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Dubai Police runs anti-fake operation

As a result of the two-week undercover operation, Dubai Police seized 60 000 fake phones, including iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models, worth 13 m USD, and arrested 45 people.

According to the Police, the criminals smuggled the phones as separate parts to assemble them later when already in the UAE. The Police also warned that, because of the cheap battery, the phones posed a risk of explosion.

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HTC to release new camera

HTC, most widely renowned as a manufacturer of Android smartphones, has announced the release of a new device – the standalone digital Re Camera. The camera is said to be compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones and, unlike the famous GoPro, popular with those keen on extreme sports and adventures, is designed for regular people.

It will be available in the US later this month for $199.99 in orange, blue, teal, and white, complete with a 8GB micro SD. HTC also offers a range of accessories for the camera, such as handlebar mount for bikes and a case to enhance its waterproof qualities.

As for the appearance, it is a pocket size camera of a simplistic design with a solid water-tight body in glossy plastic. All you can see on its outside is just a button on the front, another on the back, a red LED to indicate video recording, and a blue one for slow motion. However, even though the camera has nothing like a viewfinder, a display or a graphical user interface, it boasts 16-megapixel resolution, a 146-degree fixed-focus lens and can shoot 1080p HD video. The device is turned on automatically as you pick it up, and its 820 mAh battery allows shooting for as long as 1 hour 40 minutes on end without recharging.

According to HTC, the Re Camera is designed to make photographing more enjoyable. Using the camera, you supposedly won’t have to worry about framing a shot or starting a camera app, with your eyes off the display and open for the beauty of the moment. However, from preliminary testing, it doesn’t seem like a better option to take pictures than a smartphone. It takes too long for the camera to wake up and to capture an image, and the picture quality leaves much to be desired.

So, though HTC claims to be working on improvements, they will sure have to struggle to win a market for a non-pro camera in that price range.

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Some more yoga from Lenovo

Lenovo has announced a new line of Yoga tablets and laptops, available in a variety of sizes and configurations.

The new line includes 13.3-inch Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, featuring Android OS, a built-in Pico projector, a 8Wt sound system with a subwoofer, an Intel Atom processor and 2GB RAM. The quad-HD 2560x1440 screen makes the large-size Yoga Tablet 2 Pro a powerful presentation tool and, when used to watch movies and TV shows, gives one the feel of a true home cinema theatre. Its battery life is 15 hours in regular modes and 3 hours in the projection mode. The tablet also comes with a stand, which makes it possible to use it comfortably as a keyboard, or in the upright position, or even hung on the hook.

Yoga Tablet 2 Pro will also be available in smaller, 10-inch size, without a projector and with either Android 4.4 KitKat or Windows 8.1.

Another product of the new line is Yoga 3 Pro laptop. It is an ultra-thin and ultra-light Windows laptop, boasting a 13-inch display with HD resolution, 512GB of memory available for storage, a powerful Intel Core M Processor, and, of course, the signature 360-degree hinge. The hinge comes in an upgraded classy design and, as usual, enables using the device in four modes: the Laptop mode; the Stand mode, with the display bent back more than 180 degrees; the Tent mode, and the Tablet mode, with the display fully folded. Its battery is claimed to last for 9 hours, even with an active Wi-Fi connection.

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Dubai to Get Own Rainforest

Dubai developers, known for their mind-boggling projects, are set to build a tropical rainforest on the desert outskirts of the Dubai City. The rainforest will be “planted” under a climate-controlled dome as part of Damac Properties’ luxury housing estate.

The new sight is to open before the 2020 World Expo. It will comprise zip lines and walkways, a climbing wall and a spa with rock pools and steam baths. Ziad El Chaar, managing director of Damac Properties, is sure the rainforest will become a big tourist attraction and a place where one can obtain educational and cultural experience.

Nevertheless, the rainforest project has opponents, too. Environmentalists point out that it might have an adverse effect on the UAE government’s efforts to curb the increasing water and energy consumption of the Dubai City. Some believe that the expected high water consumption to keep the artificial forest alive is unsustainable in a desert climate.

Taken all of the above, to settle the argument, it seems crucial for the developers to provide for a thorough assessment of the project’s environmental impact in case they haven’t done it yet.

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Taken today’s highly competitive smartphone market, BlackBerry has had to come up with a unique sales approach to beat its major competitors, such as Samsung and Apple. So, under the current CEO, John Chen, the company is focusing on making BlackBerry the world’s “most secure and complete communications network.”

With this idea in mind, BlackBerry recently joined its efforts with Samsung and IBM to design a tablet to meet the demand of governmental agencies and industrial enterprises for a secure communications infrastructure. The collaboration resulted in the novelty SecuTABLET, which is currently under the certification process in Germany. The device was designed based on Samsung's S10.5 Galaxy Tab and is claimed to be up to the highest security standards.

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New Resource for Music Artists

The new resource YouTube for Artists is intended to help musicians with their public debut. It is said to be just one of the numerous resources YouTube plans to launch for the benefit of artists and video publishers. The site, among other things, features tips on how to get discovered, attract fans and earn money from creative work, how to advertise music shows, raise funds and sell merchandise. Plus it includes information on available free production resources.

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WD to Launch New Power-Efficient Hard Drives

The new Re+ hard drives by WD are intended to address the power consumption issues of modern high-capacity datacentres. With 6 Gb/s transfer rates, sequential data rates of up to 225 MB/s and a capacity of up to 550 TB per year, these are claimed to combine the high reliability of Re hard drives and the industry’s best watt-per-gigabyte ratio. In fact, WD claims the Re+ family products have the lowest power consumption of all 3.5-inch hard drives available on the market today.

According to WD, the Re+ hard drive platform is currently the most power-efficient, high-intensity and high-capacity one in terms of total cost of ownership, i.e. capacity-price-power consumption relation. Considering that watts have become a currency, like the dollar, massive deployments of these under today’s large web-scale cloud infrastructures could result in enormous savings of millions of dollars per year, while providing for enhanced performance and reliability as required for high-intensity datacentres.