Posted by Abuzar Rasool Wednesday, 3 August 2016 0 comments
Microsoft’s planning a big bash for Windows 10’s first birthday, and you’re the one receiving presents. On August 2, the company will push out the (boringly named) Windows 10 Anniversary Update to Windows 10 PCs, and the update’s chock-full of all sorts of new goodies for you to play with—some niche, some helpful, and all free.
Instagram will start the rollout for a big new update to its mobile apps today with a new feature called “Stories” today. Taking a lot of cues from Snapchat, Stories is a way to post content on a secondary feed that will disappear automatically after a day.
The Facebook-owned Instagram has nearly 300 million daily users and is the biggest photo-sharing social network in the world right now. Today, they are introducing a big new update, adding a whole new element to the social network. “Instagram Stories” is a way to share all the moments of your day without having to keep them on your profile forever. They will disappear after 24 hours.
“With Instagram Stories, you don’t have to worry about overposting,” reads the blog post. “Instead, you can share as much as you want throughout the day — with as much creativity as you want.”
In simple words, Instagram just completely ripped off Snapchat’s biggest and most-used feature— also known as Stories. They didn’t even bother to change the name. What’s more is that they have even introduced text and drawing tools to make your stories “come to life”, another signature Snapchat feature.
Instagram Stories will now be visible at the top of your home feed in the form of small circled-profile pictures. The top ones will be the people you interact with the most. If there is something new to see, the profile photo will have a colorful ring around it. Using Instagram Stories is pretty simple (especially if you’ve used Snapchat); tap on any pic to see the person’s story, swipe to switch to the next person’s story and, if you want to comment, tap and send a private message to that person on Instagram Direct.
Just a couple of months ago, Instagram unveiled its biggest update ever! Not only did they completely revamp the app layout, but they also introduced a new purplish-pink icon and changed the order in which posts were displayed. They received a lot of flak for it so it is a really bold move to go ahead and copy another apps’ feature right after that.
The wait is over. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7, arguably the most powerful smartphone to date is finally here. Samsung has unveiled its latest iteration of the Galaxy Note series, by skipping out the Note 6 of course.
Let’s move on directly to the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. First of all, the Note 7 features a Super AMOLED QHD display with a 5.7″ curved display. Unlike it’s popular Edge model of the Galaxy S series, Samsung has added a slight curve to both sides of the screen on the Note 7. The phablet is one of the first handheld devices to have HDR support (the screen is capable of showing more colors with high contrast). If you are the owner of a 4K resolution LED, you will know what HDR looks like on a screen.
The Galaxy Note 7 will be featuring a Exynos 8890 chipset (the global model) with an octa-core (quad-core 2.3 GHz + quad-core 1.6 GHz) processor. The phablet will be featuring 4 GB of RAM with the base model being 64 GB (there was no announcement about a 128 GB model though, which is surprising). Unlike the Note 5, the latest Galaxy Note 7 will also feature a microSD slot, but sadly no ultra-quick Universal Flash Storage cards, as rumored.
Moving on to the camera, the Galaxy Note 7 will feature the same dual-pixel camera from the Galaxy S7. The 12 MP back shooter is one of the most capable cameras in the smartphone arena today. On the front, the 5 MP selfie camera is also the same as the Galaxy S7.
Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is also Samsung’s first device to feature a USB Type-C port for quicker connectivity. Of course, that means you will have to think of a work around for the USB C cables. The phablet will also feature wireless quick charging too, with a battery capacity of 3,500 mAh.
Fingerprint sensors are a routine for high-end smartphone these days. The Galaxy Note 7 takes a step further for security by adding an iris scanner! Yes, now you will be able to log in to your Note via the iris scanner.
For protection, the Galaxy Note 7 will feature the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that is claimed to be shatterproof and scratch-proof by the manufacturer. The Galaxy Note 7 is also the first Note to be IP68 certified which makes it dust-proof and waterproof.
Every year, Samsung also adds those little upgrades to the S Pen as well. Sometimes, it’s a change in design, sometimes in functionality. With the new S Pen, you can add notes to the Always On display on the Note 7. You can also magnify text and create GIFs with the S Pen. In terms of hardware, the S Pen is also waterproof! This makes sense because the S Pen is a integral part of the Note 7’s body.
On a side note, the Galaxy Note 7 is also one of the first devices to be confirmed to have the Android 7.0 Nougat update (but obviously, the Note 5 and S7 are likely to get the update too).
Finally, Samsung also announced a new Gear VR that has a bigger lens and frame to fit the Galaxy Note 7. According to the leading tech giant, the new Gear headset will provide a more immersive experience for users.
Samsung’s latest premium flagship, the Galaxy Note 7 goes on pre-order tomorrow. It is also expected to be available in stores worldwide on August 19. The phablet will be available in three colors: Onyx Black, Titanium Silver, and Coral Blue. There is no word on the retail price of the Note 7 right now though.
Image source – TheNextWeb, TechCrunch, SamMobile
Posted by Abuzar Rasool Tuesday, 2 August 2016 1 comment
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The odds of winning a prize bond are extremely slim and yet, a lot of us happily waste our times checking our luck each time there is a draw. So what if you could just have a virtual servant who would not only remember your prize bond numbers but also notify you if you ever win anything? Well, there’s an app for that now.
Simply called “Prize Bond”, the app is developed by a small IT solution and services startup, Avialdo. The simple and main purpose of the app is to facilitate people to search their prize bonds across all the past and future draws. All you have to do is feed in all your prize bond numbers and never worry about checking them again as the app will automatically keep a track of them and will check them against the winning numbers of each future draw. If you do manage to win, Prize Bond will notify you too. It’s a dead-simple idea and saves an invaluable amount of time for a lot of people.
“The app has been very much appreciated by the customers as it saves a lot of time by avoiding the hassle of keeping track of their bonds,” said Wahab Jawed, one of the developers behind Prize Bond.
How to check my Prize Bond numbers?
- Download the app for your Android or iPhone.
- Tap on your Prize Bond’s category and then on the empty box titled “No saved bond numbers. Tap here to add”.
- Check the “Single” box and enter a bond number in the field given below. Then press on the “Plus” icon beside the text box.Note: You can even add a whole range of prize bond numbers, saving the trouble of inputting each of them individually.
- Once you’re done adding, just tap the “Save” icon on the bottom left.
Prize Bond also has some extra features up its sleeves which can be found by tapping on the three dot icon on the upper-right corner. There, you’ll find a Draw Schedule, a Message box and a Forum. The forum is pretty empty for now and only contains a few posts for buying/selling of bonds but as the app grows in number of users, that is sure to change soon.
Avialdo itself is a nascent startup, formed by three fresh graduates of IBA, Wahab Jawed, Zohair Hemani and Zain Shafi. They have also developed a number of others apps like MHN Radio, E~Alarm, etc.