Samsung has just launched a new App aimed at the Enterprise to enhance their KNOX mobile security offering.
The new App called My KNOX is designed to offer better protection for employees who use Samsung devices for their work.
The My KNOX App currently only works on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 and also requires a free Microsoft account.
In addition, Samsung is offering a tiered subscription service with KNOX that sees a free KNOX Express to offer basic security features, with a paid premium KNOX to enhance the security feature-set.
Could this be the beginning of kickstarting Android in the Enterprise?
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For those wanting a large screen tablet and a stock Android experience, the selection has been limited. The most common choice is Google’s Nexus 10, but unfortunately that tablet has not seen an update since its original release. Google spent more time refining their smaller Nexus 7 and left the Nexus 10 in the dust. Many have been waiting for a new Nexus 10 but have seen nothing. Recently, rumors have been spreading that Google is collaborating with HTC on a 9-inch tablet which is of course being called the Nexus 9. Fortunately, it looks like this device might be announced fairly soon.
This week MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien posted a tip from an anonymous source saying that HTC is planning on announcing its Nexus 9 tablet on October 16. Earlier this year, rumors were suggesting a release date of October 9th. Whether this information was incorrect or the date was just pushed back is unknown, but this new information is being considered true.
Anonymous tipster: The HTC Nexus 9 will be launched on 16th October…
— Paul O'Brien (@PaulOBrien) September 18, 2014
Since a Motorola Nexus 6 is also rumored for this year, it would not be surprising if Google released both devices at the same time. Hopefully, we will see some invites to a Google event in the next few months which would confirm the launch of something big. So mark your calendar for October 16 because all signs point to a reveal of the Nexus 9 and maybe even the Nexus 6.
Are you waiting for the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6? Tell us in the comments!
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Apple’s 20-nanometer A8 processor in the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to Chipworks (via iFixit). Chipworks has been analyzing the various parts in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus following its release today.
While the iPhone 5s used a 28-nanometer processor, the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus have a 20-nanometer processor, as has been widely rumored. According to TSMC, its 20-nanometer process technology can result in speeds that are much higher than its 28-nanometer chips. The 20-nanometer process also results in a physically smaller chip that draws less power.
Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, there were multiple back and forth rumors that made it unclear whether Samsung or TSMC was manufacturing the chips destined for the new iPhones. Previous generation chips, such as the A7 in the iPhone 5s, were manufactured by Samsung, but Apple reportedly entered into a partnership with TSMC in an effort to reduce its reliance on rival Samsung. The shift is also part of a larger effort by Apple to diversify its supply chain, which cuts down on potential manufacturing issues.
Though TSMC created the 20-nanometer chips for the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus, rumors have suggested that Apple hasn’t ended its relationship with Samsung entirely. The company is rumored to be producing the 14-nanometer chips that will be used in future iOS devices next year, indicating that Apple has plans to continue having both TSMC and Samsung create chips for its devices.
According to Apple, the A8 chip in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus offers a 25 percent faster CPU and 50 percent better graphics performance compared to the A7 in the iPhone 5s.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were subjected to their first drop test yesterday after the two devices went on sale in Australia. While the 6 and 6 Plus fared well when dropped on their backs, the screens did see significant shattering when dropped face down on the concrete.
A second drop test conducted today saw somewhat different results. Android Authority dropped the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in several different ways, including face down, and the two devices saw little damage aside from scuffs. Even when dropped on their faces with a decent amount of force from waist high, the screens remained intact.
A similar result was seen after a genuine accidental drop. The first person to receive an iPhone 6 in Australia opened up the package on camera and immediately dropped the phone on the hard ground, where it miraculously came away unscathed.
It’s impossible to determine the overall durability of the screen in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus based on a limited number of drop tests that were conducted under different conditions, but this additional data does serve to reassure users that the devices do have the potential to survive a fall.
Still, given the increased size of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, it may be advisable for users to purchase a case. In fact, several reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus conducted by tech sites suggested the devices “need” a case, and described them as slippery. The Verge, for example, said the iPhone 6 Plus “works better in a case” because it makes the phone easier to hold, hides the camera bump, and covers “the weird lines on the back.”
Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus went on sale today, and the devices are now in the hands of millions of customers around the world as customers pick up phones from the Apple Store and receive their pre-orders. New orders for the devices from the Apple Store will ship in 7 to 10 days for the iPhone 6 and 3 to 4 weeks for the iPhone 6 Plus.
While I haven’t had an opportunity to do a side-by-side comparison, yet, the LifeNSoul BM209 looks to be a formidable alternative to the Beats Pill — at a fraction of the cost.
This little speaker is lightweight and easily transportable. Compatible with both Bluetooth and NFC technology, the BM209 promises big bass and banging sound in a compact size. With a built-in mic, the party can be put on pause while you take and make hands-free phone calls. Battery life is rated at 4-5 hours for audio playback and ~25 hours standby time. Rounding out the feature set are both auxiliary and USB ports.
AndroidGuys readers can now grab the BM209 for $37.99, shipped. Enjoy the party!
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Minimus 360: An app for those who want a simple watch face for their round smartwatches [‘Watch’ This App]
There aren’t a whole lot of round watch face apps on the market just yet, and if you’re currently looking for one then it may be worth your while to take a look at the Minimus 360 app. The name Minimus 360 is pretty self explanatory; It’s an app that provides round smartwatches, hence “360”,… Read more »
First Impressions of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Sleek Look, Great Display, Unoptimized Apps Blurry, Loud Vibration
While the official reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were published several days ago, with the devices now making their way into customers’ hands we are starting to see broader first impressions of the larger iPhones.
Case from MacRumors giveaway, based on rumored design specs (Photo by @adam_moreno)
Several posters in our forums have highlighted the high-quality “Retina HD” displays on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but have observed that apps yet to be optimized for the larger displays appear “quite blurry” or “‘big’ and disgusting” due to scaling issues.
The iPhone 6 has a noticeably stronger vibrator to me, and with the iPhone 6 Plus, it’s so powerful it’s actually a bit noisy — the sound made by the 6 Plus vibrator is so strong, I wonder if there are going to be complaints that it’s not “silent” at all.
As someone who runs his iPhone in silent mode much of the time, I definitely appreciate the stronger vibrator.
Customers are also generally praising the overall look of the new iPhones, calling them “sleek and beautifully made” and “glorious”. Those opting for the gold model may notice that it is “a bit more yellow golden” than the gold iPhone 5s.
Gold iPhone 6 (left) vs. gold iPhone 5s (Photo by @horwitz)
As for size, some customers have been concerned about placing orders for the iPhone 6 Plus without having a good idea of just how big the device really is. Reactions now that users are getting their hands on them seem to be mixed, with some saying they “love every inch” of the 5.5-inch display while others have found it too big for their tastes. Some in-store customers were able to compare the two sizes before purchasing, helping make the decision easier.
For ongoing coverage of photos and first impressions, readers are welcome to follow our consolidated thread stickied in our iPhone forum.
With Apple’s retail stores beginning sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today, customers have been lining up to either pick up their pre-ordered devices or take their chances on launch-day supplies without reservations. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster conducted his annual line count at Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan and found a record 1,880 people in line at 8:00 AM, an increase of 33% over last year’s line.
Tim Cook at final employee meeting before opening doors of Palo Alto store (via @CNBCnow)
Apple executives are also getting into the spirit of the iPhone launch, with CEO Tim Cook making his traditional visit to the Palo Alto store to greet customers. Cook walked the line and posed for photos with customers before heading into the store to meet with staff and open the door to welcome customers.
Several other executives are also out and about, with new retail chief Angela Ahrendts presiding over her first iPhone launch by visiting the flagship store in Sydney, Australia, and Internet software and services chief Eddy Cue making an appearance at the Stanford store.
Phenomenal start to a historic day and an honor to be with our incredible team and first customers in Sydney. pic.twitter.com/28aww07wGj
— Angela Ahrendts (@AngelaAhrendts) September 18, 2014
Nearly all Apple retail stores in launch countries have now opened for business today, with only the three stores in Honolulu, Hawaii yet to begin sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
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Following launches in a number of other countries around the world earlier today, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have now begun going on sale in the U.S. and Canada, with 8:00 AM Apple launch times in the eastern and central portions of the countries having already occurred.
As expected, supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus have been tight in some cases, although perhaps not as low as originally thought. Apple’s own stores appear to have the strongest supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus, with carrier stores in some cases having barely a handful of units to distribute.
iPhone 6 line at Toronto’s Eaton Centre Apple store snaking through multiple levels (via @KristinaParts)
Lines at most stores, particularly Apple’s own locations, are long in most cases, despite the company having offered pre-orders for delivery this year. As of 6:00 AM, the line at Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan stretched for twelve city blocks, according to Business Insider. Other locations are obviously seeing shorter lines, but many customers are reporting lines numbering in the hundreds at their stores.
For those with pre-orders going out for delivery today, our forums remain busy as users track their orders minute-by-minute. MacRumors forum members in the U.S. are generally organizing in one of a number of threads depending on where they ordered from.
– The “I just bought/ordered/shipped/received my new iPhone 6/6 Plus” thread
– iPhone 6 & 6 Plus Sprint Pre-Order Thread!
– T-Mobile.com preorder thread
– ATT Pre-order status
– VZW Order Status Thread
– Apple.com Pre-order thread