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iPad Air 2 leak High-quality video gives us our most detailed look yet at Apple’s new tablet

Apple’s big iPad Air 2 announcement is only eight days away and now Nowhereelse.fr points us to a new video posted by Vietnamese website Zing.vn that gives us an in-depth, high-quality look at Apple’s next major tablet release.

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As you can see, the tablet in the video has all of the new design features we’ve seen in previous leaks: A redesigned speaker grill that has only one row of holes instead of the two rows we saw in the first-generation iPad Air, the recessed volume buttons that look like the ones on the iPhone 6 and, most importantly, the little gold ring around the Home button that indicates the device will feature Touch ID and allow for mobile payments.

Apple will be taking the wraps off the iPad Air 2 on October 16th and based on previous leaks we expect the device will feature an A8 processor like the ones found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera and an improved Retina display. The new iPad will also reportedly be available to buy in gold for the first time, which is something we’ve previously only seen in iPhone models.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy Note 10.1 – Comparison of Dimensions, Screen Display and Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note tablets are among the major releases of Samsung’s Galaxy series of tablets.

They were released within a year of each other, with the Note 10.1 being the first to be launched in the market. Both the tablets can be used as smartphones as well because of their ability to provide phone functionality as well. The Galaxy Note tablets work equally well on 2G and 3G networks. The following article makes an interesting study of some noteworthy features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

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Size and Weight

Samsung Galaxy’s Note 10.1 tablet is visibly much bigger than its Note 8 tablet. There is a marked difference between the two tablets in terms of length, width and thickness. With an overall increase in size, it is thus no wonder that Galaxy Note 10.1 is the heavier of the two tablets. This is quite obvious when you hold both the tablets in either hand. Thus, Samsung’s Note 8 tablet is classified under the small tablet category while the Note 10.1 tablet finds its place among the list of large tablets.

Verdict: The compact size and ease of holding it in hand makes the Galaxy Note 8 tablet worth considering. It is also an ideal choice because its relatively light weight tends to make your hand less tired.

Screen 

Without any doubt, the Note 10.1 portrays a bigger screen that its counterpart. True to their names, the screen size of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is larger than that of Note 8 by a couple of inches. Both tablets feature capacitive multi touch screens that are capable of rendering 16 million colors. However while Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 utilizes TFT LCD display technology, the Note 8 tablet incorporates PLS TFT LCD technology. The tablets encompass a low pixel resolution of 800×1280. But Note 8 depicts a concentrated and richer pixel density of almost 189ppi in contrast to the 149ppi pixel density of Note 10.1. Also, apart from the light sensor in both the Note tablets, there is an additional proximity sensor in Galaxy Note 8.

Verdict: Big is definitely an advantage in this case. Although the Note 8 tablet has a better pixel density, the screen size and display technology of the Note 10.1 tablet helps it win the battle as they result in producing about 58% brighter and sharper images, videos and texts.

Camera

The primary rear camera in both the Galaxy Note tablets is a 2592×1944 resolution 5MP camera with autofocus and geo tagging features. The Note 10.1 camera is also equipped with LED flash while Note 8 camera capabilities include smile detection, panorama and white balance presets. Apart from the primary camera, the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Note 8 tablets have a 1.9MP and 1.3MP secondary front camera respectively which can be used for video calling and capturing selfies.

Verdict: The LED flash feature of Galaxy Note 10.1 gives it a cutting edge over Galaxy Note 8 as it helps in giving better clarity to images and videos that you shoot in dark or low lit areas. Moreover, Note 10.1 can capture videos of 720p resolution that has more clarity than the 1080p resolution videos of Note 8.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date, news and features

The all-new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has now been officially unveiled, but what does the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 actually bring?

Well there’s no change to the size of the screen, which still comes in at the whopping 5.7 inches that we have come to know and love, but Samsung has made some significant changes to that killer feature.

That 5.7-incher is now a Quad HD Super AMOLED (2,560 x 1,440 resolution) technology that stretches to 500 pixels per inch.

You can check out our hands on: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review for our first impressions of just what has changed in this latest generation.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date and price

The Galaxy note was announced at IFA 2014 on September 3. Samsung had sent invites for an event advising people to ‘Note the date’, which was a bit of a give away, and so it proved.

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We’re still waiting to hear an exact release date for the phone in territories around the world, but it looks very likely that it will launch in September, if not trickling into the start of October.

There’s been very little said about the price yet, but a listing on Indonesian site erafone puts it at IDR 9,499,000 (or roughly £490 / $810 / AU$870) which seems believable, especially since those conversions don’t include local taxes. Better start saving.

An amazing screen – again

First up, screen size. The original Note came with a 5.3-incher, the Note 2 showed up with a 5.5-inch display and the Note 3 pushed things to 5.7 inches.

Going by this logic the Galaxy Note 4 should have come with a 5.9-inch display, which would see it match the HTC One Max and LG G Pro 2, while still falling short of the 6.4-inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

But actually Samsung showed admirable restraint, keeping the Note 4 to the 5.7 inches of its predecessor, but throwing a boat-load more quality into its killer feature.

The screen now boasts Quad HD Super AMOLED (2,560 x 1,440 resolution) technology that stretches to 500 pixels per inch.

Plus, Samsung is throwing in what it is calling an adaptive display – one that changes depending on the light of the place you are viewing the screen – and on paper you have the optimum viewing no matter what situation you are in.

It even decided to get fancy and launch a variant of the phone called the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, which has a curved display that folds around the spine of the phone. Sadly this didn’t make it to the main device, but it’s a good test to see if there’s desire for such innovation.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 power and storage

The Galaxy Note 4 bring with it a pretty impressive 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, which certainly won’t be struggling to keep things moving despite the screen.

Also worthy of, ahem, note, is the 3GB RAM that the phone is running – there are still plenty of people with PCs that don’t have that kind of memory.

The internal memory of the Galaxy Note 4 is a not insignificant 64GB, which should mean you don’t have to choose between your collection of Jean Claude van Damme movies and your lovingly put-together eclectic music.

Of course, there’s a microSD slot too, with the ability to add 128GB more if you’re thinking of downloading the internet for a day.

Galaxy Note 3 pushing Galaxy S5 release date

We all were excited to know after the comments of Samsung that they are scheduling Galaxy S5 release date in the January but now stats & rumors are defining something else.

Galaxy Note 3 has started breaking the records. In just past 3 months, the count of shipped Note 3 units is 5 millions. Well, it is a big number for such duration. No doubt, Samsung is receiving huge profits with every single unit sold. Now, Samsung is expecting the same constant profit for months. Yes, you are thinking right. If Samsung will bring Galaxy S5 in 2014 then it will cut the sales of Note 3. When it is all about profit then definitely, everyone will move smartly. And rumors are talking; Note 3 is pushing Galaxy S5 release date to late 2014.

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This means, no Galaxy S5 in  2014? Well, it is all predictions and possibilities, who know if Samsung will schedule Galaxy S5 release in 2014. There is no proof and official words, so we can’t totally depend on these rumors. Let’s hope for good and we might see 64-bit true octa-core processor, 4GB RAM and 2K UHD display.
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Apple iPad Air 3 with Oxide TFT LCD

The Apple iPad Air3 (provisional name) will be released with a oxide TFT LCD Display instead a OLED Display. The new Tablet Pc from Apple should be released in the second half of 2015, the company want to reduce the thickness of the iPad and decrease the power consumption by more than half. This technical features are ideal for AMOLED Displays. But Apple plan also for their next products to use LCD Displays (oxide), the major manufacturer Samsung Display, LG-Display, Sharp, must strenghten their investemts to deliver enough oxide TFT LCDs to Apple.
Apple send a request to the named companies to develop a oxide TFT LCD for its 9.7 inch iPad Air. Yes we know Sharp is producing already Oxide LCD for iPad
the amount of use by Apple is not large because of issues concerning yield. Apple is under pressure because Samsung introduced the Galaxy S Tab series with Super-Amoled which is the best Tablet Pc Display on the market.

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Why Apple plans with oxide LCD?
Apple did not want to buy Super-Amoleds from their major rival Samsung! They have no leadership in that display technology, everybody know Super-AMoled is produced from Samsung Display.
Oxide LCD can reduce the power consumption instead of amorphous silicon (a-Si) and produces large open resistance, and thus lowers current leakage.
It is also better in increasing touch screen panel (TSP) precision. This technology requires low investment cost, and the cost to produce a panel can be reduced.
Samsung Display, LG-Display must invest for conversion in the near future, the existing amorphous silicon equipments can be used in many parts, but some devices, such as sputter, need to be remodeled according to characteristics of material. Apple plans to use N Negative) liquid crystal technologies instead than existing P (positive) material. The N type suggest high transmittance, and thus can drastically increase luminance. Another advantages is that it holds strengths to lower power consumption or increase color reproduction range under the same luminance specification.

In two years OLED will be cheaper with a much better picture quality a report says and LCD can fall behind OLED for power consumption or color reproducibility,” said an industry insider. “It appears that Apple, which has to opt for LCD due to conditions in its supply network, plans to satisfy the requirements with liquid crystal.” We think in a few years Apple must choose OLED also for their iPhones/iPads. In 2014 the iWatch can feature a flexible Polymer OLED!

Microsoft Admits to Killing the Surface Mini

Microsoft has confirmed it cancelled plans to release a Surface Mini tablet in the spring.

During Tuesday’s quarterly earnings call, CFO Amy Hood said that part of the reason revenue from the company’s line of Surface tablets took a hit was because it had decided to kill an unreleased product.

See also: There Was No Surface Mini Because Microsoft Already Lost on Tablets

“During the quarter, we reassessed our product roadmap and decided not to ship a new form factor that was under development,” Hood said. While she doesn’t identify the Surface Mini by name, other reports claimed Microsoft has scrapped plans to release the tablet late in the game, then the company accidentally confirmed the product’s existence in a user manual that referenced the Mini directly.

The decision to take the ax to the Surface Mini was reportedly influenced by CEO Satya Nadella, whose bid to reshape Microsoft includes a clear focus on productivity. While the company has many consumer-facing products (notably Xbox),

Windows devices have been criticized as not serving small-screen tablet market as well as iPads and Android models, and market statistics reflect this.

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The small-screen tablet market has grown quickly over the past two years, but Windows didn’t support those designs until fall 2013 with the release of Windows 8.1. It appeared inevitable that the Surface line would get a Mini version after that, but since smaller tablets are inherently more about consumption than productivity, such a product wouldn’t fit with Nadella’s vision of the new Microsoft.

When Microsoft held the next Surface product launch in May, it instead announced the Surface Pro 3, a 12-inch tablet that runs full Windows 8.1 Pro, powered by an Intel Core processor.

Other manufacturers have filled the void with small Windows tablets, and most run Windows 8.1, powered by Intel Atom chips. Lenovo was reportedly going to stop selling small Windows tablets in the U.S. due to lack of demand, but the company quickly reaffirmed its commitment to different-size tablets and said it would bring a new small Windows tablet to the American market before the end of 2014.

Lego Fusion merges physical brick building Electronic Kids Toys digital play

Lego has revealed a new line of play kits which are designed to combine its traditional brick-building and app-based gaming. The new Lego Fusion range will allow children to photograph their physical creations using a smartphone or tablet, and then see them brought to life in virtual worlds.

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There will initially be four Lego Fusion sets: Town Master, Battle Towers, Create and Race, and Resort Designer. Each kit will consist of more than 200 Lego pieces, a “capture plate” to build on, and will be accompanied by a free downloadable app for iOS or Android. The purpose of the capture plate is to allow the app to identify the size and colors of the Lego bricks used.

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As prompted in the games, users build on the capture plate and import their creations by pointing the device’s camera at them. At this point, the constructions are incorporated into the digital world, allowing them to be played with virtually. In games with buildings, 2D façade creations (their capture plates are just one row of studs deep) are automatically transformed into 3D buildings.

Gamers are then, through a series of challenges and interactions, required to continue building in the real world, to progress in the game. This creates a constant back-and-forth between the physical and virtual elements of play. Lego says this engages children in both the digital world and the real-life one, and helps combat the “zombie gaze” that parents will recognize in their app-playing kids.

In Lego Fusion Town Master, users create their own Lego town, building things like houses, restaurants, a fire station and shops, and importing them into the game. They also complete errands and missions, such as catching robbers, fighting fires and skateboarding, all while trying to keep citizens happy. Resort Designer, which is part of the Lego Friends line-up, works in much the same way, but with a holiday resort theme … and more pink bricks.

The Battle Towers set requires players to build a tower and then defend it against virtual attack in a bid to rule a kingdom. Damage to towers in the app can be repaired by completing timed real-world building challenges. In Lego Fusion Create and Race, players construct a car which can be taken for a virtual spin in races, demolition challenges or used to perform stunts. Every brick used in the real-world car will have an impact on its performance in the game.

From September, users of Lego Fusion sets will also be able to access their digital creations from any compatible device. After logging into the Lego Fusion app with a Lego ID, they’ll be able to see and select their gallery and game play progress.

Aimed at 7-12 year-olds, Lego Fusion Town Master, Battle Towers and Create and Race will go on sale in August. They will be followed by the Resort Designer kit, which will be released in September. The kits will cost US$35 each.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 May Be Thinnest Smartphone Ever

The Galaxy Note 4 will probably be out in a matter of months, and we continue to see supposedly leaked photos of the handset. This time, the photos were posted on TK Tech News, an associate of Twitter. They show an extremely thin device. In fact, it’s so think that it could be the thinnest smartphone made so far.

Is this what the Galaxy Note 4 will look like?

As you can see, the handset in the photos has corners that are more squared-off than previous Note models, which have sported more rounded-edges similar to other members of the Galaxy S family. One thing that you might notice is that the handset appears to take some cues from Sony Corporation’s Xperia line of smartphones.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has said it plans to go with a new form factor, so these photos just might show off the real Galaxy Note 4. The handset certainly looks different from previous Note models.

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Other rumors about the Galaxy Note 4

We’ve heard all kinds of wild rumors about the Galaxy Note 4. Some have suggested that it will have a flexible screen, and others believe it will come in two models—one with a flexible display and one without. Most expect it to have biometric security features like the fingerprint scanner that’s on the Galaxy S5. Some are also expecting an octo-core processor and possibly a 20.7-megapixel camera.

Two different Galaxy Note 4 models have apparently appeared in AnTuTu’s benchmarking database, potentially revealing the handset’s specs. One has an Exynos chip, while the other has a chip made by QUALCOMM, Inc. Of course the type of chip the model will have depends on the region in which it is sold. According to the benchmarks, both of the models have a high-resolution 2K display and 2 GB of RAM.

Hands On With The Galaxy Tab S Coming To The U.S.A.

Samsung has a new tablet, and the company is framing this as their new flagship slate line. The Galaxy Tab S was unveiled at an event last week, and brings an ultra-thin design and a super high-resolution display to Samsung’s Android-powered tablets. In both 8.4 and 10.5-inch flavors, these tablets promise dynamic screens that change their settings depending on content types. The Tab S hits the U.S. starting June 27, with a retail price of $399.99 and $499.99 for Wi-Fi versions of the 8.4 and 10.5 respectively.

We’ll have full reviews forthcoming for the new tablets, but for now I got to spend a limited amount of hands-on time with the Tab S 8.4. Samsung is making a lot of marketing claims around this device, suggesting it’s something that injects some genuine fresh energy into its tablet lineup, but does it live up to those claims? We’ll require more time with the gadget, but initial impressions reveal that Samsung’s highlight features on this tablet are indeed highlights.

The screen on the Galaxy Tab S really is amazing in person. It has a 2560 x 1600 screen that uses SuperAMOLED tech to delivery crazy contrast and color – but at times this can go too far, depending on your tastes. Oversaturation is an issue, with colors that are exaggerated over what you can actually find in real life. Some people love this, though, and the demo videos included on the slate really do pop on that screen. Detail is crisp and clear, but for most standard 1080 videos you might not get as impressive results. It should still be an extremely solid media playback device, however you slice it.

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The weight and thinness of the device is also very impressive on first encounter, despite the fact that the construction is still plastic and shares the somewhat blah design chops of the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S5. It’s better looking than either of these somehow (might be the solid edging) and the portability is tremendous.

OS and software are still going to be important factors in the overall picture, and we haven’t had time to give those a full run-through yet, but Samsung has made some decidedly impressive technical improvements to its Tabs based on first impressions.