HTC merges VR and smartphone departments in the US, lays off employees in the process

Despite being far from bad, the HTC U11 couldn’t help the Taiwanese company in avoiding financial deficit
HTC is definitely not in its best shape, but things seem to be getting even worse. Just a mere week after Chialin Chang resigned as president of HTC’s smartphone business, the Taiwanese company has reportedly laid off a big part of its US team, leaving only employees responsible for the company’s global affairs.
This is just another drop in the ocean of bad news regarding the company. HTC had a pretty …

I'm the guy who makes quips in the elevator when no one else can fit and here's my artistic process


Hey. You may recognize me as the guy who makes hilarious jokes in an elevator once it reaches maximum capacity. But there’s more to it than meets the eye.

This is my process.

What I typically do upon waking up in the morning is just congratulate myself in the mirror for being who I am. I’m hilarious, I deserve this, and I am solely responsible for the satisfaction of the American workforce. You can do this too, just make sure your neighbors don’t hear you or they’ll try to come up with a scheme to get you evicted, like when my neighbors told our landlord I was housing 43 long-haired dachshunds in my apartment. Read more…

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Samsung starts production of SoC chips using second generation 10nm process

Samsung has announced today that it has started churning out chipsets made using the company’s second generation 10nm process. Samsung hasn’t  made any specific announcement, but there is a good chance that this second generation process will be employed in the production of the Snapdragon 845 chipset and the next version of the Exynos SoC. Both of these chips are expected to drive specific versions of the Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in 2018

The new generation manufacturing technique uses 10LPP (Low Power Plus) which raises the performance …

Angelina Jolie says 'Vanity Fair' mischaracterized new film's audition process


Director Angelina Jolie has faced a round of criticism since a July 26 Vanity Fair story described an audition process that many felt exploited the children trying out for the lead role of her upcoming film, First They Killed My Father.

But Jolie says the story took the casting process out of context, turning a well-thought-out audition into a ploy that seemed cruel and unusual. 

The Vanity Fair story describes the process by which — according to the author — Jolie’s casting director tried to find the right child for the part. The kids they brought in weren’t professional actors, but children from “orphanages, circuses, and slum schools,” who had “experienced hardship.”  Read more…

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Sprint opens Twice the Price store, trolling Verizon in the process

Sprint today opened a very unusual pop-up store in New York, calling it Twice the Price. The main purpose of this store is to inform customers that Sprint is offering unlimited monthly data, text, and calls for just $22.50 per line (with 4 lines), while Verizon is charging twice the price for that. You can go here to see exactly how Sprint’s Unlimited plan compares to similar plans from Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

Sprint’s Twice the Price store can be visited at 69-43 Grand Avenue, Flushing, New York, 11378. The store is open only today, July 21, until 7 PM, …

Snapdragon 845 could be Qualcomm's next high end chipset, made using 7nm process

Last month, we told you that Samsung and TSMC were chomping at the bit, each hoping to be designated a manufacturer of the next flagship Qualcomm chipset expected to be called the Snapdragon 845. Using the 7nm process, this SoC should be found inside next year’s high-end handsets with the Samsung Galaxy S9 getting first crack at employing it. Rumors have the chip rolling off the line early next year, which suggests that Samsung will return to its regular time frame next year and introduce its next flagship at MWC 2018. The annual conference will take place in 2018 starting on February 26th and …

Deca-core Helio X30 rises against Snapdragon 835 with 10nm process, PowerVR graphics

China is now the biggest phone market in the world, and MediaTek chipsets power a lot of the new phones outed there. That leaves the local chip giant in an enviable position, and stimulates it to strike above and beyond in order to keep up with the Snapdragon and Exynos processors in this world, not mention the Kirins.

Imagination Technologies just announced that MediaTek’s Helio X30 – essentially the third chipset produced with the latest 10nm process – will feature its PowerVR GPU inside. The 10nm node offers increased performance at a fraction of the power consumption …

BlackBerry business application development and its process

There are countless BlackBerry apps serving to different purposes. Some have partial use such as for music, entertainment, gaming, etc. while others are known as BlackBerry business applications. Over the years, categories of apps have increased in numbers and each one has several apps; many of them have grown very popular among BlackBerry smartphone users. BlackBerry’s all devices are primarily known for sending and receiving internet e-mail through mobile and this ability rendered this device popular among global business communities. BlackBerry’s first smartphone was launched in 2002. It had features supporting web browsing, text message, push-email and other wireless services.

Early smartphones by RIM were based on Intel processors. With technological advancement, newer BlackBerry devices such as BlackBerry Curve and BlackBerry Bold now come with XScale processors. BlackBerry is based on different technology, e.g. – the OS uses single IPD file for storing its data in database that makes the performance of Phone faster than others.

The OS in BlackBerry devices is multitasking. RIM designed this OS for managing various input devices like track wheel, track ball and track pad. BlackBerry also provides support to Java MIDP, WAP, comprehensive wireless synch and activations with exchanging task, email, calendar, contacts, and note. Another stunning feature loved by most of the BlackBerry developers is BlackBerry API support. With help of Java API, Widget API or Administration API, BlackBerry programmer can work on high-end BlackBerry applications for business operations.

BlackBerry devices work on the most stable operating system. Due to this stability, BlackBerry devices can support to a range of business application developments. If you hire expert BlackBerry developers, you can acquire truly successful app because expert developers often follow following steps to develop a BlackBerry app:

Understanding BlackBerry Platform

BlackBerry platform is based on Java, facilitating the developers with 2 SDK alternatives. The first one is APIs. APIs are specific to BlackBerry. The second one is MIDP/CLDC. The first one allows flexible BlackBerry business application development.

Conceptualization the Idea

Success of an app depends on seriousness of conceptualizing the Idea. Choose unique concept and before beginning the development, go for intense research. Your idea should be business oriented too.

Simple but attractive User Interface

Design as simple as possible interface but do not forget to add aesthetic aspects. In many cases, very ordinary interface has been reason of failure of the application. Developers have to keep proper balance between functionalities and attractiveness of application.

Application Testing and Support

First test the application on simulator and then in actual device. Testing helps developers assure the performance of application. Developers can take help of eBooks, guides and forums to understand what a nicety BlackBerry business application development is.

Price according to utility and demand

If your application is not free to download, decide an appropriate price that well matches with the utility and demand of the app. For a better idea about price, search similar apps in the market and decide price accordingly.

Post Sales services

Many developers lack in providing on-time post sales services. Developers should provide prompt post sales service and respond to customers queries as soon as possible. All actions should depend on feedback provided by users.

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