Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Time travel may no longer be just science fiction.



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Go back five years, get ahead a decade, move around time-space at ease. One of the chimeras of physics, one of the main themes of books and science fiction films. The time machine became an object of worship, an impossible dream that materialized strongly in the saga 'Back to the Future'. However, Marty McFly's adventures in the past, once outlandish, now find a scientific basis.

Two men of science published an article in the Journal and Quantum Gravity in which they propose a mathematical model for a potential time machine. A machine that would allow to move in time-space thanks to the "manipulation" of gravity. 

Ben Tippet and David Tsang argued that beyond the general public to consider travels in time as a science fiction object, "they are mathematically possible." "Our model of a time machine uses the time-space curves caused by gravity so that time is not a straight line," they said in a statement. 

They baptized the possible machine like TARDIS, that by means of its initials in English means Time and Relative Dimensions in the Space, in allusion to the popular ship that they use in the series of British science fiction Doctor Who. In TARDIS one could apply the mathematical formula taken by Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.

Scientists believe it is feasible to create a bubble in a context where the force of gravity is very high. 

If that bubble is able to reach a speed greater than that of light - possible, according to them - users would travel in time as the ship would move back and forth in a circular path. 

In "flat" space-time, planets and stars move in straight lines. In the vicinity of a massive star, space-time geometry curves and the straight paths of the nearby planets would follow the curvature and bend around the star. "The temporal direction of the space-time surface also shows curvature. There is evidence that the closer we are to a black hole, the slower it moves," Tippett told Science Daily. "My model of a time machine uses curved space-time to bend time in a circle, not in a straight line. That circle goes back in time." 

Beyond enthusiasm, both Tippet and Tsang warned that building such a bubble today is not possible because it would require such extraneous materials that are not yet known. 

"While it is mathematically possible, we still can not build the time machine because we need materials, known as exotic materials, to bend spacetime, which have not yet been discovered," they added. However, the research presents an overcoming method for time travel; An idea that has been studied since 1949.


Monday, May 29, 2017

1Q 2017: SSD Global market share: Intel 40%+, Samsung 25% and WD 20%



Global shipments of enterprise-grade SSDs for the first quarter of 2017 grew against seasonal headwinds by 3-4% compared with the prior quarter to reach around 6 million units, says DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. For the same quarter, enterprise-grade SSDs also represented more than 10% of the total SSD product shipments worldwide. 

Currently, U.S.-based Google, Facebook and Microsoft and China’s Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent all have voracious appetite for server systems as they are providing their services via their growing network of data centers. These companies therefore are contributing substantially to the global demand for enterprise-grade SSDs.

“Compared with other end applications for NAND Flash, enterprise-grade SSDs have exhibited strong and dramatic demand growth and will continue to do so this second quarter,” said Alan Chen, senior research manager of DRAMeXchange.

Samsung with its 3D-NAND SSDs is quickly catching up to Intel in shipment market share

Looking at the competition among first-tier SSD makers, Samsung has quickly captured a significant chunk of the enterprise-grade market with its competitively priced and high performing 3D-NAND SSDs. Samsung’s global market share for enterprise-grade SSDs came to 25% in this first quarter, making the company the second largest supplier worldwide and a major rival to the leader Intel.

Intel, while being the leader enterprise storage solutions, has been feeling the pressure from Samsung. Before the first quarter of 2017, Intel had fallen behind in its development of 3D-NAND SSDs. The company had to offer products that were not as cost competitive as Samsung’s because they were based on older memory manufacturing technologies. 

To attract customers, Intel not only lowered prices but also emphasized that its SSDs complement its server processors.

After persevering into the first quarter of this year, Intel was able to ship its 3D-NAND products in greater volumes. 

The company’s global market share in enterprise-grade SSD segment therefore returned to above 40% for the first quarter.

Third-place Western Digital controls over 20% of the enterprise-grade SSD market owing to its acquisition of SanDisk

Western Digital’s shipments of enterprise-grade SSDs has been on the rise since the SanDisk acquisition, and the company became the third-largest supplier worldwide in the first quarter of 2017 with a market share of more than 20%. 

SanDisk’s product lines have benefited considerably from its parent company’s expertise in enterprise storage as well as the larger client base. At the same time, Western Digital also integrated into its portfolio some specialty products that SanDisk has worked on in the past several years.

Following Intel, Samsung and Western Digital are smaller SSD suppliers with respective shipment market shares of less than 5%. Factors that put these smaller competitors behind include the quality of their NAND Flash chips, lack of know-how in developing SSD controller chips and inexperience with the client sampling process. 

However, Chen pointed out that the competition in the enterprise SSD market is just heating up, and the top three suppliers will face significant challenge in maintaining their dominance. The fast maturation of 3D-NAND manufacturing goes together with SSD suppliers’ consensus that they need to tap into the demand in the enterprise market. 

Therefore, smaller brands and later market entrants are highly motivated to catch up and put pressure on the leaders.

From the aspect of memory architectures and product offerings, Intel during this year’s first half will be shipping mostly enterprise-grade SSDs using 3D-NAND MLC chips. As for the more cost-competitive enterprise products using 3D-NAND TLC chips, Intel will formally release them at the beginning of this third quarter.

Samsung, which has been edging close to Intel in the market share ranking, already has more than 80% of its enterprise-grade SSD shipments comprised of products using 3D-NAND TLC chips. With regard to other SSD suppliers, only Micron has started to ship enterprise-grade 3D-NAND SSDs. 

The rest of the competitors are expected to still mainly offer 2D-NAND products for this year. In terms of the overall market share, DRAMeXchange projects that 3D-NAND products will account for over 50% of the enterprise-grade SSDs shipped worldwide this year.

Samsung patents smartwatch with camera.





Samsung may release a new kind of smartwatch and a tablet in the near future. Patent filings of these futuristic Samsung devices have surfaced in the public database of United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reveal their details.
The patent documents show that the smartwatch has a circular display and the most striking thing about it is that it features a camera sensor right at the center of the display. The camera does not appear to be a mediocre one as it is equipped with optical zoom capabilities.
When it is zoomed to snap an image, the lens of the camera protrudes from the surface of the screen. Its optical zoom can be adjusted by using the crown or by its bezel.
Apart from the main circular screen, the wearable device also features a secondary screen on its band. It appears like the extra screen would be a touch-sensitive panel will function like the edge screen that show frequently accessed apps on the Samsung Galaxy S series smartphones with dual-edge curved screens.
It is too early to confirm whether Samsung will launch such a smartwear soon, but since the company is advancing in making bendable and foldable screens, there is possibility to see such a device in future.


2H 2017: iPhone 7S will come with no home button and with screen display ratio 18:5:9 and more.


iPhone 7S concept.


It is not a tip but true that the new iPhone devices scheduled to be rolled out in the second half of 2017 will come without a home button, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report, citing sources from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

TSMC indicated a number of design changes and new applications of the forthcoming iPhone at the TSMC 2017 NA Technology Symposium held in Taipei on May 25.

Apple will use an optical fingerprint sensor to enable authentication directly on the screen, said the report. Additionally, the new iPhone devices will also come with invisible infrared image sensors to enhance the functionality of high-pixel camera and to enable AR applications.

Meanwhile, the screen ratio of the displays of the new iPhone devices will be adjusted to 18.5:9 instead of the previous 16:9, added the report.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

LG starts global rollout of the LG X Venture a tough adventure companion device. Specifications.



DESIGNED FOR ACTIVE LIFESTYLES, LG X VENTURE GOES WHEREVER YOU EXPLORE.

With Maximum Durability, High-Capacity Battery and Outdoor Activity Features, LG’s Latest Smartphone is Built for Every Occasion and Adventure.

LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled its second X series smartphone for 2017 designed for active users who want a smartphone that can keep up with their on-the-go lifestyles.

The LG X venture is the company’s newest mass-tier smartphone designed for users who want a tough adventure companion device that doesn’t sacrifice on features or looks. With IP68 compatibility for water and dust resistance, the LG X venture passed 14 different MIL-STD 810G tests designed for the U.S. military. In addition to measuring resistance to extreme temperatures, shock and water, the LG X venture was repeatedly immersed in 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes and passed with flying colors.

In addition to its resistance against accidental mishaps and extreme elements, the smartphone features Outdoor Essentials, a multi-purpose application designed specifically for the LG X venture with six useful tools in a single application. Bundled in the active lifestyle app is a barometer, compass, activity counter (steps/calories/distance), exercise tracker, weather reporter and flashlight. The phone offers a robust but stylish design with a metal frame and a non-slip back cover and will be available in black and/or brown.*

LG understands that not all outdoor activities occur in warm climates so the LG X venture was designed with three physical keys on the front as well as a QuickButton on the side allows for easier interaction with the phone while wearing gloves or in wet or muddy environments. QuickButton works differently depending on how it’s pressed — short press for Outdoor Essentials, long press for settings and double press to toggle Glove Mode to recognize screen taps and swipes with gloved fingers. QuickButton can be customized to launch your favorite application and works even when the screen is off.

The LG X venture carries over a number of popular features from LG’s flagship G and V series smartphones such as the fingerprint sensor and dual cameras. A 5MP 120-degree wide angle front camera is perfect for large group shots while the rear 16MP camera delivers breathtaking shots with incredible sharpness and detail. A heavy-duty, high-capacity 4,100mAh embedded battery lasts for up to 24 hours between charges and with Quick Charge 2.0, the LG X venture charges from empty to 50 percent in only 48 minutes.

“Consumers with active lifestyles want devices that they don’t need to coddle or worry about when they’re on the go,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “But the LG X venture isn’t a ruggedized phone that makes sacrifices. Its long list of features, long battery life and excellent photo capabilities makes it the ideal companion for customers who wants a phone that works anytime, anywhere.”

LG X venture goes lives starting today in North America and will be available in parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America in the weeks to come. Pricing and exact date of availability will be announced locally in each market.

Key Specifications: *

Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 435 Processor
Display: 5.2-inch FHD In-Cell Touch (1080 x 1920 / 423ppi)
Memory: 2GB LPDDR3 RAM / 32GB eMMC ROM / Micro SD Slot (up to 2TB)
Camera: Front 5MP Wide Angle / Rear 16MP Standard Angle
Battery: 4,100mAh (embedded)
Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
Size: 154.0 x 75.8 x 9.29mm
Weight: 166.5g
Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 / NFC / USB Type-B 2.0
Color: Black / Brown
Other: IP68 Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 2.0 / QuickButton / Outdoor Essentials / FM Radio / GPS / Accelerometer / Digital Compass / Gyroscope / Barometer.


* Specification/Features may vary depending on the particular market.



SID 2017: Samsung to showcase world`s first "stretchable" display, opening a new era.





Samsung Display Co. said Monday it will showcase the world's first "stretchable" panel during a U.S. tech fair slated for this week, which is expected to open a new era for the industry.

The South Korean company said the stretchable OLED display is unique since it can bend in both directions, while previous flexible panels could only bend in one direction.

The display will be showcased at the SID 2017 hosted by the Society for Information Display, which will run from Tuesday to Thursday in Los Angeles.

Industry watchers said the stretchable display calls for more complicated technology than any other displays in the market, and can be considered the ultimate product in flexible technology.

The company said its display can stretch as much as 12 millimeters when pressed, and yet still maintains a high degree of resolution.

Samsung Display plans to showcased 9.1-inch versions of the stretchable OLED display. The product is expected to be widely used on devices that adopt the Internet of Things or artificial intelligence technologies.

May 23-25, 2017.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

UPDATE: Samsung sold 10 million+ Galaxy S8/S8+



South Korean giant Samsung Electronics has sold more than 10 million units of its Galaxy S8 and S8 + (plus) handsets in less than a month. This was revealed last Wednesday by company sources. 

The new models of the Galaxy S smartphone series went on sale last April 21 in South Korea, the United States and Canada, and later have spread to other markets, including the European (while China will arrive this week). 

The company plans to have the smartphone available in about 120 countries by the end of May, and analysts believe that given the success it is having, the S8 could surpass the 50 million that its predecessor, the Galaxy S7, sold last year. 

In South Korea alone, in one day, 260,000 units were sold.

SK hynix is set to join 2nd bidding of Toshiba memory division.



South Korea's chipmaker SK hynix is set to join the second bidding to take over the memory division of Japanese tech giant Toshiba Corp.

SK hynix has conducted a study on the acquisition under a request from Toshiba. The South Korean company is widely expected to suggest a price higher than 2 trillion Japanese yen (US$18 billion) proposed during the first bidding.

Shortly after the first bidding, SK Group's head Chey Tae-won said its initial proposed price was not significant.

Other major tech firms, such as Taiwan-based Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, and U.S.-based Broadcom Corp. are also expected to join the bidding.

Western Digital, which has been maintaining closes ties with Toshiba, however, is presumed to have been excluded in the second bidding.

The U.S. company earlier filed a request for an arbitration to an international court, demanding exclusive negotiation rights. Industry watchers said Western Digital's move lead to the delay in Toshiba's selling of the memory chip business.

Toshiba has put its stake in its memory operations up for sale as it struggles with losses from its nuclear power business in the United States. Accordingly, the Japanese firm must conclude the deal by March 2018 to repay the debt.

Even if the deal is reached on time, the entire negotiation may be scrapped if the International Chamber of Commerce accepts Western Digital's request.

Samsung starts selling the new GALAXY BOOK tablet PC.



Samsung Electronics Co. said it has started selling a new tablet PC on Thursday, which runs on the Windows 10 operating system.

The South Korean tech giant kicked off sales of the Galaxy Book, which can connect to keyboards and be used like a laptop. As it runs on the Windows platform, consumers can use most PC software, such as Photoshop.

Samsung said the Galaxy Book will come with the same pen that's sold with its Galaxy Note smartphones.

The Galaxy Book will be released in two sizes, and come with either Wi-Fi or the long-term evolution (LTE) network.

The Wi-Fi edition of the 12-inch Galaxy Book will come with a price tag of 1.59 million won (US$1,413), while that of the LTE model stands at 1.69 million won. The 12-inch edition will come with a keyboard, although it is not included for the 10-inch models.

China: Samsung holds a Galaxy S8/S8+ showcase event .


Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday it has held a showcase event of the flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone, seeking to tap deeper into Asia's No. 1 smartphone market.

Samsung said along with black, gray and blue, the Galaxy S8 in China will also come in gold, which was not introduced in South Korea. The official sale in China will start May 25.

The devices feature high-resolution displays that bend at both edges and come with various innovative technologies, such as iris and face recognition scanners, and a smart voice assistant program named Bixby.

"Since tapping the Chinese market in 1992, China has been a major market for Samsung for 25 years," said Koh Dong-jin, president of Samsung's mobile communications business. Koh said he hopes the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus will help the brand become beloved in China.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

HPE Unveils Computer Built for the Era of Big Data. Video.


HPE introduced the world’s largest single-memory computer, the latest milestone in The Machine research project. The Machine, which is the largest R&D program in the history of the company, is aimed at delivering a new paradigm called Memory-Driven Computing - an architecture custom-built for the big data era that can easily scale to a nearly-limitless pool of memory.





More information on: HPE

Monday, May 15, 2017

Samsung Global sales of the Galaxy S8 smartphones reached 5 million units in less than a month



Global sales of the Galaxy S8 smartphones reached 5 million units in less than a month after their official release, Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday, casting a brighter outlook over its mobile business for 2017.

"Although we cannot provide a detailed figure, the sales are going smoothly around the globe," a Samsung Electronics official said. "The combined sales already are beyond 5 million units."

Samsung released the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus in South Korea, the United States and Canada on April 21. The sales gradually expanded to other regions, covering most major countries in Europe.

The South Korean tech giant said the flagship smartphones will reach some 120 countries by the end of this month, including China.

The Galaxy S8 smartphones feature high resolution displays that bend on both sides and come with various innovative technologies, such as iris and face recognition scanners, and a smart voice assistance program named Bixby.

Since its release, however, the Galaxy S8 has faced various criticisms, including claims that some of the devices come with excessively red-tinted displays. Samsung ruled out speculation that devices have faulty displays, claiming the controversial red tint can be corrected by users through the settings.

While there were also claims over connection problems to the WiFi network and some devices restarting abnormally, the Galaxy S8 continues to post steady sales.

Samsung has been keeping a watchful eye on such issues, especially as the production of the Galaxy Note 7 phablet was suspended last year over safety issues with its battery.

Industry watchers said Samsung is expected to sell 20 million units of the Galaxy S8 by the end of the second quarter. Annual sales are estimated to be between 50 million and 60 million units.

Accordingly, analysts are also casting a brighter outlook over Samsung's performance for the April-June period, with some expecting its operating profit in the mobile business to jump twofold on-quarter.

Samsung's IT-mobile division posted an operating profit of 2.07 trillion won (US$1.84 billion) in the first quarter, down 1.83 percent on-year.



HPE to present Memory-Driven Computing and its potential to support the mission to Mars on Facebook live event.



The mission to Mars will require the most powerful computing system the world has ever seen. But the incremental increases we are seeing in our computing power will not meet the exponential demands of our future challenges. We need a twenty-first century computer to solve twenty-first century problems, and HPE has the answer. 

The Machine Research Project – the largest and most complex research project in HPE’s history – is developing the world’s first Memory-Driven Computing architecture, specifically designed for the Big Data era.



Tune in next Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 11:20 AM PT / 2:20 PM ET to watch Hewlett Packard Labs chief architect and lead for The Machine research project, Kirk Bresniker, deliver a Facebook Live presentation from Washington D.C. on Memory-Driven Computing and its potential to support the mission to Mars. 


More information on HPE News

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Tower of Babel was real. Stone tablet is a solid proof. Video.


Biblical scholars have long debated whether the Tower of Babel really existed. Now, a remarkable stone tablet never before shown on film appears to settle that question.

The first episode of a new series of "secrets" of the Smithsonian channel is drawing attention to an ancient stone tablet that is presented as evidence that the Biblical Tower of Babel actually existed in antiquity, says a note from the Spanish portal ABC .

In the video below, Andrew George, Professor of History of Babylon at the University of London, examines an ancient tablet of the sixth century BC. Found in Babylon more than a century ago, but which had not been studied until now. It represented a staggered structure with seven floors and a human figure with a scepter, which the expert identifies as King Nebuchadnezzar II, the most famous ruler of Mesopotamia and an inscription: "Etemenanki, Ziggurat Babel". That is, the "Tower of the Temple of Babylon".


In his opinion, this tablet, which belongs to the private collection of the Norwegian businessman Martin Schøyen and is shown for the first time in the recording of the Smithsonian, is a solid proof of the existence of the Tower of Babel.

In another inscription on the stone one reads that for the construction of this ziggurat of Babylon, numerous towns of their settlements were mobilized, "" from the upper sea ", that is the Mediterranean," to the smaller sea ", that is the Gulf Persian ».

"The myth of the multitude of tongues comes from the context described in the wake of the multitude of villages enlisted in the construction of the tower," the professor tells Breaking Israel News. "Many languages ​​would be spoken in the play. From there can the idea of ​​the Bible come from the confusion of tongues, "he continues.

"As a asiriologo, I do not deal in the Bible, and I am not a religious person, but in this case, I can say that it is a real building that seems to be the inspiration for the biblical story," admits George in the interview.

The professor recalls that "in the nineteenth century it was discovered that the Assyrian kings mentioned in the Bible were real and were corroborated by the archaeological evidence, making us wonder, in turn, how much more is true in the Bible?"

There is consensus among historians that Nebuchadnezzar II ordered a ziggurat to be built in Babylon after rebuilding the city and converting it into its capital. The site of the tower is located in an area known today as Al Qasr, south of Baghdad.

The ziggurat of Nebuchadnezzar, which archaeologists refer to as Etemenanki, must have had seven floors that reached a height of 91 meters, with a temple of Marduk at its peak.



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Microsoft announces Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the next wave of creativity.



Available later this year, the Fall Creators Update delivers new experiences for more than 500 million Windows 10 devices.

Thursday at the Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle, Microsoft Corp. shared the first details of the next major update to Windows, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Available later this year, the Fall Creators Update delivers new experiences for more than 500 million Windows 10 devices: a new design system; creative experiences that will move with you across Windows, iOS and Android; new apps coming to the Windows Store — including iTunes; new tools that make Windows home for all developers; and the world’s first Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers — no markers required.

“We designed Windows 10 to empower the creator in all of us,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and Devices Group, Microsoft. 

“We’re excited for our customers to take advantage of the new features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that will empower innovative experiences; a modern, unified design for cross-device experiences; and an easier path for developers to create for the future of computing.”

Introducing a new design system for the next wave of creativity across Windows devices

Microsoft Fluent Design System will deliver intuitive, harmonious, responsive and inclusive cross-device experiences and interactions. For developers, Fluent Design is built to help users create more expressive and engaging apps that work across a wide range of device and input diversity.

Windows experiences move with you across Windows, iOS and Android

The Microsoft Graph is an intelligent fabric that helps connect dots between people, conversations, projects and content within the Microsoft Cloud — ensuring experiences flow seamlessly between Windows, iOS and Android devices. Key features helping to bring this to life include these:

Timeline visually displays what a user was doing previously, allowing users to easily hop back into files, apps and websites as if it was real time.

With Cortana, you can Pick Up Where You Left Off across Windows, iOS and Android devices.

Clipboard is a fast, easy way to copy and paste just about anything between connected devices by allowing copying from the desktop and pasting on a phone.

OneDrive Files on Demand allows access to all files in the cloud without having to download them and use storage space on a specific device.

Windows Story Remix: A new way to transform your photos and videos

Built on .NET and distributed through the Windows Store as a Universal Windows Application, Windows Story Remix uses AI and deep learning to organize and transform photos and videos into stories. It will use the Microsoft Graph to connect users across devices. Story Remix brings memories, photos and videos together to create stories with a soundtrack, theme and cinematic transitions. Users can also create mixed reality by adding 3-D objects to photos and videos to tell stories in a whole new way, or turn photos and videos into a canvas, drawing on them with Windows Ink.

The Windows Store brings full UWP support for Windows, iOS and Android — and welcomes iTunes

The Windows Store is adding additional popular applications later this year:

iTunes is coming to the Windows Store by the end of this year. Windows users will get the complete iTunes experience, including Apple Music and the iTunes Store, as well as support for iPhone and other Apple devices on any Windows 10 or Windows 10 S PC.

When Autodesk introduced its Universal Windows Platform (UWP) SketchBook last summer, it became its fastest growing new platform introduction with an average of 35 percent sales growth every month throughout 2017. Autodesk SketchBook, the de facto application for painting and drawing, was built from the ground up as a UWP app leveraging the pen and touch capability of Windows 10. Autodesk will continue to use UWP to extend its Windows Store offerings to include support for Windows Mixed Reality in Autodesk Stingray, a 3-D game engine and real-time rendering software.

SAP will bring SAP Digital Boardroom to the Windows Store this month. SAP Digital Boardroom is one of the most popular solutions from SAP. It is a next-generation board portal that leverages data from lines of business applications to provide a single source of truth for executives to steer the business in real time. 

The app was submitted to the Windows Store as a Progressive Web App. This allows SAP to reuse its web content and investments to target multiple platforms, while at the same time take advantage of deeper integration with Windows 10.

Making Windows home for all developers

Microsoft is inspired to make Windows and Visual Studio the best home for all developers — not only for applications on Windows but app experiences that span across all platforms and all devices. Today several new tools for Windows developers were announced:

.NET Standard 2.0 for UWP and XAML Standard are both coming later this year to make web, C++, .NET or UWP developers love to build on Windows.

 With modern code, developers can take advantage of Windows and the Microsoft Graph, using Project Rome for UWP, Android and now iOS.

With the Xamarin Live Player developers can build, test and debug their iPhone applications from a Windows PC. 

With it, all users need is Visual Studio and their iPhone to get started building native apps for iOS in minutes. 

Microsoft has simplified the install of Ubuntu by bringing it to the Windows Store.

Microsoft also announced it is working with SUSE Linux and Fedora Linux running on the Windows Subsystem for Linux — to bring them to the Windows Store. Now, Windows is the only platform that can run both Windows apps and Linux apps side-by-side.Introducing the world’s first Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers — no markers requiredToday, Cirque du Soleil announced how it is using Windows Mixed Reality to transform the way it imagines and create shows. 

To demonstrate the creative decisions it has to face, it rebuilt a virtual version of the stage from the show Kurios, including its famous huge mechanical hand.

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will also see the magic of mixed reality brought to consumers around the world. We are working with developers to create this new frontier in computing and want any developer to get a Windows Mixed Reality dev kit. 

Due to wide interest from the community, developers in the U.S. and Canada can pre-order an Acer ($299 USD) or HP ($329 USD) Windows Mixed Reality Headset Developer Edition starting today from the Microsoft Store for delivery later this summer.In addition, Microsoft unveiled the first Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers with no markers required. 

The motion controllers offer precise and responsive tracking of movement in your field of view using the sensors in a Windows Mixed Reality headset. There is no need to install hardware on the walls around you. Our partners plan to market and sell these controllers on retail shelves this holiday.

Acer will sell a Windows Mixed Reality headset and motion controller bundle priced at $399 USD this holiday season.For more details on today’s announcements at Build 2017, visit the latest Windows Devices Group blog from Terry Myerson.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

HP announced the Elite x2 1012 G2, 2 in 1 detachable PC.




HP today announced the second generation version of its Elite x2 2-in-1 detachable PC.  the Elite x2 1012 G2.

For the new version of the Elite x2, HP is offering a familiar form factor—it looks very much like its predecessor—with some important improvements:

Improved kickstand. Where the original Elite x2 offered a hard-to-engage kickstand with just 150 degrees of movement, the new version fixes both issues. Now, no switch is required to open the kickstand, and it leans back nearly all the way to the surface on which the device sits.

Productivity keyboard. I really liked the keyboard cover on the original x2, but this new version includes HP’s new collaboration keyboard, which includes special Skype for Business keys. It still offers 1.5 mm of key travel—which is ideal—and is again backlit.

Inking improvements. In tablet mode, you can use the bundled smart pen for writing and sketching, and this new version of the Elite x2 provides 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity with zero latency and improved palm rejection.

Improved performance. Where the original Elite x2 was held back by its Core M processor, the new Elite x2 now utilizes a 7th generation features a choice of 7th-generation Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. RAM has doubled to up to 16 GB, and storage has quadrupled, to up to 1 TB.

Thinner and lighter. The Elite x2 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor and Surface Pro 4.

Battery improvements. Battery life is rated at 10:15, and HP claims that its fast charge capabilities can restore half of the device’s capacity in just 30 minutes.

Connectivity. Described as “best in class connectivity,” the Elite x2 offers a full-sized USB 3 port, a USB-C 3.1 port, and WiGig, global 4G LTE, and 2×2 WAN/802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Audio improvements. The Elite x2 features front-firing stereo speakers and is the first business class detachable to be certified for Skype for Business. HP noise cancellation and audio boost aid performance in noisy environments.

Improved display. Where the original x2 featured a 12-inch 3:2 1920 x 1280 display, the new version utilizes a larger (12.3-inch) and higher resolution WQXGA+ (2736 x 1824) display with smaller bezels.

Serviceability. The Elite x2 was highly-rated for its serviceability—iFixit awarded it 10 out of 10, compared to 4 out of 10 for Surface Pro 4—and the new version continues this tradition.

Security features. The Elite x2 features a Windows Hello compatible fingerprint reader and IR camera, both of which are integrated into the device. It also includes HP SureStart (Gen 3).

Expansion. HP is selling a number of docking solutions, including the Elite 90W Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station, HP Elite USB-C Dock, and HP USB-C Travel Hub.

Price. $1099 and up.

USA: UNLOCKED Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ availability.




The unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+  will be available in  May 31. Starting then, you’ll be able to pick one up from either Best Buy or Samsung’s store for $724.99 if you’re buying the standard Galaxy S8 or $824.99 for the Galaxy S8+. 

Samsung is also offering a 24-month financing option through its website, asking for $30.21/month for the Galaxy S8 and $34.38/month for the Galaxy S8+. These unlocked phones only come in midnight black.

Meanwhile if you don`t like to wait, you can pick an unlocked SGS8 in Midnight Black International Version and 4 more colors for around $ 797.47 on amazon.

The Galaxy S8+ is more expensive and you can find it unlocked on amazon

And the Galaxy S8 DUAL SIM Unlocked International Version Midnight Black for $780.- on amazon





Monday, May 8, 2017

LG rolling out global LG X Power2 smartphone with a 4500 mAh battery.



LG X POWER2 MAKES ITS WAY TO MARKETS AROUND THE GLOBE.

Featuring a 4,500mAh Battery, LG’s Largest,
for Hours of Smartphone Entertainment and Productivity


LG Electronics (LG) begins rolling out its LG X power2 1 smartphone this month in markets around the world starting in North America followed by key target markets in Asia, Europe, Latin America and other regions.

The LG X power2 is a mass-tier phone targeting heavy-duty users who are in the market for a competitively priced device with a large display, advanced camera features and long battery life. With a long-lasting 4,500mAh battery, the LG X power2 is perfect for users who enjoy watching movies and video content on their phones, playing games or just getting things done.

The fast charging battery in the LG X power2 is designed to last an entire weekend before requiring recharging. At full charge, it can handle 26 hours of talk time, 18 hours of video viewing or 19 hours of web browsing 2. Its generous 5.5-inch HD In-cell Touch display with 1,280 x 720 resolution offers an immersive viewing experience with rich, vibrant colors.

With a 5MP wide angle camera up front, users can easily take wefies of a large group while LG’s smart UX includes Auto Shot and Gesture Interval Shot which simplify taking selfies by triggering the shutter as soon as a face or hand gesture is detected. What’s more, posting a favorite image is just one tap away with Quick Share. On the back, the 13MP primary camera features Zero Shutter Lag for quick, delay-free shots. And the soft LED flash lets shooters capture images in low light without the harshness of many other smartphone cameras.

“The LG X power2 was designed to meet the demands of users who want maximum usage from their smartphones between charges and many of the advanced features found on our flagship devices,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The combination of outstanding battery life, spacious display and exceptional camera capabilities made the first X power a popular proposition for millions and we expect the newest iteration of the X power series to be even more attractive.”

Pricing and exact date of availability will be announced locally in each market.

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1   Name will differ in some markets.

2   Based on internal estimates. Battery life may vary according to network conditions and other usage factors.

Specifications thanks to gsmarena.com:

Also known as LG K10 Power
NETWORKTechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCHAnnounced2017, February
StatusComing soon. Exp. release 2017, June
BODYDimensions154.7 x 78.1 x 8.4 mm (6.09 x 3.07 x 0.33 in)
Weight164 g (5.78 oz)
SIMYes
DISPLAYTypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size5.5 inches (~69.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution720 x 1280 pixels (~267 ppi pixel density)
MultitouchYes
PLATFORMOSAndroid 7.0 (Nougat)
ChipsetMediatek MT6750
CPUOcta-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUMali-T860MP2
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal16 GB, 1.5 GB RAM or 2 GB RAM
CAMERAPrimary13 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Features1/3" sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR
Video1080p@30fps
Secondary5 MP, LED flash, 1.12 µm pixel size
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, LE
GPSYes, with A-GPS
RadioTo be confirmed
USBmicroUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
FEATURESSensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
BrowserHTML5
JavaNo
 - MP4/H.264 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 4500 mAh battery
MISCColorsBlack Titan, Shiny Titan, Shiny Gold, Shiny Blue


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