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iPhone 6C With 4-Inch Display Unlikely to Launch in 2015: Analyst

iPhone 6C – Apple may not debut its much-anticipated 4-inch iPhone model this year, while more details about the implementation of the expected Force Touch feature on the iPhone range have been tipped.

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo contradicts recent rumours that suggested three new iPhone models were likely to launch this year – the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone 6C.

Kuo further added that the next-generation iPhone models featuring 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays will sport Force Touch technology that will work differently when compared to the Apple Watch, new MacBook and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

 

iPhone 6C

iPhone 6C

 

9to5mac citing Kuo claims that the Force Touch technology on the iPhone 6S will sense “how much of a user’s finger contacts the display.” It will only detect a touch when the user “adequately” touches the screen, thus differentiating it from light tap. The report claims that the upcoming iPhones will feature dedicated sensor, which will be placed under the backlight, to accurately measure touch pressure. Kuo says Samsung uses a similar methodology for touch sensor placement on Galaxy Note phablet screens, though he adds that Apple’s implementation will be more advanced.

Kuo speculates that addition of Force Touch will be a major upgrade from the last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus leading him to believe that Apple might call it ‘iPhone 7’.

In the meanwhile, the Force Touch sensors are being tipped to only be made available on the iPhone 6S Plus, with a report out of China (via GSMArena) adding the sensors will costs two and half times as much as that on the Apple Watch due to its larger size.

 

iPhone 6C

An earlier report hinting Apple will launch three iPhones suggested that the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be incremental updates from last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6C on the other hand would be the cheaper variant of the handset that the Cupertino-based giant will launch to tap emerging markets, which also includes India. All three were said to launch in the second half of 2015.

China’s Huawei Backs Apple in Fight Over Encryption

China's Huawei Backs Apple in Fight Over Encryption

China's Huawei said it backed Apple's chief executive Tim Cook in his stand-off with the United States government over breaking into an iPhone, but stopped short of saying explicitly it would adopt the same stance.

"It is very important, we agree with that," Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei's consumer business group, told reporters in Barcelona gathered for the Mobile World Congress. "Privacy protection is very important for Huawei, we put a lot of investment into privacy, and security protection is key, it is very important for the consumer.

"Apple is resisting US government demands that it unlock an iPhone used by Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, shot and killed 14 people and wounded 22 others at a holiday party in San Bernardino in December.

(Also see: Why Even the FBI Can't Hack the iPhone)

"Tim Cook spoke up for that (privacy) … for us it is really very important," Yu said. "I think it's good letting the government understand why we cannot do some things. There are some things we can do, but there are some things we cannot do."

Asked directly if Huawei would take the same approach in similar circumstances, Yu said Huawei would "insist on the important things for consumers".

"Some things the government requires from vendors we cannot do," he said, citing an example of unlocking an encrypted Android device. "These are important things for the consumer, for privacy protection."

Yu was speaking after Huawei unveiled its Huawei Matebook, a two-in-one tablet and detachable keyboard aimed at the business market, and pitting the company against rivals Apple, Samsung and Lenovo.

The new product featured an Intel Core m-series processor and runs Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, he said.

Huawei, the leader in the Chinese market and third ranking worldwide according to Gartner, uses Google's Android operating system on the more than 100 million phones it shipped last year.

Yu said the company was confident growth would continue. In January, traditionally a quiet month for sales of electronic goods, the company shipped more than 12 million devices, he said.

© Thomson Reuters 2016

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Skullcandy PLYR1

Skullcandy PLYR1

Skullcandy PLYR1

So, i made a decisionit had been time to shop for a vicereceiver I might use with my consoles. I’ve ne’er used one with my PS3 / PS4, until now. I even haveassociate degree ancient inventive Fatal1ty H-1000 that i have beenvictimization for years for my laptop, that has performed properly in stereo sound, however I requiredone thing….more.I researched heavily and locateda reallybig variety of opinions and set ups, from earphone / mixamp combos to easy USB connections and that iall over up going with the favored Skullcandy PLYR1. Reviews from gamers United Nations agency have expertise with high finish and middle tier headsets claim its on par with a number of the dearer setups in sound and overall useablity.Starting with the worthI purchased mine from Bestbuy.com for $129.99 in black. they’reconjointlyobtainable in white, thatsquare measure equally awfultrying. Retail worth is $179.99, essentiallyall over, howeveryou ought to check all over for an acquisitionjust like the one I snagged.

Pictured here is that the headphones resting on the stand / wireless transmitter. Everything is extremely low profile and takes up littlehouse. The stand is matte black on the edgesand will resist dirtas good as. The forward facing edge is shiny plastic, therefore if you do not like dirt on your stuff, you willgot to wipe it each once in an exceedinglywhereas. to this pointthereforesensible.
Skullcandy PLYR1

Skullcandy PLYR1

This is a read of the rear of the stand / transmitter. From prime to bottom:earpiece button: Used for pairing to headphones, virtually like BluetoothPower Button: Turns the unit on or off.

Auxiliary Jack: this is often for three.5mm cables to insert from your phone, iPod, iPhone and transmit to telephone receiver. CABLE NOT INCLUDED!!!!! They enclosedAN XBOX Live cable thatappearance similar howeverwon’tmatch. you would like a male to male three.5mm Aux cable.

Optical Out: Used as a passthrough, just in case your optical jack is being employed by one thing. Wont want it if your PS3/PS4’s optical jack within the back isn’tbeing employed.

Optical IN: Run optical cable from this jack to the rear of your Playstation. Optical cable is enclosed.

USB Port: This USB is employed to charge your telephone receiver. Run this enclosed USB cable (shorter one) to the telephone receiver to charge.

Power Connector: Use the longer USB cable and plug it from this port to your Playstion to offer the transmitter power. i feel chat audio additionally goes through this affiliation, therefore it ought to be necessary.

Connections took a pair of minutes, then five minutes of checking for mistakes!

Here is that this control board of the receiverThe power button glows white once on, and is unlit once off. Theres atiny low orange lightweight to the correct of the ability lightweight that glows once charging.The volume controls area unit taking a minute to urge accustomed. you’ll management Voice chat and game volume on it joystick, therefore typically you may end up lowering voice chat rather than game chat. you have got to play with it to urge it right while not trying.Behind the correct earcup you’ll see slightly slider button. this can be accustomed switch between three Audio Presets.

Skullcandy PLYR1

Position one (Bass Mode) very helps with sure music, like serious rock, rap, and pop. For country and classical, I found Position a pair of higher counting on live concert or cd quality. you may presumably be shift it back and forth to visualize for yourself, however its not a lot of of a pain to try and do therefore and also the modification is instant.

Position a pair of (Supreme Mode) may be a usually flat equalizer, therefore the power isnt irresistible however still thumps and also the highs are available nice and clear.

Position three (Precison) may be a low bass, crisp highs mode, largely used for hearing sounds you may not hear if an excessive amount of bass is pumping. it’s useful for independent agency and hearing footsteps and stuff, however i prefer the more bass from position one and a pair of to form the sport sound feel full. Either way, it provides you a transparent advantage, and makes it very exhausting to urge snuck au courant and knifed!

Skullcandy PLYR1

Lastly, on the rear off the correct earcup area unit 2 further ports. One auxilary for plugging into I assume associate iPhone or alternative sensible device or probably the transmitter. i have not tested it, however it feels like one or this alternative is what its used for. provides you some choices i suppose, if you cant be close to your transmitter. the opposite port is usng for charging, mistreatment the opposite USB cable from the transmitter. Orange lightweight can glow once charging.

Game Test

So far, I actually have tested game sounds for decision of Duty Ghosts, pinball game Arcade, Knack, Resogun, pedestrian (demo) and it performed fabulously all told games. Gun sounds feel authentic, sounds from behind area unit terribly clearly bestowed, despite being virtual surround sound. The earphone uses electrical engineer Prologic decoder to gift seven.1 surround sound and you’ll simply pinpoint a sound in relevancy wherever you hear it from. It truly pretty frickin amazing!

Movies

So far I actually have solely tried this with Black Hawk Down and Star Trek in Blu-ray format. Black Hawk down was attractive. you’ll hear belongings you had no plan were aforesaid or exploded. There area unit higher war movies to do out, that i will be able to do terribly shortly. Star Trek was good. The phaser fireplace and explosions measured nice however there wasn’t a lot of within the manner of the “surround” feeling. I dont recognize if it absolutely was the audio mastering of the blu-ray or the receiver, however I ne’er very felt within the middle of it all. a lot of testing required within the flick department.

Music

I’ve solely tested music through Youtube on the PS4 since i am unable to use my very own MP3’s nevertheless and it created Maine happy. Went through a bunch of playlists from serious metal to classical and it performed with bass serious songs and instrumental kind music. I usually unbroken it on Bass mode, since I hear largely rock-and-roll and bass drums very thump with this receiver! i used to be distressed this headset would not have the boom to feed my basshead wants, however it’s Maine sitting pretty right away.

Range

While taking note of music, I went into my room (15 feet away, one wall), I went outside (25 feet, two walls), my space (40ish feet), and into my basement to try and do laundry, all while not skipping a beat, no static or crackle. The vary looks to be strong and consistent all over. Results could terribly however walking round the house whereas keeping the beat going felt liberating.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a play receiver for underneath $150, this is it. easy setup, simple to use, absolutely wireless, superb sound quality and electrical engineer seven.1 surround sound. This receiver has very done the trick on behalf of me and i am excited to do out past and future games with it. I do have a five.1 surround electronic equipment that i will be able to perpetually use for movies except for late night or simply concealed listening, this may be my go-to.

Bowling Central Review: Puzzles and Precision

Bowling Central Review: Puzzles and Precision

Bowling games are a dime a dozen on the App Store, ranging from realistic fare such as PBA Bowling Spare Challenge to the whimsical Doodle Bowling. There are not too many games, however, that leverage the Apple TV, and this is where the newly launched Bowling Central comes in. It's been developed by Pune-based Rolocule games, and along with AirPlay, also uses the company's "rolomotion" motion-tracking technology.

Rolocule has built a niche for itself by using this combination of technology in the past for other games too, including Motion Tennis and Dance Party. This is true for Bowling Central as well, and if you have an Apple TV or another AirPlay receiver, you can play the game on your television. The combination of motion controls and AirPlay Mirroring means that you can play Rolocule's games to get a Wii-like experience without having to get Nintendo's console.

And while rolomotion provides a slick way to bowl, it's not the only way to play. You can also play Bowling Central without an Apple TV on an iPad or iPhone and it holds up surprisingly well, though it doesn't make the best first impression. On firing up Bowling Central, you're greeting by what appears to be a cheerleader, odd given that this is a bowling game and not the IPL. Nonetheless, suspending disbelief we trudged on despite the music being more than just a tad grating. Throw in a slew of neon-hued menus that give you a semblance of a retro-themed alley complete with a single lane background that does not change as the game progresses and you end up getting a rather tacky first impression of Bowling Central.

Escaping initial inertia

Thankfully the cliché that the first impression is the last impression does not hold true in this case. The moment you actually get down to bowl, you'll see that Rolocule poured its efforts into the controls. A swipe lets you throw the ball and curving your swipe lets you slant it into the lane. Tapping it as it barrels towards the pins (or the gutter) allows you to apply spin that would affect its trajectory. All the controls are responsive and work really well.

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Of course the controls would be nothing if not for the realistic physics which affect the ball's movement. Hitting the pins is a satisfying affair and picking up a strike even more so. Landing a strike is not easy, making it an extremely believable representation of the sport. The adherence to reality extends to the motion controls as well. Just swing your iPhone the way you'd throw a bowling ball (though you shouldn't let go of your phone) and the ball swings onscreen. Using the phone's accelerometer, the motion controls remain precise and extremely satisfying.

Setting it up for big screen play was seamless. Given the premium materials used in making an iPhone you might want to take extra care to keep your grip tight enough to prevent any untoward accidents that may result in broken phones or TVs. Suffice to say both methods of control work well and it's up to personal preference (or Apple TV ownership) to decide what works better for you.

Bowling Central also never nags you about anything. You're not pestered to rate the game on the App Store, or to make in-app purchases. It's a relief and keeps you playing longer than you should. In fact, there is only one item you can buy in the game – each level has a minimum score and if you can't reach this, you can still progress with a Rs. 60 IAP, so you can carry on without losing your high score. It's not necessary at all, and you can certainly enjoy the game without using the IAP.

Thinking around the box

As for the game's 31 levels themselves, they're deceptive. What starts off as a simple game of bowling quickly turns into a host of deliciously devious puzzles. The bowling lane gets peppered with blockers, bumpers and moving boxes, all of which exist to stymie your progress and give you something to think about. They're neat additions to the gameplay and keep things from getting stale. The presence of these elements go a long way in showcasing the precision Bowling Central's controls offer. From last minute spins to pick up spares or simply swerving past blockers, they're well laid out and keep you on your proverbial bowling shoe wearing toes.

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However there's absolutely no reason given for their existence in-game. There's next to no narrative, and this feels like a lost opportunity. Wrapping a plot around the events of Bowling Central would be interesting to say the least. Another thing that would have made a lot of sense is a multiplayer mode, though Rolocule has said that it is evaluating the feasibility of adding one, and it could show up in an update.

All in all, Bowling Central is a breath of fresh air in a crowded genre. It has a few issues in terms of presentation what with a single lane background and annoying music. Plus the ability to choose the ball you want to bowl with is lacking as well. Nonetheless, this seemingly spartan approach works reasonably well considering that the core gameplay is as solid as they come, and the game is worth buying, especially if you also own an Apple TV.

Bowling Central is available on iTunes for Rs. 190.

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Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

 

What is the Samsung Galaxy S6?

The Samsung Galaxy S6 desires little or no introduction. The Galaxy vary currently arrives with virtually the maximum amount fanfare associate degreed ballyhoo as an iPhone. And just like the iPhone six, the Galaxy S6 is Samsung’s flagship – the phone that it’ll promote quite the other.

And there’s a reason we tend to mention Samsung’s massive contestant promptly. The Galaxy S6 is real statement of intent from the Korean manufacturer. this is not a feature-packed phone in an exceedingly plastic body. off from it. The Samsung Galaxy S6 has toss all the uncertain style choices of its predecessors. this is often a premium phone – in each look and feel.

While it does not quite have the trendy class of the Galaxy S6 Edge, the S6 has robust legs to square on all an equivalent. there is the simplest five.1-inch QHD screen you will find on a phone, a powerhouse of a processor and a extremely capable 16-megapixel rear-facing camera. As we’ve already alluded to, the glass and metal style may be a Brobdingnagian discovery from last year’s chrome-painted plastic-edged Galaxy S5.

Not each move is positive, though. in an exceedingly bid to out-Apple Apple, Samsung has removed a number of the key options that created such a lot of folks love its previous phones. Not having the ability to alter the battery won’t be a giant deal to most people, however the dearth of expandable phone storage via microSD card definitely is.

Both are sacrificed for style and wireless charging practicality, because the S5 headline feature – water resistance.

How simple it’s to forgive these compromises depends on your desires. tho’|notwithstanding} you are a rock-ribbed microUSB user though you ought to provide the Galaxy S6 an opportunity. It isn’t only 1 of the foremost engaging phones on the market, however one amongst the foremost capable we’ve ever seen.

Samsung Galaxy S6 – style

Metal chassis; Gorilla gorilla Glass four rear; 142 x seventy x 7mm; 132g; Home button; Soft keys

Samsung has managed to create the Galaxy S6 a great-looking phone. The Galaxy S6 Edge is arguably the additional trendy of the 2, however you simply have to be compelled to pay additional for it if you actually wish to. swish Gorilla gorilla Glass four front and rear, and metallic element alloy bands on the edges, suggests that appearance and sounds like flagship phone. in contrast to last year’s S5, the S6 sounds like it’s price over £500/$684.99. That’s necessary.

Less roaring square measure a number of the color choices, though. The “jewel tones” – as Samsung calls them – embrace White Pearl, Gold noble metal, Black Sapphire, Blue Topaz and inexperienced Emerald. The brighter colors conjointly tend to be fingerprint magnets thus keep a spare material handy if you decide for one in all those.

Some finishes have a small twin key to them, in order that they seem to vary color looking on however the sunshine shines on them. The impact is a lot of refined than the pink/gold dance orchestra on the HTC M9, however it will still look to a small degree tacky, notably in Blue Topaz and Gold noble metal.

The phone is light but still feels solid, and it’s slimmer than the Galaxy S5. In fact, despite its large 5.1-inch screen, it doesn’t feel that much chunkier or clumsier than the dinky, 4-inch iPhone 5S. Thin metal volume and power keys live on opposite sides, which helps avoid accidentally pressing power key as we experienced with the HTC One M9.

One move that doesn’t work so well is the speaker placement. It now sits awkwardly at the base of the phone, rather than the back as it did on the Galaxy S5. Neither placement is particularly helpful, as they’re easy to block when held normally. This muffles the sound in the natural way you’d hold it while playing a game or watching a movie. Another issue is that the home key is slightly raised, making it easy to press accidentally while it’s in your pocket.

 

The rear of the phone may be a less of a style success. The camera protrudes around 2mm creating it look to a small degree sort of a break-out on the face of AN unfortunate juvenile person. Some folks are fazed but others however the key purpose is that it slides in and out of your pocket simply due to sloping edges. The SIM-tray sits flush with the aspect and if you’ll keep hold of the annoyingly elusive SIM-ejector tool or use a clip, the receptacle pops out firmly while not an excessive amount of problem.

There area unit one or two additional real drawbacks to the fresh Galaxy S6’s style, though. Glass could also be straightforward to grip however it’s thus super sleek that the S6 dives off several surfaces like archangel Phelps at the primary hint of a beginning whistle – we’ve caught the S6 on the sting of potential destruction on varied occasions throughout our time reviewing it.

Using a case or resting the phone on a rough surface reduces the frequency of those suicide dives, however a less slippery end may need been higher. It’s swings and roundabouts tho’. we tend to like the planning of the Glass-backed Galaxy S6 however felt safer with the S5’s grippy, mark back.

The S6 is not waterproof just like the Galaxy S5, thus you wish to require additional care than before. Mind you, we’ll be shocked if Samsung doesn’t unleash AN IP-rated Galaxy S6 ‘Active‘ variant within the returning weeks or months.

Screen

5.1-inch; 1440 x 2560 pixels (QHD or 2K); 577ppi; Super AMOLED; Gorilla gorilla Glass four

The 5.1-inch screen on the Samsung Galaxy S6 is actually sensible and positively one amongst the simplest screens we’ve seen on a transportable. solely the LG G4 and Galaxy Note four will match it for sharpness, however the Super AMOLED panel on the S6 is cut on top of in each alternative respect.

Compared to most LCD-screened phones the Galaxy S6’s screen is additional vivacious, although Full HD (1080p) screens look even as sharp unless you begin observing the screen from some of inches away. The S5’s screen is simply as vivacious because the S6, however the S6 produces cleaner, additional natural whites. Whites look slightly blue on the S5, whereas the S6 appearance nearer to the iPhone half-dozen, that is that the best during this department.

But there’s no skeptical that has the simplest distinction. AMOLED screens don’t have a conventional backlight, which implies blacks seem absolutely black. this implies videos and photos look fantastic, whereas the punchier colors outshine the iPhone six still. it’s nice inside and holds up well even in direct daylight.Read also: OLED VS liquid crystal displaySamsung’s TouchWiz UI permits you to regulate the show colors to suit the user’s preferences, and that we found that the AMOLED image setting made the foremost color trustworthy results while not heavily sacrificing ringing. Apple’s iPhone six is that the benchmark for color accuracy however the Galaxy S6 is nearer to the iPhone than the other phone we have seen.The screen appearance smart from each viewing angle, too, creating it excellent for sharing videos and photos on. There very isn’t any department wherever this screen doesn’t surpass. It’s sensible.