Rumours about a 12.9 inch iPad have been around for months, though Apple has never confirmed plans for such a tablet, though it could potentially boost iPad sales which have been on a downward trend. The new iPad is expected to be sporting newer hardware and performance oriented improvements like improved multi-tasking to name a few.
The larger iPad is part of Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook’s effort to bring some new life to the iPad line, which he feels sales is being affected by competition from larger iPhones which had delivered record profit last quarter.
If Apple sticks to it’s established cycle of announcing new iPad hardware there is a chance the tablet could make an official appearance sometime in October or the weeks to follow, assuming Apple can nix the supply issue.
However the update is still based on Android 4.4 KitKat rather than Lollipop so Xiaomi users might still have to wait a bit more to get their hands on Android’s latest OS.
MIUI version 6 is basically a flatter UI that’s similar to that of the newer Mi 4 and Mi Note, complete with fancy icons and animations which is said to be somewhat reminiscent of iOS 7 but is generally more simplified. The RedMi Note 4G is also getting an update to version 6 but it’s a bit strange that they’re not building a version based on Lollipop yet when many other devices are already getting the OS rolled out.
Thanks to @Azharbinismail for the tip!
Project Ara seems to be in full swing to create a functional modular smartphone that can be tailored to your liking based on components of your choosing. Given how the population are serious cameraphone shutterbugs, wouldn’t it be great if you could pick the camera for your phone rather than the other way around?
Of the many companies working on modules, Toshiba gives us a glimpse of what their modular Project Ara camera will be like. The designs were showcased at the Modular Phones Forum and it’s hinted that the company will be making three different modules, a 2MP front camera, 5MP and 13MP rear cameras, and we have reason to believe that Project Ara will be heading to MWC Barcelona this year. Word has it that there will be up to 50 modules on display at the event as well, which sounds extremely promising for the project.
Toshiba did say however that the cost of the modules will range from $50 to $500 (about RM 179 – RM 1791) and will be adjusted to be available a ‘reasonable pricing’ to users. Toshiba wagers that their camera lineup would likely be fully ready in 2016.
They haven’t dropped any information about what exactly they are going to announce but we bet that it’s likely to be a new Lumia smartphone, though we aren’t sure if it will be a flagship device despite the long period between their last flagship, with its phablet range like the Lumia 1520 and 1320 being due for a replacement.
Word has it that the Lumia 1320 successor (possibly the Lumia 1330) could be announced and it was earlier leaked to feature a 5.7″ HD 720p display with Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM and 32GB of storage. It is also rumoured to have a 14MP PureView camera and 5MP front camera and might have single and dual sim variants.
In November last year, Corning announced their Gorilla Glass 4, which is about twice as tough as it’s predecessor Gorilla Glass 3. The new material can be made 25% thinner but they have made a lot less headway in making it scratch proof.
Many smartphones, inclusive of Apple’s iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones already features Gorilla Glass as a standard feature, and the company is making a brand new Gorilla Glass-like composite material that has the toughness of their signature glass but with a scratch resistance close to that of Sapphire. Sapphire is a great material as it it’s very scratch resistant but it’s unfortunately more prone to shattering when taking fall damage.
The project is dubbed Project Phire and was announced last week at a New York investor meeting by Corning executive James Clappin, but was dropped with very few details.
In lieu of the release of Apple’s smartwatch, universities have started issuing blanket bans on students wearing watches in exam halls simply because exam invigilators apparently can’t tell a regular watch from a smartwatch.
Given that smartwatches are getting more popular and this is set to skyrocket when the Apple Watch finally hits the streets, some colleges and universities have already started taking the precaution to prevent students from using them to reference notes or receive messages while on the test because smartphones are almost always if not linked to the smartphones of their wearers.
This knee-jerk reaction does seems to be a bit late considering it’s mostly in regards to the launch to the Apple Watch when smartwatches have been around for quite a long time as it is.
For those who already love ASUS’s fonepads, this might come as a bit of a treat. Having just announced the New ASUS fonepad 7 (FE170CG) 7-inch phablet, they’ve updated it with better specs (FE171CG) and made it much skinnier than it’s predecessor.
The new ASUS fonepad 7 however will not be a replacement for the original fonepad 7, but rather presents itself as an option for those who want a little extra.
Under the hood you will find the same processor that powered the last fonepad 7 phablet which is an Intel Atom Multi-Core Z2520 1.2GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage up to 64GB via the MicroSD slot and a huge 4000mAh battery.It will also run on Android KitKat 4.4 (with ASUS ZenUI) straight out of the box, as well as sports 3G and dual-sim capabilities. The IPS display however is strangely still pushing a lower resolution (1024×600) than the first iteration of 1280×800.
U Mobile has introduced a new mobile payment system which lets small and medium business owners to accept credit or debit card payments through their mobile phone. Called QuickPay, it consists of a mobile application and a credit/debit card reader device that’s similar to Square‘s mobile payment system.
The payment device is plugged into your smart phone’s headphone jack and it is capable of reading both credit/debit card chips or the traditional magnetic strip. To accept payment, just swipe or insert the card and use the app to complete the transaction. The process is paperless as the customer signs on the smart phone’s screen while receipts are being sent either via email or MMS.
The QuickPay card reader costs RM250 with any U Mobile plans while the app supports both iOS and Android devices. As a merchant, there’s no monthly fees but there’s a transaction charge per sale which can be as low as 2.20% which is subject to your agreed terms with the acquiring bank.
Here’s an app where getting a high score could also mean instant death to your smartphone.
If you’re the kind that likes to live on the risky side of things then this app suits you perfectly. Send Me to Heaven (SMTH) is a reckless game and it challenges you to throw your expensive smartphone up in the air as high as you can in order to score points. The higher your throw the more points you get. Your score is then uploaded to a leaderboard so you can see how you fare against other cheap thrill seekers from around the world.
SMTH is currently available only for Android and its definitely not a game for butterfingers but if danger is your thing then the game is free for you to play. Google Play link here.