Samsung Galaxy A (2016) Review

Samsung Electronics confirmed the launch in Spain this week of new smartphones Samsung Galaxy A (2016), featuring a premium design, larger and higher quality screens, improved camera features to make your pictures come out better even in low light, and technology for mobile payments easily.

The Samsung Galaxy A (2016) range incorporates the latest advances in technology and innovative design of Samsung to offer users the ability to express themselves individually, with powerful performance and two choices of screen size: 5.2 “to Samsung Galaxy A5 and 4.7 “Samsung Galaxy A3.

The Samsung Galaxy A line 2016 design retains the essence of the latest Samsung Galaxy devices, adding the Gorilla Glass glass to metal finishes that characterized Galaxy A to create a very careful and harmonious design. In addition, this new generation provides superior to that of their predecessors, with a narrow frame viewing experience. Also they come equipped with an improved camera system that allows photos and clearer, brighter video.

The latter also includes optical image stabilization (OIS) to avoid blurred images, as well as front and rear F1.9 lenses to allow users to make better pictures even in low light. Also, thanks to the Quick Launch feature Samsung, just double-click the Start button opens the camera in less than a second. And of course, users can also take your best selfie with features such as panoramic shot selfie hand gestures and beautifying effects.

In addition, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is compatible with Samsung Pay, the Simple, safe and virtually universal mobile payments developed by Samsung, whose payments are authenticated by fingerprint. The new smartphones Samsung Galaxy A (2016) will be available in the Spanish market since this week, with an estimated street price of € 429 (Samsung Galaxy A5) and 299 € (Samsung Galaxy A3).

iPhone SE Review

iPhone SE
iPhone SE

Welcome to iPhone SE, the most powerful 4‑inch phone ever. To create it, we started with a beloved design, then reinvented it from the inside out. The A9 is the same advanced chip used in iPhone 6s. The 12‑megapixel camera captures incredible photos and 4K videos. And Live Photos bring your images to life. The result is an iPhone that looks small. But lives large.

Design – A beloved design. Now with more to love.

iPhone SE takes an incredibly popular design and refines it even further. Crafted from bead-blasted aluminum for a satin-like finish, this light and compact phone is designed to fit comfortably in your hand. A brilliant 4‑inch1 Retina display makes everything look vibrant and sharp. And matte-chamfered edges and a color-matched stainless steel logo finish the look.

Technology – The most powerful 4‑inch phone ever.

At the core of iPhone SE is the A9, the same advanced chip that’s in iPhone 6s. With 64‑bit desktop-class architecture, the A9 chip brings you spectacular speed and responsiveness. And with console-class graphics performance, your favorite games and apps are incredibly rich and immersive. Making it a mighty chip for maximum performance.

Super-efficient M9 motion coprocessor.

Embedded directly into the A9 chip, the M9 motion coprocessor connects to the accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope for a range of fitness tracking capabilities, such as measuring your steps and distance. It also makes it easy to activate Siri by simply saying “Hey Siri,” without having to pick up your iPhone.

Camera – The only camera you’ll ever need.

With a 12‑megapixel iSight camera, you can be sure to capture sharp, detailed stills like the ones shot on iPhone 6s. That includes shooting — and even editing — brilliant 4K video, which is up to four times the resolution of 1080p HD video.

Live Photos – Capture more than a moment.

Live Photos bring your still photos to life with sound and movement. Simply touch and hold anywhere on your 12-megapixel still and experience the moments just before and after it was taken, so your photos turn into living memories.

FaceTime HD camera with Retina Flash. Your selfie just got more beautiful.

The Retina display isn’t just a place to see your content — it’s a flash for your FaceTime HD camera. Powered by a custom display chip that allows the display to flash three times brighter than usual, the Retina Flash helps illuminate your selfies in low light and at night. And a True Tone flash matches the ambient light for more true-to-life colors and natural-looking skin tones.

iCloud Photo Library. All your photos and videos, always with you.

iCloud Photo Library stores every photo and video you take and keeps them up to date on all your devices. Any edits you make are automatically updated everywhere, so you can view a photo from last week or last year no matter where you are.

Apple Pay – An easier, more secure way to pay.

Touch ID isn’t just for unlocking your phone. It also lets you use Apple Pay at over two million stores and within apps. In stores, just hold your iPhone near the reader with your finger on Touch ID and you’re done. Because your card details are never shared — or even stored on your device — Apple Pay is a safer, more private way to pay.

Wireless – Faster LTE and Wi‑Fi.

Browse the web, download apps and games, and stream video over 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE — with speeds even faster than on iPhone 5s. And more LTE bands make iPhone SE better for worldwide roaming. iPhone SE also supports Voice over LTE and Wi-Fi calling for high-quality wideband calls.2 And with Bluetooth technology, you can stay connected to your Apple Watch, external speakers, and other devices.

Facebook Instant Articles

Facebook Instant Articles open to everyone. After about a year of testing, with the help of some major newspapers (the press for Italy), the service is ready to open its doors in an official way. The announcement comes directly from Facebook: starting April 12, date of F8 Conference, the program will be open to any publisher interested. For “publisher” refers to both the editors how many bloggers: anyone consider a chance the service may take advantage of it by offering their own content to the social network of Mark Zuckerberg.

And we can be sure: the weeks that will anticipate the opening will be full of opinions and of benchmarking, with the publishing world ready to divide on the issue of principle that it’s smart or not entrust their destiny to Facebook. And in all likelihood they will then only tests to determine where are the opportunities and where the mere risk.

The principle itself is simple: If a Publisher so desires, may publish their own content directly to Facebook. So you don’t have to run around looking for the clicks to monetize the user contacted on social networks, because the monetization will be immediate: o using its own Publisher (retaining 100% of income) or by an advertiser offered by Facebook (by cashing out on 70% Facebook Audience Network), the content will still be monetized via the social network app (for Android or iOS).

What Facebook gains from the project Instant Articles is a series of premium content to improve the reading experience of their community, increasing the degree of involvement and time spent on their pages. In Exchange for Facebook provides a community potential by a billion and a half people and at the same time extremely fast mobile reading experience. The speed, of course, is a parameter on which to play most of the match mobile: If Facebook takes care of pagination, traffic management (up to 10 times faster) and the quality of the experience of reading, then already resolved many of the problems that a Publisher could cross.

Fast, simple, scalable, interactive, immersive, responsive: so Facebook describes its service, promising a relationship with such partners to which they remain in full control of their data traffic (and monetization) and fully able to customize their pages. Facebook Instant Articles is available for iPhone and Android and now offers the “stories” published by the New York Times, National Geographic, NBC News, The Guardian, BBC, Bild, Slate, Huffington Post, Washington Post and others.

The project, obviously, open an issue extremely important destined to affect much on the debate surrounding the identity crisis today’s journalistic and editorial world: what business strategy can lead to delegate to a third group access to its contents, the sale of their listings, control of their experience and the management of its community? All these aspects are somehow placed in the hands of Facebook, which has the ability to make the good and the bad weather simply editing algorithms (by now is well known), never can be really neutral as long as their very existence is based on the logic of profit.

Conversely: can a Publisher refuse a showcase within a community unparalleled in terms of volume? And what would be the best way, the right balance between visibility, monetization and user loyalty?

Many of these questions will be answered if not in direct experience of those who will open their own content in the world of Facebook Instant Articles. Meanwhile, with the project of social networks should be discounted other news aggregators (Google, Apple, signed or others), but all based on a radically different model: Facebook is the only one who creates a parallel world to the Web where browsing content on the basis of the rules and principles of a social network. Which you configure, catastrophic for positive or it can be the thing, as something completely new.

Mobilegeddon: Google Algorithm

Judgment day has arrived: on one hand the good sites, those that allow mobile browsing with sufficient comfort; the other bad sites, those that have no optimization and finalize its structure to the single desktop navigation. They call it “Mobilegeddon”: amid the Holy judgment of Google, the search engine that drives user choices and that increasingly finds himself having to direct searches from mobile devices.

The logic is clear: as more and more people come to Google via smartphone or tablet, the engine is in the position of having to provide SERP they can steer you toward sites that can respond appropriately stringent constraints of navigation from small display. The ultimate goal of the search engine, in fact, is making sure that the answers can be as good as possible: If Google wants to live up to this promise, thus keeping intact the relationship of trust with users, has a duty to review their own algorithms and to thereby ensure that the pages are optimized for a mobile reading may be favored over those that are optimized only for desktop browsers.

On April 21, the day of Mobilegeddon, is in fact only the beginning of major change. The day will start a gradual rollout that can last up to a few weeks: no distortion of the SERP is expected today, while the results will be noticeable so determined already within the next few months.

Important thing is that the new algorithm does not judge the sites in their complexity, but rather will be a judgement based on correspondence of single page to new dictates of the engine. Google seems so suggesting a reasoning extremely technical (and not of merit), which favor or penalize the individual page based on its correspondence to the canons of mobility. In all likelihood, the changes will be extremely granular, varying the placement of individual pages according to Googlebot’s visit and his returns over time on the same page.

The number of surfers in mobility has now surpassed those that sail from desktop and, although many online services have apps for meeting with customers in a ball away from the Web, the online presence remains central in order to succeed in the marketplace. The definition of “Mobilegeddon” can seem so overwhelming, but could actually decide the fate for some companies if the adaptation was not reminder: only sites that meet the requirements will be easily found by the search engine, and therefore by more than 50% of active users in online search, in choosing and purchasing.

Anyone with a website can easily verify your compliance through an online tool provided by Google and called “compatibility testing with mobile devices: the analysis takes a few seconds and returns a picture of the current condition of your site and instructions to get to the correction of any errors. A special guide is also available to get to the resolution of issues identified, until you see signs on the contacts to keep with the developers to ask and sift the speeches on the site in question.

There is always the Webmaster Tools, website which contains all the resources you need to sift the quality of a site and influence growth and investments in an optimal way (with specific attention to errors, poorly optimized pages, the browsing speed and, from today, to meet the standards of mobility).

According to initial estimates, the impact of Mobilegeddon on the Web could be much wider than what occurred in the past with Panda or Penguin. At stake, in fact, there is something more important than mere evaluation of merit (in some cases questionable) engine: to lead the new change is directly the load, the demand for which mobile is the key parameter which Google Guide to new scrutiny.

Simply, the Web should be seen in a new light because it’s in a new light that is visited regularly by users. The new dimension is that of the small display, the hasty search by Metro, the immediate need in working time, localized search to get a reservation, emotional purchase dictated by a sudden craving. Mobility is not only a habit but a new context in which it rewarded those who better knows the needs of those who are composing the query.

Because the final parameter is always the same: the quality of the user experience. Google has the duty and the need to maintain the high quality of its answers to users and therefore the axe of Armageddon will simply justice among those who adapted its own codes to changing times and who is not intervened. Will result in severe consequences: a shove to Flash, first of all; a multiplication of responsive graphics between the sites of the new generation; the discernment of themes for WordPress optimized ones and those that are not; a greater awareness on the part of clients in relation to requests to ask developers.

Twitter Now Supported GIF

Twitter started releasing to all its users native support to GIF. After a test period, the social network has finally decided to offer all its members the chance to further customize their tweets within the platform. The novelty will be available not only within applications for iOS and Android but also for web users.

Once you have this new feature, users will find a new platform dedicated button in the option of publishing a new tweet. Clicking the “GIF”, users can select one of the animations through partners such as GIPHY and Riffsy platform. After you select the GIF, it will be attached to the message which then users will be able to share through the platform. This is a very interesting news that was enjoyed users already during the test phase within a select group of subscribers.

Animated gifs may provide extra content platform capable of rendering the entire social network more pleasant to use. In addition, the arrival of GIF could open new frontiers of advertising.

Native support to GIF is not, however, the only novelty introduced by thick social network. Twitter has announced the introduction of the ability to record and share videos within the direct messages. News that will only be available for iOS and Android users. Web platform users can, instead, just to share videos but not record them.

Question, therefore, of new attempts by Twitter to gain greater appeal to gain new members. As is known, in fact, the social network is experiencing a very critical phase of his life and is trying more ways to capture the attention of its users.

Efforts that currently do not seem, however, to bring the hoped-for improvements.

iCloud Drive on iOS 8

A malfunction of iOS 8 would cause unpleasantness for Apple users. Apparently, in fact, by selecting the options for restoring an iDevice you also delete your personal files from iCloud Drive. It is not yet known, however, for this to happen.

The issue has emerged on the official Apple support forums, when someone reported the mistaken deletion of your personal files from iCloud Drive. As several readers have made a test to see if the malfunction was indeed exists, finding immediate confirmation.

Apparently, menu selection “reset settings” within the General menu iOS 8, all data hosted on the cloud of Cupertino would be erased. In the specific case of this user, there was the loss of several documents iWork. All this despite the explain function dialog box during the restore factory settings, no other data is deleted.

At the moment, waiting for an official response from Cupertino, the bug he would torment only those users already switched to iCloud Drive, the new version of Apple’s cloud that allows not only to accommodate various documents, but also to share them with your contacts. This option is available only with iOS and OS X 8 Yosemite and, as users will already have noticed, is proposed as one of the post installation steps of one of the two operating systems. Last but not least, at least compared to the limited information currently available, the files involved concern only those created with the new productivity suite bitten Apple — Keynote, Pages, and Numbers.

Yet another controversy, after the theft of hot pictures of celebrity stars and stripes, involves the cloud of Apple. The unwelcome surprise might just be due to the transition period from iCloud and iCloud Drive, the latter not yet available in share mode pending the release of OS X. Getting customers involved suggest that to keep on hand a Mac with OS X Mavericks in case you want to recover files with Time Machine, because this feature is not compatible with the beta of the operating system successor today in the hands of users.

IOS, Mobile Revolution Goes from Here

IOS is the operating system on Apple’s mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple TV. What are the main characteristics of the product, which the history and what the possible future developments? In this special, all you need to know about one of the most popular pocket digital environments.

8 IOS, iOS version available, you put in the path of his predecessor by improving lately. Starting from seamless integration with its consideration on laptops and desktops: OS X Yosemite. Mobile devices and Mac come together in a single entity, thanks to Continuity and Handoff. These are systems that not only allow you to automatically synchronize your files between two platforms, thus ensuring the ability to start a job on iPad and to conclude it on iMac, but also make smartphone and computer a single entity. From 8 iOS, you can receive calls on your Mac, and you can use your iPhone as a rapid zero-configuration: the hotspot everything, just bringing it close to your laptop or desktop computer. That’s not all: the App Store is further improved by introducing new parental controls, iMessage acquires the ability to share audio files and groups, notification Center becomes even more efficient. Meanwhile, consumers can download and install the keyboard of their choice, upload any type of file on the cloud with iCloud Drive, take advantage of the features of application Health monitoring and fitness and more.

The big news is, however, programmatically. Apple has introduced a new language, Swift, who seems to be making the task of third-party developers, because fast and very intuitive. Meanwhile, the new architecture Metal eliminates bottlenecks between software and graphics processing, thus making iPhone and iPad compatible instruments even with greedy enough gaming GPU level.

The first two updates, whose founder iOS 8.0.1 was immediately removed for some bugs, have focused on solving minor issues, related to WiFi and run on not really brand new models of iPhone, such as iPhone 4S. The next iOS 8.1, released on October 20, 2014, has introduced compatibility with Apple’s new mobile payment system Pay, then restore your camera roll and iCloud Photo Library to sync all their shots on the cloud and share them easily with all devices in your possession. March 2015, 8.2, released to the IOS has finally introduced the companion application to handle an Apple Watch, as well as improvements of reception WiFi and Bluetooth.

In April 2015, Apple introduced iOS 8.3, third major operating system updates. Among the main novelties, the possibility of exploiting drive CarPlay wirelessly, without thereby connect the Lightning on the doorstep of the dashboards that are compatible. At the same time is made even easier to use the keyboard devoted to emoji and not just made, they show a renewed attention to ethnic diversity: it is now possible to choose the skin color of the characters represented, so that every human difference can be contemplated. In combined with OS X also makes active Yosemite 10.10.3 iOS compatibility with photos, free photo editing software wanted by Apple to replace iPhoto and Aperture.

For summer 2015, probably to coincide with WWDC in June, is finally expected an upgrade that will do some throat users. It seems that Apple is to show the new era of the acquiree Beats Music, with a streaming music service integrated iOS 8.4 and perhaps cheaper than the competition.

In April 2015, Apple introduced iOS 8.3, third major operating system updates. Among the main novelties, the possibility of exploiting drive CarPlay wirelessly, without thereby connect the Lightning on the doorstep of the dashboards that are compatible. At the same time is made even easier to use the keyboard devoted to emoji and not just made, they show a renewed attention to ethnic diversity: it is now possible to choose the skin color of the characters represented, so that every human difference can be contemplated. In combined with OS X also makes active Yosemite 10.10.3 iOS compatibility with photos, free photo editing software wanted by Apple to replace iPhoto and Aperture.

For summer 2015, probably to coincide with WWDC in June, is finally expected an upgrade that will do some throat users. It seems that Apple is to show the new era of the acquiree Beats Music, with a streaming music service integrated iOS 8.4 and perhaps cheaper than the competition.

Starting with version 4.2.1, iPhone OS iOS, the operating system simply becomes as you identify even today. Introduced in June 2010 and made available for download the next autumn, the update brings interesting new features, including multi-tasking, FaceTime calls and iBooks. It is however the beginning of the decline of scheumorfismo in favour of a minimalism that there will come a few years later.

IOS 5 was presented at WWDC in June 2011, for a deployment to consumers in the following autumn. This version of the operating system is one of the most substantial upgrade from the outset, so as to allow a glimpse of what iOS will become a few years later. Among the innovations, the ability to sync wirelessly with your computer, the arrival of iCloud, a new notification system, small improvements to the Apple Store and the revolution of Siri, Narrator. IOS 6 continues along these lines, becoming the latest product scheumorfico distributed by Apple. Presented in June 2012 and distributed always in autumn, involves the landing of Siri in Italy, Facebook integration in all areas of the operating system, and a small graphic, iMessage’s new fully refurbished replacement maps to Google Maps. Just the maps generated several doubts among critics and reviewers, since the first edition was involved, sometimes even crude. A fact that Tim Cook apologized publicly and that led to the departure of Scott Forstall.

With the arrival of 2013, leaving Scott Forstall and the need to renew the operating system, comes the first epochal revolution of iOS. The Cupertino company, with Jonathan Ive in unreleased software Advisor, celebrates the funeral of scheumorfismo to fully embrace the flat design. IPhone, iPad and iPod Touch screens become minimal, accompanied by pastels and Semitransparent Windows, so that you can keep everything under control. All accompanied by Parallax graphics effects, to postpone the idea of depth of the home, ready to move in the direction of the look of the user. Each element, each icon, you change until you reach its simplicity: a stylistic choice motivated by the observation of how the user, now well placed in the Cabinet, no longer need to see perfectly reproduced the reality to understand the functions of the device.

Among the peculiarities of iOS 7 to mention, besides the graphics, even a renewed multitasking, new voices and new looks for Siri, the arrival of a comprehensive notification Center for every user needs and, not least, a Control Center to the home screen. A useful trick to handle the most common options, from playing music to the brightness, without having the “General” settings menu.