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Phonebloks, a modular smartphone

It’s a throw-away society we live in; products do not stay for long here, and are not easily made flexible for changes. Smartphones are a case in point, every user of smartphone changes their handset is on average every two years. And when this happens, the whole thing is trashed intact and replaced with another, slightly better, fast model. The Phonebloks concept, Dave Hakkens is planning to change this short term way of thinking about these gadgets.

phonblocks modular phoneDutch designer Hakkens proposed the concept of Phonebloks, this is designed to run a counter on the current trend of smartphone manufacturers. Currently, the average consumer buys a phone, and uses it until it entirely breaks or is replaced by a newer model. After this, they either sell it, trade it with another or simply trash it to buy a better model or brand. Phonebloks is trying to change this approach. Phonebloks, which is expected to be a Smartphone is argued to be made up of modular elements.

This actually means that the Phonebloks handset will have a display panel of your choice. A battery pack of your own choice, a memory module with your own taste and choosing, and all rest of the components will be selected by you as well. This is going to be like a customized smartphone . These modules will be called bloks. These bloks will be connected to its mother or universal base which will effectively separate and combine the bloks together. Thesbloks will be connected to the base via pins, and an additional two screws to hold everything in place.

If an individual component breaks down, it can be replaced without changing the whole handset. Similarly, if you wish to upgrade an individual component, per say your Camera or Ram, you can do it easily by replacing a blok. Blokestore has been proposed by Hakkens to find similar bloks to suit your needs.

Phonebloks is just a concept and it needs a push from the consumers of the Smartphones all over the world, Hakkens (the one who coined this concept) has introduced this idea of phonebloks, but the fact remains that the consumer demand may not be fulfilled by this unique idea which is a big hurdle in making this concept a reality.

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US Market Takes a Breather

The past few days have been very dramatic in terms of Real Estate Events,  shares in Europe and Asia rose on Thursday and the following Wednesday US Federal Reserve surprisingly announced that it will not, as expected, start reducing its $85 billion-a-month bond buying stimulus measures.

US Market Takes a Breather ImageBut in the same week on Thursday, US Stocks took a breather when the Dow Jones Industrial and S&P 500’s average hit their all-time high on Wednesday afternoon.  Also, Internationally, MSCI’s share index across the globe rose to an almost of 1% reaching a five-year high on Thursday. The index tracks a total of 45 countries.

Comparing this with the US, the Dow Jones Industrial average just edged to a percentage of 0.26 and the S&P 500 dropped 0.21%. The Nasdaq edged up 0.15%. Agilent Technology’s shares gained a percentage of 3.4% after the statement that the company is going to split into two companies. Similarly Rite Aid shares soared more than 23% after the drugstore chain saw a ride in sales and profit forecast.

Shares of Walt Disney saw a decrease of 2% when Morgan Stanley downgraded their rating.  JP Morgan Chase shares also fell to 2% after it was reported that the bank is going to pay $920 million in penalties to regulators for settling liabilities from the “London Whale” derivative loss in 2012.

In Europe and Asia on Thursday, traders appeared to be shrugging off the Fed’s reasons for continuing the bond-buying stimulus; the central bank is concerned about the strength of the U.S. economic recovery. The bond-buying stimulus program known as “quantitative easing” has supported the financial, securities and housing markets and helped keep interest rates historically low.

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Toshiba’s 8-Inch Encore Tablet with Windows 8.1

Iconia W3 was recently launched by Acer, it is an 8 inch Windows 8 Tablet, launched in June this year. Since the launch of Iconia W3, Toshiba recently has teamed up with Microsoft to develop a tablet which has the latest features like Intel’s Atom Processor. This encore tablet was first displayed at IFA 2013, and it will operate under Windows 8.1 and is specially altered for Skype Video Calls.

Toshiba 8 in Encore Tablet with WindowsToshiba is arguing that this new 8 inch tablet has been designed for Windows 8.1, which allows users to experience a pocket friendly form factor. Users will be able to take great benefit of the new scaling abilities of the operating system which will allow them to make the most of the display available ( 1280 x 800 resolution). The screen offers AutoBrite HFFS Multi touch panel, this comes with a full mobile version of MS Office built-in. This also has the Xbox gaming app which can turn the tablet into a second screen for Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles. This app also serves as a free pass to the Xbox Music.

As this tablet is designed especially for video chats, VOIP Calls are promised to be from a 2 Mega pixel webcam, on the front end and back end, with dual microphones, there is also an 8 MP camera on the back which allows the users to capture still images and record Full HD Videos. Connectivity comes in the shape of one micro USB port and a micro HDMI port, it has dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology.

Having Intel’s Atom Processor, this 0.42 inch thin tablet includes a feature called the InstantGo, this allows the device to receive updates while it is in sleep mode so the tablet is at its best when it is resumed for work. Its models are available with 2 GB of LPDDR RAM having up to 64 GB of solid state storage along with the Micro SD expansion and up to a 7 GB sky-drive storage cloud. Encore will be hitting the Market in November this year.

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South Korea! Home to the Invisible Skyscraper

The Architects of an Architectural firm GDS recently have announced permission to build the “Tower Infinity” near the Incheon Airport which is just outside the city of Seoul, South Korea. It is going to be 450 meters tall, it may not be the tallest building in the world, but it does have a unique feature, this tower is going to be equipped with an extraordinary cloaking device.

Seoul Korea Invisible SkyscrapperGDS Architects representative described this tower in a statement that GDS is “trying to provide the World’s first invisible tower, which is showcasing innovative Korean Technology”.

The tower’s exterior will be equipped with different cameras, projectors and LED lights. Areas around the building will be covered by these cameras; these cameras will be connected together in such a way that these cameras will give a panoramic display through the projectors. This effect will make this skyscraper seem completely transparent from the outside after the projectors are turned on.

If you visit the website of the tower, there you will see how Korea is working to establish a rising position in the world, it is not constructing the tallest tower of the world but it will be developing a more powerful presence by “out shining” many other towers of the world.

Having the ability to go invisible is not the only attraction to this incredible tower, this tower will have the world’s third highest observation deck with theaters, restaurants, and it will also have an amazing water park. This tower will serve as a tourist attraction for Korea. The representative of the GDS Architects representative also added that, “we are looking forward to providing Korea and the whole World with a complete new model for what it means to be the greatest observation tower”.

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Another setback for Apple as it falls out of top five APEJ Smartphone race

Underperforming Apple has suffered another major setback as it has dropped out of the top five of the Smartphone race in the APEJ (Asia Pacific Excluding Japan) region due to the strong performance of Chinese vendors, according to a report published by IDC.

APEJ-Smartphone-Vendor-Market-ShareThe study suggested that the Chinese vendors are tightening their grip over the APEJ market owing to their considerably inexpensive handsets.

IDC predicated that the Smartphone shipments in the region will nearly double up by 2017 but the Californian manufacturer won’t have a significant share in that.

The analyst firm said that the Smartphone sales in APEJ in the second quarter of 2013 were dominated by Samsung that shipped 28 million units to secure 24% market share. Overall, 119 million units were shipped in the APEJ in Q2 2013. The Smartphones sales outnumbered featured phones for the first time in the period between April-June to grab 53% share of the overall mobile industry.

Apple’s fall in the APEJ region, where it single-handedly ruled for several years, did not appear as a big surprise as it has been consistently struggling against Samsung in almost all other big markets. A research firm,  Strategy Analytics (SA), last month reported that the overall market share of the California-based company hit a three-year low during Q2 2013 as it recorded only 31.2 million shipments compared to Samsung’s 76 million Smartphone units.

In APEJ all leading Chinese players such as Coolpad, Lenovo, ZTE and Huawei are responsible for Apple’s downfall, IDC said.

IDC in its study reported that the people in APEJ are gradually moving towards the homegrown brands as they accounted for 38% of Q2 2013 volumes, up from 20% in the second quarter of 2012, and 7% in the same period of 2011. The examples of these rising brands IDC believes are i-Mobile and GNET (Thailand), Lava and Micromax (India), K-Touch and Xiaomi (China), Q-Smart (Vietnam), i-Mobile and GNET (Thailand) and  S-CSL (Malaysia).

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Ericsson and Zamtel to Show 4G Mobile Communications Capability at UNWTO

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson and its Zambian counterpart Zamtel have reached a deal to demonstrate their capability to deliver high-tech Fourth Generation (4G) mobile communications technology at the ongoing 20th edition of UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Livingstone, the capital of the Southern Province of Zambia.

erricson-4g-zamtelThe demonstration, which will be the first-ever in of its nature in Zambia, was confirmed by Zamtel corporate communications manager Kennedy Mambwe.

The UNWTO conference, running from 23 to 29 August, has attracted delegations from over 150 UN member countries.

Ericsson and Zamtel will demonstrate live 4G mobile communications capability using a mobile communications network which will strengthen the shared version of the two companies to keep the mobile companies up-to-date with the latest innovations technology to ensure the delivery of high-tech mobile communications services in Zambia.

Zamtel, as a sponsor of the technology, has agreed with Ericsson to carry out a trial showcasing the advantages of 4G technology, which is currently not available in the southern African country.

The delegations attending the UNWTO conference will be able to experience internet speed of up to 50Mbps, which is considerably greater than the typical 2-3 Mbps speeds of 3G technology.

Zamtel CEO Mupanga Mwanakatwe expressed excitement over the development and promised that the company will continue to bring innovation to mobile infrastructure in the country progressively.

Hans Piet, the Head of Mobile Broadband for Ericsson in Sub-Saharan Africa, also expressed excitement over the proposed demonstration, saying it has given them the opportunity to showcase the vast benefits of the latest generation of mobile communications technology to Zambians and the international delegates.

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Pressy! A new button for Android Phones?

Yes, a new button called Pressy has been introduced by Nimrod Back and his team. Although touch screens have no doubt taken place of actual keypads, the importance of having buttons cannot be forgotten.   This is why this team came up with a unique idea of having an extra button called “Pressy”. This “Pressy” button plugs into your headphone port and it can give you all sorts of application access and many quick access functions.

pressy-review-pressy-is-herePressy offers its users a unique set of applications to access easily by just pressing it. This button is really cool, but to work efficiently it needs applications behind it, because this button enables the Users of the phone to perform different kind of events by just pressing it, like turning on the photo, turning the camera on and taking picturs instantly, texting a message, or updating your facebook status. “Pressy” gives you the ability to do all that, all the users have to do is just specify the number of presses for each action. Users can come up with different combinations and the Pressy will do everything the user wants. Like a simple small press will tell Pressy to call your best friend, one long press may turn on the flashlight.

This Application basically works in the background and keeps an eye on the Headphone Jack, this enables Pressy to catch the event of pressing whenever the user does it. It is the unique functionality of the Pressy because its main objective is to bring quick access to the user without getting into a rush searching apps in the long list of apps.

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Interest Rates and the Housing Market Recovery

Economic Recovery after recession has been the slowest since World War in 1948. Governments policies in America have been aggressive for economic growth, while it seemed like that the Feds have used everything they had to make the economy grow, they suddenly introduced the Twist Operation.

home.pricesOperation Twist allows people to buy long term bonds and sell short term bonds;  this action was carried out to increase the refinancing by offering a lesser rate of interest on long term bonds. This Operation Twist will increase the cash flow; such cash flow will help real estate, especially the housing business. This approach was well received. Although mortgage rates are expected to raise with this approach which may affect the housing business. Rates remain low, but the future rests with the level and rate at which they will increase.

Owing your own home is considered to be an essential part of the American Dream. No matter how much the Government involves itself in a free market, most of the time, the results can be a disaster. Around 2003, More Americans became home owners.  With demand came prices increase more thank the population did.  The prices began to peak at the end of 2006 and beginning of 2007. These prices were very high at the end of 2007. Meanwhile there are other statistics which tell us more about what  before this steep rise in prices, the ratio between median home prices and median income hovered around 3:1. For example, if an average home price was $90,000, average income was $30,000, a ratio of three to one. By early 2007, because home prices had risen much faster than incomes, this ratio expanded to over 5:1.

Are the mortgage rates going to rise? Will an average home price continue moving upwards? Is the US Economy trying to make a comeback? 

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Huawei plans to launch 5G by 2020

While many countries including US, UK and Asia-Pacific nations are just migrating from Third Generation (3G) to Fourth Generation (4G), Huawei  has already set the sights on Fifth Generation (5G) technology – and plans to commercially introduce it by 2020.

Huawei plans to launch 5G by 2020A report publish recently by Bloomberg says that the Chinese telecom equipment giant has devoted hundreds of engineers to research and develop the technology, which is proposed to offer speed 100 times faster than 4G.

The 5G service will run on 10GB per second, compared with 100Mb per theoretical maximum per second under 4G. The technology will also allow people to expectance fiber network like interface on a wireless connection.

Zhou Yuefang, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Huawei’s LTE business unit, said that there will be billions of connections in the next seven years and 5G can provide massive connectivity. He said the process for new broadband technologies to become mainstream and adopted by mobile ecosystem usually takes at least five years.

Yuefang said that the company will install small cells within buildings to improve the quality of indoor coverage and ultimately the 5G will have enhanced spectrum management flexibility. The COO, however, refused to disclose the amount to be spent for the development of technology.

Earlier this year, Samsung had claimed that it tested 5G wireless service in-house and that technology was hundreds of times faster than 4G. The South Korean electronics giant had also announced the version to commercially roll-out the technology by 2020.

Mobile internet services began with 3G. Its predecessor 2G was for voice calls, while 1G refers to an original analog, voice-only cellular telephone standard that was developed in the 1980s.

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ECONET introduces 4G services in Zimbabwe

Econet Wireless has introduced the much-anticipated 4G services in Zimbabwe, becoming the first local mobile phone operator to roll-out the latest fast speed and connectivity technology in the country.

ECONET introduces 4G services in ZimbabweZimbabwe’s telecom giant said its Long Term Evolution (4G) technology will go live in Victoria Falls ahead of the commencement of UN World Tourism Organization General Assembly’s 20th annual session, scheduled to be held in the resort town from August 24 to 29.

Econet CEO Douglas Mboweni said 4G technology, which is still not available in several European and Asian Pacific countries, is a gift for the Zimbabwean customers who were demanding the company to introduce more competitive value-added services.

He said that Econet, which was one of the pioneers in Africa to launch 3G well before countries like India and Nigeria, aims to utilize its expensive infrastructure to roll out a host of overlay services across the country.

The introduction of 4G technology in Zimbabwe means the customers will be able to surf internet, exchange e-mails and download movies and other high-definition stuff from the internet at speeds much faster than they have ever been able to enjoy in the past.

Initially the LTE technology will be available in specific locations such as international airports, five-star hotels and other high-profile locations in the major cities of the country including capital Harare, second-largest city Bulawayo and Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions.

Mr. Mobweni didn’t reveal that when the 4G technology will be available throughout the country but said Econet Wireless is primarily targeting the high-traffic localities.

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