Over the last few years there has been a technological surge in the application of Smart Phones and Touchscreens. You probably already have one and if you do you’ll know about the constant updates, interface reworks and new models on the market.
It’s all a sure sign that this area of technology is booming. Facebook gets around 100 million unique visitors every month via mobile technology. Everyone uses Smart Phones and Touchscreens in some way and for good reason.
Smart Phones are great, the ability to manage finances, do your food shopping, check the weather,buy Christmas presents, anywhere at any time, on a piece of plastic that you can put in your pocket. You have to have some kind of grudge against technology to not make use of it.
But by the same token, you have to make use of it to stay in the loop. Most marketing is carried out with Smart Phone and Touchscreen technology in mind. To be up to date with the latest in modern society, you kind of need a Smart Phone.
Researchers at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) achieved a speed of one terabit per second, which is significantly faster than current data connections. It was announced earlier this year by Ofcom that they would expect 5G to be available in Britain by 2020.
The 1Tbps speed could potentially see an individual download a file 100 times the size of a feature film in about three seconds, but obviously it remains to be seen whether the speed can be replicated in real world conditions. As yet, there is no accurate timescale of when 5G will be rolled out, and many people are still not satisfied with 4G coverage so there is a long way to go. This does show, however, that 5G can be extremely fast, and we’re sure the record will be broken numerous times before it’s available throughout the whole of the UK.
Good news for all WhatsApp fans! The popular messenger app is now available to use via desktop for the first time in its existence.
The service which debuted in 2009, has always been a mobile-only app but now can be accessed via the Google Chrome browser.
To connect your WhatsApp service to your desktop, you need to visit the WhatsApp website and scan a QR code using the most recent version of the app on your smartphone. Messages will then sync between the mobile and desktop device.
One downside to this news is that iPhone users have been excluded from this extension.
“Unfortunately for now, we will not be able to provide web client to our iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.” (WhatsApp)
South Korean electronic giants Samsung have announced that they’re launching a new range of audio products ahead of the CES 2015 showcase next week.
One of the most anticipated speakers is a futuristic-looking set with 360-degree output and a variety of curved soundbars. Known as the WAM6500 and WAM7500 speakers, they also use ‘ring-radiator’ technology which projects audio in all directions. The WAM7500 speaker is also moveable and comes with a rechargeable battery, so perfect for portable use.
Samsung have also announced three new soundbars including the 8500 model which will offer improved audio quality, 9.1 channel sound and additional speakers on either end.
The CES 2015 showcase is in Las Vegas and starts on January 6th so not long left till we find out everything else about these exciting products.
Electronics giant Sony has been told that it will need to provide consumer refunds thanks to ‘misleading’ advertisements for its PlayStation Vita in the US.
FTC targeted a particular advert which claimed that PS Vita users could PS3 games at any time and then continue where they left off on the PS Vita. FTC said;
“This feature, however, was only available for a few PS3 games, and the pause-and-save capability described in the ads varied significantly from game to game. As we enter the year’s biggest shopping period, companies need to be reminded that if they make product promises to consumers – as Sony did with the ‘game changing’ features of its PS Vita – they must deliver on those pledges. The FTC will not hesitate to act on behalf of consumers when companies or advertisers make false product claims.”
Sony will now have to provide consumers who purchase the PS Vita before June 1st 2012, a $25 cash/credit refund or a $50 merchandise voucher.
Nintendo have announced their financial results for the second quarter of the financial year, and there’s some good news with Wii U sales rising.
The console has been slow in popularity but figures reveal that over 610,000 Wii U consoles were sold within the second quarter, which is double the figure from the previous 12 months. Although the rise in sales are good news, Nintendo are still way off their sales targets. The company will now be hoping that the impending release of Super Smash Bros will boost figures even higher.
In other news the Nintendo 3DS saw its sales fall from 2.49 million last year, to 1.27 million. This isn’t too much of a surprise with a stagnated market and also smartphone gaming becoming much more popular.
Sure to disappoint Xbox One gamers, publishing giants Konami have revealed that the PlayStation 4 version of PES 2015 will render at 1080p. Why is this annoying to the Xbox user you ask? Well that’s because Konami have stated that the One version will only display at 720p.
This information was disclosed on the official webpage of Konami, so seems pretty legit. The information also revealed that both versions of the game will run at sixty frames per second.
This shouldn’t really come as a surprise, as Konami associate Hideo Kojima revealed that the PlayStation 4 had better hardware for developers.
“I think, between the home consoles available in the domestic market, the PS4 is the best. It’s also excellent for graphics, being able to render 1080p at 60fps with room to spare. Since it does it a little better than other hardware, the image quality of the PS4 is the most beautiful. It’s the closest to the photorealistic quality we are aiming at.”
Microsoft have announce a bunch of new features coming to their console – the Xbox One, within the next few months.
The main updates are;
A new media player app – which allows you to play media files from a USB device or home media server which supports DLNA. The preview version will be USB only, but the DLNA version is coming soon.
Xbox One digital TV tuner – as said in description, a tv tuner for the Xbox, which is scheduled for release this October in Europe.
Boot-to-TV – Xbox One users will now be able to set their system up to boot directly to TV, when coming out of standby mode.
Mobile broadband is crucial in society today, and without it we’re unable to browse the internet, use online apps or read our emails, and 4G promised to be significantly better than 3G, but that’s not quite happened yet.
4G is flaky throughout towns and cities and even when you’re connected you may struggle to see the difference between 4G or 3G, but that said there’s already talk about 5G and 6G. First, it would probably be more apt to improve 4G coverage. When you do hit a good spot and you get the 4G icon appear on your mobile phone or tablet, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the fast results, but it’s quite a rare instance.
Many people feel as though 3G is suffering as well as 4G, and it may take time before these are corrected, so for now many mobile users will have to wait for fast speeds across all towns and cities.
Mobile Banking transactions have doubled in the past year. It seems a mobile banking “revolution” is underway in the UK as 5.7 million transactions are made per day via mobile devices.Mobile banking is a system that allows customers of a bank to conduct a number of financial transactions through a mobile device such as a smart phone. These transactions include: checking your balance, asking for loans and paying the bills. Consequently this “revolution” has led to the closure of some branches as there is now a decline in the use of day-to-day banking.
But is mobile banking a good thing? Mobile banking is much more flexible than day-to-day banking and you can do it on the move. Mobile banking offers many advantages, such as easy access and plentiful applications for smart phones. It gives you more control over your money. However, since 1989, the UK has lost over 40% of its bank’s branches partly due to the increase of mobile phone banking. Furthermore, hackers mainly focus on stealing money from mobile bankers. Twice as many malicious programs were found to be targeting smartphones and other mobile devices with mobile banking apps installed on them in 2012.