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At first it's likely that you thought this was an article on The Onion, however, the 'safety alert' issued by the University of Newcastle is a very real thing.
This has come about thanks to multiple University staff injuring themselves while texting and walking, with the University itself issuing a safety alert warning all employees of the dangers involved with not paying attention to your surroundings. The official warning is said to further include the dangers of bush, bikes and vehicles, with the Universities' associate director of health and safety, Dr Maggie Goldie, confirming that two staff have recently owned up to hurting themselves by messaging and strolling.
Some staff aren't taking this warning seriously, with it coming as part of a string of safety concerns released by the University management, asking patrons to avoid fallen bark and prompting them to hold the handrail when walking on stairs. In an interview with the Newcastle Herald, one disgruntled employee stated: "I await the one about breathing and chewing."
While the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus might be selling well, there are people that just don't like the huge 5.5-inch screen on the iPhone 6S Plus.
Even the 4.7-inch display on the iPhone 6S is too much for some, but with rumors of a new iPhone 6C on the way with a 4-inch display, it could have people who don't want the bigger displays upgrading to the new smartphone. The latest rumors have the iPhone 6C prepped for a mid-2016 launch, according to IHS Technologies and TrendForce.
According to the rumors, Apple will launch an "upgraded 4-inch iPhone C series", which as we explained above, should be perfect for those who don't want the larger 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones.
Apple has just released its new performance-driven, massively-screened iPad Pro out into the world, and iFixit has promptly cracked open its case to muss around in its mechanical innards. Unsurprisingly, the tech gurus find that the iPad Pro is actually quite tough to repair, joining its Apple-branded kin in the "nightmare for DIY repairs" category.
For all of its promises of "PC-grade performance" and high-tech hardware upgrades, the iPad Pro has scored quite low on iFixit's repairability scale. The 12.9-inch tablet has been awarded a paltry 3 out of 10, managing to score a whole two points higher than the truly terrible 4K 21.5-inch iMac. It's quite clear that Apple's new hardware wasn't meant to be repaired by its owners.
What makes the iPad Pro so maddening for would-be repair artists? Well, for starters the LCD panel is fused to the front-facing glass, a disconcerting new trend that pretty much ensures costly repairs--and raises the risk breaking while opening the device. Secondly, the iPad Pro uses an inordinate amount of adhesive to keep everything fixed in place. Lastly, the Smart Connector--which connects the iPad Pro to an external keyboard--is extremely hard to remove, meaning DIY repairs are very unlikely.
Though Sony has made moves in recent years to move more of its hardware production in-house, its CEO Kazuo Hirai has confirmed smartphone processors will not be a part of that shift. Rumors had been floating about recently, which Hirai quashed in an interview with Japanese publication PCOnline.
Sony's focus right now, he says, is on 4K video, current product line optimization (including potential interface enhancements for the Z line), and being a leader in the television space.
Apple has just launched its new premium 12.9-inch iPad Pro out into the wild, and the Apple forums are already bustling with user complaints and performance issues.
According to a sizable forum post, many users have noticed that the $799 iPad Pro freezes up and becomes totally unusable while it's charging. Although users can hard reset the device to restore functionality, just about everyone is pretty upset about a huge oversight affecting such an expensive tablet. After all, Apple seriously touted the iPad Pro by saying the tablet is capable of "PC-grade performance", among other surprising claims.
Apple has yet to issue an official statement on the problem, and there doesn't appear to be an actual fix just yet. Users who contacted Apple Support were advised to send the device in for repairs or exchange it for a new device, however one iPad Pro owner says the same thing happened to their new device. Whether or not the glitch is a hardware or firmware fault remains undetermined.
With users taking to the Apple support site and public forums to express their concerns, information has come to light about a major issue with the new iPad Pro - seeing reports claim that devices won't wake up after the charging cable has been plugged in.
Only a forced restart of the iPad means it is workable again, with users stating that charging times as little as one hour will see a system crash completely. One user claimed that they fixed the issue, stating: "[I] erased all content and settings last night, this morning I have no issue. Sucks that this is happening, but at least it seems fixable."
Apple has not officially commented on this issue just yet, with other users claiming that a system restore or complete OS re-install may fix the issue for others.
Samsung has just unveiled its new 'BRITECELL' camera at its investor conference in South Korea, a new camera that has impressive low light capabilities.
The way Samsung achieves this is by reaching brighter, sharper results by removing the traditional Bayer filter layout that is used in most smartphone cameras. The Bayer filter turns pixels green, blocking light from reaching the sensor, but the new BRITECELL camera from Samsung trades the green pixels for white ones, which allows for additional light to reach the lens.
Samsung's new BRITECELL camera is also 17% thinner than others on the market, so we could see the protruding cameras from the back of smartphones come to an end.
NVIDIA launched the Shield Tablet quite a while ago now, with a price of $299, but now in time for the holidays the company has relaunched Shield Tablet, dropping the price to just $199.
The NVIDIA Shield Tablet is powered by the company's Tegra K1 processor, with the slate featuring an 8-inch 1920x1200 display, 16GB of flash storage, 2GB of RAM and a microSD card slot. NVIDIA has removed the stylus and its holder, with the speaker grilles being made from soft-touch polycarbonate versus the hard plastic on the original model.
The Shield Tablet ships with Android 5.1 onboard, with NVIDIA promising an Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in the near future. The accessories for the Shield Tablet will be sold separately, so if you want to grab the controller you'll have to shell out $60.
It looks like LG is ready to better compete against the likes of Samsung, Apple and HTC in 2016 with rumors that its G5 smartphone will rock a metal unibody design.
We saw Samsung dive into a full metal unibody design this year, but we also saw the company take away the replaceable battery and microSD card slot. These two omissions are something LG were able to use against Samsung, as their G4 smartphone had a replaceable battery and microSD card slot. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, did not.
With the release of the V10 smartphone recently, LG has been stepping closer and closer to a truly premium smartphone, but I think that the G5 could really deliver with an awesome design, and keep its customers if it can retain the microSD card slot and removeable battery.
Often-right Japanese blog Mac Otakara, citing reliable sources, reports Apple has developed a 4-inch iPhone based on the iPhone 5s and the sixth-gen iPod Touch.
Specifications include an A8 chip, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and a better FaceTime HD camera with f/2.2 aperture. It's said 3D Touch will not be present, so as to further differentiate the 6s and the 6s Plus from this phone.