Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The iPhone 8 may look finally like this. Video



The supposed iPhone 8 on the video was made based on a dummy unit mock up by @onleaks and @tigermobiles.




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LG G6 + version coming. LG G6 enhanced with new features. New colors.



LG EXPANDS CAPABILITIES OF G6 WITH ENHANCED FEATURES AND NEW “PLUS” VERSION.

Never One to Stop Innovating, LG Pushes Out Significant.

Software Update as Well as First Flagship Variant.

Starting next month, LG (Electronics) is expanding the capabilities of its highly regarded LG G6 with an enhanced security option and user-friendlier features. New capabilities in the form of Face Print, Low Power Consumption and Covered Lens warning will be introduced to existing devices via a software update and included in all new LG G6 units sold. In addition to these upgrades, LG is introducing a new version of the G6, the LG G6+, featuring additional storage and premium sound.

Face Print is an enhanced security option developed by LG that is more convenient to use than existing facial recognition technology. With Face Print, owners can unlock the LG G6 by simply holding the phone up to their faces without the need to press any buttons. 

Unlocking occurs as soon as the registered face is recognized, usually in less than one second on average. The camera is only activated when the phone is raised to the face so there is no additional battery drain when using Face Print.

Another new feature is support for Google’s Awareness API, which uses the All-Ways Aware hub integrated in the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile Platform. This enables the LG G6 to sense and collect data at all times from both sensors and wireless connections for the creation of powerful new context-based features, all the while using very little battery power and reducing latency.

Covered Lens warning prevents shutterbugs from spoiling their own photographs with an errant digit. 

The wide angle lens in the LG G6 covers a large field of view and as such, it can sometimes capture an unwanted finger in the frame if the shooter is not careful. This feature alerts the user with a notification on the display if a finger (or fingers) inadvertently make it into the shot before the shutter is activated.

Beyond the enhanced software, LG is introducing two new colors for the LG G6: Optical Marine Blue and Optical Terra Gold. The backs of these new phones are covered with a lenticular film to deliver a mesmeric optical effect. On the front, the 5.7-inch screen is framed in all black for a seamless, consistent look that highlights the expansiveness of the FullVision display.

The new LG G6+ features a generous 128GB of onboard storage and premium earphones from B&O PLAY to take full advantage of the 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC featured in the smartphone. Available in Optical Astro Black, Optical Marine Blue and Optical Terra Gold, the turbocharged LG G6+ comes with all the innovations of the LG G6 with the addition of wireless charging in some countries.*

“LG’s G series has always been about offering innovation and technology that we believe will appeal to as many customers as possible,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “By expanding the G6 lineup with differentiating features and colors, consumers will have even more options to consider when shopping for a new smartphone.”

The exact dates of availability of the software update and the LG G6+ will be announced locally in each market.

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* Specification may vary depending on the particular market.

Qualcomm Announces Advanced Fingerprint Scanning and Authentication Technology.


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Capable of Scanning Through Display, Thick Glass and Metal with Underwater Operation, Heartbeat and Blood Flow Detection

At Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated today announced Qualcomm® Fingerprint Sensors, next-generation ultrasonic fingerprint solutions which bring new and enhanced features to the previous generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon Sense™ ID fingerprint technology. 

The suite of features consists of sensors for Display, Glass and Metal, detection of directional gestures, and underwater fingerprint match and device wake-up. It is also the first commercially announced integrated ultrasonic-based mobile solution to detect heart beat and blood flow for improved mobile authentication experiences.

“We are excited to announce Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors because they can be designed to support sleeker, cutting-edge form factors, unique mobile authentication experiences, and enhanced security authentication,” said Seshu Madhavapeddy, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “This provides OEMs and operators with the ability to offer truly distinct, differentiated devices with added value on truly groundbreaking new devices.”

Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor for Display is the mobile industry’s first commercially announced multi-functional ultrasonic solution capable of scanning through OLED display stacks of up to 1200um, along with enrolling and matching, and Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal are the first commercially announced to scan through up to 800 µm of cover glass and up to 650 µm of aluminum, an improvement over the previous generation’s 400 µm capability for glass or metal.

Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors are designed as both an integrated solution with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile Platforms, and as standalone sensors that can be used with other non-Snapdragon Platforms. Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal are designed to be compatible with the recently announced Snapdragon 660 and 630 Mobile Platforms, and Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Display, Glass and Metal are designed to be compatible with future Snapdragon Mobile Platforms and non-Snapdragon platforms.

The new suite of features, compared to the previous generation, supports more design flexibility for operators and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) by making it easier to differentiate products with unique form factors and advanced features and designs. Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal are expected to be available to OEMs this month, and are expected to arrive in commercial devices in the first half of 2018. Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor for Display is expected to be available for OEMs to evaluate in the fourth quarter of 2017.

With Vivo Communication Technology Co. Ltd., Qualcomm Technologies will be demonstrating Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Display and Metal using modified versions of the VIVO XPlay 6. Qualcomm Technologies will also be demonstrating Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass using a modified device designed for demo purposes only. All demonstrations can be found at Qualcomm Technologies’ booth W5.E90 (Hall W5) at MWC Shanghai.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 to Bring enhaced dual camera support and fast LTE to Mid range smartphones and tablets.



Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Mobile Platform to Bring 14nm FinFET Process, Enhanced Dual-Camera Support and Fast LTE Connectivity to Mid-Range Smartphones and Tablets.

At Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017, Qualcomm Incorporated announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has introduced the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 450 Mobile Platform, a new entry to the Snapdragon 400 Mobile Platform tier. Catered to mid-range smartphones and tablets, the Snapdragon 450 is the first in its tier to use 14nm FinFET process and is designed to deliver significant improvements in battery life, graphics and compute performance, imaging and LTE connectivity over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 435 Mobile Platform.

The Snapdragon 450 Mobile Platform focuses on improvements compared to its predecessor in four key categories of features:

Improved CPU and GPU: Higher performing octa-core ARM Cortex A53 CPU results in 25 percent increase in compute performance compared to its predecessor. Additionally, the integrated Qualcomm® Adreno™ 506 GPU delivers a 25 percent increase in graphics performance over the Snapdragon 435.

Battery life: Power management improvements result in up to four additional hours of usage time compared to the Snapdragon 435, as well as up to a 30 percent reduction in power when gaming, helping consumers stay connected and productive for much longer. The Snapdragon 450 also comes with Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 support, which can charge a typical smartphone from zero to 80 percent in about 35 minutes.

Camera and multimedia: The Snapdragon 450 is the first in the 400-tier to support real-time Bokeh (Live Bokeh) effects. It is also designed to improve on previous generations by including support for enhanced dual camera at 13+13MP, or single camera support up to 21MP; hybrid autofocus; and 1080p video capture and playback at up to 60fps, enabling slow motion capture. 

The Snapdragon 450 also includes support for 1920x1200 full HD displays, as well as the Qualcomm® Hexagon™ DSP, which enables multimedia, camera and sensor processing at greater performance and lower power than the previous generation.

Connectivity and USB: Users will enjoy fast LTE connectivity with the Snapdragon X9 LTE modem, which utilizes 2x20MHz carrier aggregation in both downlink and uplink for peak speeds of 300 Mbps and 150 Mbps respectively, support for a large number of mobile networks with Snapdragon All Mode, and 802.11ac with MU-MIMO support. The Snapdragon 450 also supports USB 3.0 which is first in its tier to support fast USB data transfer.

“We’ve made many recent changes to the Snapdragon Mobile Platforms as part of our vision to deliver the most advanced mobile functionality at the best possible value, and the Snapdragon 450 Mobile Platform is another realization of that vision,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “With the Snapdragon 450, users are going to see a dramatically improved level of performance, connectivity, battery life and imaging performance.”

To date, more than 1900 designs have launched or are in the pipeline across the Snapdragon 400 tier mobile platforms. The Snapdragon 450 is expected to begin commercial sampling to customers in Q3 2017, and is expected to be available in consumer devices by the end of 2017.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Apple borrows Neil Amstrong`s 1969 first man on the moom words for iOS 11 public beta release.



The very first moon landing of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969!: Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon with his now legenday words "One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind." youtube

Now Apple is borrowing those legendary words for the iOS11 public beta release in some way, saying "A giant step for iPhone. A monumental leap for iPad"

While the final release of iOS11  is set for this fall, the Public Beta is available now.

How to download iOS 11 Public Beta:

1. Charge iPhone or iPad to full capacity.
2. Go to the Apple Beta Software Program page.
3. Sign up for the Beta program.
4. Wait for a notification on your iPhone or iPad.
5. Per the notification, open the Software Update page in Settings.
5. OR just head to Settings – General – Software Update.
6. Tap the update button.
7. Prepare yourself mentally and physically for iOS 11 in your own unique way – there’s only one of you in the world, and only you know what you need!


"With the upgrade to iOS 11 for iPad, users will find a more desktop-like experience awaiting them. This version allows much more fluid switching between apps, control of systems, and a new app that’s been long awaited: Files. With the Files app, users are able to actually see whats in their device, top to bottom – and in the cloud, too. 
This update brings a new Dock to the iPad, much like the one that’s been in full effect on OS X for quite a few years. 
This version of the dock is now available from any screen”, making the iPad a much more versatile device at its base. The dock has a set of apps that the user has selected to stick as well as a set of recently opened apps. The recently opened apps sync with user’s Mac and iPhone devices, too.
The iOS 11 Public Beta leads to the final implementation of Apple’s latest push for multitasking. From the Dock, apps can be launched while the user is in an already active app. Both apps then remain active with Split View as well as with the “Slide Over” gesture. 
This version of iOS also brings about Drag and Drop for a wide variety of apps and files."

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

These are the iPhone models that will not work iOS 11.



Not all Apple fans are happy with iOS 11, the new operating system the Apple company introduced at its annual developer conference in San Jose, California.

The new mobile platform will only work on phones and tablets with 64-bit architecture, so some iPhone and iPad models will automatically fall behind.Here you have the list of devices in which you can download and install iOS 11.

iPhone 7
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6S
iPhone 6S Plus
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone SE
iPhone 5S

If you have an iPhone 5C or a previous model, iOS 11 will not work on your phone,

You can continue to use your phone with iOS currently available, purchase a new model or consider switching to another brand that works with different operating systems such as Android or Windows.

The phones behind.

The iPhone 5 and 5c phone lines, launched between 2012 and 2013, were two of the most successful and beloved by consumers of Apple products.

It is not uncommon to meet someone using an iPhone 4, as these phones were characterized by their strength and durability.

Unfortunately these models work in a 32-bit architecture.

This means that if you bought your device before 2013 you will not be able to count on the latest update of the operating system whose preliminary version will be released later this month and that will be distributed massively since September.

The Cupertino, Calif., Company also announced that iOS 11 will not run on fourth-generation or earlier iPads for the same reason as on laggard iPhones.

This transition was christened Apple as "a giant step for the iPhone and a monumental leap for the iPad".

The new operating system includes enhancements to the capabilities of its Siri mobile assistant, an application to manage phone files, a completely revamped version of the AppStore and simultaneous application function, among other innovations.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer 2 is out.


Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer 2 is out and we are excited that the start of the new season 7 is just days away from July 16th.




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

More pictures of the iPhone 8 on massive leak.






Today Forbes has posted  more of  Mobile`s Fun site which shows nine new cases that are made by well-connected manufacturer Olixar and 

Olixar ExoShield Tough Snap-on iPhone 8 Case (Clear and Crystal Clear)
Olixar X-Duo iPhone 8 Case (Gold, Jet Black, Metallic Grey, Carbon Fibre Silver)
Olixar X-Trio Full Cover iPhone 8 Case (Black, Red, Rose Gold) 

Pictures above that clearly are of the upcomimg iPhone 8 with a 5.8 inch display, almost bezel less smartphone, vertical dual camera, and no home button.

Before related post:

SOME FEATURES OF THE IPHONE 8 HAVE BEEN LEAKED



idropnews  forbes

Monday, June 19, 2017

ZeeVee Announces Encoder Interoperability With LG webOS IP-Enabled Commercial Displays.



ZeeVee, Inc. a leading global manufacturer of video and signal distribution technology, has developed an interface and certification process for the LG webOS for Signage platform, assuring interoperability between its iSeries and ZyPerMX IP encoders and IP-enabled commercial displays from LG Electronics.

“LG’s broad assortment of IP-enabled digital signage displays allows AV professionals to integrate displays seamlessly into an AV over IP deployment without the need for a separate IP decoder at every screen,” said Art Weeks, senior IP product manager for ZeeVee.

“Working with LG, ZeeVee now provides fully tested and compatible IP encoders from our HDbridge3000 IP-enabled media modules to the H.264, ZyPerMX, which can leverage the LG webOS for Signage platform,” Weeks continued.

Using the webOS application in conjunction with LG displays and ZeeVee IP encoders eliminates the need for an external IP decoder at each display, allowing integrators to save time during the installation process and significantly reduces the points of failure, increasing overall deployment reliability and performance.

“For the past three years ZeeVee has been focused on manufacturing IP solutions for AV integrators and their customers that simplify deploying AV over IP. 

Their webOS encoder interoperability with digital signage displays means decreased installation time, more affordability, and higher reliability when implementing an AV over IP solution,” said Garry Wicka, head of marketing at LG Electronics USA Business Solutions. “This truly leverages the capability of IP in the AV industry.”

Integrators and resellers can find a complete list of compatible LG commercial displays and a configuration guide on ZeeVee’s website – www.zeevee.com/lgdisplays.

Below, integrators and resellers can find a complete list of compatible LG commercial displays:

Hospitality Models (no need for special software)

LX770H (40, 43, 49, 55 inch displays)
UW660H (43, 49, 55, 65 inch displays)
UX970H (49, 55, 65, 79 inch displays)
UW970H (49, 55, 65, 75 inch displays)
Download the hospitality configuration guide here.
 
Digital Signage Models (An application created that runs on WebOS 3.0)

LS75c (42, 49, 55 inch)
SM5kc (32, 43, 49, 55, 65 inch)
SM3c (43, 49, 55 inch)
LS95d (98 inch)
UH5c (49, 55 inch)
EH5c (55 inch)
EF5c (55 inch)
EE5pc (65 inch tiled)
EJ5c (55 inch)
XE3c (55 inch)
EW960H (55, 65 inch)
LX774H (43, 49, 55 inch)
STB-5500

About ZeeVee
ZeeVee is a global manufacturer of video and signal distribution technology for the ProAV and IT marketplace. As the only manufacturer today that can deliver multimedia content over coax, fiber, and CATx, ZeeVee has transformed the digital video industry with its award-winning, HD to Ultra-HD/4K solutions. The company offers a variety of innovative, cost effective and easy to install distribution platforms. ZeeVee is installed in thousands of facilities worldwide where there is a need to transport HD/UHD content from multiple sources to multiple displays over long distances.  For additional information please visit www.zeevee.com.

ZeeVee is a founding member of the SDVoE Alliance and a Global Presence Alliance Technology Partner.

Some features of the iPhone 8 have been leaked




So far, details of the iPhone 8 launch had been handled tightly by Apple developers. However, last Sunday, June 18, 2017, accessory company Mobile Fun leaked the design of the new model by promoting on its website a screen protector designed for the latest generation model. 

Earlier, Mobile Fun would have accurately filtered important details of the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8, in addition to the iPhone 7, according to an article in the Spanish newspaper El Pais de España.

As you can see in the new model, the design of the phone would have significant changes, such as widening the screen towards the edges of the device, a thinner appearance a physiognomy with curves of greater angle. 

According to Forbes magazine, the screen of the device would have a length of 5.8 inches. The iPhone 7 models are 4.7 and 5.5 inches. In addition to this, the side frames of the phone would disappear, leaving more space for the screen and less for the housing. Another great feature is that apparently the new model would no longer have a 'home' button; that is, the central button that sends the user back to the main application selection menu. 

Although it is not yet clear how this function will be replaced, it is known that the space will be replaced by a control panel called 'function area'. Thus, this space would serve for the user to resort to shortcuts for volume control and music player, change tabs in the browser, control incoming calls and the panel fingerprints.


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Friday, June 16, 2017

China's GSR Ventures To Acquire Nissan's Car Battery Business For USD1 Billion.




With support of Hubei provincial government, GSR Ventures is reportedly close to acquiring Nissan's car battery business for about USD1 billion.

GSR Ventures is reportedly conducting in-depth negotiation with Nissan and it is aiming to acquire a controlling stake in Automotive Energy Supply Corp, a lithium battery maker for electric cars. The two parties are expected to announce the deal soon.

At present, Nissan holds a 51% stake in Automotive Energy Supply Corp; while the remaining stake is owned by NEC.

GSR Ventures said that the establishment of an independent battery supplier will benefit many car makers and the company is considering moving parts of the production of Automotive Energy Supply Corp to Hubei.

Prior to this, Hubei announced plans to invest CNY547 billion in clean energy sector to achieve economic modernization.

Panasonic enters OLED TV market.



OLED televisions may become a catalyst to spur the lackluster Japanese market, with Panasonic releasing its entry Thursday -- adding to the lineup offered by Toshiba, Sony and South Korea's LG Electronics.

A Bic Camera store in Tokyo's Yurakucho area has a dedicated section with a wide variety of organic light-emitting diode TVs. Large-screen OLED TVs from the four manufacturers are displayed there.

"I didn't think the colors would be so clear," said a 33-year-old male shopper who left work early. "It feels more powerful than I expected." 

A 55-inch 4K ultrahigh definition model sells for around 540,000 yen ($4,872) for the Toshiba, Sony and Panasonic versions. One from LG is about 370,000 yen.

Right next to them are liquid-crystal display versions of 4K TVs -- priced between 100,000 yen and 200,000 yen. OLED versions cost at least double the LCD display equivalents for 55-inch products, according to Tokyo-based research company BCN.

Some shoppers were not sold on the new OLED TVs. A 60-something homemaker said she would take affordable prices over image quality.

But manufacturers and retailers consider OLED TVs to be the kind of centerpiece products not seen for a long time. Compared with the earlier shift from bulky cathode-ray tube TVs to flat-panel LCDs, the difference may not be so obvious. But the OLED is the first major milestone in technological evolution since the LCD.

The organic compounds in OLED TVs emit light themselves, so backlighting is not necessary -- unlike in LCDs. High contrast ratios and fast refresh rates make the technology well suited for watching movies and sports, and for playing games. And the thinness of OLED TVs, which could look like they are "pasted" on the wall, is another feature, said a Bic Camera clerk.

Bic Camera started offering discounts of up to 50,000 yen for certain models. Another retailer, K's Holdings, has set up OLED sections in all of its stores. Edion will expand dedicated sections.

More and more customers are using televisions to view online content. About 70% of Sony TV buyers watch online videos, and these consumers keep their TVs on 10 hours longer on average each month.

Sony President Kazuo Hirai says "the increased opportunities to watch videos have fueled the desire of some people to watch on large, high-quality screens."

In 2017, TV shipments in Japan are expected to increase 6% to 5.03 million units -- rising for the first time in three years -- according to the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association.

The last big surge in TV sales was driven in part by a green-appliance subsidy program introduced in 2009. Many households that purchased TVs back then are now looking to upgrade to new models.

That televisions have evolved greatly since then also will spur demand for new, larger TVs with better image quality. Shipments are expected to reach 9 million in 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics.

OLED TVs now cost about 10,000 yen per inch -- roughly the same price as large LCD TVs a decade ago, when they were new. The subsequent price drop of LCD TVs helped popularize them. It remains to be seen whether OLED TVs can catch the wave of widespread adoption. Meanwhile, some electronics retailers fear that LCD sales may slow further as people wait for OLED prices to come down.


Toshiba makes underwater robot for Fukushima monitoring.


The device will investigate the condition of the ill-fated reactor. Device will give workers first peek inside No. 3 reactor

Toshiba and the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning unveiled Thursday an underwater robot that will examine the interior of the containment vessel at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant's No. 3 reactor as early a mid-July.

Fuel debris in the reactor lies under about six meters of water. The device has been modified to withstand the radioactive conditions. 

The cylindrical robot is 13cm in diameter and 30cm long. It is supplied with power and communicates with its handlers via a cable extending from the back. 

Expected to be deployed as soon as mid-July, it can advance around 30 meters and operate for 10-20 hours at a time.

Entering from the containment vessel's side, the robot will take images via cameras mounted on its front and back. Considerable nuclear fuel is thought to have melted down in the No. 3 reactor in the 2011 disaster, but conditions inside the unit are not known.

Images snapped by the robot will help in formulating a plan to recover the molten fuel.

Samsung to start mass production of 4th Gen of 256Gb V-NAND chips.




Samsung Electrics Co. said Thursday it will start a full-fledged mass production of fourth-generation 256Gb V-NAND chips and expand its product portfolio.

Samsung said the fourth-generation V-NAND chips will be used in various products, including solid state drives (SSDs), embedded UFS memory and memory cards for servers, PCs and mobile customers.

The company said compared with the third-generation products, the latest lineup comes with improved efficiency, as well as speed, by adopting top-notch technologies.

The South Korean tech giant said it plans to expand the production of the 64-layer chips to take up more than half of the company's monthly production of NAND flash by the end of this year.

Samsung first showcased its latest chip in the United States in August last year and kicked off production of SSDs for corporations in January.

The new V-NAND products are currently manufactured in Hwaseong, south of Seoul. They will also be produced at its facilities under construction in Pyeongtaek.

Samsung said it holds more than 500 patents related to the V-NAND products in various countries, including South Korea, the United States and Japan.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Consumer reports explains why they selected the Samsung`s Galaxy S8/S8+ as the Top smartphones. Video.



Two days before we already posted about this news here. However today we found that Consumer reports has made a very interesting video explaining the several tests they have made to select the Samsung`s Galaxy S8/S8+ as the top best smartphones at this time.

We suggest you to watch the video below:


Complete information you can find on the CR site: CR

Before related post:
SAMSUNG`S GALAXY S8 BEATS THE CURRENT IPHONE, SAYS CONSUMER REPORT.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 arriving in Mid August.



According to a Seoul South Korean media reported in Wednesday  June 14, 2017 , the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be presented in a  Unpacked event in Mid. August and not in late August as previous rumors said.

The Note 8 will come with similar specifications of the Galaxy S8/S8+  but with a dual camera and S Pen Stylus and probably with a 6.8 inch Infinity display.

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Ingestible origami robot can patch a wound. Video.



Researchers at MIT and elsewhere developed a tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and, steered by external magnetic fields, crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound.





You can find more inoformation on the MIT site: MIT

Samsung`s Galaxy S8 beats the current iPhone, says Consumer Report.




Consumer Reports says the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are its top-rated smartphones.
It praises good battery life, the display and the phone's cameras.
Consumer Reports acknowledges the phones are expensive.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are the best smartphones you can buy,  and  they are ahead of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, according to Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports praised the bright and colorful displays on Samsung's new flagship smartphones, and also noted both provide good battery life and "stunning" cameras.

The outlet also liked that Samsung's phones were able to survive drops into its pressurized dunk tank, which means consumers won't have to worry too much if a phone drops in the pool.

Consumer Reports didn't dig too much into what makes the phones stand out against Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, however. Like Samsung's new phones, both offer water resistance, good cameras and solid battery life. The iPhone 7 Plus advanced dual camera received a nod, but the report said Samsung's phones aren't missing out by not having that feature.

CNBC found Samsung's phones don't offer as good of a "Portrait Mode" as Apple's do, which allow you to take pictures that appear to be snapped by much more expensive cameras thanks to blurred backgrounds. That's what the secondary sensor is for on the iPhone 7 Plus, after all.

Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge was Consumer Reports previous top-rated smartphone, a spokesperson confirmed to CNBC. The iPhone 7 Plus is the fifth-rated smartphone behind the Galaxy S8+., Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7 Edge and LG G6, Consumer Reports told CNBC.

Apple will need to impress with the iPhone 8 if it wants to climb the ladder.



Sunday, June 11, 2017

iPhone 7S coming in 4.7, 5.5. and 5.8 inch sizes with AMOLED Samsung Displays.



Apple's upstream supply chain has begun mass producing components for the vendor's three next-generation iPhones: a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model both featuring reinforced glass chassis with aluminum metal frame; and a 5.8-inch model featuring reinforced glass chassis with metal frame and an AMOLED panel, with Samsung Display set to supply up to 80 million AMOLED panels for the new 5.8-inch iPhone in 2017.

Samsung Display's remaining capacity, which is expected to output another 80 million AMOLED panels in 2017, will be used to supply orders from Samsung Electronics and its other smartphone clients, but the panel maker is expected to keep some flexibility in case Apple places additional orders.

As for the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, the sources expect combined shipments to reach around 25-30 million units in the second half.

Commenting on iPhone shipment plans, Digitimes Research senior analyst Luke Lin noted that Apple's new 5.8-inch iPhones are expected to see shipments between 50-55 million units in the second half, but mass production for the smartphone is unlikely to start until after mid-September, and production volumes in the third quarter will only be around three million units, judging from the current manufacturing status of the upstream supply chain.

In the third quarter, shipments of Apple's existing iPhone models including iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE and 6 (32GB) will reach a total of 25-30 million units, bringing Apple's overall iPhone shipments in the third quarter to around 45-50 million units.

LG Electronics launches AI division.



South Korean tech giant LG Electronics Inc. said Sunday it has reorganized its structure and established two research centers devoted to the development of technologies related to artificial intelligence (AI).

The new centers -- AI and robotics -- will be directly under control of the Chief Technology Officer's office, and will focus on the development and implementation of AI-related services, the company said.

The move is part of the company's efforts to revamp research and development (R&D), and better meet the ongoing industrial transformation dubbed the fourth industrial revolution, officials here said.

The AI center will focus on various platforms, such as AI-based assistant services that can be applied to the company's home appliance lineup, smartphones and automobile parts.

Noticeably, a division within the center will be devoted to R&D for deep learning, a new area of AI research where a computer emulates the way the human brain creates patterns from data and processes them.

The robotics center, meanwhile, will be focused on developing core technologies of smart robotics.

Earlier this year, LG applied the deep learning concept for domestic appliance products, including robotic vacuum cleaners and refrigerators.

LG's smart refrigerator is aimed at enhancing the convenience of consumers by analyzing their usage and eating patterns. The company's deep learning platform predicts users' activities based on their past behavior.

LG's robotic vacuum cleaner has been built to recognize objects by capturing surface images of rooms and remember obstacles to better avoid them.

Aeon will open unmanned credit card counters at Aeon Mall, deploying Pepper humanoids robots.


Pepper will help with the paperwork.

Aeon will open unmanned credit card counters at Aeon Mall-operated shopping centers and Aeon Bank branches, tapping the power of robots and artificial intelligence.

By deploying the Pepper humanoid robot to help people with the paperwork and IBM's Watson-based artificial intelligence system to answer questions, the Japanese retail giant is looking to keep the counters open longer hours. The company aims to reassign freed-up staff for related tasks like promoting credit cards to people visiting the malls and bank branches.

Group subsidiary Aeon Financial Service is to quickly roll out 30 or more Pepper robots. Linked to tablet computers for entering personal information, the Pepper robot will be able to interact with three customers at a time, explaining the procedures for entering information, catching mistakes and helping to complete the process without any staff assistance. This will be the first use of Pepper in this context in Japan.

The Watson AI system will provide answers to some 700-800 simple questions related to credit cards, helping to keep the counters running smoothly and free of congestion. Aeon Financial plans to install 100 terminals linked with the AI system over the next three years.

As a first step, an automated credit card application counter will be opened at an Aeon Mall facility in the city of Chiba in mid-June.

Sony looks beyond video games with PlayStation VR hit.



Electronics maker isn't alone in envisioning virtual job training and more.

Sony's PlayStation VR virtual reality headset has sold over 1 million units since its October launch, and the Japanese electronics maker is just one of many companies intending to take VR technology beyond video gaming.

Andrew House, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said he intends "to continue building on the strengths of the Sony group, which makes content as well as hardware." 

House spoke with The Nikkei ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, a major international video game conference commonly known as E3, which opens June 13 in Los Angeles.

From games to surgical training

The PlayStation VR sells in at least 60 markets globally, and it works in conjunction with Sony's PlayStation 4 video game console. The device initially was difficult to come by, but this year the company boosted production capacity. That scarcity "has nearly disappeared" outside of Japan, House said.

Sales of VR-compatible games have reached 5.25 million, including online distribution. House called the VR game category "lively" but said it currently centers on indie developers -- small or one-person teams not necessarily affiliated with major studios. He hopes major game publishers will "make VR versions of major franchises in the future."

The Sony subsidiary is working on VR applications outside games as well, teaming this spring with the Grammy Award-winning artists The Chainsmokers to create and distribute a VR-exclusive music video. The unit, located in the California city of San Mateo, also will partner with Sony Pictures Television to make a "VR experience" based on the hit series "Breaking Bad."

Sony President and CEO Kazuo Hirai expects to use the group's technologies to build VR into a platform offering all kinds of services. The technology may have started with video games, but he intends to expand it to a broad range of fields including medicine -- such as in surgical training -- and job training.

The PlayStation 4 console, which debuted in November 2013, is expected to top 60 million sales by the end of this month. Though sales for the year ending in March are seen dropping to 18 million units, down 2 million from the previous year, this decline should be "gentle" owing to the recent releases of the VR headset and the PlayStation 4 Pro, an upgraded version of the PS4 console, House said. The company also intends to alleviate the hardware slump by enhancing its software and service offerings, such as its PlayStation Network online service, which has reached 70 million monthly users.

Spreading the virtual magic

Other companies are embracing VR's possibilities as well. Japanese telecom and mobile company KDDI is developing a disaster response simulation for train drivers, while Tokyo-based HoloEyes has devised a system that lets doctors use medical imaging data to virtually inspect the affected area of a patient before surgery. German automaker Audi will use VR technology for sales promotion.

The global market for VR and augmented reality -- computer-created additions layered over real-world vision -- will balloon to $143.3 billion by 2020, U.S. survey company IDC says. As during the smartphone boom, companies that get on board with VR technology quickly can seize an opportunity for growth.

Barriers do exist, however. VR devices are far from ubiquitous, and some interested people may lack the chance to use them, suggesting a need for easy opportunities to try out the technology. Japan's Bandai Namco Entertainment, a unit of Bandai Namco Holdings, will open a large VR entertainment center this summer in Tokyo's busy Shinjuku district. Some karaoke lounges and other establishments have also started offering VR entertainment as well.



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