Thursday, June 2, 2016

Solarin smartphone Launched military-grade security phone

Sirin Labs is unveiling the Solarin at an event on 1st June 2016 in London. A new tech company called Sirin Labs is launching its first smartphone today. It's called the Solarin, and it's supposed to be a super high-end phone with super high-end security features built in. "Solarin incorporates the most advanced privacy technology, currently unavailable outside the agency world," Sirin Labs writes in its announcement.

If that doesn't tip you off, Sirin Labs is making some fairly bold security claims here, which you'll want to take with some skepticism for the time being — it's a new company, and there's no track record to judge it by.Sirin Labs says its first phone includes "military grade" encryption integrated into its hardware. There's also a physical "Security Switch" that puts the phone into a "shielded mode" for making secure phone calls. Sirin Labs doesn't elaborate on how that works exactly, but, presumably, it won't fully shield the phone from outside signals (although that would make it pretty secure). The phone also appears to come with some sort of built-in security software.

Those security features come at one heck of a price: Engadget reports that Sirin Labs will sell the Solarin for £9,500 pre-tax, or just under $14,000 USD. It's seemingly hoping to target wealthy customers for whom privacy deeply matters.Aside from its privacy features, the Solarin seems to be a pretty standard, mostly high-end smartphone. It has a 5.5-inch 2K display, a Snapdragon 810 processor, and a 23.8-megapixel camera with laser-assisted autofocus. That's not quite as high-end as you'd expect when paying over $10,000 for a phone, but I guess the Solarin's buyer is supposed to have higher priorities. Sirin Labs is also talking up its support for MU-MIMO and WiGig Wi-Fi, both of which offer faster speeds in certain situations (and if your router supports them).

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

iPhone SE 4-inch smartphone

iPhone SE
Apple announced the iPhone SE, a new 4-inch smartphone that offers a smaller (and cheaper) option to the company’s flagship iPhone 6S and 6S PlusThe A9 is the same advanced chip used in iPhone 6s. The 12‑megapixel camera captures incredible photos and 4K videos. And Live Photos bring your images to life. The result is an iPhone that looks small. But lives largeiPhone SE takes an incredibly popular design and refines it even further. Crafted from bead-blasted aluminum for a satin-like finish, this light and compact phone is designed to fit comfortably in your hand. A brilliant 4‑inch1 Retina display makes everything look vibrant and sharp. And matte-chamfered edges and a color-matched stainless steel logo finish the look.
The most powerful 4‑inch phone ever.

At the core of iPhone SE is the A9, the same advanced chip that’s in iPhone 6s. With 64‑bit desktop-class architecture, the A9 chip brings you spectacular speed and responsiveness. And with console-class graphics performance, your favorite games and apps are incredibly rich and immersive. Making it a mighty chip for maximum performance.

Display:Retina display

4‑inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit widescreen Multi‑Touch display

1136‑by‑640‑pixel resolution at 326 ppi

800:1 contrast ratio (typical)

500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)

Full sRGB standard

Fingerprint‑resistant oleophobic coating

Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
A9 chip with 64‑bit architecture
Embedded M9 motion coprocessor
12‑megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels
Live Photos

Autofocus with Focus Pixels

True Tone flash

Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)

Auto HDR for photos

Exposure control

Burst mode

Timer mode

ƒ/2.2 aperture

Five‑element lens

Hybrid IR filter

Backside illumination sensor

Sapphire crystal lens cover
Auto image stabilization

Improved local tone mapping

Improved noise reduction

Face detection

Photo geotagging

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Samsung Galaxy -S7- Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S7 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will be available starting March 11th across 60 countries around the world. And pre-orders for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge started on February 23rd through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. The suggested retail price for the Galaxy S7 is $669 and the S7 edge is $779. You can buy the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge at full retail price or monthly payments with $0 down from each of the wireless carriers.
Samsung is offering a free Gear VR and several virtual reality games when you pre-order the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge


Features of Samsung Galaxy S7
The Galaxy S7 brought back desired features that were lacking in the Galaxy S6 such as IP68 dust and waterproof rating and expandable storage up to 200GB. Apparently these features were removed from the Galaxy S6 because Samsung completely redesigned its mobile devices with an all metal casing. Samsung was able to bring back these features due to improvements in microSD card reading and writing speeds plus an all glass design. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge can be submerged 1.5 meters (about 4.92 feet) underwater for an hour, thus increasing its durability.

The processor is region specific, meaning it will be either Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 depending on your location — Exynos in South Korea and Snapdragon in other countries. Samsung said that the new chipsets combined with 4GB of RAM will offer 30% improved CPU performance and 64% improved GPU performance. The quad HD display is 5.1 inches (2560×1440 pixels) on the Galaxy S7 and 5.5 inches (2560×1140 pixels) on the Galaxy S7 edge. And the Galaxy S7 has a 3000 mAh battery while the S7 edge has a massive 3600 mAh battery. The devices are slightly thicker and heavier than its predecessors. However, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge devices are narrower and shorter. And the backs of the new devices are more rounded, thus making it easier to hold.

The Galaxy S7 also has a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera (with 4K video recording and optical image stabilization) that has a f/1.7 aperture — which lets in 56% more light than the rear-facing camera on the Galaxy S6. The front-facing cameras are 5 megapixels.
Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge displays have increased brightness, power efficiency and color accuracy compared to the Galaxy S6 line of devices. And the Galaxy S7 devices support “Always-On Display” technology, which means that it will show pertinent information at all times such as the time, date and battery percentage along with several types of notifications. The “Always-On Display” consumes about 1% per hour, but you can disable this feature.

To charge the devices, you can still use your microUSB since it does not use USB Type-C. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge supports the Qi and PMA wireless charging standards. Samsung also launched a new “Motion Panorama” feature that captures video in panorama photos to create a wider equivalent of Apple Live Photos. And the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge devices are powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

ReFlex: Revolutionary flexible smartphone

Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab to unveil world’s first wireless flexible smartphone; simulates feeling of navigating pages via haptic bend input

KINGSTON - Researchers at Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab have developed the world’s first full-colour, high-resolution and wireless flexible smartphone to combine multitouch with bend input. The phone, which they have named ReFlex, allows users to experience physical tactile feedback when interacting with their apps through bend gestures.

“This represents a completely new way of physical interaction with flexible smartphones” says Roel Vertegaal (School of Computing), director of the Human Media Lab at Queen’s University.

“When this smartphone is bent down on the right, pages flip through the fingers from right to left, just like they would in a book. More extreme bends speed up the page flips. Users can feel the sensation of the page moving through their fingertips via a detailed vibration of the phone. This allows eyes-free navigation, making it easier for users to keep track of where they are in a document.”

ReFlex is based on a high definition 720p LG Display Flexible OLED touch screen powered by an Android 4.4 “KitKat” board mounted to the side of the display. Bend sensors behind the display sense the force with which a user bends the screen, which is made available to apps for use as input. ReFlex also features a voice coil that allows the phone to simulate forces and friction through highly detailed vibrations of the display. Combined with the passive force feedback felt when bending the display, this allows for a highly realistic simulation of physical forces when interacting with virtual objects.

“This allows for the most accurate physical simulation of interacting with virtual data possible on a smartphone today,” says Dr. Vertegaal. “When a user plays the “Angry Birds” game with ReFlex, they bend the screen to stretch the sling shot. As the rubber band expands, users experience vibrations that simulate those of a real stretching rubber band. When released, the band snaps, sending a jolt through the phone and sending the bird flying across the screen.”

Dr. Vertegaal thinks bendable, flexible smartphones will be in the hands of consumers within five years.  Queen’s researchers will unveil the ReFlex prototype at the tenth anniversary Conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) conference in Eindhoven, The Netherlands on February 17th. The annual forum is the world’s premier conference on tangible human-computer interaction.

This research was support by Immersion Canada, Inc. and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Strohmeier, P., Burstyn, J., Carrascal, J-P, Levesque, V. and Vertegaal, R. ReFlex: A Flexible Smartphone with Active Haptic Feedback for Bend Input. In Proceedings of ACM TEI'16 Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, ACM Press, 2016.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Google OnHub

Google says with the limited amount of ports, the OnHub minimizes the amount of cluttering wires coming out the back. That and its sleek look are supposed to entice users to put the router out in the open, such as on top of a desk (instead of under it), thereby improving its Wi-Fi coverage. In real-world usage, this is a half-truth. The main reason you don't put the router out in the open is not because of its look or the amount of ports it has, but because you can't, because the place where the broadband connection enters your house is almost always not under a desk in a centrally located room, but rather at a corner of the property. If you choose to put the OnHub somewhere in the open, you will need to run a long cable from the broadband modem to the router's WAN (Internet) port, which will clutter your living space.
Device friendly
OnHub connects with your laptop or tablet through 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, and includes next-generation technologies like Bluetooth® Smart Ready, Weave, and 802.15.4, so that over time it will support a growing number of “smart devices.”
Bring on speed
OnHub gives you Wi-Fi at a speed of up to 1900 Mbps by supporting both 2.4 and 5GHz frequencies, which means fast Wi-Fi for everyone.
Bye bye buffering
To give you fast Wi-Fi, OnHub’s antennas are arranged in a unique circular pattern.Plenty of room
OnHub has 4GB of storage space, so there’s plenty of room for auto-updates and the latest software features