Delayed iPhone 5SE, iPad Air 3 release dates as Apple moved rumored intro to March 22?

[image src=”” style=”img-polaroid”][/image]#iPhone5se #iPadAir3 – Delayed iPhone 5SE, iPad Air 3 release dates as Apple moved rumored intro to March 22? – Apple has reportedly moved its scheduled March 15 event a week later, which likely could delay the planned release dates of both the iPhone 5SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Air 3. Reports from Asia indicate that Apple employees have been instructed of the pushed back rollout.

From March 15, the rumored 5SE and new iPad unveiling will instead be staged March 22, suggesting too that the earlier reported commercial debut of both devices three days after will be delayed as well. In relation to the upcoming event, “Apple employees have been asked to keep the days around March 22 free,” Apple Insider reported.

The news story was sourced from Japanese blog MacOtakara, a blog site known for providing mostly accurate leaked information on Apple products and services.

The same report reiterated too that mass production of the new 4-inch iPhone is already underway and there was no mention of manufacturing glitch that could be the cause of the slight delay. But speculations are rife that the iPhone 5SE has yet to reach the final cut stage.

From the various schematics that leaked out in the recent days, the smallest of the iPhones appear to look exactly the iPhone 6S save for a few modifications. But another set of drawing surfaced afterwards, which indicated that the next iPhone is more like the soon-to-exit iPhone 5S, in terms of design and build.

There were talks too that the newest of the iPhones will take the official name iPhone SE, as carried by a recent MacRumors story, to differentiate itself from its 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch siblings.

And with the possible delay attending the 5SE debut, it highly likely as well that the mid-sized iPad Air 3 will not come out as earlier thought. The latest talks on Apple’s upcoming tablet also floated the likelihood that when unboxed, the new tablet is more of a scaled down version of the 12-9-inch iPad Pro than a third installment of the iPad Air series.

The device will have built-in support for the Apple Pencil stylus that was introduced with the iPad Pro and other features that are optimized for productivity. And like the iPhone 5SE, the iPad Air 3 on release date is set to debut with iOS 9.3 that Apple has boosted with upgraded security features and Night Shift mode as among the highlighted feature bumps. Source: Yibada

Xiaomi Mi5 Arriving In India Soon Along With Other Markets

#XiaomiMi5 #Smartphone – Xiaomi Mi5 Arriving In India Soon Along With Other Markets – Xiaomi’s latest flagship, the Mi5 was announced at the MWC 2016 yesterday. The phone is a true winner in terms of specifications and will definitely be a big seller for Xiaomi. Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra announced that the phone will be available in China starting from March 1st. It is a well-known fact that Xiaomi’s second largest consumer base lies in India and they are looking forward to releasing the phone in India soon. Xiaomi Mi5 is one of the first phones to be powered by Snapdragon’s most powerful processor, the Snapdragon 820.

There were speculations that the Xiaomi Mi5 would be available only in China. But Xiaomi has quashed all the rumors saying that after China, a number of other global markets will be receiving the phone. Among them, India will be their first destination. No official date has been confirmed, but it is safe to say that it will be available sometime in April or by the end of March.

If you are unaware of the specifications, Xiaomi Mi5 is a complete package. It comes with a 5.2inch full-HD display and has the Snapdragon 820 at its heart. The phone comes with Android Marshmallow out of the box along with 3 GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. There is also a Pro Edition which comes with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. The rear camera is a 16 megapixel shooter and the front camera is a 4MP snapper. There is the USB Type C connector and an adequate 3000mAh battery. To top it all of the phone has a ceramic back. Sounds good, right? Source: Mobipicker

Marshmallow Factory Image Now Available For The 2015 Moto X Pure

#MotoXPure #Marshmallow – Marshmallow Factory Image Now Available For The 2015 Moto X Pure – Motorola rolled out Marshmallow to the 2015 Moto X Pure a few months ago, but now the first factory image is available for download. Well, “available” might not be the right word. We’re under the impression that it exists, and you can theoretically obtain it, but you have to ask Motorola for the privilege.

The new Marshmallow factory image has build number MPH24.49-18_18, which is the same as the regular OTA’d device. Like Nexus factory images, you can use Motorola’s image to flash your device to the stock software if you’ve done something to mess it up or if you installed one of those leaked soak tests that didn’t have an upgrade path. You will have to unlock your bootloader, which requires getting a code from Motorola.

To get the factory image for Marshmallow, you need to log in with a Motorola or Google account, then request access to a Google Drive folder. It takes anywhere from a few hours to a few days for Motorola to approve access. I have no idea why they do it this way, but it’s been like this since the OG Moto X. If you think you’ll need it at some point, you might as well request access now. Source: Androidpolice

Xiaomi to use self-designed smartphone chips for RedMi series; To compete with MediaTek, Qualcomm

#Xiaomi #RedmiSeries – Xiaomi to use self-designed smartphone chips for RedMi series; To compete with MediaTek, Qualcomm – Xiaomi plans to manufacture its own chipset for its RedMi series of smartphones by the second half of 2016. With this in-house production, Xiaomi, the leading Chinese smartphone manufacturer, will get in line along with Apple, Samsung and Huawei in developing their own chips.

According to Reuters, Xiaomi Inc. is aiming to use smartphone processor chipsets that are self-designed and developed. In the second half of the year, the chipset will be incorporated to some of their low-priced handsets. This would be a great leap for this smartphone manufacturer but could disrupt the global chip industry and put on a lot of pressure on chip manufacturing giants like Qualcomm Inc. and MediaTek Inc.

The in-house production of chips was a result of China’s attempt to invest large amounts into home-grown chip manufacturers. China intends to end its reliance on foreign semiconductor manufacturers, and just mass produce its own chipsets as soon as possible.

The company has hired around 200-300 employees to work on smart phone chip design in major cities like Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing, said sources from Reuters. But the number of chips that would be produced this year is still unclear.

Xiaomi is also said to be copying model of designing processors from Apple, Samsung Electronics and Huawei Technologies. But when questions were raised about the model to be developed, Beijing based Xiaomi refused to comment on it. This has left the Xiaomi users and its competitors wondering about the chipset that is to hit the market by the end of this year.

As reported by International Data Corporation (IDC), Xiaomi topped the list of the smart phone manufacturers in China for the year 2015, but the in-house production will affect the manufacturer’s shipment this year. Sources from MediaTek quoted as saying that the in-house production of chips will cost more for the company, eventually leading them to raise the price of their products.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi is planning to officially hit western market by the end of 2017, Xiaomi’s Globar vice president Hugo Barra said in an interview. He even commented, “I think we have to be in the western markets by the end of next year…. It’s not something we can wait longer.” Source: Yibada

Watch Xiaomi launch during MWC 2016 held at Barcelona, Spain:

Xiaomi MI 5 specs, price and release date: Xiaomi will start selling Mi 5 on March 1

#XiaomiMi5 #Smartphone – Xiaomi MI 5 specs, price and release date: Xiaomi will start selling Mi 5 on March 1 – The Xiaomi Company has revealed that it is going to start selling its much-awaited Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone in its home market China beginning on March 1.

The device’s availability was hinted a few hours after this year’s Mobile World Congress by Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra. According to the official communication he made, Mi 5 will launch in India soon after getting released in the China market. Furthermore, the smartphone will be released to other “global markets” although they have not been specified yet.

According to Android Geeks, even though reports in the past have suggested that Xiaomi could be joining the United States market in the future, many analysts still think that it is too early for them to show up this soon. Xiaomi Mi 5 was one of the most impressive devices that were launched in the recently held MWC.

It runs on the latest and most innovative Snapdragon 820 chipset and comes in three variants. The first variant with 32GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM will be priced at $300 in China while the 64GB model with 3GB of RAM will cost $350. The last variant, aka Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro, will feature 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage at a price of $400.

With its completely new design, the Mi 5 comes in either  “3D ceramic” or “3D glass” and sports a 5.15 display with 1080 × 1920 resolution HD display. Other innovative features include a 16 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, a 4MP Ultrapixel front-facing camera, a 300mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor.

Putting the hardware aside, the biggest Xiaomi’s innovation until now has been its distribution approach. Rather than having third-party retailers, the company delivers handsets to consumers itself, Tech Crunch reported. The company pulled sales of over 70 million in 2015 and is expecting a boost after releasing the Xiaomi Mi 5.

Since its launch six years ago, the Xiaomi company has brought a change in the smartphone world standing against competitors like Samsung, Apple and Lenovo. Currently, it is the top smartphone brand in China and fifth in the world. Source: Yibada

Watch a clip of Xiaomi Mi 5’s exclusive review here;

Apple To Unveil 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Instead Of iPad Air 3 In March?

#iPadPro #iPadAir3 – Apple To Unveil 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Instead Of iPad Air 3 In March? – Sources claim that Apple wants to put a spin on the next-gen 9.7-inch iPad by making it part of the iPad Pro series.

The OEM aims to see the iPad Pro in two configurations with different sizes: a 9.7-inch model and a 12.9-inch variant. By doing this, Apple simply takes its MacBook Pro recipe and applies it to its tablet line. Just as a reminder, the MacBook Pro also ships in two variants: a 13-inch and 15-inch.

At its March 15 event, Apple will reportedly unveil the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and not the iPad Air 3 everyone’s expecting. The new device should start shipping as soon as March 18.

The smaller variant of the iPad Pro reportedly holsters very similar specs and features to its bigger brother. What this means is that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro will get the same A9X CPU and RAM improvements as the 12.9-inch variant.

What’s more, the Apple Pencil support from the 12.9-inch model will come to the smaller iPad Pro, too.

Previous reports showed that the 9.7-inch tablet will sport a Smart Connector, and it seems that Apple will also roll out a tinier version of the Smart Keyboard cover attachment to go with the new model. Chances are that the new peripheral will also be showcased at the March event.

The quad stereo speaker is another element borrowed from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

For aesthetically conscious tablet customers, you should know that the smaller iPad Pro will most likely arrive in the same colors as the bigger one. Also, storage space capacity will be about the same.

The good news is that the pricing will be nearer the iPad Air model.

The release of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the first step for Apple to simplify its iPad models.

Insiders note that the company slowed down the manufacturing of the first-generation iPad Air tablets and iPad mini 2, alike. Apple might pull the plug altogether on the original iPad Air and the iPad mini 2 when the new iPad Pro comes out.

At the event, the company will also showcase its 4-inch iPhone 5se that sports an A9 chip and refined design, alongside a number of Apple Watch band options. Previous rumors hinted at the unveiling of the iPad Air 3 at the March event, but now seems that model might be replaced by the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Source: Techtimes

US Department of Defense to move to Windows 10 by February 2017, upgrading 4 million seats

#Windows10 #DoD – US Department of Defense to move to Windows 10 by February 2017, upgrading 4 million seats – Largest enterprise joins Windows 10. Windows 10 recently surpassed the 200 million device mark, and with 76% of enterprise and education customers using it, Windows 10 has also been gaining popularity in the enterprise world. Today, Microsoft has announced that one of the largest enterprises anywhere, the US Department of Defense, has joined in to plan Windows 10 deployments.

From laptops, to desktops, and even mobile devices, the Secretary of Defense has directed all DoD agencies to begin a rapid deployment of Microsoft’s Windows 10 on devices throughout their organizations. The deployment is targeted to be complete within a year, and is an unprecedented move for a complex organization such as the DoD.

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Windows 10 has even been certified for specific government criteria and standards. The National Information Assurance Program, the arm of the US government responsible for evaluating commercial IT products for use in National Security Systems, has certified Windows 10 against the Mobile Device Fundamentals Common Criteria protection profile.

A few of Windows 10 security features might be incorporated into the DoD’s plans. For instance, using Windows Hello, the department can identify individuals and restrict access through integrated multi-factor authentication using biometric mechanisms like facial recognition or fingerprints. There is also Enterprise Data Protection, which is currently being tested and would provide separation between both corporate and personal data, preventing corporate data from being copied to non-corporate files and locations, such as public website or social channels.

Security is important to the Department of Defense, it being a large target for cyber criminals. The blog post explains:

With the DoD spending approximately $44 billion annually on cybersecurity and IT, (US DoD CIO Terry) Halvorsen said the DoD needed to deploy innovation faster to ensure systems are more secure, more efficient and cost-effective, and standardized on one platform.

Because the U.S. Department of Defense is a prime target of cyber criminals and one of the largest and most complex organizations in the world, its leaders know the importance of securing its baseline systems.

The intention to move to Windows 10 started back in November when Terry Halvorsen, CIO for the DoD, issued a memo directing all Combatant Commands, Services Agencies and Field Activities to rapidly deploy Windows 10.  A deployment that would improve the Department’s cybersecurity, lower the cost of IT and streamline the IT operating environment, and now that deployment is expanding to encompass the entire Department of Defense. Source: Winbeta


Microsoft Mexico says Windows 10 Mobile will be released on February 29

#Windows10 #Mexico – Microsoft Mexico says Windows 10 Mobile will be released on February 29 – Back in January, we learned that Windows 10 Mobile’s release to older Lumia handsets was delayed and would likely take place in late-February. Microsoft had sent an email to its partners, presumably carriers and possible OEMs working on Windows 10 Mobile devices, confirming the delay.

On the official Microsoft Mexico Facebook page (spotted via Winphonemetro), a company representative mentioned that Windows 10 Mobile was set for release on the 29th of February. Keep in mind that sometimes these representatives are misinformed, so until we get an official announcement from Microsoft, we’re labeling this as a rumor. We’ll have more on this as it develops.

This of course does not apply to the Lumia 550, Lumia 950, and Lumia 950 XL, which already comes with Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Mobile operating system. If you cant wait for the official roll out of the update, join the Windows Insider program (if your phone is eligible) and snag the latest build now! Source: Winbeta

Microsoft explains why Lumia 650 doesn’t feature Continuum

#Lumia650 #Smartphone – Microsoft explains why Lumia 650 doesn’t feature Continuum – Yesterday, Microsoft introduced the budget-friendly Lumia 650 aimed at business users who are looking for an affordable smartphone. The handset brings a decent set of specifications considering its price tag, but unfortunately, it’s missing one of the most vital Windows 10 Mobile feature: Continuum. It can definitely help users enhance their productivity and user experience as they don’t have to rely on a small screen to perform their tasks at work.

Continuum allow users to connect their smartphone to an external monitor and use peripheral devices such as a mouse and a keyboard through the Display Dock. This makes the smartphone a full-fledged computer, and can definitely boost user’s productivity when it comes to apps like Office while working.

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The folks at Slashgear managed to get in touch with Microsoft to ask why the feature wasn’t available. Obviously, hardware requirements posted Continuum page discards Lumia 650 compatibility, but the software giant could have done something to make it work, especially if they are targeting business users.

The company said,

“We are aiming to deliver the most productive Windows 10 Mobile devices at all price points,” said an official Microsoft Spokesperson. “With the Lumia 650, our goal was to create a beautiful device that’s affordable for businesses to buy and deploy.”

“In this price range we are giving customers smart business tools, including seamless Office and OneDrive integration and Cortana, so users can stay productive and synced across all Windows 10 devices. We encourage users looking for Continuum productivity features to explore the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.”

This should sum up everything for users who are wondering why it’s not present. It was quite obvious to be honest, but it doesn’t matter much considering Microsoft is only charging $200 for a smartphone — you can’t expect it to come with everything Microsoft’s high-end devices are offering.

The Lumia 650 is set to hit retail on February 18th in select European markets. Let us know if you’re interested in picking up the handset. Source:Winbeta

Apple Stops Selling iPhone 4s And iPhone 5c In India

[image src=”” style=”img-rounded”][/image]#iPhone4s #iPhone5c – Apple Stops Selling iPhone 4s And iPhone 5c In India – Apple’s fortunes in India are not faring too well as it’s on the heels of reducing the price of its latest iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus due to poor sales. Now, the company has taken the decision to stop selling the older-gen iPhone 4s and the budget-friendly iPhone 5c smartphones in the country.

On Wednesday, Apple stopped selling the older-gen iPhone 4s and iPhone 5c through its official channels.

Apple’s withdrawing the entry-level iPhone 4s and iPhone 5c from India is seen as the company’s move to increase the average selling price of its products, so that the company can enhance its profitability. The decision was taken by Apple as the ASP and profitability was “under strain.”

“It’s a step to improve the ASP (average selling price) which was falling since iPhone 4s was till recently one of their highest selling model in India due to its lower price,” divulged Pulkit Baid, director at Great Eastern, a consumer electronics retail chain in eastern India.

In Q4 2015, the ASP for Apple declined 20 percent year-over-year per figures from Counterpoint Research.

Apple retailed the iPhone 4s and the iPhone 5c for Rs. 12,000 ($175) and Rs. 20,000 (approximately $292), respectively, in India. With the departure of these two phones from the country, the iPhone 5s is currently the cheapest Apple smartphone available in India. The smartphone costs Rs. 24,000 (approximately $349.90). Apple even already slashed the iPhone 5s’s price by nearly half in December 2015 in the country in a bid to lure more consumers and leverage the brand.

Apple India’s website has been updated to reflect that the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5c are not listed for sale anymore. The site only shows that the iPhone 6s models, iPhone 6 models and the iPhone 5s are available in the country.

Analysts who are conversant with the dynamics of the Indian consumer space estimate that the iPhone 5s will fill the void left by iPhone 4s and iPhone 5c. These models were long withdrawn from major markets such as Europe and the U.S., and now India follows suit.

With the transition, OEMs from China and Samsung will be able to push their Android-powered offerings to gain a slice of the Indian market share in the lower price segment between Rs 10,000 (nearly $150) to Rs 20,000 ($175).

Apple is also anticipated to launch the next-gen iPhone 5se in the coming months, possibly March 2016, and the company may have withdrawn the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5c smartphones to lay the groundwork for the new budget phone’s arrival. Source: techtimes