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Amazon preparing Apple TV competitor to launch in coming months

Amazon preparing Apple TV competitor to launch in coming months | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

Online retailing giant Amazon is putting the finishing touches on a set-top box that may be on the company's virtual shelves in time for Christmas, according to a new report.

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Apple TV accounts for more the 50 percent of all streaming devices sold worldwide. With the entry of Amazon in this segment Roku the second largest vendor is now under threat.

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Vijay Mataelectronics's curator insight, October 5, 2013 7:26 AM

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robyns tut's curator insight, October 8, 2013 8:49 AM

This seems to be an up-and-coming idea among many companies since Apple launched the first generation of Apple TV in 2007. Would be rather interesting to see which one wuld come to SA first.

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poojarajput's curator insight, October 9, 2013 3:13 AM

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Hackers can silently control Siri and Google Now from 16 feet away!

Hackers can silently control Siri and Google Now from 16 feet away! | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

SIRI MAY BE your personal assistant. But your voice is not the only one she listens to. A clever attack by French researchers turns your headphone cable into an antenna to send surreptitious voice commands.

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Protecting yourself is fairly basic. For one thing: Don't leave headphones with a microphone plugged into your phone, and disable voice control enabled when the phone is locked. Google Now voice control is not available from the lock screen by default, but Siri is. To disable it, find the Passcode or Touch ID & Passcode section in settings and deactivate Siri under the heading "Allow Access When Locked." Custom wake words for Siri would be very welcome regardless!

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Digitalent's curator insight, March 21, 2:18 PM

Protecting yourself is fairly basic. For one thing: Don't leave headphones with a microphone plugged into your phone, and disable voice control enabled when the phone is locked. Google Now voice control is not available from the lock screen by default, but Siri is. To disable it, find the Passcode or Touch ID & Passcode section in settings and deactivate Siri under the heading "Allow Access When Locked." Custom wake words for Siri would be very welcome regardless!

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Lexar to launch 128GB capacity Professional 2000x SDXC card

Lexar to launch 128GB capacity Professional 2000x SDXC card | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

Lexar recently introduced a 128GB version of its Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II memory card. Once it launches, this new version will be the fastest 128GB memory card to utilize the Ultra High Speed II, UHS Speed Class 3 standard. The card is built to support capturing 4K video and other demanding content.

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Blazing fast: Reads at speeds up to 300MB/second, and writes at speeds up to 260MB/second!

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Light L16 packs 16 cameras into a single portable body

Light L16 packs 16 cameras into a single portable body | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

US-based startup Light has officially introduced its L16, a portable device packed with 16 individual cameras, ten of which capture an image at the same time at different fixed focal lengths. The resulting photograph is a composite of all the individual images combined, with a final resolution of up to 52 megapixels. An earlier prototype of this camera was shown off this past April.

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The L16 is the first multi-aperture computational camera that packs DSLR quality and capability into a device that fits in your pocket.  With a price tag of $1,699, the L16 is smaller, lighter, less expensive, and promisses better image quality than any camera in its price class.

Image gallery captured by Light here.

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5 unexpected ways to use docker

5 unexpected ways to use docker | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

What's the next big thing in Docker? It just might be desktop apps. Did you know Docker can be used for everyday apps, not just web apps and database containers anymore?

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Will Docker become a new distribution model for mainstream Desktop application developers? It is certainly possible.

However the tools for setting up and using Docker will need to become easier to use for everyday users if this future will ever arrive.

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Apple to open Apple TV universal search API to third-party developers

Apple to open Apple TV universal search API to third-party developers | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently confirmed that developers will indeed be granted access to a universal search API set to debut with the fourth-generation Apple TV, meaning third-party apps have the opportunity to get screen time alongside big name services like HBO and Hulu.

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Apple is yet to confirm a release date for the new Apple TV, but has promised it will arrive before the end of the month.

The Fire TV rival will feature the new tvOS with a heavy emphasis on Siri functionality, but will also see the arrival of games through the App Store.

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iPhone 6S Plus vs. DxO One: how much night vision does $599 buy you?

iPhone 6S Plus vs. DxO One: how much night vision does $599 buy you? | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

So here's an unfair comparison to make. Take the brand new iPhone 6S Plus, costing $749, and compare its camera performance to that of a $599 iPhone accessory that's basically a dedicated point-and-shoot camera in its own right.

François-Xavier Schaeffer's insight:

The iPhone's output is neither as bright nor as sharp as what the DxO One produces. Apple's iSight camera also generates more image noise, but all of those things are to be expected. There remains a meaningful gap between (one of) the best smartphone cameras and a dedicated imaging device with a larger sensor.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Mobile review: Best mobile photo & video scores to date

Sony Xperia Z5 Mobile review: Best mobile photo & video scores to date | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

Sony has certainly got the traditional camera market talking with their innovative range of cameras breaking new ground for image quality. Can this success trickle down to the cameras on their Smartphones, too?

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With a ton of experience in cameras, Sony scored the best camera in a smartphone : blazing fast and accurate AF system, good detail retention and finally grained noise.

Let's wait to see how the new iPhone 6 Plus will compare to this beast.

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Apple’s A9 SOC is dual sourced from Samsung & TSMC

Apple’s A9 SOC is dual sourced from Samsung & TSMC | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it
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As it turns out, Chipworks has found chips fabbed by both TSMC and Samsung, which means that A9 is in fact a dual sourced part.

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Columbia University students create software allowing native iOS apps to run on Android devices

Columbia University students create software allowing native iOS apps to run on Android devices | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

For some time now, iOS users have cited the quality and quantity of third-party software available for the platform as an important factor in their choice of mobile devices. Over the years Android has amassed its own collection of apps and users have continued butting heads over which system had the better selection.

Six Columbia University students have bridged the gap between the two platforms with something called Cider.

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It’s useless unless you steal the applications from iOS which is kind of illegal. These guys will probably tell you that it’s just a project for them and they don’t advocate the stealing part, but in reality, these guys have just enabled theft on a large scale!

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4.7-inch iPhone 6 mockup comparison to iPod touch highlights design similarities

Italian site Macitynet, which previously published several photos of a fairly good quality physical mockup of the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 based on design drawings from Japanese magazine MacFan, has now shared an interesting new video comparing the mockup to a current-generation iPod touch.

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One more very nice mockup :)

But only a mockup... 

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Skip the fingerprint scanner; use your heartbeat to unlock your phone, car, doors, and make payments

Skip the fingerprint scanner; use your heartbeat to unlock your phone, car, doors, and make payments | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

Two new devices will let you use your body to unlock pretty much everything, and interact seamlessly with the Internet of Things.

François-Xavier Schaeffer's insight:

In the future, we may find ourselves using a variety of biometric solutions to secure our identity. Will they make life more comfortable and seamless? We'll find out. Whatever the case, I'll take it over my 112 passwords.

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Conversations for Inquiring Minds's curator insight, May 8, 2014 2:27 PM

Biometrics is an interesting area and now using your heartbeat as a way to unlock a door?  Could have some interesting ramifications.

Alan Samuel's curator insight, August 4, 2015 7:50 AM

 In the future, we may find ourselves using a variety of biometric solutions to secure our identity. Will they make life more comfortable and seamless? We'll find out. Whatever the case, I'll take it over my 112 passwords.

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Can UltimEyes iPad app improve your vision?

Can UltimEyes iPad app improve your vision? | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

Can playing a game on your iPad for 30 minutes really help you see better? Studies have shown the UltimEyes app improves even 20/20 vision. We put it to the test.

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Sadly, my vision is not as good as it was... Hopefully this eye workout will boost my vision a little bit. I'm going to give this iPad app a try.

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40% of Chinese consumers turn to phablets as Apple said to prep jumbo iPhone

40% of Chinese consumers turn to phablets as Apple said to prep jumbo iPhone | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

Apple's rumored 5.5-inch iPhone could have a sizable market to attack in China, as smartphone buyers in the world's most populous nation are taking home so-called "phablets" in droves, new data revealed Monday shows.

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I really doubt Apple will launch a 5.5 inch "Jumbo" iPhone 6.

For me a phone is not a tablet and i want to be able to put it in my pant's pocket if i want. Will you buy such a enormous iPhone?

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digitalhabitat.asia's curator insight, April 29, 2014 12:01 AM

A very interesting article on the rise of the phablet.

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Microsoft provides additional detail on Lumia 950 and 950XL cameras

Microsoft provides additional detail on Lumia 950 and 950XL cameras | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

Juha Alakarhu, Director of cameras for phones at Microsoft, has written a blog post about the camera in the new Lumia 950 and 950XL devices.

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WOW! Very impressive 100% crop detail!

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University of Cambridge study finds 87% of Android devices are insecure

University of Cambridge study finds 87% of Android devices are insecure | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

Study blames OEMs for a lack of updates; ranks Nexus devices as the most secure.

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With 87 percent of devices flagged as insecure on any given day, the study really shows how far the Android ecosystem has to go to protect its users. Until Google re-architects Android to support centralized, device-agnostic updates, we just don't see a solution to Android's security problems.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 comes with larger screen and more power

Introducing the new Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The tablet that can replace your laptop. Learn more at surface.com

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Today Microsoft not only launched two new smartphones with PureView camera but also the latest incarnation of its high-end Surface Pro tablet that is capable of running full desktop-applications, such as Adobe Photoshop CC or Lightroom. General concept, design and dimensions of the Surface have remained pretty much unchanged but, as you would expect, there are a range of improvements in the new model.

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The Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 “soap” lens will cost 1399 Euro and ship in February.

The Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 “soap” lens will cost 1399 Euro and ship in February. | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

The lens main flair it's nice “soap” effect.

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At that price... I wish them good luck selling it!

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How someone acquired the Google.com domain name for a single minute

How someone acquired the Google.com domain name for a single minute | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

We've all been there: It's nearly 2 in the morning and you're cruising around the Internet looking for new domain names to purchase. I mean, talk about a cliched night, right?

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So close to glory!

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So close to glory!

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Roku 4 leaked specs confirm a 4K, Quad-core device

Roku 4 leaked specs confirm a 4K, Quad-core device | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

Earlier today, Roku accidentally published an updated spec sheet in their developer guide which included information about the upcoming Roku 4 specs.

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Nice hardware upgrade. Let's see how it will fare agains it' most fierce competitors: the Apple TV and the Amazon fire TV.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, October 2, 2015 12:46 PM

Earlier today, Roku accidentally published an updated spec sheet in their developer guide which included information about the upcoming Roku 4. The specs have since been removed, but if they’re accurate, the new flagship Roku device will support 2160p 4K video output and pack a quad-core ARM processor. The specs listed OpenGL ES 2.0 support, which seems to indicate gaming is not a top priority for the new device, however, the field for “Wi-Fi Direct Game Remote” was marked with “yes” but that could just refer to the standard motion capable Roku remote. In comparison, the 1st-gen Fire TV supports OpenGL 3.0 while the new 2nd-gen Fire TV supports OpenGL 3.1. Another oddity is the decision to reportedly include 1.5GB of RAM in the new device instead of a round amount like 1GB or 2GB. The leaked specs also listed the presence of optical audio, ethernet, and USB ports, as well as a microSD slot.

TJ Allard's curator insight, October 7, 2015 10:18 AM

ok...annnnnnd?

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Video shows MAME emulator in action on Apple's tvOS

Video shows MAME emulator in action on Apple's tvOS | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it
A video posted to the Web on Monday shows a Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator running on Apple's tvOS, allowing developer Kevin Smith to play a number of old-school arcade titles with a paired Bluetooth gaming controller.
François-Xavier Schaeffer's insight:

It is highly unlikely that Smith's MAME version will appear as a legitimate purchase option on the upcoming tvOS App Store. Apple's stance on emulator software has been quite strict and while a few have snuck onto the iOS App Store, either through rare App Store review team mistakes or hidden within apps, they were quickly pulled.

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Naissance du label « Hosted in Luxembourg » | Silicon Luxembourg | Digital Luxembourg | ICT

Naissance du label « Hosted in Luxembourg » | Silicon Luxembourg | Digital Luxembourg | ICT | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it
ZAP est fier d’annoncer le lancement du nouveau label « Hosted in Luxembourg » sous forme de marque privée.

L’objectif du label est de permettre aux entreprises d’afficher et de promouvoir l’hébergement de leurs services Internet et applications web sur le territoire du Grand-Duché comme gage de qualité et de sécurité, localement ainsi qu’à l’étranger.

Le Luxembourg a misé sur un environnement sécurisé, hautement régulé et respectant la protection des données personnelles. En témoigne, le statut de professionnel du secteur financier (PSF), qui s’applique aux entreprises travaillant en sous-traitance pour les institutions financières et ayant accès à des données confidentielles.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 12, 2015 11:32 AM

ZAP est fier d’annoncer le lancement du nouveau label « Hosted in Luxembourg » sous forme de marque privée.

L’objectif du label est de permettre aux entreprises d’afficher et de promouvoir l’hébergement de leurs services Internet et applications web sur le territoire du Grand-Duché comme gage de qualité et de sécurité, localement ainsi qu’à l’étranger.

Le Luxembourg a misé sur un environnement sécurisé, hautement régulé et respectant la protection des données personnelles. En témoigne, le statut de professionnel du secteur financier (PSF), qui s’applique aux entreprises travaillant en sous-traitance pour les institutions financières et ayant accès à des données confidentielles.


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Apple to bring split-screen multitasking to iPad with iOS 8

Apple to bring split-screen multitasking to iPad with iOS 8 | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

Apple's next-generation mobile operating system may give iPad users the ability to run -- and view -- two applications at the same time, thanks to new multi-app split screen support, according to a new rumor.

François-Xavier Schaeffer's insight:

Apple may finally be bringing legitimate multitasking to the iPad. For years, iOS has allowed only one app to be displayed on screen at any given time. It's time for a change!

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Alan Samuel's curator insight, August 4, 2015 7:47 AM

Apple may finally be bringing legitimate multitasking to the iPad. For years, iOS has allowed only one app to be displayed on screen at any given time. It's time for a change!

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Will Apple sue Amazon for copying the iPhone?

Will Apple sue Amazon for copying the iPhone? | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

Rumors have been circulating for quite a while about Amazon doing a smartphone. Thanks to BGR we’ve finally gotten a look at what Amazon’s smartphone looks like, and it looks a lot like…well…an iPhone.

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Even though the upcoming Amazon smartphone will run under Android. I don't see Amazon following Samsung's strategy. But maybe i'm wrong... 

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Android: the Fisher Price of smartphones, training wheels for iOS

Android: the Fisher Price of smartphones, training wheels for iOS | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

What do Fisher Price phones and Android smartphones have in common? Simple. They are for first-time users, that much is abundantly clear. In other words, Android smartphones are training wheels until the user can be a big boy or girl, and ride on two wheels like all the older kids in the neighborhood.

François-Xavier Schaeffer's insight:

Apple iPhone users stay iPhone users. Samsung loses one customer out of every four. People are waking up; they don’t want pretend iPhones, they want real iPhones!

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iPhone 6 moulds give more evidence Apple is working on a larger device

iPhone 6 moulds give more evidence Apple is working on a larger device | Digital Lifestyle Technologies | Scoop.it

Leaked iPhone 6 moulds provide more evidence that Apple is working on a larger, thinner Samsung-style device.

Front panels of the rumoured iPhone 6 leaked online earlier this month, so it was only a matter of time before the back panel made an appearance.

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Very interesting compilation of information and pictures.

This new iPhone looks very nice to me!

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