All new iPhones will feature wireless charging

Apple is rumored to be launching three new iPhones later this year and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reportedly believes all three will offer wireless charging.

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We’ve only got about seven or eight months to go before Apple introduces its next iPhones and there’s been some chatter about Apple putting out three new iPhones instead of the usual two, with one being a super high-end model with prices for it approaching $1,000 in the U.S.

Now the site MacRumors is reporting that an analyst from KGI Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo, is claiming that all three new models will not only feature all-glass casings but wireless charging and OLED displays.

In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo says that wireless charging increases the internal temperature of smartphones and Apple will be equipping the new iPhones with a new 3D Touch module with “additional graphite sheet lamination” to prevent the phones from overheating and wigging out.

We take all these analyst claims with a grain of salt, but the wireless charging rumors have been fairly persistent and it does seem like a logical feature that Apple might add to the next iPhones, whatever they’re called. All that said, Apple could simply come out with “S” versions of its current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.


Wireless Charging and Retina Eye Scanner to Be a Part of Many Smartphones by 2017

2017 is the year in which one most important industry will revolutionize. The main reasons for this great revolution are loads of features which would bring about a totally new smartphone experience such as the Wireless charging option and the Retina Eye scanner option.

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Fingerprint is in the Past

Samsung and Apple both came up with this idea of having a much more secure system than the fingerprint scanner which came in the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5. To improve the overall security layout and bring up a new innovation in smartphone history, both tech giants are now going towards the development of Retina Eye scanner.

This feature would use your personal eye to for security options such as online transactions, Lock Screens etc. This feature will most likely replace the option of Fingerprint scanner which at times had many issues. Samsung and Apple along with many other competitors are trying their best to have this feature in a fully functional and perfect form. Google play and Apple pay are two places where this scanner can be thought of most useful as you would be saved from any misuse.

Get Your Device Charged While Roaming

Another great and convenient feature expected in top-notch smartphones of 2017 is the option of wireless charging. It’s such a busy time period now, that people don’t have much time to put their devices on charge and have the inconvenience of using the phone with a wire. It is much of a discomfort.

2017 brings good news for such people as wireless charging option is introduced and you can charge your phone on the go. You can just plug an adapter anywhere in the house and use your phone from anywhere by attaching a small piece of hardware on the charging port. It is further stated by tech giants that this feature is improved and would charge the device 50% faster. Thus, we would have no issues of long hanging wires and having a specific spot while charging.

Is it Good?

Definitely, these two features are a major sign of revolution and would make our lives easier and less time consuming along with enhanced security. These features are expected in Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 edge, iPhone 7s, LG G6, Sony Xperia Z7.

Many more devices are also expected to have these features. In addition, work is still being done on these features so that there are totally no issues to the users and consumer response over these features is good and improved. Behold, a great era of smartphones is about to begin in 2017.

Best new SmartPhones Coming in 2017

The best new phones coming in 2017. We look at the best new phones that you must see before you upgrade, including the best new Android phones, best new iPhones, best new Windows phones, best new Samsung phones, best new Sony phones, best new HTC phones, best new LG phones and more.

Xiaomi Mi Mix

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Mi Mix UK release date: Shipping from 15 December 2016
The Mi Mix is one of the most extraordinary phones we’ve seen in recent years, with a 6.4in edgeless display and a super-high 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. Given the loss of the top bezel you’ll find the selfie camera at the bottom right of the phone’s chin, while an ultrasonic distance sensor hides behind the display and replaces the proximity sensor. Most clever of all, rather than an earpiece you get ‘cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology’ to transmit sound.

Other specs are decent too,with a Snapdragon 821 processor, up to 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB UFS 2.0 storage.

The Mi Mix has an RRP of RMB 3499 for the 4GB of RAM, 128GB storage model, and RMB 3999 for the 6GB RAM, 256GB storage model with 18k gold trims around the camera and fingerprint sensor, though you will pay more than the straight Sterling conversion of £422.37 and £482.69.

GearBest is listing the 4GB RAM Mi Mix for £517.53 / $658.99, though it is currently on pre-order and will ship after 15 December. The 6GB RAM, 256GB, 18K model is not currently listed on the site.

Apple iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus

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iPhone 8 UK release date: September 2017
Apple is set to go big on the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, which could go some way to make up for this year’s relatively minor upgrade. A combination of design and hardware changes should make the iPhone 8 the most radical new iPhone to date.

The iPhone 8 could be the iPhone with which Jony Ive finally gets his own way: an iPhone that resembles a single sheet of glass with an edge-to-edge OLED screen. According to an Apple supplier, at least one of the company’s new iPhones for 2017 will have a glass body. The TouchID scanner is thought to be hidden within the glass, while the physical Home button will be gone.

Other rumours suggest the iPhone 8 will feature wireless charging for the first time, and possible biometric features such as facial recognition or iris scanning. It’ll run the Apple A11 processor and motion co-processor, and be devilishly fast.

LG G6

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LG G6 UK release date: 26 February 2016 (TBC)
LG is rumoured to ditch its modular design for the G6 and potentially adopt a new glass front and rear. In common with the Samsung Galaxy S-series with which it competes it is likely to feature fast wireless charging and see a processor and graphics bump to ready the phone for VR.

One of the most interesting rumours about the LG G6 is that it will feature a new type of iris scanner that uses the same sensor as the phone’s front camera, a space- and cost-saving measure that is made possible through use of a special filter.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 UK release date: August 2017 (TBC)
Following the Note 7 problems there are a lot of whispers about Samsung at the moment. The failure of the Note 7 has badly bruised its reputation, and it’s hurt its bottom line. Some say it will look to mend its reputation by announcing the Note 8 in February 2017 alongside the Galaxy S8, while others say it will drop its Note line altogether.

We don’t think Samsung is about to give up on its second annual cash cow just yet, though it will need to do something to put consumers at ease. Given that there is already a Galaxy Note 8 (a 2013 tablet), and the Note’s specifications are edging ever closer to the Galaxy S-series edge handset, we think Samsung may look to shake things up a bit and change its branding of its phablet family.

Should Samsung go ahead as normal with its August big-screen phone launch, we’d expect to see a 5.7in Quad-HD or SuperAMOLED screen with S Pen support, a powerful processor and RAM combo capable of the very best mobile VR experience, a dual camera, waterproofing and more.

Samsung Galaxy S8 & Galaxy S8 Plus

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Samsung Galaxy S8 UK release date: February 2017
Samsung traditionally holds an Unpacked event in which it unveils its new S-series flagship the day before MWC. In 2017 this tradeshow runs from 27 February to 2 March, so we expect to see a new Galaxy S8 on Sunday 26 February 2017. Expect it to go on sale in early March 2017.

For its now-discontinued Galaxy Note 7 Samsung merged its ‘Edge’ and standard models, so perhaps we’ll see the same with the merging of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge. We think there will still be two Galaxy S8 models, but it will only be the size differentiating their screens. In which case the S8 edge might instead be known as the S8 Plus, or similar. In any case you should expect more of the same metal and glass front/back design it introduced last year in the S6 and in 2016 has extended to the A-series.

When it arrives, you can expect the S8 to be the fastest phone money can buy, with a top-of-the-range processor and 6GB of RAM. There will more than likely be a super-high-resolution 5.1in screen – Samsung may even move up from Quad-HD to Ultra-HD, which is all the more likely given the importance being placed on VR in the next Android OS – Android Nougat – which this phone will run.

Now that Samsung has discontinued its Note 7, it’s going to want to make the Galaxy S8 an absolute belter to mend its reputation.

Huawei Mate 9

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Huawei Mate 9 UK release date: November 2016
Initially rumoured to come out in December 2016, it looks like the Huawei Mate 9 might be coming out earlier than we expect – in November 2016.

The phone is set to be announced at a €699 price tag (~£620); although we feel that its price might be a little too steep, given its competition.

Looking at rumoured specifications, the Mate 9 is looking to be a top-spec’ed phone, which features: a dual-lens 20Mp camera, full-HD 1920×1080 display, dual-SIM LTE, an Octa-core processor (2.6 GHz Cortex-A53), 4/6GB RAM, 64-, 238 and 256GB of internal storage space, a microSD card expansion slot (up to 256GB) and running on Android v7.0.

OnePlus 3T & OnePlus 4

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OnePlus 3T UK release date: 15 November 2016
OnePlus 4 UK release date: April/May 2017 (TBC)
OnePlus has confirmed that a new OnePlus phone featuring the 2.35GHz Snapdragon processor will be unveiled on 15 November 2016. This is known for now as the OnePlus 3T.

We know very few details about the OnePlus 3T other than the processor change – which adds support for Daydream VR – so it is thought to be simply the OnePlus 3 with a processor bump.

More exciting for OnePlus fans, then, will be the OnePlus 4 expected in April/May 2017. Rather than the Snapdragon 821 this phone will likely get the Snapdragon 830. We could also see the 5.5in full-HD display upgraded to a Quad-HD model.

Other rumours suggest the OnePlus 4 will come with 8GB of RAM, a 21- or 23Mp camera and a 3,500- to 4,000mAh battery with Dash Charge. One thing we’re sure of is that it will run Oxygen OS, a custom UI that will be based on Android 7.0 Nougat.

Microsoft Surface Phone

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Microsoft Surface Phone UK release date: TBC
Surface Phone rumours have been few and far between, leading some to think it’s nothing more than a myth. But it was recently revealed by Wired that Microsoft Corporate VP Panos Panay has been working on a prototype of a new phone.

Should it truly exist, the Surface Phone is expected to arrive in 2016, with a 5.5in Quad-HD AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 64- and 128GB storage options (with microSD support), a 64-bit Intel processor and 21Mp rear- and 8Mp front cameras. The Surface Phone could also get a Surface Pen and a USB-C port.

There will be a Microsoft event on 26 October, so it’s possible that if the Surface Phone really does exist it will be announced here.

How to Hack Wi-Fi Passwords

Chances are you have a Wi-Fi network at home, or live close to one (or more) that tantalizingly pop up in a list whenever you boot up the laptop. The problem is, if there’s a lock next to the name, that indicates security for the Wi-Fi network is turned on. Without the password or passphrase, you’re not going to get access to that network, or that sweet, sweet Internet that goes with it.

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Perhaps you forgot the password on your own network, or don’t have neighbors willing to share the Wi-Fi goodness. You could just go to a café and buy a latte and use the “free” Wi-Fi there. Download an app for your phone like WiFi-Map, and you’ll have a list of over 2 million hotspots with free Wi-Fi for the taking (including some passwords for locked Wi-Fi connections, if they’re shared by any of the app’s 7 million users).

But there are other ways to get back on the wireless, though some of them require such extreme patience and waiting, that café idea is going to look pretty good.

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Reset the Router

Before you do this, just try to log into the router first. From there, you can easily reset your wireless password if you’ve forgotten it.

The problem is when you don’t know the password for the router, either. (They’re not the same thing, unless you set it up that way). Resetting the router is about as brute force a method as you get, and it only works if you have physical access to the router.

Almost every router in existence has a recessed reset button it. Push it with a pen or unfolded paperclip, hold it for about 10 seconds, and the router will change to the factory settings.

If you’ve got a router that came from your Internet service provider, check the stickers before a reset—they might have printed the router and Wi-Fi passwords (sometimes called the key) right on the hardware.

Once it’s reset, you need another password (plus a username) to access the router itself. Generally you can do this in a Web browser of any PC attached to the router via Ethernet—you’ll need that since the reset probably killed any potential Wi-Fi connection you had going in.

The URL to type is either 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1, or some variation. Once you’re asked for a username/password, what do you do? Check your manual. Which you probably lost or threw away. So instead, go to RouterPasswords.com. The site exists for one reason: to tell people the default username/password on just about every router ever created.

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You’ll need the router’s model number, but that’s easy enough to find on the back or bottom. You’ll quickly see a pattern among router makers of having the username of admin and a password of password. Since most people are lazy and don’t change an assigned password, you could try it before hitting the reset button. (But c’mon, you’re better than that—change the password once you’re in the router’s menus in your Web browser.)

Once you’ve accessed the router interface, go to the Wi-Fi settings, turn on the wireless networks, and assign them strong but easy-to-recall passwords. After all, you don’t want to share with neighbors without your permission.

Crack the Code

You didn’t come here because the headline said “reset the router,” though. You want to know how to crack the password on a Wi-Fi network.

Searching on “wi-fi password hack,” or other variations, nets you a lot of links—mostly for software on sites where the adware and bots and scams are pouring like snake oil. Download them at your own risk, for Windows PCs especially. Better to have a PC that you can afford to get effed up a bit if you go that route. I had multiple attempts with tools I found just get outright deleted by my antivirus before I could even try to run the EXE installation file.

Or, create a system just for this kind of thing, maybe dual-boot into a separate operating system that can do what’s called “penetration testing”—a form of offensive approach security, where you examine a network for any and all possible paths of breach. Kali Linux is a Linux distribution built for just that purpose. You can run Kali Linux off a CD or USB key without even installing it to the hard drive. Another option is BackTrack Linux—they’re actually both from the same developers, but Kali is the “polished” version. Both are free and come with all the tools you’d need to crack a network.

If you don’t want to install a whole OS, then you could try the two tried-and-true tools of Wi-Fi hackers.

Aircrack has been around for years, going back to when Wi-Fi security was only based on WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy). WEP was weak even back in the day, and was supplanted in 2004 by WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access). The latest Aircrack-ng 1.2—labeled as a “set of tools for auditing wireless networks,” so it should be part of any network admin’s toolkit—will take on cracking WEP and WPA-PSK keys.

Aircrack-ng comes with full documentation, but it’s not going to be that simple. To crack a network you also need to have the right kind of Wi-Fi adapter in your computer, one that supports packet injection. You need to be comfortable with the command line (running things using CMD) and have a lot of patience. Your Wi-Fi adapter and Aircrack have to gather a lot of data to get anywhere close to decrypting the passkey on the network you’re targeting. It could take a while.

If you prefer a graphical user interface (GUI), there is KisMAC-ng, or there was. The website was not working as of the writing of this article. While KisMAC can crack some keys with the right adapter installed, it’s mainly known as a “sniffer” for seeking out Wi-Fi networks. It’s the kind of thing we don’t need much of these days, since our phones and tablets do a pretty good job of showing us every since Wi-Fi signal in the air around us. Also on the Mac: Wi-Fi Crack. To use them or Aircrack-ng on the Mac, you need to install them using MacPorts, a tool for installing command-line products on the Mac.

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Cracking stronger WPA/WPA2 passwords and passphrases is the real trick these days. Reaver is the one tool that looks to be up to the task (and it’s part of the BackTrack Linux distro). You’ll need that command-line comfort again to work with it, or you’ll have to spend $65 for Reaver Pro, a hardware device that works with Windows and Mac. After two to 10 hours of trying brute force attacks, Reaver should be able to reveal a password… but it’s only going to work if the router you’re going after has both a strong signal and WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) turned on. WPS is the feature where you can push a button on router, another button on a Wi-Fi device, and they find each other and link auto-magically, with a fully encrypted connection. It’s also the “hole” through which Reaver crawls. It can generally break the code in about 24 hours.

Even if you turn off WPS, sometimes it’s not completely off, but that’s your only recourse if you’re worried about hacks on your own router. Or, get a router that doesn’t support WPS.

Apple Reveals New iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Apple has introduced the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to the masses. It was recently revealed in the Apple Keynote event last September 7. There were certainly changes made on this new iteration of the popular smartphone, but they were not the ones that can warrant that much of a buzz, except of course for its new camera. And while it may not be that smartphone to capture imagination just like before, many avid fans will certainly welcome having a new model to crave for.

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The New iPhone 7 Main Features

In the case of the new iPhone 7 Plus, the camera is one feature that many people will be interested in. Many users know that the smartphone camera is one of those often used features. Apple has just given it an upgrade in the new iPhone 7Plus. The new Apple smartphone features what is known as computational imaging. It will allow the phone’s camera and sensors to automatically post-process images it captures, resulting in an improved image overall. Not only that, the new iPhone 7 Plus also comes with a standard as well as a telephoto lens as part of its rear camera module with a 12MP sensor.

iPhone 7 Design

In terms of design, the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come with a high-gloss finish as well as a seamless and well-protected enclosure. This also made the new iPhone water and dust resistant. The Home button is no longer a physical one. It features a force-sensitive virtual button that runs on a taptic engine. The HD Retina display is also 25 percent brighter than the previous model.

What may also be a departure from the previous model is the iPhone 7’s headphone slot, which is now makes use of the Lightning USB port instead of the usual headphone jack. For owners who still prefer the latter, Apple has also made a headphone jack adaptor available.

Performance wise, Apple says that the new iPhone 7 is way faster than the previous model. It features a new A10 Fusion chip that is 50 percent faster in loading graphics than the A9 chip on the previous iPhone. Aside from that, the company says that the new iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus comes with the longest battery life for an iPhone. It may also be right to mention that Apple has done away with the 16GB iPhone. The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will instead start with a 32GB model. Pricing for the new models start at $649 for the iPhone 7 and $769 for the iPhone 7 Plus when they come out sometime in late October.

Buying a new SmartPhone 2016

Just as computer shoppers often decide between a Windows PC, Mac and Chromebook, you’ve got a choice to make when looking for a new smartphone: Apple’s iOS, Android, Windows, and BlackBerry.

While there are many similarities, each operating system has a different look and feel. App selection could vary greatly. And so can the price and form factor.

Choice is good, but it can also be overwhelming. How do you know which phone will best suit your needs?

We can help.

The following is a closer look at the features of each major platform.

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iOS

Out of all of the phones available, iPhone – which runs Apple’s iOS operating system – is probably the easiest to use. If you’re not very tech savvy, this one is for you.

Simply tap an icon to launch an app (program) and swipe left or right on the screen to see additional apps. Swipe down to search for something or swipe up to access settings, like screen brightness and volume.

Press and hold the circle button to talk to Siri, a voice-activated personal assistant.

That circular Home button on iPhone can also read your unique fingerprint. Called Touch ID, this feature makes it easy to log into your phone, purchase apps and media (such as music), and even use your iPhone to shop at supporting retailers via the Apple Pay mobile payment service.

iPhone also works with iTunes, which you might be using to manage media on your computer, and iCloud, used to back-up your important files and wirelessly synchronize content between multiple devices. Apple’s AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream between supported devices, such as your iPhone sending photos and videos to your Apple TV box, which is connected to your TV.

Apple’s App Store has more than 1.4 million downloads, many of which are free or close to it. Almost everything you download for iPhone will work on iPad and iPod touch, too.

Apple’s iPad Air 2 (9.7 inches) and iPad mini 3 (7.9 inches) are the most popular tablets on the market, with a similar look and feel to iPhone. The larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro is due out soon, as well.

Android

While there are only two new iPhones to choose from, there are literally many dozens of Android-powered devices, which give you a lot of choice.

That is, only Apple makes iPhone and iPad, but Google’s Android platform is an open and freely distributed one, meaning multiple companies create phones and tablets based on the world’s most popular operating system.

Perhaps you want a large-screen Samsung “phablet” (half phone, half tablet) or a compact LG phone? What about a waterproof Sony model? All of these companies make Android phones, as well as HTC, Motorola, Acer, Asus, Huawei, OnePlus, Kyocera, ZTE, Alcatel, Sonim, and Google itself (branded as Nexus phones). Heck, even BlackBerry now makes an Android phone, called Priv.

Amazon’s Kindle devices are built on Android, too.

Because Android is from Google, the mobile operating system has a number of integrated Google services already preloaded, such as Gmail (email), Chrome (web browser), Google Maps (maps, directions and local search), and YouTube (videos), to name a few. Like iTunes, Google also lets you download and/or stream media to your devices, such as music, TV shows, movies, games, ebooks, magazines, and so on.

The clever Google Now feature lets you talk to your phone like a personal assistant, but with your permission it also learns your patterns, such as leaving the home every day at 7:30am for work, and will alert you to traffic on your route and other contextually relevant information.

Android is great for those who like to multitask. For example, you can split your screen into two apps – like a video playing on top and your email open on the bottom – or you might opt for a picture-in-picture option, such as browsing the web but have a TV show playing in a small window (iPad finally added this with iOS 9, but not iPhone). While purely optional, the operating system is also ideal for those who like to tinker with the phone or tablet’s interface, layout and app selection.

Unlike iPhone and iPad, most Android devices let you expand the storage by popping in a microSD memory card (though Samsung recently abandoned this feature).

At more than 1.5 million downloads, the Google Play store has the most apps out of any mobile operating system — but really, it’s splitting hairs, as Apple isn’t far behind.
Android-based tablets come in a range of sizes, prices, and models to choose from.

Windows, BlackBerry

While they might not have the market share of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android – combined, these two make up nearly 97 percent of all smartphone platforms (IDC, Aug 2015) – Microsoft and BlackBerry are still in the game, as well.

Now called Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft’s new phone platform will roll out to existing Windows 8.1 devices in December, for free, plus a pair of new Windows 10 Mobile-powered phones — the Lumia 950 and supersized Lumia 950 XL — will debut before that.

Optimized for smaller screens than laptops, desktops and tablets, the free upgrade will boast a similar look and feel to other Windows 10 devices, including a customizable Start screen, familiar apps like a full version of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more), multimedia folders (Photos, Music, Videos), and a Microsoft Edge web browser.

Windows 10 users can benefit from smooth synchronization with all Windows 10 Mobile devices, and documents can also be synched via the OneDrive cloud services between hardware.

Finally, BlackBerry 10-powered devices have a few unique features.

Geared more towards the on-the-go worker bee, BlackBerry devices were built with security in mind – with more IT policies than all other platforms — along with a physical keyboard (on most models) ideal for typing quickly, comfortably and accurately. Many simply prefer a physical QWERTY keyboard over a “soft” (virtual) one on a touchscreen.

BlackBerry devices still offer the best battery out of all four platforms – up to 30 hours on the BlackBerry Passport. It also has the loudest and clearest speakerphone out of all the phones available today, if that matters to you.

The BlackBerry isn’t only for your 9 to 5 life as you can now access many high-quality and fun apps available at the Amazon Appstore, for your 5 to 9 downtime, as well.

Galaxy S7 Leak Reveals Three New Models

Is Samsung about to shake things up again? Following the complete redesign of its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones in 2015, a new report claims Samsung will now launch three variants of the upcoming Galaxy S7 – and all at the same time… Picked up by the ever reliable SamMobile via Samsung’s famously leaky Vietnamese supply chain, the report says Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 Edge+ handsets will all be simultaneously released in early 2016.

In some ways this makes sense: Samsung would group its consumer devices altogether giving it a sizeable lead on the launch of the iPhone 7 in Q3. This would then allow it to focus the second half of the year on the Galaxy Note 6 as its differential business phone against the new iPhones. So far so good.

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But here are my concerns…

For starters releasing this trio of phones would mean replacing the Galaxy S6 Edge+ within six months of its launch. That sends a worrying message to owners of existing premium Samsung handsets that there’s no good time to buy a Samsung phone: it could be upgraded at any time. A big part of the iPhone’s success is its dependable annual release cycle.

Secondly a trio of Galaxy S releases with a single release later in the year doesn’t appear to fit with Samsung’s current strategy of splitting its releases into smartphones and phablets. Especially given the Note appeared to be deprioritised as its global availability was greatly reduced in 2015. Suddenly making it the entire focus of Samsung’s 2016 Q3-Q4 premium efforts would mark a U-turn after a U-turn.

Personally I do think Samsung should simplify things. Given Edge displays have proved extremely popular I’d launch the Galaxy S7 with only a curved display, call the phablet version the ‘Galaxy S7+’ and ditch the ‘Edge’ branding altogether. The Galaxy Note can then retain greater differentiation with its flat display, stylus and extra productivity software later in the year.

So what can we actually expect from Samsung in 2016? My hope is balance.

The radical overhaul of its smartphones and phablets in 2015 did much good (camera, build quality, performance) but they also compromised key Samsung strengths (practicality, expandability, durability, longevity). Attaining a mix of the two with next year’s devices must now be the top priority.

Concept Nokia Swan new Generation

The last concept came from a man named Dani Vinh. Swan is phablet Nokia device. 42 megapixel camera, up to 128 GB of storage and a 4-core processor probably an Intel. A cool aluminum frame with disco rim lights make this device stand out of the crowd.

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Many would love to see some bold new Nokia devices and the Nokia Swan would certainly fit the bill and certainly brings something new to the table. It combines a phablet and a tablet and looks stylish while doing that. The device is a smartphone when folded and when opened offers two touchscreens. All three displays are edge-to-edge and it’s nice to see a new product design that really fires the imagination. Once opened up, the device becomes a bit of a Chromebook with two touchscreens, one used as the display and the other as the virtual keyboard. The device has a 5.5 inch screen and once the hinge rotates, it becomes an 11 inch tablet, or a smaller laptop.

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We’ll remind,that this Nokia Swan is a concept idea, although can imagine,that plenty of people might like to see Nokia produce something along these lines. Excellent piece of work!

Guide to every single new emoji in iOS 9.1

When you’re at a loss for words, emoji can fill the silence. Now, you have 184 more to choose from.

Apple released iOS 9.1 for iPhone and iPad on Wednesday, and the update includes new wallpapers and support for Live Photos. But the most exciting update, of course, is the new emoji. Scrolling through your emoji keyboard can be overwhelming, so we’ve rounded them up here for you.

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There are some you’ve probably been waiting for (the middle finger, taco and burrito) but there are others we didn’t even know we wanted until this week (the unicorn and Vulcan Salute/Spock/Star Trek ones). Then there are few that imply much more than their face value, like the mysterious eye.

We’ve divided the full slate into categories, below, along with suggestions for how to use each.

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Slightly Smiling Face: When you’re feeling only slightly happy OR that awkward face you make when you see someone you know whose name you don’t remember.

Hugging Face: Use this to give someone a virtual hug.

Thinking Face: Use this to tell someone you’ll get back to them with an answer.

Face With Rolling Eyes: In case the Unamused Face (or what I call the side-eye emoji) isn’t getting your annoyance across, this over-the-top eye roll might suffice.

Zipper-Mouth Face: When you’re tired of telling someone to “Zip it.”

Nerd Face: The instant messaging days of typing out “nerd” with “8-B” are now over.

White Frowning Face: The perfect frown to emote complete and utter sadness and hopelessness.

Slightly Frowning Face: The perfect frown to emote half-complete and utter sadness and hopelessness.

Upside-down Face: When you’re feeling a little silly and/or tipsy and/or drunk.

Face With Thermometer: The universal sign of the upcoming flu season.

Face With Head-bandage: When you’re injured — metaphorically or physically — but functional enough to still text your status.

Money-mouth Face: C.R.E.A.M.

Robot Face: When you’re talking to a dude on Tinder who’s using pick-up lines and messages that sound like a broken record. Or robot.

Helmet With White Cross: The cross symbol on this helmet is used as a safety reminder in construction zones in Japan, according to Emojipedia. The helmet is also similar to the one worn by the Mega Man game character Met, who wears the hard hats for invincibility.

Sleuth or Spy: Use this to show you’re feeling a little sneaky.

Speaking Head in Silhouette: Use this to encourage someone to speak out, or to symbolize a rally or protest.

Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended: When a passive “K” isn’t enough, or you’re discussing the patriarchy.

Sign of the Horns: Is this a horn sign or a “rock on” sign? Do we know the difference anymore?

Raised Hand With Fingers Splayed: Use this to virtually high-five someone.

Raised Hand With Part Between Middle And Ring Fingers: The “Live Long and Prosper” Vulcan Salute from Star Trek first appeared in the “Amok Time” episode. Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock and popularized the hand gesture, was inspired by the way kohanim, the Hebrew word for priests, held their hands during a “priestly blessing,” a Jewish benediction. The gesture represents the Hebrew letter Shin.

Writing Hand: Does anyone actually write anymore? Haven’t they heard of emoji?

Eye: This eye is almost too realistic.

Dark Sunglasses: This is a slight change from the emoji face with sunglasses, so if you’re going for a minimal, effortless approach to “cool,” this is the one for you.

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Lion Face: The lion is said to have a timid face. Who knew the feline could show a less fierce side.

Unicorn Face: UNICORNS ARE REAL. THIS IS PROOF. In Silicon Valley, this one has even more meaning.

Chipmunk: Use this to show your post-wisdom-tooth-removal face.

Turkey: The No. 1 trending emoji on Thanksgiving.

Dove of Peace: Woodstock.

Crab: The indirect way of asking your Tinder match if they’ve been tested yet.

Spider, Spider Web, Scorpion: Use these to ask someone to help you kill a pesky bug in your room.

Thermometer: Cue Sean Paul’s “Temperature.”

Thunder Cloud with Rain, White Sun with Small Cloud, White Sun Behind Cloud, White Sun Behind Cloud with Rain, Cloud with Rain, Cloud with Snow, Cloud with Lightning, Cloud with Tornado, Fog: When someone’s too lazy to check the weather themselves, just take your pick.

Wind Blowing Face: A face blowing wind, or a face blowing … something else?

Umbrella: With all the new umbrella emoji, there are now five you can choose from, including the Umbrella With Raindrops emoji we already had.

Snowman: Unlike the snowman we already had, this one actually has snow falling around it.

Comet: This is way cooler than the shooting star emoji.

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Hot Pepper: It’s not Sriracha, but it’ll do. Use this to tell someone they’re hot, hot, hot, or that you want spicy food.

Cheese Wedge: How have we not had this before? It’s only like the best food group to ever exist.

Hot Dog: Yeah, this could symbolize the beloved American classic served at baseball games and on the Fourth of July, buuuut we know what you’re really thinking about.

Taco: Likewise, yes, tacos are most delicious during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Taco also compliments the hot dog, if that’s your thing.

Burrito: Chipotle and chill?

Popcorn: Netflix and chill?

Bottle With Popping Cork: FINALLY, a sign for an orgasm.

Fork and Knife With Plate: An upgrade from the emoji of just the fork and knife, this is the five-course meal of silverware emoji.

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Man in Business Suit Levitating: Apparently, the Webdings version of this emoji was “intended to be an exclamation mark in the style of the rude boy logo found on records by The Specials published under the 2 Tone Records label,” according to linguist Andrew West, who references a post by political cartoonist Jen Sorensen. This isn’t confirmed, but we will say it also reminds us a little of Rene Magritte’s Golconda.

Rosette: The history of this flower decoration dates back to its use in ancient art and sculptures.

Reminder Ribbon: The yellow ribbon has been used to show awareness for various causes across the globe. In the U.S., it has symbolized supporting the troops, in addition to other purposes. The U.S. and New Zealand have used the ribbon to represent suicide prevention. The Yellow Ribbon Project in Singapore was created to give ex-offenders a second chance at life.

Golfer: A hole in one!

Ice Skate: Use this when you want to hit the rink, or you’re feeling like an ice princess.

Skier: The old set of emoji gave us skis, but no one to ski on them. Now we have both.

Person with Ball: We had a basketball, but now we have someone to dribble it.

Weight Lifter: Now you have a response to all the people who ask, “Do you even lift, bro?”

Racing Car, Racing Motorcycle: When you feel the need for speed, choose one of these two.

Sports Medal: Use this to tell someone you placed at a sports event.

Cricket Bat and Ball, Volleyball, Field Hockey Stick and Ball, Ice Hockey Stick and Puck, Table Tennis Paddle and Ball, Badminton Racquet and Shuttlecock: Unicode, the lexicon of all emoji, aimed to include sports that were popular globally in version 8.0.

Admission Tickets: Handy for planning a night out at the movies.

Umbrella on Ground: You’ll notice below that there’s also an umbrella on the beach emoji. These are the same thing, aren’t they? Wrong. That one is at the beach, and this one is just on random ground somewhere else.

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World Map: We’re going to take a wild guess and say the use of physical maps has declined dramatically in the wake of smartphones and GPS devices. However, a folded map is a much more nostalgic way to say “road trip.”

Snow-capped Mountain: The Mount Fuji emoji we already had was almost a little too perfect. This one has a little edge.

Mountain: See above (without snow).

Camping: The daytime version of the tent emoji we already had.

Beach With Umbrella: What we’ll all be dreaming of come the next Snowpocalypse.

Desert: When someone is really, really thirsty.

Desert Island: Wilson!

National Park: We’re not sure which national park this is supposed to resemble, but we’re wondering how many stars it would get on Yelp.

Stadium: #Sports.

Classical Building: When you’re texting about, you know, ancient Greek temples or something.

Building Construction: Will be used daily by anyone who lives in a major city.

House Buildings: Suburbia, basically.

Cityscape: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of…

Derelict House Building: When you’re complaining to the landlord about your apartment.

Place of Worship: This emoji is inclusive of any building of worship for all faiths and religions. A Buddha was on Unicode 8.0’s list of potential emoji, but was “removed due to Unicode selection criteria which recommends against adding emoji of people or deities,” according to Emojipedia.

Kaaba: Muslims consider the Kaaba, also spelled ka’bah, to be the most sacred spot on Earth, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica. It’s a small shrine located near the center of the Great Mosque in Mecca, and Muslims orient themselves toward this building during the five daily prayers.

Mosque: A place of worship for followers of Islam.

Synagogue: A place of worship, assembly and study for followers of Judaism.

Shinto Shrine: A place of worship for followers of the Japanese indigenous religion, Shinto.

Motorway: If you look closely, you’ll notice a sign heading toward Cupertino, the home of Apple’s headquarters. Probably not a coincidence.

Railway Track: The set of many high school senior photo shoots … and movies about high school senior photo shoots.

Passenger Ship: The perfect emoji to reference Titanic or a cruise vacation.

Ferry: It’s only half a ferry, but ferries are half-fun anyway.

Motorboat: Ideal for sexting. Use this when you’re actually talking about a motorboat (noun), or use it when you want to motorboat (verb).

Small Airplane: We’re wondering if this was inspired by Jimbo, the talking airplane in the British cartoon series Jimbo and the Jet-Set.

Airplane Departure: Please fasten your seatbelts and prepare for takeoff.

Airplane Arriving: See above.

Satellite: Use this when you’re talking about space… or the NSA.

Hole: What you want to crawl into on Monday mornings. And maybe Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, too.

Shopping Bags: Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

Prayer Beads: More than two-thirds of the world’s population use prayer beads as part of religious practices, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, according to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Missouri. There are also different kinds of beads, such as mala, subha and rosary.

Skull and Crossbones: A skull emoji was already available, but the skull and crossbones is more for the “badass” vibe than the “actually dead” vibe.

Amphora: You might be tempted to just call this a vase, but the historical significance of this item goes way back. It’s an ancient vessel form that is one of the main shapes of Greek pottery, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica. The two types that differ in the way the neck meets the body, and date back as far as 900 B.C.

Frame With Picture: Not exactly a Cezanne, but it’ll do. Use this in your next ‘gram at the #museum.

Oil Drum: We have no idea when you would use this emoji, unless you’re planning to blow a place up on the set of an action film — or you’re planning a STOMP performance.

Bellhop Bell: When you’re still waiting for someone to respond to your text.

Sleeping Accommodation: A bed with a person (or where you want to be every weekday before noon).

Bed: A bed without a person (or where you probably actually are every weekday before noon).

Couch and Lamp: The setting of Netflix and chill.

Stopwatch, Timer Clock, Mantelpiece Clock: Use these to tell someone you’re in a time crunch.

Desktop Computer: This isn’t a PC, that’s for sure. This emoji represents an iMac.

Printer: Nag your coworkers for how much paper they waste.

Keyboard: Use this to tell your friend that you’re going to start Gchatting her instead of texting her.

Three Button Mouse: This mouse is a replica of Apple’s Magic Mouse.

Trackball: British electrical engineer Kenyon Taylor and his team invented the mouse’s predecessor in 1952 while working on the Royal Canadian Navy’s Digital Automated Tracking and Resolving (DATAR) project.

Film Projector: This is a slight tweak from the Movie Camera emoji.

Camera With Flash: How to nonchalantly ask someone to take a candid photo of you for your new profile pic.

Candle: How to tell someone their room smells.

Rolled-Up Newspaper: No, newspapers aren’t dying; they are immortal in emoji.

Ballot Box With Ballot: Kanye 2020.

Lower Left Fountain Pen, Lower Left Ballpoint Pen, Lower Left Paintbrush, Lower Left Crayon: Choose your writing tool wisely. From the fountain pen to the crayon, these range from super fancy and official to not so much.

Card Index Dividers, Card File Box, File Cabinet: Use this when you (or someone else) need to organize.

Spiral Note Pad: Use this to tell someone to take notes during a meeting.

Spiral Calendar Pad: Use this to tell someone to mark the date for an important event.

Linked Paperclips: Use this to ask your coworker to order more office supplies.

Wastebasket: Use this to passive agressively tell your roommate to clean the apartment.

Old Key: You’re able to tell a serious secret.

Pick, Hammer and Pick, Hammer and Wrench: Ask someone to put together IKEA furniture for you.

Gear: Use 20 of these if someone is grinding your gears.

Compression: Use this to tell someone the file they’re sending is way too big.

Alembic: This is a device used to distill chemicals.

Scales: Use this when you’re having a discussion about equality.

Chains: Tell your neighbor that her dog is getting in your garden. (Or for… other reasons.)

Dagger Knife, Crossed Swords, Shield, Bow and Arrow: How to choose your weapon of choice for the next Hunger Games.

Coffin: How you’re feeling on Monday morning.

Funeral Urn: How to tell your mom you accidentally knocked this off the mantelpiece.

Military Medal: Only use this in texts to those who hold the highest honor.

Film Frames: Netflix and chill. (As you’ve noticed throughout this guide, there are a lot of new emoji that can be used for Netflix and chill. Choose appropriately.)

Label: The sort of emoji you’d only use with a coworker.

Joystick: Use this to talk about gaming or bedroom games.

Studio Microphone: How to tell your parents the final season of American Idol is baaaaack.

Level Slider: Use this level slider to indicate volume or Photoshop tools.

Control Knobs: When you want to tell your friend you’re going to turn up at an EDM show.

Waving White Flag, Waving Black Flag: Surrender or start a texting war.

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Heavy Heart Exclamation Mark Ornament: Only use this for the people you love the most.

Right Anger Bubble: When you’re too angry for words, but you still need some way to express your rage.

Black Right-Pointing Double Triangle With Vertical Bar, Black Right-Pointing Triangle With Double Vertical Bar, Black Left-Pointing Double Triangle With Vertical Bar, Double Vertical Bar, Black Square for Stop, Black Circle for Record: When you’re discussing the Drake tracks you want to skip, pause, play, stop or record forever. But are there actually any Drake tracks you want to skip or stop?

Keycap Asterisk: In case a plain old regular * isn’t enough to sensor your expletives.

Fleur-De-Lis: Translated to “flower of the lily,” it has historically been used to signify French royalty. The symbol represents perfection, light and life. In some places, however, the flower could mean something else. In Louisiana, if slaves ran away, they were reportedly branded with the fleur-de-lis as punishment.

Atom Symbol: Use this to tell someone you need help with science homework.

Om Symbol: One of the most important spiritual symbols in Hinduism. Some scholars say the shape represents the syllables of om; the three is the Sanskrit letter for ‘ahh,’ that same three with the mini S on it is ‘oooh,’ and the bindhi and half-moon at the top are the ‘mmm.’

Menorah With Nine Branches: The menorah, or tree of lights, is a candelabra that holds nine candles. It is used during the Jewish holiday Hanukkah.

Star of David: This symbol is known in Hebrew as the Magen David, or Shield of David. It is generally recognized as the symbol of Judaism.

Wheel of Dharma: This is a symbol used to represent Buddhism and Buddhist teachings.

Yin Yang: This is a concept shared by various groups in Chinese philosophy. The earliest Chinese characters for yin and yang were found in inscriptions on “oracle bones” as early as the 14th century B.C.E., according to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Latin Cross: Also known as the Christian cross.

Orthodox Cross: This is similar to the Christian cross. The top bar is the sign that was hung over Christ’s head; the center bar is where Christ’s arms were nailed; the bottom bar is where his feet rested.

Star and Crescent: The crescent moon and star is often associated with Islam, as some Muslim nations have incorporated the symbol onto its flags. But some in the Muslim community reject it as a pagan symbol.

Peace Symbol: An alternative to the hand making a peace sign. Perfect for your hippie Instagrams.

Radioactive Sign: Use this when singing “Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I’m radioactive, radioactive.”

Biohazard Sign: Use this in response to people whose text conversations are a hazard to your brain cells.

Eye in Speech Bubble: This emoji’s meaning transcends the virtual space. It’s an anti-bullying symbol used in the I Am A Witness initiative and is meant to help bystanders and victims confront online harassment and support those who are bullied.

New Samsung SSD 950 Pro Can Read At Screaming Fast Speed Of 2500MB/Sec

Samsung has just unveiled the SSD 950 Pro which it calls the fastest mainstream SSD yet.

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This newest generation of consumer-ready solid-state drive from Samsung was introduced at the annual SSD summit in Seoul, South Korea.

The SSD 950 Pro touts to offer read speeds of up to 2,500 Mbps as well as write speeds as fast as 1,500 Mbps. In comparison with its predecessor, the well-received SSD 850 Pro, the new SSD is more than four times the read speed and almost three times the write speed.

The new SSD will likely be available from retailers in October. The 256 GB version will have a price tag of $199.99 and the 512GB version will be priced at $349.99.

“If you’re a heavy workload professional searching for an SSD with uncompromising power and performance, look no further. The next-generation Samsung 950 PRO delivers exceptional performance for professionals,” reads the product description of the new SSD on Samsung’s website.

This SSD 950 Pro comes with a 3D V-NAND (Vertical NAND) stacked Flash memory, employing the NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) as well as the PCIe (PCI Express Gen 3) interface technology. This gives a higher bandwidth along with a lower latency.

To date, a number of SSDs still use the older AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) technology. Intel developed the AHCI back in 2004 for traditional, spinning hard drives. While AHCI performs fine for classic hard drives, it was not meant for low latency NAND chips.

Samsung claims the SSD can endure 20G vibrations as well as 1500G (over .5 milliseconds) of physical impact, making it ideal for rugged devices.

Moreover, with the new SSD 950 Pro, users will expect the laptop’s battery lifespan to not quickly run out. This makes the new SSD suitable for carrying out engineering simulation or complicated data analysis on a laptop, while keeping maximum performance levels. In particular, the 950 Pro only uses 5.7 W at maximum workloads. Furthermore, it only consumes 2.0 milliwatts (mW) of power once the laptop is in standby mode. This is less than 50 percent the consumption of a SATA-interface 850 Pro in Device Sleep Mode.

To prevent overheating, the 950 Pro incorporates a Dynamic Thermal Throttling (DTT) technology, responsible in managing the device’s temperature.