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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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New Bluetooth keyboard by Logitech. Want to connect three devices simultaneously? Easily!

New Bluetooth keyboard Logitech K480 is the best choice if you use several devices and want operate them simultaneously with keyboard. Logitech K480 allows you to connect up to three devices so you can switch for example between PC, phone and a tablet which are put in special row on the keyboard.

At $50 you will get great functionality and attractive styling:  fluorescent ergonomic keys, compact size, two color options and wireless connection above all. Logitech K480 will be a real gift for those who want to swap between devices and main computer without KVW switches and other yesterday’s tools. Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard should be available in late September. 

 

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Toshiba has crossed the line. New 7-inch Windows tablet for $120

Evolution of Windows-based tablets is a long tale about how to make device… smaller and cheaper. Indeed, every new product sets a record in price and new 7-inch Encore Mini by Toshiba is not exclusion. Priced for only $120 it passed the lowest $200-line common for 8-inch tablets. However, do not expect high-end specs for such a price: based on Windows 8.1, Encore Mini has a quad-core 1GB RAM Intel Atom Z3735G processor, 1024 x 600 display, 16GB of storage, 2MP main camera and 0.3MP frontal camera. It’s a bit heavier than Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, but nevertheless it won’t be a problem to keep additional 350 grams in your bag.

Definitely good news that purchase of Encore Mini grants you with a free year of 1TB storage on One Drive and either Office 365 service. Moreover the tablet is designed with additional microSDXC slot, so you can increase the storage up to 128GB.  Producer did it best to improve the scaling, thus you will always feel comfortable to work with on-screen objects in desktop mode. Attractive price, compact size, a plenty of storage – if you are tempted, Encore Mini is already in stores.  

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The answer is positive, at least, when it comes to nano-sized ones, which are actually controlled sound ripples.

A research team from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology found out that these ripples could change electronic properties of substances. Thus, when the researchers tested it on a photoluminescent 2D material, the material tended to emit more light as the sound ripples grew more intensive.

The discovery can be useful for enhancing performance of cellphone cameras under dim light conditions, efficiency of solar cells and smart windows, and for a lot of other purposes. All the more, the above effect of sound waves is not permanent and disappears as soon as the “earthquake” stops.

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Dubai Police Demands CCTV Installed in all Buildings

Setting up a term of 3 months to complete the task, Dubai Police has ordered owners of both residential and office buildings to equip their premises with security cameras, referring to Act No. 10 of 2014 and amendments to Law No. 24 of 2008 on service providers and security regulations.

The Police also emphasized CCTV cameras were to be to their specifications as follows. First, they should be installed at all the entrances, including emergency ones, so that they could get a proper picture of a person entering or leaving a building. Secondly, cameras should be properly fixed and stable, no obstacles in their way, obscuring vision. And, finally, CCTV cameras should cover lobby areas, sections close to elevators, reception areas, entrances to health clubs, and parking places. In the latter case, cameras need to be able to capture number plates with enough precision. Besides, it is essential that all the cameras should keep, at least, a month’s footage.

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Seagate’s new ultra-high capacity hard drive

According to Seagate’s Vice President of Marketing, Scott Horn, our increasingly mobile world is now in desperate need for a cost-efficient innovative medium to store large amounts of accumulated personal and cloud-based data, so Seagate’s break-through invention could be a proper solution to this problem. The company’s newly launched 8TB hard drive boasts both high capacity and high efficiency, including in terms of operating costs and power consumption, perhaps, even highest in the industry.

Though Seagate has already started supplying the product, the new solution is expected to be available on a wider scale by next quarter.

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The new U32D970Q Samsung monitor boasts ultrahigh resolution (3,840х2,160 px) and a 10-bit PLS matrix of 31.5-inch diagonal. Besides, the monitor has 4 digital video ports and a USB hub with four USB3.0 outputs. Among its other specials are the Picture-by-Picture mode and the innovative Quad Picture-by-Picture function providing for simultaneous signal processing from four sources. The special design stand makes it possible to adjust the monitor for height, to tilt it, rotate it tablewise and use it in the portrait mode.

Supporting over 1 billion colours and 11 colour models, including sRGB, AdobeRGB, DICOM, DCI, the monitor is an asset to professionals in graphics, photo and video. Additionally, it offers the DualColor mode for advanced color correction, enabling simultaneous display of two colour models. Users can also adjust gamma, backlight uniformity and white balance at their option.

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The launch of the new payment service is expected to take place this autumn already, just at the time of iPhone 6 premier. The service will be integrated into iOS8 and is to use existing iTunes accounts. Purchasing books, software and films through the Apple store is to become still easier, with all the required payment data entered automatically. Under the project, Visa will be responsible for payment transactions and anti-fraud protection.

Apple has long been talking about launching its own mobile payment system. In particular, it is supposed to use the iBeacon service and a fingerprint sensor. The iBeacon will allow keeping users informed about discounts and rebates, while the sensor will protect those from intruders.

According to Josh Beck, an analyst for Pacific Crest, Apple has been closely collaborating with Visa, using great many of its accounts, which provides for an opportunity to further expand the payment platform. The new payment system is to become a ‘Passbook on steroids.’

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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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Samsung, which is now dominating the market of Super AMOLED panels for mobile gadgets, is soon to face a major competitor – the newly established JOLED company.

It is planned to launch the company in the beginning of the next year, its major specialization field being OLED displays for tablets and flexible OLED matrices. The company is supposed to join the efforts of two giants – Sony and Panasonic, each boasting a 5% share in JOLED. However, their participation mainly implies the use of their decades-long experience and providing for new developments. JOLED’s major participants are Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), holding a 75% share, and Japan Display (JDI), holding a 15% share, which are to ensure project funding.