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Archive for January, 2017

As we get closer to the unveiling of the Galaxy S8, we’re hearing more positive things about it – like The Guardian reporting that it has new information that seems Samsung keeping the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Galaxy S8, and more.

They add that the Galaxy S8 will have a 3.5mm headphone jack, something they’ve heard from “multiple sources”, and that it does indeed rock that beautiful “all-screen” design that we’ve been reporting. Inside, we are to expect Qualcomm’s powerhouse Snapdragon 835 processor, USB-C connectivity, microSD card support, and more.

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Vivo officially unveiled its flagship phone, the Vivo V5 Plus, last Saturday, January 21, at the SM Mall of Asia. The phone aims to deliver the perfect selfie with its 20-megapixel dual front-facing camera—a first for any mobile phone.

The V5 Plus smartphone will make life easier for the selfie-obsessed , thanks to features like the Bokeh Effect—a background-blurring photography filter—as well as the Face Beauty and Selfie Soft Light Effect, which ensure radiant selfies even in poor lighting conditions, eliminating the need for editing or post-processing.

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If all the leaks are true, there’s a lot to be excited about in the Samsung Galaxy S8. One of the big additions is Bixby. The new virtual assistant is even tipped to be accessible on all native apps. Now, a fresh leak gives an insight on how Bixby will work inside the Galaxy S8 camera app.

According to Sammobile, the device will give camera access to Bixby, and it will be able to perform a visual search or even text recognition. On the Samsung Galaxy S8, the camera app will integrate a Bixby button, which the user can activate to do a visual search on the thing that the camera is pointed towards.

The report states that ‘Bixby will analyse the image, and identify objects and text. It will help you search for that object, or use optical character recognition to process any text you point the phone at’. Bixby is a result of Samsung’s acquisition of Viv Labs- a company that was responsible for building Siri.

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Nintendo Switch, the Japanese company’s newest console, arrives March 3 at $300 (about Rs. 20,500). That’s not the only thing we learned from the Tokyo event last week. The Switch is available for pre-order in two variants – with a pair of grey Joy-Cons, or one red and blue each. Nintendo also showed a bunch of games, including new Zelda and Mario titles.

The Nintendo Switch will also have its own online service à la PlayStation Plus, which apart from facilitating online multiplayer, will also provide titles from NES and SNES generation. A lot more information has trickled in since, via video demonstrations, interviews, and the official website.

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Adding more features has always been Samsung’s approach with new flagships, but as the company is no doubt aware after the Galaxy Note7 literally burned out, everyone will be watching closely to see what new safety measures it includes on the S8.

What exactly can we expect from the S8? Here’s what we’re hearing from the rumor mill.

 

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What will the new iPad mini 5 – or ‘iPad Pro mini’ – look like, and when will it launch in the UK? We explore the clues, evidence and speculation about the next iPad mini’s release date, new features, design changes and more in our iPad mini 5 rumour round-up. Plus: our wishlist of new features we’d like to see in the iPad mini 5

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