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Sep

Nexus 7 (2016): What’s the story so far?


The original Nexus 7, released in 2012 and updated in 2013, has always been one of our favourite Nexus devices. It was that convenient smaller tablet, a pure-Android almost pocketable tablet for fun and frivolity.

The Nexus programme has flung out a range of tablets, the pixel-popping Nexus 10, the 4:3 Nexus 9 and that hybrid Pixel C, a tablet that wants to be your workmate. 

There have been some gems in there, some breakthroughs, but there’s definitely a gap in the pure Android small tablet market. So when rumours appeared suggesting a new Nexus 7, we allowed ourselves to get a little bit excited. 

Here’s the story on the next Nexus 7 so far. 

Nexus 7 (2016): Huawei steps up

In the early days of the Nexus/Pixel smartphone rumour cycle, there was one odd detail that stood out. 

While everyone was talking about HTC making the next Google smartphones, a throwaway line from Charlene Munilall, general manager of Huawei’s consumer business in South Africa, put Huawei in the frame.

“We’re doing the Nexus again this year, by the way,” said Munilall. That expression was originally thought to refer to a repeat of the Nexus 6P, but might have actually been about a new Nexus 7 tablet.

That line of thought came back into focus, following a tweet from leaker extraordinaire, Evan Blass.

Google’s Huawei-built 7-inch tablet, with 4GB RAM, on track for release before the end of the year.

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 5, 2016

The @evleaks account has often proved to be entirely accurate, adding real weight to this rumour of a new Huawei-built Nexus tablet. 

Nexus 7 (2016): What will it be called?

That’s a good question. Huawei filed a trademark on the name Nexus 7P, in April 2016. Reported by Phandroid, it very obviously ties the a new larger device into the Nexus 6P smartphone that the company produced in 2015 – which was a great Nexus Phone.

So the Nexus 7P logically sits in the frame, but with a huge amount of debate ranging around the names of the next Google smartphones – currently thought to be the Pixel and Pixel XL, there’s a chance that the Nexus brand will be entirely dropped.

So that might leave us with Pixel 7 or Pixel 7P. Currently we don’t know, based on the small number of leaks we’ve seen so far.

  • Google Nexus vs Google Pixel: What’s the difference? 

Nexus 7 (2016): Hardware and specs

We’ve already seen that the new Huawei device might come with 4GB of RAM from Evan Blass, a good start. 

Beyond that, a set of specifications has surfaced on Huawei Blog. The readout of these runs down as follows: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage. 

That makes for a tablet that’s fully-loaded, potentially offering the same sort of power as a flagship smartphone.

There’s no mention of battery capacity, or of the connection type. However, with Google switching to USB Type-C on the Pixel C, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, it would be irregular for a new Nexus 7 to use anything else.

That would also suggest Quick Charge 3.0 support, but we have no indication of the battery capacity. We’d hope for something like 5100mAh, like the recently announced Huawei MediaPad M3.

One thing not mentioned so far is a fingerprint scanner. That’s been a feature of recent Nexus devices, but we have no idea how Google would implement that on a new Tablet – the Pixel C, famously, didn’t have one.

Pocket-lint

Nexus 7 (2016): Display

The same source at Huawei Blog suggests a 7-inch device with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. That’s sounds pretty convincing, although that’s a straight down the line 16:9 aspect. While that’s great on a smartphone we can’t help feeling that the slightly taller 2560 x 1600 might be used instead as it’s slightly better for tablets.

We have no evidence for this, however.

Nexus 7 (2016): Cameras

Cameras don’t matter much on a tablet – we refuse to accept that it’s socially acceptable to take your tablet to the zoo or theatre and snap photos with it – but there’s the suggestion that there will be a 13-megapixel camera on the rear.

The front camera is more useful, as this is your key to video chats and so on and we’re sure it will be 8-megapixels, because that’s what Huawei tends to use on its devices.

Nexus 7 (2016): Release date

The current thinking is that Google is planning a mega dump on 4 October where it will unleash a collection of devices – the Pixel, Pixel XL, 4K Chromecast and Daydream VR.

So far there’s been little mention of a new tablet, but it may well fall into the same event. Other than that, the only timeframe we have is before the end of 2016.

Nexus 7 (2016): Conclusions

The emergence of a new Nexus 7 on the rumour scene is relatively recent. There’s long been talk of the fun that Google and Huawei had on the Nexus 6P and a belief that new device was in the works from the pair.

The core specs rumoured so far look entirely typical, but there’s still a question mark over what this device might be called and whether it’s going to be bundled in with the rest of Google’s end of year launches.

One thing is certain though: with a tablet market that’s got a little boring, it would be nice to have a small format Android tablet to shake things up and rival the iPad mini.

We will continue to update as we learn more.

8
Sep

Gennady Golovkin VS Kell Brook: Watch boxing live


There isn’t a person who would not like a good action sequence. Movies are something else but what’s your position on the real action? Real action as in, Mixed martial arts, Judo, Muay Thai, Kick Boxing, or Boxing? Where there is real fight, real blood, real wins and pretty much real everything.

That’s something most of the people look forward to, do you? If yes, then this whole article might catch your already developing interest. The point being, are you updated with the match coming up on the 10th of September 2016: Golovkin vs. Kell Brook?

Golovkin vs Kell Brook fight

Yes! Golovkin vs. Kell Brook is going live on the 10 September, 2016 in London, O2 arena at 22:00 BST. The fight between both of them seems quite unpredictable and if you look at the stats and skills mentioned below, you will find out that it is not going to be easy predicting this much.

Gennady Golovkin: The beast in the ring

Gennady Golovkin is considered as the most feared boxer in arena and particularly the best in his division. Due to his aggressive style of movement and punch power, every person has eyes on him.

What makes him special in the ring is his energy conservation techniques. His swift movement allows him to keep distance while tiring the opponent the same time. His balance is rarely seen to go off and if you are talking about power, then he’s got by far the best uppercuts and jabs, effective enough to put someone down in a single blow.

Golovkin is aged 34 and has fought about 35 pro contest and when it is said “fought” means “won”. Golovkin has won 32 matches by knockout and 3 matches by score. He’s simply the best in the ring.

Kell Brook: the challenger

The recently rising underdog Kell Brooks is the challenger to the champion who has 4 championship titles to his name. The 30 year old fighter Kell brook has his own way of fighting in the arena but it cannot be said that the style can beat the powerful punches Golovkin is going to throw his way.

However, brook’s speed, reflexes, and technical skills could somehow make a difference because if you look at the stats that Brook holds, you will be amazed to find how good of a fighter he is. “It’s the biggest day for me,” Golovkin said. “He’s very strong. It’s the biggest test for me.”

Brook has fought and won 36 fights and out of 36 fights 25 have been by knockouts. Hence, that’s not bad at all.

What’s more in boxing?

All the excitement is here but that is not all of it besides the highly hyped and hot match Golovkin vs. Brook, the full fight card has 7 more fights for you to stay entertained if you are a boxing fan.

·       John Riel Casimero v Charlie Edwards: IBF Flyweight Title

·       Martin J Ward v Andy Townend: British Super-Featherweight Title

·       Paul Smith v TBC: 6 Rnds Super-Middleweight

·       Conor Benn v Silvije Kebet: 4 Rnds Super-Lightweight

·       Lee Haskins v Stuart Hall: IBF Bantamweight Title

·       Callum Smith v Norbert Nemesapati: 12 Rnds Super-Middleweight

To watch all these matches you will need to stream unless you are sitting in the arena where the fight is actually happening. Fans who are willing to stream online would require broadcasting channels, which are not accessible from everywhere but it’s not impossible to access them.

How to watch Boxing Live online: Kell vs Gennady Golovkin

You can use OneVPN to access these and stream to have a good lag free and Ad-free experience. OneVPN comes with an Ad-Blocker and a relevantly good speed that will provide you the chance to stream these matches.

Here’s a short list of where you can watch these matches using OneVPN:

Channel list

Sky sports

HBO

Inside HBO Boxing

Your predictions

You are open to share your predictions in the upcoming boxing matches. If you are going to watch Golovkin vs Brook live online, then feel free to share what you feel about both of them and who you think will become the champion.

8
Sep

Apple knows that the new iPhones will sell out


Apple has traditionally opened iPhone pre-orders on a Friday and then reported on how many people laid down cash the following Monday. The company issues a press release saying that it’s seen unprecedented demand and that the latest device is the biggest selling iPhone ever. But that trend won’t continue into 2016 because, guys, it’s the iPhone, and it’s gonna sell out, no matter what.

The company told CNBC that it now knows, before taking a single order, that the iPhones 7 and 7 Plus will sell out. As such, revealing how many people pre-order the devices is “no longer a representative metric” for investors. Instead, the number of device sales will now be discussed only during the firm’s quarterly earnings releases.

In one way, this makes perfect sense, since the pre-order window is no longer the only time in which people buy new iPhones. As people are on contracts of varying lengths, the picture is no longer limited to the folks who’ve lined up to get a new device on the first day. After all, people are holding on to their devices for longer than the average two-year cycle, so there are people coming off the iPhone 5 who might choose to upgrade between now and the holidays.

JUST IN: Apple says it will not be releasing iPhone pre-order numbers as it traditionally has in the past. pic.twitter.com/kGXfPcUkKB

— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) September 8, 2016

In addition, Apple can avoid any negative headlines and commentary should the quantity of pre-orders not reach the stellar heights of previous years. For instance, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus sold around 10 million devices in its opening weekend, a blockbuster 48-hours for any company. But if the 7 and 7 Plus sold that many, it’d spur a legion of “Apple Sales Flatten” and “Apple is Doomed”-style headlines.

Source: CNBC (Twitter)

8
Sep

‘Animal Crossing’ and ‘Fire Emblem’ mobile apps delayed to 2017


Nintendo’s Super Mario Run for iPhone, iPad and Android made big news during Apple’s event yesterday in San Francisco, but in all the fanfare it seems two additional planned Nintendo properties were pushed back.

Previously, it was announced that apps based on two fairly hot Nintendo franchises, Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem, would be due out on smartphones in fall 2016. Now, with Super Mario Run on the horizon for December, that date has been moved to the end of March 2017.

According to Polygon, Nintendo confirmed that the delays are indeed related to Super Mario Run’s impending holiday release.

“Based on a variety of factors, we felt it was most appropriate for Super Mario Run to launch ahead of these other two apps,” the company said in a statement. “Our Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem titles for mobile will launch before the end of our fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2017.”

Super Mario Run is an endless runner featuring familiar Mario stages, characters and mechanics in which players attempt to clear stages while collecting as many coins as possible. Rather than adopting a free-to-play model it’ll be be “one set price,” as Shigeru Miyamoto attested on stage yesterday during the Apple event.

It remains to be seen what sort of pricing models we can expect from either Animal Crossing or Fire Emblem games.

Via: Polygon

8
Sep

4K consoles will finally make 1080p gaming a reality


Microsoft and Sony have finally announced their new, more powerful console revisions. The PS4 Pro and Project Scorpio promise a significant performance bump over their current-gen counterparts, supposedly ushering in the era of 4K console gaming. Although we will see some 4K games, it’s likely that neither console has the power to pull off the higher resolution without compromise.

We’ve heard this story before. When the Xbox 360 was unveiled at E3 in 2005, it was supposed to play games at a crisp 720p or 1080i. The following year, when Sony announced the PlayStation 3, it did so by showing off Gran Turismo HD running at a native 1080i/60, with the promise of 1080p games to come.

For the most part, that didn’t happen. Instead, many Xbox 360 games upscaled just to hit 720p. The significantly more powerful PS3 also stuck mostly to 720p, with a smattering of 1,280 x 1,080 games (which were then processed to stretch out the horizontal resolution). To my memory, the only 1080p game I had on PlayStation 3 was Fifa Street 3 (I make bad life choices). Oh, and Gran Turismo 5: Prologue let me see my garage (and only my garage) in 1080p.

Then came the current console generation and the pitch of true 1080p gaming. Very quickly, that promise unraveled. Xbox One launch titles like Ryse (900p) and Dead Rising 3 (720p) fell short, with only Forza Motorsport 5 hitting 1080p at the expense of anti-aliasing and texture quality. PlayStation 4 titles fared a little better: Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and Knack hit 1080p. But all three games suffered from serious frame-rate issues: Killzone developer Guerrilla Games was forced to add a 30fps lock to the single player through an update and faced a (failed) lawsuit when it was discovered the “1080p 60fps” multiplayer actually ran at 960 x 1,080 and pixels doubled using “temporal reprojection.”

The biggest cross-platform title of the launch window, Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs, hit 792p on Xbox One and 900p on PlayStation 4. Both versions relied on adaptive v-sync (a trick that minimizes stuttering when frames aren’t rendered in time) just to stick to 30fps.

Things have improved a little since then, as developers now understand the consoles’ respective limitations. We now see some 1080p games that mostly stick to 30fps, with exclusive titles Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One and Bloodborne on PlayStation 4 being prime examples. Even so, the vast majority of titles struggle, with shooters relying on dynamic scaling to hit 60fps and other games sticking with 30fps caps just to get by. There are outliers, of course: Lots of last-gen remasters are hitting the holy grail of 1080p and 60fps (1080p60). And some games — like Forza Motorsport 6 on the Xbox One and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on the PS4 — run almost entirely at 1080p60.

PlayStation 4 Pro

With this historical knowledge in mind, it’s unlikely that either of the new consoles will hit 4K frequently. From what we know of Scorpio, the PlayStation 4 Pro is by far the least powerful of the two. It features a refreshed AMD Jaguar CPU with a higher clock speed and a new Polaris GPU with 4.2 teraflops of potential power. That’s a big improvement over the original PS4’s 1.84 teraflops GPU, but it’s not enough to hit 4K without some serious compromises, or, as will be more common, upscaling tricks. Sound familiar?

First-party titles shown off at yesterday’s PlayStation Meeting included Horizon: Zero Dawn, Days Gone and Infamous First Light. None of them are close to hitting 4K. Instead they all rely on advanced checkerboard upscaling, which by all accounts looks fantastic when compared to 1080p.

The only confirmed native 4K (rendering at 3,840 x 2,160 with no tricks) game we’ve heard of is Elder Scrolls Online, which apparently manages to maintain a lock of 30fps. For perspective, ESO is not graphically intensive and will run just fine at 1080p on a three-year-old gaming laptop. Naughty Dog, for its part, says it’ll have The Last of Us (a game that debuted on the PlayStation 3) optimized to run at 1080p60 with “improved performance” or 4K at 30fps.

We’ve seen no evidence that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be able to pull off 4K 60fps, despite some vague onstage claims to that effect. Activision has a history of dynamically scaling resolution to keep CoD frame rates steady, and it’s likely we’ll see that tactic in play again. And that 4K slice of Mass Effect: Andromeda? It was deliberately chosen because of its sparse environment and extremely dark setting. Even with these tricks, performance expert Digital Foundry suggests jaggies are evident on close inspection, and it’s highly likely Bioware will upscale the final game, dynamically or otherwise, from a lower resolution than 4K for the PS4 Pro.

Project Scorpio

True 4K on the PlayStation 4 Pro, then, is not impossible but extremely improbable beyond a few highly optimized titles and remasters. But what about Project Scorpio? Microsoft will throw an all-new, 8-core CPU in its console to end all consoles, along with a GPU capable of 6 teraflops and 320GB/s memory bandwidth. Microsoft claims this will enable “true 4K” gaming. Again, though, its utilization seems improbable. You only need to look at the state of 4K gaming on PCs to see why.

The Nvidia GTX 1070 — a $380 6.5 teraflop card with 256GB/s memory bandwidth — paired with a top-of-the-range Intel i7 processor can just about pull off 4K gaming. By “pull off,” I mean that while averages above 30fps are common, you’ll regularly see sub-30fps drops from demanding games. Despite its increased specs over the Xbox One, Project Scorpio is unlikely to significantly outmuscle that setup.

Drop that 4K resolution down to 1080p, however, and the GTX 1070 comes into its own, achieving plus-60fps rendering even with maxed-out graphical settings. At 1440p — a favorite resolution among PC gamers — the Scorpio is likely to shine, offering solid frame rates and a significant improvement in fidelity over 1080p when stretched over a large 4K TV.

We don’t know enough about Scorpio yet to make definitive statements. Its memory bandwidth (and the 10 to 12GB of video memory it implies) is large and will help out with 4K. Developers can optimize for Scorpio more than they can for individual PC setups, although they’ll also have to be targeting the vanilla Xbox One concurrently. But even the GTX 1080, a $600, 9-teraflop card, struggles with frame rates at 4K.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Project Scorpio launch with the option to play some games at 4K30. Microsoft could even decree that all games need to hit that target. But even if it does, it’s far more likely that performance-obsessed gamers — the obvious target market for Microsoft’s new console — will want 60fps games at the highest fidelity possible. Rendering at 1440p and similar resolutions will still offer noticeable improvements on a 4K TV set. And if you have a 1080p set, you’re going to see 60fps as well as some additional graphical accoutrements.

So what?

Until Scorpio is released, Sony can safely claim that the PS4 Pro will offer the best-looking console games ever. Games that dynamically scale, or use the checkerboard process to upscale, will look better than their current-gen counterparts. Games that run at 1080p will be able to perform at a consistently higher level than they do on the PS4. We should never again see a 1080p title dropping below 30fps, and indeed, the vast majority should run at 60fps. That’s fantastic news.

It’s good that Sony and Microsoft are updating their consoles to support 4K TVs, which have moved from niche, expensive products to practically the norm on electronic store shelves. Lots of gamers — many of them the companies’ most fervent supporters — already have 4K sets, and within the next few years it’s probable that millions will be investing in 4K.

What’s not good is selling gamers on the promise of “4K gaming.” Console gamers were sold the lie of 1080p gaming for many years, and developers’ desire to satiate fans — who only wanted 1080p gaming because they were promised it — has resulted in high-resolution, low-performance gaming becoming the norm.

Sony needs to be up front about the PS4 Pro’s (lack of) 4K capabilities

As someone with a 1080p TV and no intention to upgrade to 4K in the immediate future, I’m genuinely excited about both consoles. But I wish we could get a clear idea of what they can and can’t do. With the PS4 Pro, Sony needs to be up front about the console’s (lack of) 4K capabilities.

It’s fine if your console can’t do 4K gaming with any regularity, but don’t say that “PS4 games deliver unprecedented visual precision, such as 4K quality resolution to give remarkable clarity down to the tiniest detail” on your website. Be honest. Tell gamers that their games will look and play better on both 1080p TVs and 4K TVs. Tell them this is the best they’ll get on a console right now. They’ll still buy the thing.

Microsoft has some time to think. Project Scorpio isn’t likely to be unveiled properly until E3 next year. Unless it truly believes that games running at 4K will be the norm — and, hey, maybe it can somehow pull off 4K30 across the board — it should shy away from that marketing spiel.

Given the significant performance increase between the PS4 Pro and Scorpio, it should stick with a far simpler line: “No matter what TV you own, games will look and perform better on our console than a PS4 Pro.” Add in VR and (almost certainly) UHD Blu-ray support and that’s likely a winning formula, provided the price is right, of course.

8
Sep

Airbnb introduces new rules meant to fight discrimination


Airbnb has gone forward with several rules meant to combat the discrimination perceived in its rental policy as of today.

The short-term rental service has introduced said rules in a bid to combat criticism of its previous policies, which had been characterized as easy for hosts to reject potential renters on the grounds of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, age or disability.

A new “community commitment” will go into place on November 1st, which asks that all Airbnb hosts work together alongside anyone who uses the service, “regardless of race, religion, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age.”

It’s all lined out in a massive 32-page report detailing the changes, which also spell out an increase in instant bookings that go through without prior host approval, in addition to the company’s experiments with reducing how prominently displayed user photos are.

These alterations come following a class-action lawsuit from Airbnb customer Gregory Selden, who alleged he had been kept from renting a property via the site because of his race. Last December, a research paper from Harvard Unviersity concluded that it was more difficult for guests with names that sounded more “African-American” to rent rooms via the service. Users have since correlated this research with personal experience that mirror these findings.

Aside from rolling out a new set of policies for renters to abide by, Airbnb has also created a new team of engineers meant to help find and end any bias the company may have during operation. Discrimination complaints go to specialists trained exactly for those kindsof delicate situations.

The company is obviously making strides toward improvement, but only time will tell if they’re effective moves.

Via: The New York Times

Source: Airbnb

8
Sep

Sony’s petite Xperia X Compact hits the UK


Right about now has to be the worst possible time for a new smartphone to launch, what with Apple announcing a pair of new iPhones and all. Nevertheless, Sony’s Xperia X Compact is now available in the UK, just over a week after it debuted at this year’s IFA tech show alongside the new flagship Xperia XZ. As is typically the case with Sony smartphones, not all carriers and resellers are sold on the device. However, the 4.6-inch handset is available for free or for a nominal upfront payment on sub-£30 per month contracts at O2, EE, giffgaff, Carphone Warehouse and Mobiles.co.uk.

Amazon, Unlocked Mobiles and Clove don’t seem to be receiving stock until later this month; but, if it’s an unlocked Xperia X Compact you’re after, look no further than Carphone Warehouse, which will sell you one right now for £360 (almost £20 cheaper than anywhere else).

Apart from Apple’s return to the 4-inch form factor with the iPhone SE, Sony remains one of the only companies making decent smaller-screened devices. They aren’t severely downgraded models taking advantage of flagship branding either, though unlike last year’s Xperia Z5 Compact, the Xperia X this new, smaller model is based on was a mid-range device to begin with.

Still, you’re looking at a hexa-core Snapdragon 650 chip, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage tucked away behind that 4.6-inch, 720p display. You also get the same 23-megapixel camera with laser autofocus that Sony has equipped the flagship Xperia XZ with. In short, it’s definitely worth considering if you’re into smaller screens.

8
Sep

Twitter just turned DMs into a chat app


Twitter has been implementing some important updates to protect its users lately, but its most recent change could help foster better conversations. The social network today tweeted (duh) a video showing off its latest additions to the Direct Messages feature that basically turns it into a chat app.

The new features include read receipts, live typing indicators and native URL previews to foster a better sense of real-time conversations. Twitter hasn’t said when the update will roll out, but it will most likely be hitting your DMs within the next few days.

A full-fledged chat app will make Twitter a lot more similar to that other social network, which has a far more advanced, and totally independent messaging app. But since Twitter personalities often have far larger, and generally more anonymous, followings than they do on Facebook, this update could foster more intimate conversations between a lot more people who don’t really know each other IRL. When this rolls out, I’ll be actively reading and ignoring your DMs, so feel free to keep looking at those read receipts.

Source: Twitter

8
Sep

What happened at Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro event


Sony’s PlayStation event didn’t have a ton of surprises, but still — any time you get two new flavors of the PS4, it’s worth paying attention. In the afterglow of today’s announcements, senior editors Devindra Hardawar and Nathan Ingraham break down the good and bad of what Sony announced. The PS4 Slim is almost exactly what we expected: a cheaper and smaller version of the existing PS4. But Sony surprised us a bit by having a reasonable $399 price point and November 10th release date for its more powerful PS4 Pro console. Both new PS4 consoles will be in gamers’ hands before long, so get caught up on what you need to know here.

8
Sep

Periscope makes it harder to creep on your friends’ broadcasts


Periscope has rolled out a tiny update that alerts streamers when people they follow join their broadcast, taking all the fun out of secretly creeping on your friends’ digital lives. When streaming, the names and icons of people you follow will pop up on the left side of the video as soon as they start watching.

The company today tweeted a GIF of the new feature in action, though the update isn’t detailed in a blog post. Sometimes, all you really need is 140 characters (plus an emoji and a moving picture).

See who’s watching live! Now you can see when people you follow join your broadcast 👋 pic.twitter.com/Qf0zhbwYNt

— Periscope (@periscopeco) September 8, 2016

Source: @periscopeco

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