IFA 2014 is ready to start 5th of this month and will run through to 10th of September. However, IFA is used by various technology leaders to showcase their products in pre-IFA days. Considering that we are extreme followers of whatever happens with Sony, Samsung, HTC, Apple and more, here is complete IFA 2014 schedule. Jot down the times of your favorite OEMs / products and free the slot to follow the live streams and blogs.
We know Apple for being a perfectionist. The tech leader takes its time in launching its products but makes a blast every time it introduces a new product in the market. After 2010, this is the first year that a completely new product is expected from Cupertino in the shape of a smartwatch, popularly known as iWatch. While many enthusiasts waited to buy any currently offered smartwatch and sort of relied on Apple to launch its iWatch, it looks like Apple may not just make a huge blast with iWatch. Expected to be launched alongside iPhone 6 variants on September 9, recent analysis reports that Apple may just have compromised on battery performance for better image quality.
iWatch battery details:
This iWatch battery analysis reveals that Cupertino may be making a few big compromises in its latest product.DisplaySearch analyst Charles Annis has released a new note suggesting that Apple has focused on the QVGA AMOLED display of the iWatch which possibly can be a bad news for battery performance. Considering its thinness, light weight, and of course image quality, Apple seems to have “prioritized image quality over battery life” as the analyst says:
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is going in full swing with tech celebrities getting on the challenge. This ice bucket challenge is designed to bring awareness and raise funds to fight ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting nerve cells in brain and spinal cord. Following the lead of the “human” leaders, we are now looking at the Samsung Galaxy S5 taking on the challenge and nominating other smartphones leading the smartphone technology world. In this video, Samsung Galaxy S5 has nominated HTC One M8, iPhone 5s, and Lumia 930.
Galaxy S5 ALS ice bucket challenge:
While many are complaining about Sammy having turned a charity cause into a marketing gimmick, we don’t seem to hate it. Everything in this commercial world is definitely tweaked to benefit the products or the companies at the end of the day. It is no different then for the case of Galaxy S5 ALS ice bucket challenge. ALS
Apple seeded out the sixth Developer Preview of OS X Yosemite yesterday with many a new changes. Among this package includes some brilliant new OS X Yosemite wallpapers that you can now enjoy on your Macs. The latest OS X 10.10 will be available publicly in Fall – however, there is no wait needed if you require that Yosemite jazz on your desktop right now!
OS X Yosemite wallpapers from DP6:
OS X Yosemite 10.10 introduces a vast array of beautiful and powerful new features. Featuring a modern, clean
Tumblr is about to sign a deal with a photo-analytics startup, Ditto Labs. Cambridge, Massachusetts based company analyzes photos posted on social media websites to get brand-related data. Brand-affiliation data helps corporations track the way consumers interact with their brands. Acquired by Yahoo for $1.1 billion, this would be the first major move by the social media platform that could affect its user base. While it is being promised that this partnership is in no way based on advertisements, data analysis of brand affiliation could very well trigger targeted advertising, if not now then in future!
Tumblr – Ditto deal:
Tumblr’s expected partnership with Ditto Labs essentially means that if you post a photo with a product, say your laptop, Ditto Labs will scan the photo to extract the brand details of that laptop. This brand recognition helps advertising companies in making better strategies of their campaigns. However, head of business development at Tumblr, T.R. Newcomb promises that no ad-related stuff will happen, “Right now, we’re not planning to do anything ad-related.”
The mighty FinFisher hacked!
One of the world’s most notorious surveillance software maker Gamma International’s FinFisher spyware has been hacked resulting in a 40GB file torrent on the interwebs. Gamma International UK Ltd is a British surveillance solutions maker that is world renowned for selling software to governments globally and helping them monitoring citizens. By exploiting the security lapses in anti-virus programs, FinFisher suite is designed to spy on a computer or mobile device without the user ever knowing about it. Earlier last year, University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab published an important report revealing that FinFisher had its command and control servers installed in around 36 countries! After getting much opposition by netizens and activists after Citizen Lab report, this hacked data further reveals information about this elusive cyber weapon used by governments to spy on their citizens.
Hacker announced on Reddit and Twitter about hacking this British-German company that exclusively sells surveillance tools to governments. The company is infamous for supporting some authoritarian states using the suite to spy on dissidents and activists, especially in the case of Bahrain turmoil where officials used the tool to monitor high profile activists. Here are the details as posted on Reddit by the hackers’ team:
Awaiting the Windows 9, Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 has become quite a fan favorite especially for those with a mouse and traditional keyboard. Albeit a large amount of Windows 7 users have been complaining since the release of Windows 8 for its lack of user friendliness and a dash of awkwardness that is usually felt maneuvering through the latest iteration of Windows. While things are expected to change with the next major Windows update in the shape of Windows 9, we are seeing some fantastic new Windows 8 themes to give your machine a completely new look. From night scenes of Budapest to icy-chill panoramas of Uppsala, Sweden and some artistic looking maps of Maryland and Alaska – you have got about everything here. Here are the links to these definitely eye-catching and quite serene Windows 8 themes. While the themes may have been advertised as Windows 8.1, you can enjoy it on any of your PCs.
Aircraft security at risk:
A security consultant has found out the vulnerabilities that enabled him to possibly hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through the inflight WiFi and entertainment systems. Scheduled to share the details of this research at the Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas this week, Ruben Santamarta is being waited for his presentation that could help change the aircraft security mechanism. Black Hat hacking conference is held every year with an aim to help improve cyber security measures and identify growing threats posed to various industries globally. If this possibility of having been able to hack satellite communications proves to be right at the conference, the research could gear start an strong shift of aerospace security.
Different Apple products’ launch dates are getting leaked today thanks to an insider source. We earlier reported that Apple is getting ready for a tentative iPhone 6 launch event in mid-September along with iOS 8. With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite aiming for a consistent platform and offering many similar features, one expected both the mobile and desktop operating systems to have a single launch event. However, turns out Apple is delaying the launch event of OS X Yosemite which will be a month later in October along with a new 12-inch Retina MacBook and an Apple 4K desktop!
Apple 4K desktop, Retina MacBook and OS X Yosemite
iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is set for a September launch event. On the other hand, the Mac OS X Yosemite is pushed a month ahead for October release according to sources. With Developer Previews coming every two to three weeks as planned, OS X Yosemite developers will receive a final Preview build on September 29th followed by a Golden Master build on October 10th, according to the sources close to 9to5mac. The site shares authoritative bits of Apple’s news and leaks and have previously correctly broken a few rumors.
Xiaomi finally unwrapped its much talked about beauty, the Mi 4, at a huge event earlier today. While the device is still not official for the United States and Europe, there are hopes that the Chinese favorite will get to the bigger markets too with its amazing features and a fighting specifications list. The smartphone is at par in terms of features with the other primary flagships that we usually talk about, however, what is the cherry of this features’ list is the Xiaomi Mi 4 camera! At 13 megapixel, the rear shooter uses a new Sony sensor that not only makes low-light photography a real charm, but also tackles with earlier issues of recording and HDR photography.
Xiaomi Mi 4 camera:
Xiaomi Mi 4 has launched today with a 13 megapixel primary shooter with a wide f/1.8 aperture. Xiaomi Mi 4 camera features a new Sony sensor IMX214 which is a BSI stacked CMOS sensor with a 1/3.06″. The new Sony
Automated homes seem to be next big thing nowadays. With the way investments and plans seem to be going right now, it seems that in the upcoming future we’ll be interacting with our homes the same we we interact with our smartphones. We already covered Google’s NEST in detail for you previously. With the technology Google is pursuing in NEST, pretty soon your house will set the temperature and wash your clothes before you’ve even entered your garage. Well Samsung doesn’t want to be left behind in the race either. According to techcrunch, Samsung is in negotiations to purchase SmartThings for a whooping $200 Million. The deal appears to be in its final stages as of yet. By bringing SmartThings under it’s wing, looks like Samsung is hoping to get ahead of Google’s NEST in the race for automated homes.
Fitbit is considered as the pioneer of fitness tracking producing gadgets in the shape of a wristband. Released earlier last year, Fitbit provides water-resistant Fitbit Flex wristband which tracks everything ‘health’ about you. While we are seeing more mass-centric wearable technology in the shape of Samsung Gear Live, LG G Watch, and expected Moto 360 and iWatch, Fitbit has remained the favorite of health conscious consumer market. In an attempt to make the wearable more fashionable – which is apparently swaying every tech company around – Tory Burch has officially launched her high-end accessory collection for the Fitbit Flex.
Tory Burch Fitbit Flex collection:
Announced on Tuesday, Tory Burch Fitbit collection brings a refreshed style to the usual unattractive concept of a fitness tracker. No more cheap rubbers or plastics, Tory Burch Fitbit comes more like a jewelry accessory than a fitness tracker. Tory Burch has worked with the company to release four accessories that “house” the Fitbit’s
Google’s introduction of a flatter, simpler Material Design philosophy will be integrated in a variety of tech giant’s products including Android L, Android Wear, Chrome OS, and desktop applications. In the similar attempt, we have already seen Google+, docs, and sheets receiving some transformation. This is in essence to introduce beautiful, small transformation over the coming months and not change everything overnight which could definitely irk the users. Today, a new tease is making rounds which shows off a leaked version of Android L Google Play Store looking all perfectly artistic and beautiful with some amazing artwork thrown in in the background.
The leaked Android Google Play Store images definitely have managed to give an immersive look and feel to the OS refresh. Coming in to match the Material Design concept, Android L Google Play Store is beautifully placing the content at the front with a card layout while pushing the design elements at the back, still managing to keep the design enhanced and beautiful.
Android L Google Play Store:
Succeeding the Android 4.4 KitKat, Android L 5.0, supposedly named as Android Lollipop, is the biggest change that Google is introducing since Halo. Announced at Google I/O this year, the company focused exclusively on the Material Design throughout the different product launches and upgrades. It was apparent, hence, that Google will deliver updates from time to time to gear start a shift towards a new design era.
Update: A slight clarification on my part. The screenshot only proves that the origin client is actively looking at the list of the programs recently run. Basically it shows that origin is aware of the files you have on your PC (that have been run).
[Report] A very interesting thread on the Reddit was sent to me by my colleague Tyler Roemhildt. It turns out that EA is snooping files aka spying on your usage habits via the Origin client. And it looks like this is more or less confirmed because Origin representatives claim “they are trying to get to the bottom of this”.
Origin Client is File Snooping – EA Representatives Start Investigating the Matter
Privacy is a very sensitive topic in the world of Internet and one of the biggest gaming clients spying in your usage habits is cause for concern. Now what exactly does “usage habits” mean? Well, from the looks of it, Origin is taking its merry time looking around the personal files on your computer, most probably when they are running, and this includes your browser as well. Now while we do not know whether it can spy on your browsing activity as well, the mere fact that it is accessing the browser process is discerning. Take a look at the screenshot posted by user drsniper121:
Google Maps version 3.2:
Google has released a new update for iOS Google Maps on the App Store bringing more features to the popular app. One of the most popular iOS apps on the Store, Google Maps enjoys wide success in the users due to the many features and ease of use it offers. Today’s update to iOS Google Maps brings more key details within the map view along with other features.
These details in the map view will make it easier for users to see important details without tapping more screens. Google Maps will include maps search results and their descriptions in the map view. Apart from that, Google Maps app will also show you the details to make a reservation or an appointment from the map view.
App will also have a new Explore setting allowing you to discover new places around you. The good thing is that