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by menarate
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Samsung’s revolutionary image sensor with 1.0μm pixels

Samsung has launched a brand new 1.0μm-pixel-based 16 megapixel image sensor. The imager to be embedded into such ultrafine mobile devices like Galaxy A8 is a silver bullet.  Samsung used its ISOCELL technology to create an advanced imager which inherently meets high-resolution requirements. Set with 1.0μm pixels, Samsung’s innovative sensor reduces the overall height of module by 20 percent, versus existent 1.12μm-pixel based 16Mp sensor modules.

The smaller pixels may allegedly cause lower image quality, as the camera won’t be able to perform in inadequately lighted environment. The ISOCELL technology remarkably reduces unwanted color transfer and controls the collection of photons. Combination of this technology with small pixels in new image sensors will provide manufacturers with different design options for their smartphones, so that you will have an opportunity to get high-res pictures produced by slim mobiles.

by menarate
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Next generation camera to make VR in real time

Nokia has announced about release of OZO VR camera for capturing 3D video. OZO is a spherical device fitted with eight image sensors for 360-degree video capturing and the same number of microphones for spatial audio recording. The camera allows getting instant feedback on the content via VR headset. Moreover, OZO enables real time viewing with innovative playback solution. Normally, it takes hours to collect data from different sensors to pre-assemble footage. Moviemakers are able to extract a low-resolution video in as little as a few minutes. Afterwards, the content can be viewed via commercially available VR headsets like Oculus Rift.  

Jaunt Inc. decided to engage itself to support OZO, the breakthrough technology, to ensure filmmakers have whatever is required for content creation.

Up to now, nothing has been said about the official price and other features of the device, but Nokia is planning to make all the details public this fall, with shipments expected in Q4 2015.

 

by menarate
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The Japanese has developed the first “world’s smallest car”. From the first sight the personal transporter called WalkCar reminds of a skateboard and it’s not bigger than a laptop. This gadget can be used not only to transport people but also to carry heave bags and other weights. 
 
An engineer of Cocoa Motors and the Creator Kuniako Saito reported that his device is powered by a lithium battery and has an aluminum body. The tiny two-three-kilogram gadget can handle a load up to 120 kg.
 
The top speed is 10 km/h. It takes three hours of charge to cover a distance of 12 km. The WalkCar starts and stops a motion automatically. Stepping onto the board a user starts to move. Shifting their weight a passenger can change the direction. 
 
The unique feature of this gadget is its size. Similar vehicles like Segway and Toyota Winglet are more cumbersome and unlikely to be used in everyday life. The WalkCar is mobile and can be easily carried in bags. 
 
Funding of the development was carried out on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. Shipping is expected to begin by spring 2016. Its price amounts around $ 800.
by menarate
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From now a resident of any country has no limits to purchase Ubuntu smartphones. These handsets are stuffed with Ubuntu Touch mobile OS.

BQ is not ready yet to please demanding customers with a wide range of its products. For today only two Ubuntu-based smartphones are available. Let’s talk about the first one called BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition. This compact device is powered by a quad-core 1,7 GHz MediaTek processor. It has internal storage of 8 GB and RAM is 1 GB. 4,5 inch sensor screen allows to show 960*540 pixels pictures which can be taken with a cam of 5 and 8 Mpx. Accumulator battery has a capacity of 2150 mAh. The price of Aquaris E4.5 is only €180.

Let’s proceed to the second smartphone. Its name is BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition which costs €200. It has much in common with BQ Aquaris E4.5 for example RAM capacity, processor and 5 and 13-Mpx camera. The other specs have been improved: a battery with a capacity of 2500 mAh, the integrated storage of 16 GB, 5-inch HD screen. Both Ubuntu Touch Mobiles don’t have LTE but support GSM/3G. Dual micro-SIM slot makes these phones more convenient.

Although Ubuntu OS has lots of advantages it can’t compete with such sharks as Android and iOS. However in favor of Ubuntu speaks the fact that this OS has never been hacked yet so your personal data is absolutely secure.

by menarate
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Suddenly Google became a subsidiary. With an appearance of Alphabet Inc. the working scheme of brand-management will be simplified. Newly made parent company will control the investment and research division of Google while YouTube and Android stay as dependent on Google.

The name of the parent firm reflects the language and basic symbol set of Google search. At the same time one can mention a word-play of the word “alphabet” which can also mean “the first-class investment”.


Personnel changes won't keep waiting– Larry Page, the founder of the American multimedia giant, will become Alphabet’s Director Executive, Sergej Brin will serve as the President of the Alphabet and Sander Pichay as Google’s Chairman of the board.

 

by menarate
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Have you ever thought about what are the odds to win anything on Twitter? Every day you come across numerous contests like “retweet to win” and maybe even take part in them and win something. Some people don’t believe in all these tricks. However one computer engineer Hunter Scott created a bot which entered every single post like this. The total number of contest was 165 thousand. Scott confirmed he had won 4 prizes per day within 9 months. The biggest part of the haul was absolutely useless and some of them he couldn’t accept. But the thing is that Scott was interested not in prizes but in the process of their winning.

The most complicated part of creating a bot was avoiding Twitter banning. This social network has some hazards for hackers. For example, it’s impossible to follow more than 2,000 people if you have a lot of followers yourself. Also the users can’t retweet too often. As we can see, Scott’s script was able to escape these traps and collect all the existing contests.

Scott claims that win rate was very low and the quality of the prizes left much to be desired. The best one was a $4,000 trip to NY fashion week but he didn’t manage to visit it. Scott’s experiment shows the random result of Twitter contests.

by Chris Daler
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Vacuum Cleaning Robots new high tech gadget in UAE for lazy families

I was looking for that gadget for a long time but none of the shops was selling it in UAE. Few offers available on Desertcard were drastically high but the only available. Finally I gave up and bought it.

And guys that thing works!!! It does its job. I just adjust the timer and leave the apartment. It does the cleaning without human involvement.  You just need to clean the container once it is full. In my case I need to clean it once in 2-3 days in an apartment of 1300 sq feet.

Moreover this thing can overcome the obstacles of 20 mm and it is a smart thing!! It does the mapping of your apartment so can reach the base to charge the batteries. Cool!

 

 

by AdooMap
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Cool feature to be able to post ts own news

by Scomputers
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Thieves demand money via mobile app

In a tale of a very modern mugging, thieves in Sweden forced their victim to give them his money via an electronic transfer, making the police investigation a no-brainer, Swedish media reported Thursday.

The suspects, two men, demanded money from their young victim, but he had no cash to give them.

They then hit the man, and one of the thieves demanded that the victim use the popular money transfer app Swish to transfer 80 krona (eight euros) to the suspect's account.

Evidently, however, he did not think the crime through. The app is not anonymous, and allows people to transfer money using phone numbers, which police can then easily track.

The men could end up paying big, because in Sweden violent theft is punishable by up to six years in prison.

by Scomputers
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Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service

Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737, in the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world. 

Engineers at the giant social network say they've built a drone with a 140-foot wingspan that weighs less than 1,000 pounds. Designed to fly at high altitudes for up to three months, it will use lasers to send Internet signals to stations on the ground.

Though Facebook is better known for online software that lets people share news with friends, watch viral videos - and view commercial advertising - engineers in a unit called the Connectivity Lab are working on a different set of problems.

For one thing, they are designing a laser communications system they hope will be accurate enough to hit a target the size of a dime at a distance of 11 miles, said Yael Maguire, director of the unit, which is responsible for drones, satellites and other high-tech communications projects.

"There's a lot of moving parts here that have to work in concert," said Maguire, during a press briefing at the company's headquarters.

The project is part of a broader Facebook effort that also contemplates using satellites and other high-tech gear to deliver Internet service to hundreds of millions of people living in regions too remote for conventional broadband networks.

Other tech companies have launched similar initiatives. Google is experimenting with high-altitude balloons as well as drones and satellites. Microsoft has funded a project that will transmit Internet signals over unused television airwaves.

Facebook also has a separate but related initiative that works with wireless carriers to provide limited mobile Internet service at no cost, in countries where residents are too poor to afford traditional wireless plans.

But the company invited reporters Thursday to hear an update on its effort to provide service to about 10 percent of the world's population who live in regions where it's not practical or too expensive to build the usual infrastructure for Internet service.

Facebook's drone was developed in part with engineering expertise that joined the company when it acquired a British aerospace startup, Ascenta, last year. Facebook engineering vice president Jay Parikh said the team created a design that uses rigid but light-weight layers of carbon fiber, capable of flying in the frosty cold temperatures found at high altitudes, for an extended period of time.

The plan calls for using helium balloons to lift each drone into the air, Parikh said. The drones are designed to climb to 90,000 feet, safely above commercial airliners and thunderstorms, where they will fly in circles through the day. At night, he said, they will settle to about 60,000 feet to conserve battery power.

 Each drone will fly in a circle with a radius of about 3 kilometers, which the engineers hope will enable it to provide Internet service to an area with a radius of about 50 kilometers.

For the plan to work, Facebook's engineers are also counting on a recent breakthrough they've made in laser optics, which Maguire said would allow them to transmit data at up to 10 gigabits per second. That's comparable to fiber networks on the ground but about 10 times faster than standard laser signals, he said.

 Facebook is designing the drones to transmit signals from one aircraft to another, so they can relay signals across a broader area on the ground, he added.

 While Facebook has built and tested smaller prototypes at a plant in the United Kingdom, it's looking at a site in the United States for testing the full-sized drone, said Parikh, who declined to be more specific.

 Facebook hopes to share the technology with telecommunications carriers and development agencies, which it hopes will build and operate the drone networks, Parikh said. "We're not going to operate this ourselves," he added. "We're focused on finding ways to drive the industry to move faster."

 CEO Mark Zuckerberg has acknowledged Facebook's business will benefit in the long run if more people gain Internet access, but he says the effort isn't driven by profit-seeking. Instead, he has said it's based on the conviction that Internet service can bring a variety of economic and social benefits to developing nations.