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Next-gen Hololens to have custom AI chip

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 10:27 pm

Microsoft's next generation Hololens AR headset will have a special built-in AI chip to recognize and process data.




The new second generation Hololens AR headset from Microsoft will feature a highly customized AI chip that will help users in a myriad of ways, Bloomberg reports. The new AI-infused chip, which was recently unveiled during an event in Hawaii, is built around Microsoft's Holographic Processing Unit that currently powers the company's self-contained alternate reality HMD.


The Redmond-based company touts that their new AI processor is the first chip of its kind to be featured in a mobile device, and has strong potential to help revolutionize the AR segment. The chip--and others like it from Google, Apple, and even NVIDIA--could one day allow HMD wearers to translate signs and even languages during visits foreign countries. Microsoft's new AI chip aims to boost real-time processing power and speed by reducing reliance on the cloud, and will also reduce battery drain to boot.

The OnePlus 5 8GB now available for immediate dispatch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 9:48 pm

The OnePlus 5 is the company's fastest selling device, and it is globally available via the company's official website. You can choose between two versions of the phone - 6GB/64GB or 8GB/128GB.




However, the Midnight Black variant of the OnePlus 5 (8GB/128GB) was sold out on multiple occasions. Now, the company has announced that the beefier version of the phone is available for immediate dispatch for a limited time. This means that if you place your order, the company will ship the device within hours after receiving it.


You can get the OnePlus 5 on the company's website at a price of 559 euro or $540. For almost the same price, you can also get Samsung Galaxy S8, which has been officially discounted by up to $300 for a limited time.

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Microsoft Paint killed off with new Creators Update

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 6:36 pm

After 32 years, the era of Microsoft Paint might be coming to an end.




Microsoft's next Windows 10 update, called the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, will shift Paint to "deprecated" status. This means that Paint will "not be in active development and might be removed in future releases."


This move shouldn't surprise since Microsoft is focusing on the new Paint 3D, released in April with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

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The new iPhone 8 might be all about AR

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 5:27 pm

Artist renderings of the new iPhone 8 happen on a nearly weekly basis at this point. Some based on repeated rumors and others based on hopes and dreams. However, most of these renderings usually don't go beyond the physical design of the phone.




That is not the case with Gabor Balogh's latest mock-up of the rumored iPhone 8. He takes it one step further to also conceptualize what Apple Maps might look like with a touch of AR. In fact, we already know that in the iOS 11 beta there are some hidden ARKit Easter eggs which I believe are just scratching the surface of what could be possible.


We know that Gabor Balogh's renderings are very possible because some developers have already begun to incorporate ARKit and other technologies to make mapping on iOS more spatially aware. We also know that ARKit is going to work on millions of iPhones whenever an application is built using ARKit.

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Apple sued by insurance company for alleged iPhone fire

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 4:35 pm

One of the biggest insurers in the United States, State Farm, recently sued Apple blaming the company for a fire that occurred after an Apple user that bought an iPhone 4S had their iPhone catch fire and burned their home.




The lawsuit claims that a fire was started in the customer's home and that there was a significant source of heat that came from the smartphone's battery area and that they discovered an internal short inside of the battery that caused the fire to begin with.


This isn't the first time a smartphone has caused a fire, like the Note7, but this lawsuit is one of the few times that Apple has been sued for faulty batteries. Traditionally, other companies have been sued in the past for faulty batteries that have caused fires, but it sounds like the customer, in this case, didn't get a satisfactory response from Apple about their claim and neither did their insurance company, and now both are suing Apple for damages.

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You can now get Xiaomi Mi 6 with 9,000 mAh battery

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 3:42 pm

The Xiaomi Mi 6 was unveiled back in April, and the company's flagship comes with a 3,350 mAh battery. However, if you can't be bothered with charging your phone every day, a Taobao company has now offered a solution.




The company specializes in transforming your Mi 6 from an average battery into a monster with up to 9,000 mAh of juice. You can choose between three battery sizes - 6,700 mAh will cost you $33, 7,000 mAh one is priced at $38, while the biggest one, 9,000 mAh battery, has a $50 price tag.


According to the listing, the company takes apart the back of the phone and replaces the battery with a bigger one. The seller says they are using Sony's batteries.

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Note8 color options leak: Samsung to introduce Deep Blue

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 2:37 pm

Samsung revealed that they would launch the Galaxy Note8 in a month, on August 23rd. There are numerous rumors about the phone floating around.




Last week, we learned that the Note8 would be powered by a Snapdragon 835 despite some rumors that it might feature Qualcomm's yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 836. However, it seems that Qualcomm will debut the Snapdragon 836 with the Google Pixel 2. We saw the same scenario last year when Qualcomm debuted the Snapdragon 821 with Google's Pixel.


Now, a well-known leaker has revealed the color options for the upcoming device. According to him, the Note8 will be available in Black, Orchid Grey, and a new Deep Blue color.

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ASUS ZenFone 4 to be premium device with Snapdragon 835

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 1:27 pm

ASUS recently posted the first official teaser of the upcoming ZenFone 4. The device is rumored to be announced on August 23rd, and the teaser revealed that it would feature dual camera setup.




According to a new leak, the phone should come with a QHD 1440p display and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor, which powers this year's flagships such as the Galaxy S8 and HTC U11.


We recently learned that the Snapdragon 836 would make its debut with Google's Pixel 2, meaning that the Galaxy Note8 and LG V30 will be powered by Snapdragon 835.

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Nanomaterial charges phones, electric cars in SECONDS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 7:35 am

Even with the latest flagship smartphones in the world, it still takes over an hour to charge your phone on average... at least for now. Drexel researchers might be onto the next big thing, using nanomaterial-based electrodes called MXene, that will charge chemical batteries much, much quicker than today's technology.




Engadget reports that the "near-2D design combines an oxide-metal 'sandwich' with hydrogel to create a structure that's extremely conductive, but still lets ions move freely as the battery builds up a charge. In the lab's design, you can charge MXene electrodes within "tens of milliseconds" -- you could top up a phone in seconds or an electric car in minutes". Impressive, eh?


As always the big issue here is getting to production quality energy cells, something that will require a number of years before we get to that point. Factories would have to adapt to the new technology, learning the new electrodes over current methods. The future of charging our smartphones and electric cars could be a hell of a lot quicker, as this is the future that is quickly coming up the road.

Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 845 teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2017 4:25 am

It looks like Qualcomm is planning to release their next-gen Snapdragon 845 processor sooner rather than later, with the new Snapdragon 845 listed in new patent documents.




The news is courtesy of the on-going legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm, with teh Snapdragon 845 showing up on Qualcomm's ITC filing that wants to ban iPhone sales in the US. Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S9 is said to be the first to rock the Snapdragon 845, and will be released in early 2018. LG is also touted to use Qualcomm's latest chip in their next-gen flagship due out in 2018.


As part of the documentation on why Qualcomm wants the iPhone sales to be banned in the US, the company listed patented chipsets - something that includes SDM845, or the Snapdragon 845.

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