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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

by menarate
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OnHub – a New Router for Fast and Reliable Wi-Fi

TP-Link and Google collaborate to introduce OnHub – a new brand wireless router. According to the developers, OnHub is a new kind of router designed to make Wi-Fi faster, more secure, and easy to use.
OnHub WiFi Router powered by smart software which provide users with reliable wireless connection and has an innovative antenna design. Thirteen OnHub’s antennas are arranged in a unique circular pattern that reduce interference effect and optimize the settings of network connection.
The Google On App being packed with the device helps to fix the settings and Wi-Fi connection control. 4 GB of internal memory are enough for installation of all the safety updates and new features. Moreover OnHub is designed to support such smart devices as for example a smart house because it includes Bluetooth Smart, Weave and 802.15.4 router. OnHub gives Wi-Fi at a speed of up to 1900 Mbps by supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies.

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The World’s First Dual Selfie Cam Will Be Released by Lenovo

The Lenovo Vibe S1 which can be developed by the biggest smartphone manufacturers in China in the nearest future was sighted at China’s TENAA certification center.
Reportedly the main feature of the coming gimmick is its supposed two front-facing cameras. It will set this device apart from the others in the market since there’ve never been any of this kind before.
Another notable feature is the possibility of creation of special effects, for instance a refocusing on the shot taken. One of the two front cameras will support up to 8 megapixels resolution.
If to speak about the other specs of the smartphone it will run octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset. The handset will be powered by 64-but processor. Adreno 405 graphics processing unit runs with 2 GB RAM.
The smartphone will come with 5-inch Full HD with 1920*1080 resolution. It packs 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. 16GB of internal memory can be further expanded via microSD card slot. The handset will ship with Android 5.1 Operating system.
Following the results of the second quarter of 2015 Lenovo ranks No. 5 in the list of the world leading smartphones’ manufacturers while the leading companies are Samsung, Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi. Within three months Lenovo produced 16,2 million smartphones and occupied 4,8% of the market. Last year the company’s share was 5,2%.

by menarate
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Microsoft Discontinues Nokia Smartphones

Production of the last Nokia smartphone – Nokia Lumia 830 was discontinued. Microsoft Devices has stopped its supplies to the factory stores. These smartphones on the shop-windows should be replaced by Lumia 735, Lumia 640 XL or Windows version of HTC One M8 depending on the region.
Bears reminding that Lumia 830 was considered one of the best Windows smartphones so far. This coherent and interesting model powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor had 5 inches HD-Screen, 1 GB RAM and 10 MP camera.

by menarate
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Intel and Micron Introduced Its Jointly Built Super-Fast Memory

Intel Corporation has announced its new flash product under the brand name Optane at IDF 2015 in San Francisco. IDF is an annual conference for developers held by Intel. The first forum took place in 1997. IDF 2015 is held from 18th till 20th August in San Francisco (the USA) and has attracted more than 5000 participants. The technology presented by Intel is up to 1000 times faster than NAND flash-memory.

Being developed in collaboration with Micron on the basis of 3D Xpoint’s memory, it represents something between NAND and DRAM (random access memory formats). Optane has a non-volatile memory as flash-memory which means it doesn’t need a power supply. The technology works much faster than flash-memory almost reaching the speed of RAM. 

Moreover, the work speed of the prototype is 7 times faster than by the fastest SSD drive Intel P3700.  The new technology is targeted different areas, for instance, it’s a big deal for PC gamers. So, game scenes will be loaded immediately but not in some time as it happens using disk storage. 

Intel is launching its gimmick within a new line of high-speed solid-state drive Intel SSD not earlier than in 2016. At the same time the company is going to supply Optane-based RAM modules made for server usage.

by Scomputers
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VoIP including Skype is banned in UAE

The UAE’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority has reiterated that the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) – including Skype – is prohibited in the UAE, reports Emarat Al Youm newspaper.

 

The regulatory authority said that VoIP is banned under the Federal Decree Law No. 3/2003 and only the two telecom operators, Etisalat and Du, are authorised to offer such services.

However, neither of the two companies have submitted requests with regard to offering VoIP services in the UAE so far.

The foreign companies who are interested in providing VoIP services here should coordinate with the two telecom services providers to offer the service to residents, TRA said.

Some Skype users have faced difficulties recently.

Residents told Emarat Al Youm that Skype stopped responding and they have been unable to make both voice and video calls for months.

The residents also said that other softwares such as Viber also had voice clarity issues.

The Emarat Al Youm report quotes subscribers as urging Etisalat and Du to reduce international call rates first before blocking VoIP softwares.

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by menarate
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Developments in the world of UAE trade statistics

The Ministry of Economy of UAE has declared of its trade statistical figures update up to the end of 2014. The app comprises trade transaction data on non-oil goods, exports, re-exports, and imports of the UAE with other countries since 1999. The application helps to save time and effort, as the data is available by different periods, geographic areas, and type of merchandise, which facilitates further comparison. Moreover, the data can be easily exported to such desktop applications as MS Office and PDF format.    

The statistical offices emphasize the importance of rapid developments in context of Smart Data and strive to provide accurate, high quality statistics to meet the needs of various data users in order to attract investors and businessmen, who will proceed with policies and strategies for international trade.  

Abdullah Al Saleh, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Economy for Foreign Trade and Industry, said: "In line with the federal government directives, the Ministry of Economy is working to achieve the highest level of transparency and competitiveness. The current update fulfills a long-perceived need for recent and relevant information in the trading sector.”

The Under-Secretary highlighted that application is the pioneer app displaying interactive data in a user-friendly and efficient manner. The number of application users every month averages between 1,000 and 1,500 from different countries all over the world.

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Samsung Galaxy Note5, S6 Edge+: 6 killer features, 1 fatal flaw

During a media meet in Dubai, Samsung Electronics took the veils off its flagship Galaxy Note5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ for the GCC on Tuesday. 

The devices will be available in the local market starting August 28 even as Hayssam Yassine, Head of the IM Division at Samsung Gulf Electronics, told Emirates 24|7 that he expects some retailers to start selling the phablets earlier, depending on how soon they can put the phablets in their customers’ hands.


“The official availability is August 28, but we may be selling it earlier through the channel if the market readiness is there,” said Yassine. 

“My guess is that if they’re ready and have stocks, some retailers may start selling it in the next three-four days.”

In the UAE, the Galaxy Note5 32GB will sell for Dh2,799 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ 32GB will be available for Dh3,099.

The Galaxy S6 edge+ 64GB version (not available immediately in the region) will retail for Dh3,399.

In continuing with the switch to metal that Samsung made earlier this year with the launch of the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, both the new devices are crafted by blending metal and glass. 

However, Samsung decided to go big with the displays this time around, bringing out 5.7-inch screens for both the new phablets.

“When we first introduced the big-screen format with the stylus three years ago, people thought we were crazy to do so,” said Yassine. 

“But we’ve been proven right, and today you can see everybody is bringing large screens to the market,” he said, perhaps taking a dig at the large-screen iPhone 6 which its rival Apple Inc. launched last year despite its founder Steve Jobs once famously saying that “You can't get your hand around [a device with a screen bigger than 3.5 inches]."

Jobs said: “No one’s going to buy that” and went on to deride big phones as “Hummers”.

Well, it seems that those phablet Hummers are here to stay, and will be driving the mobile segment’s growth for the next few quarters at least.

Asked about Samsung’s recent profit decline, Yassine acknowledged that while the company has lost some revenue as per the latest global results, it remains strong regionally.

“Locally, we’re back at No. 1 according to GfK statistics,” he says, “with a 48 per cent share of the UAE’s smartphone market.”

Yassine maintains that “while the market fluctuates on a monthly basis, what matters is the trend, and the trend is that we’re growing handsomely.” He added: “We hope that these new products will give us additional room to grow.”

Samsung is indeed banking on the success of the new flagship devices as it maintains that it faces “mounting challenges” during the second half of the year. 

But Samsung has managed to include some ‘killer’ features to counter the runaway success of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as a bevy of devices from other rivals, we believe there is one flaw that may prove to be a drag on sales.

First, the killer features

#1 New, improved S-Pen

As Aladdin Hijazi, Samsung Gulf Electronics’ IM Training Manager, puts it, the new S-Pen comes with an “addictive new feature”.

It boasts a push and pull mechanism, akin to a regular retractable pen. You’d need to push the S-Pen for it to eject, and then you can pull it out.

It isn’t just the mechanism that’s new to the Note5. The Note5 now supports what Samsung calls is a ‘blank screen memo’ – when in a hurry, you may start scribbling notes with the S-Pen on the Note5 screen even when it is in the sleep mode, and the screen will instantly come alive and you’ll have the note displayed on it.

In addition, the S-Pen allows ‘scroll capture,’ or a vertical panorama shot of the complete webpage.

Until now, we can capture images one screenshot at a time, and if we needed more than what can be displayed on a mobile screen, we’d need to take multiple screen shots.

With a new feature in the Note5, the S-Pen allows you to capture multiple screens in one shot. It also allows annotating on the screens. 

#2 Faster wireless charging

“We’ve taken charging abilities to the next level with these devices,” says Hijazi. The Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ feature Samsung’s fast wired and wireless charging technology, he says.

The embedded wireless charging technology is compatible with virtually any wireless pad available today, he maintains, adding that the devices go from 0 to 100 per cent charge in 90 minutes through a wired charger and in 90 minutes through Samsung’s latest wireless charger.

#3 Ultra-Slim design

From a distance, the Note 5 looks similar to the Note 4, but the design has subtle improvements that go a long way in making it handier and enhancing ease-of-use while being handled ‘single-handedly’.

The biggest change of course is the use of metal which immediately ticks all the boxes in the ‘premium’ category.

The rear panel of the Note5 has curved glass, tapered edges which makes it easier to hold in one hand, says Hijazi.

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ has the same contours, and with the edgy sides, it is even easier to hold than the Note5 despite both of them having the same 5.7-inch screen size.

“When we designed the first Galaxy Note four years ago, we gave portability and productivity to the consumer, and redefined the mobile industry in the process.

“By making the display larger and redesigning the stylus, we got rid of some hard-worn crutches of the mobile industry, and developed a device that actively addressed some major pain points for consumers,” said Yassine. 

#4 More power to processor

Both the S6 edge+ and the Note5 come loaded with a powerful processor which Samsung claims gives a much faster response time than Note4.

The devices boast an octacore (2.1GHz Quad + 1.5GHz Quad), 64-bit, 14nm Exynos 7420 processor, which should allow users to open multiple tabs without any issues, the firm says.

In addition, both phablets come loaded with an increased 4GB RAM, allowing multi-tasking, social browsing and graphic-heavy gaming without compromising on the speed or suffering lag time, it notes.  

#5 Virtually viral videos

Samsung has paired up with YouTube to offer instant video sharing through its ‘live broadcast’ 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,” says Hijazi.

In addition, the devices come with a ‘steady video’ feature for both front and rear cameras, providing image stabilisation for on-the-go videos.

A ‘Video Collage Mode’ allows users to record and edit short videos easily in various frames and effects, and you can stitch together up to four videos of varying speed in the same display.

Samsung has also incorporated other usable camera features like ‘Quick Launch’ (double click the home button to launch the camera within 0.6 seconds), ‘Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR),’ and ‘Smart Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)’ and new filters. 

#6 SideSync Support

Samsung’s latest devices are upgraded to support SideSync, which offers both wireless and wired PC-smartphone integration for connections across devices.

With auto-detection, Windows PC and even MacBook users can instantly access files and data from their Samsung phablets, and vice-versa.

The feature also allows users to respond to text messages and even field phone calls from their computers.

With this, we come to what we see as a major flaw in the devices. 

Where’s the memory, dude?

Both the Note5 and the S6 edge+ are globally available in 32GB and 64GB variants, with no option for the 128GB mommy memory mobile.

With apps and games becoming heavier, not to mention the fact that the Note5 is, essentially, a productivity device targeted at business users, memory is critical.

The devices also don’t have any slot for additional SD storage which could have come handy once a user runs out of the initial allotted space.

To make matters even worse, the Note5 will be available in the region in only the 32GB avatar – no 64GB version for us.

“We found a lot of people in the region using cloud storage and 32GB is good enough for a majority of our potential customers in the region,” responds Yassine.

Now, a business user, by definition, may need space to store quite a bit of confidential or sensitive data locally, and we’re not convinced 32GB will be ‘good enough’ for such users.

Still, that’s a call that Samsung has taken for now, but it doesn’t have to be set in stone.

As Yassine acknowledges, “64GB is available globally – we might bring it here later.”

Another minor issue is that of the smaller battery. Both the devices come with a 3,000 mAh battery, which is a step down from the 3,220 mAh battery on the Note4. Yassine, however, believes this to be a non-issue.

“We have the power banks today, and there are wireless power banks now,” he states. “We also have the fast charging covers now which solve the problem for heavy users,” he states.

In the end, as with everything else in the market, it will be you, the user, who’ll decide the fate of these devices.