Have you ever felt that the people younger than you were more tech savvy than you? If you have, then you are right, according to research published by Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, in its annual Communications Market Report.
Ofcom tested 2,000 adults and 800 children from all over the UK to measure their Digital Quotient (DQ), a new rating system that attempts to assess a person’s awareness and self-confidence around high tech consumer gadgets their knowledge of high-speed Internet, mobile technology and apps.
The tests revealed that the most tech savvy people in the UK were 14 and 15 year-olds, who scored an average DQ of 113. After that it’s a steady drop in DQ as we get older. At 45 to 49 years-old the average DQ was 96, two less that the DQ of 6 to 7 year-olds who presented an average rating of 98.
Soon In-Flight entertainment screens might be a thing of a past as several airlines have do away with it on their new fleet. Are they doing this for the sake of cutting cost? or is it a move to catch on with the emerging trend of mobile devices? While it looks like the big corporations are taking away our legroom and creature comforts of flying, the move is actually pretty smart and it benefits both ways even for passengers as well.
Several airlines now especially in the US are catering for the new connected generation of customers. Some of them have started offering WiFi connectivity and charging sockets or USB ports on every seat. Since most passengers carry a smart phone or a tablet, most of them would likely to be occupied with their own device instead of a fixed seat-back entertainment system. Furthermore, most devices today have better screens especially tablets that boast Quad HD or Retina displays. Since passengers are likely to have better devices, airlines are considering of offering in-flight content streaming over WiFi direct to your own smart phone or tablet.
UPDATE: Additional Galaxy Note 4 images from PhoneArena after the break.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be launched early next month, giving the Korean smart phone maker its much needed boost in the flagship segment. GSMArena apparently has been tipped with leaked shots of the purported Galaxy Note 4 and it appears to have similar design approach as its upcoming premium Galaxy Alpha.
It also reveals a bottom facing speaker grill and there’s also a squarish silo for its S-Pen stylus. The back also comes with a heart rate sensor which is also placed vertically on the left side of its camera. If this is real, the Galaxy Note 4 is looking very squarish with a LG Prada looking textured back cover with a hint of BlackBerry Passport.
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Google recently removed a game titled “Bomb Gaza” from Google Play after numerous complaints surfaced. Bomb Gaza has players piloting and Israeli jet fighter and dropping bombs on “terrorists” in Gaza while avoiding killing civilians. The game ends when you max out your “rage meter” when you kill too many civilians.
A Google spokesperson says that the company does not comment on specific apps and that Google removes games that violate Google Play’s policies that do not allow “content advocating against groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, (or) religion.”
Bomb Gaza was released on Google Play on July 26 and, according to UK’s Guardian newspaper, was downloaded around 1,000 times before being removed from Google Play. The game has also been removed from Facebook.
Bomb Gaza’s developer, PlayFTW (Google Play, Facebook), says that the “game was a joke made in 2 hours” and that “it is based on avoiding killing civilians.” Arutz Sheva reports that spokesperson Roman Shapiro also added, “As usual, Jews are demonized by everyone. Not surprised.”
Roman, you and everyone at PlayFTW are unmitigated assholes!
Microsoft/Nokia has been aggressive in attacking the mobile segment at all fronts. After introducing its low cost Lumia 530, they have set their sights at the mid-tier segment where Microsoft will be introducing 2 new models. With selfies being a trend, one of the device which is codenamed Superman is likely to be the Nokia Lumia 730 and WPCentral has managed to obtain its picture as shown above.
It is seen as the successor of the Lumia 720 which came with a weird-numbered 6.7MP camera at the back. Being a Selfie-centric device, the new Lumia 730 is said to be sporting a 5MP front camera, the biggest yet for the Lumia series. The front display is said to be 4.7″ and it is likely to be powered by a Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 4G LTE support.
According to the source, the Lumia 730 along with its other mid-tier Lumia 830 is said to be running on a newer version of Windows Phone 8.1. It is likely that these 2 will be launched with the newer Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 or Update 2 out of the box.
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Less than 3 years since the launch of its first smartphone, the Mi1, China’s Xiaomi is a market phenomenon and arguably the most talked about smartphone manufacturer in the world. In the second quarter of 2014, Strategy Analytics reports that Xiaomi shipped 15.1 million smartphones, making the company the fifth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world with a 5.1% global smartphone market share.
According to IDC, global smartphone sales in second quarter of 2014 rose to a new single quarter record of 295.3 million units, a year-on-year growth of 23.1%. Xiaomi’s market share in the second quarter of 2013 was 1.8% which means the company achieved 183% year-on-year growth in market share for the quarter and far outpaced fellow Chinese manufacturers Huawei and Lenovo who saw their market shares grow 41.7% and 12.5% respectively. Smartphone market leaders Samsung and Apple both saw their year-on-year market shares fall in the second quarter of 2014 with Samsung losing 22.7% and Apple losing 11.2%.
IDC’s recent report, Mobile Service Tracker 2H 2013, forecasts that revenues for mobile data services in Malaysia will exceed mobile voice revenue in 2017 as we move towards becoming a fully connected nation. This is an emerging global trend that began in 2012 when Japan was the first country to see mobile data generate more revenue than mobile voice. At the end of 2013, the United States became the seventh country to cross this milestone.
In Malaysia, IDC expects total revenue from mobile services to reach RM27.6 billion by 2018; and while total revenues will grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 2.6%, mobile data revenue will grow at more than three times that rate, at a CAGR of 8.5%. Right now, 57% of Malaysian mobile subscribers are also mobile data users but as smart devices become more affordable and mobile operators roll out more competitive data plans, IDC expects that by 2018, 89% of Malaysian mobile subscribers will also use mobile data.
Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, announced that in the second quarter of 2014, it earned net quarterly profits of 6.25 trillion won (RM19.36 billion) down almost 20% from the second quarter of 2013. Its mobile phone division made the largest contribution toward the company’s profit and posted operating profits of 4.42 trillion won (RM13.7 billion) down 30% from the second quarter of 2013. These figures are Samsung’s lowest quarterly profits in two years and its third straight quarter of profit decline.
Strategy Analytics reports that in the same period, Samsung shipped 74.5 million smartphones worldwide, capturing 25.2% of the global smartphone market down from 32.6% market share it held in second quarter of 2013.
After having the OnePlus One smart phone, the rebel spin-off brand with Oppo roots is now reported to be working on a smart watch of their own. Called as the OneWatch, the new wearable is said to be having a similar round OLED display like the Moto 360 and comes with wireless Qi charging.
Details of the specs are quite limited at the moment but from the purported leaked sketching, the OneWatch has a leather strap which houses a curved battery. So far there’s no mention on what operating system it runs on and it might be running on Android Wear like the latest smart watches including the G Watch and Gear Live.
For those obsessed with ultra-thin smart phones, Gionee is having a razor thin 5.0mm smart phone with their upcoming GN9005 model. Initially caught during its certification process, the device is now spotted in a fresh batch of leaked photos.
Seen in black colour, the GN9005 is said to be having a mid-spec offering with a 4.8″ HD 720p display and a quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. It is also rumoured to be packing a decent 2,050mAh capacity battery, a 8MP main camera and a front facing 5MP unit. So far there isn’t any new information on its launch or hardware spec.
With a mid-spec offering, it would be hard to justify the GN9005 is it is positioned as a premium device. Their previous ultra-slim offering is the Gionee Elfie S5.5 at 5.5mm thick. In Malaysia, the thinnest smart phone with 4G LTE available right now is the Huawei Ascend P7 at 6.5mm.