Tech News BarcelonAelprat Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:04:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Xiaomi Smart Phones cause Stir among Indian Buyers Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:04:20 +0000 The Xiaomi Mi3 has managed to attract numerous Indian clients. However, lots buyers experienced frustration because of the problems in getting the gadget. The Indian customers were so dissatisfied that the Hugo Barra, the vice president of the international operation division of Xiaomi had to come out and ask for apologies in the name of the entire company. The vice president promised not to repeat the mistakes that company made with the so popular Mi 3.

Hugo Barra recognized that his company actually underestimated the huge demand extant on the Indian market. For this reason they were forced to make important supply constraints and Xiaomi found itself in the impossibility to respond to all demands coming from customers. The Xiaomi representative assured the Indian clients that the company had learnt a lot from the experience and it would not underestimate the Indian market in the future. Thus, when the Redmi 1 S reaches the Indian market, there will be enough units to satisfy all customers’ demands.

Redmi 1S was presented together with Mi3 to the Indian customers. The Redmi 1 S can be purchased for the price of 6,999 rupees (the official Indian currency). The smart phone has a 4.7 inch display with a resolution of 720 p. It has a Snapdragon 400 quad-core SoC processor having the power of 1.6 gigahertz. It has I gigabytes of random access memory and Adreno 305 GPU. Its internal storage equals four gigabytes and this memory can be expanded even more with the help of a microSD card slot.

The phone is equipped with a rear camera having eight megapixels. It also has a front facing camera that has 1.3 megapixels. All these are backed up by a 2,000mAh battery. Unfortunately, little is known about the launching date of the Redmi 1 S on the Indian market.

Nonetheless, the users will still be frustrated by the Mi3 lack of availability. The Chinese company revealed that for the 12th of August 2014, it will make available around 20,000 units. However, this is not enough since 75,000 buyers have already registered for a new phone. The vice-president Barra presented his apologizes to the Indian public. However, the company cannot change the situation that fast.

The Xiaomi representative said that his company had manufacturing conditions that could not be understood by all. He added that they had to wait for the following manufacturing cycle since it depended on forecasts for each individual market.

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Plugins Restricted by Microsoft’s EMET Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:18:58 +0000 Microsoft has finally launched a security tool which has the purpose to stop exploits. This tool gives administrators the possibility to identify the moment when third-party plugins are released, which have always been a route preferred by hackers worldwide.

The famous computing company has spent a lot of time and energy in improving EMET (Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit). This is a free tool that can be used in order to strengthen the security of various applications which have not been produced by Microsoft. It functions by making use of the defenses built up inside Windows. These defenses are called Address Space Layout Randomization (often abbreviated as ASLR) and DEP (Data Execution Prevention).

The 5.0 iteration has a feature named “Attack Surface Reduction”. This can stop some of the plugins and modules belonging to an application than may be abused.

Chris Betz, the senior director of the Security Response Center belonging to Microsoft, said that Microsoft World can be stopped from uploading a plugin of the Adobe Flash Player type. Moreover, it can permit the Java plugins to function on site belonging to the intranet.

More and more hackers are showing a preference towards third-party software because it has become increasingly difficult in discovering vulnerabilities in the operating system created by Windows. The most targeted are the applications belonging to Java and Adobe Systems.

The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit has been created in order to stop the Adobe Flash plugins that can be uploaded via PowerPoint, Excel or Word. Chris Betz said that an important improvement brought to EMET refers to the digital certificates, which have the purpose to make more secure the Secure Socket Layer connection. The blocking mode with which EMET is equipped is capable of informing Internet Explorer of the presence of an untrusted certificate. This leads to the halt of the SSL connection.

The computing company has managed to improve and make EMET stronger after managing to bypass the mitigations of its 4.0 version. Researchers working for Bromium, a company specialized in creating security technologies functioning on micro-virtualization, discovered that several hackers were able to pass all the EMET security measures.

Microsoft worked hard in order to strengthen EMET against various bypass techniques. These might occur when a memory corruption within an application secured by means of EMET is abused in order to overwrite selected memory zones as well as to corrupt data which belong to EMET.

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Folders and VoLTE support introduced by Windows Phone 8.1 Upgrade Tue, 05 Aug 2014 21:15:41 +0000 The Update for the Windows Phone 8.1 is about to arrive and therefore Windows has decided to offer users more details about it.

The data about Windows Phone 8.1 and its Update 1 have been made public on Microsoft’s developer website. The company has declared that the folder support will be available in no time for its operating system created especially for mobile phones. The upgrade will permit people having a phone running on Windows Phone 8.1 to put one Live Tile upon another in order to make a totally new folder. This feature is nothing new for iOS and Android which made available for their users years ago.

The support for Voice Over LTE usually abbreviated as VoLTE will be also upgraded. Thus, the Lumia owners will have the possibility to give various phone calls by means of the 4 G connection. The upgrade will have support for 1280×800 screens as well as for screen 7 inches wide. This hints towards a Windows Phone phablet in the not so remote future.

The Windows Phone upgrade will bring extra support for interactive type of cases. This suggests that the company is probably working to produce a cover resembling the Dot View Case belonging to HTC. This permits phone possessors to see their notifications by means of their cases. It has been suggested that HTC might be in the process of making a version of the One M8 phone which runs on Windows Phone.

The upgrade will provide users with a Cortona phonebook entry. This will make possible the integration with the navigations system of a car. It will also enable the medium Live Tile to highlight the Windows Store Applications. The upgrade will bring users the support they need for the Network Time Protocol.

Microsoft has not made any official announcements about the official date release but anonymous sources related to the company claim that the update will be launched the following week.

When it comes to advertising, Microsoft has decided to go for the Samsung strategy. Thus, there has been released an advertisement in which Cortona mocks Apple Siri.

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Apple and IBM put Their Forces Together Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:00:44 +0000 The news about the 18,000 employees to be given the sack by Microsoft created quite a buzz last week. However, it was not the worst news for the giant electronics company. Apple and IBM announced a week ago that they join forces in order to target important companies around the world. It is not a new fact that Apple wants to weaken Microsoft’s position within the market of desktop computers. In spite of its repeated attempts, Apple has not managed to do any damages to Microsoft. Nonetheless the situation might be completely different now.

Lots of companies have permitted their staff to make use of iPhones and iPads. However, the IT departments of numerous companies do not support this practice. This is due to Apple’s little experience in creating a secure network and in providing the necessary technical support.

Apple expressed its hopes to receive from IBM cloud services to work with its iOS operating system. Moreover, it expects to receive security, good management of devices as well as mobile integration. The Apple Care service will be created in such a way so as to suit the needs of companies. Obviously, the entire service will be based on the information received from IBM specialists. Apple has decided to go on a partnership with IBM due to its impossibility to offer huge companies technical support, management, networking and sales.

The new operating system that Apple has created for the Mac desktop is centered on connecting Apple mobile gadgets with desktop computers. But the connection between desktop and mobile devices will not be possible if the desktop is not a Mac. Maybe time has come for Apple to enter big companies.

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Flexible Smart Phones will dominate the Market in 2018 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:03:18 +0000 According to various forecasts, the flexible smart phones will have a big share equal to 40% of the international mobile phone market by the time we reach 2018.

DisplaySearch, one of the most reputed companies in the domain of market research and analysis, reported that the amount of flexible mobile phones sales represented only 0.2% of the total smart phone sales of 2013. However, it seems that people are going to get more and more interested in this type of gadgets, since sales are expected to increase with 12% by 2015 and with 40% in four years. This means that in 2018, four out of ten smart phone users will have a flexible one. Moreover, specialists expect a considerable increase in the wearable sales. Thus, Allied Business Intelligence, usually referred to as ABI, considers that in 2018, more than 500 million unites of wearable gadget will be sold. This means an increase with 20% when compared with the 2013 figures and the 200 million units sold throughout the entire year.

Samsung Display said that the keyword for the smart phone market would be flexibility. In the early 2000s people were interested in color and then they showed much interest towards resolution between 2005 and 2014. Starting with 2014 they would be more and more interested in having flexible smart phones. Moreover, Samsung’s forecast claimed that customers would be more interested in the display of wearable gadgets and would take in consideration features like bent, curved and foldable panels.

Considering the circumstance, the Korean producers of panels have embarked upon a mad race in order to create the ultimate panel to satisfy all customers’ needs. Thus, Samsung Display struggles hard to maximize the profits of its flexible panels, aiming mature tablet and smart phones markets. Moreover, it tries to boost the contrast ration that characterized all its panels based on the AMOLED technology to 2,000,000:1. At the same time, the company makes efforts to raise with 100% the NTSC reproduction of colors without the help of afterimages. The present LCD panels have a contrast ration of 1,000:1 and a color reproduction equal to 70%.

Not long ago, LG Display launched on the market a flexible OLED panel having 18 inches and an OLED panel characterized by transparency also having 18 inches. For 2017, they plan to produce a display pane having a curvature radius equal to 100 R and which is going to have flexibility as main characteristic.

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Samsung is facing a Smart Phone Problems Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:22:22 +0000 Samsung has declared that its profits might experience a dramatic 26% fall when compared with the ones obtained in 2013. Even financial amateurs will realize that this is an event to be worried about.

Thus, the Korean company recognizes that the sales of tablets and smart phones has suffered quite a beating recently. Thus, they are making serious efforts to catch the eyes of customers in China and Europe where they have to compete against fierce and experienced rivals such as Apple, Lenovo, Huawei and ZTE.

Samsung considers that its tablets are selling so poor because customers need little time to update these gadgets, unlike smart phones.

However, the smart gadgets created by Samsung are quite popular. For example the Galaxy phone managed to obtain the lion’s share on many smart phone markets. Nonetheless, there are investors who are not so convinced by the mobile strategy adopted by the company since the stock increased with almost 11 per cent in 2014.

The problems that the Korean company has to face are neither new nor specific. Because of the extremely innovative smart phones that keep popping up on the market, it has been very difficult for Samsung and other electronic companies to convince clients to buy upgraded alternatives of the old product.

This is not the first that Samsung has to face financial difficulties. During the first quarter of 2014, the Korean company declared that they had just had a drop in their profit especially when compared with the 2013 sales. Many experts express the fear that the whole year will be a problematic one for Samsung.

Meanwhile, the Korean company is doing lots of efforts to calm down its investors. It is convinced that less money spent on marketing as well as a strong request for its new items, the recently created Galaxy Tab S, will determine an increase in selling towards the summer end and the beginning of autumn.

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iPhone Air Rumoured to pop-out on the Market on September 25th Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:16:31 +0000 The electronic giant Apple is going to announce the release of its new iPhone 6 on September 15th and not on September 25th as previously agreed, claimed various media reports coming from China and based on some mysterious “inside sources”. These strange sources also announce that the new iPhone having 5.5 inches will be known as the “iPhone Air”, having sixteen “gigas”. This version will be sold on the Chinese market at the approximate price of 5,998 yuans (around 965 US dollars). At the same time, the 4.7-inch edition should start at around 5,288 yuans ( app. 850 US dollars) for thirty-two “gigas”, which is for the time being the price required by the Chinese suppliers for the iPhone 5 featuring 16 GB.

The unofficial report varies from a story posted on the Chinese suppliers’ website Tencent last month announcing that the electronic titan Apple would release the new 4.7-inch iPhone on September the 19th, which would definitely be in accordance with previous two iPhone launching events. It is a well-known fact that Apple usually releases all its new gadgets on Fridays and therefore a Thursday launch is quite impossible.

Moreover, Apple leaving aside the sixteen gigabytes version on the iPhone 6 featuring 4.7-inch would surely make it clear that the producer does not want to use this option on the 5.5-inch edition. A evaluation from Wei Feng done a month ago, described that the company would be ready to give a 128GB edition just for the iPhone 6 featuring 5.5-inch, claiming that the size of the storage space would act as a significant differentiator between the two versions of iPhone. There are high chances for the new iPhone 6 to be called iPhone Air, as suppliers were once said to be using that name when making referrals to the product.

Nobody knows if Apple is going to launch both iPhone versions (the 4.7 inch as well as the 5.5 inch) at the same time.  Bloomberg mentioned a month ago that the company would act as such, since former reports suggested that problems with the display technological innovation and battery power pack would definitely delay the launch of the device.


The iPhone 6 is expected to be packed with a bigger display and obviously have a much slimmer profile, a high speed A8 type processor and many other new features. This new gadget will have a digicam with optical image and a very modern system of stabilization. At the same time the 4.7 inch iPhone will feature a new lens element.

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Apple Hits Italy with Its Newest Trade-In Program for iPhones Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:14:14 +0000 Apple has presented its famous “reuse and recycle” trade-in program for its Italian customers and has done arrangements to move further with an outstanding market launch on the Australian continent at some point during the next week.


The computer giant is going on with trade-in program for iPhones in select nations around the globe. The Cupertino organization commenced the project in Italy and offers €220 (approximately $300) off on this revolutionary iPhone mobile phone. The program offer was initially identified by 9to5mac, demonstrated by a board in the nation’s Apple Store posting in the authorised Apple Store the application for iOS gadgets.


The modern Apple iPhone system originally named “reuse and recycle” was initially presented on the US market in August a year ago. However, gradually it penetrated the market of various countries, for example, in the UK in the month of October. Prior in March, the company presented the project in Canada and then Germany in the month of April, letting iPhone holders to exchange their old gadgets for new, more modern ones.


Apple further wants to export the system to Australia, a reliable source told the 9to5mac. The organization has been preparing Australian workers on the trade-in application for the past days with arrangements to start the trade-in activity in this south hemisphere state one week from now, the report pointed out.


The program allows the Italian clients to give back their older iPhone versions: 3G, 4S, 4, 5, 5C and 5S.  The clients will get a bonus card credit which might be connected to another iPhone 4s, 5c or 5s. The handsets are going to be checked by Apple professionals and ought to be in perfect condition. All gadgets having a good condition and accessories intact will get the highest rank. Clients can use the credit they received for one iPhone to purchase another one.


The computer giant has adjusted its reusing plan for other gadgets like upgraded iPads and Macbooks, iMacs, as well as iPhones and smart iPods. However, it doesn’t generally give much money for profit. Apple Advice points out in its Trade-In Guide for iPhone presented a year ago, outside organizations like Gazelle, Glyde or NextWorth give better prices for more out-dated iPhones.


With the much awaited arrival of the following iPhone in the month of September, smart phones enthusiasts will definitely need amazing deals for this upgrade.



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