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  1. Lineage OS Announces A Bunch Of Newly Supported Devices For Its Preview Builds Last month, Cyanogen announced that it was shutting down its offices, leaving the future of CyanogenMod in question. However, from the company's digital ashes rose a new project called Lineage OS. The developer team behind the operating system announced that it would support more than 80 devices. However, at launch, it only supported a handful of devices. Now, the company has updated its roster of supported devices, adding a number of older handsets to the list. Previously, the developer team had only included the LG Nexus 5X, Huawei Nexus 6P, Motorola Moto G4 / G4 Plus, Nextbit Robin and Xiaomi Redmi 1S. The company has now updated its list of supported devices to include: Asus Nexus 7 2013 (4G / Wi-Fi) LG Nexus 5 Huawei Honor 5X LG G4 (T-Mobile / International) LG G3 S LG G3 Beat Motorola Moto X Pure (2015) Motorola Moto E Motorola Moto G Motorola Moto G4 Play OnePlus One Oppo Find 7a Oppo Find 7s Samsung Samsung Galaxy S III (AT&T / Sprint / T-Mobile / Verizon / International) Samsung Galaxy S II (International) Sony Xperia SP Xiaomi Mi 3w and Mi 4 Xiaomi Mi 5 Xiaomi Mi Max Xiaomi Redmi 3/Prime Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 As can be seen, the list of devices has increased drastically. That said, the developer team has not announced how many installs its operating system has garnered. Previously, the company had announced that experimental builds of Lineage OS had been downloaded more than 50,000 times. This figure is bound to change with more devices being supported everyday. You can download the latest nightly and experimental builds on supported handsets by heading over to the download page here. Source
  2. Where Can You Download LineageOS, CyanogenMod's Replacement? It's only a matter of weeks since we learned that CyanogenMod was closing down and LineageOS would replace it. At the time, little was known about the launch schedule for the open source, Android-based operating system, but that has all changed. On Friday, the LineageOS team announced that builds will "start rolling out this weekend". At time of writing the downloads have yet to make an appearance, but there is a download portal ready for you to keep an eye on. The team excitedly says that "it's nearly 'go time' for builds to start flowing", and advertised the availability of the Lineage infrastructure status page. More usefully, there is also a wiki for the OS, as well as a stats page that shows (at time of writing) that even before builds have been officially made available, there have been more than 75,000 installs. But what about the all-important download page? There is now a LineageOS Downloads portal up and running, but despite the proclamation that downloads would roll out this weekend, the page currently disappointingly reads: "Coming soon". What's clear, however, is that LineageOS is about to arrive any second, and with this in mind the development team has shared further details about what to expect: More than this, eager users are provided with more details about how the actual installation process will work: If you're missing CyanogenMod, now is the time to turn your attention to the LineageOS download page. Source Alternate Source: First Official Lineage OS Builds To Roll Out This Weekend
  3. Alphabet sub's lounge-room assault omitted fondleslab, amid falling sales Google today announced new phones, VR kit and home gadgetry. But it didn't announce a tablet. And nobody cared. We've known for ages that tablet sales are declining. The most recent tablet sales data we've covered has the market at about 150m units a year. Apple has a quarter of the market and Samsung has about 15 per cent. Vendors in third through fifth place – Lenovo, Huawei and Amazon – won't sell ten million units a year. The tablet market's sliding even faster than the PC market – by about 12 per cent a year compared to five per cent for PCs. We can also see that it takes more and more effort to get a tablet off the shelf: Apple has teamed with Deloitte to point out how an iPad might make sense at work, having already allied itself with IBM. Microsoft, meanwhile, has bundled training with its Surface-as-a-service pay-by-the-month plan for its hybrid laptop/fondleslab Surface products. Those hybrids, by the way, are considered the sole bright spot in the PC market. And now Google's act of omission shows us that the company's assault on our personal space does not include a frontline role for a tablet computer. Which is not to say that tablets are doomed. They are clearly very handy devices in many applications. But the lack of a Google tab clearly shows us the fondleslab's not a core component of the evolving connected home. And that their omission won't be mourned. Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/05/google_may_just_have_silently_snuffed_the_tablet_computer/
  4. Screens That Fold And Roll Will Arrive As Early As Next Year LG showed a display that can fold at CES 2016 in Las Vegas Screens that can roll up could appear in tablets that fold into the shape of smartphones Displays that can be folded and rolled up have been shown in prototype smartphones, wearables, and other devices -- but when will such products be available? Advances in technology suggest they aren't too far off in the future. Such devices could start showing up as early as next year or 2018, said Jerry Kang, senior principal analyst for emerging display technologies and OLED at IHS. Manufacturers are trying to launch them in devices like tablets that can fold into a smartphone-size device. It's possible to use these displays in wearable devices, but reliability, weight and battery life need to be considered, Kang said. Small folding screens will likely come before larger ones, mainly due to the economics of making such displays, Kang said. The displays will be based on OLED (organic light-emitting diode), which is considered a successor to current LED technology. OLEDs don't have lighting back-panels, making them thinner and more power efficient. At CES this year, LG showed a stunningly thin paper-like display that could roll up. The company projects it will deliver foldable OLEDs by next year. There are advantages to screens that can be folded or rolled up. They could lead to innovative product designs and increase the mobility of devices, Kang said. For example, it could be easier to fit screens around the contours of a battery and other components. It will also provide a level of flexibility in how a user can change the shape of a device. But challenges remain in making such screens practical, Kang said. A display has multiple functional layers such as cover lenses, touch panels and polarizers, all made of different materials. A large number of layers could limit the ability to bend and fold. But removing layers also presents problems. For example, removing the touch panel could make such a screen useless for smartphones and tablets. The size of batteries and circuits are of lesser concern in designing bendable screens, Kang said. The screens can be folded around components. Displays that can fold and roll are an extension of flexible displays, which are already in wearables, smartphones and TVs. For example, some TVs have flexible screens that are designed so that they can be slightly curved. Samsung and LG started using flexible AMOLED displays in smartphones in 2013 and are adapting those screens for wearables. Those companies are also leading the charge to bring displays that can bend and fold to devices. The sorts of flexible displays that are used in curved products are still in their infancy, but IHS projects such screens to continue siphoning market share from non-flexible displays. In 2022, 433.3 million flexible displays will ship, compared to 3.6 billion units of non-flexible displays. Source
  5. Dell's business laptops and tablets will get an extra layer of protection from hackers with a new security tool being loaded into the company's portable computers. The new Dell security tool focuses on protecting the boot layer so PC hardware or software don't malfunction. It secures the low-level UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), which sits in a protected layer above the OS. An attack on this firmware can compromise a system at boot time. Hacking the firmware can cause the OS and hardware components to malfunction. Hackers have shown increasingly sophisticated ways in which the UEFI -- which has replaced the conventional BIOS -- can be infected with malware. Recovery from a hacked boot layer isn't as easy as running an anti-virus program. It usually requires a system to be rebooted and firmware to be flashed before loading the OS. As a hacked UEFI is hard to to fix, Dell's new security tool offers an alternative method. At boot, the tool verifies a UEFI snapshot with an identical copy in the cloud and can notify a user or system administrator of any inconsistency. A copy of the UEFI can then be reloaded on the computer to fix the problem. That's just a start. The company is working on a feature in which hacked UEFI can "auto-remediate" itself, said David Konetski, executive director in the Client Solutions Office of the CTO at Dell. He did not share when that feature would be in PCs. Dell has also taken precautions to protect the process of verifying the UEFI with an image in the cloud, Konetski said. A copy of the UEFI image is sent from flash storage to a PC's SRAM, and then data from the SRAM is then sent over a secure channel for verification. The cloud can be set up within a customer's premises, which makes intercepting a UEFI hash even more difficult, Konetski said. Trying to beat the cloud-based UEFI verification system would require hacking both the PC boot layer and the UEFI snapshot in the cloud. The verification tool's design is much like cloud-based anti-virus programs, which are being deployed in more enterprises to protect PCs, tablets and thin clients. In case of a hack, an original copy of the BIOS can be reloaded on the PC from a server via Microsoft's System Center Configuration or other Windows-based remote system management software. Support for Linux server management software will come soon, Konetski said. The tool will be loaded in Dell's Precision, OptiPlex and XPS PCs and Venue Pro tablets. Buyers will have to pay extra for the BIOS verification tool. Dell hasn't said how much it will cost. Intel already provides system management tools to protect the boot layer in PCs. System administrators can remotely start a PC, fix the boot layer and then shut down the PC. HP also includes secure boot tools in its business PCs, though they are designed for individual users. The Source Edit: Reported it to moved to Security & Privacy News had too many tabs open
  6. SanDisk, Toshiba double down, announce the world's highest capacity 3D NAND flash chips Toshiba's BiCS technology stacks 48 layers of microscopic NAND layers atop one another, vastly increasing memory density. Credit: Toshiba The new 3D NAND chip is designed for wide use in consumer, client, mobile and enterprise products SanDisk and Toshiba announced today that they are manufacturing 256Gbit (32GB), 3-bit-per-cell (X3) 48-layer 3D NAND flash chips that offer twice the capacity of the next densest memory. The two NAND flash manufacturers are currently printing pilots of 256Gb X3 chips in their new Yokkaichi, Japan fabrication plant. They are expecting to ship the new chips next year. (2016) Last year, Toshiba and SanDisk announced their collaboration on the new fab wafer plant, saying they would use the facility exclusively for three dimensional "V-NAND" NAND flash wafers. At the time of the announcement, the companies reported the collaboration would be valued at about $4.84 billion when construction of the plant and its operations were figured in. In March, Toshiba announced the first 48-layer 3D V-NAND chips; those flash chips held 128Gbit (16GB) of capacity. The new 256Gbit flash chip, which uses 15 nanometer lithography process technology, is suited for diverse applications, including consumer SSDs, smartphones, tablets, memory cards, and enterprise SSDs for data centers, the companies said. Based on a vertical flash stacking technology that the companies call BiCS [Bit Cost Scaling], the new flash memory stores three bits of data per transistor (triple-level cell or TLC), compared to the previous two-bit (multi-level cell or MLC) memory Toshiba had been producing with BiCS. Toshiba and SanDisk's Bit Cost Scaling (BiCS) 3D vertical NAND design. "This is the world's first 256Gb X3 chip, developed using our industry-leading 48-layer BiCS technology and demonstrating SanDisk's continued leadership in X3 technology. We will use this chip to deliver compelling storage solutions for our customers," Siva Sivaram, SanDisk's executive vice president for memory technology, said in a statement. SanDisk and Toshiba's fab operations in Yokkaichi, Japan where the new 48-layer 3D V-NAND chip is being produced. Last year, Samsung became the first semiconductor manufacturer to begin producing 3D NAND. Its V-NAND chip provides two to 10 times higher reliability and twice the write performance, according to Samsung. Samsung's V-NAND uses cell structure based on 3D Charge Trap Flash (CTF) technology. By applying the latter technologies, Samsung's 3D V-NAND can provide more than twice the scaling of today's 20nm-class planar NAND flash. Samsung is using its 3D V-NAND for a wide range of consumer electronics and enterprise applications, including embedded NAND storage and solid-state drives (SSDs). Samsung's 3D NAND flash chips were used to create SSDs with capacities ranging from 128GB to 1TB. SOURCE: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2956214/computer-hardware/sandisk-toshiba-double-down-announce-the-worlds-highest-capacity-3d-nand-flash-chips.html
  7. Surprising turn after Mozilla abandoned smartphone plans earlier this month. Earlier this December Mozilla appeared to throw in the towel with regard to its Firefox OS. Following the Mozilla developer event 'Mozlando', Ari Jaaksi, Mozilla's SVP of Connected Devices explained to TechCrunch "...we weren't able to offer the best user experience possible and so we will stop offering Firefox OS smartphones through carrier channels". Jaaksi didn't put a metaphorical full stop there but added "We'll share more on our [Firefox OS] work and new experiments across connected devices soon". Now it looks like the Firefox OS team have significantly shifted focus to other devices such as; HDMI sticks, routers, tablets and even a 'Firefox Pi' keyboard computer. VentureBeat reports on a leaked document exposed by Spanish site Hipertextual, which provides information about four proposed Firefox OS connected devices, their USPs and target markets. Mozilla's chief legal and business officer, Denelle Dixon-Thayer, explained the leaked document to VentureBeat as follows: "we are still at the early stages of exploring and prototyping new use cases for Firefox OS in the world of connected devices as an open source project with a clear focus on the user benefit and experience". So its concept work, not firm plans. Nevertheless there's some interesting concepts... The Firefox Pad is pretty self explanatory, it's just a tablet with Firefox OS and "no telephony stack to worry about". It would focus on safety, privacy and simply providing a browser experience with automatic updates. The Firefox Stick would add smarts to your HDMI TV screen. With it you could cast content from the web and mobiles "with no gatekeepers". However DRM and content partnerships must be in place for it to succeed. More interesting is the Firefox Hub, "a smart router you can trust". Again this plays to Mozilla's strengths of privacy, use friendliness and auto updates. I particularly like the Firefox Pi, as it reminds me of the old keyboard computers I grew up using. As you might guess the Firefox Pi is built with a Raspberry Pi at its heart. It uses the keyboard computer form factor which integrates a touchpad and mouse buttons to the right. Mozilla thinks this could be paired with "millions of obsolete analogue TVs in India", and would be useful not just for consumption but creation. Unfortunately we probably won't see the more interesting Firefox device proposals very soon but will probably still see tablets and smart TVs featuring the OS released in the meantime. View: Original Article
  8. Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes Australian study finds lowest-ever digital literacy scores coincide with the iPad age The growing prevalence of smartphones and tablets in homes and schools may be retarding kids' development of IT skills, according to an Australian study. The research in question was conducted by Australia's National Assessment Program (NAP_, a body that undertakes research of students' skills. Every three years, NAP assesses science literacy, civics and citizenship, and information and communication technology (ICT) literacy. The latter was tested in 2014 and results emerged this week. Those tested were in what Australia calls Year 6 and Year 10. Year 6 is Australia's last year of Primary School and kids turn 12 during the school year. Year 10 kids typically turn 16 and complete their fourth year of High School along the way. 10,500 students participated in the online assessments, randomly selected from different schools around Australia. Tasks that students were asked to complete included: Use a blog and a comparative search engine to identify a venue for a sports picnic and to select sports equipment, then use tailored graphics software to produce invitations that included a map generated by using embedded mapping software;Work with a scenario of three students forming a music band that has won a talent contest and been invited to enter an interstate competition. Tasks included to help the band by completing the online registration for the competition, promote the band’s next gig through social media and set up a crowd-funding web page to raise money;A student is asked to set up a tablet computer to access the internet, install a number of applications on the tablet computer, set up one of the applications to collect weather data and use software to manage the data;A scenario where a student is part of a design team creating an animated video about water safety around lakes and dams, which is aimed at upper primary school students, and for which the student is required to upload a file to a video website, adjust settings on a video website and use specific software to make a video.The method used to score digital literacy is complex, but is consistent across the four cycles of testing. And as the table below shows, the 2014 result shows that Year 6 kids have descended below the digital literacy levels recorded in 2008 and Year 10 scores are at an all-time low. If you're reading this table of digital literacy results in Australia, you probably can't understand it Why is Australia doing so badly? The report's authors advance a theory that kids are now using mobile devices that require different skills and a different style of teaching. Here's what the report's conclusion has to say: Firstly, it is possible that changes in the teaching and learning with ICT have resulted in less emphasis being placed on the teaching of skills associated with ICT literacy. Secondly, it is possible that the development of ICT literacy competencies has been taken for granted in Australia where the level of access to ICT in schooling is extremely high. Thirdly, it is possible that the emergence of mobile computing technology devices has led to increased emphases in teaching and learning on different skills (such as those associated with online communication). The report goes on to note studies of the prevalence of tablets in Australian schools, find it's on the rise and leading to a hypothesis that “ it is perhaps not so likely that the emphasis [on teaching ICT literacy] has been removed, but rather that it has shifted with the uptake of mobile technology devices.” “It is possible that this shift in emphasis may have contributed to changes in ICT literacy achievement between 2011 and 2014.” The report also notes that the 2011 study took place mere months after the iPad's debut. Tablets have since become ubiquitous, while smartphones have become far more affordable and therefore find their way into more kids' hands. Another likely reason for the poor performance was that Australia recognised its technologies curriculum needed an overhaul well before 2014. The nation therefore developed a new Digital Technologies Curriculum but delayed its implementation of for political reasons, as our Australian bureau has chronicled at length. The new and dedicated curriculum was due to be taught from 2014, so may not have made an impact on this study. But the fact remains that Australian schools worked with older curricula that may not have reflected modern technological realities before the 2014 study. The study's gone down very badly in Australia, which has recently experienced an outbreak of bipartisan enthusiasm for all things STEM-and-startup. You can find the NAP report here (PDF) and a technical report here (PDF). Source
  9. HP PCs/Laptops and Notebooks LTE Module vulnerable to remote code execution flaw The HP PCs/Laptops and Notebooks which have HP lt4112 LTE/HSPA+ Gobi 4G Module onboard, have been found to have critical vulnerabilities which can be exploited by potential hackers to remotely execute arbitrary code. The vulnerabilities have been assigned following numbers : CVE-2015-5367 CVE-2015-5368 SSRT101965 The vulnerability listed under CVE-2015-5367 allows a potential attacker to exploit this flaw to obtain the root permission, access the system by connecting the serial port, and view or modify configuration. The upgrade package of the HP lt4112 LTE/HSPA+ Gobi 4G wireless module contains the hash values of the root account and password. An attacker can obtain the password of the root account through reverse cracking. The module provides a debugging serial port at the rear for troubleshooting, opening a way for physical cracking by hackers. The hackers can connect to the serial port of the wireless module, and enter the root account and password to log in to the operating system of the module. While the CVE-2015-5368 allows an attacker to tamper with the upgrade package, leading to an upgrade failure or the upgrade of an incorrect package. As a result, services may become unavailable. This module implements upgrade check using CRC16, which is insecure. Much study is done for reversely cracking this algorithm. Hackers may change or add a code segment to the upgrade file, recalculate a CRC value, and tamper with the firmware of this module through CRC check during upgrade. The vulnerabilities exists in the HP lt4112 LTE/HSPA+ Gobi 4G Module which is used by HP PCs/Laptops and Notebooks to connect the users to 3G/4G/LTE radios. According the the listing, the following HP PCs/Laptops and Notebooks are vulnerable to this flaw : HP EliteBook 725 G2 HP EliteBook 745 G1 HP EliteBook 755 G2 HP EliteBook 820 G1 HP EliteBook 820 G2 HP EliteBook 840 G1 HP EliteBook 840 G2 HP EliteBook 850 G1 HP EliteBook 850 G2 HP EliteBook 1040 G1 HP EliteBook 1040 G2 HP EliteBook Folio 9470m HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2 HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G3 HP ElitePad 1000 G2 HP Elite x2 1011 G2 HP ProBook 430 G1 HP ProBook 430 G2 HP ProBook 440 G0 HP ProBook 440 G1 HP ProBook 440 G2 HP ProBook 450 G0 HP ProBook 450 G1 HP ProBook 450 G2 HP ProBook 640 G1 HP ProBook 645 G1 HP ProBook 650 G1 HP ProBook 655 G1 HP Pro x2 612 G1 HP Spectre x2 13-SMB Pro HP ZBook 14 HP ZBook 14 G2 HP ZBook 15 HP ZBook 15 G2 HP ZBook 15u HP ZBook 17 HP Zbook 17 G2 mt41 Thin Client Users of above HP products are advised to update their firmware following the below method To acquire the firmware updates, go to hp.com Select “Support” and then “Download Drivers” Enter your product name or number in the “Find my product” field. Choose the product from the returned search Choose the operating system Under the Download Index, select “Firmware”, and download the 12.500.00.15.1803 firmware or later (HP Softpaq # SP72435 or later). Follow the installation instructions to install the firmware update.Resource : HP Software Security Response Team Article source
  10. LG DEVELOPS "LG ROLLY", FULL-SIZE KEYBOARD FOR POCKETS LG Looks to Increase Share of Growing Mobile Device Accessories Market SEOUL, Aug. 27, 2015 - In an effort to capture a larger share of the fast-growing mobile accessories market, LG Electronics (LG) will unveil the industry’s first solid rollable wireless portable keyboard at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Unlike other portable keyboards on the market, LG’s Rolly Keyboard (model KBB-700) folds up along the four rows to create an easy-to-carry “stick” that fits into one’s pocket as easily as any purse or briefcase. Featuring high-contrast keys and a fold-out mobile device stand, typing on Rolly Keyboard is extremely comfortable because its 17mm key pitch is nearly as generous as the 18mm key pitch found on most desktop keyboards. Made of impact-resistant and durable polycarbonate and ABS plastic, typing on the keyboard offers satisfying tactile feedback not found on flexible silicone keyboards. Two sturdy arms fold out to support smartphones as well as tablets 1 in an upright position. Simply unfolding the Rolly Keyboard enables the auto pairing function to connect easily to two different devices at the same time via Bluetooth 3.0 with the ability to toggle between the two with a simple key press. A single AAA battery powers the keyboard for up to three months of average use. “LG Rolly Keyboard is just one of the many premium input devices we’ll be unveiling in the coming months as we expand our accessories offerings,” said Seo Young-jae, vice president in charge of Innovative Personal Devices at LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The goal was to create a product that could add more value to LG smartphones and tablets at the same time offering a unique design proposition that hadn’t been explored before.” The Rolly Keyboard will make its debut in September in the United States, followed by key markets in Europe, Latin America and Asia in the fourth quarter. Prices and details of availability will be announced locally at the time of launch. Visitors to IFA 2015 can see LG Rolly Keyboard up close in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin from September 4-9. ——————————————- 1 Supports tablets with displays up to 10 inches in diameter. Source
  11. Apple's iPad arrived five years ago. It is a device that changed the way we think about computing, marking a seismic shift from keyboard and mouse to direct manipulation with our fingers. The iPad wasn't the first tablet computer — it wasn't even Apple's first tablet computer — but it was the first to capture the world's imagination and sell tens of millions of devices. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the hands of children, who these days will walk up to any screen and expect to be able to interact with and shift content with the prod of a finger. This style of interaction has even followed us to our workstations where, despite their questionable use, touchscreens now frequently come as standard or are common options when buying a personal computer. Touchscreens bring the user's fingers into direct contact with the virtual objects onscreen, but still fundamentally present data representing a 3D visual environment through the medium of a flat 2D screen. Fully comprehending the interface relies almost entirely on our own visual sense, rather than exploiting our other, well-trained sense of touch. From the pixel to the physical Touchscreen tablets free us from the constraints of working at a desk and are more liberating due to their smaller size and weight. But, to make better use of all our highly-tuned senses, the next generation of displays will not be 2D and flat, but will have self-actuated, physically re-configurable surfaces. Flat screens will be able to deform themselves into other shapes. These interfaces will change the shape of their display surface to better represent on-screen content and provide additional means to pass on information by touch rather than vision alone. Dynamic physical geometry — tablets with interfaces that morph in three, real dimensions, rather than simply displaying 2D representations of them — will fundamentally change the way we approach computer interaction. Displays with pixels that can physically protrude from the surface will allow developers to enhance familiar applications such as architecture, design, terrain modelling and photography by rendering computer-generated 3D scenes in three dimensions in the real world. This will opens all sorts of opportunities for novel applications in team collaboration, tangible entertainment and ways to make computing more accessible to those with disabilities. Devices will be able to change their form and function: a mobile phone that mutates into a TV remote control, and then into a videogame controller, re-configuring itself to provide appropriate interfaces. Apps will not only be able to modify a visual display, but also dynamically change the physical properties of the device. This display revolution is closer than we think: commercial ventures such as Tactus Technology's Phorm already provide a way to generate fixed-position buttons that protrude from the screen by filling small pockets with liquid on command. Building a physical screen In our lab, we've begun to explore the implications of users interacting with shape-changing displays. We've created a 10×10 interactive bar chart with which to represent common data visualisation tasks such as displaying data, filtering data, organising it into different rows and columns, navigating between large datasets, and making annotations. We've found that the physical nature of dynamic bars encouraged users to directly manipulate data points for annotation and comparison-style tasks and that traditional touch-based controls work well for navigation and organisation tasks. Certainly, constructing these shape-changing displays requires expert electronic and mechanical knowledge. There's a need to involve people with a wide range of interaction design skills to drive forward early prototype design, so we developed a tool that allows non-technical researchers to experiment with shape-changing displays. ShapeClip is a tool to transform any computer screen from a flat viewing surface to a 3D one, transforming light from the screen into movement through coordinates in physical space above it. By adding a z-axis to the screen's x- and y-axes, designers can produce dynamic physical content by adding ShapeClip tools to screens. ShapeClip displays are portable, scaleable and can be re-arranged to suit need. They are also fault-tolerant. Users need no knowledge of electronics or programming and can develop motion designs with presentation software, image editors, or web sites. The iPad shifted our approach from pressing buttons to pressing with our fingers. Future displays will not be flat glass screens we prod, but physically dynamic surfaces capable of reconfiguring themselves in order to better present information to the user through a rich tactile experience that offers more to our senses. mashable.com
  12. Microsoft is allegedly hard at work preparing for the release of Office for Android. The Redmond-based tech giant has been working on a private Beta of the Office for Android software; there used to be a sign-up page online, but it’s been since taken down. It certainly makes sense for Microsoft to make the software available for Android tablets. Office is synonymous with productivity: Word and Excel are staples of almost any workplace, and the tablet software will sync perfectly with your MS Office suite through OneDrive. Now Microsoft isn’t confirming anything as of yet, but it would be foolish on the part of the company to leave Android tablet owners hanging. Office for iPad had over 27 million downloads in 46 days and with sales of Samsung’s tablets neck and neck with the iPad, it makes sense for Microsoft to address the sizable Android tablet market. Source
  13. One of the reasons why we were so excited about the “Star Trek Into Darkness” movie was the fact that it was being made with the Dolby Atmos technology. Now imagine watching the movie on your tablet or smartphone with the same Dolby Atmos sound effect! Dolby has found a way to ‘trick’ your brains into thinking that surround sound is possible via headphones and tablets. The reason why we enjoy movies more at a Dolby Atmos-equipped theater is because of the immersive sound experience. It’s like you actually hear the bullet whizzing past your ear or the horses galloping from one end of the screen to the other. The Atmos technology gives the sound artiste the creative freedom to choose where they want to place the sound components. For example, they may choose to make the sound ‘move’ from the left of the screen to the ceiling of the theatre and then back to the right. Replicating this sound effect for smartphones and tablets sounds a bit complicated, but apparently its not. Joel Susal, who is Dolby Laboratories Product Manager for Mobile, says that the same theatre experience can be replicated for the mobile devices thanks to the algorithms that Dolby has developed. The tech made its appearance at the Mobile World Congress and explained how a dedicated audio processor chip or an ARM processor core running the algorithms can replicate the Atmos effect. Essentially, the brain is ‘tricked’ into thinking the sound is in 3 D, when in fact it isn’t. Since the audio is naturally streaming in from the earphones, the listener feels like the sound is coming in from a specific direction in the third-dimension, due to the new mobile audio technology. According to Dolby via CNET, This technology is compatible with most devices and requires an OS that is using the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chip. Although the Dolby mobile partners for this tech are not yet clear, we are hopeful to see its first draft ready by this year end. Source
  14. Samsung is apparently now ready to start mass production of AMOLED displays for tablets next month, Korean media reports. A 10-incher is mentioned in the publication, though we've heard a smaller, 8" tablet with OLED screen is in the cards, too. AMOLED displays, of Samsung fame, don't have a backlight like the LCD ones, but are rather using the photons that each pixel emits itself. Those organic diodes that comprise OLED displays, have been mastered by Samsung and LG to the extent that they have TV panels made out of them, so why not tablets, too? Until recently it was tough and cost-prohibitive to make mid-size OLED screens in the 8-10" range, so Samsung focused mainly on phones and TVs for commercializing said technology. The tables have turned, it seems, and the publication says Samsung will boost its sagging OLED production lines capacity utilization precisely on account of the tablets with such screens it is about to launch. These, however, are likely to be premium products, and priced accordingly, so we wouldn't uncork the champagne just yet, until we know the specs and price for certain. Source
  15. 1. Samsung Galaxy NotePROSamsung's beast of a tablet known as the Galaxy NotePRO is built from the ground up with productivity and multitasking in mind. In fact, there is probably no other Android tablet that can give you as much freedom and flexibility in these two aspects than Samsung's 12-incher. And you get an S-Pen stylus as well, hence the name. Sure, the NotePRO is relatively large and heavy, but that's hardly surprise given the sheer size of the device's screen. 2. Samsung Galaxy TabPRO seriesYou can't go wrong with a tablet that has "PRO" in its name. And sure enough, Samsung's new Galaxy TabPRO Android slates have quite a lot to offer in terms of hardware specifications and software features. 3. Sony Xperia Z1 CompactFinally, someone managed to come up with a high-end Android smartphone that's actually compact. That's the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact we're talking about, equipped with its snappy processor and capable camera. And it is resistant to liquid damage, which is a trait that few other phones can brag with. All of these features place the Xperia Z1 Compact among the best phones we had the chance to play with at CES 2014.4. Sony Xperia Z1SSo, it turned out that the Sony Xperia Z1S wasn't exactly what we expected it to be, but that doesn't make it any less awesome of a smartphone. Later this month, anyone in the US eager to get their hands on Sony's flagship will be able to do so via T-Mobile. 5. Asus ZenFone seriesWe were genuinely surprised when Asus announced its new ZenFone series at CES, especially when we heard how cheap the phones were going to be. At only $99, $149, and $199 respectively, the Asus ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5, and ZenFone 6 are could give the company's market share a welcome boost.6. Asus PadFone XIs it a phone or is it a tablet? Well, the Asus PadFone X is actually an amalgamation of both, but if you're familiar with the PadFone concept then you should probably know that already. The Asus PadFone X will be available soon in the US via AT&T. Pricing has not been disclosed, but opting for a PadFone should be a better deal than buying an identical Android phone and a tablet separately. 7. Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+At CES we had the chance to take the OneTouch Idol X+ for a spin. And overall, it wasn't a bad phone at all. It is shaping up as a device that will deliver specs typical for a high-end device, but at a price that will appeal to a a broader range of buyers. 8. ZTE Nubia Z5sHere's one more noteworthy offering coming from the Far East – the ZTE Nubia Z5s. Unlike most of the ZTE phones we get to play with, this one has some top-notch hardware to draw buyers' attention with. Too bad that it is only available in China, at least for now. 9. Huawei Ascend Mate 2The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 is a mid-range offering that belongs to the phablet category of smartphones. Among its stand-out features is the huge, 4050mAh battery that can push through 12 hours of video playback on a single charge. 10. Acer Iconia A1A high-end tablet the Acer Iconia B1 is not, but it does have what it takes to draw one's attention. That is its low price of just $150, which is actually pretty good given the tablet's hardware specifications. It has a 7.9-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels, a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 16GB of storage, and a pair of cameras for selfies and casual photos. All of that is packed inside an aluminum body that feels quite nice to the touch. 11. Asus Transformer Book DuetWhat makes the Asus Transformer Book Duet so awesome is its ability to run both Android and Windows, and switching back and forth between the two systems is as simple as tapping a button. Its price? Just $599 for the base model – definitely not bad for a dual-OS tablet/notebook convertible. Source
  16. Intel has the tablet market covered in 2014, according to sources with Taiwan's tablet supply chain. The silicon slinger has plans to offer CPU platforms for low-end tablets all the way to top-shelf models. The company has already released its Bay Trail-T chips for Windows 8/8.1. By the end of this year, the company will have introduced its Bay Trail-T line for Android slates. Intel's Z3735D series is a Bay Trail CPU designed specifically for low-end Android tablets priced at $99 to $129, and for 7 to 8 inch models priced at $149 to $199. These chips will be available in the first quarter of next year. For those Android tablets with a screen size of 8 to 10 inches, and a retail price range of $199-$249, Intel will offer the Bay Trail and Cherry Trail platforms. The latter will also cover 10 inch Android slabs priced at $249 and higher. The Cherry Trail chip will launch next September and is based on the 14nm Airmont architecture. Cherry Trail will support both 32 and 64 bit Windows 8/8.1 and Android tablets.That will be followed up with the Willow Trail CPU in the fourth quarter. Based on the 14nm Goldmont architecture, this chip will also support Windows and Android slates. Finally, Intel has some lovin' for smartphones as well. In the first quarter, it will release Merrifield for smartphones while Moorefield is expected to launch in Q3. Both not only use the 22nm process, they both can also be used for Android tablets. Source
  17. Mobile manufacturing companies like Samsung and LG are exploring the option of installing a killer switch in their handsets (Smartphones and Tablets) to make them non operable if stolen. "Data from the National Policy Agency show the number of reported smartphone thefts rose 457% to 31,075 last year from 5,575 in 2009. The Korea Customs Service also blocked attempts to smuggle 1,887 smartphones out of the country last year, more than 10 times the 2010 tally of 131 phones.” quoted WSJ. Most of the stolen devices are smuggled out the country and sold at a cheaper price. The functionality of the new feature can be guessed, the new killer switch would ensure that as soon as the phone is stolen it would erase all the data from the phone and become inaccessible to any carrier. When we use a phone it can be authenticated by our finger print scanning. This new technology can supposedly be used to develop the killer switch, which will be of a major requirement in the coming days. Pantech, a South Korean mobile manufacturer, has become the first to introduce this feature in to mobile phones. Through which we can privately secure messages and photos. But the spokesperson of the company believes that most of their user are not aware of this feature and more decent amounts of awareness regarding the safety issues need to be brought in user circles. And moreover there is a lot of pressure on mobile manufacturing companies from American prosecutors to adopt this feature by 2014. Information loss and threat due to theft is a huge concern in United States, which is generally considered as a mother market for any new idea or technology either to launch or test. Original Article