Tests find Samsung’s S8 phones more prone to screen cracks

Samsung’s latest phones feature big wraparound screens and lots of glass. They also appear to break more easily, according to tests run by SquareTrade, a company that sells gadget-repair plans.

The nearly all-glass design of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus makes them beautiful, SquareTrade said, but also “extremely susceptible to cracking when dropped from any angle.”

Samsung had no comment.

The new phones have received positive reviews from The Associated Press and other outlets. Samsung says advanced orders for the S8 were 30 percent higher than that for the Galaxy S7 phones. The company didn’t release specific figures. The S8 starts at $750, which is about $100 higher than the S7.


SquareTrade said Monday that cracks appeared on screens of both the S8 and S8 Plus after just one face-down drop onto a sidewalk from six feet. The phones had similar problems when dropped on the backs and sides.

Unsurprisingly, both models did well in water-drop tests. The phones had some audio distortion, but that is typical and temporary. The S8 has water-resistance features.

SquareTrade didn’t test the phones’ battery, the source of problems that led to a recall of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phone.

Source – TheJakartaPost


Verizon to take ‘Oath’ as new company to run Yahoo, AOL

Verizon Communications will create a new company called Oath after it completes its $4.5 billion acquisition of Yahoo and melds the troubled internet company with its AOL operations.

Oath will oversee Yahoo and AOL after the deal is completed. The Yahoo and AOL brands are expected to survive, although Verizon says it won’t provide any details about its plans for Oath until this summer.

“You can bet we will be launching one of the most disruptive brand companies in digital,” AOL said in a Monday statement.

Tim Armstrong, AOL’s top executive, posted a tweet Monday indicating Oath will manage more than 20 different brands.

Verizon is counting on the combination of Yahoo and AOL to help it sell more digital ads, even though the two internet pioneers had been struggling on their own.

Yahoo originally agreed to sell its online operations to Verizon for $4.8 billion after years of unsuccessful attempts to boosts its revenue. It had to slash the price after discovering that two separate hacking attacks had stolen personal information from more than 1 billion user accounts.

The security breakdown marked the two biggest breaches in internet history, raising concerns that people might start using Yahoo less frequently and reduce the opportunities to show ads.

Verizon plans to take over Yahoo’s email and other online operations sometime between now and June 30. After the deal closes, Yahoo’s cash and lucrative stakes in Asian internet companies Alibaba Group and Yahoo Japan will be controlled by another new company called Altaba.

Source – TheJakartaPost


Samsung’s Galaxy S8 phone aims to dispel the Note 7 debacle

March, 2017, photo, new Samsung Galaxy S8, left, and Galaxy S8 Plus mobile phones are displayed in New York. The Galaxy S8 features a larger display than its predecessor, the Galaxy S7, and sports a voice assistant intended to rival Siri and Google Assistant.

Samsung seems to be playing it safe —at least with its battery — as it unveils its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7.

The Galaxy S8 will come in two sizes, both bigger than comparable models from last year. To maximize display space, there’s no more physical home button. The S8 also sports a voice assistant intended to rival Siri and Google Assistant.

But battery capacity isn’t increasing, despite the larger sizes, meaning more breathing room for the battery. Samsung had pushed the engineering envelope with the Note 7 battery, which contributed to spontaneous combustions. That recall cost Samsung at least $5.3 billion. Though many customers remain loyal, any further misstep could prove fatal.

The phone, announced Wednesday in New York, will come out April 21. The standard-size S8 will cost about $750 and the larger S8 Plus about $850 — both about $100 more than comparable iPhones and rival Android phones.

“That’s a big bet that its phones will justify a higher price, whereas it could have used these new phones as a way to drive higher sales after a couple of years of stagnation,” said Jan Dawson, an analyst with Jackdaw Research.



March, 2017, photo, the new Samsung Gear 360 camera, right, Gear VR headset, and controller are displayed during a preview in New York.

OPPO launches smartphone designed for lovers of selfies

OPPO Indonesia, the local subsidiary of Chinese smartphone manufacturer OPPO, launched on Tuesday its latest smartphone, the OPPO F3 Plus, which is equipped with an advanced camera to tap into Indonesia’s burgeoning selfie craze.

Suwanto, OPPO Indonesia spokesperson, said the new product featured a dual-front selfie camera with a 120-degree ultra wide angle lens.

It also features a front camera with six folds of lens to avoid distortion of the picture quality.

“It fits for those who love taking selfies with their groups because it provides a wider angle. The lens will automatically change to 120 degrees after it detects three faces joining the selfie,” Suwanto said during the launch of the OPPO F3 Plus.

The product was also launched simultaneously in India, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

According to Suwanto, all OPPO smartphone products distributed in Indonesia, including the OPPO F3 Plus, were produced at the company’s factory in Tangerang, Banten, with a production capacity of 500,000 smartphones per month.

The OPPO F3 Plus is available for pre-order until March 31 and will be available in the market on April 1, he added.

As of the third quarter of 2016, OPPO Smartphones had gained 16.7 percent of market share in Indonesia, the second highest after South Korea’s Samsung at 32.2 percent, according to the International Data Corporation.

Source – TheJakartaPost

Samsung Galaxy S8 photo leaked, phone looks smaller than S7 Edge

As the release of the Galaxy S8 inches closer, a new leaked image has revealed that the new flagship smartphone may be smaller than its predecessor.

In the uploaded image by SlashLeaks, what is assumed to be the S8 is flanked by a 4.7-inch iPhone 7 to the left and a 5.5-inch S7 Edge to the right.

TechRadar reports that the Samsung Galaxy S8 appears to be slightly smaller than the S7 Edge despite having a larger screen.

Sitting in the middle, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 looks to have a normal 5.5-inch body but equipped with a phablet-sized screen. (SlashLeaks/

Read also: Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to have 6-inch screen

This could be attributed to the smaller bezel on the new flagship phone. With this larger screen, it can be safely assumed that the device will have virtual home, back and recent buttons.

Considering previously leaked information courtesy of Evan “Evleaks” Blass, it appears that what is seen in the photo can be considered the general form that the S8 will have come March 29.

This article appeared on the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Post


Apple and (RED) mark partnership anniversary with special launch

Apple has announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED special edition have been given a red aluminium finish in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED).

This gives customers an unprecedented way to contribute to the Global Fund and bring the world a step closer to an Aids-free generation, the tech giant said.

The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores from March 24.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED special edition will be available in 128GB and 256GB models starting at Bt26,500 (prices may vary).

 The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone joins iPhone 7 with jet black, black, silver, gold and rose gold finishes.

Both special edition models are available worldwide from March 24, and will begin being shipped to customers at the end of March.

The special edition iPhone joins the current (PRODUCT)RED lineup, which is available for customers to purchase year-round, including the full iPod line of products, Beats Solo 3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker, the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case and a range of accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.

iPhone SE will be available on March 24 in 32GB and 128GB models, doubling the current capacity and replacing the 16GB and 64GB models – all at the same starting price of Bt16,800.

The new colours of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus silicone cases are azure, camellia and pebble, while leather cases come in taupe, sapphire and berry. Their starting price is Bt1,500.

Source – TheNation


WD launches mobile memory for iPhone, iPad

The Western Digital, a global storage technology and solutions provider, has launched mobile memory solution for iPhone and iPad, the SanDisk iXpand Mini Flash Drive.

It is equipped with a Lightning connector and a USB 3.0 connector so users can quickly and easily move files between iPhone or iPad and Mac or PC computers. The new flash drive features a modern and compact design, a capacity of up to 128GB, and fast read speeds of up to 90MB/s. 

With the advancements in iPhone and iPad camera and video functionality, people will continue to produce content at astonishing rates, and may need even more space to save all of their memories. 

“Smartphone and tablet users are creating more content than ever before and we understand that customers are looking for physical, mobile storage solutions that are easy to use, portable and reliable,” said Jesada Pawapootanont, country manager of SanDisk .

 The SanDisk iXpand Mini Flash Drive also features a redesigned app, the iXpand Drive app, which allows users to automatically back up content from iPhone and iPad, as well as playback music within the app. The iXpand Drive app is available for free download from the App Store.

It is available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities, with the price Bt1,090, Bt1,390, Bt1,890 and Bt2,990 respectively.

Source – TheNation

‘World’s first 5G smartphone’ from ZTE set for 2020

The Gigabit Phone promises to reach download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, up to 10 times faster than the 4G services widely in use today.

Chinese tech company ZTE announced Sunday that it had created “the world’s first phone compatible with 5G” mobile internet service.

The Gigabit Phone promises to reach download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, up to 10 times faster than the 4G services widely in use today.

“With the new device, the way people stay connected will be changed forever. Focusing on 5G technologies will be one of the key priorities of ZTE’s global development,” a ZTE spokesman said.

Read also: Huawei unveils preparation for ‘revolutionary’ 5G at Innovation Day

While 5G is not yet supported by any network, it is scheduled to be up and running by 2020, with trial services held during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by South Korean carrier KT Corp.

Analyst Thomas Husson said ZTE was using the phone to “showcase innovation” and to “offer a glimpse into the future when people will be able to download full movies in seconds” but that, while exciting, “the sad reality is that this smartphone will not end up in consumers’ pockets because both 5G and virtual reality are still years away to be a mass-market consumer reality.”

Still, the Gigabit Phone and similar phones are likely to hit both Western and Eastern markets, as the Chinese company makes up 10 percent market share in the United States, making it the fourth-largest vendor in the country. (sul/kes)

source: TheJakartaPost

Porsche will builds a high-performance Panamera Hybrid

German brand builds on new Panamera range with high-tech plug-in hybrid variant.

Porsche has wasted little time building upon its initial three model strong second-generation Panamera line-up.
Just two months after the unveiling of the 4S, 4S Diesel and Turbo, the German car maker has now unveiled the 4 E-Hybrid ? the fourth and most technically advanced of the new 2017 Panamera models to date.
One of two petrol-electric hybrid models planned to join the new Panamera line-up, the four-wheel drive Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is set to make its public premiere at the 2016 Paris motor show later this month prior to the start of Australian deliveries in 2017.

Priced at $242,600 (plus on-road costs), it succeeds the earlier 4 S E-Hybrid with a claimed 50km electric range, combined consumption of just 2.5L/100km on the European test cycle along with an official 0-100km time of 4.6sec and 278km/h top speed.
At the heart of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a newly developed petrol-electric drivetrain also set to appear in next year’s Cayenne E-Hybrid. It uses Porsche’s recently unveiled twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine tuned to 243kW and 450Nm of torque in combination with an electric motor mounted in the front of the gearbox capable of delivering up to 100kW and 400Nm of torque.
Together, the combustion engine and electric motor provide a combined system output of 340kW and sturdy 700Nm. This provides the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid with 34kW and 110Nm more than the first-generation Panamera S E-Hybrid it replaces in the Porsche line-up.  
It is also 16kW and 150Nm up on the second-generation Panamera 4S, which is powered by a more heavily tuned version of Porsche’s twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 engine, albeit without the assistance of an electric motor.
Significantly, Porsche has altered the programming of the electric motor to provide greater emphasis on performance. It now kicks in the moment the throttle is depressed. Previously, the throttle needed to be 80 per cent engaged before the reserves of the electric motor were combined with those of the combustion engine in an earlier strategy aimed at optimizing economy.

According to Porsche, the new programming is based on that originally developed for the 918 Spyder. It allows the driver to call up additional power from the electric motor at all times.   
The result is a 0.9sec reduction in the 0-100km/h time along with a 8km/h increase in top speed over the superseded Panamera S E-Hybrid at 4.6sec and  278km/h respectively. The official fuel economy figure of 2.5L/100km on the European test cycle also makes it more economical than its predecessor, which was rated at 3.1L/100km.  
As on other second-generation Panamera models revealed to date, drive is channelled through a new eight-speed dual clutch gearbox and multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system. The earlier Panamera S E-Hybrid, on the other hand, used an eight-speed torque converter-equipped automatic gearbox.
Altogether, there are six different driving modes. They include the Sport and Sport Plus modes of other new Panamera models equipped with the Sport Chrono package, along with the E-Hybrid specific modes of E-power, Hybrid Auto, E-Hold and E-Charge.
As with its predecessor, Porsche’s latest hybrid model is programmed to start in E-power mode. With a fully charged battery, it is claimed to provide a pure electric range of up to 50km at speeds limited to 140km/h.
Power for the Panamera E-Hybrid’s electric motor is provided by a liquid cooled lithium ion battery. Despite boasting a 4.7kWh increase in energy storage at 14.1kWh, it is claimed to weigh no less than unit used by the older Panamera S E-Hybrid.
Porsche says the battery can be charged in 5.8 hours using a standard 3.6kW charger, while an optional 7.2kW charger is claimed to reduce the charging time to 3.6 hours. Charging can be started via the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system or remotely via the Porsche Car Connect app. An auxiliary air conditioner also now allows the cabin to be cooled during charging.
A so-called power meter allows the driver to keep tabs of the operation of the hybrid driveline via a standard 12.3 inch touch screen display. Similar to that found on the 918 Spyder, it provides detailed data on energy storage, including the amount of electrical energy being used in real time as well as that recovered through recuperation. There is also a boost assistant that displays the energy available for boosting performance via the electric motor as well as a hybrid assistant that provides information on how to regulate the electric drive for maximum economy.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid rides on a standard air suspension. The newly developed underpinnings use a three chamber design in combination with electronic damper control and dynamic chassis control that supports torque vectoring and active roll stabilisation.

Read all the latest Porsche news and reviews here

Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to have 6-inch screen

Evan “Evleaks” Blass has done it again. As Samsung tries to keep the lid tight on its upcoming flagship smartphone, a mostly complete spec sheet has been leaked by the prominent phone leaker.

Engadget reports that while the leaked spec sheet is still very much in rumor territory, Blass has had a good track record so far. That said, it’s interesting to see that the Galaxy S8+ will be getting a very large 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display. That is just 0.1mm shy of Lenovo’s 6.3-inch monster-of-a-phone, the Phab2. It’s even larger than the retired Galaxy Note 7.

Read also: Samsung likely to unveil foldable phones in Q3: source

Unlike the Phab2, the supposed Galaxy S8+ might actually be a lot smaller, thanks to Samsung’s super slim bezel design. After all, previous reports stated that Samsung is not quite done with the Note line and a phablet-sized flagship phone would essentially render any Note device in the future redundant.

The rest of the items listed on the spec sheet are hardly attention grabbers. An iris scanner, LTE connectivity, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, and a 12-megapixel rear camera are all fairly standard for high-end devices.

Since Samsung won’t be launching the Galaxy S8 at the Mobile World Congress next week, we’ll just have to wait and see what innovations and gimmicks they will come up with to differentiate their device from the crop of flagship phones fresh from the congress.

Source: TheJakartaPost