Apple TV 4K

Apple;

Apple today introduced the new Apple TV 4K designed to deliver a stunning cinematic experience at home. With support for both 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR), Apple TV 4K features unbelievably sharp, crisp images, richer, more true-to-life colors, and far greater detail in both dark and bright scenes. With Apple TV 4K, viewers can enjoy a growing selection of 4K HDR movies on iTunes. iTunes users will get automatic upgrades of HD titles in their existing iTunes library to 4K HDR versions when they become available. Apple TV 4K will also offer 4K HDR content from popular video services, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, coming soon.

Apple TV 4K pricing;

  • Apple TV 4K 32 GB: $179 (US)
  • Apple TV 4K 64 GB: $199 (US)
  • Apple TV (4th generation) 32GB: $149 (US)

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Apple;

Apple today announced a new generation of iPhone: iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The new iPhone features a new glass and aluminum design in three beautiful colors made out of the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, Retina HD displays and A11 Bionic chip, and is designed for the ultimate augmented reality experience. The world’s most popular camera gets even better with single and dual cameras featuring Portrait Lighting on iPhone 8 Plus, and wireless charging brings a powerful new capability to iPhone. Both devices will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, September 15 in more than 25 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, September 22.

The design still looks the same but most of the changes are made under the hood.

  • Glass and aluminum materials
  • Retina HD displays
  • A11 Bionic chip
  • iPhone 8 improved 12-megapixel camera
  • iPhone 8 Plus features dual 12-megapixel cameras
  • Wireless charging
  • Augmented Reality

iPhone X

Apple;

Apple today announced iPhone X, the future of the smartphone, in a gorgeous all-glass design with a beautiful 5.8-inch Super Retina display, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging and an improved rear camera with dual optical image stabilization. iPhone X delivers an innovative and secure new way for customers to unlock, authenticate and pay using Face ID, enabled by the new TrueDepth camera. iPhone X will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, October 27 in more than 55 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, November 3.

That $999 price tag will surely turn off potential buyers, though it’s just $69 higher than the Note 8.

Dates to remember regarding Apples’ latest products

Here’s a quick-list on the dates that you need to remember regarding the new Apple products.

iPhone X

  • Pre-order starts on Friday, October 27 in more than 55 countries
  • Will be in stores Friday, November 3

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

  • Pre-order begins this Friday, September 15 in more than 25 countries
  • It will be in stores beginning Friday, September 22

Apple Watch Series 3 – It will be available in stores on the 22nd of September, Friday

Apple TV 4K

  • Pre-order starts this Friday, September 15, 2017
  • It will be in stores beginning Friday, September 22

Apple Special Event

Apple;

Join us here September 12 at 10 a.m. PDT to watch the keynote, the first-ever event at the Steve Jobs Theater.

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Samsung Sees Its Best Note Preorders with the New Galaxy Note8

Samsung;

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today that more people in the U.S. have purchased the Galaxy Note8 than previous Samsung Note phones during the same time period. Introduced on August 23, the Galaxy Note8 — featuring the largest ever screen in a Note device, an enhanced S Pen1, and the world’s first smartphone with two 12MP rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses — will be available in stores on September 15.

Credit to Samsung for keeping the brand alive!

No, the Galaxy Note 8’s face recognition can’t be fooled by a photo

Josh L., writing for SamMobile;

Last week, a video started making the rounds online claiming that the Galaxy Note 8’s face recognition feature can be fooled by a photograph—and guess what? It can’t. Seriously. We tried it for ourselves and were unable to generate the same result.

The last part of the article;

While we can’t offer up an explanation as to why some news outlets were able to trick their handset with an image, we can honestly say that we weren’t. We’ve reached out to Samsung for an explanation and will update this post if/when we hear back.

This means it’s not an isolated case. This kind of inconsistency in the facial recognition, should not happen, specially with a smartphone with a more than $900+ price tag.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s Facial Recognition unlocks using a Selfie

Mel Tajon, confirms that the unit that he used is a demo unit at Best Buy, which bring us to this question; which facial technology will consumer get with their $900+ Note 8, crappy version or a good one?

Also my take away in this video is that the Note 8’s display is so good that it mimic’s real life. 🙂

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Now Official

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Here are the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note8;

  • 6.3-inch SuperAMOLED display, squared-corner, resolution 1440 x 2960 in 18.5:9 aspect ratio, @521ppi
  • Processor: Exynos 8895 Soc, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Android 7.1.1
  • Internal storage: 64GB with a microSD expansion slot up to 256 GB
  • USB-C port
  • Camera Rear: Dual Camera
    • Wide-angle: 12MP AF Dual Pixel(F1.7), OIS
    • Telephoto: 12MP AF(F2.4), OIS
  • Front: 8MP AF(F1.7)
  • NFC, MST
  • LTE Cat. 16
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
  • Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
  • IP68 Dust and Water Resistance
  • S-Pen
  • Bixby Virtual assistant
  • Dimension: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 195g
  • Battery: fast-charging 3300mAh battery, supports wired and wireless charging
  • Color: Midnight Black and Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue

The Note 8 will be available in three colors; Midnight Black and Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue. The phone will be available in stores beginning September 15, 2017, and Samsung is already accepting pre-orders today, August 24, 2017. An unlocked Galaxy Note8 will be available for $929.

Nikon officially announce the D850

Nikon D850 will be available in September 2017, with a retail price of USD3,299.95 or around Php168,370

Nikon;

Primary Features

1.An effective pixel count of 45.7 megapixels and a new backside illumination Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor

The D850 is Nikon’s first digital SLR camera to be equipped with a backside illumination CMOS sensor. Together with the camera’s low-noise performance, this enables it to achieve a maximum standard sensitivity of ISO 25600 (with expansion up to Hi 2, ISO 102400 equivalent) despite its high pixel count, with incident light more effectively guided to the photodiodes. The same minimum standard sensitivity of ISO 64 (with expansion to Lo 1, ISO 32 equivalent) supported by the D810 is also offered by the D850, achieving an incredibly broad range of sensitivities. In addition, no optical low-pass filter means that the D850 is able to make the most of high-resolution NIKKOR lenses to produce extremely sharp and clear images. Images captured with the D850 can be enlarged up to A2 size* for printing, and even used for 8K digital signage displays.
*At 300 dpi.
2.High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 7 fps/9 fps captures motion

The D850 is equipped with a backside illumination CMOS sensor capable of high-speed readout of high-volume data, the EXPEED 5 image-processing engine that processes an incredibly large amount of information at high speed, and newly designed shutter and mirror mechanisms. These three features work together to enable high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 7 fps*1 with just the camera, and up to approximately 9 fps*1,*2 when the MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack is used. What’s more, up to approximately 51 14-bit or 170 12-bit (image size L) RAW images with lossless compression can be captured in a single burst of continuous shooting*3. Further, adoption of the same high-performance 153-point AF system used by the D5 ensures certain capture of intended subjects including those that are moving, in a wide variety of scenes, effectively expanding the practical range of this high-pixel-count camera.
*1With continuous-servo AF, manual or shutter-priority auto exposure, a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values. *2When an EN-EL18b/EN-EL18a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (available separately) is used. Optional BL-5 Battery Chamber Cover is required for use of the EN-EL18b/EN-EL18a. *3When a Sony QD-G64E XQD memory card and EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 are used with shooting at ISO 100.
3.Silent photography eliminates the sound of shutter release and mechanical vibrations with capture of 45-MP images

The D850 is equipped with a silent photography feature with which the image sensor performs operations normally performed by the mechanical shutter’s front and rear curtains with live view photography, enabling silent capture of full-frame images. The sound of shutter release and mechanical vibrations are completely eliminated, making this an effective choice in situations when the sound of shutter release is distracting or impolite, as at a museum or wedding, or when mechanical vibrations are a concern, such as when photographing starscapes or heavenly bodies.
Note:In M (manual) or A (aperture-priority auto) exposure mode. In P (programmed-auto) or S (shutter-priority auto) exposure mode, the sound of aperture operation can be heard.
4.Nikon’s first digital SLR camera to support full-frame 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) movie recording

The D850 supports full-frame, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p recording, allowing users to record movies that make the most of wide-angle lenses’ broad angles of view, as well as the superior resolution at the edges of the frame exhibited by NIKKOR lenses. In addition, 4x and 5x slow-motion movies* can be recorded in Full-HD format (100- or 120-fps readout is recorded at 24p, 25p, or 30p). This enables dramatic expression of a moment’s movement in slow motion. Further, the addition of a dedicated movie shooting menu, the ability to choose the format in which movies are recorded from MOV and MP4, and the ability to apply detailed settings for highlight display make the D850 a much more convenient way to record movies for multimedia users.
*Image quality is fixed at normal and image area is fixed at DX regardless of settings.
5.8K time-lapse video creation that makes the most of interval timer photography

The interval timer shooting function has been significantly enhanced with the D850. The interval timer shooting function is not only capable of recording still images (8256 x 5504) that can be used to create time-lapse movies with a frame size that exceeds that of the 8K format*1, but it also offers a silent photography option that can be enabled to capture a large volume of images without concern for the mechanical shutter wear. When silent interval timer photography and exposure smoothing options are enabled, not only are the variations in exposure between individual shots effectively suppressed, but the camera is also able to meter exposure with significantly less light than the -3 EV*2 that is minimally required. This makes it possible for photographers to use A (aperture-priority auto) exposure mode in situations where it is impossible to use manual exposure to capture a series of images, all of which exhibit optimal exposure, of the sky’s transition from sunset to starry night sky or from starry night sky to sunrise, for example. The D850 also meets the requirements of professional time-lapse movie creation, offering fast, in-camera batch processing of a huge number of RAW images.
*1Requires third-party software for creation. *2ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F, using matrix or center-weighted metering.
6.Other Features
Equipped with a 180K-pixel RGB sensor that greatly increases the precision and accuracy of automatically controlled functions, such as autofocus (AF), auto exposure (AE), and auto white balance (AWB)
Auto Picture Control, with which the camera automatically fine-tunes images in accordance with the scene
The new natural light auto white balance option that achieves more accurate color reproduction for a variety of scenes captured under natural lighting
RAW image size can be selected from large, medium*1, and small*1 depending upon how images will be used
A magnification of approximately 0.75x that enables a broad view has been achieved for the optical viewfinder
The convenient 8-cm/3.2-in., approximately 2359k-dot, tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD monitor
A power-saving design that enables capture of approximately 1,840 shots or approximately 70 minutes of movie recording*2 on a single charge*3
A focus shift function that makes it easy to acquire the materials (shots) needed for the technique known as focus stacking*4, used to increase depth of field
A negative digitizer that makes it easy to convert color or black-and-white film negatives to digital data (JPEG)*5
Support for radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, which increases the flexibility of multi-flash photography
*1Recorded in 12-bit, lossless compressed format. *2With testing in accordance with CIPA standards. Maximum length is 29 min. 59 s. with a single recording. *3When an EN-EL15a/EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery is used. *4Focus stacking requires third-party editing software. *5The ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter (available separately) is required.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 refurbished batteries get recalled due to overheating concerns

Brian Heater, writing for TechCrunch;

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall for refurbished Galaxy Note 4 batteries. While the news has undeniable echoes of last year’s massive Note 7 disaster, this time out, the fault appears to fall at the feet of potentially counterfeited batteries supplied by FedEx.

Not the news that Samsung needs, since they are about to announce Note 8, specially after what happened with the Note 7.

Google is paying Apple billions per year to remain on the iPhone, Bernstein says

Todd Haselton, writing for CNBC;

Google is paying Apple billions of dollars to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads, Bernstein said in a note to investors on Monday.

The firm believes that Google will pay Apple about $3 billion this year, up from $1 billion just three years ago, and that Google’s licensing fees make up a large bulk of Apple’s services business.

Of course, Google will earn more than what they’re paid Apple in return. Just last quarter, the company reported a revenue of $26 billion.

So I’d say that $3 billion (a year) that they paid Apple is all worth it.

Facebook video call tablet is reportedly in the works

Joey Maceda, writing for Yugatech;

Facebook was also reportedly planning to build its own core operating system for the device, but instead might opt to use Android. The company is also testing a smart camera feature that allows the device to automatically scan for people in range and lock on to them. Facebook says that the device would make the participants of a call feel like they’re in the same room. The device hails from Building 8, the company’s experimental development lab, and could possibly be announced at the next F8 developer conference.

The social media giant may be taking a page from Amazon’s playbook, which is create a dedicated device similar to Echo, Echo Look and the Echo display.

Here’s the specs of the Samsung Note 8

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Here’s the rumored Note 8’s specs;

  • 6.3-inch SuperAMOLED display, squared-corner, resolution 1440 x 2960 in 18.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Processor: Exynos 8895 Soc, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Internal storage: 64GB with a microSD expansion slot
  • USB-C port
  • Dual-rear camera: 12-megapixel sensors (optically stabilized);
    • Primary camera wide-angle with f1.7 aperture with dual-pixel autofocus
    • Telephoto lens with f2.4, 2x optical zoom
  • Front camera: 8-MP with f1.7 autofocus lens
  • Dimensions: 162.5mm x 74.6mm x 8.5mm
  • Battery: fast-charging 3300mAh battery, supports wired and wireless charging
  • Color: Midnight Black and Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue
  • Price: €1,000 or around $1,200 (USD)

Apple is officially killing the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle

Kif Leswing, writing for Business Insiders;

“Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod Touch, now with double the capacity, starting at just $199, and we are discontinuing the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano,” an Apple representative told Business Insider in an email.

It’s not surprising that Apple discontinued both device, since the demand of these products are no longer there and removing them will not affect Apple’s bottomline.

iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, arrives this December

Apple;

Apple today gave a sneak peek of iMac Pro, an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users with the most demanding workflows. The all-new iMac Pro, with its gorgeous 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, is the most powerful Mac ever made. Featuring a stunning new space gray enclosure, iMac Pro packs incredible performance for advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering. iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December starting at $4,999 (US).

These are drool worthy specs and cringe inducing price!

Also, this is not the Mac Pro that Apple is developing.