communications in the country, China is taking a huge step forward in the development of applications which will improve internet security. Its possible that other countries might be willing to acquire this technology from China in the future.

What Does this Technology Actually Do?

When an encrypted message is sent (with the message coded with a unique key), it is akin to a solving a very difficult math problem. You have to have great processing power so that you can quickly decrypt an encrypted message. In today’s world, it means that you only need more faster computers to decrypt the such keys.
Regular increase in computing power means that the encryption codes also needed to be increased in length every few years to stay ahead of the available processing power. This makes the encryption keys fairly limited, making them vulnerable to attacks with the passage of time as newer and faster processors come in.

What is Different About Quantum Communication?

Using this method, the message key is sent first which is embedded in light particles. Once the key is received by a node, it is only then that the message is sent.
If the light particles are intercepted at any point, it is immediately detected. Once there is an interception, the particles are altered or worse, destroyed. This means that the attempt to hack will go wasted, making the system more or less unhackable.
Now the main question is if this technology is so secure then why is only China working on it?
The reason for this is that experts thought that the current method of encryption was so complicated that it would be next to impossible to break it. “For a long time people simply didn’t think it was needed,” says Prof Myungshik Kim of Imperial College, London.
Another problem is that it is very expensive. At the moment, there is no commercial demand and it is hard to get the investors interested in the project.
Cyber attacks pose a grave threat these days. It is high time that other countries also start working on quantum communication before a major setback is faced as all it takes is a single virus or Trojan to shut down a server which serves millions of computers and could potentially cause billions in damages.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Facebook Shuts Down AI After it Invents Its Own Language

AI is getting increasingly intelligent with each progressing day. First we saw 

Google’s Deepmind AIteaching itself how to walk. Now, in a recent development Facebook bots using AI diverged from the English language and created their own ‘more efficient’ means of communication.

This bizarre turn of events led the researchers to pull the plug on the system over fears that they risk losing control of the AI.

What Happened?

In an experiment to test out the ‘negotiating capabilities’ of their bots, Facebook put two of them, Bob and Alice, head to head to negotiate the best deal in a given scenario.
At first everything seemed normal as both the agents were communicating in plain English. But as time progressed, the bots started using repetitive words which made no sense according to English grammar.
Here’s one part of the conversation.
Bob: “I can can I I everything else”’
Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”
Apparently the bots started using a more efficient means of communication which only they understood and made no sense to us humans.

Why Did it Happen?

Why it happened has to do with how AI works. Researchers are trying to mimic the human brain’s neural network for use in machines. The thing is, we only have a limited processing capability and hence have to simplify things for our contemplation.
But when you add our way of thinking to a computer’s state of the art processors (which are capable of millions upon millions of computations each second), you start to see a change in the approach of solving problems.
AI has one aim and that is to complete a given objective as fast or as efficiently as possible (as long as other constraints are not placed).
In the case at hand, that aim was to negotiate the best deal. It didn’t matter how they did it but that they did. After trial and error, the AI learned that the English language was simply not efficient enough for quick communication and so it modified it to achieve its goal.
Researchers believe that instead of actually using numbers separately the bots started to integrate the quantities of objects within their conversation by repeating certain words like ‘i’ and ‘me’. This would appear to be a hassle for us but for computers it appears to be a more efficient mode of communication.


As with every other piece of tech, this aspect of AI is a double edged sword. On one hand it can be used to further increase the efficiency of our languages and provide the means for much faster communication between machines.
Google has already seen surprising results from this in their translation applications which are capable of translating languages much more efficiently. It can also work with languages it is not directly taught.
On the flip side, this may be giving too much control and power to machines. I don’t mean to sound like a broken record but machines taking control of themselves is a very real possibility and cannot be taken lightly.
So what do you guys make of this new ‘skill’? Would you be comfortable with machines communicating with each other in ‘coded languages’? Let us know in the comments.

Xiaomi Announces Feature Rich MIUI 9

Xiaomi Announces Feature Rich MIUI 9
Xiaomi had announced its plans to unveil the latest version of their custom android skin, MIUI 9, and its list of supported devices along with the Mi 5X. Delivering on its promise, MIUI 9 was announced this Thursday with 3 ‘new’ features. The company was keen to point out that its MIUI is used by more than 2.8 billion users worldwide, the most for any smartphone OS.

The ‘new’ part may apply to the MIUI itself, as we have seen similar features from Google already. Let’s see what Xiaomi has in store for us with MIUI 9.

Smart App Launcher

You are planning to spend some time with your buddy over a hollywood flick. Your friend suggests a movie and you want information about it. What do you do? You back out of the messaging app, open IMDb (or Google), type in the name of the said movie and finally get some details about it.
This is where the new smart app launcher comes in to save your valuable time. It will detect that you are talking about a movie and will open an app for you with more details, saving you the hassle of manually searching for it.
But this isn’t something new. We have already seen this on Google’s now launcher where it scans the user’s screen and provide information about its contents.

Image Search

With large storage options available on today’s smartphones. our photo libraries can get pretty crowded and hard to navigate through. The new image search can come in handy when trying to find a picture.
You can search for terms like ‘dog’ or ‘cat’ and the software will filter out images according to the  keyword. Sound familiar? Google Photos has already implemented this and quite well at that.
It will be interesting to see how good Xiaomi’s implementation is and whether it is a good alternative when the OS officially launches.

Smart Assistant

Yes, Xiaomi has joined the (now crowded) smart assistant club with their newest iteration of MIUI. Unsurprisingly it’s similar to other personal assistants like Bixby, Google Assistant and Siri.
It will help you perform basic tasks like searching through the phone for photos, calendar events and notes.
Again, we will have to wait for the official release before we can have an apples to apples comparison of Xiaomi’s assistant with the existing assistants present in the market.

 More Optimizations

Other than the new features, MIUI 9 also comes with optimisations to enhance the user experience.
The first of which is a reduction in app launch times thanks to the dynamic resource allocation which gives priority to the app running in the foreground. This gives the app valuable system resources which would be otherwise wasted on backgrounds tasks.
The second change is the inclusion of Nougat’s split screen functionality. 
The lock screen has also been redesigned with a new shortcut to the flashlight by swiping right.
Additionally, if you’re fan of theming, MIUI 9 has a variety of theming options present to make your device unique.

Release Date

Xiaomi plans to roll out the MIUI 9 China and Global Developer ROMs during August and a stable release of its China ROM in late September. A stable global release should follow soon after.
The company has been keen to point out that one or more of the above features might be available only for its China ROM though we will have to wait for the official release for more details.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Samsung Likely to Beat Apple as Most Profitable Tech Company

Samsung Likely to Beat Apple as Most Profitable Tech Company
South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics has posted record breaking earnings on Thursday. The company is on track to beat rival Apple in operating profits.

The development is all the more important especially keeping in mind the Galaxy Note 7 recall and the South Korean corruption scandal involving the company.
The quarterly financial earning reports show that Samsung has soared with the highest profits in the company’s history. Its operating profit of $12.7 billion and $9.7 billion in net profit sets it higher when compared with forecasts of $10.6 billion in operating profits for Apple.
The remarkable performance of Samsung this quarter can be attributed to rising prices in memory chips, as well as huge sales of the Galaxy S8 smartphone.
The firm also predicts another blockbuster in the next three months.
Samsung is expected to post another record profit in the third quarter at around 15 trillion won.
Bryan Ma, a technology industry analyst at IDC categorized the success of Samsung due to the following factors:
The S8 has indeed helped get Samsung back onto its feet, hopefully putting the Note7 debacle behind it.
But we also have to keep in mind that a lot of Samsung´s momentum is from memory and displays too, so it´s not all about the S8, either.
No doubt that is time of the year is not usually for Apple, things will get steady for Apple with the release of new iPhone series.
Samsung’s semiconductor division earned to $7.2 billion operating profit whereas the mobile division generated $3.7 billion in operating profit thanks to the Galaxy S8 series.
However, Greg Roh, an analyst at HMC Investment Securities, told AFP:
“Samsung has surpassed its rivals for now but Apple usually sees little fluctuation in its profits whereas Samsung´s profits fluctuate largely on memory chip prices.”
Samsung has been trying to make us forget the last year when the exploding battery crisis flared up, which cost the company heavily in monetary terms and reputation as well.
Also Samsung’s vice-chairman and heir Lee Jae-Yong was charged in connection with the national corruption scandal for bribing the president Park Geun-Hye, so that he could seek favors from the government.
Lee has been in custody for corruption scandal

iPod Nano and Shuffle Are Officially Discontinued

iPod Nano and Shuffle Are Officially Discontinued
Its an end of an era as Apple discontinues its low-end iPod models, the Nano and Shuffle, Bloomberg reports.

The iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle were once the most famous products of Apple. But with the release of iPhone, the popularity of iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle started stumbling.
iPhone users still carried their iPods with them, especially when it came to workouts and other miscellaneous activities. But after the introduction of the Apple Watch as the perfect workout buddy, the iPod faced a serious threat.
The news of the demise of the iPod models has not come as a surprise. Both the iPod models haven’t been revamped for a long time. The Nano, which came in 2005, got its last redesign in 2012. The Shuffle, which was also released in 2005, was last redesigned in 2010. However, new colors were introduced for the two models in the later years.
The new iPod Nano displayed during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on September 12, 2012 in San Francisco, California.
The Nano, costing $149, and the Shuffle, costing $49, have already been discontinued from the online store of Apple and will soon vanish from retailers too.
“Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod Touch now with double the capacity starting at just $199 and we are discontinuing the iPod Shuffle and Nano,” Apple said in a statement.
The iPod Touch, which was launched in 2008, is Apple’s best-selling iPod. On Thursday, it discontinued its 16GB and 64GB models and lowered the prices for its new double-capacity variants. The 32 GB retails for $199 and the 128 GB is available for $299. The Touch also provides Wi-Fi capabilities and an 8MP camera.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Google to Merge YouTube Red & Play Music Services

t’s official! YouTube’s Head of Music has confirmed that they are merging its services with Google Music Play to create a new online streaming offering.

The news came to light at the New Music Seminar Conference which was being held in New York.
In response to a question about YouTube Red’s lack of popularity, Lyor Cohen replied:
The important thing is combining YouTube Red and Google Play Music, and having one offering.
For now, it seems like Google will create a new brand under which both services will be offered to the users. Moreover, it remains to be seen whether the two apps would merge as well, or not.
Not many details apart from this surfaced but company spoke to media outlets and said that users will get “plenty of notice” before any of the changes are underway.
Music is very important to Google and we’re evaluating how to bring together our music offerings to deliver the best possible product for our users, music partners and artists.
Nothing will change for users today and we’ll provide plenty of notice before any changes are made
Currently, YouTube Red is being offered in five countries whereas Google Play Music is available in 64 countries. In many ways, the merger won’t change things drastically as paying for a subscription to either YouTube Red or Google Play Music gives you the other service for free.
However, in terms offering a clear, simple and compelling service, the merger makes a lot of sense; so much that it may make you wonder as to why it hasn’t happened already.

Google Kills Instant Search After 7 Years

Searching on Google used to be a speedy affair, type in your query and Google would search the query as you are typing.

But now, the search engine giant is getting rid of this feature for PCs/laptops to bring them more in line with mobile search results.

Base for Predictive Search

Instant Search was introduced back in 2010 with the goal of speeding up searches. Marissa Mayer was at the helm, as the company’s vice president of search and user experience, when this feature was launched at Google. She called it a “fundamental shift in search” with the feature laying important groundwork for Google’s predictive searching which launched later on.
At that time Google predicted that it would save millions of seconds every hour by showing the results as fast as possible and decreasing the time it would take to write down the whole thing.

Significance of Mobile Searching

The Instant Search feature has been losing its relevance since the rise of smartphones, with 50% of searches on Google being done on mobile devices.
The move to retire Instant Search is expected to unify searching experience across mobile and desktop devices.
According to a Google spokesperson:
We launched Google Instant back in 2010 with the goal to provide users with the information they need as quickly as possible, even as they typed their searches on desktop devices. Since then, many more of our searches happen on mobile, with very different input and interaction and screen constraints.
With this in mind, we have decided to remove Google Instant, so we can focus on ways to make Search even faster and more fluid on all devices.
Suggestions will be staying; you will see possible search queries as you are typing but Google won’t search it for you.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Lenovo Unveils World’s First Tablet That Folds Into A Smartphone

Lenovo has a reputation for introducing fascinating devices with features. This time the Chinese tech giant has come up with an awe-inspiring concept device – Lenovo Folio.

The device is basically a tablet with a bendable screen, which was introduced by Lenovo at the third annual Lenovo Tech World. Guess what? It can be folded in half transforming into a full fledged phone. Mind-blowing, isn’t it?
It is as impressive as anything, but before you think any further, know this that the all-new tablet is a concept device. What does this mean, you may ask? Well, it is very likely that it may not be available as a consumer product in the markets in the near future. Knowing Lenovo’s past releases, we won’t be surprised if the device makes its way to the public within a a year or two.

The Features

The device has the following features:
  • 7.8-inch screen with 1,920 x 1,440 resolution
  • A Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 5.5-inch phone after folding
  • Automatically adjustable UI
Not exactly what you were expecting, right? But, anyone would buy this for the bendable screen since you can simply unfold it for large screen uses.
Here’s a video of the device in action:

The Progress of Other Big Names

Oppo and Samsung have also been working on a foldable tablet-phone for a few years now. Samsung’s foldable tablet named Galaxy X is allegedly scheduled to launch by the end of 2017, however, the tech-giant is facing production issues which have delayed the launch till 2019.
Whether you think of it as a foldable tablet that folds into a phone or a phone that opens to a tablet, Lenovo Folio works either way. The tablet market is on a decline with people opting for larger phones, but this may be the come-back tablet not just for Lenovo but for all tablet producing companies.
Of course, all of it depends on public interest and potential consumer base. For now, all we can do is hope. Let’s see how it goes and if it sees a public release.

Google’s SOS Alerts Will Warn You of Disasters and Accidents

When disaster strikes in an area, it often takes a few hours for the news to spread and get attention.

Google will speed up the process by alerting you about floods, fires and other disasters in search results and Google Maps locations. The feature is called “SOS Alerts” and will show you relevant news articles, websites, emergency phone numbers and updates from local law enforcement/emergency teams.

Handled by Google Staff

The SOS Alerts will be handled by Google’s staff with the teams picking individual events to issue an alert for. Google does say that it won’t be able to cover everything:
While we can’t guarantee that you’ll see an SOS Alert for every major crisis, we aim to make them available more broadly over time.
According to the blog post by Google, the alerts will also be issued for “human-caused crisis”. This could mean terrorist attacks but it wasn’t clearly mentioned in the company’s post.

Facebook Safety Check Recap

This is similar to Facebook’s Safety Check feature which does something similar. Facebook lets you check on your friends or family if they’re in or near a disaster affected area.
SOS Alerts, however, will help you find information about a disaster but in some cases Google will also issue push notifications to people in the disaster area sharing relevant info with them.
Facebook’s Safety Check has been the subject of controversy. At first the feature would activate automatically and ask if you are safe or not (if you’re within the disaster area). It would then tell your friends and family that you are safe. Sometimes it would activate on trivial events and would not activate for major crises.
This lead to Facebook handing over the feature to the users themselves, letting them activate it by choice. But that didn’t make it any less annoying.

Example Case

An example would be an oil tanker running off the road – recently oil tanker accidents are getting more attention after the tragic Ahmedpur incident – your distant relatives or friends would issue a safety check even though the truck could be several kilometers away from where you live.
Google’s version is purely informative which would be less of an annoyance at least, despite being less useful for checking up on loved ones.