Microsoft Will Stop Surface 3 Production In December 2016.

Microsoft Will Stop Surface 3 Production In December 2016.

In December 2016, Microsoft is scheduling to end production of its Atom-based Surface 3 tablets. The tablet has been in short supply across dealer and even on the Microsoft Store, which the company has now established to Thurrot is due to a gradual phase-out, with manufacturing ending altogether by the end of the year.

On the other hand, despite being an exciting device, specialists said that there are indications that Surface 3 is being discontinued and an example is that, the stock is now running very low. Most of the models have already been listed as out-of-stock and Brad Sams of Thurrott noted that only the 64GB/2GB WiFi + LTE model units are available for purchase.

This case of inaccessibility, resulting from undersupply of units, is normally a hint that production has slowed down or has come to an end already. To clear the gossips, Microsoft stepped forward and confirmed that the company is planning to sell the Surface 3 only until December 2016.

The original Surface Pro and Surface RT and were declared just over four years ago, but neither was a smash hit out of the gate. The Surface RT was manufactured on an underpowered Nvidia Tegra 3 and Microsoft desperately flubbed its messaging on how its ARM-compatible variety of Windows varied from its x86 counterpart. Surface 2 accessible much-improved presentation courtesy of Nvidia’s Tegra 4, but it was Surface 3 that give back the lower-end Surface platform to the x86 arena, courtesy of Intel’s x7-Z8700 SoC. That chip proposal a base clock of 1.6GHz, a 2.4GHz base frequency, two LPDDR3-1600 memory channels, and a Scenario Design Power (SDP) rating as low as 2W.

Of the three non-Pro Surface tablets, the Surface 3 was by far the best-received of the bunch, which makes Microsoft’s withdrawal with no word of a successor a bit of a surprise.

"Since launching Surface 3 over a year ago, we have seen strong demand and satisfaction amongst our customers," a company spokesperson said to Thurrott. "Inventory is now limited and by the end of December 2016, we will no longer manufacture Surface 3 devices."


Google Is Going To Launch Its Own Smartphone This Year

Google Is Going To Launch Its Own Smartphone This Year

When we talk about Google's phones, we talk about Nexus phones, which are not fully Google phones. Google works with phone makers like LG, HTC, and Motorola to make Nexus phones. According to a media report, Google may release its own brand of a handset by the end of this year. The technology giant is in considerations with mobile operators about discharging a Google-branded phone, the Telegraph informed on Sunday, citing sources familiar with the discussions.

However, previously this month, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that the company has no plans to make its own smartphone as of now. He also said that the company will continue to work with other OEMs to build Nexus phones.

Known for its internet software, the technology giant in recent years has taken steps into hardware by releasing its own laptops, tablet computer, and other gadgets. Google now improves the Android operating system that runs on 80 per cent of smartphones sold around the world. It also recommends a range of phones made by partners such as Huawei and LG under the Google Nexus brand.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai had, though, earlier said that “our plan is still to work with hardware partners”. Its own phone would permit Google to control the Android software, getting the future of services such as the Google Play app store and Google search engine that run on it, the report said.

It appears highly questionable that Google will close Android for others. But if it does come out with its own smartphone, it will give Google an authority over others. The Google phone will support the company control how its OS can be best improved. 

In April, Google officially established a hardware division which is regulated up by Rick Osterloh, a former president of Motorola. The division was shaped in an effort to streamline the production of all the hardware presently in development.
Twitter Adds Stickers Features For Photos

Twitter Adds Stickers Features For Photos.

Twitter has started rolling out a way to not only add stickers to our photos but to also have them be searchable. In the app, select from a “rotating set of stickers,” then resize and move them around as we see fit on any photo. Existing photo editing tools will also still be available, such as cropping, doodling or adding filters.After it’s been tweeted, we can search established on the stickers added.

From masks, hats and smiley faces to food, animals, and gadgets, the company declares users will be able to choose from its library of “hundreds” of colourful stickers that can be added anywhere on a photo.

“We’ve really upped our game in photo sharing in recent years and our launch of stickers will bring a new kind of fun to Twitter photos,” Rory Capern, managing director of Twitter Canada, tells the Financial Post.

Native support for photos was added to twitter five years ago, and the company has gradually been incorporating features, but nothing on the scale of what we’d expect from Instagram. According to Twitter chief marketing officer Leslie Berland, millions of tweets with photos are referred daily, and the presence of what’s being called “visual hashtags” will usher in a new search capability — what hashtags did for tweets, stickers will now do for photos.

“#Stickers give people a fun way to add their own unique style to their photos and connect them with others around the world,” explained Berland. “By making stickers searchable, like hashtags, we’re enabling the best of Twitter: Making it easy for people to create conversations around events and experiences that are happening right now.”

These sticker packs cover a variety of categories, including smiley faces, accessories and emotions, food, animals, transportation, sports, symbols, flags, technology, and more.

Embeddable stickers aren’t accurately new, as others — such as Snapchat and Path — have maintained them for a while. But, having them be searchable will come in handy when observing up specific photos on Twitter, and also on search engines like Google. This should also demand to advertisers, giving them one more opportunity to target their promoted posts. Previous this month, Twitter permitted emojis to be targeted, and while the company hasn’t clearly said stickers are fair game, it’s not far-fetched to think it could happen soon.

Earlier updates to photos on Twitter contain the addition of  tags, and filters along with editing skills, such as cropping; making them more easy to get to users who are visually impaired; and more.

Facebook Hires Top Ex-Google Executive For Internet Projects

Facebook, The social networking giant has hired a co-founder of Google’s Fiber high-speed Internet project, aiming to make stronger Facebook’s internet connectivity team—to bring internet access to more places around the globe.

According to tech news site Re/Code, Facebook has hired Kevin Lo as its Director of Infrastructure Connectivity and Investments to help lead Facebook's partnerships such as Terragraph - a project to bring Wi-Fi to dense urban areas and Facebook's partnership with Microsoft to construct a fiber optic cable.

Later Lo confirmed his appointment on his Facebook Page, saying that he wishes to bring onboard over four billion people who lag behind in terms of using high-speed Internet services.

" I'm excited to let you know I'm joining Facebook this month as Director of Infrastructure Connectivity and Investments. I'll help shape our strategy and investments with partners to build wireless technologies and ecosystems that improve global connectivity," he wrote.

According to Report, the Facebook has taken Kevin Lo to handle company’s new projects like fibre-optic cable contract with Terragraph and Microsoft—to bring well connectivity to thickly populated urban areas.

Facebook has established that neither the company will be putting any money into becoming an internet service provider—like Google Fibre nor that Lo will work on Free Basics.

Lo has been with Google since 2010, where he co-founded the company’s fiber project, along with managing its business, product, and operations. He resigns Google in 2015, shortly before its reorganization in August.

This is the second time Facebook has made a high-profile hire from Google, the first being Regina Dugan, who earlier ran the search engine’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division.

Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Displays

Apple has been apparently working on a refreshed Thunderbolt Display and is likely to release it sometime this year. Now, though, Apple has issued a statement saying the current Thunderbolt Display will only be offered till stock lasts, but it won't reload stocks. In other words, Apple is discontinuing the Thunderbolt Display.

“We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users,” said an Apple spokesperson.

It is not clear why Apple has decided to make a declaration regarding the discontinuation of the display and if it means a new 4K or 5K display is on the horizon. 

Stock shortages in advance of WWDC sparked reports that Apple might be scheduling to announce a new display at the event, but no new hardware seemed and Apple instead concentrated on software for Macs, iOS devices, Apple TVs, and Apple Watch devices. 

It isn’t clear whether Apple plans to track with newer versions that use 5K resolution displays at 5120 by 2880 pixels, which is the display technology Apple uses on its high-end iMac. There was rumor earlier that a new version would be declared at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference this month.

An Apple spokeswoman failed to comment on whether Apple strategic to offer a refresh to the display. Apple said in an emailed statement that “there are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users.”

The new displays are estimated to come with combined GPU and a screen resolution of 5120x2880 pixels. Rumors claim that Apple has decided to participate a GPU into the display to make it future ready. The integrated GPU will support the new Thunderbolt Display maintain compatibility with future Macs, and will also decrease the requirement of high-resolution displays to be powered by high-performance computers featuring top-end GPUs.

In any case, the option that Apple might just have killed off the entire product line cannot be ruled out either. The new displays were likely to be declared at WWDC, but that obviously didn't happen either.

WhatsApp Is Working To Improve Music Sharing And Larger Emojis

The biggest messaging service has again come with new updates which will be offered soon. Last week the WhatsApp has been marked earlier this week and it seems to get much better music sharing features and larger Emojis. According to a German report, the coming features were spotted in the WhatsApp for iOS beta, just like mentions and group invite links. 

It is also thought that WhatsApp is able to share music stored locally on their devices as well as can be tracked from Apple Music. With the music update, the user can share the music with the contacts also. The recipient will see album art as well as a music icon. Presently shared ‘audio’ files do not have this functionality. Apart from this update, it is also believed that the upcoming WhatsApp update is also said to contain the ability to create public groups that are anyone with an applicable link can join a chat or the group. 

Upcoming to larger emoji - the move keep an eye on Apple's opening of larger emoji with iOS 10, and WhatsApp seems to be making for their introduction, using what's said to be the same size of emoji - three times bigger than regular ones.

Previously this month, WhatsApp established a feature that permitted users to quote messages when replying. The user wants to long press a message in any conversation to see a reply option pop up alongside star, forward, delete and copy.
Coolpad Cool VR 1x Headset Launched For 999rs Only

Coolpad Cool VR 1x Headset Launched For 999rs Only

Coolpad has introduced a reasonable virtual reality headset called the Cool VR 1x in India. The device has been rated at Rs 999, and will be presented exclusively on Amazon India. Apart from Coolpad devices, the VR headset is accomplished of proposing a VR experience to most smartphones with screen sizes between 4.7-inches and 5.7-inches.

As per Coolpad, the Coolpad Cool VR 1x is compatible with Coolpad Note 3 Lite, Coolpad Note 3, Coolpad Note 3 Plus and Coolpad Max. It is highly suggested to use devices well-found with HD screens and above for an improved VR experience.

The Chinese company declares its VR headset comes with 'customizable lenses' that permit a user to optimize the object distance and the focal length, something it says makes it comfortable to use for long durations. 

Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India said, "With visual reality being the new fun gadget for the Y generation and fast catching up with youth, we are eager to enter this space and offer the 'Cool VR' to our fans. This launch is in line with our strategy to bring Coolpad's accessories to the Indian market and we will be soon unveiling other products in this growing segment such as Power Bank and Smart Watch by 2016."

He further added, "According to a recent report, the global VR market is expected to touch an estimated $120 billion by 2020 and India, with its huge smartphone base, is set to become the largest VR market. The timing is perfect for the launch of wearable products in India and with our superior technology offering, we are confident in generating the favorable response in this segment as well like we did in the smartphones segment."

Xiaomi Qicycle Electric Folding Bike Launched

Finally on Thursday, Xiaomi has introduced its much-anticipated electric folding bike Quicycle at an event in China. The smart bike has been estimated at RMB 2,999 that amounts to approximately Rs 30,000.

As the name advises, the bike is electric and foldable. It also appears to be very compact, with Xiaomi claiming that when folded, the bike can be small enough to fit into the boot of most cars. That amount may seem high for a cycle, but electric bikes are deceptively very popular in China and Xiaomi’s earlier offerings were well received.

The bike uses a technique that Xiaomi’s calling Torque Measurement Method to decide how much assistance to give the rider when pedalling. Xiaomi declares that the motor can give 45km of range on a single charge. Xiaomi is quick to point out that these are the same batteries used by Tesla in their electric cars. The bike is powered by a 250W 36V motor which gets its juice from 20 Panasonic 18650 batteries providing 2,900mAh each.

"As more people move to the edge of towns and cities, traffic congestion may get worse. Many people will drive their cars into the city centre to get to work," Xiaomi says in its statement. "How you wish you have a bicycle with you right now?" 

The bike has weighed only 14.5 kg and is made of carbon fiber. All the parts, excluding the main beam and the tires, can be folded to fit into a small car's trunk.

Like Xiaomi's other IoT devices, the bike can be associated with a companion smartphone app, which deals GPS navigation and measures real-time fitness parameters such as the mileage, speed, distance covered and the calories burnt.

Xiaomi has long declared that it is much more than a smartphone manufacturer and the introduction of this bike further boosts their position as a consumer-oriented Technology Company.  Apart from smartphones, the company has given customers a slew of other products from wearables to smart water purifiers, drones and much more.

Xiaomi has not yet open if the bike will be sold outside China yet.  

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