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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ultra HD TV Hitting Top

By end-year 2014, Ultra HD TVs are expected to gain a bigger market share against Innolux predictions. Indeed, popularity of the technology is skyrocketing.

According to earlier forecasts, the UHD segment was supposed to make up 6% of the total sales volume by end-year 2014. However, the share has proved to be substantially more significant, reaching 10%, with total quantities to be sold estimated at 20 million units.

Market demand for the technology is growing at a break-neck pace. In January, the technology’s total market share was as big as 1%, while, by April, it reached 6,8%. So, with consumers increasingly interested in the technology, UHD-devices are likely to gain a 10% market share by the end of the year.

This is mainly due to Korean giants, such as LG and Samsung, replacing their conventional OLED technology with Ultra HD, the reason for it being OLED inefficiency resulting in high reject rates. Now that the competition between these two major players is really severe 4K LED TV sets are becoming sales hits.

Both Samsung and LG boast sustainable shares of European, American and Asian markets (except for China and Japan where they have to really fight for consumers with local manufacturers).

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BlackBerry is launching unusual smart phones

We have used to Canadian BlackBerry smartphones, which are always distinguished by their design and “stuffing”. The most common distinguishing features include the presence of QWERTY-keyboard, rather classic design, the presence of the most important functions. However, the new release is something great. On the photo above - John Chan - CEO of BlackBerry. He has shared with two completely new and unlike communicators, as an annex to the quarterly financial report.

The release of these models is scheduled for the autumn. In his left hand John Chen holds BlackBerry Classic, which is a final design of smart phone Q20, announced in the beginning of 2014 (February). It looks like an ordinary Canadian communicator, which has QWERTY-keyboard, 3.5-inch display, touch control etc. This model, users can purchase in September this year. In his right hand, John Chen holds BlackBerry Passport. The prototype has been called Windermere. Like all Canadian smartphones, it is equipped with QWERTY-keyboard, all the main functions, only it has quite unusual appearance. The display is in the form of a square, just like a passport.

The communicator BlackBerry Passport will certainly have all the necessary specifications for the smartphone: 4.5-inch display, photo resolution 1440x1440, 454 ppi, and software BlackBerry OS 10.3, support of android apps from Amazon Appstore. Thus, the owners of these smartphones will get the access to 240 thousand of applications, compared with 130 thousand at BlackBerry Store, but the majority of these applications has forgotten what an update is. Therefore, IT Company will not have to spend money to broadcast the music, videos, pictures, etc.; they can be simply borrow them from Amazon. The release of this model is scheduled for November this year.

It is surprising that this company once was a giant, but in spite of its downfall, it is gradually reaching its rightful place in the IT and mobile devices market. This year for the BlackBerry can be considered as the starting one, and in the following, the company will be able to compete with the global companies. A new smartphone Manitoba will become a worthy assistant in this difficult task: 5.2-inch display, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 8 cores, improved OS 10.4. The release is scheduled for the third quarter of next year.

#SMS, #law, #UAE
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A citizen of the United Arab Emirates was fined for insulting SMS

"Verbal restraint caused heavy fine for one resident of the United Arab Emirates", - reported by local Newspapers. Fine in the amount of 5000 dirhams (equivalent to $273) was appointed by the court for insulting message that the accused in the SMS sent his opponent.

The accused did not want to admit their guilt, turning in a few instances in the proceeding. However, direct evidence in the form of saved messages in the phone of the victim has not left the court has doubts about the guilt of the defendant. In the message of a man named plaintiff's a liar, accusing in the falsehood of his wife and close relatives, reported by the local media.

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Case-keyboard Logitech Type-S from Logitech is a new accessory for Samsung Galaxy S

The product range Logitech designed specifically for the new modification Samsung Galaxy S 10,5" numerous protective cover Logitech Type-S. According to the manufacturers, new accessory extends and enhances the protection of the tablet. Plug in the Bluetooth built-in keyboard with the new optimized layout allows you to easily change the location of the device for easy viewing.

Premium tablet protected through the use of water-repellent materials and special design of the cover. However, Logitech Type-S is still thin and light. The system of protection device Essential Protection System (EPS) prevents damage to both sides of the tablet from bumps, scratches and impacts of spills. Special corner clips SecureLock reliably fix and hold the tablet inside a protective case, absolutely not preventing its recovery if necessary.

Dip stand cover Logitech Type-S increases the convenience of all kinds of cell activity. The tablet can be installed vertically in text or to transfer to the situation of \"comfort\" when reading e-books. With features sleep mode and autopropagate tablets with Super AMOLED screen constantly ready to work. To charge enough to connect the case to the USB output of the computer using the included cable. Fully charged battery lasts for a period of up to three months.