Meizu MX4 Smartphone Gets Official

Meizu MX4 is now official, and we have all the details on Meizu’s latest high end Android smartphone.
The Meizu MX4 is equipped with a 5.36 inch full high definition display that has a resolution of 1920 x 1152 pixels, the handset is powered by an eight core MediaTek MT6595 processor and comes with 2GB of RAM.

For storage, the MX4 comes with a choice of either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of included storage, the handset also comes with front and rear facing cameras.

On the front of the Meizu MX4 is a 2 megapixel camera, on the back of the handset is a 20.7 megapixel camera with a dual tone LED flash, the device is also equipped with a 3100 mAh battery.

For connectivity the MX4 comes with 4G LTE, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS and a barometer, the handset comes with the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

The Meizu MX4 will be available in three colors, white, gold and grey, the 16GB will set you back $293, the 32GB $325 and the 64GB $390, the device is available to pre-order from today, and you can find out more information at the link below.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Video: Mercedes AMG GT To be Unveiled on September 9th

The new Mercedes AMG GT has been teased by Mercedes Benz for some time, and now the company has announced that the new AMG GT will be made official next Tuesday the 9th of September.
The Mercedes AMG GT is the replacement for the SLS AMG, we have already seen the engine, and also some teaser shows of this new supercar from Mercedes.
Now Mercedes has released a new teaser video for the new Mercedes AMG GT, and we get a quick look at the car, although it is shown with camouflage.
The Mercedes AMG GT will come with a 4.0 litre AMG V8 Bi-turbo engine, which will give the car over 500 HP, it is lighter than the previous model and it is also expected to be faster.
Full details are coming on the new Mercedes AMG GT when it is made official next week, including some photos, and we are looking forward to seeing the final design.
Source Autoblog

Reddit AMA App For iOS Launched

The Reddit AMA app has been available for some time, and now Reddit has launched the app on Apple’s iOS platform. The Reddit AMA app for iOS lets you keep up to date will all of the latest Ask Me Anythign interviews.
The app is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and it will work with devices that are running Apple’s iOS 7.0 and above, you can see some of the features of the app below.
Discover “Ask Me Anything” interviews with everyone from movie stars to astronauts in the official AMA app from reddit.
• Keep up to date with all the latest AMA interviews
• Ask a question when someone is marked as ACTIVE
• Get notified when popular AMAs are trending
• See every answered question in an easy-to-read format perfect for mobile
• Vote questions and answers up and down to help prioritize the best content
• Explore diverse topics like Entertainment, Science and Politics
The Reddit AMA app is available as a free download from iTunes, you can find out more details about the application over at Reddit at the link below.
Source Reddit

Netflix Now Lets You Privately Share Shows With Friends

Netflix has announced a new way for you to share content with your friends, you can now use Netflix’s new social recommendation feature to share TVs show with your friends.
You can now share TV shows with your Facebook friends, although the content you share will not appear on Facebook, it will only be shared with your friends that you have selected.
You know that feeling when you’ve watched something really great, something that moves you or makes you laugh, and you immediately think of someone else who would love it too? It’s the feeling of wanting your friends and family to enjoy the show just as much as you did.
Starting today, we’re launching our new social recommendation feature that allows you to easily, and privately, recommend the shows you love to the people you care about.
This new sharing feature for Netflix will be available on the iPhone, iPad, the Sony PS3, Xbox and a range of smart TVs and other set top box devices, you can find out more details over at Netflix at the link below.
Source Netflix

Windows 9 Teased By Microsoft China

Microsoft China has teased Windows 9 on Weibo, with the photo above, along with a post which talked about the start menu, the post has now been removed from Weibo, although you can see the text that was posted with the photo below.
“Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?”
This ties in with the rumors that Microsoft will be making Windows 9 official on the 30th of September, the company is expected to make an early preview of the new version of Windows available to developers later this month.
Microsoft are expected to launch a more unified platform with the next version of Windows, which will make apps compatible on smartphones, desktop and laptops and tablets and more.
Source The Verge

Cortana Takes On Siri In Latest Microsoft Ad

Microsoft recently announced that Cortana would be coming to the UK shortly, the company has been featuring Cortana in the adverts, and now the latest one takes on Apple’s Siri.
Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone commercial puts Cortana up against Siri again, the last video showed us some of the things that Cortana could do that Siri couldn’t, the latest video is a little different.
Microsoft is obviously hoping that their latest advert will help them sell more Windows Phone devices, as you can see the video features the new HTC One M8 for Windows Phone, which we suspect is going to be a popular device.
It will be interesting to see how Microsoft develops Windows Phone, sales of the handsets have been dominated by Nokia Lumia devices previously, Microsoft now owns the Nokia mobile business, which it is calling Microsoft Mobile.
We are looking forward to seeing more Windows Phone devices from other manufacturers, the new HTC One M8 for Windows Phone is a step in the right direction, although Microsoft needs to convince more handset makers to start producing Windows Phone handsets.
Source The Verge

LG Swarovski OLED TV Announced

Samsung just announced a new Swarovski smartwatch, and now LG has decided to add some Swarovski crystals to one of their TVs, with the launch of the LG Swarovski OLED TV.
LG will be showing off their new LG Swarovski OLED TV at IFA in Berlin this week, the TV comes with a curved OLED display, and we suspect it could be even more expensive that the standard model.
LG’s OLED TV offers unrivalled visual precision thanks to the company’s advanced pixel-dimming system and the inherent advantages of OLED technology. Viewers can see every pixel come alive and will enjoy the incredible realism of sharp, natural colours and infinite contrast ratio. A singular product that combines the best of technology with the best of design, the luxurious LG CURVED OLED TV with Swarovski crystals glitters and shines in more ways than one.
“We are excited to showcase this one-of-a kind TV — our first collaboration with designers from Swarovski — to visitors at IFA,” said Hyun-hwoi Ha, president and CEO of LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “The epitome of luxury and refinement, Swarovski crystals and LG’s premium OLED TV complement each other perfectly. The crystals help to create an aesthetic that is, quite simply, gorgeous, while our OLED technology ensures a level of picture quality that is every bit as stunning as one could imagine.”
Source LG

Samsung Gear S Gets Some Swarovski

Samsung recently announced their latest smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S, and now the company is announcing another version of the device, this one comes with some Swarovski crystals.
The Swarovski Samsung Gear S features a new watch strap with Swarovski crystals, and the company will launch the device in October.
“One of the key aspects in wearable devices is providing diverse options for consumers to freely express their own taste and style,” said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, IT & Mobile Division at Samsung. “Our ongoing collaboration with Swarovski as demonstrated in the new Gear S Strap, allows us to stay ahead of trends and on the cutting-edge of design and style.”
“Samsung and Swarovski share a commitment to bringing high-quality, highly desirable products to the consumer market,” said Christoph Kargruber, Executive Vice President Global Marketing, Swarovski Professional. “Together we will continue to write the success story we began with the ‘Swarovski for Samsung’ collection.”
As yet there are no details on how much this new Swarovski Samsung Gear S will retail for, you can find out more details about the device over at Samsung at the link below.
Source Samsung

iPhone 6 To Get New Mobile Payments With Visa And Mastercard

Apple is expected to introduce a new mobile payment system with the iPhone 6, over the weekend there were rumors that Apple had teamed up with American Express for mobile payments on their new iPhone.
And now according to a recent report by Bloomberg, Apple has also teamed up with Visa and Mastercard for their iPhone 6 mobile payments.
Apple are said to introduce NFC with their new iPhone 6 later this month, this will be used for their new payment system which will also be used in conjunction with Apple’s TouchID fingerprint sensor.
Apple are expected to launch the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 and also the new Apple iWatch at their press event on the 9th of September, the company is also rumored to launch a 5.5 inch iPhone 6 which will appear later in the year.
The new iPhone 6 is expected to come with a range of updates over the existing model, which will include a new faster, 64-bit Apple A8 processor, more RAM and we are also expecting to see a new model with 128GB of built in storage.
The handset is also said to include a new version of Apple’s TouchID fingerprint sensor, which is said to be more accurate and durable than the current version. The iPhone 6 is rumored to launch in stores on the 19th of September.
Source Bloomberg
Monday, September 1, 2014

Nike+ Running App Announced for Samsung Gear S

Samsung appears to be on the right path with its new Samsung Gear S smartwatch. Not too long ago, the Korean company signed a deal with Nokia to bring the HERE maps navigation service to the Galaxy handsets as well as the Samsung Gear S smartwatch.
It appears that it is not just Nokia, Samsung has also partnered with Nike to bring the Nike+ Running app to Samsung Gear S when it launches in October.
“Nike+ Running has changed the way people experience sports. It motivates runners to run further, faster and more often by tracking their activity, celebrating their progress, enlisting personalised coaching, challenging their friends and sharing runs with their entire social network. The integration with the Samsung Gear S allows more runners to join the Nike+ community and enjoy the benefits of this great service.” – Adam Roth, Vice President of Nike Global Running Brand Marketing.
The good thing about the Samsung Gear S is that it can work without pairing with a smartphone, and comes with 3G connectivity on board. It seems Nike is planning to make use of this functionality to offer Gear S users with the ability to measure different fitness related metrics using the Nike+ Running app.
The app will use 3G connectivity to track user’s progress, display real-time statistics, steps taken, and map the runs without the need of pairing it with a smartphone.
Source: SamMobile

MSN Messenger to end in october after 15 years

Microsoft launched MSN Messenger, now called Windows Live Messenger 15 years ago, and now the company has announced that the messaging service will shut down in October.
Microsoft purchased Skype a while back, which can also be used as a messenger as well as for video calls and voice calls, so the company has no real need for MSN Messenger any more.
Back in 2009 MSN Messenger has around 330 million users, this has declined over the last few years, with many people using Skype instead. Messenger has still be popular in China, the service launched there back in 2005, although Microsoft faced competition from Chinese rivals.
Last week, users of MSN Messenger in China, received emails from Microsoft, letting them know that the service would shut down on the 31st of October, and people who still use the service will be transferred to Skype.
Source BBC

How to Prevent Rust From Destroying Your Used Car or Truck

Rust is the silent killer that can send your truck to an early grave or destroy its resale potential; here are a few tips on how to identify, prevent, and treat rust.

Trucks endure more heavy-duty abuse than any other commercially available vehicle on the road, yet more often than not, it’s a mere chemical reaction that sends these lumbering mechanical beasts to an early grave.

But it isn’t just any chemical reaction that can take down the most durable of heavily, or lightly used trucks alike; it’s what we non scientific-types call rust.

A chemical reaction, you say?

Rust is a general term for the oxidation caused by the electrochemical breakdown of iron-based metals. Rusting occurs when molecules on the surface of an iron-based metal react with oxygen and produce a new molecule called iron oxide.

Iron and steel carry with them the potential to be completely reduced to iron oxide, given enough time or exposure to oxygen. So unless your car is in outer space, rust is something you need to be vigilant with if you intend to own that truck for more than a few years.

How fast does rust eat through these metals?

If untreated, raw sheet metal can rust right though within a handful of years. Pure iron doesn’t oxidise as quickly as modern manufactured metals, where rust makes lunch out of the chemical impurities within metal alloys at a molecular level.

But due to a number of factors, iron isn’t ideal for truck manufacturing and other engineered metal alloys are used in its place. These alloys while more susceptible to rust also provide a number of structural benefits such as their flexibility, tensile strength, and ability to be shaped during the manufacturing process.

How can I identify rust?

In order to identify rust, it’s important to understand the diverse variety of ways rust can manifest itself on a used truck.

Rust is typically broken down into three types; surface rust, scale rust, and penetrating rust.

  • Surface rust is an easier fix, as it can be treated topically, and with little effort. It tends to precipitate through surface damage, nicks, scratches and dents.
  • Scale rust goes a little deeper, as alloy thickness at varying points, surrounding environment, and temperature all play a role in uneven exposure to oxidising factors. This process inconsistently corrupts the metal surface, while reducing its strength and flexibility.
  • After prolonged exposure to oxidising elements, steel becomes brittle iron oxide and penetrating rust holes begin to form.

Rust can be identified quite easily, as a bright red coating to metal is pretty obvious, as are holes. However, often times rust grabs hold of a truck in ways unseen to the eye.

In these cases it is important to be aware of the symptoms of rust; driving over a puddle, when suddenly the carpet on the floor of the cab of your truck is wet –or rippling in truck paint, is often when rust is tucked away under cover.

These hidden forms of rust cause the most problems because they often go untreated until it’s too late, and you’re seeing holes.

How do I treat rust?

Just like a cancer, simply get rid of it. Cut it out, sand it off, sandblast it, or use chemicals.

Mechanical scraping, sanding, or rigorously applying steel wool to rust will shed it off the body of your truck, while chemical baths of phosphoric, sulphuric, hydrochloric, or oxalic acids can all work to remove rust from metal. You can also heat it up with a flame to make it gently powder off like dust.

What about rust prevention?

Rust can be costly to remove and repair, so an ounce of prevention could save your truck, and preserve its value for resale. Keep an eye for any abnormalities in paint, and be sure to get all areas not visible to the eye treated with rust-proofing chemicals, such as the under body and frame of your truck.

We suggest regular rust spot-checks, and annual “rust proofing” to ensure that your truck stays free and clear of rust damage.

The Idiot’s Guide to Kevlar

Kevlar is a trademarked name for an extremely tough material that acquires its strength from its spider web-like “aramid” weaving.

Kevlar was first created in 1965 for Dupont by Stephanie Kwolek and Herbert Blades, and it is a precarious material; the aramid weaving process will turn a liquid into a solid like magic, and creates fibres which are incredibly difficult to corrode.

These fibres are also resistant to heat and have no melting point. Yet, get a little chlorine on it, and it can degrade. Strange, hmm?

In addition to being extremely resilient for the most part, Kevlar is also quite light, and has rubber-like qualities. These factors lend Kevlar to being a powerful multipurpose product; the lightness and strength of the material makes it ideal for bulletproof vests.

Modifying Kevlar into something else

Modifying it with additional treatments and different weaves can allow it to be used in brake pads, replace Asbestos, and be implemented in other forms of body armour in addition to bulletproof vests. When modified ever so slightly, it becomes another proprietary product called “Nomex”, which is a flame retardant.

The different ‘flavours’ of Kevlar are mostly numbered; the flagship Kevlar mentioned above isn’t, and as mentioned, it’s rubber-like.

However, the other two popular types of Kevlar; Kevlar 29, and Kevlar 49, both subsequently have different properties.

Kevlar 29 emulates a fabric-like quality, whereas Kevlar 49 is extremely firm and strong and can be used to manufacture products which require great strength and tolerate high velocity and shock.

Not bad for being a distant relative of nylon.

Whether you’re being shot at with bullets, or a hurricane is throwing boards through your house like a hot knife through butter –you’ll benefit from using Kevlar fabric over just about any other material required for safety.

Near Indestructible

Kevlar isn’t completely indestructible, but it’s very near to being so.

It can be pierced, and it can buckle, but only under very specific circumstances. But what super hero doesn’t have their Kryptonite? The reason for this, and the reason it doesn’t replace metal is because it doesn’t compress very well. It breaks under extreme crushing pressure.

But where it lacks in pressure handling, it makes up for by being tensile; almost 8 times as tensile as metal!

Kevlar is different than anything that exists in the natural world, and it, along with that second-cousin Nomex, are poster children for the family of chemicals called aramids, which is short for synthetic aromatic polyamides.

But what the heck is that? Synthetic who in the what now?

Synthetic simply means it was made out of chemicals in a lab, very much unlike say, cotton. Aromatic means Kevlar’s molecules are similar to benzene: they have a ring like structure.

Polyamide means those molecules band together and form long chains. They run inside, around, and parallel to the Kevlar molecules and hold it all together. Sort of like we use steel rods inside cement pillars of a building, or your bones integrate with your body and its muscles and organs.

Lastly, a polymer is made of a whole bunch of monomers; molecules that are all identical, and bond together. Poly. Mono. Get it? No? Think plastic. It’s one of the most common polymers out there, and it’s all around you. It’s probably one of the greatest inventions in the modern air?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Press Render Leaked

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is one of the most eagerly awaited device of the year. Samsung has teased the device on a number of occasions in the past.
Rumors suggest the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will take some design cues from the recently announced Galaxy Alpha, and we’ve seen that in a few leaked images as well. Recently, a press render of the alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has surfaced, which shows an almost similar device as we’ve seen in leaked images before.
The press render carries the same wallpaper which was leaked before. The render popped up on Android Authority’s inbox from an anonymous source. It could be fake, but it looks quite similar to the images we’ve seen in the past. Even if it’s fake, it do give us a good picture of how the upcoming device may look like.
The alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is said to come with a 5.7-inch display sporting a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. As always, the handset is expected to come in two versions: one powered by a Snapdragon 805, while the second one will feature Samsung’s Exynos 5 process (Exynos 5433).
Other rumored features include 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage with a microSD card slot, fingerprint sensor, 16MP camera for photos and videos, and should run Android 4.4 KitKat as its operating system.
Samsung has scheduled an event on September 3rd where the company is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 4. 
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Nvidia Shield Tablet Gets A Big Update

Nvidia’s Shield tablet may be one of the best tablets available in the market, especially for gamers who want a high-end tablet running Google’s operating system.
Recently, Nvidia pushed an update for the Nvidia shield tablet, which should reach you as we speak. The update doesn’t bring any exciting new feature, but focuses on a handful of bug fixes and enhancements.
The update improves the performance of the camera, as well as WiFi stability in certain scenarios. Additionally, the Shield Hub and Gamestream are improved as well. For those of you who don’t know, Shield HUB give Nvidia Shield users the ability to discover Shield-optimized games from the Google Play Store. It’s not just the discovery, users can also use it to stream PC games over the internet to their Shield tablet.
Here’s a complete list of features and enhancements introduced in the latest update for Nvidia Sheild:
  • Improved WiFi stability in certain scenarios
  • Improved camera performance
  • NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle
  • Stability improvements to SHIELD Hub and Gamestream
  • ShadowPlay performance optimizations
  • Localization improvements
  • Audio optimizations
  • Misc. stability improvements
Keep an eye on the notifications area of your tablet, or update it manually from Settings. 
Source: Nvidia
Saturday, August 30, 2014


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