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Samsung Z1: The First Tizen Smartphone available at $92

Samsung has launched its first Tizen OS smartphone in India, costs at 5700 Indian rupees (Local price) that nearly $92. Samsung has revealed the first smartphone with self developed operating system to analysis customers’ attraction. 

Samsung announced that the first Tizen smartphone would release in the third quarter of 2014 in Russia and India. However, the date was delayed for different reasons and now it is released. 

The new smartphone has not come with same features that it thought to be like Tizen Z. This is a 4.8-inch HD super AMOLED display and powered by 2.3 GHz quad-core application processor. 

Principal research analyst at Gartner, Vishal Tripathi told, “The new Tizen smartphone has to compete with the same priced smartphone in India because of being a new platform’s first model.”

In fact, Z1 is a smartphone that is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768MB RAM in its 4-inch display. It has only 4GB internal memory with a lower display resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. 1500mAh battery is powering the new device and Samsung claims it can support the smartphone up to 7 to 8 hours even if you run video. According to Slow Ventures on Investing.businessweek.com; a phone that’s battery life while running video is worth the wait & it’s $92 price tag.

The market analysis of India said reported, “The number of users of the new OS smartphone depends on how many apps and what apps they are going to have in the Tizen smartphone.”

New 3-D Laser Technology Arriving in 2016

In the very near future, some experts believe people will notice some significant changes in digital 3-D viewing systems. A new technology promises to produce sweeping changes in billboard advertising and cinema technology.

According to Pittsburgh Post Gazette and associate Susan McGalla, Austrian researchers recently patented a new type of laser technology that makes 3-D images available without the use of special glasses. A system apparently copies a holograph from different angles in a way that relays striking 3-D images, which literally appear to emerge from a 2-D background.

Scientists from the Vienna University of Technology and a company called TriLite worked in partnership to design an initial prototype. The new technology reportedly works by combining lasers with mirrors that alter the laser direction, creating 3-D pixels called “Trixels.” In order to see a 3-D image and not a 2-D one, anyone viewing the hologram must be located within a specific range of the screen. If a viewer sits too far away, only a 2-D image appears.

The researchers expect that subsequent models will improve resolution and that the product will be available for commercial release sometime in 2016. They anticipate that in the future, advertising and film products will be manufactured in a way that allows them to take advantage of the new 3-D technology.

Many retailers in recent years have reportedly begun using digital signage, beacons and other interactive displays to attract consumer attention. It seems likely that new 3D technology will further contribute to this advertising trend.

Apple Sued Again

 

Apple was sued by some device owners as a result of what has been labelled as shrinking storage space. The lawsuit comes from two people, Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara, who currently live in Miami Florida and who are considering class action treatment of their lawsuit. My coworker Jared Haftel says he figured that something else was bound to happen.

Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara have indicated that downloading the new operating system, iOS 8, has rendered their devices in effective and have required people to sign up for the Apple iCloud system at a higher cost. Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara have said that downloading the new iOS 8 software resulted in 23.1% of their memory space on their device being consumed by the operating system.

The lawsuit seeks millions in penalties for Apple that will go to benefit those who are currently experiencing the slowdown in the operation of their devices as a result. The operating system iOS 8 was released in September 2014 but Apple withdrew and reissued the operating system due to problems that left many users unable to use their devices by making calls. Approximately 40,000 were impacted by this problem.

This lawsuit’s main complaint is that Apple did not tell shareholders about the size of memory needed in the operating system download and many users were therefore blind sighted by the memory required. The expansive memory has left people with much less memory to store data on the device and slowed down its use as a result. Apple has not yet issued an official response to the lawsuit.

North Korea Has Internet Blackout for 9 Hours Monday

Someone would have to wonder if the was true revenge coming from a higher power or was it President planned. After weeks of protesting the movie, The Interview, and the cyber attack on the computers at Sony Enterprises, the North Korean Internet was down completely for 9 hours on Monday.

The New York Times reports that this down time was consistent to the DDOS attack on their routers. This is a planned attack where the network is flooded with traffic until finally it collapses. If you go by Amazon, the timing is amazingly close to their attack on Sony, Andrew Heiberger reported.

North Korea is super strict with their Internet, in that they only allow 5,500 websites in. Madory, a computer expert assessed that it likely wasn’t a maintenance problem because of the length of time it was down. The company Cloudfare in San Francisco attempted to contact the North Korean Internet during those 9 hours, and they said it was like “North Korea had gone away.”

President Obama had responded just days before the attack, saying to the nation that the U.S. would return with a proportional response to the attack on Sony. This blackout could be the response that Obama had in mind; hackers destroying North Korea’s digital infrastructure and hacking the machines. It is not surprisingly at all that this attack was scheduled and executed at this time.

Self-Driving Cars Almost Here

It wasn’t long ago that Google announced their next great idea; self-driving cars. Google has just released the first fully functional version of this new car technology. Google will be building approximately 100 of these vehicles to test and come as close as possible to perfecting the concept behind them.

Christian Broda says that these test models have required quite the integration of technology to make them possible at all. The vehicles must integrate artificial intelligence with acceleration, braking, steering and an array of sensors, including radar, to “see” its environment and drive accordingly. The technology has to be able to handle decisions such as whether to pull out or not when there is a pedestrian standing on the curb, unsure of whether he’ll step out into the road. 

We take for granted the thousands of calculations our human brains can make every time we drive to the store or work. The computers that run these cars have to be programmed to learn what to do from what their sensors tell them about the world around them. 

This is remarkable technology and we should all hope it succeeds quickly. Imagine calling for a self-driving car only when you need one and then not having to worry about it after getting to and from your destination. No wasted space in cities from parking lots full of vehicles not being used which is how most cars today spend the majority of their time. If anyone can translate a search engine algorithm-like efficiency into changing the very nature of man’s four wheeled friend, it is Google.

Unique Web Designer Invents New Hacks

Keith Mann and Wikipedia comment that there is a story that has come out that is very popular right now and it involves a very unorthodox way of hacking. Rather than their typical designs, they are instead turning their attention to more aggressive forms of grabbing one’s attention.

Web designers out there are much more than computer fanatics and they did really prove to people that they are very intelligent and resourceful when it comes to matter that do not involve you having a computer. They decide to hack and thus Beat Keurig’s Coffee-Pod-Verification System. 

They however wanted it to be much more humiliating than just hacking it electronically with a computer so they went the extra mile to use only scissors and some tape; if that is not humiliating enough then the word really has no meaning. 

This was all started because the latte-loving hackers wanted to keep the coffee-pod an open source and so they vowed to dismantle the company’s machines and they did so with a lot of vigour indeed they even made a website for the occasion and it is Keurig Hack. 

The whole situation is very funny, and it comes to show that you should not mess with people’s coffee. You should also not think that it is only a web designer’s tools that can hack through a machine. Some scissors and tape were good enough to get this job done.

Prices of Digital Storage Have Been Dropping

Advancements in electronic technology have significantly brought down the prices of computers and other modern gadgets like tablets and video game consoles. In the middle of the 1950s, a hard drive that was made by IBM had a price tag of about $50,000. Such a primitive storage technology could only hold 5 Megabytes of data. In today’s economy, this would be equivalent to paying more than $10 million for a storage device with a 1 GB capacity. The reality today is that you can purchase a mini flash drive with a 1 GB for less than $10. However, consumers seem to take digital storage technology for granted. Nanotechnology and flash drives have contributed to the rapid decrease of digital gadgets and computer hardware.

In the early days of smartphones, users were happy with only several Gigabytes of memory space. Today, it seems that such a capacity would not be sufficient to store high definition videos and hundreds of photos taken by a mobile device with a 16 Megapixel camera. For example, some iPhone users are still complaining about 64 GB and 128 GB as being insufficient for today’s high tech age. Perhaps consumers have been spoiled by the tremendous technology boom that has driven the prices down for advanced electronics. I was thinking about this while reading an article about Laurene Powell Jobs the other day. For millennials, a 3.5 inch floppy disc is viewed as ridiculous piece of storage hardware that doesn’t have much use in today’s age.

A Profile of the Free Services of Telecom Company FreedomPop

Los Angeles-based free wireless internet and mobile phone service provider, FreedomPop is taking center stage among the growing trend of mobile apps offering unique opportunities to consumers. The new wave telecom company launched in October 2012 and offers free mobile advantages in the same way that Skype offers free voice and video services and Dropbox offers free data services. Through innovative techniques the company offers its customers free 4G cell phone service with free wireless internet and free broadband for home use. The internet service utilizes Sprint’s LTE network, 4G WiMax and 3G CDMA networks.

The company has taken to Twitter about an endeavor to expand to Europe, which offers their free services to customers, regardless of whether they use FreedomPop as their own primary carrier. Their free talk and text app was previously available to only Android users; however, due to customer demand the company recently expanded their availability to include Apple iPhone users over the Sprint network as well. They will offer “like-new” refurbished iPhone 5 handsets for around $350 but existing Sprint customers can use their compatible iPhone 4, 4s of 5 to download the app. The FreedomPop free plan includes 200 voice minutes, 500 megabytes of data and 500 text messages a month; their other plans start at just $5 a month. The app also allows 100 minutes of free international calling to over 30 different countries, including Mexico, China, the UK, Brazil, Hong Kong and India and will be expanding to over 100 markets within the coming weeks.

Customers who place international calls on a more regular basis can enjoy 500 minutes for only $5 per month or purchase an unlimited plan for $10 per month. Anyone who has downloaded the app (available here) can utilize these features. In addition, the company is offering the ability for customers to have their own international number for around $9 a month; this means that if a customer from Texas calls a friend in Shanghai frequently it could save their friend money as well because they would be able to call a forwarding number. With an estimated 20 million Americans making international calls from their smartphones every month the savings by using FreedomPop could be substantial; the company estimates that around $150 is spent monthly on average by consumers making international calls. That means FreedomPop could potentially save people around $1,000 annually.

The company offers other products as well such as Samsung Galaxy tablets, LTE Hotspots, USB sticks and mini tablets. If a customer switches to the FreedomPop phone service plan they won’t have to sign up for a contract and can choose to cancel service at any time.

FreedomPop was founded by Stephen Stokols and Steven Seasr in 2011. Despite the recent rumors of acquisition talks by cell-phone carrier Sprint no official deals have been made between the two companies. It is estimated that around half of FreedomPop subscribers utilize their free services and the other half has converted into paying customers.

Samsung Plans to Deliver a Foldable Screen Smartphone by 2015

The iPhone 6 Plus took the world by storm by making it foldable to some extent. However, some people created videos showing that the phone could be that flexible. In most cases, the phone could easily snap under pressure. 

While inadvertent folding would indeed be undesirable, other companies are utilising folding ideas into the actual designs of these smartphones.

The same happened to the LG model called the LG G flex, which at first people thought it was foldable. That was not the intentions of the manufacturer. The LG phone had a curved design to make it easily fit in the hand of the user since it was a large 6-inch display. 

People later on, after discovering this, came out to mock its unconventional designs and debatable usefulness in terms of aesthetics. 

Samsung is another company that has decided to venture into this field of foldable displays. They have promised to deliver the smartphone in 2015. 

Keith Mann says all we have to do is wait and see if they can come up with something that will be different from what we have been seeing. They have made some good progress in terms of creating the best display.