Samsung Reveals New Exynos 9 Processor and Camera Sensor

Samsung updated its Exynos 9 Series processor and also debuted a fresh camera sensor for smartphones. The Exynos 9 Series 9810 is a flagship-class application processor built on Samsung’s second-generation 10nm FinFET process. It uses 10LPP (Low Power Plus) technology in conjunction with 3D transistors to improve speeds by about 10%, or power efficiency by about 15% when compared to Samsung’s first-generation 10nm process. The 9810 also includes Samsung’s latest LTE modem with support for six carrier aggregation (6CA). The Cat 18 6CA modem includes 4×4 MIMO and higher-order 256 QAM to tap into the high speeds available from technologies such as LTE-LAA. The 9810’s modem is 20% faster than the one found in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ and can reach Gigabit LTE speeds. Samsung did not say what devices might be powered by the Exynos 9810. In addition to the processor, Samsung announced the ISOCELL Slim 2X7, a 24-megapixel image sensor with 0.9μm pixels. The Slim 2X7 uses Tetracell and remosaic technology to reproduce the results that might come from larger pixels while keeping the sensor compact. Samsung says the sensor can be fitted into a thinner camera module, which may negate the need for a raised camera module on handsets. Samsung did not say what devices might eventually rely on the new imaging sensor.

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T-Mobile and Qualcomm Demonstrate LTE Advanced Gigabit Capabilities

At a joint event with Qualcomm yesterday, T-Mobile said it has now expanded its advanced LTE coverage with support for gigabit speeds to 430 markets across the U.S. T-Mobile added that the combination of network technologies that make such connectivity possible are paving the way for the next stage of wireless communications: 5G.

During the media event in San Jose, Calif., T-Mobile and Qualcomm demonstrated how smartphones powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Gigabit LTE modems can use LTE Advanced (LTE-A) to stream 3D virtual reality content, provide “near instantaneous” access to cloud-based files, and quickly download TV shows and movies for offline viewing.

According to the mobile network performance monitoring company OpenSignal, 4G LTE connectivity provides average download speeds of 16.6 Mbps, compared to 4.4 Mbps for 3G. By contrast, 5G networks, when they become available, could eventually support download speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

LTE-A Footprint ‘More than Doubled’

T-Mobile in recent years has rolled out a number of new technologies and business strategies aimed at boosting its LTE network speeds and performance. In June, for instance, the wireless carrier demonstrated what it said was the country’s first mobile broadband data session using License Assisted Access, with tests showing download speeds of 741 Mbps.

In April, T-Mobile spent nearly $8 billion — far more than any other wireless service provider — to acquire low-band spectrum during a Federal Communications Commission auction. The company is using that spectrum to expand a 600 MHz LTE network in rural and underserved parts of the U.S. Yesterday, the company said it had more than doubled its LTE-A footprint since 2016.

In a tweet yesterday, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said the company now supported LTE Advanced in 920 markets, with 430 regions seeing even faster network speeds through a combination of carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO…
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Review: New Amazon Echo Is Smaller, Cheaper and Better

The new Amazon Echo is cheaper, smaller and has a less imposing stature, but is it still the best smart speaker going?

Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa has improved greatly since the Echo’s introduction to, altered behind the scenes without users needing to do anything thanks the virtue of being a cloud-powered product. It has gained new skills, routines and other smart home control abilities. Its voice recognition and understanding has improved, and it is now a little more conversational, remembering certain topics that you’re talking about the way a human would.

But the outside of the speaker has not changed, until now. The new Amazon Echo for 2017 is just under 9cm shorter, standing 14.8cm tall and is covered in your choice of fabric, wood or metallic finish, standing in stark contrast to the monolithic black or white towering cylinder of the previous generation. It looks more friendly, blending into the fabric-covered surrounds of the home a little easier, but in some way looks a little less unique and impressive.

The attractive and useful LED light ring is still there in the top, cycling round when Alexa is listening to you or performing an action. The volume ring that physically turned at the top has been replaced with buttons joining the mute and action buttons in the top, mimicking the look of the smaller Echo Dot. It’s functional, but feels less futuristic somehow. I will miss it.

Whether you find the new Echo more or less attractive than the old one or rivals such as the Google Home will be personal taste. I like the design, although the fabric covered variants will be slightly more difficult to keep clean. At least the mottled grey color won’t show dust quite as readily.

What Does It Do?

An array of seven microphones in the top listens…
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Sean Parker: Facebook Hacks Vulnerability in Human Psychology

Facebook’s founders knew they were creating something addictive that exploited “a vulnerability in human psychology” from the outset, according to the company’s founding president Sean Parker.

Parker, whose stake in Facebook made him a billionaire, criticized the social networking giant at an Axios event in Philadelphia this week. Now the founder and chair of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, Parker was there to speak about advances in cancer therapies. However, he took the time to provide some insight into the early thinking at Facebook at a time when social media companies face intense scrutiny from lawmakers over their power and influence.

Parker described how in the early days of Facebook people would tell him they weren’t on social media because they valued their real-life interactions.

“And I would say, ‘OK. You know, you will be,'” he said.

“I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying,” he added, pointing to “unintended consequences” that arise when a network grows to have more than 2 billion users.

“It literally changes your relationship with society, with each other. It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains,” he said.

He explained that when Facebook was being developed the objective was: “How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?” It was this this mindset that led to the creation of features such as the “like” button that would give users “a little dopamine hit” to encourage them to upload more content.

“It’s a social-validation feedback loop… exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”

Parker, who previously founded the file-sharing site Napster, joined the Facebook team in 2004 five months after the site had launched as a…
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Why Did Tencent Purchase 12 Percent of Snap Inc.?

At a moment when skepticism abounds about Snap Inc.’s future, one of the world’s biggest internet companies was revealed to be banking on the company’s success.

Tencent, the Chinese company behind the wildly popular social media app WeChat and a global player in mobile gaming, has bought an approximately 12% stake in Snap, the parent company behind the video messaging app Snapchat, financial filings showed Wednesday.

News of the $2-billion investment arrives at a troubling time for Snap. The Venice company released its third-consecutive quarter of lackluster financial results Tuesday and its shares have continued to slide further away from their $17 stock market debut in March.

But Tencent, one of China’s three leading internet companies along with search engine Baidu and e-commerce giant Alibaba, sees something in the struggling company that could help reverse Wall Street’s souring view.

“Any time a given investor — whether a company or random billionaire — makes a big investment it can help to convey that at least someone out there believes in the long-term potential for the company,” said Brian Wieser, an analyst for Pivotal Research Group.

Snap shares dove nearly 20% Tuesday in after-hours trading after the company reported lower-than-expected revenue and user growth. They fell $2.21, or 14.6%, to $12.91 on Wednesday in the company’s highest-volume day of trading since its initial public offering.

Tencent has been leading a wave of foreign investment by China’s tech giants in recent years. The Shenzhen company bought a 5% stake in Tesla Inc. earlier this year and paid $8.6 billion last year to purchase Supercell, the Finnish developer behind the hit mobile game “Clash of Clans.”

Alibaba, meanwhile, has already invested $200 million in Snap and poured millions more into ride-hailing app Lyft, virtual reality start-up Magic Leap and app search engine Quixey.

Baidu, which invested in Uber’s now shuttered Chinese operations…
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Report: Apple Offered FBI Help with Texas Shooter's iPhone

Apple and the FBI are at odds once again, days after an Air Force veteran, Devin Kelley, shot and killed 26 people in a Sutherland Springs, Texas church.

As the FBI struggled to access Kelley’s phone, which a Washington Post report said is an iPhone, the FBI did not ask Apple for assistance in the first 48 hours after the shooting, according to Reuters. The timing may prove crucial if Kelley owned an iPhone with an enabled Touch ID; the sensors recognize the owners’ fingerprints — dead or alive — if it was used within 48 hours of the last login.

Once the 48 hours pass, the iPhone can only be accessed with a passcode. It is unclear which iPhone model Kelley had and whether he had Touch ID enabled.

Cupertino-based Apple issued a statement to BuzzFeed News on Wednesday that the company had offered assistance to the FBI on Tuesday.

“Our team immediately reached out to the FBI after learning from their press conference on Tuesday that investigators were trying to access a mobile phone,” said Apple. “We offered assistance and said we would expedite our response to any legal process they send us.”

Apple’s statements about reaching out to the FBI to offer assistance, and the subsequent rebuff, matched with earlier reporting from the Washington Post.

At a Tuesday press conference, FBI Special Agent in Charge Chris Combs said that Kelley’s phone could not be broken into and that it was flown to FBI headquarters in Quantico, Virginia. Combs drew a connection between Kelley’s phone and other past examples, but he didn’t identify the type of smartphone Kelley owned.

“It highlights an issue that you’ve all heard about before, with the advance of the technology and the phones and the encryptions; law enforcement, whether that’s at the state, local or federal level, is increasingly not…
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Plusnet Mobile SIM Only deals.. GO!

Plusnet Mobile SIM Only deals.. GO!
There really shouldn’t be much of a reason NOT to go with a “virtual” operator nowadays. Take Plusnet as an example. They use the EE masts so the signal is going to be flippin’ good. Right now they’ve got some deals which, if you’re quick and you want some SIM-only action, could be right up your street.

Let’s say that you have just £5. One of those weird new £5 notes. Let’s say that this is your absolute maximum per month. Let’s say that it’s all you really want to pay for your son or daughter and let’s say that you’ve got them a pretty decent iPhone, Samsung or something else from the local phone exchange place. Perhaps it’s all you want to spend on yourself. After all, with £117 contracts now available, a fiver is a steal.

For that £5 Plusnet will give you 1.5GB of data every month. Not only that, but the deal includes 500 minutes of chatter and 1000 texts. That’s really not bad y’know.

If you want a bit more, £9 per month will get 4GB of data, 1500 minutes and unlimited texts.

You’ve got to be pretty quick on both of these though. That £5 deal runs out on November 16th and the £9 offer runs out on November 30th. Both deals are on from right now, this minute!

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  • Apple Overhauls Clips App to Take Advantage of iPhone X TrueDepth Camera

    Apple today released an updated version of its Clips video application with new and fun tools to improve both the experience of using the app and the end results. The most exciting addition is Selfie Scenes, which takes advantage of the TrueDepth camera on the iPhone X to place the user inside a 360-degree, animated scene when recording selfies. The app includes 10 scenes created by Apple, such as landscapes, paintings, and spaceships from “Star Wars.” iPhone X owners can put themselves in a scene and then pan around, viewing and recording themselves within the landscape. All users will be able to take advantage of new artistic effects that can turn photos or videos into watercolors, oil paintings, sketches, and other art styles in real-time. Clips gains access to more sticker and poster content from Disney, including “Star Wars” characters and Disney favorites such as Mickey Mouse. More than 20 new soundtracks can be used to accompany Clips recordings. Apple redesigned the user interface for Clips with streamlined controls that make it easier to find and use filters, labels, stickers, and emoji. Buttons have new labels, too, and a full-screen browser lets people see their entire project while editing and creating. Last, Clips gains support for iCloud. iPhone and iPad owners can store, access, and edit their Clips projects from any device, which is automatically saved to iCloud. Clips is free to download from the iTunes App Store.

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    Apple Releases iOS 11.1.1 to Fix Keyboard Bug

    Apple today made iOS 11.1.1 available to iPhone owners. The minor release primarily resolves a keyboard-based autocorrect bug that impacted the ability to type the letter “I”, which was often replaced with an odd character. The software update also fixes a bug that cause “Hey Siri” to stop working. iOS 11.1.1 is free to download over the air.

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    T-Mobile Says Gigabit LTE Available to Select Phones

    T-Mobile today said more customers around the country should have access to faster wireless speeds. The company has reached several new milestones with respect to its wireless network. First, it has doubled its LTE-Advanced footprint to more than 920 markets. The company has deployed a trio of LTE-A technologies, including carrier aggregation, 4X4 MIMO, and 256 QAM, in 430 of those markets. Gigabit LTE relies on a combination of these three LTE-A technologies along with certain on-device components and proper backhaul. Together, these technologies are able to improve spectral efficiency, reduce congestion, and deliver the highest-possible speeds to handsets. Only a few devices equipped with the Snapdragon 835 processor with X16 LTE modem can access Gigabit LTE, including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note8, the Motorola Moto Z2 Force Edition, and the LG V30. T-Mobile customers who own these devices and live in the 430 markets with carrier aggregation, 4X4 MIMO, and 256 QAM may be able to tap into Gigatbit LTE download speeds (800 Mbps). Gigabit LTE is a stepping stone to 5G and T-Mobile plans to keep moving forward. The company is prepared to launch LTE-License Assisted Access (LTE-LAA) later this year. LTE-LAA makes better use of unlicensed spectrum on small cells. T-Mobile did not provide a timeline for these network upgrades.

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