Samsung may soon start selling a brand new version of the wildly popular Galaxy S8. But don’t get too excited about it, because the new model apparently won’t offer any real improvements.

An alleged press render of a rose gold Galaxy S8 handset was obtained by PriceRaja showing Samsung’s newest flagship sporting a familiar color.

Apple did not invent rose gold, but it certainly made the color popular back in 2016 when the iPhone 6s was released. Various other vendors launched their own pink smartphones after that, Samsung included, so we should definitely expect to see a pink Galaxy S8 in stores soon. After all, this wouldn’t be the first time Samsung refreshes its color options for a flagship device months after its initial release.

PriceRaja says the image originates from Chinese social media, which is where many mobile-related leaks come from these days. That said, there’s no confirmation from Samsung, and we have no idea when it’ll launch. The image shows the rose gold version of the Galaxy S8+, but it’s likely that the Galaxy S8 will get the same color option once Samsung makes it official. For the time being, you can purchase the Galaxy S8 phones in four colors, including Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Gray, and Coral Blue in some markets.

Aside from the color change, this Galaxy S8 will not feature any other improvements. That means you’ll still get the same package — Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 chip, 4GB or 6GB RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of storage, depending on where you live.

Source: This article was published yahoo.com By Chris Smith

Categorized in Science & Tech

When Google demoed Android Nougat for the first time almost a year ago at Google I/O 2016, Instant Apps was one of the features that stood out, as a trick the iPhone didn’t have at the time and still doesn’t have now. But as hot as it may be, the feature wasn’t ready for public consumption when Google released the final Nougat build last year. However, things might change soon, as Google is apparently getting ready to enable it on devices running Android 7 as well as phones and tablets running older Android versions.

Instant Apps will let users enjoy instant app experiences on their smartphones without actually downloading a particular app for. Assuming it works as described, the feature will solve a bunch of problems.

First of all, it’ll help save storage on the phone, as you won’t have to keep an app installed just because you might have to use it every now and then. Secondly, you won’t have to buy an app to try it since developers will be able to offer a portion of an app to test for free. Finally, the Instant Apps features will work on most Android devices out there, not just Nougat-based ones, as it’s built on Google Play Services.

Looking at the code in the latest version of Google Play Store, 9to5Google discovered that Google might be getting ready to roll out Instant Apps. The code reveals that users will be able to enable or disable the feature and choose which Google account to use with an app.

Here’s Google’s demo of Instant Apps:

9to5Google also mentions several new features in the Google Play Store 7.8 update, including a Google Play app discovery service, a pre-registration rewards features for apps, and a new security branding for Verify Apps — that’s Play Protect.

The original version of this article on BGR.com

Categorized in Search Engine

Breaking a 10-year monopoly by United Launch Alliance (ULA), SpaceX will launch a satellite into orbit on a classified mission tomorrow morning (April 30) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the company will attempt to land the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage again after use.

You can watch the historic launch live here on Space.com, courtesy of SpaceX. The launch window opens at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) and closes at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT). The Falcon 9 rocket will carry a payload from the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), designated as NROL-76. SpaceX's webcast will begin about 20 minutes for launch, and also be streamed live: http://www.spacex.com/webcast.

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) tweeted this mission patch for its NROL-76 satellite, showing Lewis and Clark setting out to explore the Louisiana Territory.

After the launch, SpaceX's webcast is expected to follow the landing of the rocket's first stage on a nearby designated landing pad about 8 minutes after launch, where it would become the fourth to land successfully at that location. Based on the agency's past requests for similar missions, public announcements of the classified satellite may stop a few minutes after launch.

ULA has launched every dedicated U.S. military and national security satellite for the past 10 years; SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket was certified to launch military satellites in 2015, giving it the ability to bid on military launches. SpaceX and NRO have not revealed the contents of the NROL-76 mission or the precise launch time within the window.

SpaceX's official NROL-76 mission patch.

According to SpaceNews, this might not be the first classified cargo to fly on a SpaceX rocket — a small NRO cubesat flew in 2010 on a Falcon 9 during a demonstration flight — but it is the first dedicated spy-satellite launch. SpaceX has two upcoming launch contracts with the U.S. Air Force to launch GPS-3 satellites into orbit.

The rocket will launch from Pad 39A, the historic launchpad used by several Apollo moon missions and space shuttle flights. The company's first launch from that location, which SpaceX recently leased and refurbished, was a space station resupply mission, which lifted off in February. Also from Pad 39A, in March, SpaceX relaunched a previously used rocket stage for the first time, lofting a communications satellite into orbit.

Author: Sarah Lewin
Source: space.com

Categorized in Science & Tech

A powerful laser shining up into space will soon transmit data between the Earth and the International Space Station.

Nasa is hoping to establish laser links at a rate of over one gigabit per second - a speed most home broadband users could only dream of.

This would pave the way for 3D video from space and enable high definition remote robotic exploration of other moons and planets.

The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will help Nasa to understand the best ways to operate laser communications systems. 

This could enable much higher data rates for connections between spacecraft and Earth, including downloading scientific data and allowing astronauts to send better video messages back home.

LCRD - which will be launched by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland - is designed to function for between two and five years. 

Two ground terminals equipped with laser modems will be set up on Table Mountain, California, and in Hawaii.

They will test the communications capability to and from LCRD - which will be located in an orbit that matches Earth's rotation, called a geosynchronous orbit - between the two stations.

The LCRD launch is scheduled for summer 2019, and a terminal is also being designed for the International Space Station that will be launched in 2021. 

Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator of Nasa's Space Technology Mission Directorate, said: 'LCRD is the next step in implementing Nasa's vision of using optical communications for both near-Earth and deep space missions.

'This technology has the potential to revolutionise space communications.'

Laser communications - also known as optical communications - encode data onto a beam of light.

This is then transmitted between spacecraft and eventually to computers back on Earth. 

This technology offers data rates that are 10 to 100 times better than current radio-frequency (RF) communications systems. 

The LCRD mission is hoping to reach gigabit per second speeds.

The LCRD will beam data between modems on Earth and the satellite in geosynchronous orbit at speeds 10 to 100 times better than current radio-frequency

While such speeds are possible through conventional fibre optics back here on Earth, it is likely to be the best part of a decade before they are seen in most homes. 

The systems themselves are also much smaller than RF, weigh less and consume less power.

This combination of factors will become critically important as humans embark on long journeys to the moon, Mars and beyond.

The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will help Nasa to understand the best ways to operate laser communications systems

It will also test the long term reliability of such systems, as well exposing it to different environmental and operational conditions.

The mission builds upon a previous mission, the Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (LLCD).

Launched aboard the lunar atmosphere dust and environment explorer in 2013, LLCD successfully demonstrated the potential for laser communications in space.

The test, in October 2013, beamed data at speeds reaching 622 megabits per second to Earth from a spacecraft orbiting the moon.  

The LCRD payload will consist of two identical optical terminals connected by a component called a space switching unit, which acts as a data router. 

The space switching unit is also connected to a radio-frequency downlink.

A terminal is also being designed for the International Space Station that will be launched in 2021. Scientists at Nasa¿s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland (pictured) have been testing out the device in advance of its launch

A terminal is also being designed for the International Space Station that will be launched in 2021. Scientists at Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland (pictured) have been testing out the device in advance of its launch

The modems translate digital data into laser or radio-frequency signals and back again. 

Once they convert the data to laser light, the optical module will beam the data to Earth. 

To do so, the module must be perfectly pointed to receive and transmit the data. 

The controller electronics (CE) module commands actuators to help point and steady the telescope despite any movement or vibration on the spacecraft.   

The LCRD payload will consist of two identical optical terminals connected by a component called a space switching unit, which acts as a data router 

The LCRD payload will consist of two identical optical terminals connected by a component called a space switching unit, which acts as a data router.

Author : TIM COLLINS FOR MAILONLIN

Source : dailymail.co.uk

 

Categorized in Science & Tech

Reports suggest that Apple will be introducing a brand new 10.5-inch screen size

Apple is expected to launch three new iPads this year, including a 'bezel-free' model.

It will also release a second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, along with a more affordable 9.7-inch model, according to new reports. 

The mid-range version will be a completely new size for Apple, at 10- to 10.5-inches, with the firm reportedly still experimenting with the exact dimenions.

"The new models will come in 12.9-inch, 10-10.5-inch and 9.7-inch versions", said analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities.

"We note the 12.9-inch model will be the second generation of the existing 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 10-10.5-inch model will be the high-end model equipped with a narrow bezel design, and the 9.7-inch model will be the low-priced option".

The analyst has a good track record with reporting on Apple product releases before they launch, with the latest leak being reported by 9to5.com .

 

Apple could be introducing a brand new 10-10/.5-inch model with a drastically reduced bezel (Photo: 9to5mac)

The two larger models are said to feature Apple's A10X processor, while the smaller version will come with an A9 chip made by Samsung LSI.

Kuo predicts that the low-priced 9.7-inch iPad will account for around 50-60% of new iPad sales.

Reports suggest that the new iPads could be unveiled as early as March or April.

Last month, it was reported that Apple could mark the 10th anniversary of its smartphone this year by launching the iPhone alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus.

This supposed iPhone 8 is believed to be an even more powerful version of the phone and is being codenamed "Ferrari".

Leaked documents describe a high-powered "Ferrari" handset with wireless charging, an "invisible" home button and an AMOLED screen without any bezels around the side.

Author : LIBBY PLUMMER

Source : http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/apple-launch-three-new-ipads-9589152

Categorized in Science & Tech

Samsung may be the first to release a foldable phone next year, according to some reports, but it won’t be the only top company looking to launch such devices. A new report says that foldable smartphones are in the works from several tech giants, Apple included, and they may become more and more popular by 2019. But could Apple release its first foldable iPhone as soon as 2018?

To make a foldable phone, you need a flexible display, and a flexible type of glass. OLED is flexible, whereas LCD isn’t, and Apple is already expected to launch its first OLED iPhone with a curved display next year.

According to The Korea Herald, there’s just one company in the world that can mass produce colorless polyimide, the glass that would protect the foldable OLED screen, and that’s Kolon Industries.

“Around three to five tech companies are expected to mass produce foldable phones in 2018 globally. The devices will then grab around 20 percent of the total smartphone market here,” Kolon Industries’ colorless polyimide division head Kang Chung-seok told The Herald.

The company is apparently supplying materials to Samsung, LG, and BOE. Apple may also be one of the companies looking at such components.

The Kolon exec said the first foldable devices could have a bend radius of 5 millimeters rather than the 1-millimeter radius that would allow a wallet-like smartphone fold, where the glass on the face of the handset would actually touch itself.

“The bend radius of 1 millimeter is the most ideal, but that may cause a safety issue. So, tech companies are likely to unveil the bend radius of 5 millimeters first and then gradually unveil devices with less bend radius,” Kang added.

Kolon finished the development of its flexible colorless polyimide glass in August and expects to mass produce films for around 100 million units of foldable devices in 2018.

Apple has traditionally been very cautious about adopting certain technologies, choosing to only bring some of them to market in the iPhone when they have met its performance and quality standards. It’ll be interesting to see how fast the company will release a foldable iPhone — or iPad, for that matter — especially considering that the iPhone will receive it’s first major redesign in four iPhone generations next year.

That said, Apple already has various patents describing foldable devices, including the kind fold just like a wallet.

Source: This article was published on yahoo.com by Chris Smith

Categorized in Future Trends

The search engine giant, Alphabet Inc's (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google, recently came under the limelight as it was recently reported that the company is planning the launch of two flagship smartwatches, which will be powered by the Android Wear 2.0, during the first of 2017. The news has ignited excitement among the users as many were desperately waiting for the tech mammoth to introduce new variants of smartwatches.  

The recent move by the search engine giant indicates it is pretty serious towards achieving its market ventures in the smart watch industry. Several rumors had been floating in the tech space that the smartwatch industry is slowly losing its demand, but the latest confirmation made by the search engine giant about its upcoming launch seems to be a part of the company's effort to convince users that the smartwatches are still in demand.  

Moreover, the company's upcoming smartwatch will not have Pixel or Google branding but will be branded by the firm that is manufacturing them. According to Android Wear's product manager at Google, Jeff Change, Google has partnered up with a manufacturer. However, he refused to reveal the name of the manufacturing company but said that it had manufactured smartwatches in the past.

Many reports indicate that the search engine giant is planning to integrate innovative features such as Android Pay and Google Assistant in the smartwatch in a bid to entice users to purchase the device. Also, it is pertinent to mention that the company is planning to roll out the final developer preview of Android Wear 2.0 as early as next month, and it is expected to include support for both Android Pay and Google Assistant.

In any case, it wouldn't be wrong to say that the tech mammoth is making all its efforts to acquire an upper hand over its rivals and increase its market share in the smartwatch industry.

Source : http://smartstocknews.com/76391-alphabet-inc-googl-googles-plans-to-launch-two-new-flagship-smartwatches-as-early-as-next-year/

Categorized in Future Trends

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