Samsung Galaxy Note5 Finally Launched with 5.7″ and Exynos 7420 Chip

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Yesterday saw the official launch of Samsung’s most anticipated device Galaxy Note 5. The device launched in an event dubbed Samsung Unpacked, and along side it was the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. Both devices are a revolutionary twist in mobile phablets with some great next-gen specs.
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Samsung Galaxy Note5 features a 5.7″ Super AMOLED sleek display. The innards of the device includes Samsung’s in-house developed Exynos 7420 chipset, and packs a hefty 4GB of RAM, the storage on the Note5 is based on the fast UFS 2.0 standard. While it outruns regular eMMC 5.0 storage, data hoarders have been locked out of expanding the memory – the base model has 32GB, you can upgrade to 64GB and that’s it. There’s no room for expanding memory via a microSD slot, and no hefty 128GB option either.

Like storage options, you won’t be super happy with the battery of the Note5 as Samsung did a downgrade of the Note 4’s hefty 5500mAh, you now get a capacity of just 3,000mAh, and worse still, the battery of the Galaxy Note5 is not remove-able. It seems Sammy is counting on the modified Fast Charging of the device (both the wired and wireless) to compensate for the battery hiccups.

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On the photographic side, the camera retains the Galaxy S6 shooters, i.e. a 16MP sensor behind a wide f/1.9 aperture, plus optical image stabilization and auto real-time HDR. It can record 2160p video or livestream 1080p to YouTube. For selfies you get a 5MP sensor and an f/1.9 aperture.

Samsung has updated the audio department with Ultra High Quality Audio, which promises “richer” sound. This feature will work over Bluetooth with new compatible Level On headphones.

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The Galaxy Note5 checks wireless all boxes, but a highlight is Samsung Pay, which works over NFC or MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission). Pay will launch in the US in September so it will be ready when Note5s arrive in users’ hands.
he Samsung Galaxy Note5 will be available for pre-order today, coming in Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.

If you are eyeing the new Samsung Galaxy Note5, then you don’t need to wait long. The device will be available in the US on August 21, with pre-orders starting today. You can go for a hands-on as soon as tomorrow in 7,000 locations across the US. Pricing will be announced by the carriers. For European buyers, there’s no Galaxy Note5 for you this year.

Google Is Officially A Sub-Company Under Alphabet

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Google is taking a step back to re-structure, and it’s great one! Now officially owned by Alphabet INC, and thus Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet. Alphabet’s two classes of shares will continue to trade on Nasdaq as GOOGL and GOOG.

You can read the full transcript of Larry Page and Sergey Brin new company portfolio – Alphabet below.

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As Sergey and I wrote in the original founders letter 11 years ago, “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.” As part of that, we also said that you could expect us to make “smaller bets in areas that might seem very speculative or even strange when compared to our current businesses.” From the start, we’ve always strived to do more, and to do important and meaningful things with the resources we have.

We did a lot of things that seemed crazy at the time. Many of those crazy things now have over a billion users, like Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome, and Android. And we haven’t stopped there. We are still trying to do things other people think are crazy but we are super excited about.

We’ve long believed that over time companies tend to get comfortable doing the same thing, just making incremental changes. But in the technology industry, where revolutionary ideas drive the next big growth areas, you need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant.

Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable. So we are creating a new company, called Alphabet (http://abc.xyz). I am really excited to be running Alphabet as CEO with help from my capable partner, Sergey, as President.

What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead. What do we mean by far afield? Good examples are our health efforts: Life Sciences (that works on the glucose-sensing contact lens), and Calico (focused on longevity). Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more management scale, as we can run things independently that aren’t very related. Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence. In general, our model is to have a strong CEO who runs each business, with Sergey and me in service to them as needed. We will rigorously handle capital allocation and work to make sure each business is executing well. We’ll also make sure we have a great CEO for each business, and we’ll determine their compensation. In addition, with this new structure we plan to implement segment reporting for our Q4 results, where Google financials will be provided separately than those for the rest of Alphabet businesses as a whole.

This new structure will allow us to keep tremendous focus on the extraordinary opportunities we have inside of Google. A key part of this is Sundar Pichai. Sundar has been saying the things I would have said (and sometimes better!) for quite some time now, and I’ve been tremendously enjoying our work together. He has really stepped up since October of last year, when he took on product and engineering responsibility for our Internet businesses. Sergey and I have been super excited about his progress and dedication to the company. And it is clear to us and our board that it is time for Sundar to be CEO of Google. I feel very fortunate to have someone as talented as he is to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to continue to scale our aspirations. I have been spending quite a bit of time with Sundar, helping him and the company in any way I can, and I will of course continue to do that. Google itself is also making all sorts of new products, and I know Sundar will always be focused on innovation — continuing to stretch boundaries. I know he deeply cares that we can continue to make big strides on our core mission to organize the world’s information. Recent launches like Google Photos and Google Now using machine learning are amazing progress. Google also has some services that are run with their own identity, like YouTube. Susan is doing a great job as CEO, running a strong brand and driving incredible growth.

Sergey and I are seriously in the business of starting new things. Alphabet will also include our X lab, which incubates new efforts like Wing, our drone delivery effort. We are also stoked about growing our investment arms, Ventures and Capital, as part of this new structure.

Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet. Our two classes of shares will continue to trade on Nasdaq as GOOGL and GOOG.

For Sergey and me this is a very exciting new chapter in the life of Google — the birth of Alphabet. We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity’s most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search! We also like that it means alpha-bet (Alpha is investment return above benchmark), which we strive for! I should add that we are not intending for this to be a big consumer brand with related products–the whole point is that Alphabet companies should have independence and develop their own brands.

We are excited about…

Getting more ambitious things done.
Taking the long-term view.
Empowering great entrepreneurs and companies to flourish.
Investing at the scale of the opportunities and resources we see.
Improving the transparency and oversight of what we’re doing.
Making Google even better through greater focus.
And hopefully…as a result of all this, improving the lives of as many people as we can.

What could be better? No wonder we are excited to get to work with everyone in the Alphabet family. Don’t worry, we’re still getting used to the name too!

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Tecno Camon C8 Specifications, Features & Price

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Tecno has released their latest device dubbed Camon C8. The device which is not yet on sale in the country is dubbed the best shooter phone from the Chinese OEM. Packed with 13MP rear shooters and dual LED flash, the photographic prowess of the Tecno Camon C8 is obvious in pure HD shots taken with the device’s rare camera.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Gets Hands-On Pictures Revealed

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The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5 phablet is just a week away from it’s official launch on 13th August, and so far, the leaks are getting to high heavens!.

The full specs sheet of the phablet has since been shown off in a benchmark, now we are feeding our eyes on the sleekness and beauty of the Note 5 in new photo leaks.

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There’s really not much Samsung can add to what we already know about the Note 5. Anyways, let’s go into details of the specs.

The Note 5 is said to come with a spring-loaded slot for the S Pen, a regular USB port (no Type-C here, unfortunately), there’s 4GB of RAM, and 32 / 64 / 128GB of storage – no SD card slot though.

The battery will apparently be a 3,000 mAh non-removable cell, which is smaller than those in the Note 5’s predecessors – but something we’ve seen before with the Galaxy S6 sporting a smaller cell than the S5.

And speaking of the Galaxy S6, the Note 5 looks like a blown-up version of that, with the added curves to the rear glass – which may make it easier to handle.

In software, the TouchWiz version installed on the Note 5 will let you customize the Air Command menu, as you can see in the first set of images (where Instagram is part of the options). Air Command appears when you take the S Pen out of its hiding place inside the phone.

Other previously revealed specs are a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED touchscreen, the Exynos 7420 SoC at the helm, a 16 MP main camera, and a 5 MP selfie unit. The Galaxy Note 5 will run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

30,000 OnePlus 2 Units Sold-out In 64 Seconds

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The never settling OnePlus released the next-gen flagship killer OnePlus 2, and released just a fraction to a massive anxious flagship killing faithfuls. The outcome, the 30,000 units put up for sale gets sold out in less than 2 minutes.
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OnePlus 2 was released in China with a CNY 2,000 ($320/€295) price-tag.

Folks who didn’t get to pick the OnePlus 2 would have to wait till 11th August. The sales were done through OnePlus’ online store in China. It’s not clear how many units will be in the second batch, but they probably won’t last much more than a minute either. By the way, it seems that in China you don’t need an invite, those are only for international customers.

Selfie Craze! Man Takes Selfie With Rattle Snake, Gets Life-Threatening Venom

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So it’s the period of sporadic evolution of tech, and Selfies are among the top things in vogue now. We’ve seen the advent of selfie sticks to aid that perfect selfies, we’ve seen folks posing with selfie hands, guns and all sorts to make that perfect selfie, however, what we haven’t seen until just recently is someone posing with a wild, poisonous snake.
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San Diego’s Todd Fassler wasn’t so keen on taking that perfect selfie with a cat or a dog, so he settled for his ‘pet’ – a rattlesnake he found in the bushes over a year ago, and apparently decided to keep it as a pet.

The said pet wasn’t feeling the selfie union and opted to give Mr Fassler a dose of it’s super poisonous venom. Thankfully, Mr Fassler was rushed to an area hospital where doctors had to use all of the anti-venom stored at two hospitals in order for Fassler to recover.

Fassler recently released the snake into the wild. And while he might not have been able to take a selfie that would have helped him remember his pet forever, at least he does have something that will always bring back the memory of his snake. That is the $153,161.25 hospital bill he incurred for a five-day stay.

Google Celebrates Special Olympics World Cup Games With A Doodle

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Today marks the start of the 47th Special Olympics World cup games, and Google is specially thrilled and honors the event with a Doodle.
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The special Olympics world cup games is scheduled to hold between 25th of July and run through till 2nd of August 2015 at Los Angeles in the U.S of A.

The event will witness 7,000 world-class athletes from 177 countries compete in 25 events in a celebration of athleticism, teamwork and inclusion. It is also a reminder of the universality of sport, an opportunity for athletes with disability to compete in one of humankind’s greatest traditions, Google writes.

“Doodle team lead Ryan Germick illustrated and animated today’s doodle inspired by the circle of inclusion, which represents the acceptance of all people with intellectual disabilities. It celebrates the athletes in these games, as well as those who support them — the friends and mentors who helped carry the Olympic torch from its origin in Athens, Greece to its temporary home in Los Angeles, California,” Google further explains.

This will also mark the biggest sports event to take place in Los Angeles since 1984.

Around 5,00,000 spectators are expected to come to cheer the athletes at the sporting event that will be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Nigeria is among the countries participating in the event and participants have since departed for California.

Apple iWatch Has The Bulk Of Wearable Market With 75% Market Share

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Apple watch away from the bashing of people about how pricey it is without any greater advantage over it’s competitors seem to be the most sort-after wearable tech after-all. Though there were insinuations that the iWatches were destined for failure, a new report seem to think other-wise.
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According to Strategy Analytics, Apple’s wearable tech the iWatch has now captured a whooping 75% of the wearable tech market, leaving Samsung to 7.5% and other OEM watches with 17%.

Specs Of Huawei Y6 Smartphone Come Online

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Huawei would be releasing a new entry-level smartphone dubbed Y6 Scale in a few days coming on July 30th. The upcoming smartphone is set to be the next follow-up of the recent mid-range Android 4.4 Kitkat trotting Huawei Y3.

With a price tag of €150 ($165), the upcoming Android smartphone would feature a 5″ display with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution, a quad-core CPU which is supplied by Snapdragon 210 chipset. There’s also going to be 1GB of RAM and 8GB of ROM intact.

Other impressive features include an 8MP camera shooter on the rear and a 2MP for taking selfies, latest Android 5.0 Lollipop would come with it straight out of the box with the Chinese company’s own Emotion UI on top. Included in the connectivity options are 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Battery power would be supplied by a 2200mAh battery.

MTN TECH+ GAME COMPETITION TOURNAMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS

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If you are going to be competing in the MTN Tech+ game competition (FIFA 15 & Mortal Kombat X), then you must read this laid down rules or else…

Please note that these rules would be adhered to strictly and complaints would not be tolerated if no prior clarifications have been made. Defaulters of rules would be given a Yellow card as a warning and if they default again, would be given a Red card and disqualified (in case of participants) or asked to leave (in case of spectators).

General Rules
Conduct
There should be NO fighting, cursing or trolling (with contestants). Defaulters would be given a yellow card and red card for subsequent offences.

Time
Group stages for FIFA 15 starts on the 24th of July by 10am while the knockout stages start on the 25th of July by 9am.
Group stages for Mortal Kombat X starts on 25th of July by 10am and subsequently knock-out stages.

Please ENSURE THAT YOU ARE AVAILABLE DURING THE TIME YOUR GAME WOULD BE PLAYED AS ABSENTEEISM WOULD LEAD TO A WALK OVER.

Control Pads
1. Please do not remove any controller from any console. Defaulters would be given a yellow card.

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1. Format used is tournament-style. Contestants would be divided into groups of 8 or 9. Grouping would be done as contestants are accredited so please ensure you are there early. They would play themselves (round robin) and the person with the highest score emerges from a group as finalist. The top people would then play themselves in a single elimination/knock-out format until the winner is gotten.
NB: Only one person emerges from a group. Please ensure you are there early so that you can be accreditaed

2. Match time for group stages up till semi-finals is 4 mins per half. Time for the semi-final and final matches is 5mins per half. Players have another 3mins to set up their button configurations, player settings, etc. Players can go to settings once each during match play to change their settings if they want.

3. Players are not allowed to pause during active play. If there is a need to go to settings, the player until there is a mandatory break e.g throw in, goal score etc.

4. Priority for top seeds from groups would be in the following order: Points > Head-to-head > Goals aggregate.

5. In the knockout stages, in the event of a draw after normal regulation time, the players would proceed straight to penalties.

6. The players can pick a coach who can advise them quietly during the matches. This person should stay beside or directly behind the player. No external person should interfere in on going matches by pointing out flaws in the players’ game or weaknesses.
Defaulters shall be given a yellow card and red subsequently.

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1. Players would be grouped into 16 groups (tentative) and pools will be played. Two people would emerge from each group to give a total of 32 (subject to change depending on the number of accredited entrants.)
**Please note that number of groups is still subject to change till the day of the event.
NB: Only 2 people would emerge from a group.

2. The final 32 (or top groupers) will engage in a double elimination style bracket until a winner emerges.

3. The matches for pools and brackets up till losers & winner’s finals will be best of 3 rounds, best of 3 matches. i.e first to 2
Winners final, losers final and grand finals would be best of 3 rounds, best of 5 matches. i.e first to 3

4. Players (if they wish) have 15 seconds to do a button check before they begin their game. Once the match starts, there would be no pause. Any player that pauses forfeits that round except if the opponent accepts to continue.

5. The contestants are allowed to pick a friend who would either stand behind them or by their side to offer advice in whispers during their matches. However, apart from this person chosen by the player, NO PERSON SHOULD POINT OUT OR OFFER ANY ADVICE TO ANY OF THE PARTICIPATING PLAYERS WHILE THE MATCHES ARE GOING ON.
Any defaulter would receive a yellow card and subsequently a red card.
The above rules should be carefully read and if there are any clarifications to be made, call any of the following numbers: 08086918521, 08068287506.

Via | TechPlus NG