iPhone 8 Launch in September, But Availability Will Be Limited: KGI Securities

iPhone 8 Launch in September, But Availability Will Be Limited: KGI Securities

HIGHLIGHTS

  • KGI claims iPhone 8 to come in three colours only
  • The smartphone will go into mass production in mid-September
  • The iPhone 8 photos suggest no Touch ID integration

iPhone 8, the tenth anniversary Apple smartphone, has been in the news for nearly a year, and it seems the time is finally coming for the handset to become a reality. The production issues the smartphone faced have been reported several times now, but a fresh report from one of the most reliable sources of Apple leaks claims that the iPhone 8 will launch in September, but availability will be limited at first. Furthermore, iPhone 8 live photos have appeared online, along with the casing giving us more testimony to its design.

iPhone 8 launch in September

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo is back with his sporadic predictions on Apple’s plans this fall, and he claims that the iPhone 8 has managed to emerge through tribulations, and will be unveiled on time in September. The smartphone will go appear for a product verification test in August and into mass production in mid-September, but will be available in limited quantities at first. In fact, the report states that the supply chain will produce between 2 million to 4 million units only this quarter. KGI’s predictions were obtained by Apple Insider.

However, the production is expected to ramp up quickly to 45 million and 50 million this year. Apple will produce 35 million to 38 million iPhone 7s units, and 18 million to 20 million iPhone 7s Plus handsets this year, according to Kuo.

The report also claims that all iPhone variants will support fast charging through a separately sold accessory – a Lightning-to-USB-C cable and wall adapter. It will also be made available in three colour variants – Black, Silver, and Gold.

iPhone 8 leaked images

Separately, the iPhone 8 was leaked in photos as well on Techtastic.com. The black colour variant was shown from the front and back, and it sports a vertical dual camera setup, a bezel-less display, and no fingerprint scanner at the front or back. While there is no image showing off the sides, it seems like Apple may have foregone Touch ID altogether, to give Face ID prominence. The casing of the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8 have also been leaked alongside, and it shows a cut out at the back of the iPhone 8. Even though the cut out indicates that the fingerprint scanner will be embedded there, but it could also just be for the Apple logo, and nothing else.

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Photo Credit: TechTastic

Expect more clarity on the fate of Touch ID as we near launch, and more detailed leaks emerge. For now, the iPhone 8 is expected to sport an almost bezel-less OLED screen, wireless charging, no home button, no 3.5mm audio jack, an Apple A11 chip, and AR features.

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Essential Raises $300 Million From Amazon, Others; Will Announce Smartphone Release Date Next Week

Essential Raises $300 Million From Amazon, Others; Will Announce Smartphone Release Date Next Week

Essential Products, the smartphone startup founded by a co-creator of the Android mobile operating system, has raised $300 million (roughly Rs. 1,921 crores) in new funding and signed up retailers to sell its first device, it said on Wednesday.

The $699 phone, with a titanium and ceramic case, will compete directly against new devices from Samsung and Apple this holiday season. Retailers include Best Buy, Amazon.com and carriers Sprint in the United States and Telus in Canada, Essential said in a statement.

The company, founded by Chief Executive Andy Rubin in late 2015, said Access Technology Ventures led the funding round, which brought its total investment raised to $330 million.

Strategic investors also included Tencent Holdings, electronics contract manufacturer Foxconn and Amazon.com, which participated via its Alexa Fund. Previous investors Redpoint Ventures and Playground Global also participated.

A release date for Essential’s phone will be announced next week, President Niccolo De Masi said in an interview.

The timing and distribution of the new phone could be critical during a year with many new releases. The Essential phone will only be displayed in Sprint and Best Buy retail stores in the United States, compared with the vast distribution network of the market leaders. In September, Samsung is expected to unveil its Galaxy Note 8, and Apple is expected to announce its highly anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone.

Some of the Essential phone’s features, like a detachable 360-degree camera, are also available on Samsung models, which are bulkier.

“It’s going to be extraordinarily challenging,” Bob O’Donnell of Technalysis Research said by phone. “The initial specs of the phone look good, but not necessarily unique.”

Amazon, Best Buy and Essential will sell unlocked versions of the phone that can be used on any network. But carrier discounts could encourage buyers, R. “Ray” Wang of Constellation Research said in an interview. He said he expected Sprint to charge $300 with a two-year contract.

Sprint did not return a request for comment.

Wang also said the presence of two strategic investors from Asia signals Essential’s broader goals.

“It’s not just about US distribution. This is going to be a global phone,” Wang said. “The biggest phone markets are China, India and the US”

Essential will focus on “building a brand in the Western World” before expanding to other countries, De Masi said. It would consider sales of “low single-digit millions” of phones in its first year a success, he added, noting that production was limited by the unusual materials of titanium and ceramic. Most phones have aluminium or plastic casings.

“Over the next five to 10 years, we will have the same retail footprint and product diversity as Samsung and Apple,” he said.

source:-gadget360

Indian Smartphone Market Will See Strong Growth in Q3, Says JP Morgan

Indian Smartphone Market Will See Strong Growth in Q3, Says JP Morgan

A strong pick-up in smartphone market is expected in the third quarter of 2017 driven by improved sentiments and inventory build up before the upcoming festive season, according to a report by JP Morgan.

The report estimated that demand was soft in the Indian smartphone market in the second quarter (April-June) 2017 compared to the year-ago period, given the lack of clarity around GST implementation that “postponed the usual inventory build”.

Also the demand was impacted on account of slower conversion of feature phone users to smartphone users.

“We believe that sentiment has improved in early July and the third quarter of 2017 should see a strong pick-up with inventory builds and preparation for the peak sell through season in late third quarter and early fourth quarter,” the report on ‘India smartphone market’ said.

It added the July-September quarter could see 25-30 percent sequential growth in smartphone units, implying a seven percent year-on-year growth.

The report noted that smartphones accounted for 45 percent of the total handsets in April-June quarter. It “may remain in the same range, affected in the short-term by the launch of the Rs. 1,500 ($23) Reliance Jio feature phone”.

Last month, Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio had announced its new feature phone, offering life-long free voice calls bundled with 4G data streaming at an “effective price of zero”. The phone, targeted at 50 crore feature phone users in the country, will be available for pre-booking from August 24 on payment of a refundable security deposit of Rs. 1,500.

“This is likely to appeal heavily to current feature phone users, who are primarily on the 2G network. This may slow the migration from feature phone to smartphones for some users in the near term…,” the JP Morgan report said

However, as prices come down, the adoption should again pick up, the report added.

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How Intel’s Latest Server Chip Will Speed Up Everyday Internet Services & Future Technologies

Phones, laptops, PCs let you get online. But once there, a ‘server’ is what you connect with to get anything meaningful done. And the company that makes over 90% of online servers just upgraded their latest batch to be more powerful and energy efficient than ever before.

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The similarities between a waiter and server

Just like a waiter in a restaurant, who takes your order, passes it onto the kitchen, and returns with your meal, there’s an innumerable network of machines behind-the-scenes of the Internet doing just that. Accepting your commands through connected gadgets, processing or retrieving the desired result, and ultimately letting you know about it.

These digital servers are the reason you can do anything on the Internet. From sending or receiving email, posting a Facebook message, watching a Youtube video, streaming the latest episode of Game Of Thrones on Hotstar, even looking up a website on your browser. It’s all thanks to always-on Internet servers. Without them, the Internet simply wouldn’t function.

Intel Xeon Scalable Processor

THIS IS THE NEW INTEL XEON SCALABLE PROCESSOR BASED ON SKYLAKE

A server isn’t unlike a desktop PC — it’s largely the same, actually. But it’s specially made to always remain on, connect to hundreds of thousands of devices, constantly perform tasks with next to no idle time. Google’s servers contain a large database of online websites and snippets of information they contain — you connect to them via google.com to browse the Web. Similarly, Facebook’s servers contains all the public and private Facebook data of every account on facebook.com — every update, picture, meme, video and emoji you see there. There are servers that power critical infrastructure like the world’s stock exchanges, financial institutions and banks, the airlines industry, global telecommunications, television and broadcast, and lots more.

Now imagine these servers, powered by Intel, not only get more efficient at their task but also a lot more powerful? Now that’s a shot in the arm that the Internet deserves and needs, making sure the online services we all use and depend on become that much more faster, reliable and secure.

Intel Xeon Scalable Processor SKU

INTEL XEON SCALABLE PROCESSOR SKU – PLATINUM, GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE

So what’s special about these new Intel servers?

Xeon — which is Intel’s server brand — servers are powered by processors that are bigger and more heavy duty than Intel’s laptop or PC chips. And the new Xeon Scalable processors are at least 1.6 times than Intel’s previous batch of server chips released over two years ago. The most high performing chip from the current lineup, the Platinum Xeon Scalable processor, has up to 28 cores, operates at very high frequency, with access to unfettered memory bandwidth and storage utilities. That’s performance several times higher than multiple laptops, phones and desktops combined — in just one chip!

This new line of Intel Xeon Scalable processor chips are specifically designed for servers to be used in corporate scenarios and cloud data centers. Companies like Dell, Lenovo, HP, and other manufacturers take Intel’s Xeon Scalable processors to build and manage online services of their customers. Services that everyone who connects online to consume. These services can’t be faster if the server chips they’re running on don’t giddy up and improve, and that’s what Intel has done with Xeon Scalable processor.

Intel also claims that its new server chip’s increased performance is due to superfast connections between different components within the chip, like the processing cores and the memory storage. And all of this has been credited to Intel’s new “mesh architecture” at the chip level, debuting for the first time in the Xeon Scalable processors.

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This web design bundle will teach you everything from HTML to Flash

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Forget Samsung, Google Pixel XL 2 will also feature Always On display

Forget Samsung, Google Pixel XL 2 will also feature Always On display

While the image hinted towards an almost bezel-less display on Google Pixel XL 2, fresh information has popped up regarding the device. According to a report by XDA Developers, the Google smartphone will arrive with an ‘Always On’ display mode, multiple display profiles, and ability to use squeeze features even when the screen is not active.

The Ambient display feature that will work in the same manner as it does on Samsung’s new smartphones. The highlight of the Always On Display is the ability to have the display enabled but display just a little information to show you the updates. This means it will also display useful information and notifications when the handset is not active. To remind you, this feature was spotted in the code of the Android O Developer Preview 3. So albeit indirectly, it was suggested that the upcoming Pixel smartphones, which will be running Android O, would sport this feature.

On the downside, this feature is believed to incur some extent of battery drain. This feature could have been included at the beginning itself but if Google does not push through, there will be numerous ways to get the same via the third-party apps.

In addition, Google has also been rumored to include sRGB mode into the display settings. Previously, this mode was only accessible through Developer options. Apart from that, there is likely to be an option called “Vivid Colors”.

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Cyber boost: New operating system will improve Navy computing power

Cyber boost: New operating system will improve Navy computing power

Students in a Virginia Tech laboratory test Popcorn Linux–an operating system that can compile different programming languages into a single cyber tongue. Researchers say it could revolutionize how military and commercial computing systems perform. Credit: Dr. Binoy Ravindran

With support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Dr. Binoy Ravindran, an engineering professor at Virginia Tech, has designed a system that could revolutionize how military and commercial computing systems perform.

It’s called Popcorn Linux—an operating system that can compile different programming languages into a single cyber tongue.

“By applying Popcorn Linux to longtime, legacy Navy and Marine Corps computer systems, we can improve software without requiring thousands of man-hours to rewrite millions of lines of code,” said Dr. Wen Masters, head of ONR’s C4ISR Department. “This could yield significant savings in maintenance costs.”

Crunching huge amounts of data for complex applications like battlespace awareness and artificial intelligence requires extremely powerful processing. Unfortunately, many of the processors capable of this speak their own specialized software programming languages—and must be programmed to interact with each other.

To increase computing speed, microchip manufacturers in recent years have placed multiple processing units on individual chips. Take the iPhone 7, for example, which has four processors—two high-power (think of a Ford Mustang) and two low-power (think of a Toyota Prius)—to simultaneously dial phone numbers, open web pages, check text messages and take photos and videos.

That involves designating specialized “heterogeneous” processors to carry out specific tasks, like displaying graphics or web browsing. Each processor can be devoted to one specialty, rather than divided among several functions, resulting in much better, faster performance.

“Before, each processor was like one handyman re-modeling your entire bathroom,” said Dr. Sukarno Mertoguno, the ONR program officer sponsoring Ravindran’s research. “Heterogeneous processors, by contrast, represent an actual plumber installing the pipes and an actual painter painting the walls. Each processor has a specialty.”

But this specialization has problems—a “language” barrier. Each processor has its own set of instructions that only it understands. To address this, software developers must manually adjust code to determine which tasks should run on which processors—a tedious process, as extra features and updates are added regularly.

“This is especially true for Navy and Marine Corps software systems,” said Ravindran. “Many of these legacy systems were built in the 1970s or earlier, have numerous security patches and millions of lines of code, and represent a huge investment of time and money. How can Navy developers enjoy the benefits of next-generation heterogeneous processors without rewriting applications from scratch?”

Ravindran’s answer is Popcorn Linux, which can be used with any computer or device, and serves as a translation tool—taking generic coding language and translating it into multiple specialized program languages. From there, Popcorn Linux automatically figures out what pieces of the programming code are needed to perform particular tasks—and transfers these instruction “kernels” (the “popcorn” part) to the appropriate function.

While Popcorn Linux is still a proof-of-concept prototype created by Ravindran and his students, the system is about to enter a new phase of development.

“In our lab and academic setting, we’ve demonstrated that Popcorn Linux works well with respect to performance speed and power usage,” said Ravindran. “Later this year, we’ll work with industry partners to create a version of Popcorn Linux that can meet the strenuous industrial standards required by the Navy and Marine Corps.”

“We’re already hearing great enthusiasm from industry for Popcorn Linux,” said Masters. “We look forward to see how Dr. Ravindran and his team further develop this exciting system.”

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3 Reasons Your Website Will Never Be Finished

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Say, I’ve got some news for you: Your company’s website will never be finished. You will never sit back, breathe a sigh of relief, and say, “Finally! We’ve got this thing wrapped up; now we can move onto other things.”

That is, this will never happen if you’re doing all you should with your website. And this adds up to some good news because if you’re constantly updating your site, you’ll develop an advantage over your competitors who aren’t.

 

Here are three reasons you should never stop working on your website:

1. Web design trends are evolving. Compare websites designed within the past few months with those designed a few years ago, and you’ll notice some differences. Web design trends can sometimes be mere fads, but often they are driven by changes in technology. Two modern trends in web design are flat design and responsive design.

Gradients, drop shadows, bevels and elements designed to resemble real objects have no place in flat web design. Proponents of flat design eschew the fancy in favor of simplicity, clean lines, bold colors and a focus on content and usability. Flat design also means cleaner code, faster-loading pages (good for SEO) and greater adaptability, which factors into the next trend.

Responsive web design means that a site responds to the various sizes of screens that people use to view websites. Today someone might look at a site on a desktop monitor, a tablet or a smartphone, which come in different sizes.

Years ago, most companies had either a separate mobile site that would be displayed for users on a tablet or smartphone and a full website that would appear for desktop users. But this strategy was less than ideal because those websites were geared toward only two screen sizes. Responsive websites take into account all screen sizes and adjust to provide an optimal experience for every user. This leads to greater website-visitor retention. As a result, companies today are ditching the dedicated desktop and mobile sites in favor of a single, responsive website. (FlatInspire.com displays websites that are both flat and responsive.)

 

2. Consumer preferences are changing. Customers expect something different from your website now than did two, five or 10 years ago. When high-speed internet became widely available, users started to anticipate rich content, such as high-resolution photography and HD videos. As desktop screens grew larger and wider, consumers looked for sites that would take advantage of the additional real estate.

This year the number of smartphone users worldwide is expected to surpass 1.75 billion, prompting a toward a move toward long, vertical websites that scroll.

Today’s consumers don’t want to waste time. Everyone is busy and wants to get to the point as efficiently as possible. Many companies have understood this to mean that content should be clear and concise.

While brevity may the the soul of wit, consumers don’t always want webpages short on content. What they want is high-quality content that delivers real value. Sometimes the best way to do this is through long-form content. Basecamp performed an experiment with long-form content on its home page and found signups for its project management software rose 37.5 percent.

Design agency Teehan+Lax embraces long-form content in its portfolio section, in a post about working with client Krush. The segment delivers value, by helping potential clients understand what the process of working with the company would be like. Long-form content is also good for  SEO.

 

3. Search engine optimization rules. The premise of SEO is that if a company sells widgets and its site shows up No. 1 in a Google search for the term “widgets,” then viewers will be drawn to that corporate site. But it may not be the only company desiring to market widgets. Therefore, the company’s task is to convince Google that when someone searches for widgets, any user arriving at the company’s website will find it especially appropriate for the search term. If users aren’t happy with Google’s search results, that’s bad for Google.

It used to be that a lot of SEO firms would trick Google into sending traffic to their clients’ websites. But Google employs thousands of people with doctorates to systematically filter out search engine spam. Google’s search algorithm updates like Panda, Penguin, and Hummingbird have forced websites to provide real value to visitors or see their rankings in the search engines fall and traffic dry up. Although some aspects of SEO can be done just once (such as ensuring that you have a credible web-hosting firm and solid code on your website so that it loads quickly), here are some ongoing activities that companies can engage in to get good search-engine rankings and drive traffic to their site:

  • Attract inbound links from high quality, relevant websites.
  • Create content that people enjoy reading and want to share.
  • Update the corporate website frequently with high-quality content.
  • Keep up with design trends to make the website fresh and attractive.

Creating new content and attracting links can mean updating a blog and press section, or developing valuable informational resource sections like tips, FAQs; or articles. It also helps for the company to become an expert in your field and engage in online PR. And yes, even guest blog posting is still a viable tactic for link building, as long as it’s of high quality.

 

 

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Best gap year tech: from Torino to Tokyo, these gadgets will help you have a great time

If you’re planning a gap year or packing for the trip of a lifetime, you’ll want to cram as many creature comforts into your backpack as possible, not to mention some tech on which to record and share some phenomenal views and bragging rights. We’re rounded up some near-essentials (aside from a huge backpack and warm coat) to make travelling easier and more exciting, whether you’re trekking through jungles and camping in the wild or catching trains and seeing the sights of Europe. Just don’t forget your toothbrush.

Sure, you’ll need a massive rucksack for lugging your worldly possessions from hostel to hostel, but it won’t be much use for sightseeing in a busy metropolis. Thankfully, there’s the Wolffepack that comes in many forms, including the ‘Capture’ for photographers that keeps all your tech, money and passport safe and sound.

Designed to allow users to reach into their bag without the hassle of unstrapping and taking it off, the backpacks all come with a  clever ‘orbital trapeze’ system that allows a wearer to swing the pack from their back to their front effortlessly. While this is a time saver, it’s also great if you want to keep your bag where you can see it on a sketchy street or busy train.

The Capture holds 26 litres and comes with a removable camera pod, three compartments, tripod clip, laptop sleeves and waterproof rain cover. With Carbon fibre, Kevlar and Dyneema cords, it’s also built to withstand the wildest of adventures.

GoPro HERO5 Action Camera

While serious photographers seldom travel without an SLR, the GoPro is brilliant for people on the go and perfect for recording bike rides and scenes you’ll want to remember in years to come. The HERO5 Black is dubbed the ‘best GoPro ever’ and supports video resolutions up to 4K at 30 frames per second, video stabilisation and stereo audio recording, as well as professional quality 12MP photos.

A simple one button control and two-inch touch display makes operating it a breeze and it’s waterproof without a housing up to 33 feet – great for recording a white water rapids ride or trip to a waterfall. Once users have recorded their envy-enduring footage, the HERO5 can auto-upload their photos and videos to the cloud for safe keeping and share it easily online. It makes bragging easy.

Cat S30 smartphone

You may be surgically attached to your iPhone or top-of-the-range Android in the city, but we all know dropping these handsets can prove to be an expensive mistake. Instead, why not invest in the Cat S30 handset. Built to be work in extreme environments, the water, dust and shockproof smartphone is designed to survive a 1.8-metre drop test and has an easy grip design as well as 12 hours talk time and up to 19 days standby – perfect if you’re staying in the back-of-beyond (or have mislaid your charger).

Price: £239.99 | Buy Cat S30 smartphone

Griffin Survivor Extreme

A tablet is a godsend when you’re pushed for space, working as a map, address book, novel, games console and internet café if you’re lucky. But they can be delicate, making a ruggedized case a sensible investment. Griffin Technology makes an array of ‘Survivor’ cases for different models, including the iPad Air 2 (pictured) to protect their backs and screens.

The new ‘Survivor Extreme’ is built to enable the iPad4 mini to survive drops onto concrete of up to 6.6-feet, cushioning falls within the impact-resistant shell. Its slide on design all but eliminates the air gap between touchscreen and the screen guard for extra protection, while its sealed shell protects the device from mud and water.

Price: £69 | Buy Griffin Survivor Extreme

ThermaCELL ProFLEx Heavy Duty Heated Insoles

Whether you’re trekking at high altitudes or staying in a drafty hostel, your toes can get chilly, especially once the sun has set. ThermaCELL ProFLEx Heavy Duty Heated Insoles heat up a user’s feet and can be controlled using a smartphone with a Bluetooth connection. The accompanying app lets users warm their feet to a chosen temperature. When this is reached, the insoles temporarily turn off before switching on again.

They’re cushioned to make walking boots more comfortable and include removable, replaceable extended life batteries so users can swap them out without having to wrangle their insoles out of their shoes or boots. One charge taking just two hours provides up to 8.5 hours of warmth. There are Bluetooth Pocket Warmers too for people who want heat on demand in a more flexible package.

 

 

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How LinkedIn will invade Windows and Office

It’ll soon become harder to avoid LinkedIn’s messages if you use Office or Windows.

Microsoft has revealed how it will start to integrate LinkedIn into its own email and other platforms, after European authorities approved its acquisition of the professional social network.

Following the approval, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote in a note on LinkedIn how the social network would be used “to help professionals transform how they work, realise new career opportunities and connect in new ways”.

The immediate “integration scenarios” include the use of LinkedIn’s logins and network in Microsoft Outlook and Office, as well as letting LinkedIn users draft resumés in Word, presumably without switching to the productivity software.

One of the more controversial features will involve showing LinkedIn notifications inside the Windows action centre. While you’ll reportedly be able to disable the notifications, it means LinkedIn invitations and messages will pop up directly in Windows, rather than flooding your inbox as they do now.

Other changes include powering LinkedIn’s lookup search tools with Active Directory, making LinkedIn Learning tools available across Office 365 and the rest of Windows, and sharing ads between the two.

Nadella said the “top priority is to accelerate LinkedIn’s growth” – if you didn’t think LinkedIn was aggressive already, it’s about to become more so – but the Microsoft CEO believes there’s more to the acquisition than network effect.

“We also see a greater opportunity to help ensure that everyone can benefit from digital technology and the new opportunities created by the digital economy,” he wrote, adding that the tie-up between the companies will help “people develop new skills online, find new jobs and easily connect and collaborate with colleagues”.

Nadella added: “Technology alone will not solve these challenges, but together, working across private and public sectors, we can create more opportunity for everyone to participate and share in economic growth.”

 

 

[Source:- ITpro]