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Mar

NASA preps its donut-shaped decelerator for manned missions


NASA wants to make sure that the decelerator replacing parachutes in future deep space missions can withstand packing, compression and extreme conditions. That’s why the agency created a small-scale version of the latest Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator or HIAD design to make sure it can tolerate the packing process. NASA personnel used a vacuum pump to squeeze the 9-foot diameter donut-shaped inflatable into a small space. They then packed and unpacked it several times, checking its Zylon and Teflon materials for tears in between each round.

NASA is working on HIAD, because it expects future missions — especially manned ones — to be significantly heavier. See, a parachute safely got the one-ton Curiosity rover through the Martian atmosphere, but a spacecraft with astronauts and their supplies in it could weigh as much as 30 tons. The agency needs a design that can slow down a vehicle’s descent, which will, in turn, protect it from the intense heat it will encounter when it enters the Martian (or any planet’s) atmosphere. HIAD lead engineer Keith Johnson said that the small test donut contained all the components for the latest design. That means they can now build a larger version and put that one to the test, as well.

Source: NASA

9
Mar

YouTube veterans want you to livestream cooking


There are plenty of cooking shows in the internet era, but they tend to be pre-recorded, passive affairs. The results are predictable, and you probably won’t get to ask questions about the recipe. That’s where YouTube veterans Steve Chen (who co-founded the company) and Vijay Karunamurthy think they can help. They’ve launched Nom, a service that’s all about livestreams for cooking and eating. Think of it as a specialized, gastronomical take on Periscope. Individuals and whole teams can broadcast live video from PCs or iOS devices, take input from viewers (including images and videos), and schedule shows. They can even use two live cameras, if the budget allows.

It’s tough to know whether or not Nom will succeed. After all, why not just broadcast on Periscope or YouTube? This is a gamble that a targeted, food-friendly service will build a community that would be hard to find on other services, even if they theoretically have more viewers. It might stand a chance — if you’ve ever wished you could share your cooking beyond the occasional Instagram photo, you’re a good candidate for trying it out.

Via: Business Insider

Source: Nom, App Store

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Mar

Samsung’s latest vacuum bot is a solid Roomba competitor


It used to be that if you were looking for a decent vacuum robot, you really only had one choice: a Roomba from iRobot. But now there are plenty of other options from upstarts like Neato and established tech companies like LG and Samsung. The novelty around having a robot vacuum is wearing off, and the category is beginning to resemble the broader cleaner market, with all sorts of whiz-bang features and nebulous marketing terms designed to tempt consumers. That seemed like Samsung’s motivation with its PowerBot VR9000 vacuum last year — but at around $1,000, it was far more expensive than the competition. Now with the $450 PowerBot Essential, Samsung is also trying to deliver a quality robot vacuum that’s also affordable. And for the most part, it succeeds.

Perhaps the first thing you’ll notice about the PowerBot Essential: It’s freaking big. It’s an inch taller than anything from Roomba or Neato, with large wheels and round components up top, including its dust tray, “CycloneForce” suction mechanism and camera. It looks more like a rejected prop from Tron or Robocop than a typical robot vacuum. On the bottom, there’s a wide “Combo Brush,” which packs in hard, soft and rubber bristles to clean a variety of surfaces, and a lithium-ion battery for around an hour of cleaning time.

The PowerBot Essential’s imposing looks might be a turnoff if you’re looking for a vacuum bot that blends seamlessly into your home decor. That being said, it’s ideal if you want something that looks like it was designed by a hardware geek drunk on power (and I know there are plenty of you out there who’d enjoy that).

If you’ve used a robot vacuum before, you’d be right at home with the PowerBot Essential’s basic functions. You can command it to clean a single spot, your entire house or go back to its charging base using the three buttons on its top. You can also control the PowerBot using the remote included in the box (which also lets you manually move it about using directional arrows). Unfortunately, the remote doesn’t include the useful “Point Cleaning” mode from the VR9000, which sends the vacuum chasing after a red light projected from the remote. Also, there’s no app for controlling the PowerBot remotely or scheduling cleanings.

Setting up the vacuum was as simple as unboxing it and charging it for a few hours. (Samsung says it fully charges in around two and a half hours.) After hitting the house-cleaning button, it went to work. Like the Roomba 980 and Neato’s vacuums, the PowerBot uses a camera to map your home, so it was able to avoid bumping into furniture and other obstacles. Its cleaning routine was fairly methodical: It went up and down every room in my apartment in mostly straight lines. The PowerBot’s large wheels also helped it get over cables and cat toys. It didn’t get tangled up in wires either like the Neato Botvac Connected tends to do.

All told, the PowerBot Essential cleaned about as well as the Roomba 980 on carpets and floors. In particular, it shined when cleaning up cat hair and litter fragments that inevitably get into carpets. Unfortunately, it wasn’t nearly as effective near walls since it doesn’t have a side brush for kicking up dirt. It seems like a particularly egregious omission when Roomba’s vacuums have had them from the start. The PowerBot was also unable to get underneath some furniture due to its extra-large proportions.

The vacuum’s 0.7-liter dust tray allowed it to clean most of my two-bedroom apartment without needing to get emptied. I also appreciated that I could see the tray from the top of the vacuum, as well as remove it fairly easily without causing a mess. It was certainly more convenient than Neato’s BotVac Connected dust tray, which often spilled dirt whenever I emptied it.

For the most part, I was impressed with the PowerBot Essential’s ability to navigate my apartment without getting trapped in corners or tangled in wires. It didn’t need much babysitting, which is my biggest criteria for judging robot vacuums. I was surprised it got the hang of my space even faster than the Roomba 980, which costs twice as much and has the benefit of using iRobot’s military-grade computer vision technology.

At $450, the PowerBot Essential is a decent choice for an entry-level robot vacuum. Still, you can find plenty of alternatives in that price range, like iRobot’s Roomba 770 ($480) and Neato’s Botvac 85 ($500) and Botvac 70e ($400). Samsung’s vacuum is notable for including camera guidance at that price range, but Neato’s vacuums have similar technology and also tend to clean better.

9
Mar

Facebook will soon let you turn off all Live Video notifications


Since Facebook opened up its Live Video feature to all users earlier this year, there has been a sharp uptick in the number of folks livestreaming. That’s all well and good, but there’s currently no way to turn off notifications when a company or friend starts to broadcast. It’s particularly annoying if you follow a lot of brands or news outlets looking to take advantage of the platform. Facebook says you won’t be inundated with the alerts by default for much longer, though, as the ability to turn off Live Video notifications is on the way “soon.”

If you’re worried to might miss out, Facebook already announced it would prioritize the live content to the top of your News Feed. Notifications are also a way to tune in when a stream is actually live, but depending on how many pages you follow, things can get out of hand quickly. If you’re looking for some more immediate relief, you can click the “Live Subscribe” button on a video and turn off the notifications. However, this only works for that page whereas the update will allow you to turn off the alerts for all Live Videos.

Here’s what a Facebook spokesperson told Engadget in regards to Live Videos and notifications:

“We’ve heard from people that they don’t want to miss live videos from the people or Pages they care about, so we may send a notification if someone you’ve recently interacted with is going live, in case you want to tune in. One way you can currently control notifications for live videos is by clicking on the “Live Subscribe” button on top of the video to get notified when that person goes live again. You can also click on that same button as a way to turn off those specific notifications. However, we know people want more control over the live notifications they receive, so we’re working on improving this experience. We are starting to roll out a new setting that lets people turn off all live notifications, through their Notifications settings, that will be available to all people soon.”

Via: The Next Web

Source: Digiday

9
Mar

How to turn your oven into a dehydrator – CNET


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Dehydration is one of the easiest ways to preserve food. You don’t need to buy special jars, preservatives or special equipment. You don’t even need to buy a dehydrator. Your oven, whether it be full-sized oven or a toaster oven, can dehydrate food perfectly in the same amount of time.

Tools for oven dehydration

The tools for dehydrating food in your oven are simple and you probably already have them in your kitchen. You’ll need:

  • Lemon juice (for fruits)
  • Mandolin slicer or knife
  • Wax paper
  • Cookie sheets (or any flat pan)
  • Spatula

Prepping the foods

How you prep foods depends on what you are dehydrating. Here are some tips for the best results:

  • To prevent fruits from turning brown, soak them in a half-and-half mixture of lemon juice and water for five minutes before drying.
  • For foods to dry evenly and thoroughly, the pieces need to be the same size and thin. Around ¼-inch (0.63-centimeter) slices are best. If your knife skills aren’t the best, try using a food mandolin.
  • Fat can make dried foods rancid. It can also scorch during oven drying. Cut all visible fat from meats and use lean cuts.
  • Put a sheet of wax paper on your cookie sheet and lay your foods on top. This will prevent a sticky situation when you try to remove the foods from the sheet.
  • You can place large pieces of meat directly on your oven’s rack, but use paper towels to blot any excess marinade so that it doesn’t drip down onto the heating element.

Bring the heat

The temperature of your oven is key for proper dehydration. Too hot and your foods will scorch or burn. You’ll want the oven’s temperature to be under 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93.3 Celsius) for the best results. Unfortunately, most ovens won’t give you many temperature options under 200 degrees. Don’t worry. Simply set your oven to “warm” and you’ll be all set. If you do have temperature options, 120 degrees F (49 degrees C) to 140 degrees F (60 degrees C) is usually optimal for a wide range of foods.

In the beginning of the drying process, you can speed things along by cranking the heat up to 150 degrees to 160 degrees F (65 degrees to 70 degrees C) until the surface moisture has evaporated. As soon as the surface of the foods seem dry, lower the heat to 120 degrees F (49 degrees C) to 140 degrees F (60 degrees C).

Dehydrating for the win

There are a few things to remember while you dry foods in the oven:

  • Many ovens have hot spots that can cause some areas to dry faster than the others. Throughout the drying process, be sure to rotate the pans so they all dehydrate uniformly. This is particularly important when using an toaster oven because there usually isn’t a fan to distribute heat evenly.
  • Flip the foods over several times throughout the drying process so that all sides get dried evenly.
  • Space the pans 1.5 inches (2.54 cm) apart so that air can circulate around the foods as they dry.
  • Oven drying times vary, depending on the food. Plan on it taking 6 to 10 hours. Drier foods take less time, while juicier foods take longer. If the food is sticky or moist, it isn’t done drying.
9
Mar

Setting up Skype in Windows 10 – CNET


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Microsoft has finally integrated Skype into Windows. The voice and video messaging service now comes preinstalled in Windows 10 across three different native apps: Skype Video, Messaging and Phone.

What does this mean for you, aside from the fact that you no longer need to download Skype’s desktop client to video chat with your mom? Well, if you already use Skype as your primary over-the-top messaging app (you probably don’t), you can now send and receive text messages from the new Messaging app on your desktop — like iMessage, but accessible over multiple platforms. The new Skype apps are also fully integrated with Windows 10’s Action Center notifications.

Set up Skype

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The new Skype Messaging app.


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Setting up Skype in Windows 10 is pretty easy — in fact, most of the work is done for you. Microsoft assumes you’ll want to use your Microsoft account to log into Skype, so when you first open one of the Skype apps — either Skype Video, Messaging or Phone — you’ll see your Microsoft account email address already logged in.

If you already have an existing Skype account, you can connect that account to your Microsoft account.

Once you’ve combined your Skype accounts, Windows 10 will walk you through a super-quick setup where you will be asked if you want to scan your address book for existing Skype contacts and if you want to add a phone number so contacts can find you. You can choose to do both of these things later, and you’ll be taken straight to the Skype app.

Get rid of Skype

If you’re not a Skype user — or if you prefer to use the original Skype desktop client — you may find this new Skype integration annoying.

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To sign out of Skype on Windows 10, open up Skype Video and click the menu (three dots) icon and open Settings. Under Account, click Sign out.

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To keep Skype from poking its nose into your personal information, such as your messages, call history, and contact list, open the Settings menu and go to Privacy. In the Privacy window, click each tab that Skype uses — Location, Camera, Microphone, Contacts, Call history, Messaging and Background apps — and turn off Messaging + Skype access in each section.

To delete Skype completely, check out our article on how to delete default Windows 10 apps. You’ll need to perform the PowerShell command for each of the following applications:

Skype Video & Messaging: Get-AppxPackage *Messaging* | Remove-AppxPackage

Phone: Get-AppxPackage *CommsPhone* |Remove-AppxPackage

Get Skype: Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage

9
Mar

Overwatch Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET


Blizzard takes a plunge into the “hero shooter” genre with Overwatch, the game for people who didn’t get enough guns in Warcraft and Diablo.

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So, go on then: explain what Overwatch is

It’s Blizzard’s take on the so-called “multi-player co-op shooter” or “squad-based shooter” or “hero shooter” or whatever we’re calling this style of game this week. In a nutshell, it’s a first-person shooter that has you on a team, trying to shoot the other team as you run willy-nilly around a restricted area (aka “map”).

Blizzard are those World of Warcraft guys right?

Yeah, but also one or two other things like Diablo, Warcraft, StarCraft, Hearthstone and the Lost Vikings 2, which was frankly an excellent game for the SNES. My point is it’s been doing this game-making thing for a while.

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What did you mean by “hero shooter”?

So in Overwatch you choose a character from a list of “heroes”, all of whom have different abilities and weapons. There’s 21 of them right now, but Blizzard keeps announcing more. They all have cool names like Tracer, Junkrat, Roadhog and, er, Winston.

They all take one of four different roles, which Blizzard defines as Offense, Defense, Tank and Support. These are fairly generic terms that are used in many similar games (and other team-based games such as World of Warcraft). A team should be made up of a good mix of these roles for a well rounded crew.

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This sounds like loads of other shooty games out there…

A little, but there’s a few key differences. One is the cool future Earth setting and friendly, stylised art style. But the other is what you could call accessibility and what Blizzard terms “pick-up-and-play”. The idea is that Overwatch is easy to get into, with the heroes having fixed abilities, rather than customisable “loadouts”.

What do you mean by loadouts?

If you jump into a multiplayer game of Shooty McWardude VI you’ll probably pick a few different weapons and special abilities before you play. With Overwatch, you just pick a character. Choose McCree (pictured below), for example, and get to play as Space Clint Eastwood, with the abilities of Combat Roll, Flashbang and Deadeye. You see a McCree on the field and that’s what abilities he’ll have.

It means you can jump in and just start playing, experimenting with a few different characters and seeing what weapons and abilities you like. It’s also a little “My First Hero Shooter”.

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OK, sounds pretty good! When do I play and where?

It’s out on 24 May and you can play it on PC, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. But if you pre-order you can get in on the open beta testing on 3-4 May. Pricing is complicated. PC gamers can get it for as little as $40, AU$70 or £36. But if you want it on console it’s $60, AU$90 or £45 for the Origins edition, which has some bonus things like character skins. (You can also buy Origins for PC, for a little less than on console.) Or you can go crazy and pay $130, AU$190 or £100 for the physical Collector’s Edition, which comes with a figurine and a soundtrack disc and some other bumf.

9
Mar

Apple iPhone SE (iPhone 5SE/iPhone 6C) Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET


Apple’s confrontation with the United States government has dominated headlines since February 16, bringing to the fore many important issues related to the first amendment, terrorism, and national security. And yet we must not ignore the possibility that new iPhones may be introduced this month!

Apple’s standard retail lineup includes the three most recent iPhone models. At the moment, the portfolio extends from the relatively new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus to 2014’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to the iPhone 5S, introduced back in 2013. In the run-up to the most recent launch this fall, there was much speculation as to the fate of Apple’s iPhone 5C; would the company refresh or banish it? Alas, that model — essentially a plastic 2013 remake of the 2012 iPhone 5 — it was officially put out to pasture, leaving the 5S to occupy the entry-level slot.

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Given the popularity of the 4-inch form factor, it’s quite likely that Apple will introduce a replacement for the aging iPhone 5S — at some point. Of course, with the 6S nomenclature already taken, the company will have to adopt an alternative coinage. The original leading candidate was thought to be “iPhone 6C,” though the iPhone Mini, iPhone 5SE, and, most recently, iPhone SE have also been bandied about; according to 9to5mac.com, the SE could signify “special edition” or an “enhanced” version of the current 5S model.

Note that the prevailing opinion of online pundits is that the next major iPhone release — ostensibly, the iPhone 7 — will take place in the fall.

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What will the next iPhone look like?


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In the meantime, and in absence of any hard facts from Cupertino, the Internet will continue to feed the vacuum of information with all manner of speculation and hearsay, credible and otherwise. We present here a curated collection of the latest rumors, leaks and dubious pronouncements made by anonymous supply chain sources about the next generation of the 4-inch iPhone.

Editors’ note: This story was originally posted on December 16, 2015, and last updated on March 9, 2016.

Announcement and release dates

Though hotly contested as the rumors first emerged this fall, there appears to be a growing consensus that a new iPhone will come in March. That noted, Apple usually introduces its new iPhones in the fall; announced on September 9, the 6S and 6S Plus first appeared in stores on September 25, 2015. The next major update — expected to be the launch of the iPhone 7 — is likely to come as kids head back to school in 2016.

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The iPhone SE could ostensibly come sooner. Many sources are reporting that Apple is planning a product introduction for March 2016; a recent report from MyDrivers (via Gadgetz Arena) citing details revealed at a China Mobile event further corroborates this timing.

Given that such an introduction would coincide the Apple Watch’s first birthday, it’s highly likely that such an event would be focused on its successor. And yet it’s plausible that the iPhone SE could also arrive then, with a retail launch following just days later. Mark Gurman, who has developed a good track record of predictions for 9to5mac.com, has been steadfast on the March debut. On top of that, Recode’s Kara Swisher is reporting that Apple’s product event will happen the week of March 21, and Buzzfeed’s John Paczkowski is reporting that Monday, March 21 will be the actual day of the event.

That noted, Apple Insider reports that veteran Apple tea-leaf reader Gene Munster has suggested that the iPhone SE would actually be introduced alongside the iPhone 7 next September. (Would it then be called “iPhone 7C”? That’s anybody’s guess.)

Design

Though the possible introduction of the 4-inch iPhone is imminent, there remains no consensus about its specific shape. Even the case manufacturers, who have so much at stake, have not yet agreed on the precise measurements or whether the power button will be embedded atop the phone or along its side.

Sources report that Cupertino has already developed a number of new prototypes, and Ming-Chi Kuo, a prominent Apple analyst who works the supply chain for hints and clues, has predicted that the company will indeed bring out a new 4-inch model. From a design perspective, it remains unknown whether the iPhone SE will follow in the footsteps of the aluminum iPhone 5S or the candy-colored polycarbonate iPhone 5C.

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Apple’s iPhone 5S (left) and iPhone 5C.


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In the tradition of Apple’s brightly colored iPods of old, the SE certainly provided a very different aesthetic palette from its immediate metallic predecessors and successors. And given that the current portfolio sticks to a pretty basic range of colors — silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold — the playful rainbow of the SE would be a welcome option. In early February 2016, Japanese site Mac Otakara reported that the 4-inch iPhone may come in silver, space gray and a pink hue distinct from the rose gold featured on the iPhone 6S.

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One particularly interesting rumor posits that future iPhones may do without a physical home button, leaning on the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch screen and hands-free functionality of Siri instead. Certainly, a buttonless iPhone would be a natural move for a company with such a strong preference for clean lines and simple design. It would also allow the large top and bottom bezels to shrink, effectively allowing Apple to squeeze a larger screen into the same size body. But such a radical redesign would almost certainly be reserved for the iPhone 7, not the step-down, entry-level that the SE would be. Likewise, the added cost and weight that 3D Touch would require seem far beyond the purview of SE. (Note that recently leaked photos would seem to confirm that the forthcoming 4-inch iPhone will not have 3D Touch.)

Driven by discovered case maker design drawings, multiple sources have determined that the new iPhone will be essentially identical to those of the iPhone 5S — roughly 124 mm long, 59mm wide, and 7.5mm thick. This supports the prevailing consensus that the iPhone SE will be aesthetically similar to the 5S, but with some of the newer components and software flourishes from the newer models.

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Don’t expect 3D Touch.


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Security

Though security hasn’t often been a major focus of the iPhone rumor mill, the vast majority of recent headlines in both major and fringe publications have involved Apple’s ongoing battle with the FBI over just that. The Financial Times reported that Apple is working on ways to encrypt data stored via its iCloud service, which could further frustrate law enforcement agencies in investigations. And according to the New York Times, Apple engineers are now working on new security measures to prevent iPhone-hacking.

If the next iPhone does appear in March, it’s highly unlikely that it would contain technology developed in response to the FBI’s prying. That noted, if the new security features are rooted only in the software (or iCloud), subsequent OS updates could bring additional safeguards in the nearer term.

Display

There is a particularly durable rumor about a sapphire display, which would offer a higher degree of scratch and shatter-resistance than the current models’ Gorilla Glass. In fact, the higher-end Apple Watch models have sapphire displays — as well as OLED technology that provides best-in-class black levels, contrast and colors on a growing assortment of smartphones (including the Samsung Galaxy S6).

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Forbes (and others) have reported that the iPhone SE may have a “2.5D” display, with curved edges, that improves the tactile sensitivity of finger swipes, similar to that found on the iPhone 6 and 6S. Apple uses LED backlit LCD technology for the current iPhones’ Retina displays, and there has been speculation that Apple will eventually switch to OLED displays, but not until 2018. So, again, this upgrade would most likely debut on whatever model succeeds the iPhone 7 — and almost certainly not on the iPhone SE.

Under the hood

It was originally thought that the iPhone SE would use “old” technology — perhaps the 2014-era A8 chip from the iPhone 6, which would preclude the inclusion Live Photos and always-on Siri, which are dependent on the newer A9 processor.

But it appears that the iPhone SE may be more of a shrunken down iPhone 6S than previously expected. According to a Bloomberg Businessweek profile of Apple senior vice president for hardware technologies Johny Srouji, the SE is getting the same CPU as the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus:

In March, Apple intends to announce an updated iPad and smaller-screen iPhone featuring the latest A9x and A9 chips, according to a person familiar with the plans, who wasn’t authorized to comment publicly.

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Apple’s 64-bit A9 chip processor.


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And it gets better. Multiple sources, including analyst Kuo, however, have suggested that the iPhone SE could come equipped with an A9 processor. Such an upgrade, coupled with 2GB of RAM (the content of yet another rumor), would put the iPhone SE on equal performance footing with the iPhone 6S. Sources embedded within the Asian supply chain have also predicted that the iPhone SE will have a 1,642 mAh battery, which is slightly larger than the 1,570 mAh model featured in the iPhone 5S.

At a minimum, it would make sense for Apple to bring the SE into line with the rest of the iPhone line with the addition of Apple Pay. That will require the addition of NFC, which wasn’t included in the iPhone 5S.

On the camera side, don’t expect cutting-edge. That means the SE will likely stick with the same 8-megapixel model from the iPhone 6/6 Plus, and will almost certainly forego the optical image stabilization found in the top-end iPhone 6S Plus. According to 9to5mac.com, it will feature the popular Live Photo feature, first found on the iPhone 6S series.

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For storage capacity, expectations should likewise be kept in check. Don’t expect a 128GB option, but you may get 64GB in addition to 16GB. (The 5S is currently available in 16GB and 32GB capacities.)

The newest iPhone have excellent 4G LTE coverage that work with a wide range of wireless carriers around the world. If Apple wants to target this phone as widely as possible, it would make sense for the company to use that same sort of one-size-fits-all approach for the SE’s wireless capabilities as well.

Price

This is the big one.

For years, analysts have been calling for a more affordable iPhone — often without realizing that it was in front of them all the time. Apple has dropped its 2-year-old model to the entry-level “free on contract or $450/£379/AU$749” for years now. But with the iPhone SE, will they stick with that pricing model? Raise it because it will be a “new” phone? Or lower it to keep up with the increasingly capable models like the Moto G and Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 that are hitting the market at prices as low as $250, contract-free?

The answer, again, is anybody’s guess. But if this is replacing the 5S at the bottom of the line, the safe bet is that the price stays the same. Apple can then always drop it later, or simply allow carriers in certain markets to adjust pricing and incentives accordingly.

Zac Hall has posted an interesting analysis of historical iPhone pricing at 9to5mac.com, concluding that Apple will deliver the iPhone 6C/SE in March, featuring a combination of iPhone 6 and 6S hardware and an iPhone 5-based design, with a starting price of $649. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that the next iPhone will be priced in the $400 to $500 range, however.

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Scroll down for a reverse-chronological look at the latest rumors.

February 27, 2016

NoWhereElse.fr: Purported leaked iPhone SE photos do not show 3D Touch

French site Nowhereelese.fr has published images that appear to confirm that the forthcoming 4-inch iPhone will not have Apple’s pressure-sensitive touchscreen.

February 26, 2015

MacRumors: New 4″ iPhone With 12MP Camera Said to Cost $400-$500

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts the price of Apple’s next iPhone.

February 22, 2016

Bloomberg: The Most Important Apple Executive You’ve Never Heard Of

The rumored “iPhone Mini” would add a modest amount to Apple’s total revenue this year, says analyst

February 17, 2016

CNET: Apple could grab $5B in sales from new 4-inch iPhone, says analyst

The rumored “iPhone Mini” would add a modest amount to Apple’s total revenue this year, says analyst

February 8, 2016

9to5mac: Opinion: Why Apple’s releasing an iPhone 5se, not a 4-inch iPhone 7

One pundit’s rationale for why Apple won’t debut a 4-inch model along the iPhone 7 this fall.

February 5, 2016

MacRumors: iPhone 5se May Come in Silver, Space Gray, and Bright Pink

Apple’s next generation iPhone may come in a shade reminiscent of the hot pink iPod nano.

January 22, 2016

CNET: Return of the 4-inch iPhone? Rumor hints at March launch

Apple could be working on a smaller version of its wildly popular phone, along with Apple Watch bands in new materials, and possibly a pair of iPads.

January 13, 2016

Forbes: 10 Leaked Features Reveal Important Changes

Like the iPhone 6 and 6S, the iPhone 6C is expected to have “2.5D” cover glass.

December 29, 2015

Phone Arena: New information about the 4-inch Apple iPhone 7c emerges; mass production starts next momth?

The next generation iPhone will come equipped with a 1,642mAh battery.

December 5, 2015

Business Insider: Data indicates Apple maybe working on a new 4-inch device

An internal survey by Piper Jaffray revealed that over 20 percent of smartphone users say a 4-inch screen size is the optimal size for smartphones.

August 27, 2015

CNET: Shrunken version of iPhone 6 reportedly won’t be coming this year

Rumors of a 4-inch iPhone 6C have been circulating, but a tech blog reports that this device won’t be ready for Apple’s upcoming press event next month.

March 26, 2015

CNET: Would you go back to a 4-inch iPhone?

A new rumor says to expect three new iPhones this year, including a 4-inch device that bucks the trend of big displays that some of your friends and family love to mock.

9
Mar

Google Destinations will help you compare and book vacations with ease


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Google has launched a new feature for mobile search called Destinations, which will enable you to plan your next trip or vacation with ease. Destinations will activate once you type in a continent, country or even a state and affix the word “destination” on the end to have the search engine provide a plethora of information.

From weather forecasts to when your destination is most popular in the year, filtering down activities and even entering in personal interests for tailored suggestions, Destinations is a handy tool for those who don’t wish to rely on comparison websites. Better still, Google will display the high and low rates for the next six months for hotels and flights.

There’s a bunch of ways to filter and customize results to suit your needs and requirements. Can only book off appointed time? No problem, simply narrow down dates and see what’s available. It’s worth noting that this is only possible on the mobile.

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9
Mar

Get a second Galaxy S7 or S7 edge from T-Mobile when you purchase one


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T-Mobile has announced that for a limited time the carrier will be offering a buy one get one (BOGO) deal on both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. That’s right, customers who make the leap to one of Samsung’s new smartphones will be able to get a second at no additional cost to them. AT&T recently announced a similar promotion in which it will give customers a bill credit over 30 months to make the phone free, but T-Mobile is handling it differently. From T-Mobile:

Buy One, Get One. Once you’ve picked out and purchased your two new Galaxy S7 for $0 down on EIP—or feel free to mix and match with the Galaxy S7 edge—and add a line, you’ll get the full retail price of the second, lower-priced device back as a prepaid debit card via online rebate. If choose two Galaxy S7 edge, you’ll receive a rebate for the full retail value of that device. And when you buy two, families can get up to two Samsung devices on us.

T-Mobile will be offering a prepaid gift card with the full balance of the phone on it. This is all in addition to the other existing offers, like a free year of Netflix and a free Gear VR headset. If you’re interested in grabbing two Galaxy S7’s for the price of one, you’ll want to act quickly before the deal slips away.

See at T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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  • Galaxy S7 edge review
  • Galaxy S7 edge with Exynos: A Canadian perspective
  • Here are all four Galaxy S7 colors
  • Details on the Galaxy S7’s camera
  • The SD card is back on the GS7
  • Join our Galaxy S7 forums

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