Apple's March 21 presentation is widely expected to be headlined by a new 4-inch iPhone with A9 processor and support for Apple Pay. It's rumored to be called the "iPhone SE." The company is also expected to unveil a new 9.7-inch iPad with Smart Connector, quad-speaker array and A9X processor. Rumors have suggested it will be named the iPad Pro, just like its larger 12.9-inch variant. Apple's presentation is also expected to mark the debut new bands debut for the wearable Apple Watch. The company also has new MacBooks in the works that could launch at such a media event, as Apple's notebooks are due for upgrades to Intel's latest processors. Tune in with THE TECH GUY for live blog coverage of the Apple Keynote. #liveblog #technews THE TECH GUY #applekeynote #techevents
FACEBOOK BRINGS 360 DEGREE DYNAMIC STREAMING TO SAMSUNG GEAR VR WITH PARTNERSHIP AND SOCIAL VR TEAM...
Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook (which, in case if you’ve forgotten, is the parent company of Oculus) will be bringing its dynamic streaming technology for 360 video to Gear VR (which, in case if you’ve forgotten, is powered by Oculus). This technology allows significant performance upgrades to streaming content by only playing back what’s in view of the headset at any given time rather than processing the entire 360 sphere of video at once. All of this is done by seamlessly switching between dozens of variants of each 360 video taken from multiple angles. The results speak for themselves, Facebook says their efforts have “quadrupled the resolution quality of 360 streaming video in VR by reducing the amount of required network bandwidth by 4x.” Facebook is building a social VR team to focus “entirely on exploring the future of social interaction in VR.” This team will explore how people can connect and share using today’s VR technology, as well as long-term possibilities as VR evolves into an increasingly important computing platform. They’ll will work closely with Oculus and other teams at Facebook to build the foundation for tomorrow’s social VR experiences on all platforms.
Facebook and Samsung partnering closer together can only mean good things for both companies right now. Samsung has offered Facebook and Oculus a connection point to more causal VR consumers through their widespread mobile ecosystem. With Oculus’s Rift hitting shelves at $599 and requiring a hefty gaming PC to boot, chances are limited that many will have immediate access to that brand of virtual reality. The $99 Gear VR, on the other hand, is bound to be the first step in getting consumers intrigued and comfortable with the technology.
Well by looking at most of the features and specs it seems like there nothing too exciting about this Samsung model. Pre-Orders is now available for the smartphone in the UK and US and you will receive a free Galaxy Gear VR headset. Basically all you doing is bringing the phone closer to your eyeballs. The new 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 and 5.5-inch S7 Edge features include a water-resistant chassis, a micro SD card slot, and a whopping 4GB of RAM. Both are due for release on March 11 in Europe and the US, with pre-orders beginning on February 23 (order now don't wait). The phones look largely identical to their predecessors, the S7 sporting a flat glass front, and the S7 Edge sporting a curved display that gently folds in at the edges to the meet the aluminum body. Both phones will be available in Black Onyx and Gold Platinum, with the S7 Edge also available in Silver Titanium. 4K lovers will like the S7 and S7 Edge which are rocking 2560×1440 pixel displays. The most noticeable design change comes to the rear of the phone, where the dreaded camera bump has been removed to to make the camera module flush with the body. Surprisingly, this hasn't affected the thickness of the phones, which remain fairly at 7.9mm for the S7 and 7.7mm for the S7 Edge. The regular S7 also gains a curved back like the Galaxy Note 5. Seems like Samsung is not being innovative here just copying the same previous model phones as usual.
The S7 and S7 Edge both feature a micro SD card slot, a much requested feature that was removed from the S6. Both phones will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which allows users to merge the SD card with the internal flash memory to create one large seamless pool of storage, making the SD card slot a welcome addition. Also back is water and dust resistance, which was previously found in the Galaxy S5 but was skipped over for the S6. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are both rated IP68, which equates to "totally dust tight" and prolonged submersion in water (the S5 was IP67, which is only "temporary immersion").
Aside from the bump up to 4GB of RAM. The US version of the phone uses Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 820 SoC, with a quad-core Kryo CPU and Adreno 530 GPU. The international version using Samsung's own octa-core Exynos 8890 SoC, which it claims its 30 percent more powerful than that in the Galaxy S6. Both are cooled by an intriguing heat pipe system, which is similar that seen in laptops and graphics cards. Samsung claims the S7 and S7 Edge are the first phones to feature support for Vulkan, a new low-level API that hit version 1.0 earlier this week. The company even wheeled out Epic's Tim Sweeny to show a range of physics based graphics effects running in real-time on the S7.
Samsung is having a camera contest with Apple. Camera-wise, both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have moved to a "Dual Pixel" 12-megapixel rear shooter with optical image stabilization (OIS), paired with a 5MP front camera and fast f/1.7 aperture lens. Samsung claims the pixels are 30 percent larger those on the iPhone 6S Plus, which results in better low light pictures. "The dual pixel" sensor is said to make for faster auto-focusing, and again Samsung compared its camera to the iPhone 6S Plus, showing a video with the S7 focusing far quicker than its rival. There's also a neat motion panorama mode that lets you scrub through wide panoramas.
Battery life, which doesn't get enough attention from manufacturers in my opinion, actually gets a boost in the S7 and S7 Edge thanks to the inclusion of beefier 3000mAh and 3600mAh batteries. Wireless charging continues to be supported, along with NFC for making use of Samsung's mobile payment system Samsung Pay. The company will launch Samsung Pay in the UK and other countries in Europe later in 2016. Both phones use the older micro-USB standard. While USB Type-C is starting to see wider adoption, micro-USB chargers and accessories are far more prevalent. Plus, including Type-C would make both phones incompatible with Samsung's Galaxy Gear VR headset.
Most of the improvements come to the S7 Edge, which features a larger edge panel you can swipe in from along the curved edge. There's also an open SDK for developers to create their own software. Both phones also get a neat always on mode that shows a clock along with a few select notifications and sips very little power according to Samsung
While the lack of a big design change may disappoint some, not to mention the increased thickness, the S7 is still a handsome phone, and sports the kind of premium materials you'd expect from a flagship device.
Specs at a glance: Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge
Screen 2560×1440 5.1-inch/5.5-inch AMOLED
OS: Android Marshmallow 6.0 with TouchWiz
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 4-core SoC / Samsung 8-core Exynos 8890 SoC in international version
GPU: Adreno 530 GPU
Storage: 32GB, 64GB or 128GB
Networking: Dual Band 802.11b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS
Ports: Micro USB 2.0, headphones
Camera: 12MP rear camera with OIS, 5MP front camera
Size: 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm
Weigh:t 138 g
Starting price $700/$800
Other perks Fingerprint reader, heart rate monitor, RGB notification LED, NFC, Qi and PMA wireless charging, Qualcomm and Samsung quick charging, Samsung Pay
Qi and PMA wireless charging
Samsung quick charging
Samsung Pay (copied Apple Pay)
Free VR Headset when you preorder (Just putting the phone closer to your eyeballs)
Camera better than the iPhone (????)
Water Resistant Phone
Lots of RAM
High Screen to Body Ratio
High Resolution Display
Extremely High Pixel Density Screen, over 430 ppi
Galaxy Game Pack $200 credit
USB Type-C not added
No big design changes (looking like the Galaxy Note 5)
If you don't pre-order you wont get the free VR headset
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After first announcing its plans in January, Sony revealed a new online live TV streaming service on Thursday called PlayStation Vue. Sony says the new service "reinvents the television experience." It's not clear what that means beyond switching to an Internet-based delivery platform. But it appears Sony is building personalization features and robust discovery methods into Vue so you can find what you want to watch without much effort.
Sony's new Vue combines live TV streaming with a catalog of recent and past episodes from popular television shows. Vue is entering an invite-only beta in November starting with select PlayStation 4 and PS3 owners in New York City. Soon after, Sony says the service will roll out to Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles before a larger commercial rollout in early 2015. Pricing will be announced during the official launch in 2015. Rumors in October suggested Vue would be fairly costly, with monthly rates anywhere between $60 and $80.
During the beta period, Vue will offer about 75 channels with varying degrees of access depending on your location. Sony says Vue will have live local TV from CBS-owned television stations, as well as on demand programming for the network's prime-time shows. NBCUniversal will package local offerings of NBC, Telemundo, regional sports networks, Bravo, CNB, E!, NBCSN, Oxygen, Sprout, Syfy, USA network and other selections.Fox is bringing company-owned local TV stations to Vue, as well as FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Fox Sports 1 and 2, BTN, New York's YES sports network, and Prime Ticket. Beyond contributions from those three networks, Vue highlights include Animal Planet, BET, Comedy Central, CMT, Discovery Channel and Discovery Family, DIY Network, Food Network, HGTV, MTV, Nickelodeon, OWN, Spike, Travel Channel, and VH1. So far Disney and Time Warner aren't onboard with Vue, meaning we won't see channels like ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN, HBO, TBS, or TNT just yet. Sony envisions Vue as a service for more than just PlayStation devices. The company hopes to bring Vue to the iPad during the beta period. Other Sony and non-Sony devices may also get Vue access once we hit the public launch in 2015.
With several varieties available under its kitty for its tablets division, Apple Inc.’s latest moves to slash the prices of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini3 by almost 60% is a further evidence of the possible distress situation which Apple’s iPad department may be headed to. Although, this must be seen in the context of recent churnings in the rumour mill, which have sparked interest in the next gen tablet sub-brand from Apple. Many are speculating these new tablets to be named as either “iPad Pro” and/or “iPad Air Plus”.
The rumored launch of the new device will be crucial for Apple to dispel any notions of a sliding user base, even as KGI Securities predicted a 30% fall in tablet sales for Apple, when compared to its sales figure in the past year. Analysts have predicted that the launch of the new tablet is likely to offset the sharp falling projections. This decline in sales of tablets is easily attributable to people’s growing interest in the usage of mobile phones with larger screens and/or phablets.