Introducing the iPhone 6 Plus
Oct08

Introducing the iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is significantly larger, noticeably thinner and most importantly, offers far more fortitude on a single charge than any other iPhone. Apple iPhone 6 Plus is a remarkable phone, but it is not for people who like the compactness in their phones. This is actually a mated version of phone and tablet, referred to as “Phablet”. Its 5.5-inch, 1080p IPS LCD screen elegantly mounts the gap between the 4-inch iPhone 5S and the 7.9-inch iPad Mini. The 6 Plus is on the larger side of screens, measuring 6.22 inches high by 3.06 inches wide (158.1mm by 77.8mm), nearly a half-inch taller and slightly narrower than Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Chief features

The iPhone 6 Plus with its A8 processor, 5.5-inch 1080p screen, upgraded battery which offers 80 hours of standby and all new design, is a pretty decent proposition. Genius split of strategy, by adding a 1920 x 1080 screen with pin sharp graphics. Performance wise, the iPhone 6 Plus allows users to do things that they might not have been able to do on iPhone 5S. Gaming on the iPhone 6 Plus is going to be absolutely sensational. With its big screen, improved resolution and improved grip, iPhone 6 plus is a real go-to machine if you want to make the best use out of the massive gaming library that Apple has to offer. Even with the massively large screen, the iPhone still remains comfortable to hold. With fast performance, great display, elegant new design and a much-needed software update, it has proved to be one of the best smartphones in the market right now. It even flaunts a longer battery life than iPhone 6 and optical image stabilization is definitely an added perk. One of the big problems we noticed though with this phone when connecting to your computer was dealing with disabling the apple software screen.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus additionally provides an 8MP sensor with optimized iSight and the ability to record in 240fps slow-motion. It is equipped with a very adept camera and a larger screen providing a very good viewfinder. The big upgrade here is the use of optical image stabilization, unlike the digital method used in iPhone 6. This definitely ensures that images are going to be strikingly clear and less blurry. It can even take extra light, and is way more stable when pressing the shutter button.

To conclude, there is a feeling that iPhone 6 Plus will not match up to the sales of iPhone 6 in the Western market, because of its massive size increase compared to the compact design of the smaller new model. But this is not going to bother Apple because in other markets around the world, big screens are the new trending stereotype. But, Apple iPhone 6 Plus is still a very good device in a lot of ways with tweaks such as optical image stabilization. It just depends on the fact that you want to show off the massive display of your phone. Although, it will be more expensive, so customers will definitely make use of the features that Apple iPhone 6 Plus comes loaded with.

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The latest Windows 8.2 Rumors
Sep07

The latest Windows 8.2 Rumors

With Windows 8, Microsoft was planning to bring back the young user group, who had switched over to Apple Mac and other systems, back to its fold through its touch User Interface. But Microsoft had to face a number of user complaints within a few months of Windows 8 release. This prompted Microsoft think thank to come out with an updated version of Windows 8 in the form of Win 8.1.In addition to the improving the end user experience in terms of touch functionality, 8.1 also allowed users to boot directly in to the desktop. This feature was missing in Windows 8.

As a part of providing improved functionality, Microsoft had recently come out with an updated version of 8.1 called Windows 8.1 Update 1. One of the features added in update 1 is the provision of the shut down option in the start screen and the inclusion of a task bar that integrates the old and new user interfaces. This can be seen in the image provided in this image below.

Windows 8.2 Update

But there are plenty of rumors floating about regarding the release of an intermediate version before the big bang release of cloud based Windows 9 in the summer of 2015. Technical analysts from ZDNet predict that Microsoft would be calling it as Windows 8.2. Some of the Windows 8.2 rumors that are doing the rounds include some changes being made to the start screen and make it more like the start screen in Windows 7. Analysts predict that Microsoft would be including Live Tiles to the start screen as part of the Windows 8.2 release. This will allow the users to get a feel of the modern live apps without losing the experience provided by Windows 7 in Windows 8.2.

Other Microsoft 8.2 rumors going around the technology circuit is that Microsoft is planning to make it far easier to get to the start screen and access the various buried sub menus right from the start screen. There are also rumors that Microsoft would be unifying its Windows Phone and Windows app stores under a single entity and release it as part of Windows 8.2. According to certain insider sources, Windows 8.2 would come out with a traditional desktop interface that can be used by both the mouse and keyboard users and also the touch app users. The original start menu would be included as part of the release. One of our favorite Windows News sites Windows Wise covered something very similar in fact. The release that is very likely to be codenamed as threshold would also include metro apps that would come in the form of a mini window in the start screen as show in this figure below.

Windows 8.2 Start Menu

For Microsoft followers, there is a YouTube video available that describes the possible updates that are being planned as part of the Windows 8.2 Threshold release. This video can be seen below!

Windows 8.2 Probable Release date

According to the information available with technology news specialist Techradar, Microsoft is planning to release 8.2 in the fall of 2014 and that could well be in late August or early September. TechRadar has also mentions about some possible inclusion in 8.2 which were left out in 8.1 due to lack of time needed for completing the integration. This includes the integration of Windows Apps and Windows Phone store in to a single store.

Another rumor related to Windows 8.2 that is going around the technology circuit is that the release can also be called as Windows 8.1 update 2. This rumor was first published in a reputed blog site blog.rifix.net. There are a ton of resources out there with new information popping up all the time! The same goes with windowswise.com as they cover everything under the Windows name!

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Cloud Computing And Focusing In Canada
Aug30

Cloud Computing And Focusing In Canada

For a good business to thrive, resources are very important. It is in this technological face that a huge number of tasks can get accomplished in just a simple one-two process. Businesses are moving towards cloud-computing especially since it not only comes with easy networking and sharing capabilities, but it also saves the business a good amount of cash.

Cloud computing may seem as an emerging field in the world of computer science but it has actually been in existence for a few years. Its name hails from the fact that the data and applications are hosted on a “cloud” of web-servers.

Why Cloud Computing?

With cloud computing, an organisation is able to install computers for the employees and instead of installing programs or software on the individual computers, a single application is able to be loaded on multiple computers. This not only decreases the software and hardware demands of the user’s machine but also spreads the heavy lifting of software into all the other computers in the network thus making the user’s machine even more efficient. This workload shift has seen most businesses resorting into cloud computing, which if you ask me, is an important step they are taking.

Cloud Computing

This may seem new on first mention but you might have probably experienced cloud computing before. If you have an email account with web-based emails services like Yahoo-Mail, Gmail or Hotmail, then you have experienced cloud-computing, even if not much but some of it. Counting the number of emails and media you share via web-based email services, you can be sure that had you been running an email program in your computer, you could probably have reduced your machine’s efficiency by a great chunk.

It is for this that cloud computing allows you as a user to remotely access your web email account just by logging-in. Your account’s storage and software is none-existent on your computer, but rather on the computer cloud service. You probably could be wondering what makes up a cloud computing system. In professional terms, the architecture of cloud computing can be divided into two parts: the front-end which involves the user’s computer and the back-end which is the cloud-section of the system.

As a business, hiring a professional to get the system installed for you is the best option. Exploring further on the architecture of the system lets you see the technicality that may be involved if computers are not your thing. In Cloud Computing in Canada for example, businesses can get access to these services easily by connecting with the Canadian cloud computing companies around.

Canadian Cloud Computing Companies

BLACKIRON Data Inc. – Being a pioneer in providing these cloud services, they sure understand why it is important to maintain powerful and reliable cloud-infrastructure. They deliver private, public and hybrid cloud with outstanding performance and control. They also offer good security and from server-to-backup services. They recently scored an LEED Silver certification award so if you are in doubts of other cloud-computing service providers, you can trust Blackiron.

COMWAVE – This is regarded as the largest of all the communication companies in Canada. Not only are they the largest but they also lead the industry by offering Hosted-PBX solutions for various enterprises. They also offer: mobile apps, VoIP Home-Phone service, and wholesale SIP trucking and long distance savings.

ESRI CANADA – Esri will allow you to share data within your organisation or publicly for others to use. This is made possible by turning the data into a collection of interactive maps and applications.

FUJITSU – The scan-to-cloud feature is an exciting area that has emerged as an interest for most businesses. Scanning to cloud provides real advantages such as document mobility, back up and collaboration. Fujitsu’s ScanSnap family allows you to scan directly to Evernote, Dropbox, Google Docs, Salesforce Chatter and SugarSync. This allows for better productivity.

This does not exhaustively cover all the Canadian cloud computing companies. This however highlights some of the prominent companies that as a business I’d advise you to consider. You can now start on the cloud computing journey. You can find some more great resources here for cloud computing.

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New Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors
Aug26

New Samsung Galaxy S6 rumors

Although Samsung has not announced a release date yet on their Samsung Galaxy S6, a lot of rumors are going around regarding Samsung’s upcoming flagship product the Galaxy S6. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 has proven to be a big competitor in the market of flagship products among other brands and people expect the S6 to be even more innovative. Unfortunately we only know so much at this time about the phone may or may not have. Any Galaxy S6 Guide will probably be covering similar information, but we promise ours is probably one of the most up to date! Anyway’s lets get started with the rumors we have for you.

Among the rumored improvements that the Galaxy S6 would be carrying is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor with 64-bit support. It will carry 8 cores that are based on 4 Cortex A57 cores which could give speeds of up to 2 GHz and 4 Cortex A53 cores. It would also carry a Qualcomm Adreno 430 GPU which could improve the efficiency by 25%-30% and could support 4k displays, OpenGL ES 3.1 and geometry shaders. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 can handle video recording at 1080 at 120 frames per second. The S6 would be the first phone in the Galaxy series that will be packed with an Octa-Core Exynos 8000 chip and would have 4GB of ram available for a smooth and ultrafast multitasking experience.

Samsung Galaxy S6

In terms of display, the S6 will have a 5.2inch screen packing a Quad HD with 1440 x 2560 resolution display. It is also rumored that Samsung will try to use flexible displays. In terms of the phone’s dimensions, it would be slightly larger compared to Samsung’s previous flagship the S5. Also, it is rumored that the material that would be used to build this phone would be graphene. It is believed that it would be patterned with the metal-like design as that of the Galaxy Alpha because of the critics negative reviews on the Galaxy S5’s plastic build quality.

On board storages of up to 128 are expected to be available for the S6. Whether or not there will be an available external SD card slot is still unclear because Google has modified the default permissions for reading and writing in the external SD Card on its most recent update the Android Kitkat 4.4 however, external SD card slots would still be useful for storing music, photos, and other files. By the time of the release of the Galaxy S6, people anticipate that it would already be running an Android 5.0 Operating System.

It is expected to have a 21 megapixel back camera with Ultra Pixel Sensor and achieve video recording at 8k resolution. Samsung Dual Shot will surely be available along with HDR functionality. Its front camera would probably around 5MP to allow front camera taken pictures and video chatting to be crisp, smooth and vivid.

Connectivity features include HSPA, NFC, IR, Wi-Fi 802.11, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, microUSB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.1. The new chipset will include a modem 4G LTE that would be able to support Advanced Cat 6 and increase data transfer speeds up to 300 megabytes per second.

Rumors are going around regarding the fingerprint scanner that might be available in the S6 to be able to compete with Apple’s TouchID. However, Samsung may introduce the first ever iris scanner in their S6 since the public demands for it.

The Galaxy S6’s features will surely take the definition of smartphone to a whole new level. It is sure to pack a punch among its competitors in the smartphone industry and is sure to be one of the top contenders among that line. If you are looking for some additional infromation check out PCAdvisor for Samsung news.

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NFC (Near Field Communications) – The future of mobile communication
Dec24

NFC (Near Field Communications) – The future of mobile communication

What is NFC?

NFC (Near field Communication) technology allows two devices to set up a peer-to-peer radio communication where various pieces of information from one device is passed to another and vice versa.

How does it work?

Technically speaking, NFC sends data over radio waves which is very similar to how Wi-Fi and Bluetooth operates.  This technology is accomplished by bringing two NFC enabled devices closely together (within a couple centimeters) and have one device transmit a signal while the other receives it.

Where is it being used?

  • Contactless Payment Systems- Your mobile device will act as a wallet when paying for goods or services.  Essentially eliminating physical credit and debit cards.
  • Digital Keys – The mobile device will be used as a Key Pass to gain access to an office or secure room.
  • Data Transfer – Share files and contact information with one another.

List of NFC enabled phones

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NFC-enabled_mobile_devices

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Welcome to the new Splorg website!
Dec04

Welcome to the new Splorg website!

For those who don’t know what this website is about it focuses on various technological advances that we would like to see get more media attention. Some of these technologies will be futuristic ideas, various gadgets, and many other things that we deem worth talking about!

Though there will be times we will be covering basic topics that we just feel like getting out there. If you are interested in writing for Splorg as we are alwways looking for talented writers go ahead and e-mail us on our contact page.

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