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LG Invests Billions in Production of Next-generation Displays

LG intends to focus on production of displays using a new technology. This step should keep the competitors at bay on the market of television equipment and monitors. This refers to OLED technology.

OLED is an organic light-emitting diode display and it’s expected the company will be able to manufacture these displays at lower costs than liquid crystal displays (LCD).  

The South Korean company announced its plans on investment into the development of OLED in the amount of 10 trln won (about $ 8.47 billion) till 2018. According to Reuters, the means will be directed to the developments in interoperation of OLED with certain product types including not only TV sets but also mobile devices and wearables. Also LG is going to analyze whether it’s possible to use OLED technology in other areas, particularly in a vehicle production.

Moreover, LG won’t disregard a traditional liquid crystal displays’ (LCD) production: the company will concentrate on creation of premium and luxury class segment.

In July LG company announced its intention to invest 1.05 trln won ($ 908 million) into a sixth generation flexible OLED display production line within a new line E5, which will be assembled in South Korea. The line will fit not only TV sets but also mobile devices and wearables as well as could be used in industrial conditions. The new line is scheduled to begin mass production in the first half of 2017.

A range of manufacturers, among which is Samsung, consider OLED as too expensive technology for mass market. However if LG achieves decrease in production costs of OLED, it’ll become a positive driver for future sales of the company. OLED display production should help the company remain at the top of the mobile display game in the foreseeable future and LG products to become a mainstream.

As reported by IHS DisplaySearch research firm, the market of flexible OLED devices will gradually grow from $ 3.5 billion in 2015 to $ 4.8 billion by 2021.

According to the assessment of DisplaySearch, the global OLED-displays’ market size will grow to $ 28.3 billion by 2022 comparing to $ 8.7 billion in 2014.

LG Display reported operating profit of 488 billion won for the second quarter of 2015 that exceeded expectations of experts. Nevertheless, last quarter growth rates of revenue of the company have decreased from 26% to 12%.

by menarate
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Innovative Idea in the Battery Packs’ World

A British company Intelligent Energy has claimed a creation of a battery pack for iPhone that runs on a single charge for a week. The Telegraph reports about a breakthrough in smartphones’ development. The British has invented a battery for iPhone 6 that delivers a week’s life worth. According to the publication, the company works closely with Apple corporation.    

Intelligent energy has developed a working iPhone prototype containing a rechargeable battery, which creates electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen producing small “by-products” as water and heat. The technology is patented.

Henri Winand, chief executive of Intelligent Energy, commenting the information about the new invention, refused to comment on Apple involvement into the project. He confined himself to saying that this had never been done in smartphones’ world before.

“We have managed to develop such a thin fuel cell that will fit to the existing smartphones’ models”, - highlighted Winand. He named the invention of the company “a serious step forward”.

Press Service of Apple declined to comment.

Three major areas of work of the Intelligent Energy are automotive, consumer electronics and power distribution.

The company has grown from community of students-chemists of the British Loughborough University, which was formed in the end of 1980-ies. In 1995 was founded Advanced Power Sources firm — the predecessor of Intelligent Energy. In its present form the company was established in 2001. In 2003 it had signed a contract with Boeing on the development of innovative fuel cell with a proton exchange membrane, in 2007 started a similar project a fuel cell elements for Suzuki motorcycles.

In July 2014 Intelligent Energy was set on the London stock exchange with a valuation of  business of $1.1 billion. The Company raised during the IPO to nearly $100 million. 6.4% of the company owns Yukos International UK.

by Scomputers
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Apple's iPhone 6s invite-only launch: Here's your pass in

“Hey Siri, give us a hint.”

That is Apple’s pick-up line for its fans and followers to join CEO Tim Cook and team on September 9 for the unveiling of the next iterations of the iPhone.

Not much camouflage from Apple this time – the traditional fall launch is scheduled for its favourite date, on September 9 this year, at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

Apple did manage to keep the venue under a shroud of mystery until the San Francisco neighbourhood news network Hoodline on Monday, August 24, stumbled upon a mysterious company that has rented the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium from September 4 until September 13 to host a “private event”.

After that piece of information was corroborated against a list of potential exhibitors, none of which had announced a ‘trade show’ on those dates, it didn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to arrive at the conclusion that it was the ever-secretive Cupertino-based Apple that was up to its usual tricks at this time of the year.

The auditorium is huge – with a 7,000-strong capacity – and that means that Apple does have a few tricks up its sleeve. There have been rumours about a number of new Apple products ready for the market – the new iPads including the phantom known as iPad Pro, the iOS 9, the watch OS2… all of these and more are rumoured to be market-ready.

Apple spring event to launch the Apple Watch was held in the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts Theatre in San Francisco, with a 755-seat capacity in the theatre that Apple had chosen for the unveiling.

So, a venue with literally 10 times the capacity of its previous event venue, booked for five days before and four days after the event, does point to something big.

Nevertheless, no one expects Apple to not launch the next iPhones – the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus – at the ‘invite-only’ event at the confirmed time and venue in 11 days from now.

Will there be an iPhone 6c? Looks less and less likely as there have been no recent ‘leaks’ on it even as rumours, mock-up and leaks re: the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus have done their full rounds.

We’re not ruling out the iPhone 6c, though. Only saying that it’s unlikely to be launched on September 9, along with its more illustrious cousins.

Apple’s already the world No. 2 in wearables, after Fitbit, and this may be the time to give its watch OS another push to accelerate sales and achieve the No. 1 status.

The fact that Siri got a mention on the invite points to the fact that Apple’s artificially intelligent assistant may be getting a makeover or upgrade.

How to Watch

And while a select few (thousands) will be in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, here’s how you can watch the invite-only event even if you’re not on Safari or part of the iOS ecosystem.

If you’re one of the more than 75 million users that have upgraded to Windows 10, you’ll have a front-seat view of the goings on. Apple has, finally, opened up the event broadcast to a browser other than Safari, and it is Edge, the replacement of Internet Explorer which is part of the Windows 10 OS.

Click here to watch live as CEO Tim Cook takes the stage on 09/09/15 at 9pm UAE time, unveiling what many believe will not just be the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but also a host of other announcements.

Millions of Apple fans can catch the keynote ‘live’ as Apple will be streaming it live on its mobile devices including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (Safari on iOS version 7.0 or later), and Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OSX (v10.8.5 or later). You could also stream it on Apple TV (second- or third-generation set-top box, and should be running software version 6.2 or later).

Until now, Apple used to stream the video geared for only its own proprietary browsers, so it wouldn’t show up on any other browsers. That policy has seen a welcome change this time, with Apple including one (only one) other browser – the Edge – to that list. In a first, therefore, PC-owners can watch the live telecast if you’ve upgraded to the Windows 10 operating system and have Edge as your browser. 

by Scomputers
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This free, 'live' video streaming app not blocked in UAE

The UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has quashed rumours about Twitter’s free live video streaming app Periscope being blocked in the UAE.

The TRA has confirmed that contrary to last week’s media reports and the ongoing social media debate about the subject, Periscope is facing technical issues, which the authority is working to resolve.

Commenting on reports regarding the blocking of video streaming apps in the UAE, published by some media outlets, along with discussions by users on various social media platforms, the TRA clarified the following last week:

“Immediately after discovering the issues users have been facing with the #Periscope app in the UAE, TRA’s technical team have spent the past 48 hours investigating the matter… in coordination with both operators. We have discovered a technical problem and are working to resolve it within the coming few days.”

While one-on-one VoIP-based video and call services including Skype, Viber, WhatsApp calling, etc. remain barred in the UAE, Periscope is available for users.

“The TRA stresses on its role as the regulator in this context, especially in light of its devoted efforts towards upgrading the information and communication technology infrastructure and laying the foundations for smart cities and smart government, as well as ensuring the UAE’s leading position on a global standard,” the TRA reiterated.



Users in the UAE had been facing issues with the app for more than a week before the TRA’s response came.

Through @periscopehelp, its online helpline, Twitter said on August 20: “We’re aware of Periscope service interruptions in the UAE on WiFi & cellular networks. We’re investigating & working to restore access ASAP.”

According to Twitter, @Periscopeco is an intuitive, live-streaming app that allows users to get a glimpse into the lives of the people they follow. The app was launched on March 26, and Twitter announced on August 2 that it had crossed 10 million users in its first four or so months.

The livestreaming war is getting hotter, with Facebook last month unveiling ‘Mentions’, which is available to verified public figures on Facebook as a way to interact with their fans and followers in real time.

Since last year, Google’s YouTube already has a ‘Live Broadcast’ feature for administrators of channels that are ‘verified’ and are in ‘good standing’. This feature got a shot in the arm this month with the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ which come preloaded with the feature.


Both the Note5 and the S6 edge+ feature 4K video filming and Live Broadcast, which let users instantly live-stream full HD video straight from their phone to any individual, group of contacts, or even the public through YouTube Live.

“Anyone who receives the YouTube link from a Note5 or Galaxy S6 edge+ user is able to enjoy live stream video from his or her smartphone, tablet, PC or Smart TV with YouTube connectivity,” Aladdin Hijazi, Samsung Gulf Electronics’ IM Training Manager, said at the Dubai launch of the devices.

VoIP-based services in general remain barred in the UAE and only licensed providers (Etisalat and Du) are allowed to offer such services, as per the TRA.

“VoIP are considered part of the UAE’s regulated activities,” the regulator told this website in a statement earlier this year.

by Scomputers
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Dubai Gitex Shopper's 25th anniversary: Robotics, virtual reality, wearables…

As power retailers and consumers alike gear up for Gitex Shopper’s 25th anniversary – taking place from October 3-10 in Dubai, the organisers highlight the industry’s top developments for 2015.

Wearables

With wearable tech exploding onto the market in recent years, increasingly fashionable and functional devices such as fitness monitors, smart watches and glasses are expected to drive the growth of the market to an anticipated $19 billion in retail revenue by 2018, according to a recent Juniper Research study.

With smart watches expected to replace fitness wearables by 2017, these companion devices for smartphones are a highly anticipated trend for this year’s savvy consumer.

Digital Wallets

With Apple Pay preparing for its activation in the Middle East market, and local versions of the digital wallet already taking the UAE by storm, the days of checking for “wallet, phone, keys,” will soon be gone.

By simply scanning a QR code produced via smartphone, items are charged to a registered credit card – meaning convenience and simplicity for retailers and consumers alike.

Virtual Reality

Traditionally the domain of gamers, Virtual Reality is quickly becoming an actual reality for all, with accessible heads-up displays such as Samsung GearVR and Google Cardboard making VR hardware affordable and usable smartphone peripherals.

These consumer media devices are ripe for new content, with many advanced displays such as Meta, Magic Leap, Glyph and the Microsoft HoloLens system starting to gain notable traction as they work to launch consumer products.   

According to C. Purushothaman, Head of Marketing for Samsung Gulf Electronics, “Samsung is committed to moving innovation forward, and we’re introducing cutting-edge technologies including virtual reality, wearables and phablets at GITEX Shopper this year.”

Phablet

Although to many, smartphones might seem like old news, it has to be said that they are only getting smarter with the advent of new technologies. Current trends are showing that tablets are often used as ‘second screens’, and with phablets growing in availability, consumers will be encouraged to use these as their primary media consumption device – negating the need for a tablet. 

“While smartphones are always top-sellers, we’re seeing a rising demand in phablets as people look beyond the smartphone screen experience and develop multi-screen preferences,” said Nadeem Khanzadah, Head of OmniChannel Retail at Jumbo Group.

The Internet of (Every)Thing/s

The Internet of Everything continues to grow alongside user-oriented computing, with embedded technologies predicted to be the focus of digital business products and processes in industrial and operational contexts.

3D Printers

The expansion of the 3D printing market seems inevitable, with growth in industrial, biomedical and consumer applications helping companies reduce costs. With industry leaders aiming for a 3D printer in every home, advanced printing processes are improving the quality of this technology, with 2015 likely to see faster, lower-priced industrial machines and desktop machines with greater capabilities emerge.

Intelligent Drones – Robotics

With Parrot and DJI Phantom – the two leading drone companies in the market – anticipating combined sales of $1 billion in 2015, up from $180 million in 2013, the increase in civilian drone usage in sectors such as construction, film-making, farming and conservation has created an industry boom. As affordability increases, a burgeoning hobbyist sector is also reaping the benefits.

Virtual Assistants

As consumers become increasingly reliant on smartphone technology, Apple, Google and Yahoo have all acquired “predictive intelligence” apps that will help consumers boost their daily efficiency, helping to get things without being explicitly asked to do so. This technology will be baked into consumers’ mobile phones from 2015, with Google already quietly bringing theirs out for Android, and integrated into predictive products from mobile apps to smart speakers.

Beacon technology

iPhones running the latest version of iOS 7 have benefited from the implementation of Apple’s iBeacon, meaning that these phones can perform background scans for beacons, even when the relevant apps are closed. Although this doesn’t yet exist on Android, beacon technology is a developing trend in this year’s market.

Biometrics

With trends growing towards enterprise mobility, corporations are increasing their focus on security. Using unique human characteristics as a means of identity authentication – a fingerprint here, an iris scan there – eliminates the chances of identity theft and also benefits consumers through convenience. No more writing down dozens of passwords, just bat your eyes at a device and let your unique biometric signature do the rest! 

Many of the Lenovo devices being featured at GITEX Shopper this year have Intel RealSense technology, enabling them to actually sense and respond to hand gestures and facial movements, allowing users to command their computer without even touching it.

“Lenovo devices coupled with Intel RealSense technology also provides the capability of scanning and printing in 3D, manipulating photos and video-chat in new and exciting ways, as well as interacting with the latest-generation video games,” said Mohammed Halilili, General Manager Lenovo Gulf.

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How the IPhone 6S Can Control Your Household Devices

There’re lots of Smart Home systems for automation of household but iPhone makes it smarter. Though this area of technology is rather rich in new inventions, it’s not easy and even impossible to robotize all the household equipment at home for those who are not skilled in programming and engineering. Apple HomeKit technology enables to make this process easily accessible and more clear to each person in the world and control connected devices at the same time. Interaction between smart accessories is achieved by means of creation of so called “ecosystem”. It should be completely compatible, consistent within its framework and easy in settings. Presentation of off-the-shelf technology is to be held just in a month.

 

So, how does iPhone help us to control a smart house?

 

1. A smartphone with the iOS 9 OS is a central core of controlling all the household devices from conditioner to washing machine;

2. Apart from communicator as a handling mechanism can act a WatchOS 2,0 (smart-watches Apple Watch or any other portable gadget based on this platform);

3. Ecosystem HomeKit should recognize voice commands as well as identifying the desires of users by means of a well-developed intelligent technology Apple Siri;

4. For collaboration of HomeKit with gadgets and accessories the latter should have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth (and have a matching adapter module);

5. A huge part of sensors, motor blinds, carbon dioxides detectors and other existing devises will be added by Apple to HomeKit on iOS 9;

6. Data exchange with household devices (settings, profiles and so on) will be held via buffer “cloud” zone in iCloud;

7. Smart Home with Apple HomeKit will appear always online and at the same time it should be secured from unapproved access by the progressive security system.

 

For now all the information mentioned above is preliminary. All the details on the shifty circuit named HomeKit will be revealed later. However on the whole seven above-said items provide a short glimpse on the general concept of American corporation’s idea. It’s obvious that in a long shot HomeKit developers are planning to bring out HomeKit-enabled products under the Apple label. It concerns not only smartphones, pads, laptops and set-top boxes but also different household devices, vehicles and even whole houses already equipped with high-tech gadgets. Nowadays Apple is going to make a first serious step towards creation of standardized house of “Smart Home” class.

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Tesla Motors has started testing a set of autopilot functions in real road conditions.

It’s referred to two systems – autopilot working on highways and a complex of parallel parking. Driving on highways owners of electrically operated Model S sedan can allow them to shift a driving completely to vehicle electronics. Particularly, the autonomic software gives possibilities to control the location of a vehicle, to gather and throttle down a speed as well as to wheel. The system uses a combination of on-board cameras and different detectors as well as GPS –positioning system navigation receiver.

What concerns a complex of autonomous parallel parking, it’ll let a user to let the vehicle park itself in a suitable places along the road side.

Nowadays the autopilot device is being tested by a limited number of automobilists – by the owners of Model S sedan. Not only the systems operation is being examined but also an ease of user interface. Right after test completion of the system updating of a program software with a set of autopilot functions will be available for other owners of Tesla Motors electromobiles. 

by landmarkshops
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Garmin produced an exercise smartwatch (Garmin Vivoactive)

You can exercise with it and you can use it as a smartwatch alternative to all these freaky android and apple watches