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Video inside Sony's New $700 Wireless Glass Candle Lit Speaker

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Image inside Using VPN or Proxy server in the UAE? You'll Be Fined Up To $545,000 If You Get Caught!

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If you get caught using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the broader of United Arab Emirates (UAE), you could face temporary imprisonment and fines of up to $545,000 (~Dhs2 Million).

Yes, you heard that right.

Online Privacy is one of the biggest challenges in today's interconnected world. The governments across the world have been found to be using the Internet to track peopleÂ’s information and conduct mass surveillance.

Here VPNs and proxy servers come into Play.

VPNs and proxy servers are being used by many digital activists and protesters, who are living under the most oppressive regimes, to protect their online activity from prying eyes.

However, using VPN or proxy in the UAE could land you into great difficulty.

The UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued new sovereign laws for combating cyber crimes, which includes a regulation that prohibits anyone, even travelers, in the UAE from using VPNs to secure their web traffic from prying eyes.

According to the laws, anyone using a VPN or proxy server can be imprisoned and fined between $136,000 and $545,000 (Dhs500,000 and Dhs2 Million).

The laws have already been issued by the UAE President and have now been reported to the official government news service WAM.

For those unfamiliar, Virtual Private Network (VPN) securely routes your Internet traffic through a distant connection, protecting your browsing, hiding your location data and accessing restricted resources.

Nowadays, VPNs have become a valuable tool not just for large companies, but also for individuals to dodge content restrictions as well as to counter growing threat of cyber attacks.

The UAE's top two telecom companies, Etislat and Du, have banned VoIP -- the phone calling features in popular apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger and SnapChat that deliver voice calls over the Internet for free -- from within the Gulf nation.

However, soon the vast number of UAE residents who use VPNs and proxies within the UAE for years to bypass the VoIP ban could be in difficulty.

Out of two new laws issued last week, one lays out fines for anyone who uses a VPN or proxy server, local news reports. The new law regarding VPNs states:

"Whoever uses a fraudulent computer network protocol address (IP address) by using a false address or a third-party address by any other means for the purpose of committing a crime or preventing its discovery, shall be punished by temporary imprisonment and a fine of no less than Dhs500,000 and not exceeding Dhs2 million, or either of these two penalties."

The new move is in favor of telecom companies for whom VoIP 'over-the-top' apps have long been a major issue, as consumers no longer need to pay international calling rates to speak to their loved ones.




So anyone in the world; who happens to even have a layover there is breaking there new laws by use a VPN or proxy while in country. Even for a little bit just for there own security....


 
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1 day ago

Article inside Apple Has Sold Over 1 Billion iPhones

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Apple has sold over one billion iPhones since first introducing the device in 2007, the company announced Wednesday. Apple CEO Tim Cook first made the announcement during an employee meeting at the companyÂ’s Cupertino campus, saying that the company surpassed the billion phone milestone last week.

Selling more than a billion phones is impressive for Apple, which has long been one of the most successful smart phone manufacturers. Worldwide, only Samsung sells more smart phones than Apple. Throughout 2015, Samsung sold close to 320 million phones, compared to AppleÂ’s 231.5 million, according to data from Strategy Analytics.

Apple also competes with a number of other Android handset manufacturers. Google said a year ago that Android was being used by 1.3 billion users every single month. Perhaps in anticipation of these comparisons, Cook said: “We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference.”

Apple made the milestone announcement just a day after releasing its fiscal Q3 of 2016 earnings results, which saw iPhone sales decline by 15 percent year-over-year.

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Image inside The Big Internet Brands Of The '90s — Where Are They Now?

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Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.8 billion, acquiring its "core Internet assets" — search, email, finance, news, sports, Tumblr, Flickr — in essence writing the final chapter of one of the longest-running Internet companies.

Last year, Verizon bought another Internet pioneer, AOL (aka America Online) for $4.4 billion — complete with its ad targeting technology and content sites Huffington Post and TechCrunch.

This got us thinking: What happened to all those other big brands that dominated the early Internet experience? Here's a nerdy remembrance of a few of them. (A TL;DR preview: Yahoo and AOL bought a bunch of them, though many survived far longer than you might think.)


CompuServe



CompuServe launched for consumers as a dial-up online information service in 1979, and its popularity skyrocketed in the 1980s and 1990s. It was the original online portal, with news, chats, file sharing — a first such experience for several generations of users.

H&R Block (yep, that tax-prep company) bought CompuServe in 1980 and in 1997 sold it to WorldCom, which in turn passed on the subscriber base to the growing rival AOL. After itself going through a merger and then a spin-off with Time Warner, AOL officially shut down CompuServe in 2009.

But! A relic version still exists here.



Prodigy

A younger competitor to CompuServe, Prodigy was a "home computer information service" launched nationally in 1990 by a partnership of Sears and IBM, distinguishing itself with the addition of graphics and advertising support. The service lost money and users in the early '90s and went through a reboot in 1993, according to Wired.

Prodigy Classic officially shut down in 1999, citing the "Y2K problem," and the Atlantic has a great long read on what went wrong. The company re-imagined itself as an Internet provider and got fully acquired by SBC communications, now known as AT&T.



Alta Vista



Launched in 1995 by Digital Equipment Corporation as a demo project, AltaVista — aka a web "super spider" — was essentially an indexing predecessor of Google.

It changed hands a few times: Compaq Computer bought it in 1998 (for $3.3 million), one-time Internet giant CMGI bought it in 1999 (for $2.3 billion), ad company Overture Services bought it in 2003 (for $140 million) and it was acquired by Yahoo later the same year. Yahoo officially shut down AltaVista in 2013.



GeoCities

This was like the original Facebook — or, um, MySpace? You could find a community and build your own neon-colored, spinning-animation, multi-fonted, totally cool personal web page! After its mid-'90s launch, Yahoo bought GeoCities for more than $3.5 billion during the dot-com boom in 1999, ran it as Yahoo! Geocities and eventually shut it down in 2009.

But if you're nostalgic, you could still Geocities-ize websites, thanks to the Internet.



Ask Jeeves



Remember that web butler Jeeves who answered your web queries in a distant echo of today's Siri?

Launched in 1996, Jeeves didn't live up to Google's search engine ascent: Bought in 2005 by IAC (whose businesses include OkCupid, Tinder, The Daily Beast, CollegeHumor and Vimeo), it went through several relaunches, abandoning the search engine and emerging as Ask.com.



Angelfire

The website host/builder is still around! Launched in 1996, it was bought a year later by another dot-com startup WhoWhere, which in turn was bought in 1998 by Lycos, described by CNN at the time as "the world's fourth most popular Web site, behind America Online, Yahoo and Microsoft." Lycos, after trading hands many times, currently belongs to Indian digital media company Ybrant Digital.



Netscape



A brainchild of now-legendary Mark Andreessen and Jim Clark of Silicon Graphics, the Netscape browser beat Microsoft to the market in 1994. After intense "browser wars," detailed by Engadget, Netscape's release of the source code spurred the creation of Mozilla.

AOL bought Netscape for the dot-com-bubble price of $4.2 billion in 1998, though it ended up costing $10 billion. As Firefox gained prominence, AOL made several attempts to revive Netscape's popularity, but eventually stopped supporting it in 2008.



ICQ

Launched in 1996 by Israeli company Mirabilis, the "I seek you" chat service was an alternative to AIM and Yahoo Messenger (both of which are still around, and the latter is apparently beloved by oil traders).

AOL bought Mirabilis in 1998 for $287 million and sold ICQ in 2010 to Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies for $188 million.


Bonus '90s Brands That Are Still Around:

eBay (owns Stubhub; previously also owned Skype, Craigslist and PayPal);
Match.com (now owned by IAC, along with Tinder and OkCupid);
Amazon.com (owns Audible, Zappos);
MapQuest (launched as a web service in the 1990s, it was bought by America Online, which is now owned by Verizon);
WebMD (formed as a result of a 1999 merger, backed by Microsoft and featuring the co-founder of Netscape).

Clarification July 26, 2016

A previous version of this post called CompuServe the original portal to the Web. In fact, while CompuServe launched for consumers as an online information service in 1979, it was not at that time a portal to the World Wide Web.



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2 days ago

Video inside BlackBerry back in business? Announces the DTEK50...

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BlackBerry has officially announced the keyboard-less DTEK50, the second Android offering from the company. Being touted as the world's most secure Android smartphone, it features a 5.2-inch scratch resistant display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a convenience key which you can map to your favorite app and much more. As you'd imagine, BlackBerry has hardened the OS on the DTEK50, added a secure boot process and much more to ensure that it is the most secure it can be.

You'll be able to place a pre-order for the DTEK50 on ShopBlackBerry.com in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. It will be priced at $299 and will make its way to other retail partners in the coming weeks.

DTEK50, BlackBerry's thinnest device ever, represents the best of BlackBerry with Android to make users more productive and responsive, pairing security with intelligent design. Key features include:

DTEK50 has a smart keyboard designed to learn from users and increase typing accuracy and speed. It provides word suggestions as you type and includes up to three languages, letting you flick them into place for faster conversations.

BlackBerry Hub: This unified inbox is an irreplaceable tool for consolidating all of your messages in one place – whether it's email, calendar, social or phone calls.

Customizable BlackBerry Convenience Key: With the press of a button, the Convenience Key provides quick access to your most used applications and more.

Expandable Memory: With support for micro SD cards up to two TB, DTEK50 provides the flexibility to add affordable and hot-swappable memory to download, install, capture and share as your needs evolve.

Dazzling Camera: DTEK50 is engineered to deliver professional-looking photos with an 8MP front facing camera and a 13MP auto-focus rear camera. Plus, features like Phase Detection Auto Focus and a dual-tone LED flash are designed to help the camera focus instantly and accurately for a blur-free, realistic looking photos, even in low light.




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4 days ago

Article inside Despite drop in postpaid subscribers during Q2, AT&T's wireless business is improving

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The headlines might read that AT&T added 2.1 million subscribers in the second quarter. But when you strip away things like connected devices, strong Mexican sales, and the results from prepaid carrier Cricket, AT&T actually lost 180,000 postpaid subscribers in the period That category is the most important sector for wireless operators.

Still, the postpaid results indicated that the wireless business for AT&T is improving. The previous year, the nation's second largest carrier reported a postpaid subscriber drop of 276,000. On a sequential basis, the drop of 180,000 postpaid subscribers in the second quarter compared to a decline of 363,000 tallied in this year's first quarter. U.S. postpaid churn was .97%, the second lowest quarterly churn rate ever reported by AT&T.

The company added 800,000 new branded smartphones to its network in the quarter, while losing 600,000 featurephones. This is due to AT&T's decision to focus on selling smartphone to prepaid Cricket subscribers while not paying as much attention to its postpaid subscribers using featurephones. 90% of smartphones sold by AT&T from April through June were unsubsidized as were 75% of the phones running on AT&T's network during Q2. And that led to record EBITDA margins of 41.4% for AT&T in the second quarter.

Overall, the quarter shows that the company's prospects are improving. AT&T's wireless business reported EBITDA of $7.4 billion in the second quarter on revenue of $17.9 billion. That was up from the EBITDA of $7.3 billion reported during last year's second quarter. Revenue during the same period last year was $18.3 billion. Overall, AT&T had 77.6 million wireless subscribers from April through June. That was up from 77.3 million subscribers during the same quarter last year, and 77.4 million from this year's first quarter.

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4 days ago

Pangu Jailbreak for iOS 9.2 - 9.3.3 is OUT!

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This is a tethered jailbreak, which means you need to re-jailbreak after you reboot. But hey, better than nothing!
64-Bit devices only

Edit 1: Only windows at the moment, hopefully they'll release a tool for Mac.
Install the PP jailbreak tool
Click on the green button to start the process
Go to settings -> general -> profiles, and trust the developer. The tool will install the app on your iDevice
Open the PP tool on your device and accept push notifications. After, click the circle then lock your screen
Wait until it's done, and you'll get a notification with Cydia installing on your device.


You'll need a computer first in order to download PP on your app. HOWEVER, you don't need a computer to re-jailbreak after a reboot. Just open the PP App and itll do it for you.
Like always, if jailbreak fails the first time, reboot and try again. Pangu addressed this problem in their FAQ.
I'll update this post as I get more information. Happy jailbreaking!


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4 days ago

Article inside Report: Verizon to buy Yahoo for $5 billion

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Although it is not a done deal and could still fall apart, those in the know say that Verizon has won the bidding for Yahoo and will make the announcement in a couple of days. The rumored price of the purchase is $5 billion, although the transaction does not include intellectual property. Yahoo's core patents are being sold separately in a transaction that could bring the company hundreds of millions of dollars.

Verizon, which purchased AOL last year for $4.4 billion, is looking to position itself as one of the top players in mobile advertising alongside other big names in this space like Google parent Alphabet, and Facebook. Yahoo has a number of web based properties that offer content and useful tools for mobile users.


To claim its prize, Verizon beat out fellow wireless carrier AT&T which had also been involved in the bidding. By one account, Verizon will see an increase of 200 million in the number of online visitors following the closing of the deal. In addition, Verizon should be able to obtain more data which will allow it to make ads more relevant for individual consumers.

If the deal closes, Verizon will own a couple of names that were once gigantic in the early days of the internet. Millions used AOL to get online while Yahoo was the top search engine of that era. The purchase of Yahoo will no doubt leave Yahoo's controversial CEO Marissa Mayer without a job. There is no need hold a bake sale for the Yahoo executive; a golden parachute will probably fatten her bank account by some obscene amount..

Quote:

:"The buyer who could make the most of these assets has apparently won. No one could get more out of Yahoo's businesses than Verizon."-Roger Entner, analyst, Recon Analytics LLC
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4 days ago

Article inside VZW is about to disconnect unlimited data users who use up"an extraordinary amount of Data

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Verizon is about to take its battle against grandfathered unlimited data plans to the next level. According to Droid-Life, Big Red will soon disconnect subscribers who use up "an extraordinary amount of data".

According to the rumor, Verizon is planning to debut a plan migration initiative targeting unlimited data users who use the most data. Starting tomorrow, Verizon will notify the highest 4G LTE data consumers on out-of-contract unlimited data plans that their line will be disconnected unless they sign up for a new, tiered Verizon Plan by August 31. Once the date comes, subscribers who did not sign up for a Verizon Plan will be given 50 days to reactivate their line on one of the new plans.


At the moment, it is unclear what Verizon means by an "extraordinary" amount of data. The largest plan that Verizon currently offers is the XXL variety, which includes 24GB of 4G LTE data at $110 per month. Verizon is probably going after tetherers with this, who typically use up much more than that each month, but this cannot be confirmed at this point.

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6 days ago

Article inside iOS bug: iPhone users urged to update after Apple fixes huge password vulnerability

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If you havenÂ’t just updated your phone, it might be in huge danger.

A new update fixes security holes that would allow hackers to grab passwords and other important information with just one infected iMessage.

All hackers would have to do is to send an infected image to a phone, which will automatically open up it as soon as it is received. Once that file is received, hackers get the ability to run malicious code on that device – letting them run programs or hoover up passwords.


The security bug is present in every version of iOS and macOS apart from the very newest ones – iOS 9.3.3 and El Capital 10.11.6. Those updates were released this week and so Apple advises

The bug has only just been made public after being discovered by Tyler Bohan, a researcher who works for CiscoÂ’s security unit. But it was shared with Apple ahead of the publication, so that it could be fixed without notifying hackers that it could be used.
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6 days ago

Image inside Flic is the wireless smart button

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Flic is a small, wireless button you can put anywhere.
It connects to your iOS or Android device and
can be set up in no time. All in the click of a button.
Simple and easy to use
Your Flic button has three triggers:
Click, Double Click, and Hold.




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Video inside Leaked Video Shows The Galaxy Note 7's Blazing Fast Iris Scanner In Action

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Image inside Snowden Designs a Device to Warn If Your iPhone’s Radio Snitches

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WHEN EDWARD SNOWDEN met with reporters in a Hong Kong hotel room to spill the NSAÂ’s secrets, he famously asked them put their phones in the fridge to block any radio signals that might be used to silently activate the devicesÂ’ microphones or cameras. So itÂ’s fitting that three years later, heÂ’s returned to that smartphone radio surveillance problem. Now SnowdenÂ’s attempting to build a solution thatÂ’s far more compact than a hotel mini-bar.

On Thursday at the MIT Media Lab, Snowden and well-known hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang plan to present designs for a case-like device that wires into your iPhone’s guts to monitor the electrical signals sent to its internal antennas. The aim of that add-on, Huang and Snowden say, is to offer a constant check on whether your phone’s radios are transmitting. They say it’s an infinitely more trustworthy method of knowing your phone’s radios are off than “airplane mode,” which people have shown can be hacked and spoofed. Snowden and Huang are hoping to offer strong privacy guarantees to smartphone owners who need to shield their phones from government-funded adversaries with advanced hacking and surveillance capabilities—particularly reporters trying to carry their devices into hostile foreign countries without constantly revealing their locations.

“One good journalist in the right place at the right time can change history,” Snowden told the MIT Media Lab crowd via video stream. “This makes them a target, and increasingly tools of their trade are being used against them.”1

“They’re overseas, in Syria or Iraq, and those [governments] have exploits that cause their phones to do things they don’t expect them to do,” Huang elaborated to WIRED in an interview ahead of the MIT presentation. “You can think your phone’s radios are off, and not telling your location to anyone, but actually still be at risk.”

Huang’s and Snowden’s solution to that radio-snitching problem is to build a modification for the iPhone 6 that they describe as an “introspection engine.” Their add-on would appear to be little more than an external battery case with a small mono-color screen. But it would function as a kind of miniature, form-fitting oscilloscope: Tiny probe wires from that external device would snake into the iPhone’s innards through its SIM-card slot to attach to test points on the phone’s circuit board. (The SIM card itself would be moved to the case to offer that entry point.) Those wires would read the electrical signals to the two antennas in the phone that are used by its radios, including GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular modem. And by identifying the signals that transmit those different forms of radio information, the modified phone would warn you with alert messages or an audible alarm if its radios transmit anything when they’re meant to be off. Huang says it could possibly even flip a “kill switch” to turn off the phone automatically.

“Our approach is: state-level adversaries are powerful, assume the phone is compromised,” Huang says. “Let’s look at hardware-related signals that are extremely difficult to fake. We want to give a you-bet-your-life assurance that the phone actually has its radios off when it says it does.”1

You might think you can achieve the same effect by simply turning your iPhone off with its power button, or placing it in a Faraday bag designed to block all radio signals. But Faraday bags can still leak radio information, Huang says, and clever malware can make an iPhone appear to be switched off when itÂ’s not, as Snowden warned in an NBC interview in 2014. Regardless, Huang says their intention was to allow reporters to reliably disable a phoneÂ’s radio signals while still using the deviceÂ’s other functions, like taking notes and photographs or recording audio and video.

Snowden, who performed the work in his capacity as a director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, adds that their goal isn’t merely just protection for journalists. It’s also detection of otherwise stealthy attacks on phones, the better to expose governments’ use of hidden smartphone surveillance techniques. “You need to be able to increase the costs of getting caught,” Snowden said in a video call with WIRED following the presentation. “All we have to do is get one or two or three big cases where we catch someone red-handed, and suddenly the targeting policies at these intelligence agencies will start to change.”2

The problem, for Snowden, is personal. He tells WIRED he hasn’t carried a smartphone since he first began leaking NSA documents, for fear that its cellular signals could be used to locate him. (He notes that he still hasn’t “seen any indication” that the U.S. government has been able to determine his exact location in Russia.) “Since 2013, I haven’t been able to have a smartphone like normal people,” he says. “Wireless devices are kind of like kryptonite to me.”

Huang and SnowdenÂ’s iPhone modification, for now, is little more than a design. The pair has tested their method of picking up the electrical signals sent to an iPhone 6Â’s antennae to verify that they can spot its different radio messages. But they have yet to even build a prototype, not to mention a product. But on Thursday they released a detailed paper explaining their technique. They say they hope to develop a prototype over the next year and eventually create a supply chain in China of modified iPhones to offer journalists and newsrooms. To head off any potential mistrust of their Chinese manufacturers, Huang says the deviceÂ’s code and hardware design will be fully open-source.

Huang, who lives in Singapore but travels monthly to meet with hardware manufacturers in Shenzhen, says that the skills to create and install their hardware add-on are commonplace in mainland China’s thriving iPhone repair and modification markets. “This is definitely something where, if you’re the New York Times and you want to have a pool of four or five of these iPhones and you have a few hundred extra dollars to spent on them, we could do that.” says Huang. “The average [DIY enthusiast] in America would think this is pretty fu*king crazy. The average guy who does iPhone modifications in China would see this and think it’s not a problem.”

The two collaborators have never met face-to-face. Snowden says he first met Huang after recommending him to television producers at Vice, who were looking for hardware hacking experts. “He’s one of the hardware researchers I respect the most in the world,” Snowden says. In late 2015, they began talking via the encrypted communications app Signal about Snowden’s idea of building an altered phone to protect journalists from advanced attacks that could compromise their location.

Huang insists that SnowdenÂ’s focus for the project from the beginning has been protecting that breed of vulnerable reporters, not from the NSA, but from foreign governments that are increasingly able to buy zero-day vulnerability information necessary to compromise even hard-to-hack targets like the iPhone. As a case study, they point in their paper to the story of Marie Colvin, the recently murdered American war correspondent whose family is suing SyriaÂ’s government; ColvinÂ’s family claims she was tracked based on her electronic communications and killed in a targeted bombing by the countryÂ’s brutal Assad regime for reporting on civilian casualties.

Huang says he’s tried to develop the most no-frills protection possible that still meets Snowden’s rightfully paranoid standards. “If it wasn’t for the fact that Snowden is involved, I think this would seem pretty mundane,” Huang says almost bashfully. “My solution is simple. But it helps an important group of people.”

Here’s Snowden and Huang’s full paper on their iPhone “introspection engine”:

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Article inside Gorilla Glass 5 is coming!

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Corning's new Gorilla Glass 5 is meant to survive epic smartphone drops

Glassmaker Corning just unveiled its newest version of Gorilla Glass, the chemically strengthened super glass that dozens of consumer electronics makers use in their devices.

Called Gorilla Glass 5, the new glass was formulated to improve drop performance from gadgets that are dropped onto rough surfaces from certain heights — specifically, waist height to shoulder height. Selfie-fumblers rejoice: Corning says Gorilla Glass 5 survives up to 80 percent of the time when dropped from 1.6 meters.

The new glass is the successor to Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which was introduced in the fall of 2014. Gorilla Glass 4 was said to be twice as tough as the previous version of its glass and twice as likely to survive drops onto uneven surfaces — but only from about a meter high.

Internal research done by Corning showed that 85 percent of smartphone owners have dropped their phones at least once in the past year, and that two-thirds of those drops happening from waist height to shoulder height. So while previous versions of the Glass may have been strong, it wasn't necessarily as durable if you dropped your phone while pulling it from your pocket or while taking a photo. And rough surfaces are particularly brutal for delicate smartphones, so much of Corning's research and development of the new glass involved drops on rough surfaces and sharp contact damage.

There are a few caveats to these claims around the new Gorilla Glass. The first is that the 80 percent survival rate Corning achieved in tests, was with pieces of glass that were 0.6mm thick. Corning now makes glass as thin as 0.4mm, so smartphone OEMs that opt for thinner glass or go with more rigid smartphone designs may see different results.

Also, most of the new glass demos seen today at Corning's Silicon Valley offices were face drops, meaning the dummy phone was dropped flat on its face, rather than onto its corner or edge (which, incidentally, is how I just cracked my own phone's display). I asked Corning's vice president and general manager John Bayne about the new glass's resilience in such cases; Bayne said it depends on the overall design of the phone, not just the glass.

"What will define the performance of the overall device on those types of corner drops is stiffness of the phone design, but also how the glass is packaged," Bayne said. Much of this is dependent on what's known as the "proudness" of the glass, which refers to how high above the phone the glass sits. "If it sits up really high, we call that a proud design. If it's protected by the bezel of the design then, it's - not proud. So if you have a device that has a proud design, that one wouldn't perform as well as one that had a different design."

"And as we go to 3D designs, the edge is more exposed ... and you have to be sensitive to that," he added.

Basically, Corning is saying that the onus is on the OEMs in some cases, and not on Corning. Corning works with some manufacturers throughout the design process, but others are more protective of their designs.

Gorilla Glass first started showing up in consumer electronics devices in 2007. Since then it has iterated on the glass to improve overall durability and scratch-resistance while also making it thinner. At the time Gorilla Glass first shipped, global smartphone penetration was only around 10 percent; now it's nearly 75 percent. Corning says 4.5 billion device units have been shipped with its glass to date. Manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Lenovo, Huawei, LG, HP, and Asus have all made devices using the glass, along with other unnamed device makers.

Gorilla Glass 5 is in production now and the company says we should hear more about it "in the next few months." So, there's a decent chance it will be ready just in time for all of the fall hardware events.


 
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1 week ago

Image inside Everything we know about the iPhone 7.

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So this will be the last iPhone 7 thread made. we'll just keep this up to date, I guess.



-2 models instead of 3. iPhone 7, iPhone 7+
-design has been leaked many times. and it's wack!!!
-dual lense camera..i7+
-3.5mm headphone jack is gone
-space gray replaced with space black
-no more physical button...? capacitive flush homebutton? smart connector too?
-no updates on screen ppi, reso
-2gb/3gb ram.. improved battery life.
-ip68 water resistance.
-dual SIM card capabilities
-no more 16gb
-released likely in Mid-September to the End-September

idgaf about any of this. I just want my 2016 MacBook Pro!

someone make a Note 7 thread, please.

UPDATED JULY 26th

 
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1 week ago

Note 7, preliminary specs

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| By LYTE - 1 week ago

Specs in a nutshell:

Samsung
Galaxy Note 7

Platform Android
with TouchWiz Grace UX

Display 5.7-inch Super AMOLED
1440 x 2560-pixel resolution

SoC Snapdragon 821 in the United States
Samsung Exynos 8893 in other markets

RAM 6 GB

Storage 64 GB
expandable via microSD cards

Camera 12-megapixel f/1.7 with Dual Pixel AF
5-megapixel front cam

Battery 3,600 mAh

Extra features
Iris scanner, IP68 water protection





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1 week ago

FACEBOOK Luring YOUTUBE Stars With Big Bucks Offers...

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| By TheWatcher - 1 week ago



Quote:

Facebook Is Paying Cash to Get Vine and YouTube Stars to Use Facebook Live
The social network is paying independent artists as much as $24,000 per video.

The online-video landscape is turning into something of a bidding war, with platforms trying to convince media companies and celebrities to use their services, and Facebook in particular seems to be willing to come up with cold, hard cash in order to get the content it wants on Facebook Live.

We already know that the giant social network is paying media outlets such as the New York Times and BuzzFeed millions of dollars each in order to produce a certain number of videos per month for its live-streaming service. BuzzFeed alone is getting $3 million, visit this link according to documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal.

But Facebook also appears to be targeting up-and-coming independent video artists, the kind that more typically show up on YouTube or TwitterÂ’s Vine platform, and it is paying them substantial sums.

For example, the Journal says it has seen documents that show Facebook visit this link is paying Vine star John Paul Piques $119,000 to post at least five videos on its live-streaming service over the next two months. ThatÂ’s the equivalent of $24,000 per video. And he is just one of about two dozen other Internet celebrities and video stars who have signed similar deals.

The newspaper says the highest-paid independent video performer appears to be Ray William Johnson, who developed a following for a YouTube show called “The Equals Three Show,” in which he makes fun of viral videos. He could make as much as $224,000 over the next six months.

The company is also paying significant sums to celebrities from other fields to get them to use its service, including Pittsburgh Steelers football player Antonio Brown, swimmer Michael Phelps, and actor George Takei.

Justin Osofsky, Facebook’s vice president of global operations and media partnerships, told the Journal that these arrangements aren’t an “acquisition strategy to go after Vine and YouTube stars.” But that seems to be exactly what they are. If Facebook can convince enough viral stars to use its platform exclusively, then it has a built-in content machine ready to fuel its video strategy.

One of the reasons for the upfront payment approach is that Facebook hasnÂ’t rolled out a monetization strategy for video yet. The social network seems to have rejected the idea of pre-roll ads on videos, so itÂ’s not clear how it will generate revenue, or how much it will share with creators.

YouTube is trying to move from an advertising-based model for its videos to a subscription approach with the recent launch of its YouTube Red service, which allows creators to share in the proceeds. But Twitter visit this link hasnÂ’t done much to help its Vine stars generate income, which could make them easy prey for Facebook or YouTube.

Twitter seems to be spending more of its time and resources on signing deals to stream professional video content from partners such as the NFL, CBS, and the NBA. The company has announced half a dozen partnerships over the past few months, with the visit this link latest being an expanded deal with the NBA to show basketball-related content via Twitter, Vine and its other video service, Periscope.
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