Oosh Design Q Minimalistic iPhone Dock

Minimalistic iPhone Dock

iPhone users looking for a very minimalist iPhone dock may be interested in a new design created by Oosh Design and named the ‘Q’. The cube shaped minimalist iPhone dock has taken to the Kickstarter crowdfunding website this month and has already raised the funds it requires to make the jump into production.

Check out the video below to learn more about this small yet practical minimalist iPhone dock that is now available to back by Kickstarter from $29 for early bird backers.

Oosh Design the creators of the Q explain more about its inspiration and design. The iPhone dock Is available in a number of different finishes including brass and copper and is compatible with everything higher than an iPhone 5.

‘Q’ is the result of a minimalistic obsession. To take away complexity of our life, form and function become obvious. ‘Q’ is assembled with original Apple lightning cable, to create the most efficient design possible. Precisely machine crafted stainless steel, brass or copper, it becomes an truly authentic object that fits your domestic environments.

Facebook Unveils Surround 360, an Open Source 360-Degree 3D Video Camera

Facebook Unveils Surround 360, an Open Source 360-Degree 3D Video Camera

Taking video recording to the next level, social media giant Facebook unveiled its own 360-degree stereoscopic 3D video camera at the two-day F8 developer conference underway at Fort Mason in San Francisco, California.

The company calls this new device the Facebook Surround 360, and this summer, it will give away for free both the camera’s hardware designs and the complex software that weaves the camera’s myriad images into one complete three-dimensional landscape.

Built for $30,000 (roughly Rs. 20 lakhs), this black circular camera has a disk-shaped spaceship-like design that has 17 evenly spaced lenses.

The camera records images from all 17 of those lenses and produces a 360-degree spherical video for viewing virtual reality headsets like the Samsung Gear (stereoscopic 3D) and on ordinary smartphones, tablets, and PCs (monoscopic).

surround_360_fb_1.jpgSimilar types of videos are already popping up in News Feeds on the Facebook social network.

You can think of these videos as a bridge to the kind of full-fledged virtual reality Facebook plans on offering through the Oculus Rift, the VR headset it released late last month.

Facebook said that although the Oculus is primarily a way of playing games, but soon the headset will foster a new breed of communication and entertainment atop its social network.

Here Is What Siri Thinks of Game of Thrones

Here Is What Siri Thinks of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is around the corner – 11 days for season six premiere in the US and 13 here in India – and it seems the developers at Apple have a lot of free time on their hands.

Note: Mini spoilers below.

Siri, the digital voice assistant included with all iOS devices, has been programmed with a bunch of responses to different questions surrounding the show, Westeros, and its always-on-the-verge-of-death inhabitants.

If you ask Siri “Do you watch Game of Thrones?” expect to hear one of the following:

  • “Yes. I’d ask Jon Snow for some hints, but he knows nothing.”
  • “Who me? Siri, First of the Name, Siri Siliconborn of House Apple, Ruler of the Alarms and the Reminders, Guardian of the Calendar Appointments, Keeper of the Ontologies, Flipper of Coins. Yes, I am watching.”

game-of-thrones-siri-01.jpgIf you say “Winter is coming” or “Is winter coming?” Siri’s responses aren’t so great:

  • “Does a Lannister always pay his debts?”
  • “I can’t get the weather for Westeros right now, but I can get the weather in West Hollywood.”

game-of-thrones-siri-02.jpgThe first doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, and the second would be much better if it paid any attention to my geolocation.

And Siri obviously has a few quips ready for the question on everyone’s lips: “Is Jon Snow dead?”

  • “Well, you know what they say to Death… Not today! But why would tomorrow be any better? Anyway, I’m not exactly sure.”
  • “‘Dead is dead’. Or is it ‘What’s dead may never die’? No, wait, ‘Death is so terribly final’? I give up.”
  • “I don’t know. I just hope someone is setting up doggie daycare for Ghost.”

game-of-thrones-siri-03.jpgAlso, once in a while, Siri will just resort to the quintessential “Hodor” response, a favourite among men both living and dead.

HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for a sixth season on April 24 in the US, and will be telecasted by Star World Premiere every following Tuesday at 10pm.

Hawking, Milner, and Zuckerberg Invest in Interstellar Spaceships

Hawking, Milner, and Zuckerberg Invest in Interstellar Spaceships

World-renowned British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking on Tuesday teamed up with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in a $100 million (roughly Rs. 663 crores) effort to make tiny spaceships capable of interstellar space travel.

Hawking and Milner made the joint announcement at a press conference held at One World Observatory in New York City on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.

The project, dubbed “Breakthrough Starshot,” is a research and engineering programme that aims to build laser beam propelled “nanocrafts” that can travel at 20 percent of lightspeed – more than 1,000 times faster than current fastest spacecraft.

According to Milner, once the “nanocrafts” are built, they could reach Alpha Centauri, a star 4.37 light-years away, approximately 20 years in a fly-by mission.

Alpha Centauri is one of the closest star systems to the solar system and the current fastest spacecraft would have to spend 30,000 years to get there.

The “nanocrafts” are gram-scale robotic spacecrafts consisting of two main parts: a computer CPU sized “StarChip” and a “Lightsail” made with metamaterials no more than a few hundred atoms thick.

Although weighing just a few grams, the “StarChip” is a fully functional space probe, which carries various equipment including cameras, navigation and communication.

“The ‘StarChip’ can be mass-produced at the cost of an iPhone,” Milner said.

The “nanocrafts” can then be propelled into space by a powerful laser beam, which according to Avi Loeb, a theoretical physicist and panellist at the news conference, will carry a power of 100 gigawatt.

“This is the power needed to lift off a space shuttle,” Loeb said.

Milner and the scientists believe that with the rising power and falling costs of lasers, the entire process is practical within a couple of years.

“Fifteen years ago, it would not have made sense to make this investment. Now we have looked at the numbers, and it does,” Milner said.

The project was part of the Breakthrough Initiatives first launched in July 2015 by Hawking and Milner, including a series of research plans to scan the 100 galaxies closest to the Milky Way in search for aliens. “Starshot” is its newest endeavour.

Hawking believes that human’s innate sense to transcend limits is the driving force behind the project. “Gravity pins us to the ground, but I just flew to America.”

While one cannot hear the joking tone through Hawking’s voice synthesizer, his humour had been easily received.

What the scientists are looking for is not just reaching Alpha Centauri, but what can be learned during the efforts.

“A lot of science will be learned by the process of going through this, making this happen,” said panelist Mae Jemison, a former Nasa astronaut.

“There is big task ahead, there’s a big leap in getting something of a micro size to go at some percentage of the speed of light. That will have all kinds of reverberations.”

Tuesday also marked the 55th anniversary of the first human space flight by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

“Today we commit to this next great leap into the cosmos because we are human and our nature is to fly,” Hawking said.

Taxi Drivers Block Streets in Buenos Aires After Uber Launch

Taxi Drivers Block Streets in Buenos Aires After Uber Launch

Uber, the smartphone app that connects riders and drivers, launched Tuesday in Buenos Aires without authorization, triggering protests by taxi drivers who blocked major avenues and snarled traffic.

“The Uber smartphone app will be available as of 4:00 hours today Buenos Aires time, and can be downloaded at the App Store,” the San Francisco-based company said on Twitter.

Although ride-hailing apps have risen rapidly to become a booming industry, they face stiff resistance from traditional taxis and bans over safety concerns and questions about legal issues including taxes.

Taxi drivers often complain that Uber drivers do not pay for permits or taxes; Uber argues it is not a transport company like taxi firms – just an app.

“What they are doing is illegal. They are not delivering transport under existing laws,” Buenos Aires transport chief Juan Jose Mendez told TN television.

The Argentine capital’s sprawl engulfs 13 million people, and millions more commute in and out every day.

The city alone has some 38,000 taxis.

Uber does not employ drivers or own vehicles, but uses private contractors with their own cars instead, allowing them to run their own businesses.

Licensed taxi drivers, who must undergo hundreds of hours of training in some countries, accuse Uber of endangering their jobs by flooding the market with cheaper drivers who need only a GPS to get around.

LG G5 SE Is an LG G5 Variant for Select Markets Powered by Snapdragon 652 SoC

LG G5 SE Is an LG G5 Variant for Select Markets Powered by Snapdragon 652 SoC

Ever since LG applied for ‘G5 SE’ trademarks in South Korea, the company was rumoured to be working on a toned-down version of its LG G5 flagship. Now, the South Korean company putting an end to speculations has confirmed that the LG G5 SE is a new G5 flagship variant featuring octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC.

LG has confirmed to Android Authority that the “LG G5 SE is indeed the LG G5” that’s meant for select markets including Latin America, China, and other regions. LG appears to be following the lead of HTC which on Tuesday unveiled the HTC 10 and HTC 10 Lifestyle smartphones catering to different markets. The HTC 10 smartphone in the US packs the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC while the HTC 10 Lifestyle comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC.

We will have to still wait for LG’s official G5 SE announcement to see the other differences between theLG G5 and its SE variant.

As for the specifications of the flagship, the LG G5 features a 5.3-inch QHD display (1440×2560 pixels) featuring always-on display technology. The always-on display is a highlight of the new flagship from LG and allows users to check time, notifications and battery status among other pieces of information. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded using a microSD card. It sports a 16-megapixel and an 8-megapixel rear camera, with the former featuring a 78-degree lens and the other with a 135-degree wide-angle lens. On the front side, there’s an 8-megapixel camera. Other features of the LG G5 include a 2800mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.

LG had announced that it would launch the G5 flagship smartphone in India in the next quarter.

Online Shopping Top Reason for Accessing Internet in India

Online Shopping Top Reason for Accessing Internet in India: Survey

Online shopping is the top reason for Indians to access Internet followed by social networking, said a joint survey by American Express and Nielsen on Tuesday aimed at gaining consumer insights on online buying habits.

Titled “Understanding Online Consumers”, the survey undertaken in six cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad – discovered banking, booking tickets and emailing quickly followed shopping and connecting with friends to access the Internet.

In the survey, 98 percent respondents voted for online shopping, 96 percent for social networking, and 95 percent for banking, emailing and booking tickets.

According to the survey, the main drivers for online transaction include ease of paying online (51 percent respondents), safety and security (43 percent) and faster processing (39 percent).

Cashback offers (40 percent), discount coupons (38 percent) and cheaper prices (36 percent) are the other major pull factors for virtual shopping, the survey said.

“With a booming e-commerce and e-services market, brands have become price-competitive, 60 percent of respondents cited that they get enticed to shop online during discount days,” it said.

Growing inclination to pay utility bills online is another trend found by the survey.

“Three out of four people pay their utility bills online. Tech-savvy youth (age group 18-30 years) aptly targeted by online recharge and utility bill payment platforms, show higher adoption rates (81 percent) for online utility bill payments,” said the survey.

Delhi and Bengaluru (81 percent) lead in online utility bill payments followed by Jaipur (75 percent) and Ahmedabad (72 percent) and Mumbai (69 percent).

Plastic money also beat hard cash as the preferred mode of payment for shopping. “70 percent Indian consumers prefer online shopping with cards over cash on delivery; quick and safe refunds being the key reason for their preference,” said the survey.

Women are more active in the virtual shopping landscape, leading online transactions above men, with 74 percent of the female respondents use plastic money for online transactions.

“Women are using credit and debit cards to shop on their mobiles (98 percent) and book flights online (56 percent). Women participants (98 percent) also have higher penetration of mobile apps as compared to men (81 percent),” the statement added.

iPhone SE Now at Rs. 999 Per Month Under Apple’s New Corporate Leasing Plans

iPhone SE Now at Rs. 999 Per Month Under Apple's New Corporate Leasing Plans

Apple is not only targeting retail customers with the new iPhone SE (Review) but it also wants corporates to use it on lease.

Corporate users can now get the 4-inch smartphone for as low as Rs. 999 per month for a lease of two years, which add up to a total of Rs. 23,976. Similar plans are available on other iPhone models as well including the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. While the 16GB iPhone 6 comes with a price tag of Rs. 1,199 per month for 2 years, iPhone 6s users would have to shell out Rs. 1,399 per month for the same amount of time.

In addition, corporate users can at any time upgrade their iPhone models by paying the change in monthly fee depending on the model. This new offer by Apple might see some success in India as this gives a chance to use the iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s at Rs. 23,976, Rs. 28,776, and Rs. 33,576 respectively for 2 years, presuming there’s no down payment involved. For reference, the iPhone SE costs Rs. 39,000, while the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s cost Rs. 52,000 and Rs. 62,000 respectively, though they are available at a lower price online as well as offline.

Other iPhone and iPad models are available as part of the lease program as well, which is only available to corporates and not directly to individuals. We reached out to Apple for more information on the corporate leasing plans advertised via a leading daily on Tuesday, but no details were forthcoming. We will share more information with you as and when it becomes available.

FBI-Apple Court Clash Created Unproductive ‘Emotion’

FBI-Apple Court Clash Created Unproductive 'Emotion': Comey

FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday he was glad a court fight in California over access to a locked iPhone had ended because it “was creating an emotion around the issue that was not productive,” likening the emotion and passion around the discussion to the debate over gun control.

Comey told an audience of Catholic University law school students that the FBI was correct to ask a judge to force Apple to help it hack into the phone used by a gunman in the December mass killing in San Bernardino, California.

“That litigation,” he said, “had to be brought, in my view, because that case had to be investigated in a reasonable way.”

But generally speaking, Comey said, lawsuits and court fights won’t resolve the broader collision between privacy and national security. He said he regretted that the San Bernardino case in particular had “created an emotion around the issue that was not productive.”

“We can’t resolve these really important issues that affect our values – technology, innovation, safety and all kinds of other things – in litigation,” he said.

The Justice Department last month told a magistrate judge that it had managed to access the phone of Syed Farook without Apple’s help – though it didn’t say how – effectively ending the case. The FBI is examining the device, but officials have not revealed whether any useful information has been recovered, and they have not said whether they will share with Apple the method they used to break into the phone.

Comey said one “unintended benefit” of the Apple case has been greater public dialogue and engagement about the balance between privacy and security. But he said he hoped “some of the emotion would come down” and that the dialogue was not well-served by “being tweeted about” or being spoken of in absolutes.

“Some of the emotion that I’ve received around this issued remind me sometimes, in the absolutist and slippery slope arguments, reminds me of some of the rhetoric we hear in the gun debate,” he said.

Comey said the debate would continue given that there are “plenty” of cases affected by encryption. The Justice Department last week said that it would continue trying to force Apple to reveal an iPhone’s data in a New York City drug case.

HTC 10 Lifestyle in India Instead of HTC 10? No Decision Yet, Says HTC

HTC 10 Lifestyle in India Instead of HTC 10? No Decision Yet, Says HTC

HTC on Tuesday unveiled its flagship smartphone and announced that the phone will come in two variants featuring different Qualcomm Snapdragon processors catering to different markets. The HTC 10 comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM, while the HTC 10 Lifestyle packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor and 3GB of RAM. However, both HTC 10 and HTC 10 Lifestyle feature the same design, audio, camera, and display, with a similar software experience, and battery life.

HTC’s India website listed the HTC 10 Lifestyle, which indicates the HTC 10 Lifestyle is definitely headed to the country. Many saw this as a sign that the HTC 10 will not be launched in the country. However, anHTC spokesperson told Gadgets 360 that the listing should not be seen as confirmation that the HTC 10 will not launch in India, and an official announcement will be made soon.

If this happens, the Taiwanese company’s strategy will not be new as several companies including Samsung have in the past launched different variants of its flagships targeted at different markets. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S7 in India is powered by an Exynos processor while the handset packs Snapdragon 820 in select markets. LG may follow the suit and launch the new LG G5 SE variant in India, which features the same design as the original LG G5 but with slightly different specifications including the Snapdragon 652 SoC instead of the Snapdragon 820 SoC.

htc_10_colours.jpgThe unlocked HTC 10 edition has been priced at $699 (approximately Rs. 46,500) and is available in the US from the company’s site. It will be available in Glacier Silver and Carbon Grey. The Taiwanese company has said that the handset will start shipping in early May and will come with HTC’s Uh Oh Protection, which will offer users one replacement at no charge within the first 12 months for a cracked screen or water damage.

For specifications, the HTC 10 features a 5.2-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) Super LCD 5 display with a pixel density of 564ppi. It comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense running on top and supports Nano-SIM.

The HTC 10 and HTC 10 Lifestyle sport a 12-UltraPixel laser autofocus camera with dual tone LED flash, BSI sensor and optical image stabilisation (OIS). They come with f/1.8 aperture and Sapphire Lens (in some regions including India). There is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera as well featuring autofocus, BSI sensor, optical image stabilisation (OIS), and auto selfie (keep still or smile).

The HTC 10 and HTC 10 Lifestyle feature the BoomSound tech with the company claiming the handset was “engineered for audiophiles.” The BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition comes with Dolby Audio, native support for Apple AirPlay, and three microphones with noise cancellation. It packs a 3000mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0 with cool charge. Connectivity options on the HTC 10 include Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, DLNA, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, and 4G.