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    Apple is holding its iPad event on October 30

    There will not be another mini. I think the iPhone Xs Max takes that place. Mac Mini refresh is really needed though. Not everyone wants or needs a notebook or all in one. I have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse waiting in my music room isvwaiting for it.
  3. patseguin

    Apple is holding its iPad event on October 30

    Yes, I would hold onto the Pencil. Plenty of time, and no use wasting your time returning it if there is no need. In regards to the restocking fee, like I said, I've gotten mine waived/credited to my account by calling customer service. You can also do it through their Chat feature. There's a chance of a pencil 2 coming, so maybe he should return that also.
  4. Vivo was the first, and now hundreds of Chinese brands already have such devices in the market, including the recently released Huawei Mate 20 Pro. That said, so far all of these companies have been using optical based sensors, and Samsung will be the first to use the much more secure ultrasonic based variant. interesting. thanks. did not know that
  5. What is the point in having their own app store? They would have to start from scratch, look what happened to the MS phone because of lack of apps. If Samsung is going to do that then they may as well come up with their own OS as well, but since they can not even put a skin on their phones with out it being bloated, I would not like to see an OS produced by them. You got several things completely wrong in just few sentences. Number One: Samsung phones use mostly Android and App Store would not be started from scratch as apps are already there...Number Two: Samsung already has their own OS called Tizen, used on their phones in selective markets like India and on their Smart Watches, possibly TVs too. Number Three: It is clear that either You haven't used anything Samsung's Android related in the last couple of Years or You haven't used it at all. Samsung's "skin" over Android has come a long way since Android 2.3. They are far from a perfect company, but get Your facts straight. Read what sagum posted again. which was This is the chance that Samsung has (or rather should have) been waiting for. They could launch their own phones with their own app store. As i said there would be no point as they would have to start from scratch if they abandoned the google play store and they are not going to do that. | if Tizen was that good then it would not just be in countries like India, they would bring it to other countries, which just proved the point I said earlier, As for the skin,, the only reason it seems better is because phones are more powerful, but a GUI should not have to use so much resources. While EMUI on Huawei phones are not perfect, it still works pretty good on lower powered phones and at least it is pretty close to Android. To be honest, I do not know why phone producers have to change the way things work and have to put different skins on. That is not what you claimed, You said that they needed to start from scratch and they will fail just as Microsoft did because there are no apps but You neglected that there are alternative stores to Play store around the world which operate just fine by offering apps available at Play Store and apps available only on those markets. Play Store does not exist in China and nevertheless the Android market is thriving there with 3rd party stores and no Google in sight (https://www.techinasia.com/10-...stores-china-2014-edition)" rel="external nofollow">https://www.techinasia.com/10-...s-china-2014-edition)" rel="external nofollow">https://www.techinasia.com/10-...s-china-2014-edition)" rel="external nofollow">https://www.techinasia.com/10-...stores-china-2014-edition)" rel="external nofollow">https://www.techinasia.com/10-...-stores-china-2014-edition) You also claimed that Samsung has to develop their own OS but the reality is that Tizen has been around for more than half a decade, whether it is good or not was not in Your original claim nor it has any connection to the subject at hand. I assumed you did not use Samsung's "skin" in the last several years and it seems I was correct. Take any of their lower end phones from few years back and You will not find anything that will hamper You experience. In fact people going from Samsung to other manufacturers often wish for the same functionality their "skin" offered. That's the thing, no one is going to be starting from scratch, as I said, the OS is still Android, all the apps will run just the same, you're only switching to a different store for distribution, and developers would only have to make a few minor tweaks to change from Google services to any open alternatives or use services from others like amazon, ms, fb and so on. Heck, right now, lots of games on android give you the option to either log in with your play store/google account or use your facebook account. Also many apps would just have to swap off of googles ad service to someone else, but then again I don't know if that's eve the case since apps on other platforms can use googles ad service without issue. Long story short, it would actually make android more like the PC in the sense that you'd have the option to buy apps/games from multiple stores. Right now for example I buy games from either Steam or GoG, the core code for the games is all the same, just minor changes between the two backend services the different stores support. Wonder how they will entice developers? Otherwise those alternative app stores will die. Lets say Samsung teamed up with Microsoft or Amazon for cloud services for example, to provide an open (source) Store front. The store would be in the cloud, as is Google's Play Store. The store front would be preloaded onto Samsung handsets in Europe, in effect giving the majority of the Android users immediate access to the Store. Since Samsung is the leader by far for Android devices in Europe, it'd be in the developers best interest to support an alternate store front or miss out on Europe. Fanboyism is a thing, and people will be very reluctant to move away from Samsung just to get access to the play store if they can use a different Store front end and gain access to the same content. How would it work and how would it keep users aligned with the new Store front? The Open Store Front could simply have accounts setup for it, with a backend API connecting different stores, much like how Linux uses repositories to compile applications from different locations. Right off the bat, you could support Amazon's own android store front, just as you can install those same apps from the Amazon Store app on any existing Android device already. Developers could support amazon, or publish their own directly to a another 3rd party store repository and have it linked in to the backend with developer login at the open store front. Sure it'd take a bit of jiggery, but all the Android software are just apk files anyway. If we're worried about Google play service integration, it wouldn't take long for an open sourced alternative, and compatible version to be rolled out. Again, services via API with what ever option you want to use rather than being locked down to Google... The mentality that you can't do it because it's all locked to Google is exactly why the EU has setup antitrust against them. As it stands, developers don't have another way to do anything. In the same way YouTubers didn't have any other means, with a fairy quick rush of people moving over to twitch when it was viable. If a market leader like Samsung takes the chance and embraces it fully with an open store front, and not a closed system for Samsung only, then they'll continue to thrive and Europeans will gain a lot from it, and if Samsung rolled that out world wide in one shot. That's a heck of a lot of android users immediately on the platform that developers WILL have to take notice of. Unfortunately, because of the ever more push from China with increasingly better hardware and cheaper prices, Samsung might feel it needs, or has to try and lock down a store and take a cut of the revenue because it's going to be the only way it'll be able to make any money, and it's the same reason why Google wants Play store on devices. Well as I said way above, good luck with that. Managing multiple stores for the same app is a b***h.
  6. Hammering square pegs into round holes, again.... RIA Novosti.... Twitter translated...
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  8. I don't care what it's called. I just want a decent Android One phone that's not 6". 4.7" would be perfect, but that seems out of question. 6.1 Plus in Europe, please
  9. The main point of flip phones was that the speaker and mic were precisely at your ear and mouth, that would be like 3" when it's folded, not like this phablet!
  10. Copernic

    SMPlayer 18.10.0

    SMPlayer 18.10.0 by Razvan Serea SMPlayer intends to be a complete front-end for MPlayer, from basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support for MPlayer filters and more. One of the most interesting features of SMPlayer: it remembers the settings of all files you play. So you start to watch a movie but you have to leave... don't worry, when you open that movie again it will resume at the same point you left it, and with the same settings: audio track, subtitles, volume... Other additional interesting features: Configurable subtitles. You can choose font and size, and even colors for the subtitles. Audio track switching. You can choose the audio track you want to listen. Works with avi and mkv. And of course with DVDs. Seeking by mouse wheel. You can use your mouse wheel to go forward or backward in the video. Video equalizer, allows you to adjust the brightness, contrast, hue, saturation and gamma of the video image. Multiple speed playback. You can play at 2X, 4X... and even in slow motion. Filters. Several filters are available: deinterlace, postprocessing, denoise... and even a karaoke filter (voice removal). Audio and subtitles delay adjustment. Allows you to sync audio and subtitles. Advanced options, such as selecting a demuxer or video & audio codecs. Playlist. Allows you to enqueue several files to be played one after each other. Autorepeat and shuffle supported too. Preferences dialog. You can easily configure every option of SMPlayer by using a nice preferences dialog. Possibility to search automatically for subtitles in opensubtitles.org. Translations: currently SMPlayer is translated into more than 20 languages, including Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese.... It's multiplatform. Binaries available for Windows and Linux. SMPlayer is under the GPL license. SMPlayer 18.10.0 changelog: The internal code for YouTube now supports resolutions up to 4K. The support for age restricted videos has been fixed. Download: SMPlayer 18.10.0 (32-bit) | Portable | ~40.0 MB (Open Source) Download: SMPlayer 18.10.0 (64-bit) | Portable View: SMPlayer Website Get alerted to all of our Software updates on Twitter at @NeowinSoftware
  11. Really? I mean if it was the iPhone then sure, but it's the new iPad Pro. The most niche product in their already stagnant tablet offering.
  12. Having a rear mounted fingerprint reader is news now?
  13. Essentially, cargo ships would become remotely operated drones. In principle, the "crew" could be in Nebraska, Siberia, hiking in the Andes, or in orbit. Space News... Rolls-Royce developed this concept for bridge operations of remote cargo vessels with Finland's VTT Technical Research Centre. Credit: Rolls-Royce
  14. Actually, I found both the last two games rather fun - and I played them both PRIOR to upgrading to my current desktop's hardware. The last game, though, ventured heavily into "how many ways I can toy with CELL" territory - but considering how much I hated/loathed/despised CELL, I didn't mind that too much. (Look at the Crysis 3 thread and my comments therein.) I would not mind seeing them re-launch on Origin at cheap prices. If you already own the games on Steam, you may be able to redeem your steam key on origin for free. A lot of the EA games let you do that.
  15. You need to know the supply before you can really calculate the demand. apple may of only made say 500 xs’s but 1m xr’s, so until you know the supply numbers this is really meaningless
  16. US companies are usually not constituents of the EU... You clearly missed the point. Google charging $40 to the device manufactures is a consequence of incompetent EU politicians creating more barriers and regulations in the tech industry that doesn't serve any purpose other than being a "gesture" that the politicians are "trying" to do something. The $40 fee being charged to manufacturers will inevitably end up being paid by residents of the EU, aka the constituents. Glad to help you understand macoman's comment! I see things diffrentlly, this gives Google's rivals a big incentive to look for alternatives to Google's products and services, expect the likes of Amazon to take full advantage of this. Amazon is worse than Google, ask anyone who's had a Blackberry with apps purchased on Amazon. They are ridiculous.
  17. Vivo was the first, and now hundreds of Chinese brands already have such devices in the market, including the recently released Huawei Mate 20 Pro. That said, so far all of these companies have been using optical based sensors, and Samsung will be the first to use the much more secure ultrasonic based variant.
  18. Just crazy glue your smart phone to the lid of an old flip phone. Done.
  19. The screen in not the problem. The circuit board behind it is.
  20. Huawei might. Sadly, the other three stopped innovating a long time ago and are just dragging along in the mobile race, trying not to get disqualified.
  21. What is the point in having their own app store? They would have to start from scratch, look what happened to the MS phone because of lack of apps. If Samsung is going to do that then they may as well come up with their own OS as well, but since they can not even put a skin on their phones with out it being bloated, I would not like to see an OS produced by them. You got several things completely wrong in just few sentences. Number One: Samsung phones use mostly Android and App Store would not be started from scratch as apps are already there...Number Two: Samsung already has their own OS called Tizen, used on their phones in selective markets like India and on their Smart Watches, possibly TVs too. Number Three: It is clear that either You haven't used anything Samsung's Android related in the last couple of Years or You haven't used it at all. Samsung's "skin" over Android has come a long way since Android 2.3. They are far from a perfect company, but get Your facts straight. Read what sagum posted again. which was This is the chance that Samsung has (or rather should have) been waiting for. They could launch their own phones with their own app store. As i said there would be no point as they would have to start from scratch if they abandoned the google play store and they are not going to do that. | if Tizen was that good then it would not just be in countries like India, they would bring it to other countries, which just proved the point I said earlier, As for the skin,, the only reason it seems better is because phones are more powerful, but a GUI should not have to use so much resources. While EMUI on Huawei phones are not perfect, it still works pretty good on lower powered phones and at least it is pretty close to Android. To be honest, I do not know why phone producers have to change the way things work and have to put different skins on. That is not what you claimed, You said that they needed to start from scratch and they will fail just as Microsoft did because there are no apps but You neglected that there are alternative stores to Play store around the world which operate just fine by offering apps available at Play Store and apps available only on those markets. Play Store does not exist in China and nevertheless the Android market is thriving there with 3rd party stores and no Google in sight (https://www.techinasia.com/10-...s-china-2014-edition)" rel="external nofollow">https://www.techinasia.com/10-...stores-china-2014-edition)" rel="external nofollow">https://www.techinasia.com/10-...-stores-china-2014-edition) You also claimed that Samsung has to develop their own OS but the reality is that Tizen has been around for more than half a decade, whether it is good or not was not in Your original claim nor it has any connection to the subject at hand. I assumed you did not use Samsung's "skin" in the last several years and it seems I was correct. Take any of their lower end phones from few years back and You will not find anything that will hamper You experience. In fact people going from Samsung to other manufacturers often wish for the same functionality their "skin" offered. That's the thing, no one is going to be starting from scratch, as I said, the OS is still Android, all the apps will run just the same, you're only switching to a different store for distribution, and developers would only have to make a few minor tweaks to change from Google services to any open alternatives or use services from others like amazon, ms, fb and so on. Heck, right now, lots of games on android give you the option to either log in with your play store/google account or use your facebook account. Also many apps would just have to swap off of googles ad service to someone else, but then again I don't know if that's eve the case since apps on other platforms can use googles ad service without issue. Long story short, it would actually make android more like the PC in the sense that you'd have the option to buy apps/games from multiple stores. Right now for example I buy games from either Steam or GoG, the core code for the games is all the same, just minor changes between the two backend services the different stores support. Wonder how they will entice developers? Otherwise those alternative app stores will die. Lets say Samsung teamed up with Microsoft or Amazon for cloud services for example, to provide an open (source) Store front. The store would be in the cloud, as is Google's Play Store. The store front would be preloaded onto Samsung handsets in Europe, in effect giving the majority of the Android users immediate access to the Store. Since Samsung is the leader by far for Android devices in Europe, it'd be in the developers best interest to support an alternate store front or miss out on Europe. Fanboyism is a thing, and people will be very reluctant to move away from Samsung just to get access to the play store if they can use a different Store front end and gain access to the same content. How would it work and how would it keep users aligned with the new Store front? The Open Store Front could simply have accounts setup for it, with a backend API connecting different stores, much like how Linux uses repositories to compile applications from different locations. Right off the bat, you could support Amazon's own android store front, just as you can install those same apps from the Amazon Store app on any existing Android device already. Developers could support amazon, or publish their own directly to a another 3rd party store repository and have it linked in to the backend with developer login at the open store front. Sure it'd take a bit of jiggery, but all the Android software are just apk files anyway. If we're worried about Google play service integration, it wouldn't take long for an open sourced alternative, and compatible version to be rolled out. Again, services via API with what ever option you want to use rather than being locked down to Google... The mentality that you can't do it because it's all locked to Google is exactly why the EU has setup antitrust against them. As it stands, developers don't have another way to do anything. In the same way YouTubers didn't have any other means, with a fairy quick rush of people moving over to twitch when it was viable. If a market leader like Samsung takes the chance and embraces it fully with an open store front, and not a closed system for Samsung only, then they'll continue to thrive and Europeans will gain a lot from it, and if Samsung rolled that out world wide in one shot. That's a heck of a lot of android users immediately on the platform that developers WILL have to take notice of. Unfortunately, because of the ever more push from China with increasingly better hardware and cheaper prices, Samsung might feel it needs, or has to try and lock down a store and take a cut of the revenue because it's going to be the only way it'll be able to make any money, and it's the same reason why Google wants Play store on devices.
  22. Copernic

    CrystalDiskInfo 7.8.2

    CrystalDiskInfo 7.8.2 by Razvan Serea CrystalDiskInfo is a HDD/SSD health monitoring utility. It displays basic HDD (also SSD and USB-HDD) information, monitors S.M.A.R.T. values and disk temperature. It will also display the S.M.A.R.T data as a list so you can see the specific issue that a hard drive may have. It provides a health rating based on your drive’s SMART status, plus will list its temperature, enabling you to see just how hot your drives are running. As various factors approach thresholds of danger, CrystalDiskInfo will alert you, letting you know it's time to make backups while you still can. CrystalDiskInfo 7.8.2 changelog: Improved Realtek SSD support Fixed Graph Fixed crash on w/o SSE2 environment Built with Visual C++ 2017 Update 8 Download: CrystalDiskInfo 7.8.2 | 3.8 MB (Freeware) Download: Portable CrystalDiskInfo 7.8.2 | 4.6 MB View: CrystalDiskInfo Home Page Get alerted to all of our Software updates on Twitter at @NeowinSoftware
  23. PsYcHoKiLLa

    FileZilla 3.38.0 RC1

    Your "Other Operating Systems" links goes to the previous version (3.37.4). It also isn't really required, the main download link provided shows other operating system versions anyway.
  24. No, no, no! Burn it with fire!
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