With the Internet and its use becoming more ubiquitous in daily life, more and more people are going online, using their mobile phones or computers at home and at work. A recent study conducted by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, however, showed that more Americans are becoming fearful of going online because of their concerns about online security.
According to a report in PC Magazine, of the 41,000 households participating in the survey, about one-fifth of the respondents said that they experienced some form of data breach or identity theft in their overall Internet experience.
The NTIA report says that Americans are becoming increasingly concerned with privacy and security online. When the survey asked the respondents whether these security and privacy concerns kept them from doing online transactions, 45 percent of the households reported that they opted not to conduct financial transactions, online purchases, post on social networks or share their opinions or political views online, while 30 percent of households decided not to engage in any two of the activities mentioned. more >>
Apple is highly expected to officially unveil its next mobile OS, the iOS 10. All this is expected to be made at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Rumored features of the iOS 10 have already been scouring online with most likley to be made official soon.
According to Forbes, the latest update won't offer a major redesign meaning there won't be massive tweaks. But just like the previous updates, this one should carry enough improvements to keep iOS device users excited.
Let's try and have a look at what features to expect from the iOS 10 update: more >>
South Korean tech giant LG has recently unveiled to the world an action camera that will have its competitors reevaluate their products. According to a report by LG Newsroom, the latest addition to the company's product line is officially dubbed as the LG Action CAM LTE. Fans who have been waiting for this will be impressed with the new device as it holds a feature that has never been seen before in other brands—a built-in LTE connectivity.
Engadget detailed that the world's first action camera with LTE connectivity allows users to stream directly to YouTube Live. This basically means that there is no need for the gadget to be connected to a smartphone in order to be able to broadcast live. Aside from its LTE, Mashable noted that the new gadget is also equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The new device captures images with its 12.3-megapixel camera incorporated with a ½.30-inch sensor. It records videos at ultra HD resolution at 30 frames per second and 720p HD resolution at 120fps for slow motion. Users also have the option to record at full HD with 1080p resolution at 60 fps. There's a limitation with broadcasting live on YouTube though. Users will only be allowed with 720p at 30fps. more >>
Google is on a roll, bringing in several updates to multiple platforms and apps, the latest of which is a bunch of new features for Google Translate on mobile, including Offline Mode for iOS users, Tap to Translate, and a Word Lens for Chinese text.
Per report from Adweek, the new feature called "Tap to Translate" gives Android users the ability to copy any text in chat messages, internet comments and others while also getting a translation without the need to switch apps. Perhaps the best thing about this new feature is that it is now integrated into all 103 languages previously supported by Google Translate. Here's a brief video explaining how it works:
Meanwhile, the iOS offline mode, according to LifeHacker, allows the translation of a text even without access to the internet or data connection. The same report says that this feature comes in very handy for those who are traveling but isn't subscribed to any international data plan. more >>
Several Samsung fans were impressed with the Galaxy Note 5 that released last year. That is why many are wondering when its successor, the Galaxy Note 6, will hit the market. There is no official announcement from the South Korean tech giant yet, but according to famous tipster Evan Blass, the device may be coming out sometime in August.
Blass, who is known as @evleaks on Twitter, posted that the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will be released in the U.S. in the week of Aug. 15, which is a few days earlier compared to the schedule for its predecessor last year. One follower replied to his post, saying that if Blass' information is correct, it would be the first time that the device will be launched outside of Europe. Samsung has traditionally unveiled the line in Berlin during the IFA. Blass then answered that since there is no Edge+ version of the device, there's a possibility that the Galaxy Note 6 will not be made available globally.
The details are yet to be confirmed, though, so fans who are looking out for the device will have to stay tuned for it. As for the specs of the upcoming handset, there have been a lot of rumors about it. more >>
In today's world where the Internet is no longer a luxury but a necessity, scientists are looking at different ways of connecting different types of devices to the Internet. Researchers at University of Washington, in partnership with Disney, have discovered a way of equipping a simple piece of paper with radio-frequency tags to allow it to connect to the Internet, according to a report in The Seattle Times.
The researchers use small sized radio-frequency tags, which are the size of a 10-cent coin, and attached them to pieces of paper. These radio-frequency tags, in turn, serve as sensors that can be used to communicate with another device that reads and interprets whatever it picks up from the sensors. The device then implements actions according to what each gesture is programmed to do.
Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon researchers had a hand in the research and development project, which eventually produced small stickers that can be stuck onto a piece of paper, together with a group of doctoral students in computer science and engineering of UW. The UW team will be presenting their research at the Association for Computing Machinery conference. more >>