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Sep 17, 2014

iPhone 6 Unboxing [Video]

Since the launch of the first iPhone, Apple has included a color picture of the device on the box. With the launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus they seem to take another route. The front cover of the box has a an embossed picture that looks like the iDevice inside and that's about it.

As usual, the sides have the Apple logo and iPhone and the back has all the technical specs of the device. Opening the box you will not see a new layout. The same booklet complete with stickers and the Sim tray cover opener tool. Apple starts selling the new devices as soon as Friday morning. Millions of users worldwide will be able to get them shipped to their doors. The iPhone 6 starts at $199 (€153)  and the iPhone 6 Plus is going to cost $100 more for somewhat similar specs but a larger screen.

Apple customers pre-ordered over 4 million devices in the first 24 hours since it was put on sale. Now Apple suppliers or manufacturers are having a hard time keeping up with the demand for the new models. The new phones also run iOS 8. We have seen it showing up in everyone's Settings. app menu so you might have already tried that.

iPhone 6 Unboxing
Image credits to T3

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Windows 9 Will Support Unlimited Activations on Same Hardware

In addition to the many new features and slight interface changes that Microsoft is making to Windows 9, the company is also pondering some tweaks under the hood that could improve the experience you get with the new operating system.

According to new information coming from Russian Windows leaker WZor, who has a pretty really good track on revealing details about upcoming Microsoft projects, the software giant could change the way the activation system works in Windows 9 in order to provide users with more control of their license. One of the biggest changes that Windows 9 could bring is an unlimited number of activations on the same hardware, so in case you purchase a license, you can activate it on your computer as many times as you want. Microsoft hasn’t obviously disclosed any details on this new activation system, but more will be provided on September 30 during a dedicated press event.

Transfer your license easier to another PC

In addition to unlimited number of activations on the same hardware, Windows 9 will also come with some changes in terms of new PCs with the same license, so if you purchase a new computer and want to use your old license, that shouldn’t a problem. At this point, the number of installations is limited to three when it comes to different hardware configurations, but Microsoft is reportedly pondering a change in this regard to make sure that users would be capable of transferring the operating system from one computer to another faster. License tweaks will also be implemented in order to make it possible for computers running an older version of Windows to be updated to Windows 9 free of charge. At this point, however, it’s not yet clear who exactly is going to be allowed to get Windows 9 at no cost.

New anti-piracy tech

Last but not least, we’re also hearing that Windows 9 could come with new anti-piracy systems, including new code that would help the company prevent pirated copies of the new software from spreading all over the web. Details are scarce at this point, but the company clearly needs to address the piracy issue with some new protection systems, but it remains to be seen how hard it would be for crackers to break into the operating system and find a way around its protection system. The preview version of Windows 9 will come out on September 30 or a few days later, while the stable build is expected in April 2015 or even earlier.

Windows 9 will come with more powerful activation systems to reduce piracy

iOS 8 is out! Here's How to Get it if You are a Beginner or an Advanced User

iOS 8 is the latest and greatest operating system for iPhone and iPad. Apple has improved a lot since iOS 7. They've kept the same design, but the new features are pretty awesome. Unlike other software providers, Apple makes it easy for everyone with an eligible device to update.

Basically all you have to do is push a button on your phone. However, before you do that, there are some things you might want to consider some things. The easy way, for beginners is to back-up their iPhone or iPad to iCloud. Just by connecting to a WiFi network your device can do that by itself. After that, go to Settings - General - Software Update and have fun with it. Advanced users, you probably know what you have to do, but it doesn't hurt to follow this basic checklist.

Back-up your device

We know iCloud does it for you, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Make sure your last iCloud back is done just before the update and then connect the device via USB cable to your computer, open iTunes and back it up to the computer as well. Dropbox is a good way to back-up your photos so make sure to install the app and let it automatically upload your photo library to your Dropbox account. While you are connected to WiFi, open all the apps that upload content online. Simplenote, Wunderlist or other apps that need to sync to their servers have to perform that operation before the update. In case something goes wrong you have your appointments and notes in the cloud.

You may want to also back-up your text messages and calendar entries, just in case. Note that if you want to install iOS 8 straight from the phone's Software update menu you need to have more space available than usual (about 5-6GB). This is required because iOS needs to download the full firmware and then install it on the device itself. You will regain your space after the update is done. To make it easier, just connect your iDevice to iTunes via USB and hit the update button.

Clean install

If you are an advanced user you know the benefits of a clean install. Just wipe your device from all the apps and settings and install iOS 8 without the restore from back-up. So why the whole back-up thing? Well, some of the apps need iCloud to work properly. For example, you need to have an iCloud account back-up for your Calendar, but you can live without your text messages. We know it's a big hassle to rearrange your apps in folders and go through all the settings, but your phone is gonna work like a brand new one. Also, you can get rid of some of the apps or stuff you used to store in some folders on your iPhone. In order to do a clean install, you need to download your firmware from Apple's servers or torrents and then open iTunes and press option (shift) + Restore. At the end of the process click to set-up your iPhone as a new one.

There are two things to consider when doing a clean install: all your photos will be gone (see the back-up advice) and your carrier may charge you to activate FaceTime to your number. The standard fee is about 12 Euro cents in Europe.

Do you really need to update to iOS 8?

iOS 8 brings a lot of new, awesome features, but for some of you it may also mean a slower device. iPhone 4 will not even update to iOS 8 and iPhone 4s is at the end of the line. All apps will feel slow and some of the device itself will take longer to boot. If you have jailbreaked your iPhone or iPad and you want to keep it that way do not update to iOS 8. Otherwise you will loose the option to jailbreak. Also, make sure to stay away from iTunes. It may update your iPhone without even knowing. However, in 2014 with iOS 8 installed, there's less (if any) need for a jailbreak. All the major issues with the iOS that were covered by Jailbreak tweaks are now solved. One last thing: make sure your iDevice has some battery in it. You will be playing with it tonight :)

iOS 8
Image credits to Apple

UMi Zero’s 6.4mm Thinness Puts the iPhone 6 to Shame

Before the advent of the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet had been deemed to be the thinnest in the world. It came with an anorexic frame of 0.25 inches / 6.4 mm and a beautiful waterproof design.

Well, if tablets can get that sleek, there’s nothing standing against smartphones adopting the same svelte frame, right? In theory, yes, but most manufacturers often concentrate on improving battery life rather than slimming down their handset. Surely, it doesn’t mean we’re not seeing exceptions to the rule, like in the case of the Gionee GN9005, which has been shown in leaks to be a crazy 5mm / 0.19 inches thin.

UMi has an amazing smartphone in the pipeline

The next smartphone we’re going to talk about isn’t as sleek as the Gionee, but it’s close nearby. You might remember that Chinese manufacturer UMi has teased the UMi Zero smartphone. While nothing too official has been made available, reports coming from sources familiar with the matter have been talking about the phone’s fast charging and great metallic build quality. And the latest leak concerning the Zero phone is an image depicting the smartphone alongside the iPhone 6, Meizu MX4, and Xiaomi Mi4. Of the four handsets, the UMi Zero is shown to be slimmest, with a 6.4-inch / 0.25-inch frame, which shows some class to the above-mentioned competitors, reports GizChina.

The UMi Zero has a thinner profile than Apple's latest

The iPhone 6 stands at 6.9 inches / 0.27 inches, while the Meizu MX4 and Xiaomi Mi4 both feature an 8.9-inch / 0.35-inch profile. All the smartphones mentioned above sport a metallic body, so that’s probably why they are compared in the image. Apart from being super sleek, the handset will take advantage of one of Samsung’s 5.5-inch Super AMOLED full HD displays that delivers 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, with a Corning Gorilla Glass III protective layer on top. The smartphone will be kept in motion by a pretty decent 3000 mAh battery, which should ensure that the handset lives a respectable life cycle.

Even as the first specifications of the UMi Zero smartphone look pretty promising, we still have no idea what the device will actually look like. However, the OEM did tease the model in a photograph showing a very squareish-looking model. The image says “Coming soon,” so the launch of the new device is probably not far away from us. Watch out, Xaiomi and Meizu, some tough competition is coming your way soon.

UMi Zero compared to other metal smartphones

UMi Zero preliminary specs

UMi Zero teaser
Images credits to GizChina

New OPPO N3 Picture Leaks Showing Totally Different Design, Coming October 29

A couple of days ago, a bunch of leaked images showed us the face of OPPO’s upcoming flagship device, which will go by the name of N3.

Like its predecessor, the N1, the upcoming N3 is expected to arrive with a rotating camera, which was visible in the images that made their way online. However, a few days later, the story seems to be changing a little bit. A new image of the OPPO has surfaced, showing the top half of the phone’s backside (as spotted at Soyacincau). And, surprise surprise, instead of the tube-looking swiveling bulge thar lived on top, the new OPPO N3 will come with a flat head with slightly curved edges, similar to the N1. The swiveling camera is still onboard, it’s just not what we saw a few days ago.

Granted, the first batch of images didn’t seem all that plausible, so in all likelihood this is how the OPPO N3 will end up looking. Anyway, in related news, OPPO has started sending out invites to the press for a media event scheduled to start on October 29. So we have the date for when the new OPPO N3 will be rolled out into the wild. The launch will take place in Singapore.

Latest leaked photo showing the OPPO N3

Invitation to the OPPO event scheduled for the end of October

Close-up on the latest OPPO N3 leaked image

Older press render of OPPO N3
Images credits to SoyaCincau

Samsung Exynos 5433 64-Bit Exists, but the Galaxy Note 4 Will Only Run in 32-Bit Mode

Samsung launched its latest flagship Galaxy Note 4 phone at IFA 2014 a few weeks ago, and the handset has been said to be running on an Exynos 5433 chip (although Samsung has been quite restrained with the details).

However, a piece of leaked source code reveals that the processor is actually an ARMv8/64-bit chip. All that is nice and nifty, but it appears that, inside the phone, the chip will run only in 32-bit mode. Or at least only for the time being.

Samsung Exynos 5433 detailed

Anyway, for those of you who are curious about the technical specifications regarding the Exynos 5433 chip, here they are. The SoC includes four 1.3GHz Cortex A53 cores, four 1.9GHz Cortex A57 cores, plus an all-new Mali-T760 GPU (as seen at Sam Mobile). The new chip takes advantage of the familiar big.Little blueprint, with the Cortex A53 cores (which are successors for the Cortex A7) being utilized for less demanding tasks, while the Cortex A57 cores (successors of the Cortex A15) take up the more power-hungry endeavors. The CPU inside is based on a 20nm process and comes bearing a list of benefits that bring about improved power consumption, power efficiency, and higher performance.

The Mali-T760 GPU is capable of supporting up to 16 cores, although the latest information available to us reveals that the graphics card will probably end up supporting only half of that number, each clocked at 700Mhz. Samsung might be saving up the 16-core version for future smartphones, such as the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy Note 5. Previously, ARM said that the Mail-T760 GPU would be comparable in performance with NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 processor, but they were probably referring to the 16-core version. The GPU comes equipped with support for the latest OPENGL ES 1.3 graphics API, and once Samsung upgrades the Galaxy Note 4 to Android L, the Android Extension Pack for enhanced graphics will probably be making an appearance too.

How come the Galaxy Note 4 will run a 32-bit chip?

As we mentioned above, for the time being, the chip inside the Galaxy Note 4 will run in 32-bit mode only, even if the possibility of running in 64-bit mode exists. Why did Samsung choose the 32-bit scenario? Well, it might be that the Note 4 will make a debut in the wild with Android 4.4 installed onboard and not Android L, which is the only version of the OS capable of sustaining 64-bit platforms.

Another possible reason is that the US version of the Galaxy Note will run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, which is a 32-bit ARMv7 chip, so Sammy wanted to homogenize its offerings. For the time being, both theories make sense, but we’ll have to wait and see which turns out to be the true one.

Samsung Galaxy Note to run on a 32-bit Exynos 5433
Image credits to Samsung

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