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Morning folks. It’s another beautiful, somewhat cold day. As you struggle to get out of bed and head for the nearest cup of coffee, have a look at what’s been going up, down and sideways in the world of tech.
In the beginning, there was Bendgate, now its Crescentgate
The release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone + Plus was indeed one of pomp and circumstance. It brought a plethora of new features including a much larger screen and a somewhat refined design. Although everything looked well and good, soon users were complaining of a major issue with the new device; reports and images started coming in of several iPhone 6 Plus devices reportedly bending or slightly curving with the least amount of pressure. This was “Bendgate”.
So after several outcries, press releases and returned iPhones, it seemed that the controversy was put to rest. Or so we thought. According to several sources including Reddit, some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users have been complaining that the front camera on their devices tend to shift inside the housing itself causing a crescent shape to appear. Thus Crescentgate is born.
Initially noticed by several users of Reddit snf MacRoumours, it was’t taken seriously until the number of such cases rose to questionable numbers.
Samsung’ reportedly thinnest Smartphone, the Galaxy A7 pictures and specs leaked
Samsung’s Galaxy A lineup was recently released and now we have leaked photos of its third model in the lineup, the Galaxy A7. Initially noticed by Chinese certification site TENAA, the online listing for the device is that it is indeed Samsung’s thinnest Galaxy smartphone measuring 150.9 x 75.9 x 6.3 mm and weighs around 133g. As far as the specs go the Galaxy A7 is reported to have a 5.5″ 1080p display and sports a 64-bit capable 1.6Ghz octacore Snapdragon 615 chip backed up by 2GB of RAM and a non expandable storage of 16GB. A 12MP rear camera and 5MP front camera are also included and the device ships with Android 4.4.4 KitKat right out of the box.
Mozilla brings back Firefox to iOS
Although Mozilla has not too iOS friendly for a while now (because Apple refused to let its own web engine run on the platform), the company has had a change of CEO and with it, their views about iOS too. In a tweet sent out by Lukas Blakk who is the Firefox release manager, he states that “We need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.”
Although not officially disclosed by Mozilla, there are reports that the company has been in discussion to bring back the browser to iOS via a closed event in Portland.
In addition, Matthew Ruttley who is the Manager of data science at Mozilla, also took to Twitter with a photo which has Mozilla VP speaking along side Apple’s iPhone 6 tweeting, “Firefox for iOS!! Let’s do this!!!”
Google releases new Device Assist App
If you’ve recently purchased a new Android smartphone then this is the app for you. Although you would have to be a US resident, own a either a Nexus, Google Play Edition, and/or Android One device and also be running Android 5.0 Lollipop.
If you DO fulfill all these criteria then you can go ahead and download Google’s own Device Assist app. It basically gives you a walkthrough on how get things done the Android way and includes several tips and tricks (accessible via scrolling to the right. It can also teach you to do things like setting Google Now, how to use a Chromecast with your device etc.
In addition, if all else fails, at the bottom of every screen you will find the Contact Support button. When clicked, the app will send your device information to Google for analysis and a more in-depth report. From there, you can then request a a professional to call you back and help sort out issues
Apple could make your iPhone spin in mid air during a fall
It’s not something we look forward to, in fact we all dread it; dropping your smartphone on the ground. But Apple is trying something new. The company was recently granted a patent for a somewhat futuristic iPhone protection mechanism that would shift the phone’s centre of gravity via calculating the point of impact and thus saving internal components from damage.
Developed by Nicholas V. King and Fletcher Rothkopf, the system relies on sensors to track the physical activity and positioning of the device via accelerometers and gyroscopes. The information gathered from these sensors will be processed by the CPU during a fall and a motor will then apply a force inside the phone and cause it to land on its side or back this incurring minimum damage. In addition, the device would also include miniature gas canisters and sliding weights that move about internally in order to save the phone from damage.