Samsung, Huawei, LG G3 and Ascend Mate2 introduce Multi-tasking for Smart Phones

Nobody questions the usefulness of tablets and smart phones. However, they would help users much more if they were multitasking gadgets in the manner of laptop and desktop computers. For example, is a user is watching a film or a music video on his/her phone, than he/she has to stop if a messages comes in or he/she remembers that an important email needs to be sent right away. With mobile phones, the users can perform only one action at the time. This can be quite frustrating especially when in a hurry.

However, phone producers using Android as operating system do their best in order to change this situation. However, it would not be fair not to say that Windows tablets allow multitasking. But, unfortunately such actions are impossible on the Windows phones. The iPhone and iPad are not multitasking devices either.

For the time being there are some Android devices that permit limited multi-tasking operations. The experience is not at all close to the one provided by a desktop computer, but little is better than nothing.

Samsung’s Offer  

Samsung has come along with the Multi-Window option. This permits users to see various applications running at the same time on the phone screen. The Samsung smart phones allow the users to see two applications while the Samsung Pro Tablets having 12.2 inch allow the users to actually see four applications at the same time. The slider allows the user to decide how much space to allocate to each running applications.

However, only certain applications function with the Multi-Window. Thus, Google Play, the Movie and TV applications and Samsung Video function perfectly at the same time. But Netflix or Hulu cannot be uses with this option for the time being. The Multi-Widow does not function pretty well with gadgets like the Samsung Galaxy III, newer devices are needed.

The Samsung Note smart phones and tablets function with the Pen Window. This becomes active when the gadget owner makes use of the stylus with which the gadget is equipped. The pen is utilized to draw a simple box onto the screen. This books moves to the main application located on the screen and the applications opens. In this way more than one application can be opened at the same time.

The Multitasking Abilities of the LG G3

The G3 produced by LG is equipped with a Dual Window feature. However the users are limited in their options.

The smart phone is equipped with Qslide which permits access to three applications at the same time. In this case the applications are presented in windows the overlap, which is quite similar to what we see in traditional personal computers. The slider makes tow of the applications transparent while using the third one. The Qslide functions will just a few applications. The user can send text messages, use the calendar or surf the web. The Dual Window has some extra applications that can be used at the same time. These include the photo gallery and the famous YouTube.

Ascend Mate 2 4G produced by Huawei

The multitasking of the Huawei phone is called WOW, the abbreviation for Window on Window. When it is started a small circle makes it apparition and starts hovering all over the home screen and other applications that are being uses. The WOW offers rapid access to the calendar, text messages, the notepad and some other basics. However, only four applications can be opened at the same time.

The New Apple iPad-Review

The new iPad that Apple wants to attract customers with has numerous features such as: a new powerful processor, a higher screen resolution, Touch ID and an upgraded camera.

During the third quarter, Apple has managed to sell 13.3 million iPads, which led to revenue of 5.89 billion US dollars. Although, the figures seem impressive they are lower than the ones registered last year when Apple sold 14.61 million iPads which brought 16.35 million US dollars. The Apple CEO declared that the figures had lowered because in certain parts of the world sales decreased. Cook’s declarations have been backed up by the IDC analysis which revealed that the US and the Western European tablet market registered a fall with 5% during 2014.

The new iPad is expected to have a design similar to the one of the old one. However, it is supposed to have new specs and features which have the purpose to attract new clients. It is possible for Apple to equip the new iPad with an A8 chip, which is supposed to be with 20 up to 30% more powerful than the current one. The cameras might undergo some changes as well. The iPad Air 5 has a back camera of 5 megapixels and a front camera of 1.2 megapixels.

The new gadget will be secured by means of the Touch ID feature. Some leaked photos presented the iPad Air and the iPad mini equipped with the Touch ID button. This security technology may help users do mobile payments. The new iPad is expected to have a much better screen than the one belonging to iPad air and which has a resolution of 2048×1536.

When it comes to prices, Apple is appreciated for having managed to keep the prices quite steady. For now, a buyer can purchase an iPad mini, first version for the price of 299 US dollars. However, the iPad Air having Wi-Fi and 128 gigabytes can cost up to 929 US dollars.



The new Apple iPads are expected to be presented in the month of October.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Highly Requested Before its Official Release

The much awaited Samsung Galaxy Alpha has gone into the pre-order phase across the UK days before its official market launch. The smart phone retailer known as Mobilefun has already begun to take pre-order for the soon-to-be-here Galaxy Alpha. The metal clad phone is sold at the price of 549 pounds.

The official launch date is not mention on the Mobilefun website. However, the page dedicated to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha contains specific information on the new phone and on its features.

The smart phone also referred to as the Galaxy S5 prime or the Galaxy F is going to hit the market together with the Samsung processor known as octa-core Exynos 5 and with the Google mobile operating system known as Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

There are plenty of rumors around that claim that the new phone will try to rival the screen of the LG G3. However, the Mobilefun webpage says that the Galaxy Alpha will come equipped with a screen having 4.7 inch and a resolution of 1280×720. The screen will function on the Super AMOLED technology having a pixel density of 320ppi. The phone will have a fingerprint scanner similar to the one of the Samsung Galaxy S5.

The site also claims that the new Samsung phone will have a rear-facing camera of twelve megapixels, equipped with autofocus and LED flash. There will also be a front-facing camera having 2.1 megapixels. Other important features are the Bluetooth 4.0, the thirty-two gigabytes of storage and the support of the 4G LTE type. The phone will not have a card slot of the microSD type.

The unofficial presentation confirms that the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha will have a metallic design. However, Mobilefun has not presented a phone of the device yet.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha will probably be launched on the 13th of September 2014, but the new reports say that it is possible for the smart phone to be launched the following week.

Will Apple Reduce the Number of Beats Employees?

Apple has taken over both Beats Music and Beat Electronic. However, this move is not good news for lots of the Beats employees since various rumors claim that Apple wants to give the sack to more than 200 people.

An anonymous source claimed that all Beats employees had been given an offer from the electronics company. Some had been given transitional offers for a limited period of time.

New York Post observed that 200 people represent almost forty per cent of the Beats’ staff. This is quite a reduction in personnel which will probably be filled when Apple is in total charge of the smaller company.

Another report coming from Bloomberg claims that job cuts will be done in departments like finance, human resources and other which have functions that overlap with departments which Apple already has. Bloomberg says that the electronic company is going to dismiss people after the deal is signed.The first layoff news appeared on 9to5Mac.

The buying of Beats by Apple was shadowed by the latest iPhone 6 rumors. The European Commission allowed Apple to move forward with the acquisition process. The Commission has said that the takeover was not a threat for rival companies on the smart phone market.

Bose filled a sue against the hardware division of Beats, accusing the company of having infringes the noise cancelling technology, previously patented by Bose. It is obvious that Apple will inherit this legal litigation when it takes control over Beats in the month of August.

Samsung UA65HU9000 UHD TV: The Curve that Takes Your Breath Away

The electronics giant, Samsung has just hit the market with three new curved UHD televisions sets. Buyers can choose between the fifty-five, sixty-five and seventy-eight versions. The most important characteristic of these television sets is that they have a resolution that overcomes four times the one of a full HD TV.

Design and Characteristics

The sixty-five inches television set has a curved design. The television has a slim “silhouette” due to its thin case while the curve screen offers equal viewing from every single angle. The watching television experience is enhanced due to the panoramic effect. The speakers as well as the woofers are located in a glass finish and have a power of sixty Watts. The base is made of metal and it perfectly fits the curved screen.

There are only two cables that are plugged into the back panel. One of these cables is for the power up and the other for the One Connect Box. This box brings together all exterior connections such as Blue Ray players, HDMI type connections, cables and STB setup. All these form one cable that is plugged at the back. The UHD Upscaling feature boosts the quality of the picture by means of noise lowering, signal analysis and enhancement of details. The SD, HD or full HD are converted into a UHD picture.

Test pointed out the picture quality delivered by UHD television sets is extraordinary. When HD movies run on the television set, viewers have the pleasure to experience richer colors and a sharper clarity of motions. The dark scenes can be viewed better. Viewers have said that the UHD content really makes the difference. Thus, when the television is infused with UHD the difference is enormous. Every single shade and color seems real, touchable. Background objects can be seen in detail and with extreme accuracy. This is due to the AutoDepth Enhancer which has the ability to identify the foreground, mid and background of an image. The Enhancer can split the image and can modify the contrast, color as well as brightness so as to create a unique viewing.

In most cases digital television channels are not very well displayed on TV sets having screens with high resolutions. The situation is different with the Samsung television. The upscaler modifies the image, turning it into a pleasant one. The Samsung Smart Hub can display videos uploaded on YouTube or on Vimeo. In order to make the television a smar gadget, Samsung has included within it the Multi-Link. Thus, if a person is watching a film or a football match, the Multi-Link has the ability to slide the content in one part and on the other to display the video from the YouTube or an internet page.

The Samsung television has a sports mode. Due to this feature the sound changes automatically to surround mode. Thus, the viewer has the impression that he is watching a match on a stadium. The UHD comes with a camera and mike. Thus, the user can control the television with his/her voice or with various finger gestures.

Samsung has created an amazing television with beautiful design, high picture quality, amazing resolution and great speakers.

Apple is about to pay 400 Million Dollars for the EBook Scheme

The electronics giant Apple has declared that it is going to pay its costumers 400 million US dollars so as to settle a civil lawsuit during which it has been accused of infringing the price fixing laws. However, this sum of money will be paid only if its appeal will turn out unsuccessful.

If the New York Court of Appeal decides otherwise, Apple might walk out of the court without having to pay anything to its plaintiffs. If the case arrives back in front of the lower court then Apple will have to get out of its pockets just 50 million US dollars as damages for its buyers.

The California based company decided to go for an out of the court settlement although the official representatives claim that the company is not guilty of any of the charges that had been brought to it. Apple had been accused of having signed various unorthodox contracts with five important publishing houses in order to promote more expensive prices for its eBooks.

Eric T. Schneiderman, the Attorney General of New York, said that the possible settlement would definitely be a major victory for the American justice system, thus proving that nobody was above the law.

Blockbuster “Snowpiercer” on Apple TV

If you are not already an Apple TV viewer you have now plenty of reasons to just love it. This is due to the fact that Apple TV has been upgraded with cloud delivered extras which make all the process of seeing a film much more interesting. Thus, viewers gain access to behind the scene shots and interviews of the cast members.

This is all the better since a new, much awaited and talked about production has just been released. Yes, we are talking about Snowpiercer. Caludia Puig has described the movie as being a very ambitious yet stylish science fiction epic. For the time being the film is in the middle of a quite limited US launch, but soon sci-fi fans will be able to buy the video version.

Snowpiercer was co-written and directed by Bong Joon-Ho, the South Korean director who put his finger print on Mother and The Host as well. The film is in fact an apocalyptic story (quite a fashionable theme these days) about the last survivors of the human race who are actually living on a train called the Snowpiercer, which moves around the globe but never stops.

The digital launch implies that this new Hollywood end-of-the-world drama would be available on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play as well as on Xbox and the Sony PlayStation. It will cost up to 6 US dollars to rent the video and up to 15 US dollars to buy it. The TV subscribers can enjoy the film on cable as well as on the satellite system.

Nonetheless, Apples really hopes that film fans will buy the high definition alternative of Snowpiercer which costs about 14.99 US dollars. This version is available on Apple TV since ii has some exclusive additional content, such as the interview with the number one star Chris Evans, and some other short videos related to the movie. The Apple offer also includes the film concept art.

The extras will definitely not bore the audience and they are by far shorter than people usually expect from a Blu-Ray Disc type launch. However, film enthusiasts love every single bit of extra content added to the film itself. Caroline McKenzie the marketing director of radius TWC, the company distributing the film, said that the launched had coincided extremely well with Snowpiercer because TWC was releasing in their platform at a time when the extras were brought forward.

The Apple upgrades for iTunes Extras allow film studios to add some new content to the actual film. McKenzie claims that there would be even more extras as the Blu-Ray release gets closer. She said it was in fact an extraordinary thing since Blu-rays and DVDS were put on the market as a fixed object. She added that viewers might really be delighted by the possibility to have some extra content after the film had been launched.

The upgrade of iTunes Extra come just on time since Apple TV was left a bit behind by its competitor Roku. In the USA, forty-four percent of the households having a streaming media player went for a Roku in 2013. Only twenty-six households used Apple TV. The gap was larger in 2013 than in 2012, when Roku had about 37% of the market while Apple TV has around 24%.

Almost 46% of all streaming media players sold in the USA in 2013, were manufactured by Roku, while only 26% were produced by Apple.

Roku has manages to take the market for various reasons. First of all it is much more affordable than Apple (49 US dollars against the 99 US dollars needed to be spent for Apple TV), then it has the channel strategy known in the business as “all-you-can-eat” meaning that it has channels like Netflix which require a monthly fee. This is quite different for what Apple TV has in store, which only offers its clients per-purchase fee models. Barbara Kraus, director of research of Parks Associates said that high number of channels (around 1700) offered by Roku was by far much more appealing to customers than the Apple offer.

It is possible that Apple’s new interest in films for Apple Television would bring it a larger release.

The Revival of the 2015 PC Market Planned by Microsoft

Gartner declared that Windows OS produced by Microsoft is going to play a very important role on the computer market next year, by raising a bit the sales after a quite long period of decline.

It is considered that personal computer sales will be at around 317 million next year, thus experiencing an increase from the 308 million of units that are expected to be sold this year. Moreover, PC shipments are expected to go down with 2.9% when compared to the figures of 2013.

The personal computer market will be revitalized by the updates done on Windows XP, declared Ranjit Atwal the Gartner research manager. He considers that only sixty million personal computers will undergo an upgrading process this year.

The companies prefer to upgrade Windows 7 to the acquisition of Windows 8, because in the eyes of many the latter is more of a tablet program than a system to be used on a PC. The computer giant might launch a new operating system in the year to come, which might be an alternative for companies using Windows 7. But, for companies it is time consuming to test and then install some new operating systems on their computers. For example, Windows 7 needed more than a year to finally be accepted by companies and public institutions.

Gartner claims that the sales of computer gadgets (tablets and smart phones included) are supposed to reach almost 2.4 billion units in 2014. This implying an increase with 4.5% when compare to the figures registered in 2013. There are high hopes that the sales will overcome 2.6 units next year.

Tablets-the new winners of the electronic market

After the first iPad launch in 2010, the tablets have more and more been used as alternatives for personal computers. Gartner believes that the number of tablets sold will reach almost 256 million in 2014, an increase from last year’s 207 million units. Atwal declared that tablets are going to have more affordable prices and they will be easier to use. Thus, the tablets will be preferred by many in the years to come.

Mobile phone sales are supposed to increase as well this year, by reaching 1.86 billion units. This implies a 3.1% increase from 2013. The number of phones sold worldwide is supposed to reach 1.95 billion of units in 2015.

Gartner considers that Android will dominate the market of operating systems. Thus, Android will be running on more than 1.17 billion gadgets created this year, marking a 30% increase. The iOS system belonging to Apple will experience a new increase due to the new iPhone scheduled to be launched in early autumn this year.

The Windows operating systems for desktops produced by Microsoft as well as its phone operating system is going to run on 333 million units of gadgets; a bit more, than last year’s 326 million. However, the Windows system will be functional on 373.7 million gadgets in 2015, thus overtaking iOS and Mac combined, which will be running on 301.4 million hi-tech gadgets. The dominant system will continue to be Android, which will function on 1.37 billion computer devices in 2015.

Espresso and Toothbrushes Lose Battle with Smart Phones

More and more individuals are utilizing their cell phone to complete their banking tasks, points out a recent report issued by the Bank of America. However, we all know the frightening truth: modern individuals perceive their cell phones as being by far more indispensable than espresso coffee and even the so necessary tooth brushes.

In the inaugural report on the Trends in the Mobility of Consumers, the reputed American financial institution (Bank of America), pointed out how vital how vital cell phones are to the U.S. population. More than 47% subjects said they would be lost without their cell phone and could not keep going through the day without their most cherished gadget.

Moreover, 60% of the subjects confessed that they could manage the morning dizziness without their espresso or cappuccino but would find it extremely hard keep on going without a cell phone. For more than 76% of the subjects interviewed the TV set was less important than their mobile device. For almost each of the people interviewed (91%) the cell phone was as imperative as their auto and even their antiperspirant.

Among teenagers and young adults (18-24 years old of age), the mobile gadget is more vital even than their personal cleanliness. Thus, 90% of the youngsters declared without a bit of remorse that their gadget was more vital than antiperspirant and for 93% definitely above the toothbrush.

Individuals are additionally utilizing their cell phone to perform their banking activities. About two-thirds of the American population (62%) had at least once used the online banking system. At this very moment Bank of America has more than 15 million clients having an online account. Out of those that have attempted to manage an online account, 31% log on by means of their cell phone once in a day at the minimum. A larger percentage of 82% checks their record through a portable device once or twice during a week. Nonetheless, even the Bank recognizes that real branches spread across the country are by far more efficient and secure when it comes to keeping a careful eye on accounts.

The Bank officials are highly aware of the new trend they do no ignore it by any means. They know that their customers expect the banks to have online services, thus offering them the possibility to solve their financial problems either from a downtown office or from a nice and remote country cottage.