On Twitter, Evan Blass shared share an alleged image of the upcoming Moto 360 (2015). The models in the image (seen above) are stainless steel with varying bands. The black stainless steel model on the left features a band of the same material while the model on the right has a brown leather band. Moto Maker will presumably be utilized once again to allow consumers to personalize their smartwatches.
Notice that the display size is different, too. This indicates that there will indeed be two unique models. Notice anything about the display? Well, it’s hard to tell if the ‘flat tire’ from last year’s Moto 360 is returning.
Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)
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You probably know that you should recycle your old tech when you’re done with it, but getting other people to do the same? That’s quite hard, apparently. The United Nations and INTERPOL have found that only 35 percent of the European Union’s electronic waste in 2012, about 3.2 million imperial tons, was recycled properly. The rest (6.1 million tons) was either exported, recycled improperly or trashed. And that’s a problem beyond just the expected environmental issues, such as toxins making their way into landfills. Many crooks take advantage of this lapse by scavenging and smuggling e-waste — that old laptop you chucked out might be a gold mine for a bootlegger hoping to sell its parts or raw metals.
So what is the EU to do? Researchers suggest tighter coordination between police and other relevant outfits, for one thing. They’re likewise proposing a much tougher legal stance, including mandatory disposal standards and a ban on cash transactions in scrap metal sales. Whether or not those efforts would be enough is another matter. It’d be hard to completely prevent companies from chucking their old gadgets, let alone individuals. Also, Europe is just one part of a larger problem. The US typically generates more e-waste, and there’s only so much the EU can do to curb the demand for junked gear in other areas. Still, these ideas might be a start — and with that much out-of-control waste, simply doing nothing isn’t an option.
[Image credit: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images]
The Economic Times
Tags: e-waste, electronicwaste, environment, eu, europe, interpol, recycling, unitednations, waste
We’ve reviewed multiple portable speakers in 2015, from the water-resistant Inateck BTSP-20 and Divoom Voombox-party to the decidedly unique BoomBox V2. Today, I’m reviewing the XDream X-Power Plus, a device that pulls triple-duty as a portable speaker, power bank, and phone/tablet stand.
- 3000mAh Lithium battery (made by Samsung)
- 3.5mm Audio jack
- Auto on/off
- Platform agnostic
- Speaker power output 1.5 W
- USB port
- Weighs 129 grams
- 13 x 3.1cm
It weighs less than most smartphones and the cylindrical shape means the XDream X-Power Plus is quite portable. The XDream X-Power Plus’ polished, aluminium finish has an anodized coating which so it’ll be able to take some knocks. I can tell you that the device feels solid enough as it managed to withstand being thrown into my gadget bag without sustaining any damage.
In the box, you get the XDream X-Power Plus, a travel sleeve with a handy carabiner for attaching it to a rucksack or even a belt loop, and a USB charging cable. An odd quirk I noticed when I hooked the XDream X-Power Plus up for the first charge is that it needs a male-to-male USB cable to charge instead of the usual micro-USB connection. Not many of us carry a male-to-male USB cable around as standard, but there is a suitable cable included.
To use the XDream X-Power Plus as a speaker, all you have to do is pull the top section of the device away from the body (a spring-loaded mechanism), rotate it roughly ninety degrees, and place your smartphone or tablet onto its exposed audio jack. Then, using your favourite music player (or podcast) app, press play and sound emerges from the speaker around 10 seconds later. Using the XDream X-Power Plus in this way means that you have a handy little smartphone stand as well, with the phone or tablet resting at a good angle for watching media. It’s as easy as possible, frankly. If using it as a power bank, just insert your charging cable into the XDream X-Power Plus, and the corresponding end to your smart device to begin the power transfer.
The XDream X-Power Plus performs adequately as a power bank, outputting 1A. Its 3000mAh capacity means that the battery will charge the Galaxy Note 5 once before needing to be recharged itself. It isn’t the fastest charging power bank available but it does the job. Once depleted, the XDream X-Power Plus takes between 4-5 hours to recharge and is rated for at least 1,000 recharge cycles.
There are four LED lights — blue signifying that the XDream X-Power Plus is ready to use while the 3 white LED’s show the level of charge remaining. One white LED means less than 33% charge is remaining, two equals less than 66% and three white lights means that the charge level stands somewhere between 66-100%. I found that wasn’t an exact science by any means, and could be implemented better.
As a speaker, the XDream X-Power Plus has a full-range speaker on the opposite end of where the audio jack is, offering clarity as well as a good level of sound. Much like the BoomBox V2 that I reviewed a while back, the XDream X-Power Plus is great for listening to music while you are out and about, perhaps at picnics or BBQ’s. The XDream X-Power Plus isn’t loud enough to use for impromptu raves, and that’s not a bad thing. There’s up to 15 hours of playback on offer, which means it can last two days worth of my tinkering in the garage before needing a recharge.
One of the things I would change with the XDream X-Power Plus is the need for a male-to-male USB cable when charging it. It just doesn’t fit in with the versatility of the device, and means that you need to carry an extra cable around. The second thing I would change is the way the charge level is indicated, three white lights should mean the device is fully charged, not between 66-100%. Aside from these nitpicks, I can see the XDream X-Power Plus being an ever-present device in my gadget bag.
Something to take note of if your charging port and audio jack are next to each other, as on the LG G3, is that I found I couldn’t charge the phone at the same time as playing music because the charging port becomes inaccessible. If you have a phone or tablet that has the audio jack on the top of the device though; there should be no problem whatsoever.
The XDream X-Power Plus is a unique device, combining duties as a power bank, portable speaker as well as a device stand. As a jack-of-all-trades, I would say it’s a great device to carry around, with each function being carried out well. Is it the fastest charger? No. The loudest speaker? No. But, bearing in mind that it’s a multi-purpose device, the XDream X-Power Plus offers a versatility that is difficult to match.
The XDream X-Power Plus can be had in a brushed aluminum finish, with either a blue, white, green, or orange accent. Usually, the XDream X-Power Plus goes for £49 from Wowzr, but it has been discounted to a much more reasonable £29 plus shipping. Those of you in the United States can pick up the device for between $39-$49 through Amazon.
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We’re huge fans of changing the home screen around a bit and creating a new user experience for our Android. So much so that we present our ongoing series of Get This Look posts. In a nutshell we show you a new layout, app, widget, or icon set for your Android handset and tell you which apps you’ll need to mimic the feel.
Some of these are a little easier to create than others and many of them can be tweaked to no end. The following details are but the ingredients to which you can create your own delicious Android dish; your results will vary. Which is awesome! If nothing else, this is a great way to discover new apps, widgets, icons, and more!
Material Islands by Hippotech
Why we love this look:
Wallpapers that respond to events around you always amaze me, and Material Islands responds to the time of day by changing the position of the sun and moon as well as the islands on your wallpaper. This is a live wallpaper with focus on minimalism, material design, and beautiful shapes and colours. Simple figures and forms are combined in order to create islands of different kinds, and each island changes appearance according to the time of the day.
What you’ll need:
Do you recall the early days of the Apple TV, when you could expect to pay over $100 to put an Apple-powered media hub in your living room? They might come roaring back. Sources for 9to5Mac claim that the next Apple TV should cost between $149 to $199 (the final price is still up in the air) when it ships, which is reportedly sometime in October. That’s still less than the original cost when it was new, but you could be in for sticker shock if you were expecting Apple to keep the price to $99 or less. It could make the Fire TV and Roku 3 look like relative bargains, depending on how attached you are to Apple’s ecosystem.
Not that such a hike would be entirely surprising, mind you. Many of the rumors swirling around Apple’s next set-top suggest that it’ll be a much more powerful device with an A8 processor, more storage, Siri voice recognition, an app store and (in recent rumors) motion control. It wouldn’t so much be a sorely overdue update as a redefinition of what the Apple TV is — instead of focusing almost exclusively on streaming video, it’d be a Shield TV-like box that can handle gaming and other tasks suited to the big screen.
And if that’s too rich for your blood, you may not have to worry. The insiders say that the third-generation Apple TV will stick around, and that it’ll get the company’s long-fabled streaming TV service. You’d miss out on the app store, Siri and other features that would likely require new hardware, but you wouldn’t have to scrounge for extra cash just to see how Apple tackles streaming media in the future.
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Most hardware manufacturers are apparently still not sold on the value of fingerprint scanners being included with mobile devices. Only Samsung and Apple have consistently pushed flagship phones and tablets with the technology that enhances security. Samsung started including a fingerprint scanner in 2014 with the Galaxy S5 while Apple has been doing so since the release of the iPhone 5S in 2013. Both companies are seeing users enjoy the component because of the various ways a fingerprint scanner can be used. Want to bypass the lock screen by placing your finger on the home button? Go right ahead. Don’t care for remembering login creditals for every site you visit? Then store them with your fingerprint. Fingerprint scanning is only the beginning of how biometrics is changing the world.
In 2015 alone, Samsung has released five devices that offer a fingerprint scanner — the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Tab S2. Setting up the fingerprint scanner on each of them is the same. So here we are going to show you how to start using your fingerprint as a way to beef up security and get things done quicker.
Hit the break for directions.
- Head to the Settings menu.
- Slide over to the Personal tab.
- Select Lock screen and security.
- Under the “Security” category, choose Fingerprints.
- Adding and/or removing fingerprints and adjusting settings is done from this menu. To get started, select Add fingerprint.
- Now you’ll need to place your finger on the home button of the device and remove it. This is done multiple times so that Samsung can get an understanding of your fingerprint from multiple angles.
Samsung devices allow you to use the fingerprint scanner as a quick web-sign in tool and also to verify your Samsung Account. Instead of constantly logging in to different sites, the device will prompt you to scan place your finger on the home button. Do that and your login credentials will be inputted automatically. The same thing goes for making purchases with a Samsung Account. Then, when Samsung Pay launches in a few weeks, you’ll be able to authorize mobile payments with the fingerprint scanner. Handy, right?
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This week at IFA 2015, Huawei will be showcasing its Android Wear smartwatch. The Huawei Watch debuted at MWC 2015 but has yet to be sold anywhere in the world; however, that is likely to change in pretty considering the device briefly appeared on Amazon. So to generate additional buzz for the Huawei Watch, the company posted a teaser image before showcasing it on Wednesday.
Elegance. Power. Those are the two words Huawei is using to describe the Huawei Watch. The elegance comes from the sleek, stainless steel design while the Huawei Watch’s display and processor bring in the power. Barring any surprise announcements, Huawei will have the best Android Wear smartwatch to date.
Source: Huawei Device (Twitter)
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The National Security Agency isn’t just yearning for quantum computers that can break tough encryption — it wants encryption that can protect against quantum computers, too. Officials have begun planning a transition to “quantum resistant” encryption that can’t be cracked as quickly as conventional algorithms. As the NSA explains, even a seemingly exotic technique like elliptic curve cryptography “is not the long term solution” people thought it was. Quantum computing is advancing quickly enough that the NSA and other organizations could find themselves extremely vulnerable if they’re not completely ready when the technology becomes a practical reality.
This doesn’t mean that the NSA is asking the government or security vendors to avoid upgrading their ‘traditional’ encryption. It already has suggestions for cryptographic methods that should make it easier to adopt quantum-proof security. However, the agency doesn’t want others pouring a lot of their time and money into encryption that may well become obsolete in the “not too distant future.” Even though you aren’t likely to see a wave of quantum hacking any time soon, the prospect is real enough that the NSA is treating it as a high priority.
[Image credit: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky]
Tags: cryptography, ellipticcurvedcryptography, encryption, internet, nist, nsa, quantumcomputing, security, suiteb
Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV will be released in October with a starting price of $149 or $199, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims that Apple will also continue selling the third-generation Apple TV for $69 as an entry-level device, although the set-top box is not expected to have support for an App Store or Siri.
The report adds that Apple’s much-rumored streaming TV service will be available “as soon as next year” through a software update for both the third-generation and fourth-generation Apple TV. The web-based TV service is expected to deliver a lightweight package of about 25 channels for between $30 and $40 per month.
The new Apple TV is rumored to feature a dual-core A8 processor, an App Store with a native SDK for developers, Siri voice control, HomeKit integration, a new user interface and a redesigned remote control with motion sensors, a touchpad on the top, physical buttons on the bottom and a microphone.
Apple is expected to announce the new Apple TV at its September 9th media event.
In the past few weeks, the Xperia Z5 flagship has been the subject of some very legitimate looking leaks. This past week in particular Sony itself allegedly goofed and posted some press shots before they were subsequently pulled. Not one to be overlooked, the smaller sibling, the Xperia Z5 Compact, has also been touched upon. Still, for some time now rumors have circulated that a truly premium model would be coming down the pipeline eventually. Now, perhaps, we have a better idea of just what is in store.
While Android Authority can not confirm the legitimacy of this new information, a tipster over at PhoneArena has provided some potentially sizzling new details regarding Sony’s alleged plans for IFA this coming week: there will be three devices unveiled on Wednesday.
The Xperia Z5: The device will make use of a 5.2-inch Full HD (1080 X 1920) display.
The Xperia Z5 Compact: This device will have a 4.6-inch Standard HD (720 X 1280) display.
The Xperia Z5 Premium: This device will have a larger 5.5-inch, QHD (1440 X 2560) display.
According to the tipster, Sony has selected a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-core SoC with Adreno 430 GPU. There will be 3GB of RAM on-board and 32GB of internal storage. They will include a 23-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera. The phones will all include an integrated fingerprint sensor built into the now flat power button on the right side of the phone.
The report also reiterates the fact that the volume rocker has been moved down to the bottom portion of the device’s right side, and also specifically mentioned that the Z5 Premium would be able to record 4K video with its’ rear camera. (It is likely that all three models will include the feature however, especially given that even the current Z4/Z3+ already does it).
Finally, the following picture was supplied along with the tip:
Three Z5 devices?
While it’s important to take this entire report with a healthy dose of sodium (possibly iodized), the strategy would make major sense for Sony if it pans out. Last year’s Xperia Z3 Compact was very well received given that it broke ties with the disappointing trend of smaller devices using even smaller specs.
The Xperia Z5 Premium also makes a lot of sense: Sony doesn’t have a phablet-sized flagship, and hasn’t for some time now. This is one major area where competitors like Samsung have a major advantage over it, and indeed given the fantastic camera set up that Sony uses on the Z-line, many larger screen aficionados have been lamenting the lack of choice.
Opting for a QHD panel on the Z5 Premium also makes a lot of sense. For one thing, it strengthens the ability to compete with rivals like the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5/Galaxy S6 Edge+ and LG’s G4. At the same time however, it gives further legitimacy to a device that would obviously need some other critical point to differentiate itself from the standard sized product. This latter point is all the more pressing given that Verizon Wireless is posed to release the Xperia Z4v, which does in fact, include a QHD panel.
Stand up for Sony
Assuming this report of an Xperia Z5 Premium is the real deal, Sony may truly be able to deal some major damage against its OEM rivals this fall. The camera, the screen sharpness, the waterproofing, the microSD support, and now the fingerprint sensor will make for a very attractive package to any customer shopping for a phablet. Moreover, it will also be a great find for anyone who is still reeling over Samsung’s decision to drop some staples.
The question then, will truly be just how well Sony can push and promote this terrific trio. Outside of Japan, the Xperia brand’s market share is relatively low when compared to other legacy OEMs. Part of this is, and has been, due to what many argue is a total lack of marketing push from Sony, in addition to poor decisions like carrier exclusivity.
Given that the CEO of Sony Mobile was extremely optimistic when interviewed earlier this summer, this could very well be a golden opportunity for the Japanese giant to make major in-roads in its’ push to regain dominance in the consumer electronics market.
Suffice to say, there will definitely be some major attention paid to whatever products are formally announced this Wednesday. Hopefully, the Xperia Z5 Premium will be one of them.
What do you think? Would a phablet-sized Xperia Z5 be a major candidate for your hard earned money? Is the larger screen size and resolution-bump enough to justify the name “Premium” or would it need a new build to boot? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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