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Tech and trends / The iPhone 8 is already causing problems for Apple’s competitors
« Last post by juliet213 on January 18, 2017, 01:15:06 AM »

The iPhone 8 is rumored to have an OLED display , a first for Apple’s iPhone. But OLED screens have been in use for quite a few years, with Samsung being the most prominent smartphone maker to use such displays in its top smartphones. However, as we’ve said before, the iPhone is still the only phone that matters when it comes to setting new mobile trends. And a new report seems to further reinforce that idea, as it looks like iPhone 8 rumors were enough to convince some Apple competitors out there to bulk up on OLED supply.

According to Digitimes’s sources, some of Apple’s China-based rivals are worried that the iPhone maker will eat up all the available OLED display, and they have rushed to secure production capacity for small- and mid-sized OLED panels. The sources expect the increased OLED demand to cause shortages.

Samsung is going to be Apple’s main OLED display supplier this year, reports said, but even Samsung won’t be able to meet Apple’s demand in the future.

Apple is rumored to launch three new iPhones this year, including the iPhone 8 with an OLED display and two iPhone 7s versions that will have LCD screens.

The same unnamed sources said that LCD display demand will remain tight this year, as display size of mainstream smartphone models is moving from 5-inch to 5.5/5.7-inch screens.

The report also notes that other key components might face shortages this year, aside for displays, including memory products and optical sensing devices. The reason is similar, strong demand from China-based smartphone makers.

Watch out, guys!

An Austrian femme fatale known as the “Ice Cream Killer” will have plenty of new men to choose from at her new lockdown.

Estibaliz Carranza, 38, will be transferred to an all-male prison because she’s too dangerous to be locked up at a women’s facility, but authorities might be playing right into her hands.

The maniacal murderess has a history of luring men into her web and then killing and slicing up their bodies with a chainsaw.

In 2012, she was sentenced to life behind bars for the dismemberment murders of her ex-husband and her onetime lover on separate occasions. She shot them both in the head, carved up their bodies, stored their parts in a freezer and buried their remains under the concrete floor of her sweet shop. She then hung air fresheners to hide the smell of their rotting corpses.

After her conviction, Carranza was incarcerated at a women’s prison in Schwarzenau, Lower Austria, but will now be moved to a “special” all-male penitentiary in Asten, Upper Austria, The Mirror reported Monday.

Carranza will be the first female prisoner to be housed at the state-of-the-art facility, which currently holds 91 men. Thirteen additional female inmates will be transferred there in the near future.

The staff consists of 45 nurses, 18 therapists, four doctors and eight prison guards, The Mirror said.

Prisoners can cook meals together in their single and double cells – and freely roam around the grounds. They can also kick back and watch TV in the lounge.

In 2008, Carranza walked up behind her ex-husband, Holger Holz, as he worked at his computer, pressed a .22-caliber Beretta against the back of his head and squeezed the trigger.

She confessed that she was furious when Holz wouldn’t leave their Vienna home after their divorce. She also called him “violent and lazy.”

The two had originally met when she was an Au Pair in Germany before she became the proprietor of an ice cream shop in Vienna.

Two years later, Carranza whacked her ice cream salesman boyfriend, Manfred Hinterberger, in a similar fashion.

She pumped several bullets into the back of his head when she went to confront him about an alleged affair he was having, but he was passed out drunk.

After disposing of his corpse, she got a manicure to repair her damaged nails.

In June 2011, plumbers stumbled upon the remains of both victims as they were doing work in the cellar of Carranza’s ice cream shop.

Carranza went on the lam to Italy, but was captured by authorities several days later.

She was two months pregnant by a third man at the time of her arrest and has since gotten married to him while in prison.

She has written a memoir titled, “My Two Lives: The True Story of the Ice Lady

Samsung's QLED televisions have been one of the biggest talking points of CES 2017. The company's new Q7, Q8 and Q9 panels are said to offer a near-generational leap in picture quality and are poised to make QLED the next big thing in TV tech, alongside 4K, 8K and high dynamic range (HDR).

Despite this, rival manufacturers LG, Sony and Panasonic have stuck with OLED technology for their latest televisions. OLED is also reasonably new, with Sony only launching its first OLED television, the Bravia XBR-A1E, at CES on 5 January.

So what's the difference between QLED and OLED, and which one is better? Here's a brief crash course to help you with your next purchase, or just keep you on top of the technical jargon.

Pixel lighting explained

Many companies market 'LED televion' sets; these TVs use Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) pixel arrays that are illuminated from behind by LED lights. These illuminating LEDs can either be white, or in more expensive options, use RGB (red, green and blue) lights.

What is OLED?

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode - an advancement on previous generations of LED lighting tech using organic compounds.

The short explanation is that this technology does away with the need for a backlighting system, as each pixel can be individually lit. This makes for thin, high resolution display panels that offer rich colour, contrast and brightness on a pixel-by-pixel basis, resulting in a more vibrant picture in general.

What is QLED?

QLED stands for Quantum Dot Light Emitting Diode. Quantum dots are highly conductive microscopic nanocrystals which, much like OLED technology, allow light to be supplied directly to each individual pixel in an LCD display, rather than having to rely on a backlight.

While there are similarities between OLED and QLED in principle, the latter is an entirely different technology. Quantum dots emit coloured light, and the hue of the emission can be controlled by the size of the quantum dot structure and the amount of energy passed through it.

This means the LCD display pixels can be illuminated with the exact colour of light they are visually repoducing. This also means that less energy is wasted on bright illumination where it is not required.

QLED is purported to offer deeper blacks and much higher brightness than OLED panels, with luminance peaking at between 1,500 to 2,000 nits without impacting colour accuracy. In comparison, OLED panels typically top out at under 1000 nits.

This theoretically makes QLED technology better suited for HDR, which demands a wide range of rich colours and accurate contrast.

QLED vs OLED: Which is better?

Early impressions suggest QLED is best-positioned to fully exploit the benefits of HDR and 4K content, which is poised to explode in availability in the coming years. QLED consumes less energy than OLED televisions, making them cheaper to own, and could also appear on the shelves with a lower price tag given that QLED televisions are cheaper to mass-produce than OLED sets.

Although it's too early to say which technology will become the dominant standard in television design, first impressions of Samsung's QLED TVs have been overwhelmingly positive, suggesting that the South Korean manufacturer is on to something big. We'll have to wait until later this year when Samsung's QLED televisions arrive on the high street to find out for certain.
Blog And Forum Tutorial / 4 Best Security Plugins For WordPress Sites
« Last post by Babanature on January 06, 2017, 04:08:10 AM »
Try to secure your site? Then you need to take all measures to keep your blog safe. Installing a plugin can help secure your site more than you'll know.

The below list are the 4 most downloaded security plugins to help secure your blog. You can choose from the list below.

Wordfence Security

iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

All In One WP Security & Firewall

WP Limit Login Attempts

Trying to help your blog grow? You'll need to secure it so you won't lost all that you've built...
Choose any of the above plugin and you will be saved from attacks...
Tech and trends / Razer’s Project Valerie Is an Insane Laptop With 3 Screens
« Last post by juliet213 on January 06, 2017, 03:45:33 AM »

There are plenty of crazy things at CES that will come to market, things like washing machines that contain secondary washing machines and brand-new boomboxes with cassette decks. But the craziest things you see at the show have no chance being in stores anytime soon. Not that it matters: They’re showpieces for companies to strut their stuff, and they’re a lot of fun.

Take Razer’s Project Valerie, which is a thick-as-hell concept laptop. It’s loaded with many of the same internals as the company’s insane (but very real) Razer Blade Pro.

So why is this concept computer twice as thick? And why does it weigh more than 11 pounds? Well, because those are the sacrifices you’ve gotta make for a laptop with three 17-inch screens. Once you open the laptop, you can slide two full-size peripheral screens out from the sides of the main monitor and lock them into place.

These aren’t rinky-dink additional displays, either. Each of the laptop’s three monitors is a 4K IGZO display, and they’re all managed by Nvidia’s G-Sync monitor technology to ensure the multi-display action works perfectly.

The obvious (theoretical) draw here is immersive gaming, as Razer says Project Valerie supports Nvidia Surround gaming with an 180-degree field of view. It’s also got plenty of mustard to drive an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive VR headset. The machine’s monitors can also handle the full Adobe RGB color space, and the components are plenty powerful enough for video editors and Photoshop pros.

If you just want to use it for super-wide Word docs, you’ll be happy to know that Project Valerie is built around the same low-profile mechanical keyboard as the Razer Blade Pro. Under the hood, there’s also the same desktop-class NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card with 8 GB of video RAM, a cool 32 gigs of system RAM, and the same vapor-chamber cooling rig found in the single-screened Blade Pro.

Again, this is just a concept piece. Seeing as that Blade Pro starts at $3,700, this laptop would likely set you back at least $6,000 if it ever made its way into the real world. You’d likely want to keep its “compact AC adapter” permanently plugged in too, because the battery in a laptop with this much screen would probably poop out after 14 seconds.
Tech and trends / Galaxy S8 Release Date Revealed In New Leak
« Last post by juliet213 on January 06, 2017, 03:39:40 AM »
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is going to be one of 2017’s biggest (and most controversial) smartphones, but now we have a release date and it may well be late to market…

The information arrives via Korea thanks to the ever vigilant SamMobile and says Samsung could well skip its regular unveiling spot at Mobile World Congress in February. Instead Samsung is thought to be considering a separate event in New York in March with the Galaxy S8 subsequently not going on sale until April 18th.

This would be a significant delay compared to the Galaxy S7 which was released on March 11th 2016, but it would actually be more inline with Galaxy S releases historically. After all the Galaxy S6, S5 and S4 all went on sale in April on the 10th, 11th and 27th respectively. Prior to that Galaxy S3, S2 and S1 handsets were released towards the middle of the year in May/June.

Furthermore the April 18th date ties in with recent reports that Samsung will start mass production of the Galaxy S8 in early March. As such I’d suggest you watch out for conspiracy theories regarding this later date. Especially if they try to tie it to the Galaxy Note 7’s battery problems.

Some of this is likely to stem from news Samsung will again use its battery division, Samsung SDI , to supply batteries for the Galaxy S8. This is because SDI supplied batteries for the ‘explosive’ Galaxy Note S7, but such a conclusion would be reductionist since the same problems were also found when Samsung used replacement batteries by ATL.
Tech and trends / Samsung's Family Hub 2.0 is a refrigerator you can talk to
« Last post by juliet213 on January 04, 2017, 12:00:38 AM »

Ah, the refrigerator: lifeblood of the kitchen. At last year’s CES, Samsung decided that big box you use to store leftovers and hunks of American cheese needed a modern upgrade by way of its touch-screen and Wi-Fi-enabled Family Hub refrigerator.

This year, the company is back with its Family Hub 2.0 line of fridge and in addition to new apps like Spotify the humble rectangle that keeps your probiotic yogurt fresh is also getting voice-recognition capabilities.

That’s right. Now you can talk to your refrigerator without alarming your family members.

Family Hub 2.0, which will be available on four different Samsung refrigerator models, features a new interface that’s more akin to Samsung’s smartphones. You can rearrange app widgets, organize your screen to your liking and add compatible apps at your leisure.

The biggest update to Family Hub 2.0 is the inclusion of Samsung’s S Voice voice recognition technology. Similar to the S Voice app on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 handset, S Voice for Family Hub 2.0 lets you ask your fridge if it’s going to rain, tell it to play music, add something to your shopping list and check your agenda.

Samsung says it’s also working on a feature that lets you make purchases with your voice. Currently Family Hub lets you add items from your shopping list to an e-commerce app where you can purchase them and have them delivered to your home.

Unfortunately, Family Hub won’t connect with smart home devices like Amazon’s popular Echo or Google Home. And while I like the idea of being able to add groceries to my grocery shopping list on Family Hub with my phone, I can do the same thing with Alexa and order directly through Amazon.

Beyond voice recognition, Family Hub 2.0 is bringing back the original Family Hub’s built-in camera so you can see what you’ve got inside your fridge.

For its second-generation smart refrigerator, Samsung is also adding a slew of new apps to including Spotify, iHeartRadio, YouTube and GrubHub. Those are in addition to existing apps like Pandora, TuneIn and the fridge’s built-in web browser.

Then there is the updated Family Hub calendar that allows you to set avatars for each of your family members to make checking your schedules more intuitive.

Naturally, Family Hub 2.0 fridges will do normal refrigerator things like keep your food cool and, in some cases, even freeze it!

I kid, but, in reality, the Family Hub 2.0 is a natural extension of our connected lives. Adding a touch screen and calendar to our refrigerators is just a way of digitizing our old magnetic calendars. Except now we can buy groceries, get the weather, browse the web and sync them with our smartphones to get a better idea of where our family members are during the day.

And being able to blast Sisqó’s “Thong Song” while making a ham sandwich isn’t all that bad, either.
Tech and trends / No one actually likes ‘Super Mario Run’
« Last post by juliet213 on January 03, 2017, 11:53:33 PM »

How did Nintendo manage to screw up putting Mario on the iPhone? It’s a question that’s going to haunt business undergrads for decades to come. A few weeks after launch, it’s clear that Super Mario Run is going to be a modest success by normal app standards, and a raging failure compared to what Nintendo could have achieved if it’d stopped to think for two whole minutes.

There’s a bunch of problems with the app as it stands, but the biggest barrier appears to be the $10 charge to unlock the full game. I know: “Entitled Millenials Refuse to Pay $10 for Perfectly Good App” is the least surprising thing to happen in 2017 so far, but some back-of-the-napkin math from an analytics firm indicates that the number of users who download the app and then don’t buy the full version is worryingly high.

As the WSJ reports, analytics firm Newzoo “estimates that Super Mario Run has generated more than $30 million in gross revenue, which suggests about 3 million players have bought the full game. That is a little over 3% of the estimated 90 million downloads of the game.”

The math here isn’t perfect — it’s an estimation of an estimation — but assuming it’s sort of right, it’s really bad news for Nintendo. The free version of the game doesn’t offer many levels, so the number of paid users really equates to the number of active users. Three million users in a month isn’t anything to shrug at, but it’s far less of a runaway success than people were expecting after Pokemon Go.

More pointedly, $10 really isn’t a lot of money, as far as games go. If only 3% of users who bothered to download the app subsequently bought the game, that says a lot about how badly Nintendo managed to screw this one up.
Tech and trends / Ransomware on smart TVs is here and removing it can be a pain
« Last post by juliet213 on January 03, 2017, 11:37:10 PM »
It took a year from proof of concept to in-the-wild attack, but ransomware for Android-based smart TVs is now here. As one victim discovered this Christmas, figuring out how to clean such an infection can be quite difficult.

Ransomware for Android phones has already been around for several years and security experts have warned in the past that it's only a matter of time until such malicious programs start affecting smart TVs, especially since some of them also run Android.

In November 2015, a Symantec researcher named Candid Wueest even went as far as to infect his own TV with an Android ransomware application to highlight the threat. While that infection was just a demonstration, this Christmas, the owner of an LG Electronics TV experienced the real deal.

Kansas-based software developer Darren Cauthon reported on Twitter on Dec. 25 that a family member accidentally infected his Android-based TV with ransomware after downloading a movie-watching app. The picture shared by Cauthon showed the TV screen with an FBI-themed ransom message.

On Android the majority of ransomware applications are so-called screen lockers. They work by displaying persistent messages on the phone's screen and preventing users from performing any other actions on their devices. The messages usually impersonate some law enforcement authority and ask victims to pay fictitious fines to regain control.

Cauthon, who was the previous owner of the three-year-old TV, tried to help the new owner restore the device to its default factory settings, but didn't succeed even after receiving many suggestions and advice from other Twitter users.

According to the software developer, when he first contacted LG's tech support, he was told that a technician would have to come over and take a look for a fee of around $340.

The ransom amount itself was $500 although even paying that would have been difficult because there was no way to click on the payment section to find the instructions on how to do so. The only thing that worked was just moving a mouse-like pointer on a portion of the TV screen via an accompanying smart remote.

Eventually LG provided Cauthon with a solution that involved pressing and releasing two physical buttons on the TV in a particular order. This booted the TV, which runs the now defunct Android-based Google TV platform, into a recovery mode.

The Android recovery mode allows wiping the data partition, which deletes all user settings, apps and data and is the equivalent of a factory reset. While this sounds straightforward, Cauthon's experience suggests that many users would have difficulty figuring it out on their own and would probably be forced to pay for technical assistance.

If recovering from smart TV ransomware infections can be hard, imagine what users would have to deal with if these programs start infecting other internet-of-things devices, as some security experts predict.

In this case, the victim was lucky because the ransomware app was only a screen locker and not a program that encrypts files. Smart TVs have USB ports and allow connecting external hard disk drives in order to watch personal videos or photo collections -- the type of files that are valuable to users, especially if they're not backed up.
Tech and trends / Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone could run a PC
« Last post by juliet213 on January 03, 2017, 07:19:35 PM »
Samsung's upcoming flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone could give users the ability to plug it into a screen and turn it into a desktop personal computer, according to a media report.

The All About Windows Phone blog posted a leaked slide from a presentation showing a Samsung smartphone being connected to a screen with a keyboard and mouse. The slide is titled "Samsung Desktop Experience" and shows a phone powering a screen to create a multi-tasking interface, presumably running on Google's Android mobile operating system.

There is not much more information on the slide than a visual representation, but if this is true, it'd be an interesting feature that Samsung will tout as it launches its next flagship phone, one that is crucial to make up the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 which was subsequently recalled.

Samsung usually releases its flagship Galaxy phone at Mobile World Congress towards the end of February and beginning of March, but sources told CNBC recently that it could be slightly later this year, to make sure that the S8 will not suffer the same fate as the Note 7. Meanwhile, Samsung is slated to release a full report into the Note 7 debacle later this month.

The S8 is being released ahead of Apple's flagship iPhone, which is expected to be a special tenth anniversary edition. Both will be battling for smartphone dominance in 2017 looking to convince users with new features.

By introducing a desktop mode, Samsung could appeal to customers looking for a device that will also be good for productivity, something that the now discontinued Note 7 did. By sticking with Android, users will also have access to all the apps available on the Google Play Store.

Samsung was not available for comment when contacted by CNBC.

It's not the first device on the market that carries this functionality. Microsoft's smartphones that have Windows 10 Mobile have a feature called "Continuum" which allows you to plug your smartphone into a monitor, turning it into a desktop PC too.
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