(As for the rest of us, we find your lack of faith disturbing.)Loving Star Wars can be misunderstood as simplistic: the love of a sci-fi trilogy – of Empire aside – debatable greatness, and a prequel trilogy infamous in its mediocrity.I remember adoring the Knights Of The Old Republic games with their sheer volume of lore: wise-cracking robots, sleek spaceships piloted by brave rogues, traitorous Sith Lords.And it’s being a kid with my friends, our imaginations fired by a galaxy far, far away."Leia was a role model – a strong lady who doesn't take any BS and leads an army to freedom.me interested in SF which is a big passion to this day, and it got me to bond with my father.
Samsung is gearing up to launch a new smartphone that uses parts from its ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, which was recalled last year after a series of battery fires.Called the "Note Fan Edition", the company says the new mobile will utilise parts from the 2.5 million recalled Note 7 handsets to minimise the environmental impact of the faulty units.While the handset will share much of its design with the old phone, the South Korean tech giant says it gets a new battery that has been "enhanced with multiple safety designs and a rigorous eight-point battery safety test".This is expected "to calm the fans that the Fan Edition is aimed at", says Alphr, referring to the fault in the design of the original Note 7's battery that resulted in multiple device fires and the recall of every unit sold.The Fan Edition is expected to recover some of the £2.5bn lost as a result of the fiasco, adds the website.It is also believed to be a response to environmentalists who called for Samsung to handle its defective Note 7s using methods that would "reduce the amount of so-called e-waste", reports the BBC.
unfortunately, it's not the sort of thing that you'll want to carry around with you.It's a small gadget that looks to be roughly the size of an iPhone 6 case.Not much has changed since the announcement back in January.The Pocket-VR viewer has a retail price of $70, which might seem a little pricey, when compared to the Google Cardboard.However, instead of being constructed from a paper material, you're getting a hard plastic shell that you can easily take with you anywhere.You can find the viewer available now in both iPhone 6/6s and Galaxy S7 flavors.
The Zenfone 2 was one of the most exciting phones of 2015, and Asus look set to keep the momentum going with the Zenfone 3 this year spotted on Antutu with Snapdragon 820 chipset.While not a perfect device, the Zenfone 2 had a lot going for it.It had a powerful chipset, a lot of RAM, decent overall hardware and incredible pricing.So with that all to live up to what will the Zenfone 3 have to offer?Antutu benchmarks posted earlier today are rumoured to be from the Zenfone 3.The phone labeled as the Asus Z016D features a Snapdragon 820 chipset, 1920 x 1080 display, 4GB RAM.32GB memory, and Android 6.0.1.As you can see from the specs, this version of the Zenfone 3 isn t set to make new RAM records, but with an 8 mega-pixel front camera and 23 mega-pixel rear we might see some better performance in these department this time around.For those of you who still think Antutu scores are worth reading in to then the Zenfone 3 scored 135,000 points, which has it ranking just behind the Galaxy S7 Edge, Xiaomi Mi5 and LeTV LeMax 2.We still have around a month before the Zenfone 3 is launched, but if Chinese media are correct it could be well worth it as pricing could be as low as 1999 Yuan.
The phablet will be in the form of the Xperia XA Ultra, a mid-range device with one big headline feature.Overall, the way the device looks – apart from being larger – is the same.Despite being a big 6ins device, the battery is rather small.It's a 2,700mAh cell which Sony claims will give you two days of battery life.To put it into perspective, the iSight camera used on the iPhone 6S – the device's main camera – is a 12 megapixel sensor, likewise the new though highly optimised camera hardware found on the Samsung Galaxy S7.No prices have been revealed yet and neither have the markets the XA Ultra will be available in.
It matches the earlier leaked photos see below top to bottom aside from colour scheme, which is... a bit odd.Blass identifies it as gold but opts to call it "desert camo" instead, and we'd say it's more beige than we usually like in a gadget.Still no word on a release date or pricing for the likely AT exclusive in the States.If these photos leaked out of Vietnam are any indication, Samsung wants the Galaxy S7 Active to look more comfortable in a battlefield than a fashion show - unlike the standard Galaxy S7.Water and dust resistance were collectively one of the big enhancements for the Galaxy S7 this year, and that that same IP68 rating is reportedly maintained on the Active model, unsurprisingly.Leaks suggest the Galaxy S7 Active will have much the same specs as the Galaxy S7 in the States, including the Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB RAM, plus the Quad HD display.
If you purchase either of these two flagship Android phones, you can rest assured that you ll posses one of the finest smartphones ever crafted.We know they re both spectacular on paper, but which flagship Android is the fastest in real-world use?DON T MISS: 5 free apps that will help you hack your financesWhen YouTube user PhoneBuff isn t busy torturing smartphones by dropping them repeatedly with a professional drop test machine until they re destroyed, he s putting handsets through the paces in real-world speed tests.In order to help gauge everyday performance, PhoneBuff has devised a smartphone race of sorts.So what happened when the class-leading HTC 10 and the sleek and powerful Galaxy S7 edge were pitted against each other?Thanks to the sharing economy, living in five different cities in five years has never been more doable.
GIFFirst revealed earlier in the year at CES, Speck s ultra-thin folding Pocket-VR viewer is finally available for those who want to dabble in virtual reality and are looking for a cost-effective solution that falls somewhere between Google s cheap Cardboard and Samsung s pricey Gear VR.What your $70 alternative to Oculus Rift gets you is a VR viewer made of durable plastic—not cardboard—that cleverly folds flat so it s slim enough to stash in a pocket.Designed for either the iPhone 6/6s or the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Pocket-VR won t actually work with other smartphones since it requires them to be wrapped in an included case for the viewer to properly and securely assemble.The Pocket-VR s open design gives full access to the touchscreen and buttons on whichever smartphone you re using it with, which solves a an annoyance with Google s Cardboard viewer.You re definitely paying a premium for that convenience here, but also its well though-out design that you can quickly whip out and use anywhere.
How to use USB connector on Galaxy S7 and S7 EdgeOne of the most useful accessories you get along with the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge inside the box is the USB connector or on-the-go adapter.Data transfer seamlesslyUnlike the traditional way of transferring data – such as contacts, music files, videos, photos and more that is sent to a computer and then uploading it to a phone – Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge provide users an easy way to transfer data.You would see a new window appear on the phone, allowing you to select files you want to transfer.Connect keyboards to your S7The on-the-go adapter allows connecting your S7 with a keyboard to offer PC-like typing experience.Flash drive filesUsing the adapter you can also read and share PowerPoint, Excel, PDF and other file formats from USB flash drives.Just use the on-the-go adapter to charge your S7 using the battery power from another phone.
The universal translator has long been a piece of technology present in sci-fi shows, the most memorable one being Star Trek.Now, thanks to New York-based startup Waverly Labs, a real-life version is making its way onto crowdfunding site Indiegogo next week.Other technical details about the Pilot are a little sparse right now, but more may be revealed when its crowdfunding campaign kicks off on May 25.Fans of the excellent The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy may find the Pilot brings to mind the Babel Fish featured in the novels – an animal placed in the ear that feeds on the brainwaves of those around it and excretes a telepathic translation of alien languages into the brain of the wearer.While the demo video does look impressive, we re still not at the stage where languages can be translated in total real-time.Waverly Labs product may not be cheap, but here s hoping it turns out to be worth the price and is the saviour of monoglots traveling abroad.
It's no surprise to hear that Samsung is working on an Active version of its smartphone the Galaxy S7.Early this month some images of the Galaxy S7 Active leaked showing what was claimed to be a prototype device for ATNow another image has leaked and this time out it is claimed to be a rendering of the smartphone and it looks very official.The camo back panel appears heavily textured for grip even with wet hands.A version of the device was spied wearing the SM-G880 model number.We still have no hard data on hardware inside the S7 Active, but it is hinted that it will use the same hardware as the normal Galaxy S7.The S7 Active is expected to carry improved water resistance compared to the standard smartphone already able to survive significant time in the water.
But, as the fantasy series' creator George R. R. Martin explains in a Galaxy s Edge Magazine interview, it's never gratuitous, however bloody the demise may be.Particularly if you re writing about war, which is certainly a central subject in Game of Thrones.You don t get to live forever just because you are a cute kid or the hero s best friend or the hero.And certainly, the blood continues to be spilt in the latest season of Game of Thrones, with season six seeing a significant character being 'offed in pretty much every episode so far.Interestingly, the show hasn't lost its bloodlust despite now outpacing the source material – the next entry in the book series that covers the contents of season six was due for release back in January, but as of May 2016 Martin admitted The Winds of Winter still wasn't ready.Galaxy s Edge Magazine via Independent
Google offers developers their first hands-on opportunity with their newest VR setup, the Daydream Dev Kit.While later this year Google and 3rd-party manufacturers will create consumer-ready Daydream VR kits, today we can make our own.All we need is a Nexus 6P, another Android smartphone, and a desktop or laptop computer - plus some patience.With Android N and future versions of Android , Google has built in optimizations for virtual reality viewing - that all leads to Daydream.Above you'll see us using a Galaxy S7 as our Daydream Controller while the Nexus 6P shows off a rather plain-looking app which shows the information being fed to it - via Wi-Fi - by the other phone.First, a PC or an Apple computer, if you do so dare and the will to download many separate files over the course of what might end up being between 20 minutes and a couple of hours, depending on your luck.
Photo: Pichi Chuang / Reuters We do not see that Microsoft should be very aggressive in smart phones in the future, estimates research firm Gartner analyst Anshul Gupta. Windows share of the smartphone operating systems has been reduced to a paltry 0.7 per cent, estimates research firm Gartner, the Windows smart phones sold in the first year, only 2.4 million. We do not see that Microsoft should be very aggressive in smart phones in the future, says Gartner analyst Anshul Gupta Economic Sanomat. Samsung remains the roller Samsung has kept its position as the Galaxy A series, as well as the Galaxy S7's time. Huawei catches Chinese phone manufacturers in particular, according to Gupta Huawei seems now to proceed aggressively. They have increased their sales tumbled since the second quarter of last year and sprints to Apple, as well as with Samsung in relation to, says Gupta.
Study co-authors Adam Frank and Woodruff Sullivan looked at recent discoveries of potentially habitable exoplanets and considered the odds of whether sophisticated civilizations existed on them in the past or present.In 1961, astronomer Frank Drake — founder of the SETI Institute SETI stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence — devised what is now known as the Drake equation to estimate the number of planets that may be home to civilizations with the ability to communicate beyond their world.While the Drake equation calculates the number of advanced alien civilizations that could exist in the Milky Way galaxy, Frank and Sullivan s equation expands the question to calculate the number of advanced civilizations that have existed in our galaxy throughout the whole history of the universe.After that, it s just a matter of counting up the tally of stars in the visible universe, and saying that — with all the suitable real estate that s out there, if we re the only place with intelligent life, then we ve really won the mother of all lotteries.Shostak cautions against being overly optimistic or pessimistic about the SETI Institute s searches for intelligent signals from possible neighbors in outer space.It s a bit like an ant coming out of its hive, seeing the enormous amount of real estate stretching in all directions and deciding that, if its home is the only ant hill, then its existence is a near-miracle.
To put that in perspective, NASA has previous noted it's "big enough to encompass a football stadium".The weight of the balloon plus payload is 4,500kg, or "roughly 10 grand pianos or 2.5 mid-size cars", or indeed "55 kangaroos, 100 toilets, or 1,000 cats", as NASA nicely put it last month.On the ground, the SPB displays sub-stadium dimensions, but it's still impressive, as the launch vid grabbed on Monday at New Zealand's Wanaka Airport shows:SPBs are designed for "ultra-long-duration flight of up to 100 days at mid-latitudes", carrying scientific payloads to a more-or-less constant float altitude of 33.5km, as a budget alternative to sending them into orbit atop rockets.For this mission, the massive sandwich bag is carrying the University of California's Compton Spectrometer and Imager COSI , which will "probe the mysterious origins of galactic positrons, study the creation of new elements in the galaxy, and perform pioneering studies of gamma-ray bursts and black holes".While NASA hopes the SPB will stay aloft for over three months, the current flight record is 54 days, on a 2009 mission which began at the previous launch site in Antarctica.The first flight from Wanaka in 2015 lasted 32 days, five hours and 51 minutes before a leak prompted NASA to abort the mission over Outback Australia.
Android Marshmallow rolling out for Galaxy Tab A 9.7in SamsungThe 9.7in Galaxy Tab A bearing model number SM-T550 is another lucky Galaxy device to make it to the list of those receiving Android Marshmallow.Earlier this month, the update was rolled out to Tab S2 8.0 starting with users in the UK; now the sweet Marshmallow treatment is seeding for the Wi-Fi variant of Galaxy Tab A.With the latest Android version 6.0.1, the update moves the build version of your Galaxy tablet to T550XXU1BPE1, which is now live for users in France.If you are in the firmware supported region head over to Settings About device Software update menu to check if the new Marshmallow build is available for your tablet.Along with the new Android version, expect a bunch of Marshmallow features including the Doze mode for a better battery life, and more control over app permissions.Firmware detailsModel name: Galaxy Tab AModel: SM-T550Country: FranceVersion: Android 6.0.1Changelist: 7931139Build date: 4 MayProduct code: XEFPDA: T550XXU1BPE1CSC: T550OXA1BPE
We thought that Sony would be revealing a new tablet at the event in Barcelona, but instead we saw the Xperia X range as well as a few concept devices.But there was no word of the new tablet, even though a Japanese store manager was previously been informed that the current three models of Xperia Z4 Tablet are being discontinued and a new product is set to take its place.The tablet cost a little more than that on release, while the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact was a bit cheaper as well due to its smaller size.Of course materials are only half the battle.A certain amount of bezel is handy, as it means you can hold the tablet without obscuring the screen, but the Z4 Tablet takes it too far.A more robust buildA big selling point of the Xperia Z4 Tablet is its dust and water resistance, but that conjures an image of a durable slate and in reality the Z4 Tablet looks anything but.
Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo has said it can track smartphones on its network using remotely activated GPS, without the owner s knowledge or consent.Without the need to get permission, Docomo developed software that could discreetly track phones, while leaving the owner unaware.The network will introduce five smartphones over the next months with the functionality installed.Information like this is valuable to companies and advertisers.Keeping data stored on smartphones secure, and our privacy in general, has been under the spotlight for some time.Most recently, Apple s very public spat with the FBI over breaking the encryption on an iPhone highlighted the issue, but Docomo s stance isn t quite so pro-consumer.
Emerging Chinese manufacturers and more established names contribute to 3.9 percent total smartphone sales growth in Q1 2016, Gartner reportsSmartphone sales were up 3.9 percent year on year to 349 million during the first quarter of 2015 as Chinese manufacturers continue to enjoy success in emerging markets, according to latest figures from Gartner.Huawei and Xiaomi took third and fifth place respectively as their moves into Western markets began to pay dividends, backed up by strong domestic sales.Huawei performed particularly well, growing its market share from 5.4 percent in Q1 2015 to 8.3 percent in Q1 2016 as its expanded portfolio helps it infiltrate new markets.As expected, Samsung took top spot, with sales boosted by the recently released Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones, which were revealed at Mobile World Congress MWC earlier this year.This put it far ahead of its rivals, as iOS was only able to take 14.8 percent, with Windows on 0.7 percent and BlackBerry still clinging on with 0.2 percent.Try our quiz!