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Samsung is using a prototype to demonstrate this, at a recent in France. We do not have crazy specs, the tablet runs a Quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC though that may change with the Snapdragon 805 soon. People from Qualcomm say that they are confident enough that such tablets will exist and ship by end of year 2014.
12 inches in laptop category and with a 4K resolution on it, we get a tonne of more real estate. The question would be what new stuff we get. Does this news make you see a new era of tablets?
This news came in just after PayPal gave a heads up to the press, asking them to make it public about a security breach that gave access or probably compromised a lot of private data to the hackers that stole an entire database full of encrypted passwords.
“eBay Inc. said beginning later today it will be asking eBay users to change their passwords because of a cyberattack that compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data,” the company said in a statement. “After conducting extensive tests on its networks, the company said it has no evidence of the compromise resulting in unauthorized activity for eBay users, and no evidence of any unauthorized access to financial or credit card information, which is stored separately in encrypted formats. However, changing passwords is a best practice and will help enhance security for eBay users.”
Cyber attacks know no border, specially after sophisticated ones like the heartbleed, it’s best to act immediately.
Oppo, a chinese manufacturer of mobile phones has brought some exceptionally built Android Smartphones like the Find 5 and N1. A Forum post by an Indian was answered by a representative, Adam:
We’re in the process of setting up a local branch in India to provide our Ofans with support in OPPO stores and make their brand experience even better. Stay tuned for an official announcement coming soon!
If you’re unaware, Oppo N1 is the company’s long awaited latest offering – with a 1920 x 1080p display and a 3160 mAh Battery. The N1 also has a touch sensitive back panel and a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset with a 1.7 Ghz Quad Core CPU.
The Oppo N1 is expected to launch in India at Rs. 35,900.
Google has agreed to pay a hefty $17 Million for unauthorized tracking of software on Apple’s safari web browser. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the agreement on Google’s “unauthorized placement of cookies on computers using Apple Safari Web browsers during 2011 and 2012.
A Google spokesperson confirmed the agreement and said in a statement: “We work hard to get privacy right at Google and have taken steps to remove the ad cookies, which collected no personal information, from Apple’s browsers. We’re pleased to have worked with the state attorneys general to reach this agreement.”
Google has agreed and acknowledged the issue saying that they respect user security and would keep a better check on such activities.
Microsoft today finally announced their second generation Surface and Surface Pro Windows-powered tablets, which are by no means iPad competitors, instead alternatives similar to the popular Nexus line.
The Surface 2, successor to the Surface RT, runs on Windows RT 8.1 and comes with a 10.6-inch FHD display, a 1.7GHz quad core Tegra 4 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of expandable storage, USB 3.0 capabilities, a 5MP rear snapper, 25% more battery life than its predecessor as well as being built out of Magnesium and coming with Office RT pre-installed. It will start at $449 for the 32GB model.
The Surface Pro 2, succeeds the Surface Pro, running on Windows 8.1 Pro, this powerhouse packs a 10.6-inch FHD display, a 1.6GHz dual core Core i5 processor with either 4GB or 8GB of RAM, between 64GB and 512GB of expandable storage, USB 3.0 support and loads more. The Surface Pro will start retailing at $899 for the 64GB model with 4GB of RAM. Dedicated accessories include a desktop docking station.
Both tablets will come with 200GB of SkyDrive cloud storage for a period of 2 years as well as free international and WiFi calling via Skype for a period of one year. Neither of which are bad deals. It seems that Microsoft is taking a stab at Google’s Chromebook market instead of the Apple iPads, which may pay off since the next generation of iPads are rumoured to launch sometime in October. The two new Surface tablets go on sale on October 22.
Do you think Microsoft’s second try will not be a complete failure as their firsts or does Redmond have what it takes to give it the marketshare it so desperately wants?
Scrolling through recent patents from the Cupertino giant, I came across an interesting one; a patent describing a secondary wearable device that connects to your primary device to process voice commands and access a wide range of services. What makes it interesting is the mention of it being a wrist watch.
As competition between Google and Microsoft escalates, both parties seem to be resorting to dirty tricks to disadvantage the other.
Earlier this week Microsoft was fined close to a billion dollars by European authorities due to antitrust concerns, and according to the Financial Times Google was the one that tipped the EU off about Microsoft’s activities. The European Commission is punishing Microsoft for supposedly bullying consumers by not offering them a choice between their browser and those of competitors.