iMac 2017: How Apple Can Beat The Microsoft Surface Studio

Apple’s ubiquitous all-in-one desktop, the iMac, is due for an upgrade soon. With rumors stating that the Cupertino-based tech giant is finally looking to update its most iconic desktop computer this March, it is time to see what Apple could do in order to ensure that the 2017 iMac is a device that would attract consumers. After all, with machines such as the Microsoft Surface Studio competing in the same market, the all-in-one industry has gotten a lot more competitive and challenging. Considering Apple’s reputation, however, there is a pretty good chance that its upcoming device, the iMac 2017, would be able to reign supreme in the all-in-one market just the same. In order to overcome devices such as the Surface Studio, here are three things that the iMac 2017 must have. Kaby Lake Processors Specs about the iMac 2017 are pretty scarce, with Apple being very secretive about any developments in the device. Despite this, however, it is almost certain that the Cupertino-based tech giant would be utilizing Intel’s 7th-generation Kaby Lake processors for its latest all-in-one desktop, according to a PC Advisor report. After all, Apple has developed a reputation for using only the best that the industry has to offer. Fortunately for the 2017 iMac, Intel’s Kaby Lake chips would come in its favor. https://t.co/iOu7lgdAXp : #iMac2017 #Apple – iMac 2017: Apple Hard At Work To Deliver Unparalleled Desktop With Performance; Q1 2017 … pic.twitter.com/EYpmP4w3yL — TREND GIZMO (@TrendGizmo) January 12, 2017 This is because its biggest competition, the Surface Studio, still runs Intel’s 6th-generation Skylake chips. While the Surface Studio’s Skylake processors still manage to give the all-in-one massive computing power, the 2017 iMac’s Kaby Lake chips would most likely blow its rival’s performance out of the water. Coupled with Apple’s rather lightweight macOS, a 2017 iMac running Intel’s 7th-generation chips would be no less than a monster. Virtual Reality Support Apple has shied away from virtual reality so far, but it appears that the time is right for the Cupertino-based tech giant to fully embrace the emerging technology. With this in mind, there is no better product in Apple’s lineup that would be more perfect for VR than the 2017 iMac. After all, with the current trends in virtual reality, the iMac 2017’s neat, minimalistic design would be a godsend for users of high-end virtual reality headsets. VR compatibility would most likey be possible, since the iMac 2017 is rumored to feature AMD’s Radeon Polaris graphics chips, according to MacWorld. With AMD’s notable graphics chips in the machine, the iMac 2017 would most likely be capable enough to run premium-grade VR programs. If Apple manages to pull this off, it would no doubt give the best in the all-in-one market a run for their money, including, of course, the Microsoft Surface Studio. My vision of Apple’s new 2017 iMac ( 24″ & 27″ ) #iMac #appleimac #imac2017 #newimac #appleimac2017 #usbtypec #usbc pic.twitter.com/0v7dviWlTX — łobias (@officialitec) December 29, 2016 A Reasonable Price The word “reasonable price” and Apple rarely go together, considering the Cupertino-based tech giant’s reputation for releasing only premium-grade devices that cater to the higher end of the market. However, with regards to the iMac 2017, the time is simply right for Apple to do something different and release a device at a more reasonable price than its rivals. This is because its competitors, such as the Surface Studio, are as pricey as they come. Microsoft’s all-in-one starts at $2,999 and goes as high as $4,199. If Apple could offer the iMac 2017 for a lower price, it would be a far better deal for most consumers than its biggest rival. After all, even if Apple offers the iMac 2017 at a lower price than the Surface Studio, it would still be premium enough to command a price that is worthy of the Cupertino-based tech giant’s brand. With its more advanced processors, the iMac 2017 is already a better deal than its Windows 10-based counterparts. Coupled with VR capabilities and a reasonable price, however, the iMac 2017 could go far beyond the competition. For al intents and purposes, it might very well be the most successful all-in-one desktop this year. [Featured Image by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]

Surface Pro 5 Rumors: Three Features We Need To See

Rumors about the Surface Pro 5 are abounding, but actual details about the upcoming powerhouse hybrid from Microsoft remain scarce. Considering that rumors stating are that the flagship 2-in-1 would see an early 2017 release date, here are three particularly important features that the fans of the device definitely need to see in the Surface Pro 5. ARM Variant While the Surface Pro series have always been formidable, the devices have always lagged behind the competition in terms of mobile connectivity. This is one of the reasons why the current iPad Pro, an arguably inferior productivity device compared to the Surface Pro 4, still commands a fairly high market share. With no devices that can connect to the internet without Wi-Fi, the Surface series continues to compete at a disadvantage. This particular weakness might soon be addressed, however, as Microsoft is rumored to release a variant of the Surface Pro 5 with an ARM chip, according to a Digital Trends report. A short clip recently released on Twitter, which featured Windows 10 running on an ARM processor, appears to confirm this speculation. With an ARM chip, an LTE-capable Surface Pro 5 becomes a very real possibility, and once this happens, it would be very bad news for the SP5’s competitors. https://t.co/fG6dUrzHtj : #SurfacePro5 #MWC – Surface Pro 5 Release Date: MWC 2017, with 4K Display, Kaby Lake CPU, Price from $750 pic.twitter.com/IViXdF4w5c — TREND GIZMO (@TrendGizmo) February 18, 2017 Power, Even More Power The Surface Pro 4 became such a huge success because it was a revolutionary device that featured the specs of a high-end laptop in a package that fits right in with the sleekest tablets in the market. The device’s reveal, where the Surface Pro 4 was compared not against the iPad, but with the MacBook Air, was pivotal in the hybrid’s eventual success. This, of course, must happen again with the Surface Pro 5. Simply put, the upcoming device must have power. Lots of it. If rumors are any indication, however, Microsoft would not be sparing any expense in terms of the Surface Pro 5’s specs. Speculations are high that the device would feature Intel’s Kaby Lake Core i5 and i7 processors, up to 16GB of RAM, USB Type-C and a 4K display, according to a TechRadar report. These specs are rumored to be paired with an improved Surface Keyboard and a revamped Surface Pen. Once more, these specs would make the Surface Pro 5 a more worthy rival to the 2016 MacBook, instead of the upcoming iPad Pro 2. Microsoft might have actually leaked the #SurfacePro5 – twice https://t.co/exdnOvmGq0 pic.twitter.com/rVU0YXBzqF — Cupid (@sir_caztic) February 21, 2017 A Bigger, Better Battery What really annoyed a lot of Surface Pro 4 users was the fact that while the device performed beautifully, it simply did not have enough juice to last a whole day. Overall, the SP4 was a runaway success, but it quickly gained the reputation of being a powerful, sleek device with very poor battery life. With the Surface Pro 5, this particular stigma must be completely addressed and removed. Fortunately, rumors are high that the Surface Pro 5 would, unlike its predecessor, be packing a very capable battery unit. While details about the upcoming device’s battery are scarce, speculations indicate that the upcoming hybrid would most likely feature a battery that would enable the Surface Pro 5 to last around 10 hours without charging. Considering that the device would most likely be compared against Apple’s 12-inch MacBook, a 10-hr battery life seems appropriate. Much of the Surface Pro 5 remains a mystery, with details about the device being hidden by the tech giant extremely well. As the rumored Spring 2017 announcement date of the Surface Pro 5 approaches, however, speculations about the device have begun trickling in at a steady stream. From what could be determined so far, the SP5 would, just like its predecessors, be a formidable device that is capable of moving past its class and compete against the performance of full-fledged productivity devices. If these rumors prove true, 2017 might very well be yet another successful year for Microsoft. [Featured Image by Andrew Burton/Getty Images]

Nintendo Switch: Can You Beat Retro Gamer John Cena On The '1-2-Switch'?

Yesterday a WWE Superstar, today a pro Nintendo Switch-er. John Cena shares his gamer history and favorite Nintendo Switch game. We’re just a few more days from the Nintendo Switch official release date and as of now, Forbesreports that it’s next to impossible to pre-order those bad boys because Nintendo Switch pre-orders are sold out almost everywhere. It looks like the suspense and the promos are kicking off the Nintendo Switch quite well—that or Nintendo just failed to produce enough Nintendo Switch units, considering the flop that was the Nintendo Wii U. As of writing, Eurogamerreports 12 games will release with the Nintendo Switch on the 3rd of March, with only three Nintendo titles, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 1-2-Switch, and Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! From all these titles, WWE Superstar and new Nintendo Switch ambassador (of sorts) John Cena shares his favorite Nintendo Switch game. Starting my day with @NintendoAmerica and the new #NintendoSwitch. Who’s ready for some #Zelda: Breath of the Wild? #ad pic.twitter.com/UO8piJ2Atf — John Cena (@JohnCena) February 23, 2017 Micreports that Nintendo Switch is partnering with John Cena to go around the US and hold pop-up invite-only Nintendo Switch Events. The last event, where Nintendo Switch erected an Aspen pop-up in the middle of the California desert, saw John Cena and his new favorite Nintendo game—and no, internet, it’s not Miitomo. who is bullying my john cena pic.twitter.com/NNShUaztwd — Stonepa (@Stonepa11) February 23, 2017 Talking to Mashable, John Cena shares that as a professional WWE wrestler that’s always on travelling and moving around, Nintendo Switch is a welcome addition to his mobile gaming since he only plays games on his tablet nowadays. 1-2-Switch is a game made for a dude like me—I love it. It’s something that is very social and I think it’s really something that can be enjoyed by anyone. That’s a game that you want to get together with friends as adults and have a fun party night where everybody just flies off the handle — 1-2-Switch is built for that. What a fun way to spend an evening with a bunch of crazy adults having coffee or tea or whatever adult beverages you want to have. 1-2-Switch is an upcoming party game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch, which will offer 28 different minigames that utilize the motion sensors, infrared sensors, and HD rumble of the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers. Some of the 1-2-Switch‘s interesting minigames are Milk, which uses gestures and buttons to milk a virtual cow; Ball Counting, where players guess how many balls are rolling around inside a virtual box using the Joy-Con’s HD Rumble feature; and Baby, where you get to play house and rock a baby to sleep on the Switch’s Handheld mode. Have fun with your friends on the Nintendo Switch’s 1-2-Switch [Image by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Nintendo of America] When asked, however, John Cena reveals that his favorite 1-2-Switch games are Quick Draw, which resembles a cowboy showdown; and the quirkier Runway, where you get to play model by strutting down the runway and posing to musical cues. John Cena playing Quick Draw [Image by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Nintendo of America] And, of course, just like every juicy interview, Mashable had to prod John Cena which 1-2-Switch game he’d like to play with his current nemesis, Bray Wyatt. John Cena Had A Nice Message For Bray Wyatt While Being Pinned On Smackdown Live (Video) Details Here: https://t.co/8sRz3qTSY7 pic.twitter.com/m0JxGyzB6F — IWNerd.com (@InnerN3rd) February 18, 2017 For those who lived under a rock this February, Bray Wyatt just stole the WWE World Championship title from John Cena at the Elimination Chamber this month, and this has left John Cena in quite a vengeful mood. I would pick Fake Draw[to play against Bray Wyatt] and I will tell you why. Because Bray Wyatt talks a lot — and I know I’ve been talking your ear off about video games in this interview — but if you listen to Bray Wyatt speak on SmackDown, he talks a lot, and he’s very prophetic when he talks and I think he gets caught up in his own words a lot. At Fake Draw, you really have to listen. Bray Wyatt is very skilled in the ring, but he’s also one who likes to hear his own voice, and I think as far as Fake Draw is concerned, he would either fire early — which is a problem for some dudes, not for me — or he just wouldn’t be paying attention and I would be able to beat him to the draw John Cena reveals that his gamer self goes a long way back, back to the time 8-bit games of the ’80s home console boom. I’m a relic from a bygone era. If I were to walk around in my game personality, I would be an 8-bit graphic interface. That was my sweet spot. That was my youth, man, I was at the right age when the Nintendo explosion happened in ’84/’85. I got my first 8-bit system in ’85 so I remember Nintendo Power subscriptions. I remember when The Wizard came out — they showcased the Power Glove for the first time. I remember losing in Track and Field to a kid who had the NES Advantage [controller] and the turbo button and I was blown away. He should’ve been tested for PEDs because he had the unfair controller Apart from the “gold-cartridge Zelda” that John Cena loved from the old ’80s NES, he also lists Tecmo Super Bowl, Baseball Stars, Castlevania, Ghosts and Goblins, Ninja Gaiden, Ikari Warriors, Metal Gear, Super Mario Bros., and Urban Champion as his favorites. This is why John Cena, alongside you retro game fans, will be pleased to know that Trusted Reviews confirmed that one NES or SNES title will be downloadable on the Nintendo Switch per month. Nintendo Switch will release worldwide on March 3, 2017. [Featured image by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Nintendo of America]

Apple Will Now Fix iPhones With Third-Party Screen Repairs And Not Void Warranty

iPhones who had third-party screen repairs are now being accepted and fixed by Apple stores under warranty—but there’s a catch. Many electronic devices, not only limited to Apple iPhone devices, are very strict when it comes to offering warranty services to devices that have seen third-party alterations and repairs. Botch open your Xbox One and poof! Warranty out the door. Bring your cracked iPhone to a non-Apple repairer and bam! Goodbye AppleCare+. But those are the dark days. Today, new information has leaked via Apple Insider that’s bringing back the “care” in AppleCare+. According to various sources that has confirmed the leak to Mac Rumors, an internal memo was distributed by Apple this week, changing the old policy that instructed Apple technicians to deny warranty services to iPhone units with a third-party display repair. Before, when you bring in an iPhone unit that has been tampered with—meaning if you’ve had its screen changed in a non-Apple-certified store—Apple will not fix the device or replace the broken part under the in-warranty pricing, regardless of whether you’re still within your standard one-year warranty period or AppleCare+ Protection Plan. That means that you’ve just let your warranty wash down the drain, no matter how much extended protection you’ve paid for, the moment you let them non-Apple people touch your iPhone. Apple technicians follows an iPhone warranty protocol [Image by George Frey/Getty Images] However, after the memo that was sent out to Apple stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers this week, there are a few new things to note. Apple will now accept and try to fix broken parts of your iPhone, and charge you with the in-warranty price, even though you’ve had a third-party screen repair or replacement, as long as you’re still within the warranty or AppleCare plan. But there’s a caveat—Apple will only fix iPhone issues that do not concern the replaced display. So if the iPhone unit is still under warranty but the required fix is display-related, or you would like to replace your third-display altogether with a genuine Apple product, the Apple technician will charge you the out-of-warranty pricing. If, however, the iPhone fix required is not a display issue per se, but the presence of the third-party part is causing the repair to be unsuccessful, the customer will be charged the out-of-warranty price to replace the third-party part that’s causing the malfunction. Apple technicians, however, are still instructed to decline fixes or repairs on any iPhone that has undergone functional failure due to unlicensed third-party aluminum enclosure, logic board, battery, Lightning connector, headphone jack, volume buttons, mute switch, sleep/wake button, and certain microphones. While this new Apple memo proves to be a (tiny tiny) little more lenient with iPhone customers, it’s still quite a pinch if you’re turning in your iPhone for repairs. Ballpark, an out-of-warranty screen replacement at an Authorized Apple Service Center for a standard iPhone 6 would cost you $129 easy. This is why a lot of iPhone owners are turning to third-party repairers, carrying with them the promises that it’s just as good as a genuine Apple fix, but at an enormously low price. But if you know yourself to be quite the klutz, not caring for shock-proof iPhone casing at all, then it’ll be better for you to invest in an AppleCare+ Plan. AppleCare+ will set you back an additional $99 for a three-year additional protection for your iPhone or iPad. In hindsight, however, you will save tons of money since AppleCare+ covers accidental damange and will repair or replace your iPhone for a set fee of $79, whether you break it or just carelessly drop it in the pool, Mac World reports. A 3-year AppleCare+ coverage costs $99 [Image by KP Photograph / Shutterstock] According to Tech Radar, the new Apple memo regarding iPhone third-party displays has only been confirmed in the US and Canada as of the moment, but they are expecting other regions to be included in this change in policy, as well. [Featured image by Vladimir Borozenets / Shutterstock.com]

Apple AirPods For iPhone 7 Are Still Hard To Find

Apple’s AirPods are considered the first true wireless earbuds that offer a combination of good sound quality, decent battery life, and wireless convenience. Rolling Stone described the AirPods as “pretty f***ing cool.” “And while $159 is still a pretty penny to spend on far less than audiophile-grade headphones, it’s a bargain for the experience of walking around, totally wire-free, with a personal soundtrack pumped directly into your brain. In a nutshell: pretty fu***cool.” The review adds that connecting these buds is far easier than connecting other Bluetooth products. Forbes also likes the AirPods and says they are made of pure magic. “That’s right folks, these Bluetooth wireless headphones require no button pushing or connection with the physical world. They are simply magical. Many wizards worked tirelessly on either the optical sensor and motion accelerometer technology or the marketing campaign. The lines are blurred. Magic does that.” Apple’s AirPods have received great reviews. [Image by Daryl Deino] The article adds that the five hours of battery life are actually quite impressive considering how small the buds, which come with a charging case, are. However, if you want to walk or drive over to the Apple Store or Best Buy to get the AirPods, you will likely be out of luck as they are almost impossible to find. BGR has the news. “At this point it seems like Apple’s AirPods might never be in stock regularly at Apple stores. The company’s truly wireless earbuds were first released all the way back in December, and yet they’re still impossible to buy unless you’re willing to basically stalk your nearest Apple store location and snag a pair the moment they’re made available,” says columnist Maren Estrada. Twitter is full of people who are trying to find the AirPods. @SamGolbach I can’t find any AirPods at any store. Are they on back order or something?? — RΛUl (@raulg127) February 23, 2017 is unbelievable that @Apple can’t keep Airpods in stock, i’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. — young???????? (@avaryfields) February 21, 2017 Meanwhile, two weeks ago, Apple put out an AirPods alternative — the BeatsX wireless earbuds. The buds are wired together but still connect to the iPhone wirelessly using Apple’s advanced W1 chip. Time noted that the BeatsX are easy to set up, comfortable, and good at muffling outside noise. However, they didn’t like the fact that the BeatsX don’t always stay in your ears during heavy exercise. The reviewer also didn’t like the fact that the power button is hard to find. The BeatsX are considered an alternative to the AirPods. [Image by Daryl Deino] CNET gave the BeatsX four stars. “The BeatsX is a comfortable, lightweight, water-resistant, neckband-style Bluetooth headphone with a secure in-ear fit and good sound quality. It pairs instantly with Apple devices, rolls up to fit in an included carrying case, and charges quickly via Lightning, not MicroUSB.” However, CNET didn’t like the awkward push on treble and the extra long cord that could easily get tangled up. Unlike the AirPods, the BeatsX are pretty easy to find at the Apple Store and other locations such as Best Buy. When it was announced that Apple would be leaving off the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 (and 7 Plus), plenty of people were upset. After all, the standard headphone jack has been an audio staple for several decades. However, there have been plenty of wireless headphones and earbuds that have been released for the iPhone 7 over the past four months. Thanks to Apple, it looks like the headphone jack is about to become a memory from the past. [Featured Image by Daryl Deino]

Music Streaming Service Options: Which One Is Right For You?

On the market for a new music streaming service? Well, it’s not as hard as you may think. If numbers tell you anything, you would say that Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services out there. The service got a major boost from Prince’s music alone. Prince’s Warner Bros. music returned to Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, and other music streaming services on Sunday, Feb. 12. The late musician trended on Twitter, and his streams gained 6,323 percent in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. His music was only available on Jay Z’s Tidal. According to Billboard, his music hit 4.77 million on-demand streams on the days of Feb. 12 and 13. It was up 74,000 streams in the previous two days. Prince’s most-streamed songs include his hit songs like “Purple Rain” (333,000 streams), “Let’s Go Crazy” (328,000), “When Doves Cry” (320,000), “Little Red Corvette” (237,000) and “Kiss” (214,000). In addition, every album he released since 1978 (For You) through 1992 (The Love Symbol) is available on the music streaming services. Unfortunately, The Black Album (1994), The Gold Experience (1995), and Chaos and Disorder (1996) are still not available for streaming. More people are streaming music than ever, especially after the Grammy Awards that took place on Sunday night. The popular way to check out new music and new albums are to stream it online since it’s more affordable than buying a single song or album. Nielsen has also reported that 80 percent of music listeners have admitted to listening to music online in the past year, according to CBS Minnesota. Streaming means that you can listen to music on your phone or computer without having to download a file. But, now there are more music streaming services than ever and it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. Here are some ways how the top music streaming services break down their plans: Amazon Prime Music is available for $99 per year. It includes free two-day shipping, Amazon Prime TV, and of course, Amazon Prime Music. It also allows you to make a voice-command request for new music. It’s an attempt to make listening to music more social again. Apple Music is only $10 per month and allows you to download the music to your phone or device. Plus, you can listen to albums and songs not available anywhere else such as Taylor Swift’s full album catalog. Pandora is available for free or you can pay $5 per month to enjoy the music without ads. It also includes features such as the virtual DJ, which allows you to create your own playlists. Pandora is said to launch an on-demand service that will rival with Spotify later this year, which will only cost $10 per month. Spotify is also available for free or for $10 per month unless you’re a college student. It allows you to make your own playlists, follow your friends, and choose your own songs and artists. It also creates weekly personalized lists so that you can check out new music or similar artists. Tidal is like Spotify except that it’s not available for free. It costs either $9.99 or $19.99 per month. Both pricing levels come with the same access to exclusive content and user experiences, but the $19.99 option includes high-fidelity sound. Audials Tunebite 2017 Premium is the new version of the well-known legal music streaming recorder that allows users to benefit from their subscriptions to music streaming services and create or listen to their own custom-made playlists. They can search for specific tracks on major music streaming platforms, which are preconfigured in the software. Therefore, you can listen to and save streams as high-quality track (MP3, WMA, AAC) such as from Spotify to mp3. Other products of the same company also allow you to listen to music on the over 100,000 radio stations ranging across 120 genres, or enjoy videos, movies, and TV shows, reports Music Industry News Network. Audials Software is available on Windows PCs. The Audials Radio App is available for both Android and iOS. It allows you to transfer music to your smartphone or tablet without a cable. All these features are available quickly and easily for free while taking a strong stance against illegal downloading and pirating. Audials Tunebite 2017 Premium automatically adds album art, ID-3 tags, and song lyrics to further customize your recordings or your playlists. You can also manage your complete music collection, save them to the cloud, or listen on your phone, tablet or game console. [Featured image by Rawpixel.com/ShutterStock]

More Details Of The New Nokia 3310 Revealed Before MWC 2017 Announcement

This year’s Mobile World Congress is certainly going to be one of the most significant ones in recent history. Apart from the possibility of Samsung revealing some details about its newest flagship phones for 2017, one of the most awaited launches at MWC 2017 would be the official comeback of Nokia to the world of smartphones. As part of this comeback, Nokia is reportedly also planning to bring one of its most iconic handsets, the good ol’ Nokia 3310, back to life — albeit in a slightly updated, modern form. It was just last week that the Inquisitr first discussed the possibility of this comeback. A week on, we have some more information about the Nokia 3310 and the features this updated version of the phone could sport — nearly two decades after the classic Nokia 3310 was first released back in September 2000. According to a Chinese-language technology website Vtech, the major difference between the new Nokia 3310 and the old one would be the fact that the newer device would come with a color display that would also be larger in size compared to the older model. The original 3310, as you might be aware, featured a grayscale display. However, the overall design language of the phone would remain similar to the classic phone. While the phone would be much thicker compared to existing Android handsets, the refreshed Nokia 3310 is expected to be much thinner and lighter than the original handset. New Nokia 3310 will have a color display, report says, so ‘Snake’ will look super dope https://t.co/C9blewQZi4 pic.twitter.com/YYpwNR8l3f — Mashable (@mashable) February 24, 2017 The updated Nokia 3310 is not expected to be a smartphone — thanks to its expected sub $100 price tag. But it is likely to feature a more advanced software, making the device much more capable compared to the original. The handset is also likely to be shipped with the legendary Snake game that was one of the most popular mobile games of the time. Like the original Nokia 3310, the new model is also expected to be released in a plethora of color options, including red, yellow, and green. It is not yet clear if the handset would be released worldwide or whether it would only be released in countries like India and China where there is still a huge demand for feature phones. First details of ‘new’ Nokia 3310 released. https://t.co/3aonRwcLTq pic.twitter.com/tFRpawvH1Q — TheLADbible (@TheLadBible) February 23, 2017 The Nokia 3310, as mentioned earlier in this article, was released nearly 17 years ago as a successor to the Nokia 3210. One of the prime features of the Nokia 3310 at the time of its launch was the fact that it did not have a protruding antenna — like most of the other handsets at that time used to have. The phone was also fairly compact, although when you look at it now, it would seem very bulky. The Nokia 3310 went on to become one of the most successful handsets ever with more than 126 million units sold. In the years since the release of the Nokia 3310, the handset earned a reputation for being a very resilient handset that could not be destroyed easily. In fact, the handset went on to earn cult status and has been the source of several funny memes with some even claiming that the phone would easily survive a nuclear blast. While Nokia followed the Nokia 3310 up with successors like the Nokia 3315, 3320, 3330, 3350, 3360, 3390, and the Nokia 3395, none of them really matched up to the success of the good ol’ 3310. Only the hugely popular Nokia 1100 smashed the sales records set by the Nokia 3310. In fact, the Nokia 3310 to this day has an ardent fan base and you can still buy the handset from sites like eBay and Amazon. Anyway, at this point, we should also let you know that there has been no confirmation (or denial) from Nokia regarding the launch of this new Nokia 3310. If the launch does happen, it would be on February 26, just two days from now at HMD’s event a day before MWC 2017 kicks off. Would you buy the Nokia 3310 if a new version is launched this year? [Featured Image by Aman Firdaus/Flickr/Cropped and Resized/CC By SA 2.0]

Surface Pro 5: Top 3 Rumored Features That Will Dominate The iPad Pro 2

The hybrid market is set to be very competitive this year, with the upcoming release of powerful devices such as the Surface Pro 5 and the iPad Pro 2. While Apple’s powerhouse tablet is set to be the tech giant’s most formidable mobile device yet, Microsoft’s champion in the hybrid stage appears to be a league beyond its biggest rival. Here are three features that would allow the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 to dominate Apple’s iPad Pro 2. Kaby Lake Processors One thing that has become synonymous with the Surface Pro series is the devices’ powerful processors. Instead of utilizing chips that are designed for mobile devices, machines such as Microsoft’s current 2-in-1 flagship, the Surface Pro 4, are equipped with laptop-grade processors. This means that unlike the iPad Pro 2, which is expected to come with an A10X processor, the Surface Pro 5 would most likely be released with Intel’s 7th-generation Kaby Lake chips, according to Trusted Reviews. While Apple’s A10X would definitely be a formidable processor on its own, there’s a good chance that it would pale in comparison to a Kaby Lake Intel i5 or i7-series chip. Overall, while the A10X would make the iPad Pro 2 into a powerful tablet, it would still be a mobile device at its core. On the other hand, the Surface Pro 5, with its laptop-grade processors, would be a full-fledged productivity machine that is comparable to a capable PC. [Image by Tim Warner/Getty Images] Surface Dial, Keyboard And Pen The success of hybrid devices on the market depends largely on how effective their accessories are. With the iPad Pro 2, these would be the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, and with the Surface Pro 5, these accessories would be the Surface Keyboard and Surface Pen. If rumors are to be believed, however, the Surface Pro 5 would also come equipped with a smaller version of the Surface Studio’s Surface Dial, the all-in-one’s revolutionary tool. The quality of the Surface Keyboard already far surpasses Apple’s Smart Keyboard, and the Surface Pen is already more than a match for the Apple Pencil. What might ultimately seal the iPad Pro 2’s fate, however, would be the inclusion of the Surface Dial, which would undoubtedly boost the productivity capabilities of Microsoft’s upcoming 2-in-1. After all, the tool’s usefulness in numerous apps is undeniable, as proven by users of the Surface Studio. [Image by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images] Windows 10 One thing that users of the original iPad Pro noted is that the tablet, while extremely powerful and robust, was still running iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system, according to MacRumors. Thus, there are a number of tasks that the Cupertino-based tech giant’s device could simply not perform very well, such as true multitasking with multiple apps and windows that are open at the same time. Unfortunately for the iPad Pro 2, Apple has all but confirmed that the upcoming tablet would still be running iOS. This problem, however, does not exist with the Surface Pro 5. The Surface Pro 5 runs the full version of Windows 10, the same operating system that runs on full-fledged laptops and powerful desktop computers. This is not all, however, as the robust operating system actually runs very well on the portable hybrid device. Thus, in terms of the devices’ operating systems, the capabilities of the iPad Pro 2’s iOS could simply not hold a candle to the Surface Pro 5’s Windows 10. The Surface Pro 5 is speculated to be released during the first half of 2017, with rumors stating that the device would see an announcement within the next few weeks. Inasmuch as the Surface Pro 5 might be announced soon, however, the iPad Pro 2 is also speculated to be released sometime within the next month. With this, the clash between Microsoft and Apple’s hybrid devices might come sooner than everyone expects. [Featured Image by Andrew Burton/Getty Images]

Qualcomm Reveals X20 Modem: 1.2Gbps LTE iPhones, Galaxy S-Series Coming Soon?

It appears that the flagship mobile devices of the next few years would herald a revolution in the mobile data industry. Recently, popular chipmaker Qualcomm has revealed its latest modem, the X20, which is the first of its kind that was able to breach the gigabit barrier. This means that sooner than most would think, a world where mobile devices could access the internet at fiber-like speeds is almost within reach. The current mobile market does not offer flagship smartphones that are capable of accessing the internet at 1Gbps speeds yet. Even industry leaders such as Apple’s iPhone 7, which is one of the most efficient devices in terms of mobile data, is only capable of download speeds of up to 450 Mbps under Cat 10 LTE. Qualcomm’s new modem, however, could go for far more. The Qualcomm X20 is capable of reaching download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps, most likely ushering in a new era of mobile connectivity among internet-capable devices. A PC Mag report stated that Serge Willenegger, Senior Vice President for Qualcomm’s product management, described how the X20 is designed to be a game changer. “With X20, we are really expanding the addressable market for this capability. You only need 10MHz of licensed spectrum, plus LAA, to get gigabit speeds on the new modem. That was really the purpose, to really propagate gigabit as far as possible.” [Image by Wright Studio/Shutterstock] What makes the Qualcomm X20 quite unique in the world of mobile modems is its incorporation of Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA), which enables the internet unit to utilize Wi-Fi airwaves to augment the licensed spectrums of cellular carriers. Currently, some of the biggest cellular providers in the United States such as Verizon, AT&T and Verizon have committed themselves to LAA, which means that the technology would most likely see a widespread rollout soon. With the Qualcomm X20 being capable of reaching mobile data speeds of 1.2Gbps LTE, the era of 5G networks has just gotten a lot closer. While 5G technology is speculated to take as long as 2021 for a full worldwide rollout, it would be gigabit modems such as the X20 that could bridge the gap between the 4G generation and the 5G era. After all, mobile devices which could reach gigabit speeds would no doubt be considered revolutionary in the cellular market. According to Qualcomm, the X20 is expected to be featured in commercial products as early as the first half of 2018. This means that the smartphone wars, waged by the titans of the mobile industry, would most likely be very interesting in the years to come. Thus, it would not be surprising at all if the X20 actually makes its way to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series, most especially in the successor to the Snapdragon 835. [Image by wk1003mike/Shutterstock] “Historically, we’ve announced a discrete modem and then we announce the new Snapdragon at some point. Unless something wrong happens, we integrate the new modem into the new Snapdragon,” Willenegger said. Considering that the iPhone 9 (or 8S for that matter) and the Galaxy S9 would be released in 2018, there is a chance that next year’s flagship smartphones would feature cellular technological innovations that would truly make them future proof, at least until the dawn of the 5G generation. After all, both flagships, as well as halo devices from fellow smartphone makers such as LG, Huawei, OnePlus and Google are expected to come equipped with Qualcomm’s modems and SoCs. The era of 5G mobile communications is still a few years ahead. Despite this, the present day’s technology is slowly building up towards the rollout of the revolutionary wireless data technology. With mobile modems such as the Qualcomm X20 at the mobile industry’s disposal, the transition to 5G wireless communication would most likely be smooth and absent of any complications. [Featured Image by jamesteohart/Shutterstock]

Bill Gates: Robot Tax Necessary To Replace Income Funding Social Services

Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney recently interviewed billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates, where the richest man in the world, as reported by Forbes, expressed his belief that with automated solutions replacing human workers, taxes will need to be paid by robots to make up for lost revenue that currently funds important social service programs. Gates finds the situation where a person earning a salary of $50,000, and paying a portion of their income to the government in taxes, being replaced by a robot that pays none, unsustainable. “What the world wants is to take this opportunity to make all the goods and services we have today and free up labor — let us do a better job of reaching out to the elderly, having smaller class size, [and] helping kids with special needs.” The technology icon described how fields that require “empathy” and “human understanding” continue to experience an “immense shortage” of qualified workers. Gates spoke of a hope that workers that may be freed up by automation may be able to be transition in to these fields, bringing society “ahead” on a net basis. He insisted that governments will not be able to “just give up” revenue generated from taxing employment income. Gates believes that there may be a balance, perhaps where more efficient robots are not taxed as highly as their human counterparts, and that additional income may be generated from their efficiency, protecting the profit motive of firms involved in producing automated solutions. He stated that he doubts producers would be “outraged” if policy was implemented that prescribed that a government should tax robots. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates with Berkshire Hathaway Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Warren Buffett. [Image by Spencer Platt/Getty Images] McKinsey & Company reports that up to 45 percent of jobs currently completed by humans could eventually become automated. Chief executive of Tesla, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA), Elon Musk, has also put some consideration into how the world might look as robotics and automation continue to replace humans. Musk has spoken out in favor of a universal basic income to replace income lost by the workforce, as reported by Basic Income News. Business Insider reports that Bill Gates has criticized simply handing money to people in the form of “one-time transfers,” but notes that comments from the billionaire with regard to a universal basic income are elusive. “Almost everything will get very cheap. I think we’ll end up doing universal basic income,” Elon Musk was recently quoted. “It’s going to be necessary. The much harder challenge is, how are people going to have meaning?” Something else that has been on the mind of Gates, which he spoke about in January at the The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations in Davos, Switzerland, is a natural or human-caused pandemic, as reported by Business Insider. Gates believes that the threat of a pandemic is a “global” one and finds that there is currently a lack of preparedness for a situation that could result in “an excess 10 million deaths.” He described recent responses to flu epidemics as not being “super good.” [Image by koo_mikko/iStock] Bill Gates stated that the problem surrounding preparing for a pandemic is a “tricky” one, because of the disparity of wealth observed by different nations, and deciding which should be responsible for providing what resources. The 61-year-old listed smallpox, flu outbreaks, Zika, and Ebola as being of major concern. He said that there was “some luck” with the Ebola virus, because it was not airborne and that it did not spread as far, or as quickly, as it otherwise might have. When considering the consequences of a pandemic, either as domestic policy or as a purely humanitarian issue, Bill Gates believes that “these are investments that should be made.” In a opinion piece published with Business Insider, Gates discusses the possibility of a pandemic caused by a terrorist attack. [Featured Image by Carl Court/Getty Images]