'They've built a garden in the middle of a cyclone': House Rules couples marvel at their renovated yards after devastating Queensland storms halted production

The devastation caused by Queensland’s Cyclone Debbie forced House Rules to halt production last episode.

But with everything back on schedule on Sunday, the contestants were able to continue with their next challenge- executing two stunning garden makeovers.

In a sneak peak released this Friday, the couples were overjoyed to witness their brand new yards for the first time.

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Overcoming the odds! In a House Rules sneak peak released Friday, the couples were overjoyed upon witnessing their brand new yards for the first time

The Queensland contestants had faced a daunting task upon returning to the building site after wild weather hit.

In the sneak preview footage, the contestants were sent scurrying the second the countdown timer resumed with seven hours and two minutes to go.

‘We’re going to need those extra two minutes,’ Kate joked.

Devastation: Couples faced a daunting task upon return, after Cyclone Debbie hit Aaron and Daniella's house so badly, the clock had to be stopped for the first time in the show's history

Devastation: Couples faced a daunting task upon return, after Cyclone Debbie hit Aaron and Daniella’s house so badly, the clock had to be stopped for the first time in the show’s history

Relief! But in a relieving surprise, footage from the clip showed couple's on the verge of tears upon witnessing the transformations

Relief! But in a relieving surprise, footage from the clip showed couple’s on the verge of tears upon witnessing the transformations

The contestants appeared to have pulled things together at the last minute, however, as implied by footage showing the couples lost for words upon witnessing the transformations.

Queensland local Daniella was shown walking down the street, squealing with elated shock at the first glimpse of her garden.

Images from their front yard showed renovated entry steps, a new lawn and a brand new driveway.

Elation! Queensland local Daniella squealed with elation after seeing her renovated entry steps, a lawn refresh and a brand new driveway

Elation! Queensland local Daniella squealed with elation after seeing her renovated entry steps, a lawn refresh and a brand new driveway

Impressive! Meanwhile, Tasmania's Sean and Ella were equally impressed as they lay eyes on their once run-down garden

Impressive! Meanwhile, Tasmania’s Sean and Ella were equally impressed as they lay eyes on their once run-down garden

Meanwhile, Tasmania’s Sean and Ella were equally impressed as they lay eyes on their once run-down garden.

Gone was dug-up soil and dead grass that once dominated the backyard, replaced with fresh green grass and a luxurious outdoor timber table setting.

Even hard-to-please judge Laurence Llewelyn Bowen was impressed, applauding: They have (managed to) build a garden in the middle of a Cyclone!’

Two gardens are revealed on Channel Seven’s House Rules, 7:00 on Sunday night.

Lush! Gone was dug-up soil and dead grass that once dominated the backyard, replaced with fresh green grass and a luxurious outdoor timber table setting

Lush! Gone was dug-up soil and dead grass that once dominated the backyard, replaced with fresh green grass and a luxurious outdoor timber table setting

Full reveal: The Two gardens are revealed in full on Channel Seven’s House Rules, 7:00 on Sunday night

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 codename “Gr3at” leaks, expected to launch at IFA 2017

Rumours about the Galaxy Note 8 have been rampant in recent months, with the flagship phone believed to get launched  ahead of iPhone 8’s September unveiling. Now, the Note 8’s internal codename has been leaked months ahead of the launch.

According to serial tipster Evan Blass, the Note 8 is actually codenamed ” Samsung Gr3at”. The number 3 in the end might hint at the new features coming to the Note 8, though at this point this is pure speculation. Samsung could be adding new features to the Note 8 and thus codenamed the device “Gr3at”. In the past the Galaxy Note 8 was internally codenamed “Great”.

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It’s hard not to believe that how crucial the Galaxy Note 8 launch will be for Samsung, especially after the Note 7 fiasco. One cannot deny the fact that there will be immense pressure on Samsung to make a better device in the form of the Galaxy Note 8.

While Blass did not reveal any other details about the Note 8 other than the codename. But the phone is rumoured to come with the similar design and specifications as the Galaxy S8, barring a few changes here and there. It’s being said that the Note 8 will have a 6.3-inch QHD ‘Infinity’ display with a resolution of 2960×1440 pixels, and no home button.

The phone will reportedly feature a Snapdragon 835 processor, and it will feature a dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel  wide-angle lens, and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens. A separate report had claimed that the Note 8 was being tested running Android 7.1 Nougat, rather than the beta version of the upcoming Android 8.0 which is Android O.

In April, Samsung itself confirmed its plans to release the follow-up to the ill fated Galaxy Note 7 in the second-half of the year but declined to exactly reveal when the launch would take place. Earlier this week, a report from South Korea had claimed that the Galaxy Note 8 could be launched in mid-August.

But a contradictory report from Sam Mobile suggests that Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy Note 8 at IFA 2017, which kicks off in Berlin on September 1. Samsung traditionally launches a new Galaxy Note device each year at the IFA tech show in Berlin, however, the Note 7 was exception which made its debut in New York in the first week of August.

Intex FitRist Cardio With Heart Rate Sensor Launched at Rs. 1,499

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The fitness tracker can also display message and call notifications
  • Intex FitRist Cardio is available to buy exclusively via Amazon India
  • Activity tracking band is compatible with both Android and iOS phones

Intex on Wednesday unveiled a new version of its FitRist activity tracker, called FitRist Cardio. Adding heart rate tracking to the fitness band’s capabilities, Intex has made the FitRist Cardio available to buy exclusively via Amazon India in Black colour variant, with a price of Rs. 1,499. At its price, it takes on the Xiaomi Mi Band 2, which was launched at Rs. 1,999 last year with a heart rate sensor and OLED display.

The Intex FitRist Cardio fitness band sports a 2.18cm OLED display with a 96×32 pixels resolution, and it weighs about 26 grams. The company boasts of Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity on the activity tracker, with which it connects to Android (v4.4 and above) and iOS (v7.0 and above) smartphones. It can also receive OTA updates via a connected smartphone. The FitRist Cardio bears a 80mAh battery that’s rated to deliver up to 7 days of battery life. It is water resistant, and features a heart rate sensor, sleep monitor, hydration alarm, and a step/ calorie counter.Intex FitRist Cardio With Heart Rate Sensor Launched at Rs. 1,499

The company adds that the FitRist Cardio can provide Facebook, WhatsApp, and SMS message notifications. On Android phones, the fitness tracker will display incoming calls with caller ID, however, on iPhone models, the band will display the call icon if the contact is stored on the phone, and will display the phone number if the contact isn’t stored. The Intex FitRist Cardio also has an ‘anti-lost’ function that will help locate the fitness band if it gets lost.

Finally, Intex is also boasting of a couple of other features on the FitRist Cardio. Users can control their smartphone’s playlist with the MP3 control feature, while a remote shutter feature lets users control the camera of their connected smartphones to remotely click pictures.

Commenting on the launch,. Nidhi Markanday, Director & Business Head, Intex Technologies, said, “Since our entry into the wearable segment in 2015, with iRist Smart watch and FitRist band, Intex has been well received by the market and to enrich our bouquet of offerings, Intex FitRist Cardio has been designed to fulfil the needs and become a one-stop solution for those who take their fitness seriously.”

CES 2017: World's Largest Tech Show Looks Beyond Smart at New Realities

The mega-extravaganza of the tech world in Las Vegas is showcasing an array of new devices that get smarts from computer chips, sensors and artificial intelligence, but go further by opening doors to augmented or virtual realities.

The Consumer Electronics Show, which begins with a series of media events Tuesday will offer trade professionals a look at new robotics, connected cars and a dizzying assortment of gizmos from connected sneakers to drones.

This year’s show will see results of a boost in computing power from artificial intelligence, which can help power things like autonomous cars, and deliver new experiences such as augmented or virtual reality.

“Virtual reality is changing the game for a variety of industries including health care, agriculture, manufacturing and business,” said Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Technology Association that organizes the annual show, in a Reddit chat.

“Doctors are using VR to enhance traditional therapies, architects use VR to design stronger buildings and travel agencies are using it to simplify vacation planning.”

CES will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the gathering, and organizers promised it would have the largest showcase of VR technology ever.

One CES panel discussion will examine how virtual reality is transforming television, movies and even news with immersive forms of video.

A host of virtual reality experiences will entice attendees at the trade-only show.

CES 2017: World's Largest Tech Show Looks Beyond Smart at New Realities

Cars will feature virtual reality displays to provide a better sense of the environment around them, while similar technologies will be showcased for smart glasses, medicine and beauty makeovers.

Enhancing reality
Robin Raskin, who heads the Living in Digital Times center of the show, said augmented reality is catching on with try-and-see beauty apps, in-store virtual mirrors and toys.

Augmented reality, she said, “lets us look at the real world and add valuable, entertaining and immersive information to it.”

Analyst Jack Gold at J. Gold Associates said that despite the potential benefits of virtual and augmented reality in business or industry, “gaming is where it is going to take off first,” because that’s where people are spending money.

“The issue is not whether it has the potential to transform things, but whether you can put it into a space where consumers can afford it and give enough additional information so people are able to use it,” Gold said.

CES is among the world’s biggest trade shows, and last year drew 177,000 attendees over exhibit space of 2.47 million square feet (230,000 square meters). This year, 150 countries will be represented.

It will include big industry names such as Sony, LG and Samsung in electronics, with the perennial battle to have the sleekest most gorgeous television screen.

(Also see: Samsung Unveils CH711 Curved Quantum Dot Monitor for Gamers Ahead of CES 2017)

 

Meanwhile, in attendance will be more than 600 startups from 33 countries, including first-time participants – the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Ukraine.

Auto-industry titans including Ford and BMW are increasingly using CES to show off technology packed into vehicles for efficiency, safety, entertainment and navigation.

Race for autonomy
The show will feature demonstrations of autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles, including one from Japan’s Honda said to be equipped with an artificial intelligence “emotion engine” that aims to better understand its occupants.

Electric car startup Faraday Future, one of several manufacturers taking on Tesla, is expected to unveil its first production car a year after showing a prototype.

Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn has promised to discuss “a major technological breakthrough in the realization of a zero-emission, zero-fatality world for everyone,” according to a statement from CES organizers.

Humanoid robots
The show is also expected to feature advances in robotics, with more human-like robots and the public debut of “Professor Einstein” from Hanson Robotics.

Getting a boost from artificial intelligence, some new robots at the show will keep an eye on the kids, play chess or help with homework.

Gold said he expects to see a large number of drones looking for a slice of a surging market.

“This is really the year of the drone, and everybody is trying to get into this market,” he said.

But he added that the strongest potential for drones may be with businesses, with uses including aerial photography.

On the smartphone front, South Korea’s LG will show a range of new “mid-range” handsets and China’s Huawei has a smartphone event scheduled. TCL, the Chinese firm which owns the Alcatel brand, will unveil new BlackBerry handsets following its deal for the troubled Canadian brand.

(Also see: BlackBerry Mercury aka DTEK70 Tipped to Launch With Snapdragon 625 SoC at CES 2017)

The show floor will see a host of new and improved connected home technologies that manage everything from light bulbs to refrigerators.

“We’re pretty close on things like the smart home, where we’re going to get up one day and everybody is going to speak to their refrigerators,” said NPD analyst Stephen Baker.

Carolina Milanesi of the consultancy Creative Strategies said 2016 “has seen material progress” in some new technologies that will result in products hitting the marketplace, even though not all will be hits.

“In some cases, it’s because the consumers weren’t really asking for it,” she said.

Virtual Reality Seeks Momentum at CES Gadget Gala

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virtual Reality was the centre of focus at last year’s CES
  • CES 2017 saw a revival of VR business
  • This time around there was a focus on what users will hold in hands

Virtual reality sought its stride Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show, where despite being a hot topic there was little sign it is racing into mainstream culture.

Show floor space devoted to virtual reality abounded with companies diving into the market with headsets, content, or tools for better creating or delivering immersive experiences.

Last year at CES, virtual reality was an eye-grabbing sensation. This time around there was a focus on what it is going to take to get it into the hands of the masses.

Shawn DuBravac, chief economist at the Consumer Technology Association behind the annual show, was confident that sales of mixed reality gear would grow, and the range of uses expand far beyond video games.

Virtual Reality Seeks Momentum at CES Gadget Gala

“There is a lot of investment going into content,” DuBravac said. “Sales will eventually come.”

Scratching the surface
Taiwan-based HTC used CES to announce initiatives aimed at getting developers to create more VR experiences and revealed plans for arcades in public venues so more people could give it a try.

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HTC had a ‘great’ year with its Vive VR head wear and Steam online game venue but was “really just scratching the surface,” said Vive general manager Daniel O’Brien.

“Our goal is to build the largest VR platform in the world,” O’Brien said.

“2016 was a coming out party for VR; 2017 is developing it in the marketplace and continuing to evolve the product.”

Vive is up against PlayStation VR and Facebook-owned Oculus Rift. Each company has been wooing software developers and refining its hardware to better entice users.

HTC said that later this year it will release a Vive Tracker device that lets digital versions of real-world objects easily be put into fantasy worlds.

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O’Brien also said that HTC is working on a wireless version of its headset, to sate a strong desire to be able to move around untethered to computers while using Vive.

Rikard Steiber, head of Viveport virtual reality app shop, said that more than 3,000 titles for the Vive platform would be available by the end of this year.

The vision is to have Viveport serve all VR platforms, including those of Oculus and Sony, according to Steiber.

VR arcades
HTC said it will launch what it billed as the world’s first virtual reality app subscription service, likened to “Netflix for VR.”

The goal is to help developers reach audiences and make money, ideally inspiring the creation of more VR content, according to HTC executives.

HTC also planned to bring VR to the masses in arcades in shopping malls, downtowns or other public locations.

The company envisioned thousands of Viveport Arcades in operation by the end of this year.

Sony Corporation chief executive Kazuo Hirai revealed at CES that the Japanese consumer electronics company had sold more than 53.4 million PlayStation 4 consoles, which can power it virtual reality head gear.

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He said that Sony aimed to continue the console momentum with more services and content, including VR games.

Sony Pictures was among more than two dozen companies that used CES to announce the creation of a Virtual Reality Industry Forum.

The Forum said its goal is to “further the widespread availability of high-quality audiovisual VR experiences.”

The group wants standards and formats that allow rich VR content to be equally accessible from the array of devices, avoiding “fragmentation” that has plagued audio-visual media in the past, according to a release.

“We believe this is crucial for the market to take off,” Sky broadcast strategy chief engineer Chris Johns said in the release.

“We all expect that 2017 will be the year when intense consumer interest in VR spurs a quantum leap in the user experience.”

CES featured the largest collection of VR technology ever at a trade show, according to Gartner analyst Brian Blau.

“There is a bit of the cart being before the horse,” Blau said. “A lot of people have learned about it, but people aren’t really buying it.”

He described the VR scene at CES as the first incarnation of an ecosystem of devices, applications and services in what was a big step for the technology.

“There is nothing like putting it on and experiencing it,” Blau said of VR.

“The disappointing part is that it is quite expensive. VR will be held back a bit until quality goes up and price goes down.”

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Best of CES 2017: The 6 Most Interesting Things We Saw at CES

HIGHLIGHTS

  • CES 2017 saw 3,800 exhibitors and nearly 200,000 visitors
  • Amazon, Qualcomm, and Nvidia had the biggest impacts
  • Multinational corporates and tiny startups shared space on the show floor

To say that CES is enormous would be an understatement. Officially, there are 3,800 exhibitors spread out over 2.6 million square feet of hotel and convention centre floorspace, but there are peripheral gatherings and an untold number of companies who park themselves nearby and compete for attention as well. In amongst the millions of products and ideas there are to be seen, finding something that could be called the ‘Best of CES 2017’ was difficult but not impossible. And indeed, we found a few products at CES 2017 that stood out for a variety of reasons – good, and not-so-good.

At CES 2017, there were fridges that take photos of their contents that you can check remotely, TVs so thin that they can stick to your walls with magnets, smartphones which let you see how clothes look on virtual models that appear right in front of you, and gaming laptops with three screens – all from some of the world’s biggest technology companies. There were also hundreds of startups and first-time exhibitors from different corners of the worlds at CES 2017, showing off ideas that could one day become just as mainstream.

Best of CES 2017: The 6 Most Interesting Things We Saw at CES

1. Amazon Alexa
Amazon itself wasn’t showing off products at CES 2017, but its work was evident thanks to partnerships with a variety of companies. LG kicked off the first press conference of the show with an Alexa-powered refrigerator and a pair of home robots which can order groceries, control smart appliances, and stream music from Amazon. Lenovo showed off its Smart Assistant, essentially a third-party Amazon Echo, Hyundai is demonstrating cars that use Alexa, and various startups are building products such as headphones using its framework. Natural-language voice assistants are the current big thing in tech, and Alexa is the only viable alternative to Google, giving companies every reason to tie it into their products and services.

2. Honda Riding Assist
A huge part of CES 2017 was dedicated to cars and bikes, which isn’t surprising considering the amount of tech that goes into automobiles these days. Even with the world’s top luxury brands in attendance, Honda stole the show with its Riding Assist concept, a bike that can stay upright without any support, compensate for manoeuvers that would topple ordinary bikes, and even drive itself when commanded to do so. This CES 2017 tech could one day make transportation safer and more accessible to a wide range of people.

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3. Nvidia GeForce Now
While Nvidia isn’t going to stop selling graphics processors anytime soon, the company has diversified into massive-scale number-crunching in a huge way. At a huge CES 2017 pre-show press conference, founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced that Nvidia has finally achieved a goal it has been working on for years: the ability to host games on its own powerful servers so that PC users without an expensive gaming machine can offload all the hard work and stream just the video output like they would a movie. Input lag and bandwidth requirements are the biggest hurdles, but pricing scales with the amount of power you need, so a lot of people who can’t afford a high-end PC could end up being very happy.

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4. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Each year, Qualcomm announces a new flagship processor for smartphones and connected devices. The Snapdragon 835 was first announced over a month ago, but CES 2017 was the first time its capabilities were on display to the public. While no actual phones using the Snapdragon 835 were being displayed, reference units were running demos including extreme vibration reduction in video recording, positional audio detection and filtering, and live 3D video stitching with directional audio. This new chip will be built on a 10nm process, and is smaller and more efficient than the Snapdragon 820/821. Phones that use it will support advanced machine learning and VR/AR experiences, plus of course huge screens, high-resolution video capture, biometric security, and improved battery life.

5. HP Sprout Pro
The original HP Sprout and Sprout Pro started out as experiments in 2D and 3D interaction, and was aimed mainly at children. Now, HP is going after a different market altogether with the second-generation Sprout Pro, a slicker and more capable version of the same idea that was unveiled at CES 2017. The projected horizontal surface is now full-HD, and can be a full-fledged secondary display. You can draw directly into software using a stylus, which feels just like writing on paper. 3D scanning is simple and quick – all you have to do is hold objects beneath the scanner and turn them around till you see the resulting model on screen fill out. There’s a kiosk mode that will allow users to customise things they want to buy and see how they look before pulling the trigger.

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6. Inspero Vinci Smart Headphones with AI
Finally, we have the Vinci Smart Headphones with AI, a product that snagged our attention at CES 2017 for all the right and wrong reasons and brought us immense joy. We are truly inspired by the sheer absurdity and audacity of it – we have no idea who would ever want to wear or use one of these things, but we love the fact that somebody not only thought of it, but went ahead and made it. Basically, you have the equivalent of an iPod touch physically jammed onto one side of a comically oversized headset. It can store music, work as a Bluetooth headset, or stream Web content over Wi-Fi or 3G with its own SIM card. Swipe gestures let you control playback with the device on your ear, and AI lets you generate playlists as well as interact with devices using – you guessed it – Alexa. Inspero set out to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter and ended up with nearly twenty times as much, so we’ll probably see these out in the wild, even if only as the ultimate self-referential hipster gag.

Overall, CES 2017 was fairly underwhelming, with no emerging product category like drones or wearables to get excited about, and no banner feature like 4K and 3D in years past. There was no sign of progress towards making IoT devices practical and desirable, which means that no company has found its footing even a year after CES 2016’s high-volume proclamations of it being the next billion-dollar industry. What this year’s edition did show us is that technology is making its way into even more aspects of our daily lives, and there are still a few companies bold enough to try new things.

 

Chandigarh: 58 vending zones; No more street shopping at Plaza, sectors 1-6 too no go

Soon, Sectors 17, 19 and 22, which are known hubs for street vendors, would become no vending zones, according to the office of the chief architect. Also, sectors 1 to 6, where the top brass of Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana stay and which include the famous tourist spots, Sukhna Lake and Rock Garden, have also been recommended as no vending zones.

This was told by Chief Architect Kapil Setia at a meeting of senior officers, including UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore, UT Adviser Parimal Rai and Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal. The chief architect also informed officials that as many as 58 sites across the city have been identified as vending zones where street vendors would be allowed to ply their wares.

Confirming the development, Additional Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Uma Shankar Gupta, said they would now conduct a joint inspection to check the final feasibility before issuing license. “Both officials from MC and the chief architect’s office would visit each of the sites. The no vending zones have been earmarked keeping in mind the heritage,” Gupta told the Chandigarh Newsline.

The 58 vending zones include sectors 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 23, 36, 38, 54, 46. The engineering wing would also assist the MC and the office of the chief architect.

The survey began in July 2016 under Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, with the aim of registering and rehabilitating street vendors so that they are not exploited. It also calls for proper rationing of urban streets and spaces. Until the survey was being conducted, the MC announced that it would not displace any street vendor because of which vendors came up at Sector 17 plaza as well.

The vendors will have to pay Rs 2,000 per month as vending fee for non-essential service providers, whereas essential service providers like tea stall, barber, cycle repair shops have to pay Rs 1,500 per month as vending fee. However, due to a delay in making the vending zones, licences could not be given.

The agency, Haryana Nav Yuvak Kala Sangam, which conducted the survey, had identified 21,621 vendors under the Street Vendors Act, 2014. The MC had proposed two categories of vendors – service providers and non-service providers. The vendors’ fees were also proposed to vary area-wise and the type of service they
provided.

Consumer Reports smartphone rankings puts the Galaxy S8+ at the top of the table – and the iPhone 7 plus can only manage FIFTH

In the battle of the smartphones, Samsung reigns supreme.

Consumer Reports has released its smartphone ratings analysis, which had found Galaxy S8+ is the best handset on the market, followed shortly after by its smaller counterpart, the Galaxy S8.

The report cited the devices’ ‘stunning camera, long battery life, and gorgeous display’ as what brought them to the top and beating its rival Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, which placed fifth.

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Consumer Reports has released its smartphone ratings analysis, which had found Galaxy S8+ (left) best handset on the market, followed shortly after by its smaller counterpart, the Galaxy S8 (right)

Consumer Reports has released its smartphone ratings analysis, which had found Galaxy S8+ (left) best handset on the market, followed shortly after by its smaller counterpart, the Galaxy S8 (right)

TOP 5 SMARTPHONES

1. Samsung Galaxy S8+

2. Samsung Galaxy S8

3. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

4.  LG G6

5. iPhone 7 Plus

The findings from Consumer Reports shows the Samsung Galaxy S8+ ranked as the top smartphone, closely followed by the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7 Edge and LG G6.

Samsung had released its long-awaited Galaxy S8 family a few months following its unforgettable Note 7 fiasco – hoping the smartphones would repair its tarnished name.

And it seems that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were in fact the South Korean firm’s saving grace, as the release from Consumer Reports deemed them ‘top dog’ in the industry.

‘If you want a stunning camera, long battery life, and gorgeous display in a water-resistant package, one of these could be the right phone for you,’ Jerry Beilinson withConsumer Reports shared.

‘You just have to be willing to spend the rent money on it: The S8+ starts at about $840, and the S8 at around $720.’

Although it may be hard for some users to believe Samsung was able to take the top spot, Beilinson has attributed the victory to the smartphone’s overhauled design.

The Galaxy S8 duo are without bezels on the side – the each have thin ones located at the top and bottom.

The Consumer Reports Lab had conducted an analysis on the batteries and found the Galaxy S8+ hit 26 hours, and the S8 (pictured) reached 23 hours of talk-time. The team also deemed the smartphones to have the best cameras

The Consumer Reports Lab had conducted an analysis on the batteries and found the Galaxy S8+ hit 26 hours, and the S8 (pictured) reached 23 hours of talk-time. The team also deemed the smartphones to have the best cameras

And although Samsung has been able to create a minimalist look, it is believed to still support a modern and elegant feel.

Another important addition was increasing the size of the screen, but keeping sticking with the same-size device as previous models.

The S8 and S8+ were also designed to be taller and narrower when held in portrait than previous variants – allowing for an easier hold when snapping a selfie.

While typical smartphones have an aspect ratio of 16:9, the new Samsung handsets have an aspect ratio of 18.5:9.

 

Nissan stages an Attack at the Buenos Aires Auto Show

The automakers of the Renault-Nissan Alliance are never shy about experimenting with new pickup truck concepts in South America, as we’ve seen recently like the Renault Alaskan and Dacia Oroch. Now Nissan comes out with its headlights blazing, revealing the monster-truck inspired Frontier Attack at the Buenos Aires Auto Show. The ruggedized pickup brings bigger attitude and physical stature.

Nissan’s Rio de Janeiro design center looked to the wilds of Latin America and the world of monster trucks in developing the latest Frontier Attack design. With those inspiration points, it’s not surprising to see a downright feral iteration of the NP300 Frontier.

The new concept starts with large Yokohama Geolandar A/T tires and a 1.6-in (40-mm) lift lending an imposing look and feel. Running boards and collision bars add to the tough, dirt-ready look, and bold red paint with plenty of chrome black creates the perfectly tailored suit that owns the room the minute it steps in. The concept also includes a luggage rack and black-mask headlights.

“Those who knew nothing about the project and had never heard of the Frontier Attack named it ‘the beast’ when they saw it the first time, a name that the design team soon adopted,” says Robert Bauer, chief designer with the Rio de Janeiro design team. “With its aggressive design inspired by off-road fans in Latin America and imposing ‘monster trucks,’ the Attack is ready to overcome any barrier placed in front of it.”

The “beast” is powered by the Frontier’s standard 187 hp/332 lb-ft 2.3-liter diesel engine, along with a six-speed manual and push-button 4WD. Nissan’s vehicle dynamic control system monitors steering and braking, detects over/under-steering, and reduces engine speed and brakes at specific wheels when necessary to maintain traction and prevent skidding, overturning or loss of control. The multi-link rear suspension, hill start assist and hill descent control further enhance the ride, on and off road.

Inside, Nissan’s 6.2-in touchscreen Multi-App infotainment system with navigation serves as a centerpiece, and black leather comes to life with help from vivid red highlights and chrome trim.

In 2018, an Argentinian plant will join existing manufacturing facilities in Thailand, Mexico and Spain in building NP300 pickups. Whether something close to as vicious as the new Attack concept starts rolling out of that production facility will be in part up to those attending and watching the Buenos Aires show. Nissan will gauge reactions in deciding whether or not to pursue a production model based on the concept.

Apple MacBook Lineup Refresh Expected at WWDC 2017 Next Week

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apple has been tipped to upgrade MacBook Pro with new processors
  • MacBook Air has been suggested to be updated at WWDC 2017 as well
  • Apple might launch a MacBook model with 32GB of RAM as well

Apple has been rumoured to update its laptop lineup at its WWDC event early next month but now there are some strong indications, this time coming from company’s own official site, which suggest that it would be wise to wait before you buy your next MacBook. As per Apple’s online store, the delivery times of 15-inch MacBook Pro have now been delayed to June 5- June 6, which is one day after company’s WWDC keynote, from usual deliveries on same day or 3-5 business days.

While the delivery estimates for the 13-inch MacBook models have not been changed and the laptops are available for delivery as soon as the next day, the recent changes give credence to a report that suggested that Apple is planning to launch new MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook models on June 5, as pointed out in a report by MacRumors.

Usually when the delivery times are changed on Apple’s official website, they indicate that the company is planning to launch new products and as the Cupertino-based company’s event is right around the corner, we might be able to see new MacBook models. Conventionally, WWDC is associated with software but this time around, the event has been heavily linked with launch of new hardware products.

Earlier this month, a report suggested that Apple will be refreshing its MacBook lineup, with updates lined up for 12-inch MacBook, the MacBook Pro, and the almost forgotten MacBook Air as well.

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First coming to the MacBook Pro upgrade, Apple has been tipped to update the laptop with Intel’s Kaby Lake processor series, from the current SkyLake processors. Further, the company is expected to launch a 32GB RAM variant of the 15-inch MacBook Pro to cater to the need of professional users, as pointed out in a report by 9To5Mac. There are reportedly some price cuts to the existing models that can be expected to be announced at WWDC 2017.

The 12-inch variant of the MacBook laptop series has been tipped to be upgraded with new Kaby Lake processors as well as receive a new 16GB RAM option as per KGI, 9To5Mac points out.

Finally coming to the MacBook Air, while the upgrade rumours for the laptop are thin and hard to find, the laptop is expected to be refreshed with new processors at the very least.

As all of this talks is from rumour town, we will have to wait till the company’s official announcement next month to get any confirmation about the laptops.