We just received an invitation to a press event for Sprint which is to be held on August 19. As to what we might expect remain unclear however the email could provide a clue. The invitation says to “Take the Edge Off” with Sprint so we’re assuming it’s related to its network. Then again, they… Read more »
Things are looking good for LG this week as the company announces is second quarter results. With a record high 14.5 million smartphones shipped in the three-month window LG is up 20 percent year-over-year. Sales are up 16 percent as compared to the same quarter from last year; this is the highest increase since Q1 2010. Thanks… Read more »
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Confusing things are happening in the Samsung world. It seems we may have been on a wild goose chase regarding the Samsung Galaxy F, a device that was expected to supersede the Galaxy S5 both in terms of performance and build quality. Instead, it appears Samsung is actually working towards releasing this: the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. SamMobile has today released a series of leaked photos of the device and if we didn’t have a device to compare it with, I’d say it looks quite a lot like the old Samsung Galaxy S2. Most notably, though, is that the Galaxy Alpha seems to be made from some kind of metallic material, though still with a faux leather back, and the screen size is pegged to be 4.7-inches.
The photo above is of the Galaxy Alpha (left) sitting next to the Galaxy S5 (right), showing that slight design difference and the discrepancy in screen size. Perhaps disappointingly, the Galaxy Alpha appears to be headed for the mid range market, slotting in between the Galaxy S5 Mini and Galaxy S5, and includes some interesting features such as a nano-SIM slot, fingerprint scanner, 32GB storage and no expansion slot. This smells a lot like a device that’s designed to take on the rumoured 4.7-inch iPhone 6 head on, which makes a lot of sense. We’re yet to see any indication of where the Galaxy Alpha will be released or how much it could cost, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on this one.
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It may sound blindingly obvious to avoid flying a UAV around America’s foremost military academy. But not all drone no-fly zones are as obvious as West Point, which is why Mapbox has just issued an interactive US map showing where all of them are. Included are things like national defense bases, airports, nuclear power plants and recent additions like national parks. As Wired pointed out, many clearly off-limit zones like Lawrence Livermore’s Berkley lab still aren’t listed, but if you notice one you can add it to an open-source page on GitHub. Meanwhile, all commercial drone flights are still banned, unless noted otherwise by the FAA. For hobbyists, however, they sky’s the limit — just stay out of the red zones.
Consumers have been automating apps with IFTTT (If This Then That) for awhile by, say, backing up Instagram photos to Dropbox whenever they snap a photo. Now, businesses will be able to take advantage of IFTTT directly from the Square mobile payment app. For instance, rather than just yelling “Booyah!,” a company can send out a company-wide congratulatory email after closing a huge deal. Similarly, a text alert can be issued to team members to follow up a customer refund — all of which can be pre-programmed into IFTTT. It’ll also work with services like Google Drive, Twitter and SMS, to name just a few. Hopefully companies won’t abuse it — we’d hate to see a tweet after buying a particularly sensitive item.
Watson supercomputer has a new and very important job, one that’s a lot different from beating Jeopardy champions or whipping up BBQ sauce recipes: helping vets return to normal life. IBM has recently formed a partnership with the USAA (the financial services firm for soldiers and their families) to create an app that can answer ex-soldiers’ questions about finances and the like. For instance, a vet could ask Watson how he can get a job, what his benefits are, what his insurance covers or what the GI Bill entails. Even though Watson’s been wearing many hats for years, this is the first time anyone developed a consumer app based on the supercomputer. This app pulls data from more than 3,000 documents that deal with military transitions, in hopes of making things easier for the 155,000 soldiers who retire from service every year.
[Image credit: Getty/Mie Ahmt]
The relay radios on two Mars science orbiters are making it possible to communicate with NASA’s robots, rovers and landers on the red planet. But these spacecraft might be out of commission soon, and NASA believes one possible solution is to purchase services from commercial space companies that plan to launch orbiters of their own. See, the rovers and landers on Mars communicate with the ground crew by using a severely limited direct link or by using the Odyssey and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as relay stations. Sadly, the agency has no plans to launch more orbiters of its own at the moment, and this could disrupt communication in a few years’ time.
Thus, the agency has asked for the detailed investigation (a process called Request for Information or RFI) on the feasibility of paying for the services of commercial orbiters to communicate with robots on Mars beyond 2020. To be clear, NASA hasn’t talked to contractors and companies about anything concrete yet, and it’s also working on other projects that could solve the issue, including LADEE, which transmitted data to the moon via laser beams in 2013. Using orbiters as relay stations has been really cost effective, though, so the space division’s hoping to make it work for future missions.
[Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech]
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Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group today denied a recent report that it was working with Apple to develop a smartwatch product, reports Reuters. VentureBeat first reported this joint venture, citing an unnamed source with knowledge of Apple’s plans.
A spokeswoman for Swatch told Reuters that the Apple rumor was “unfounded,” adding that Swatch’s only relationship with mobile phone manufacturers is as a supplier of integrated circuits and other electronic components. Swatch Chief Executive Nick Hayek reiterated in an interview with Reuters that “he was not interested in teaming up with a tech group to develop a smartwatch.”
The original VentureBeat rumor claimed Swatch and possibly Timex would build a smartwatch based on Apple’s iWatch specifications. These third-party manufacturers would release their watches alongside Apple’s own iWatch, providing “a family of smart watches to suit all tastes “from geek to chic.”
This type of agreement would be unusual for Swatch, whose CEO has publicly expressed skepticism about the future success of the iWatch, saying he doesn’t believe “it’s the next revolution.” Earlier reports also indicate that Apple is working alone on the iWatch, hiring a variety of medical, fitness and fashion experts to help develop the wearable product.
Apple is rumored to unveil its wearable device later this year with reports indicating its will be available in different materials at various price points in order to appeal to a range of consumers. The smartband may have a fitness focus with sensors that measure vitals such oxygen saturation, hydration status and heart rate. This data may then be shared with iOS 8′s new Health app in order to generate a comprehensive health profile.
When it came to life on Mars, NASA might have struck out, but it’s got a good feeling about Europa. The agency is working on a probe designed to scan its vast oceans for signs of alien life, but there’s a problem, namely the thick layer of ice that covers the moon’s surface.That’s where VALKYRIE comes in, a torpedo-shaped robot that’ll suck up water, warm it and fire it back into the ice to quickly and easily drill through the layer. Once the hardware reaches its destination, it’ll release a swarm of smaller ‘bots that’ll map the geography and hunt for alien microbes. There’s still a few issues to work out with the gear, like the fact that it can’t properly change course while tunneling, which would be pretty essential if it were to come across a rock or other blockage. Then again, given that we won’t be ready to launch a mission to Jupiter’s moon until the early 2020′s, NASA’s got some time to fix the problems.
Source: New Scientist
One of the best uses for wearable technology is to help you get around without being hunched over your smartphone. Google Glass and smartwatches do this, but you’re still staring at a screen instead of enjoying the scenery. That’s all set to change thanks to an Indian company that wants to put navigation equipment in your shoes. The Lechal interactive haptic footwear hooks up to your smartphone and when you reach a junction, vibrates the left (or right) foot depending on which turn you need to make. The gear is expected to launch in September, and you’ll be able to choose between full shoes or just insoles that’ll fit inside your regular pair of kicks. You can register your interest on Ducere’s website right now, and can expect to pay $150 for a pair — hopefully a portion of which will go to the creators of Red Dwarf, who came up with a similar idea 26 years ago.