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Jul 17, 2014 - 11:29 AM - by dgstorm
How would you feel if your brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 let you know you should put on sunscreen because of the volume of ultraviolet rays that are out that day? It's a bit of a gimmick, but Samsung is the king of throwing those into their devices, and the latest rumint suggests that might just happen.
Supposedly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 might have an ultraviolet sensor as part of its S Health line of services. This sensor will allow the phone to warn you when your skin might need some extra protection because the Sun's rays are a bit too caustic at that moment. The phone will actually be able to measure and inform of you of the UV Index level at that time, simply by holding the device at a 60 degree angle of elevation towards the sun.
Here's a quote below discussing some of the facts and myths about ultraviolet radiation.
What would you think of this feature if the Galaxy Note 4 actually included it? At first blush it seems silly because we should know and be careful about the sun, but sometimes it's easy to forget. Maybe a gentle reminder from our device might not be too bad...
The statements below are false:
- A tan results from your body defending itself against further damage from UV radiation.
- A dark tan on white skin offers only limited protection equivalent to an SPF of about 4.
- Up to 80% of solar UV radiation can penetrate light cloud cover. Haze in the atmosphere can even increase UV radiation exposure.
- Water offers only minimal protection from UV radiation, and reflection from water can enhance your UV radiation exposure.
- UV radiation is generally lower during the winter months, but snow reflection can double your overall exposure, especially at high altitude. Pay particular attention in early spring when temperatures are low but sun's rays are unexpectedly strong.
- Sunscreens should not be used to increase sun exposure time but to increase protection during unavoidable exposure. The protection they afford depends critically on their correct application.
- UV radiation exposure is cumulative during the day.
- Sunburn is caused by UV radiation which cannot be felt. The heating effect is caused by the sun's infrared radiation and not by UV radiation
- A suntan is healthy.
- A tan protects you from the sun.
- You can't get sunburnt on a cloudy day.
- You can't get sunburnt while in the water.
- UV radiation during the winter is not dangerous.
- Sunscreens protect me so I can sunbathe much longer.
- If you take regular breaks during sunbathing you won't get sunburnt.
- If you don't fell the hot rays of the sun you won't get sunburnt.
Jul 17, 2014 - 11:26 AM - by dgstorm
Well, that didn't last long... Just when Microsoft surprised us by releasing the Nokia X2 Android smartphone, it seems they were only teasing the possibility that they were planning to keep the Android phone in their lineup. Instead they just announced they are killing it off.
Microsoft Vice President of devices and services division, Stephen Elop just shared a long blog post in which he confirmed that Microsoft will stop producing the Nokia X Android line of phones and transition all of their smartphone development to Windows Phone. It looks like their plan is to build budget-friendly smartphones to target emerging markets. Here's a quote with some of the details,
It's possible we will still see a Nokia X phone lineup, but it won't be an Android device. Ultimately, this probably should come as no surprise. In fact, it was actually more surprising that they went ahead and released the Nokia X2 Android device. It's too bad we will likely never see a high-end Android device developed by Microsoft. Ah well... that's that.
We will be particularly focused on making the market for Windows Phone. In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia.
In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices.
Jul 15, 2014 - 11:18 AM - by dgstorm
Jul 14, 2014 - 3:46 PM - by dgstorm
Jul 14, 2014 - 3:01 PM - by dgstorm
With the silly fan-boy politics creating a ridiculous opinion war between fans of Sony's Playstation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, it seems like the market is saturated with negativity. It makes you wonder why anyone would want to wade into this contentious arena. However, that's something NVIDIA may actually be doing very soon.
The above screenshot is supposedly from a NVIDIA Tegra K1 console device and is meant to showcase its visuals.
It's no secret that AMD won the contract to produce the internal hardware for both the PS4 and the Xbox One. This possibly rankled NVIDIA just a tad, since they previously provided some of the internal hardware for the Playstation 3 and the first Xbox. Rather than grousing about it, they may have decided to actively do something about it by wading into the console wars themselves with their own console.
According to the latest intel, NVIDIA recently had a gaming console controller pass through FCC testing. It's entirely possible this device could simply be meant to work with some of NVIDIA's other products, like the Shield and/or their gaming tablets, but the BBC is reporting it is meant for some form of gaming console.
This new console will be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra K1 chipset and will hook to your TV through HDMI. Not only will it be designed to handle Android games using the Android TV interface, it will supposedly also stream PC games by connecting to your existing PC graphics system.
When analyzing this strategy, it actually makes some sense. First, if you can't get manufacturers to use your chipset in their consoles, then why not just make your own competing device to use your own hardware? Second, NVIDIA's Shield product turned out to be a consumer market dud. Using the Android TV UI will simplify the process for NVIDIA and provide them with some additional marketing leverage.
Alternatively, this move could be a huge waste of resources for NVIDIA. It will be interesting to see how things work out as the once mighty titan of graphics struggles to regain its dominance in an ever-changing technological landscape.
Jul 14, 2014 - 2:32 PM - by dgstorm
Jul 10, 2014 - 10:17 AM - by dgstorm
Sometimes it's the obvious things which go unnoticed for a while yet turn out be be the perfect solution to an old problem. Such is the likely the case with a new scientific breakthrough in battery tech. Researchers at University of California and the Bourns College of Engineering may have just figured out an easy and cheap way to triple the battery life of our smartphones and tablets.
One of the researchers, graduate student Zachary Favors, came up with the idea to add...
Continue Reading @: New Battery Tech Breakthrough Could Triple Battery Life for Smartphones and Tablets | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
Jul 09, 2014 - 10:35 AM - by dgstorm
Google Now is currently the smartest and most responsive voice activated software on the planet, but that doesn't mean it is flawless yet. It still has some learning to do before it can evolve to a higher level of intelligence and take over the world. In the mean-time, on the rare occasions when it doesn't quite get things right, the Google engineers gave it a new feature which gives it another chance to do better.
Now, Google Now lets you say "No, I said... XXXXX" to try again. You simply need to restate what you were trying to do or search for after saying that "No, I said... " line. This word correction feature isn't the only new trick taught to this not-so-old dog. Google Now also lets you...
Continue Reading @: 'No, I said...' New Google Now Feature Let's You Try Your Voice Command Again | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
Jul 09, 2014 - 10:03 AM - by dgstorm
It's that time again... time to update Flash Player because another new security bug has been found, and it's a doozy. Google engineer, Michele Spagnuolo found a Flash exploit that lets the bad guys to steal cookies and user data using malicious .SWF files. This vulnerability can help hackers “take control” of computers when users visit various sites.
The exploit is called Rosetta Flash, and some of the major companies like Microsoft, Google, Instagram, eBay, Twitter and more have ben scrambling to fix the leak. Of these, Google, Tumblr and Twitter have already dealt with the issue on their sites. Adobe issued a statement and here is a summary from it,
With so many security flaws, it's amazing the entire web hasn't already dumped Flash in favor of the more secure HTML5. What do you think?
Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 184.108.40.206 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh and Adobe Flash Player 220.127.116.118 and earlier versions for Linux. These updates address vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
Jul 08, 2014 - 10:17 AM - by dgstorm
A Silicon Valley tech start-up company called VivaLnk, together with the Google ATAP group have developed a Digital Tattoo which will unlock your Moto X using NFC technology. In case you don't remember this tech, a little over a year ago, the Motorola-controlled (while owned by Google) Advanced Technologies Group debuted the concept along with the Digital Pill idea. While the Digital Pill will likely take more time to build interest, the Digital Tattoo is workable now.
The tattoo lasts 5 days before you need to change it out. Right now the product is limited only to the Moto X, but the company plans to release it to other devices in the future. The VivLnk Digital Tattoo is sold in packs of ten at a price of $9.99, which means it should last you about 50 days. The tattoo is also waterproof so there's no need to worry about rain ruining your technological fashion statement.
It may seem like a silly way to bypass the need for pins, passwords and keylocks, but there are definitely consumers out there who would be drawn to this concept. Here's a link below to the company's website for those interested in finding out more.
Jul 08, 2014 - 9:59 AM - by dgstorm
A new leaked combination pic shows all four of the major U.S. carrier versions of the LG G3 side-by-side. As you can see from the pic, the branding for AT&T and T-Mobile is minimal, the Sprint version has no branding, and the Verizon version is littered with logos.
On top of this leaked combination image, we have some additional details. The phone's color variations will be: Metallic Black, Burgundy Red, Moon Violet, Shine Gold and Silk White. This may be different for the Verizon version, and as we reported yesterday, the Verizon version might have its own unique add-on name: "Vista."
As far as the hardware internals are concerned, we only have confirmation from T-Mo that they will carry both the 2GB RAM / 16GB storage version and a 3GB RAM / 32GB storage version.
We will keep you updated with any new intel right up to when the phone finally launches in the US.
Jul 07, 2014 - 9:56 AM - by dgstorm
AT&T has revealed their launch date for the LG G3. On July 11th you can pick up their version of the device for $199 on a new two year contract. Alternatively, you can get it for $24.17 a month with zero down payment on the AT&T Next 18 program, or $29 a month on the AT&T Next 12 program.
On July 8th is when you can actually start ordering the device. AT&T also shared these same dates apply to their version of the LG G Watch. Here's the full press release below:
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DALLAS, July 7, 2014 – Starting July 8, you can order the LG G Watch for $229 and pre-order the LG G3 smartphone with 4G LTE from AT&T2 for zero down and no annual contract. You can purchase both the LG G3 and LG G Watch in AT&T retail locations starting July 11.
For a limited time, save 50 percent on select LG premium accessories including the G Watch, popular Tone Ultra Bluetooth Stereo Headset or G3 Quick Circle Folio Case with wireless charging capability when you pre-order or purchase the LG G3 or LG G Flex with AT&T Next or a two-year commitment.4 (Visit att.com or an AT&T retail store for more details. One discounted accessory purchase per smartphone activation.)
Check out these videos for a closer look at the LG G3 or LG G Watch. For details about the LG G3 design story, check out this video.
“We’ve been working diligently to be the first U.S. carrier to offer the brand new LG G Watch and among the first to offer the LG G3 smartphone on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. “AT&T offers one of the largest and best selections of LG devices and these products take our device portfolio to the next level. The LG G3 is a cutting-edge device and our first in a next-gen Quad HD display.”
The LG G3 with 4G LTE features advancements such as:
5.5-inch Quad HD Display.
13MP Optical Image Stabilization Plus Camera with Laser Auto Focus.
Smart Notice predictive technology provides personalized suggestions for added convenience and greater productivity.
Along with the LG G3, customers can purchase the LG G Watch, AT&T’s first wearable powered by Android Wear that enables you to connect to your world through the power of Google Now. Android Wear gives you the information you need, when you need it and offers helpful suggestions before you even ask – such as weather forecasts in the morning and flight time and gate information before leaving for the airport. With Google Now™, you can ask questions, send text messages and set reminders without touching your smartphone. Additionally, the LG G Watch is compatible with smartphones running Android OS version 4.3 and higher.
Additional LG G Watch features include:
1.65-inch always-on display that allows you to check the time and see new information at a glance.
400mAh battery will keep your watch going throughout the day.
Can be personalized with any standard 22mm watch strap.
Certified water and dust resistant.5
“Because the LG G Watch works with so many of our Android smartphones, it should be a wearable device that appeals to a wide array of consumers,” said Bradley. “Its ability to anticipate your schedule and traveling needs will help you plan your schedule
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