Secret Why iPhone Camera Is One Of The Best Cameras: 800 Engineers, 200 Individual Parts

#Camera #CharlieRose – Secret Why iPhone Camera Is One Of The Best Cameras: 800 Engineers, 200 Individual Parts – The iPhone’s camera has been lauded by many smartphone enthusiasts as among the best snapper on a handset, but have you wondered why it is among the top-end ones in the space?

The secret as to why the iPhone’s camera is top notch has been revealed by none other than Apple Senior Director of Camera Hardware, Graham Townsend. Townsend spilled the beans in an interview to 60 Minutes’ Charlie Rose.

One of the contributing factors for the iPhone’s camera being among the best in the business is the battalion of people working on improving the technology. Apple deploys over 800 engineers to develop and improve the camera’s technology.

The iPhone 6s Plus, Townsend revealed has over 200 individual parts in a single module and also demonstrated to Rose how the company simulates varied conditions such as terrible lighting indoors to sunsets, to test the performance of the camera in the lab itself.

While the company’s rivals may also be conducting such tests, the factor working in Apple’s favor, and giving it an edge over competitors is the massive size of its teams who specialize in the field and make the feature a priority.

The lab is where Apple assesses the output of the iPhone’s camera, a driving feature of the product. Its engineers also test out the photographs taken from the camera in a slew of lighting scenarios. They then make the necessary calibrations to get the best shot possible.

Townsend also shared that the iPhone’s camera has four wires that are miniscule and are able to generate a “micro suspension” which basically shakes off and offsets the disturbances which can arise from the user’s hand movements. These wires are even thinner than human hair.

“This whole sus – autofocus motor here is suspended on four wires. And you’ll see them coming in. And here we are. Four – These are 40-micron wires, less than half a human hair’s width.

And that holds that whole suspension and moves it in X and Y. So that allows us to stabilize for the hand shake,”said Townsend.

For those wondering about the extent of effort Apple puts in to make the iPhone’s camera unmatchable – for capturing a single image – “24 billion operations going on,” per Townsend! Source: Techtimes

Samsung Galaxy A9 Is Now Official, Possesses Prowess To Deliver Performance Like Sony Xperia Z5, HTC One M9

#GalaxyA9 #Smartphones – Samsung Galaxy A9 Is Now Official, Possesses Prowess To Deliver Performance Like Sony Xperia Z5, HTC One M9 – The Samsung Galaxy A9, the newest smartphone in the Galaxy A series is now official. Its performance benchmarks have revealed that it can deliver performance like Sony Xperia Z5 and HTC One M9.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 that was announced in the previous week through a launch event in China comes with a massive Super AMOLED display of 6-inch.

It is capable of delivering a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The metal-clad handset that comes in colors like white, gold and pink boasts slimmer bezels of 2.74 mm, Fone Arena reported.

The Snapdragon 652 chipset is present under the hood of the Galaxy A9. It comprises of a 64-bit octa-core processor that works at 1.8 GHz along with Adreno 510 graphics. The Qualcomm chip is supported by 3 GB of RAM.

On AnTuTu benchmarks, the Samsung Galaxy A9 has scored 73,952. In comparison to high-end smartphones like Sony Xperia Z5 and HTC One M9 that are powered by Snapdragon 810 chipset and have scored 76,862 and 76,965, respectively, the Galaxy A9 has recorded an impressive score on AnTuTu, Phone Arena reported.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 features a native storage of 32 GB whereas the external storage supports up to 128 GB of microSD card.

The rear panel of the smartphone houses a f/1.9 aperture 13 MP shooter. It is equipped with features like Optical Image Stabilization and flash. The front-facing camera provided on the device is of 8 MP.

The Galaxy A9 will deliver Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box experience. The fingerprint scanner embedded under the Home button will work with Samsung Pay mobile payment service. As of this writing, there is no confirmation on its price and availability. Source: yibada

Samsung Gear VR Apps, Games And Demos: Best Immersive Experiences For Your VR Headset

#GearVR #App –  Samsung Gear VR Apps, Games And Demos: Best Immersive Experiences For Your VR Headset –  Virtual reality saw its rise this year, and companies here and there have been in a race to set a global standard.

Samsung has performed well in the market with the Samsung Gear VR. Its wearable tech saw an early success, going out of stock because of the immediate high demand.

As a result, developers have been racing to roll out virtual reality apps, games and demos for the headset. Here are some that are spot-on for the Samsung Gear VR:

Samsung Gear VR Games

Herobound: Spirit Champion ($10)

With Herobound: Spirit Champion, gameplay is sure to take hours. The game features a goblin in a quest to save the world, braving four areas with unique elemental motifs, including earth, water, air and fire. It’s chock-full of various puzzles and fights that’ll keep players at the edge of their seats.

Throughout the adventure, players will be able to upgrade moves and weapons, gain powers and collect items to help with battles and puzzles.

Although you won’t be looking through the eyes of your goblin hero, it’s still a pretty good take on virtual reality gaming. However, a Bluetooth controller is more or less necessary to fully enjoy the game.

Players can get their hands on the free demo Herobound: First Steps to test the waters first. 

Land’s End ($10)

Created by the makers behind Monument Valley, Land’s End delivers a similar, breathtaking puzzle experience. It’s a relaxing and almost therapeutic game, where the player will connect dots to go from point A to point B in serene and spectacular sceneries.

On top of that, the soundtrack creates a soothing atmosphere. This is definitely one of the titles that make the most out of the Samsung Gear VR.

EVE: Gunjack ($15)

If sci-fi shooters in virtual reality are your thing, then EVE: Gunjack will absolutely satisfy your craving for them.

Completely developed based on Unreal Engine 4, the game offers an exceptional and immersive first-person shooter. The player’s main objective is to defend the rig from enemy spaceships that are out to steal the company’s valuables, shooting each one down and collecting power-ups along the way.

With the impressive graphics, EVE: Gunjack is easily the first true AAA game in the virtual reality scene.

Samsung Gear VR Apps

Samsung Internet for Gear VR

Flickr VR is an app that can instantly “transport” a user somewhere else in a snap.

With thousands of community-uploaded 360-degree photos, the user will be able to view lots of different places in virtual reality, including the Aurora Borealis and the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River, to name a few.


Vrse is a video-playing app that demonstrates the possibilities of immersion in virtual reality coupled with a compelling narrative.

While the content is still not up to speed, the current repository makes up for it with the high-quality and informative 360-degree videos it offers, including documentary-style “Walking New York,” “Clouds Over Sidra” and many others..

Samsung Gear VR Demos

“Striving for Greatness”

Directed by virtual reality studio Felix & Paul and developed by Uninterrupted and Oculus Studios, “Striving for Greatness” is a twelve-minute documentary that features none other than the basketball star LeBron James.

The video shows James training and getting interviewed with his trainers.

Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana

Take a front seat in one of the most popular live performances in Vegas at the comfort of your own home as Cirque du Soleil’s “Zarkana” has gone virtual. You’ll get to watch the theatrical circus group perform onstage, which is just perfect if you don’t have the time to see them or the extra cash to buy tickets.

Bonus: Temple Run VR (Free)

Yes, Temple Run VR is real, and it’s on the list of the best VR mobile games too.

The game, as everybody is probably familiar with, features a runner on an endless track. When it was ported to the virtual reality platform, the player’s perspective was simply changed from third-person to a first-person view.

At first glance, it might not seem much. Still, the switch made quite an impact on the gameplay, delivering quite an exciting experience – especially when you look back and see the demonized, angry gorillas chasing you!

These entries should open up more ways for you to enjoy your Samsung Gear VR. With the rapid growth of games and apps for virtual reality, it’s a good time to start jumping on the bandwagon. Source: Techtimes


Samsung Galaxy S7 Release in February at MWC 2016; To Pack Iris Scanner?

#GalaxyS7 #Release – Samsung Galaxy S7 Release in February at MWC 2016; To Pack Iris Scanner? – Samsung Galaxy S7 release date is reportedly slated in February at the Mobile World Congress happening on Feb. 22-25, 2016.

The new Samsung Galaxy S7 release date rumors were prompted by an internal presentation from world’s largest carrier China Mobile.

One of the slides showed that the handset will be launched in February next year, according to Slashgear. Based on Samsung’s track record, the smartphone will be available for sale a month after its launch.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge released earlier this year were announced in March and were available for sale in April. The 10-month cycle is nothing unusual for the South Korean tech giant, which is eager to introduce a myriad of devices throughout the year.

Samsung Galaxy S7 is not the first smartphone leaked by the network China Mobile. The same presentation revealed Apple’s iPhone 6C release date in April 2016, according to MyDrivers.

Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S7 is reportedly more expensive than its predecessor as the new generation of Galaxy S line will include an iris scanner, according to Android Headlines.

Android Origin reported that Samsung Galaxy S7 will make use of magnesium alloy to make the smartphone’s body more durable.

It is also one of the best materials in dissipating heat, which is the same concept used by Apple in iPhones. Apple makes use of a combination of zinc and magnesium with aluminum.

Other Samsung Galaxy S7 alleged specs and features leaked online thanks to AnTuTu benchmark. Based on the benchmark, the handset will be powered by Snapdragon 820 chipset contrary to the previous reports that the handset will be equipped with Exynos 8890 processor.

The processor will be paired with 4GB of RAM, which is above current standards.Other purported features of Samsung Galaxy S7 are 5.7-inch display, 16MP rear-facing camera, and a 5MP front-facing camera.

These features are slightly below the previously reported specifications of the handset. Previous rumors claimed that the smartphone will pack a 5.8-inch screen panel and 20MP ISOCELL rear-facing camera. Source: yibada

Man Accused Of Smashing Tesla Motors Inc Windshield Issued Summons

#Tesla #Auburn – Man Accused Of Smashing Tesla Motors Inc Windshield Issued Summons : The Tesla brand has become very popular over the last few years, so, even small news related to it gets a big coverage. This happened last week when a windshield of a 2015 Tesla car was smashed. The man accused of doing it with his bare fist during a road rage incident will be summoned to court on a property destruction charge, says Auburn Police.

Tesla windshield smashed with bare hands

Police have not revealed the name of the man as he has not been charged yet, says a report from the Boston Herald. “They had some disagreement,” Auburn police Detective Sgt. Richard Mills said. “The suspect followed him to the next set of lights.”

According to police, a man ran a Tesla driver off the road around the Auburn Mall around 1:15 p.m. Saturday. The man then chased the Tesla on Route 12, and on the “next set of lights,” he reportedly got out of his Toyota Tacoma, walked over to the electric car, and smashed the Tesla’s windshield with his hand, the police said.

Two young children were inside the car then. “He gave a statement. He said he was having a bad day. He said, ‘I made a mistake. I know I shouldn’t have done it.’ He wants to pay for it,” Mills said on Sunday.

Facebook helped track down suspect

The Tesla owner was not a local and was probably using Tesla’s Supercharger station at the mall, Mills said. The driver took a photo of the truck when it was fleeing the scene. Auburn police then posted that photo on Facebook. Tips on social media helped police track the suspect to Charlton.

It is believed that the man has admitted to smashing the Tesla’s windshield. As per police, the driver will be summoned to the Worcester Central District on a future date on a charge of wanton destruction of property over $250. On Dec. 24, Tesla stock closed up 0.38% at $230.57. Year to date, the stock is up by almost 4%, while in the last one month, it is down by almost 1%. Source: Valuewalk

Xiaomi Mi 5 video and press images leak online

#XiaomiMi5 #Smartphone – Xiaomi Mi 5 video and press images leak online : Xiaomi Mi 5 video and press images leak online – A bunch of press renders have disclosed Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi 5 flagship smartphone showing various colour variants of the handset.

According to the new press renders, the Mi 5 has four different colours including Black, Gold, Pink, and White. As leaked before, the Mi 5 can be seen sporting a 2.5D curved glass display and 3D glass covering the back panel.

A separate video leak claiming to display the Mi 5 smartphone has also emerged on the Internet. In the 27-seconds video posted on Weibo, the Mi 5 can be seen positioned on a wooden dock and a user is seen briefly browsing the handset’s interface.

Based on previous leaks, the Mi 5 sports a 5.2-inch display with either full-HD or QHD resolution and will be driven by a Snapdragon 820 SoC. The handset is rumored to come in two RAM and storage versions – 3GB of RAM with 32GB inbuilt storage, and 4GB of RAM with 64GB storage.

On the camera front, the Mi 5 is said to pack a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 13-megapixel front-facing camera. It is also supposed to be powered by a 3600mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 tech. The handset is alleged to run MIUI 7 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The 32GB inbuilt storage and 3GB RAM variant is priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly $ 307.09), the 64GB inbuilt storage and 4GB RAM is priced at CNY 2,299 (roughly $ 353.99). Source: delhidailynews

Apple Sales To Dip In 2016 With No Brand New Products: Analysts

#Company #Sales – Apple Sales To Dip In 2016 With No Brand New Products: Analysts – Apple is following up 2015’s year of big releases with what industry experts believe will be a year of flat sales as the company tweaks and polishes its product line instead of launching the next big thing.

In fact, the company’s value has been slashed over $220 billion by Wall Street analysts due to the smartphone market’s saturation. This follows the company launching the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, and Apple Watch during the past year.

In fact, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty recently projected that next year will be the first one in which iPhone sales decrease. She projected a 3 percent drop. Analysts at KGI Securities and Pacific Crest have made similar forecasts.

Other analysts have been more upbeat about 2016. Ian Dawson of Jack Daw Research has predicted that Apple’s sales will keep growing, but is less optimistic about the iPad due to struggling sales in the tablet market.

The Apple Watch helped Tim Cook’s company to enter the wearables market with $1.7 billion in sales within just six months. In fact, it leapfrogged companies such as Sony and Samsung.

Apple also rolled out an upgraded Apple TV and 12-inch iPad Pro. Meanwhile, Apple Music has 8 million subscribers, which could increase to 20 million by the end of 2016.

Argus Insights CEO John Feland predicts that Apple will start to focus on smart homes rather than mobile devices, according to News. He believes that the company might vanquish competitors who have failed to produce Internet of Things (IoT) products that earn high sales figures.

However, other mobile devices are also in the works for next year. The iPhone 7 will be the most anticipated release, although there could also be a new Apple Watch, upgraded MacBook, and another iPad Pro, according toTechnoBuffalo. Source: yibada

ASRock Announces its Intel C232 Chipset Motherboards

#ASRock #Intel – ASRock Announces its Intel C232 Chipset Motherboards – Intel’s Xeon E3-1200 series processors were pretty popular since their performance is somewhat close to Core i7 processors, but cost way much less. However, earlier Intel has decided to make these new Xeon E3-1200 v5 processors exclusive to Intel C232 chipset platforms, meaning that it won’t work on your average Z170/H170/B150/H110 chipset motherboards. On the bright side, ASRock will release two Intel C232 chipset based motherboards after Christmas to match the CPU with the best value, Intel’s E3-1230 v5. The first one will be ASRock Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC for gamers, and the second one a workstation motherboard ASRock E3V5 WS.

Aside from lacking Intel onboard graphics, which game addicts with fancy graphics cards won’t miss a bit, ASRock Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC makes a wonderful gaming rig. It’s fully equipped with Gaming Armor, Super Alloy features, ASRock Hyper BCLK Engine, and the rule breaking DDR4 Non-Z OC that enhances the system’s overall performance. Both ordinary DDR4 memory modules and ECC memory DIMMs are supported. And of course, features like Key Master, Fatal1ty mouse port and F-Stream aren’t missing either.

Meanwhile ASRock E3V5 WS is a workstation motherboard that is specifically designed for content creators. Akin to its gaming oriented counterpart, it also lacks support for Intel’s integrated graphics, but supports both ordinary DDR4 memory modules, ECC memory DIMMs, and also AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro high-end graphics cards instead. Moreover, the onboard Intel I219LM LAN chip provides server grade internet connections, plus it allows this workstation motherboard to support server operating systems.

For more details about these boards, visit this page.

Android 6.0, 6.0.1 Marshmallow OTA Update Status For Moto G (2015), Moto E (2015), Moto X Style, Moto X Pure (2015), Droid Turbo 2, Moto X (2014), Moto G (2014), Moto E (2014)

#Marshmallow #Smartphones – Android 6.0, 6.0.1 Marshmallow OTA Update Status For Moto G (2015), Moto E (2015), Moto X Style, Moto X Pure (2015), Droid Turbo 2, Moto X (2014), Moto G (2014), Moto E (2014) – Motorola is now rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for various smartphones like Moto G (2015), Moto E (2015), Moto X Style, Moto X Pure (2015), Droid Turbo 2, Moto X (2014), Moto G (2014), and Moto E (2014).

Moto X Pure (2015), Moto X Style (2015), Moto X (2014)

The Android 6.0 soak test for Moto X Pure Edition (2015) users had stated in November. The Android 6.0 upgrade is now available through carriers like Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular in the U.S.

Moto X Style owners in Brazil and India have received the latest software in November. For Moto X Style users in Europe, the upgrade in the beginning weeks of this month.

In the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil and India, the Moto X (2014) users are now receiving the Android M update, Android Central reported.  Since it is an OTA update, it may take more time for some users to get to access to it.

Motorola Droid Turbo 2

The Motorola Droid Turbo 2 Employee Edition smartphone that is exclusively available for Verizon staff in the U.S. is now receiving Android 6.0 update. The regular edition of Droid Turbo 2 is likely to receive the upgrade soon, Droid-Life reported.

Moto G (2015) And Moto G (2014)

The Moto G (Gen 3) users are now currently receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade. The official Motorola blog post has stated that the Moto G (2014) and Moto G 4G LTE (2014) are eligible to receive Android 6.0.

Moto E (2015)

Initially the Moto E (2015) was not included in the list of Motorola smartphones eligible for Android 6.0. However, Moto E (2015) was added to the list at the start of this month.

Hence, it is expected to receive the upgrade soon in 2016. There is no confirmation whether Motorola will release Android 6.0 update for Moto E (2014).

The Moto X Play, Moto X Force and Droid Maxx 2 smartphones that released this year is to receive Android 6.0 upgrade. Also, other Motorola smartphones that are eligible to receive the latest Android software but haven’t received yet include Droid Turbo (2014) and Moto Maxx (2014).

As of this writing, there is no information on the availability of Android 6.0.1 update for any of the aforementioned Motorola devices. Source: yibada

Xiaomi Mi 5 Release Date Imminent As Genuine Press Renders, Video Surface; Smartphone To Arrive In Pink, Gold, White And Black

#XiaomiMi5 #Smartphones – Xiaomi Mi 5 Release Date Imminent As Genuine Press Renders, Video Surface; Smartphone To Arrive In Pink, Gold, White And Black – The Xiaomi Mi 5 flagship smartphone is under the wraps, but its release seems close at hand as press renders that shows the smartphone in multiple colors and a video of the actual handset have surfaced.

The most recent renders of the Xiaomi Mi 5 suggests the smartphone will be available in numerous color options such as black, white, pink and gold, Times News UK reported. The new photos again indicate that the smartphone will be sporting a metallic build.

The physical Home button that can be seen placed below the display is rumored to feature a fingerprint scanner.  Xiaomi is yet to reveal an announcement date for its much awaited flagship smartphone. Also, the handset is yet to receive approval from TENAA certification body.

The leaked video of the Xiaomi Mi 5 shows the smartphone sitting on a wooden dock.  It’s a short video clip of less than 30 seconds that shows the swift performance of the smartphone.

Rumors have it that the Xiaomi Mi 5 will be arriving with a 5.2 inch Quad HD display. It will be fueled by Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4 GB of RAM.

It will be coming with a rear camera of 16 MP along with dual LED flash. At the front, it will be housing an 8 MP camera. It will arrive in two internal storage sizes and will feature a massive battery of 3,030 mAh.

As far as pricing is concerned, speculations suggest that the starting model will cost 1999 Yuan, around $309 according to current exchange rates, Phone Arena reported. Xiaomi is also expected to release a larger version of MI 5 with the moniker Xiaomi Mi 5 Plus. Source: yibada