Jatin Mava joins me this week from digitalnexa.com and we have a hard drive full of things to talk about!
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Here are the show note and the links!
-this is a great phone.
-my last note was a 2 and the 7 is a whole different phone! Or is it a note?
-running latest Android and I love the ability to disable background uploads to reduce use of data and battery
-wireless charging and quick charging
-write notes on black unopened screen, wow!
153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm (6.04 x 2.91 x 0.31 in)
169 g (5.96 oz)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- IP68 certified - dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
- Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
5.7 inches (~78.0% screen-to-body ratio)
1440 x 2560 pixels (~518 ppi pixel density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Always-on display
- TouchWiz UI
Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), planned upgrade to v7.0 (Nougat)
Exynos 8890 Octa
Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Mongoose & 4x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) - single-SIM model
microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual-SIM model
64 GB, 4 GB RAM
12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, check quality
1/2.5" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec., check quality
5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR
Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
- 24-bit/192kHz audio
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Iris scanner, fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
- Fast battery charging
- Qi wireless charging (market dependent)
- ANT+ support
- S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
- MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.265 player
- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
- Photo/video editor
- Document editor
Samsung SUHD 163cm tv! 65inch 10499 DHS
-this thing is giant and heavy. I thought would I like this? Is it too much TV? OMG this is a home cinema! You watching netflix? DVD? Youtube get ready to take your life to a new level.
-I think this may be a money saver in the long term because why go to the cinema when you can be at home!
Range features 10-bit Quantum dot display with one billion colors SUPER Bright and lifelike!
KS9500 SUHD TV is the world’s first bezel-less curved TV
- Menu Language
- English & Local Languages
- 3D Converter
- 3D Sound
- 3D Technology
- Enlarge / High Contrast
- Additional decoders
- Analog Clean View
- Analog Tuner
- Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC)
- Audio Audio Features
- Dolby Digital Plus, DTS Premim Sound 5.1, Woofer, HD Audio
- Audio Out (Mini Jack)
- Audio type
- Dolby MS11
Realistic Viewing with Automatic Depth Enhancement
Flat images come to life for a surreal viewing experience with Samsung’s Auto Depth Enhancer. Your Samsung Curved TV will give you a greater feeling of depth by applying different levels of contrast enhancement to different areas and objects of the screen, making your entertainment more immersive and enjoyable. Cinematic shots of deep majestic valleys or mountain tops with sweeping panoramas seem even more breathtaking. You truly have to see it to believe it.
4 times the Full HD Resolution
Ultra HD viewing means you can see every intricate detail on the screen clearer than ever. Your Samsung UHD TV offers a resolution four times higher than Full HD, with accurate true-to-life colour. Enjoy a picture that’s optimised for even greater clarity and detail than you’ve ever seen before.
Samsung made big claims about this unit, “Our new SUHD TVs represent our singular focus on innovation that matters most to consumers, by providing the most true-to- life picture quality, with the most lifelike colors,stunning brightness and exceptional contrast. The immense response we received to our pre-order
campaign only goes to demonstrate the confidence that consumers have in Samsung SUHD TVs. The
exclusive content partnerships that we have on offer are primed to deliver our customers the very best
Well I think they nailed it.
New Smart Hub – The 2016 Smart Hub is designed to provide users with simple access to their
favorite content all in one place. Live TV, over the top (OTT), games and even the menu that appears
on the home screen of the Samsung Smart TV allows users to access their favorite programs as soon
as they turn on the TV.
Samsung Smart Control remote – The new Samsung Smart TV eliminates the need to juggle multiple remote controls. The Samsung Smart TV will automatically recognize the type of game
console, OTT box or home theater system that is connected to the TV. This allows users to control
such devices with the Smart Control remote — with no setup required.
Smart View – The Samsung Smart View mobile app allows users to share their favorite content
instantly with their family. The upgraded Smart View is now available beyond Samsung Galaxy
devices, supporting Android and iOS devices, as well as Window PCs.
Content Partnerships - Samsung is bringing premium VOD Player in the MENA region, with its vast
array of entertainment content to its Smart TV customers through a partnership with MBC SHAHID
PLUS. This collaboration offers viewers a choice of on-demand exclusive Arabic series, shows and
the latest Arabic movies through three months’ worth of a free-trial subscription of SHAHID SVOD.
Samsung also has a partnership with STARZ Play Arabia, the on-demand video streaming service
available across the Gulf region, to bring the latest 4K content to its customers. In addition to a wide
range of blockbuster Hollywood movies and the latest English and Arabic TV series, the partnership
will deliver 4K content in Arabic directly on Samsung Smart TVs for the first time in the region. The
range comes bundled with up to six months’ free subscription to STARZ Play. Customers only need
to launch the application to receive the STARZ Play voucher on their screens and redeem it.
Facebook teens only app!
The answer is Lifestage, a standalone iOS app for people 21 and under, which Facebook is launching today. It asks for your happy face, sad face, likes, dislikes, best friend, the way you dance and more, but instead of filling in this biography quiz with text, you shoot videos. Lifestage turns those clips you recorded into a video profile others can watch.
While technically anyone can download Lifestage, anyone 22 or older will only be able to see their own profile. That’s because it’s built for high-schoolers to learn more about their classmates. A quick swipe lets you block and report people, too,
in case anyone sketchy tries to creep on the kids.
To build Lifestage, Sayman tells me “I went back and looked at Facebook from 2004. At the time I was in second grade.” Thanks for making the rest of us feel old, kid. Back then, Facebook opened to your own profile, not the News Feed. Lifestage works similarly. You’ll see a bunch of bio questions you can answer with videos. The more you fill in, the more questions are unlocked.
In the feed you’ll see people from your school who have recently updated their profiles, which you can tap through to see specific answers, or swipe through to skip to different sections. To instill some gamification, people get ranked with higher levels if they’ve added more to their profile. You’ll also see a sunglasses-smile emoji by people who recently updated, while those who’ve let their profiles languish will show a frown or even the poop emoji.
There’s no way to contact people directly in Lifestage, since Sayman explains “my friends and I have a bajillion messaging apps we already use and love, so what’s the point of having another messaging app? It just seems annoying to me.” Instead, each users gets a “Reach Me” line of text that appears beneath their name, which could be used to show off their Snapchat or Instagram handle, or another piece of contact info.
Lifestage could capture the attention of teens that Facebook fears might slip away to Snapchat. When asked about Snapchat, Sayman said “I think of it like really great competition. They’ve got a great product and there’s a lot to learn…about how people have started to evolve the video space.” That said, he does note that his Instagram Stories are getting more than his posts on Snapchat.
The worry for Lifestage is that Facebook has a poor track record with standalone apps, having shut down Poke, Slingshot, Paper and Notify. Facebook clearly doesn’t see it derailing Snapchat, because Lifestage’s promotional materials include Reach Me text like “Snapchat me.” Oh, and Facebook launched it on a Friday afternoon, the least-read time for blogs. It’s almost like it’s not supposed to succeed on its own.
-Twitter and a quality filter?
Yesterday, Twitter rolled out a couple new enhancements that it says will “give you more control over what you see and who you interact with on Twitter” and help you “control your experience.” Two words that don’t appear in the announcement: “abuse” or “harassment.” But those are the underlying issues they’re trying to tackle.
The first change allows everyone to see only people they follow in their notifications and mentions:
Don’t want to see notifications from everyone? Starting today, everyone will have the ability to limit notifications to only people they follow on mobile and on twitter.com. Simply turn it on if you want to give it a go. If not, no worries — your individual Twitter experience will continue unchanged.
The second is a “quality filter” that was previously available to only verified users, who make up only about 0.06 percent of Twitter’s user base.
Turning on the quality filter can improve the quality of Tweets you see by using a variety of signals, such as account origin and behavior. When turned on, it filters lower-quality content, like duplicate Tweets or content that appears to be automated — it does not filter content from people you follow or accounts you’ve recently interacted with. Please note that the quality filter may also affect Tweets in other places outside of the notifications timeline, such as top search results and replies on Twitter.
Now, when the quality filter debuted for verified users last year, the in-app description was quite explicit about the fact that among its most significant purposes was removing “threats” and “offensive or abusive language”:
For months, Paris-based agency Buzzman has spent a lot of time thinking about flatulence.
The team was looking for "the smell of the perfect fart, the universal fart," says Buzzman's president and executive creative director, Georges Mohammed-Chérif. It created 20 to 25 sample odors designed to mimic the smell of someone passing gas. It even tapped perfumers -- referred to in French as "noses" -- to concoct it. This all culminated in an unusual product: a virtual reality mask to infuse the nasal passages with odor.
The mask has many potential future uses, but the first is for video game maker Ubisoft, which is using it to promote a "South Park" game that involves a character who farts a lot.
About a year ago, the independent ad agency launched a new department, Productman, for creating products. It has had success with that in the past; for Mondelez brand Milka, for example, it dreamed up chocolate bars with one square missing, giving people the option of sending the piece to a friend. Ten-year-old Buzzman, whose clients also include Burger King, Ikea and Chinese tech company Huawei, was Ad Age's International Small Agency of the Year in 2011.
Productman was freshly formed when Buzzman had a meeting with Ubisoft, the creator of "Assassin's Creed," "Far Cry" and other games. The company was creating a "South Park" video game, which featured existing characters but also a new one, a kid whose flatulence gives him superpowers. Passing gas can teletransport him elsewhere. The game is called "South Park: The Fractured But Whole," which makes more sense when you say it out loud.
Agency creatives "got it into their head to do something about farts," said Mr. Mohammed-Chérif, even though "in advertising, it's usually not recommended to do anything involving farting."
The winning idea was the mask, the first release from the Productman division. It's a sort of Oculus Rift for the nose, which the agency dubbed Nosulus Rift. Mr. Mohammed-Chérif says the agency consulted with the Oculus Rift team about the name and "they were a bit flattered that we were referencing them," given the "South Park" connection. (A news report appears to confirm this.)
The mask delivers puffs of odor when it detects an ultrasound signal coming from the game. The scent goes away quickly, and doesn't bother others.
To put the project together, the team tapped chemists, software engineers, industrial designers and professional "noses" more accustomed to creating perfumes. "I sniffed more than 1,000 farts before mixing the right odor," Isabelle Ferrand, a nose, says in a promotional video. Her team tried out odors including onion, cabbage and chorizo to come up with the formula, which it dubbed "Fart No. 3."
Samsung is knocking Apple out of the park BUT are they sexy?
iPhone is being used for sports photography! Cool
These days there is an algorithm for everything and depression is up there!
Andrew Reece at Harvard University and Chris Danforth at the University of Vermont published a paper that suggests that there is a correlation between color usage and mental state, as found in people’s Instagram photos. People who were depressed used filters and posted images that contained darker and grayer colors than those posted by those without the mental illness.
The super not interesting photo above shows two versions of the same image. The one on the left is the undoctored version. The one on the right is used with the filter Inkwell, which the study found was more frequently used by people who had depression.
“When depressed participants did employ filters, they most disproportionately favored the ‘Inkwell’ filter, which converts color photographs to black-and-white images,” Reece and Danforth said in the study. They also noted that Valencia was used more by non-depressed individuals, as it lightens photos.
Researchers signed on around 170 workers from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service that had Instagram accounts and asked them to complete a series of questionnaires, including a clinical depression survey. Researchers then chose 100 photographs for each user and asked people to rate them on a scale from 0 to 5 how interesting, happy, or sad the photos were. The photos were also objectively categorized by hue, saturation, along with likes and the number of faces in each.
In all, they found that increased hue and decreased brightness and saturation predicted depression. They also found that healthy and depressed individuals used filters differently (depressed people were found to less likely use filters at all).
The algorithm looked at images posted by 100 individuals and it was able to correctly identify 70 percent of those with depression. It did categorize people more as healthy, so it’s not perfect (but no algorithm is). It’s impossible to assign one characteristic to depression, since it arises differently in all afflicted. Even clinical questionnaires and medical professionals aren’t accurate 100 percent of the time. What the study did was find some similarities between those with depression and the way they post photos, so with this kind of accuracy, Reece and Danforth hope that they’ve found another signifier that people can use when seeing if someone has depression.
“More generally, these findings support the notion that major changes in individual psychology are transmitted in social media use, and can be identified via computational methods,” they wrote.
Tango is coming and that will change the way we use our phones to navigate!
But thanks to Tango, a location-sensing system that Lee is developing at Google, phones are about to get much more useful—especially when they’re indoors. In the works for nearly four years, Tango uses sensors, computer vision, and image processing to give phones a much better comprehension of space and motion. It is built on three core technologies: area learning, depth sensing, and motion tracking. Together, they allow Tango phones to learn, remember, and map areas around them; detect how far they are from the floor or a wall or an object; and understand where they are while moving in three-dimensional space. Tango can do this with centimeter-level accuracy, all without relying on external signals such as GPS, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth.
And because Tango makes devices so adept at understanding their position, it’s much more than the equivalent of indoor GPS. It will let phones interact with their surroundings or with virtual objects in novel ways. If you’re shopping for a new sofa, Tango-enabled apps from Lowe’s and Wayfairwill show you which styles will fit the space available and let you plop 3-D images into your living room to see how they would look. Need to measure a painting so you can frame it, or get the dimensions of a bureau so you can sell it online? Tango can use tracking and 3-D sensing data to calculate the dimensions of objects, no ruler or measuring tape needed. Bored? Fire upPhantogeist, a Tango game in which phantom-like aliens lunge at you from behind walls and under floors. Or launch Dinosaurs Among Us, an app from the American Museum of Natural History that relies on Tango. It lets you place dinosaurs around your house and see facts derived from the museum’s current dinosaur exhibit.
Compare that with Pokémon Go, which caused a craze on smartphones this summer even though its characters didn’t really interact with their environment in a realistic way. If Pokémon Go were on Tango, players would be able to approach the cartoon creatures and circle around them instead of just looking at them straight on, from a distance. The characters would appear larger when in close proximity and could be viewed from multiple angles. They would seem to be part of the landscape rather than hovering in the air.
Tango’s greater powers will lead to entirely new kinds of augmented-reality applications, says Blair MacIntyre, director of the Augmented Environments Lab at Georgia Tech. “Being able to scan the world on a smartphone opens up all types of possibilities, including apps that do things we researchers have only demonstrated in our labs, using really expensive equipment,” he says.
Chrome Apps fro Non Chrome operating systems are going bye bye