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Sony Reveals Xperia E5 Ahead of Planned Release on Facebook

For a couple of hours on Tuesday in a Facebook post, we could see Sony Mobile confirming its upcoming Xperia smart phone and the Xperia E5. As soon as the error was detected they immediately deleted the Facebook post saying that Sony may have revealed the Xperia E5 ahead of the planned release. In the Facebook post, Sony Mobile said, eager, effortless, and easy on the eye it s everything a smart phone should be. Say hello to your savvy new sidekick, Xperia E5.

Sony Reveals Xperia E5 Ahead Of Planned Release On Facebook

Unfortunately, the company has not given out any other details about the Sony Xperia E5. We can expect the Xperia E4 successor to pack mid-range specifications. GSMArena however points to a recent GFXBench listing of the Sony F3311, tipped to be the Xperia E5, with a 4.6-inch HD display, a MediaTek MT6735 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of inbuilt storage. As we recall, the Sony Xperia E4 ran on Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and it came with a 5-inch IPS LCD display with a qHD having 540 960 pixel display, It was powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor along with 1GB of RAM.

It came with 8GB of inbuilt storage that was expandable with the help of a microSD card. Besides all these, the other specifications of the Xperia E4 were that it had a 5-megapixel primary camera with LED flash, a 2-megapixel secondary camera, and also a 2300 mAh battery.

Sony Reveals Xperia E5 Ahead Of Planned Release On Facebook

In India the company has started pre-registrations for the Xperia X and Xperia XA smart phones. Customers who are interested can now sign up on the company s India website. The advantage of signing up now is that they will be the first ones to get all the details of the new Sony Xperia X and XA, that is its launch offers and its cost. It is expected that the company will announce the cost of the Sony Xperia X and Sony Xperia XA smart phones few days before its release.

LG Launches "Friends" Companion Devices for G5 Smartphone, Lineup Includes VR Goggles

Posted Wed May 25, 2016 at 12:30 PM PDT by 1 LG Launches "Friends" Companion Devices For G5 Smartphone, Lineup Includes VR Goggles

The smartphone companion products are now available. LG has announced the release of its “Friends” companion devices for the G5 smartphone. The lineup includes the LG CAM Plus2 ($70), LG 360 CAM3 ($200), LG 360 VR4 ($200), and LG TONE Platinum5 ($200).

“The LG ‘Friends’ make the G5 so much more than any other phone on the market. It is the future of smartphone technology, but available today,” said Morris Lee, President of LG Electronics Mobile USA and Head of North America Mobile Business. “With the updated online destination, we are offering our customers yet another way to take advantage of unique LG innovations from the G5 modular design to the removable battery feature found in the G4 and V10.”

LG Launches "Friends" Companion Devices For G5 Smartphone, Lineup Includes VR Goggles

The LG CAM Plus6 is a camera module designed to attach to the G5 smartphone, adding a comfortable grip and physical buttons for power, shutter, record, and zoom along with a battery LED indicator and an embedded battery. Meanwhile, the LG 360 CAM7 is a compact 360 degree angle camera that can be connected to the G5 through Bluetooth and the LG Friends app, letting customers capture 360 degree photos and videos. Next up, the LG 360 VR8 is a virtual reality goggle that can plug into the G5 to view VR content and simulate a 130-inch TV viewed from two meters away. Finally, the LG TONE Platinum9 is a premium headset with noise canceling dual microphones, support for 24-bit audio, and Bluetooth with the aptX HDcodec.

The LG Friends are now available in the US from mobile carriers, retail locations, and the expanded LG online store. Additional LG Friends devices, including companion products from third party developers, will also be released in the coming weeks and months. Source: LG

See what people are saying about this story10 in our forums area, or check out other recent discussions11.

References

  1. ^ (www.highdefdigest.com)
  2. ^ LG CAM Plus (www.amazon.com)
  3. ^ LG 360 CAM (www.amazon.com)
  4. ^ LG 360 VR (www.amazon.com)
  5. ^ LG TONE Platinum (www.amazon.com)
  6. ^ LG CAM Plus (www.amazon.com)
  7. ^ LG 360 CAM (www.highdefdigest.com)
  8. ^ LG 360 VR (www.highdefdigest.com)
  9. ^ LG TONE Platinum (www.amazon.com)
  10. ^ See what people are saying about this story (forums.highdefdigest.com)
  11. ^ other recent discussions (forums.highdefdigest.com)

Apple hires mobile encryption pioneer amid encryption debate

Jon Callas joined the company from Silent Circle earlier this year

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Apple has rehired a mobile encryption pioneer as it continues to face pressure from governments wanting access to user data stored on iPhones.

Jon Callas most recently worked as a co-founder of Silent Circle, which produced the security-minded Blackphone and has joined the iPhone and iPad maker in an undisclosed capacity, Apple revealed to Reuters1. Callas is a veteran of the security industry who also co-founded PGP Corporation. He first worked at Apple from 1995-1997, then again from 2009-2011. He has two patents to his name from that second stint that are both focused on full-disk encryption, something that Apple uses in its smartphones, tablets and computers. His hiring comes as Apple puts more emphasis on encryption, especially with a recent set of lawsuits brought by the FBI seeking to force the company to unlock iPhones so law enforcement can access their contents.

It’s unclear what Callas will be doing at Apple exactly, but it seems likely that he’ll be working on encrypting the company’s products. His recent experience at Silent Circle, which makes encrypted messaging apps and smartphones, will likely come in handy there. His Linked In profile doesn’t list the company he is working for but says of his current job, “I’m not interested it talking about it.

But I’m doing it, and I like it.”

Security is something Apple has used to market its devices to consumers, and improving those features for iPhones and iPads will help the company’s ability to pitch its devices to security conscious consumers.

Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment by press time.

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Morning briefing: Nokia in talks with Indian telcos for 5G trials3

India has not completely rolled out 4G connectivity across India, but this hasn t stopped Nokia from setting up meetings with Indian telecom operators to start trials of next generation 5G network.

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HPE to spin out its huge services business, merge it with CSC4

The tax-free deal will create a new company with $26 billion in annual revenue

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Study reveals only 1 in 6 drivers want fully-autonomous vehicles5

Drivers also fear becoming motion sick in self-driving cars

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References

  1. ^ Apple revealed to Reuters (in.reuters.com)
  2. ^ MORE LIKE THIS (www.cio.in)
  3. ^ Morning briefing: Nokia in talks with Indian telcos for 5G trials (www.cio.in)
  4. ^ HPE to spin out its huge services business, merge it with CSC (www.cio.in)
  5. ^ Study reveals only 1 in 6 drivers want fully-autonomous vehicles (www.cio.in)
  6. ^ VIEW ALL NEWS (www.cio.in)

Pebble Core wants to untether fitness from your smartphone

Hot on the heels of its Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 announcements1, the company has also taken the covers off its first GPS-capable wearable and the first device that doesn’t live on your wrist. Instead, the Pebble Core is an iPod Shuffle-esque wearable that is designed to clip onto your clothing using a built-in magnetic clip. It’s 3G-capable, too, and is targetted predominantly towards runners and fitness enthusiasts who don’t want to carry their smartphone with them. Even music is packed into the tiny Pebble Core thanks to Spotify integration. You can either pop a Micro SIM in and use its 3G capabilities to stream music while on the move, or download offline playlists to the 4GB of built-in storage. You can use the built-in Wi-Fi instead if taking out another data plan just for a fitness wearable isn’t for you. Combined with the GPS mapping, this covers most of the running essentials meaning you can leave your bulky, cumbersome smartphone at home. As for connecting your headphones, you can either use the 3.5mm headphone jack or, better yet, connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones for a truly distraction-free run.

All of the GPS and running data, which includes mapping, distance and pack, will work happily with most of the popular running services include Google Fit, Under Armour Record and Strava. As there’s no screen on the device, if you want a readout of your on-the-go running information, the Core will work with Pebble watches to display your current speed, distance and other useful metrics. You’ll still get some of these readouts as verbal cues in your ears if you don’t have a Pebble watch.

Pebble Core Wants To Untether Fitness From Your Smartphone

All of the GPS and running data, which includes mapping, distance and pace, will work happily with most of the popular running services include Google Fit, Under Armour Record and Strava. As there’s no screen on the device, if you want a readout of your on-the-go running information, the Core will work with Pebble watches to display your current speed, distance and other useful metrics. You’ll still get some of these readouts as verbal cues in your ears if you don’t have a Pebble watch. Unlike the wrist-worn new Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2, there’s no heart rate monitoring. The Core isn’t just for runners, however, even if that will likely be the largest market. The Core is geared towards developers, too, as an SDK will be available to develop extra functionality. The Core is built on Android 5.0, which should make it approachable for developers as it functions essentially as a compact Android computer. There’s a programmable button that apps can tap into, and examples Pebble has given include the ability to track pets, call for an Uber or unlock your car. There’s a microphone built-in, too, so you can use it to record voice notes.

Pebble Core Wants To Untether Fitness From Your Smartphone

Pebble has rated the Core’s battery life as long enough for five days worth of 45-minute workouts while streaming music and using the GPS. The Core will also support wireless charging for added convenience. Personally, I think the Core sounds like a great idea for avid runners. Having to carry a smartphone in an armband or waistband is often cumbersome, so being able to get the basic functionality you need to successfully record a run and keep yourself entertained, all combined in a small package, sounds like it’s the perfect companion.

Related: See all our favourite smartwatches and fitness trackers2

The Core, like the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2, is being funded on Kickstarter3. Early backers can get a lower price of £69 + shipping at the moment, increasing to £79 + shipping after the initial 5,000. Pebble has said the Core will have a retail price of £99 when it is properly released, so either price will get you a discount for being an early backer. Notably, this is less than you would spend for a similarly music-capable fitness wearable, like the TomTom Spark (Music + Cardio)4, which also lacks Spotify integration.

The Core isn’t expected to ship until at least January 2017, so there’s a bit of a wait and as usual, delays can and will happen. Pebble having had two successful large-scale campaigns at least has a lot of experience so here’s hoping we see all of their devices sooner rather than later.

References

  1. ^ Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 announcements (www.expertreviews.co.uk)
  2. ^ See all our favourite smartwatches and fitness trackers (www.expertreviews.co.uk)
  3. ^ Kickstarter (www.kickstarter.com)
  4. ^ TomTom Spark (Music + Cardio) (www.expertreviews.co.uk)

Apple To Use LG G5 "Dual-Camera" Tech For iPhone 7

Apple To Use LG G5 "Dual-Camera" Tech For IPhone 7

The iPhone 7 Plus Will Implement LG G5 Imaging Technology, According To Analysts

Apple will apparently use LG for the dual-camera technology inside its upcoming iPhone 7 Plus models. I can t say I blame them either; the LG G5 s camera is bloody superb1 and was easily one of my favourite features of the phone when I tested it a couple of months back. But why the switch to LG at the 11th hour? Apple had commissioned Sony to build the camera units for its upcoming iPhone 7 range. However, Sony is now said to be struggling with the demands placed on it and this has resulted in Apple seeking an additional source (LG) for camera units as well, which means, if true, that BOTH Sony and LG will be making units for Apple s iPhone 7.

News of the last minute addition to Apple s iPhone 72 build comes via Nomura Securities, which said the following, according to 9to5Mac:3

We think Sony may not be able to deliver its full share of dual cameras to Apple due to: (1) lower-than-expected yield, and (2) damage to its production facility from the April earthquake in Kumamoto. As a result, we think LGI will gain majority share of the initial dual camera orders from Apple; hence, we upgrade to Buy.

This is great news for LG and even better news for iPhone fans because the LG G5 s dual-camera unit was utterly superb, offering a depth of field previously impossible on phones. Apple will not use the same unit though; it will be tinkered with and updated and brought in-line with the iPhone s internal spec. This should not be cause for concern, though, because Apple has a solid track record with its cameras, which have just got better and better with each new iteration. Additional reports have also confirmed that Apple will bring OIS to the standard iPhone 7 models as well.

Previously this technology was reserved for the more expensive — and better — Plus models. This year, however, the differentiating factor will be the dual-cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus models. And that by itself is quite a USP, indeed!

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References

  1. ^ the LG G5 s camera is bloody superb (www.knowyourmobile.com)
  2. ^ Apple s iPhone 7 (www.knowyourmobile.com)
  3. ^ according to 9to5Mac: (9to5mac.com)
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