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Computex 2015 - A little different from the hardware news of late, Conexant Systems, Inc. has just released its ultra-low power, high-performance HD Audio CODEC called the CX8200.
Set to improve your mobile experience in products ranging from notebooks, ultrabooks and tablets, this release "intelligently drives speakers to optimize sound pressure level (SPL) while providing best-in-class speaker protection and eliminating background noise" as pointed out in a recent press release.
It's main feature isn't music, but to remove any background noise when listening to voice over your speakers alongside a louder overall multimedia experience and Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) for voice dictation and virtual assistants like Microsoft's Cortana.
Samsung topped 6 million Galaxy S6 smartphone units sold in less than one month, according to the Counterpoint research group.
Furthermore, the April 10 to April 30 sales windows of the S6 and S6 Edge proved to be better than the Galaxy S5 in the same time frame in 2014 - and could surpass the overall popularity of the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
"The Samsung Galaxy S6 series has a chance to become the top selling smartphone overtaking Apple's iPhone 6 series, if production issues are solved," said Peter Richardson, Research Director at Counterpoint, in a statement published by Reuters.
People, don't be afraid to pay better attention to your surroundings while using your smartphone out in the world. A DJ in Oklahoma was walking into a building while using his Google Android smartphone, and accidentally stepped on a bull snake that was about four feet in length.
The non-venomous snake quickly snapped at the DJ, instantly biting him on the leg before trying to escape. Oklahoma has endured a large amount of rain, and it's possible the snake was just trying to get somewhere dry. Surveillance was taken from the O.K. Skateland, in Chickasha, Oklahoma, where the DJ was scheduled to work a birthday party.
I guess, even if people so engrossed in their smartphones aren't walking into poles, or disappearing into open manholes in the city, then they can still get punished while in less-crowded areas.
Computex 2015 - At the ASUS Zensation event, the Taiwanese giant unveiled its latest foray into the smartphone world in the form of the Zenfone Selfie, which you guessed it - is aimed at selfie addicts.
The ASUS Zenfone Selfie packs a 5.5-inch 1080p display with 403PPI and a 178-degree IPS-based panel with 400 nits of brightness. Inside, we have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, with a 13-megapixel camera on the front, and rear with dual LED real tone flash.
Computex 2015 - NVIDIA had lots to say about the GeForce and Shield product families here in Taipei, but one quote from company CEO Jen-Hsun Huang had my interest piqued.
Jen-Hsun was asked about the possible numbers on Shield sales, where he replied that the Shield family is just as important as GeForce, and expects the sales to be just as big in the future. Jen-Hsun said he hopes to see: "tens of, if not hundreds of million of sales" when it comes to the Shield product line.
With the new 4K-capable Shield here, an Android TV console, and the Shield Tablet and I'm sure we'll eventually even see Shield VR, NVIDIA is onto a big winner with its Shield line.
Calling Ronald Reagan, the Yugo and Rock 'n' Roll - can you imagine what an iPhone would look like back in the 1980s?
Well someone can and here's what they think it would look like. This 'Macintosh Phone 512Kb' is designed by Pierre Cerveau and features a pristine 'Flick to Dial' keypad and roughly seems to resemble a Nintendo GameBoy in size and thickness. Perhaps a little thin for how it would have really looked, it's an awesome concept either way.
I wouldn't mind 3d-printing one of these and throwing it up on display - I'm sure there are a lot of my friends that would believe this product is real too!
Chinese electronics company Xiaomi wants to have a larger presence in the United States and other lucrative markets, but doesn't want to make any foolish mistakes. Xiaomi wants to make sure it has a customer service department and other necessary infrastructure in place before blindly selling higher-priced electronics to consumers.
The company quietly launched the Xiaomi Mi store in the US and Western Europe, quickly selling out of devices - no smartphones or tablets available just yet - with low-priced headphones, fitness trackers and battery packs available.
"We are working on it," said Hugo Barra, VP of International at Xiaomi, while speaking during the Code Conference. "We don't have a set plan... we haven't picked a date yet."
During the ATAP session at Google I/O, the company's ATAP team showed off the latest prototype of Project Ara. For those of you who don't know what Project Ara is, or may have forgotten, it's the world's first modular smartphone.
The company has demoed Project Ara previously, but other attempts have had issues, with the latest demo proving that Project Ara works. Google engineer Rafa Camargo built a Project Ara modular smartphone on stage, adding modules to the frame, turned it on, booted it up with the latest version of Android, and took a picture of the audience. If that's not proof that Project Ara works, I don't know what is.
Project Ara will allow consumers to customize every single aspect of their smartphone: the processor, camera, RAM, battery, and countless other components of the smartphone. For those who don't use a front facing camera, don't install one! This space can be used for an SD card slot, or a bigger battery. Project Ara is aiming to hit a point where you won't need to buy an entire new phone when you want to upgrade, as you'll be able to upgrade just the components you want.
Google has introduced Android Pay, which will allow users to make purchases in retail stores without using a debit or credit card. Customers unlock a smartphone, place it near the retailer's contactless terminal, finalize the transaction, and can leave the store. Users don't even have to access the Android Pay app.
Some of the financial institutions include Chase, Capital One, US Bank, Citibank, American Express, MasterCard, Discover, Navy Federal Credit Union, and PNC.
Android Pay will also allow users to tap to pay while making purchases online, as they only need to click a "Buy with Android Pay" button.
Smartphone saturation in the United States, Western Europe, and other select regions has provided good opportunities for phone makers to sell devices to other countries. It's possible 1.2 billion smartphones could be sold in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and Mexico over the next two years, according to Google.
Smartphones are extremely popular in China and India - but higher price tags can scare away consumers - and more manufacturers want to cater to these markets with lower-priced models.
Google believes it's the perfect chance to promote its Android One initiative, designed so hardware manufacturers can create lower-cost smartphones running modern Android software.