Dropbox app on Windows phones and tablets

Just over a couple of months after the company entered into a new partnership with Microsoft, Dropbox has announced that its cloud storage app is now available for Windows phones and tablets.

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The company is claiming that the new apps will offer all the standard features, which means that you can use them to automatically back up your photos to the cloud storage service, mark files as favorites so you can access them even while offline, as well as access both your personal and work accounts at once.

The phone version also includes some Windows-specific abilities: you can pin any Dropbox folder to your Start screen for quick and easy access. The new app is available for download on Windows phones (8.0 or higher) as well as Windows devices running on Windows RT or Windows 8.1.


Apple iPhone 6 Plus teardown reveals subtle differences from iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6 Plus Differences from iPhone 6

On the outside, the iPhone 6 Plus looks like just a scaled up iPhone 6, but the internal hardware tells a different story. The phones are very similar but far from identical.

Relocated Home button cable makes repairs easier: Luckily, cracking open the iPhone 6 Plus is identical to cracking open the regular iPhone 6, which means it’s easier to open than previous iPhones. You still need to remove the two Pentalobe screws along the bottom edge with a special screwdriver, but Apple relocated the ribbon cable on the Home button, which means you no longer have to worry about tearing it when popping open the front panel.

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Very similar, but not identical to iPhone 6: The overall, internal hardware layout is the same as on the iPhone 6. There’s a speaker and Lightning connector assembly at the bottom, battery along the left side, motherboard along the right, and the camera assembly at the top. Attached to the front panel are the display, front camera and sensors, earpiece speaker and the Home button. There’s also a new metal plate that sits behind the screen.

Different system boards: Not only is the iPhone 6 Plus’ system board different from older iPhones, it’s also different from the board in the regular iPhone 6. Unfortunately the two boards do have one thing in common, the metal shields that cover most of the phone’s chips are soldered in place.

Different vibration mechanisms: The vibration mechanisms on the iPhone 6 Plus and regular iPhone 6 are different and located in different spots.
Different external speakers: The external speakers are also different.
Much bigger battery: The Plus’ 11.1 Watt/hour battery is significantly larger than the regular iPhone 6’s 6.91 Watt/hour unit.

Don’t judge a book by its cover

As with the regular iPhone 6, if you only looked at the 6 Plus on the outside, you would miss some really interesting and important design changes that lurk inside the phone.

Specs of Lumia 940 are Rumored

Microsoft seems to be planning to return with a vengeance. Its upcoming flagship will use the popular Lumia branding, specifically the Lumia 940. Screenshots of the device have circulated recently. But, while we can’t really guarantee the validity of these new images, the rumoured specs do seem believable.

Unfortunately, Microsoft may eschew the more popular Quad HD screen resolution and it will stay with the more common Full HD resolution on its 5-inch display. Obviously, any flagship model is expected to feature Quad HD resolution, although the immense sharpness will no longer deliver visually discernible differences compared to the current 1080p resolution. It is also interesting to note that the display will be protected with Gorilla Glass 4 layer, which hasn’t been confirmed by Corning itself. With 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM, the new flagship won’t be underpowered at all.

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Camera will likely be the best feature of the 940, since the 24Mp sensor is based on the PureView technology. It could record 4k videos at 60fps. The 5Mp front-facing shooter should be able to record at 1080 resolution. Weighing 149 grams and measuring at 8.9mm thick, the Lumia 940 should be reasonably light and compact.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Next Big Thing Is Here The Samsung Galaxy S 5 and the features are out of this world. S Health helps you track your fitness goals the 16 megapixel camera gives you crisp photos and the 5.1-inch HD Super AMOLED display lets you see it all in stunning high definition. Enjoy bright images and full HD video on the go with this crisp oversized screen and rich color display with resolution of 1920 x 1080. Experience the most-loved features of Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) – sleek simplicity and speed. Capture high-resolution pictures with the rear-facing camera and take all the selfies you want plus video chat to your hearts content with the 2 megapixel front-facing camera with the new 16 megapixel camera. Put the 2.5GHz quad-core processor to work to do more of the things you love. The Qualcomm Snapdragon processor gives you breathtaking speed jaw-dropping graphics and long battery life. Use the heart rate sensor and S Health to measure your heart rate from your phone. Chart your workouts calories and more with the S Health fitness tracker. Dont sweat the small stuff. With an IP67 certification the Galaxy S5 is resistant to sweat rain liquids sand and dust. Use HD Voice capabilities to experience crystal-clear call quality with reduced background noise while calling another HD Voice-enabled phone on the Sprint network.

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on sale today in 22 more countries

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch is spreading across the globe, with Apple putting its newest smartphones on sale in more than 20 new countries starting today.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and its bigger brother the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus first went on sale last Friday , selling an impressive 10 million in their first weekend on sale . That was in the US, the UK, Australia, Japan, and six other countries or regions. Today sees Apple bring its newest tech to a host of new territories, including Italy, Taiwan and Turkey.

Thanks to the miracle of time zones, New Zealand is the first of the second-wave of countries to get its mitts on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, available to Kiwis from NZ$999 and NZ$1,149 respectively.

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Apple’s new smartphones live up to their famous name, with both qualifying for “Outstanding” ratings in our in-depth reviews. Nevertheless, the launch of the new mobiles has been marred by several high-profile woes for Apple , including a glitch-riddled iOS 8 update that’s since been pulled, and the news that some owners of the 6 Plus are finding them bending in their pockets. Apple yesterday poured water on the “bendgate” scandal , saying that since going on sale, only nine customers had contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus.

The full list of countries where the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are on sale from today is as follows: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

iPhone 6 Plus VS Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G3

The days of Android fanboys and fangirls mercilessly mocking the 4-inch Apple iPhone screen are over. The 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6 Plus (and to a lesser extent the 4.7-inch iPhone 6) smash the iPhone screen record, and in doing so, start competing toe-to-toe with today’s top big-screen phones.

LG’s 5.5-inch G3 and Samsung’s freshly unveiled Galaxy Note 4 (and kooky Note 4 Edge) rise to the top in terms of stature and specs. Here’s how Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus compares.

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Metal versus plastic

Apple’s iPhone continues to favor aluminum craftsmanship, while the Note 4 adds a metal frame. The LG G3, meanwhile, sticks with a lighter plastic construction for its phone housing.

Screen resolution

One of the major differences among these phones comes down to the screen resolution. The iPhone 6 Plus has the same 5.5-inch display size as the LG G3, but is the only one of the three to use a 1080p resolution display instead of the more pixel-packed Quad HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.

As a result, the iPhone 6 Plus’ pixel density is significantly lower than both those of the Note 4 and the G3. When we hold the screens side by side we expect to see that difference on content that supports ultrarich detail, like 4K videos and photos.

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Camera

The megapixel war rages on among most handset makers, pushing up the number of pixels captured to 13 and 16 megapixels. Apple (and separately, HTC) takes a different tack, keeping megapixels steady at 8 for the rear camera and 1.2 for the front.

Any camera buff will tell you that megapixels don’t matter nearly as much as other photo-processing elements, like how well a camera handles light, noise, and focus. Apple is certainly banking on this, though we’ll have to analyze image quality in a full-blown camera test.

Optical image stabilization, rather than digital, is another big deal, one that makes smartphone cameras a lot more like dSLRs. All three supersize phones use it (but not the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6.)

Price

It’s a little trickier to compare pricing without all the details (Samsung Galaxy Note 4), but it’s safe to say that it should cost about the same as last year’s Note 3 — about $250 or $300 on-contract in the US and $600 off; about £400 in the UK, and AU$1,000 in Australia.

The LG G3 is likely the most affordable of the bunch, offering some pretty enviable specs in the process.

More to come

We haven’t spent much time with the iPhone 6 Plus, and the Galaxy Note 4 is still weeks away from its own ship date, but check back with CNET for even more comparisons as we get our review units side by side.

Will a larger screened iPhone 6 still fit comfortably in one hand

Leaked photos examined by blog site uSwitch imply Apple may enlarge the screen of its next iPhone but keep the device small enough to use with one hand.

Apple’s anticipated iPhone 6 will reportedly adopt a 4.7-inch screen to lure in consumers craving big-screened phones. Does that mean you’ll need two hands to work and play with the larger phone? Not according to a report released Friday by tech blog and product comparison site uSwitch.

Giving the iPhone 6 a bigger screen almost implies that the phone itself will also have to grow in size. If so, the downside is that a larger phone might not fit as comfortably in one hand as do the current 5S and 5C models. Users, especially those of us with small fingers, might have to use two hands to reach the top of the touchscreen or the bottom area near the home button.

But an analysis of “exclusive photos” of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 garnered by uSwitch along with leaks from known Apple leaker Sonny Dickson suggest that Apple has cooked up some ways to keep the expected iPhone 6 small despite its larger screen.

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In one photo examined by uSwitch, the area of the iPhone 6 near the home button seems to have been reduced in size when compared with the same area on the the iPhone 5S. Other photos appear to show that Apple has also employed smaller bezels on the sides of the screen to further keep the phone small enough to fit in your hand and your pocket.

Based simply on leaked photos, information like this should always be taken with a grain of salt. But uSwitch has tried to add some credibility to its data by pointing to a code called “6G” on the iPhone screens that it analyzed. According to supply-chain sources and iPhone repairers in the UK, putting the letter G after the model phone number is a common naming convention, as the iPhone 4 was known as the iPhone 4G and the iPhone 5 as the 5G.

Of course, the photos may still not be the real deal, which means the information about a small but big-screened iPhone 6 might not be credible.

However, one of the problems with big-screened phones is their overall size, often requiring the use of two hands to work them. Trying to top the competition with its own large-screened phone, Apple could have easily played around with the size to make sure that the 4.7-inch iPhone fits snugly for those of us who still prefer the one-handed approach.

iPhone 6 Could Have Sapphire Protected Display

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Apple has recently sent the first shipment of sapphire components from the manufacturing plant in Arizona to the final assembly line in China. This seems to support previous rumors that the next iPhone will be equipped with sapphire panels. A few months ago, Apple and GT Advanced Technologies opened a plant in Arizona to produce specific sapphire components. The facility runs about a hundred sapphire furnaces in Q1 2014 and hundreds more will be operational later this year.

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Sapphire panels are an alternative to Corning Gorilla Glass panel and it could protect specific parts of the iPhone from scratches. At the moment, the iPhone 5S has its home button and camera lens protected by sapphire; but not its display. Sapphire is tougher to break and less prone to physical damage compared to toughened glass.

Rumors also run rampant about additional implementations of sapphire panels. It has been suggested that sapphire will be usable for solar panels.  This should allow iPhone to recharge with sunlight. The alleged Apple iWatch could also use sapphire and only time will tell what other implementations the company will do. After all, sapphire is the second toughest material after diamond.

iPhone 6 Could Be Thinner Than 7mm

It has been a while since first alleged component of iPhone 6 came straight from the assembly lines in China. The latest leak seems to show us the rear part of the upcoming 4.7-inch handset and it appears to be quite similar to early dummy units. There a couple of separated areas at the top and bottom. Overall, the photo indicates a larger device. This time, the alleged iPhone 6 seems to be constructed completely of metal material, eschewing the metal-glass structure of previous iPhone models.

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To maintain the current aspect ratio and pixel density of iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6 could have 1704 x 906 screen resolution. Other things to expect are improved cameras, more powerful A8 64-bit processor and smoother implementation of TouchID fingerprint scanner.

As we can see, the iPhone 6 could be somewhat thinner compared to current iPhone models and rumors on an Apple smartphone model with sub-7mm thickness could become a reality. The slim iPhone 6 may arrive on September this year, followed by a phablet like model with 5.5-inch display. Overall, both devices should be ready for sale during the peak of holiday season this year. At the same time period, we would see the release of multiple Quad HD Android smartphone models.