Week 35 in review: iPhone 6, Note 4, Nexus X, smartwatches

Two companies unveiled smartwatches this week, while HTC put out its
first 64-bit phone and LG revealed an affordable phablet with a stylus.

Apple iPhone 6 compared to iPhone 5 in live photos

Now we have a better idea of just how that will stack up to the
4-inch iPhone 5 thanks to a handful of live shots out of China. The
rounded sides and thinner design are among the other changes noticed,
but the larger screen diagonal will firmly move into a more modern era
of smartphones…


New iPhone 6 images emerge, September 9 mentioned again

The Apple iPhone 6 rumors are starting to pour in frantically as
the launch event nears. The latest one clings to the September 9
announcement date instead of the September 19 one and complements the
statement with a list of the specs and a ton of pictures of the phone
itself and the retail box…


Official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wallpaper leaks out

The official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wallpaper made the rounds
online. The colorful image confirms the QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels)
resolution of the upcoming phablet’s display. The original size of the
image is 2560 x 2560 pixels. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will debut at a
global Unpacked event next week, on September 3…


Leaked iPhone 6 manual shows brand new design

The previous iPhone 6 box we saw proved to be fake but here’s
something that may be more plausible. What you see here is a small card
that allegedly will come inside the new iPhone boxes – it serves as a
sort of manual for the iPhone. The card shows a diagram of all buttons
on the Apple iPhone 6, including the Power button…


Nexus X specs and Android version confirmed in benchmark

The yet to be revealed Nexus X smartphone made yet another
appearance in AnTuTu. Made by Motorola, the device is expected to debut
at some point this fall with proper flagship specs on board. The leaked
AnTuTu screenshots confirm the device’s previously leaked specs…


Apple iPhone 6 to come with Phosphorus co-processor

Codenamed Phosphorus the M8 co-processor is said to be able to
collect more information than the M7 in the Apple A7 chip currently does
– that is more than the accelerometer, gyrscope and GPS. Phosphorus is
said to be able to gather information from various wearables and
built-in sensors regarding heart rate…


HTC confirms Desire 820 to pack 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset

64-bit smartphones are already a reality with the iPhone 5s while
several manufacturers are competing to be the first to bring a 64-bit
Android to market. HTC might claim that title with the mid-range Desire
820. The short text accompanying the second teaser image claims this is
the “world’s first octa-core 64-bit phone”…


Two more Samsung Galaxy Note 4 teasers are now out

Samsung released two more Galaxy Note 4 teaser videos. The phablet
is set to debut in less than two weeks, on September 3. The new videos
feature the same “Ready to note?” theme like the previous two, but focus
on long-time Samsung Galaxy Note users. The latter talk about their
life with Samsung’s phablet…


LG G Watch R gets unveiled with round P-OLED display

LG took the wraps off the decidedly premium G Watch R. The Android
Wear device will be showcased at the company’s booth during the upcoming
IFA convention in Berlin. The main feature of the LG G Watch is its
display. As the R letter in the name kindly suggests, the screen is a
1.3″ fully circular Plastic OLED display…


Samsung Gear S smartwatch goes official with Tizen and 3G

Samsung officially announced the Gear S smartwatch with 3G
connectivity on board. The Tizen-based wearable device will begin
rolling out in markets around the globe starting in October. Samsung
Gear S features a 2” curved Super AMOLED display with a resolution of
480 x 360 pixels…


Sony Xperia Z3 gets disassembled before its official unveiling

The yet to be revealed Sony Xperia Z3 got fully disassembled before
its official announcement. Sony’s next flagship is going to debut at
the manufacturer’s IFA press conference next week, on September 3. The
upcoming flagship will pack a 3,100mAh battery – down from 3,200mAh in
the Sony Xperia Z2…


LG G3 Stylus goes official with 5.5″ display and 13MP camera

LG officially took the wraps off the affordable G3 Stylus ahead of
IFA. The previously leaked, 3G-only smartphone will be showcased at the
company’s booth in Berlin next week. Despite sporting similar name and
design as the company’s flagship, the G3 Stylus is far removed from the
D855 in terms of specs…


HTC Desire 510 goes official with mid-range specs and LTE

HTC announced the Desire 510 smartphone. The newcomer combines
mid-range specs and LTE connectivity. HTC Desire 510 features a Qualcomm
Snapdragon 410 chipset with 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU and Adreno
306 GPU. That’s the first 64-bit Snapdragon chipset to make it to an
actual device…


– GSMArena.com news

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How to Share an External Drive Between a Mac and a PC

Looking
to share an external hard drive between a Mac and PC? The best way to
do it is with a drive formatted as FAT32. Though this format has some
limitations, it enjoys nearly universal support from active platforms,
including Mac and Windows operating systems, and many gaming and Linux
OSs.The chief drawbacks of FAT32 involve file and partition size
limitations. FAT32 imposes a size limit of 4GB on single files. So if
you work with bulky video clips, for example, adopting FAT32 may not be a
good idea. When formatting partitions, Windows 7’s Disk Management
utility won’t let you create one that’s larger than 32GB, whereas Mac OS
X Lion can create partitions as large as 2TB using its Disk Utility
application. Finally, Mac OS X’s Time Machine backup utility won’t work
with FAT32.

Windows prefers to use NTFS (which stands for New
Technology File System, though it has been around for nearly 20 years
now). Macs running Snow Leopard or Lion can read from drives formatted
as NTFS, but they can’t write to such drives unless you install a
third-party driver or muck about in the Terminal. Conversely, Windows 7
can’t read and write to drives formatted as HFS+–also known as Mac OS
Extended (journaled)–unless you install third-party software such as Paragon’s.

Formatting From a Mac

To format a drive as FAT32 from a Mac, follow these simple steps.

1. Set up your drive following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Connect the power supply (if necessary), connect to the Mac via USB or
FireWire, and turn on the drive. The drive should automatically mount on
your Mac’s desktop (if the finder preferences are set to show external
drives). If the drive is not formatted, you may get a message saying
that the drive is unreadable by Mac OS X and asking you whether you want
to format it via Disk Utility. We’re going to do this anyway, so open Disk Utility from the prompt or by navigating to /Applications/Utilities.

Select MS-DOS (FAT) as the format.

2.
Mac OS X won’t let you create a FAT32 partition larger than 2TB; so if
your drive is larger than that, you’ll need to divide the available
drive capacity into multiple partitions. You can format the remaining
space as a second FAT32 partition or as an HFS+ partition, or you can
leave it as unallocated space. To create a new partition, click the
drive in the list on the left side of the Disk Utility menu. Click the Partition
button in Disk Utility’s main window. By default, Mac OS X will use the
GUID partition table to format the drive. You can use this and still
share FAT32 volumes with a PC, but if you’ll primarily be using the
drive with Windows, and if the full capacity of the drive doesn’t exceed
2TB, the wiser course is to wipe the drive and then use Windows’ Master
Boot Record (MBR) partition scheme.

Establishing the partition layout.

3. Click the Partition Layout
drop-down menu in Disk Utility, and select the number of partitions you
want to create. By default, Disk Utility will divide the available
space in half. You can resize the partitions by clicking the line
between the partitions and dragging it up or down to increase or
decrease the capacity of one or the other side.

4. Click on
whichever partition segment you want to format as FAT32. Type a name for
that partition in the Name field and choose the FAT32 option from the Format drop-down menu. Once everything is arranged as you want it, click apply.
A progress bar will appear at the bottom right of the window as Disk
Utility creates the requested partitions. Once it finishes creating
them, you can move the drive between Macs and Windows PCs, and move
files back and forth easily.

Formatting From a PC

Select your hard drive, and choose ‘Convert to MBR Disk’.

Here’s how to create a FAT32 partition from a Windows 7 PC.1. Open the Disk Management utility. To do so, select Start, Control Panel, System and Security, Create and format hard disk partitions. Alternatively, press the Start button and start typing partitions.

2. Find the drive you’d like to format; in my case, it was Disk 5. Click the disk number, and select Convert to MBR Disk (“MBR” stands for “Master Boot Record”). Right-click the unallocated segment in the next field over, select New Simple Volume, and click Next when the wizard launches. Change the value in the Simple Volume size field to 32,768MB or less–it needs to be under 32GB, to satisfy the format’s file limit. Assign a drive letter, and click Next.

Formatting the partition.
Formatting the partition.

3. Choose the drive letter to be assigned and click Next. Select FAT32 from the File System drop down menu, label the volume however you like, check the box next to Perform a quick format, and click Next. The resulting window tells you that you have successfully completed creating the volume. Click Finish and you’re ready to go.

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The Ultimate Guide to Building a Fast Blog and Why it Matters

A Detailed Guide to Optimize Your Website Load Speed
Speed matters!
High quality content, inbound links and easy navigation are not enough to make your blog or website successful. Internet users today expect a website to load as fast as possible. They really feel cheated by blogs that take a very long time to respond to their web requests.
When it comes to your user’s site  experience and position in search engines, how fast your website loads is a vital factor.
In this post, I’ve covered everything you should know about how to build a fast loading blog and website: why it matters, what are the tools to test it, and what practices you should follow to building a fast blog!

Why speed matters

User experience:

It’s a well known fact if a website takes too long to load; a visitor is more likely to move on to other website (most likely competitors). With the increased internet speed, usage and accessibility, today’s users expect the fastest and most reliable online experience. Everyone has “very limited time” to surf the internet and no one likes to wait on a web page to load.
So, what’s the time limit for a visitor to felicitously wait for loading a web page? Previously it was considered that maximum waiting time should be less than seven seconds. But today, in the world of improved technology, users expect a web page (with simple content) to completely load within two seconds or less. And if a web page takes more than two seconds to load, chances are up to 40% of users may leave your site.

AdWords quality score:

Maybe you’re not aware of this, but the speed of your website can actually impact your Quality Score. Google knows very well that customers are likely to convert on a faster website, so they’ve put more emphasis on the landing page loading speed. If the performance of your landing page is dull, then your Quality Score will suffer.
Apart from this, Quality Score drives your CPC campaigns. It means faster loading speed can help you reduce your advertising costs. In short, faster page load speed results into higher quality score, and higher quality score leads to enhanced spending efficiency and more reach.

Organic rankings:

In 2010, Google had announced that page load speed would be an important factor in determining the ranking of websites in search engine results. Google algorithm makes use of multiple factors to determine where to rank your website in search engine result pages. Some of these factors are evaluation of the legitimacy of the website itself (like number of quality inbound links and age of the domain name), while others are related to a webpage content itself (like title, description, text, URL etc.).
However, after the announcement of Google, it became crucial for website owners to improve their page load time. So if you care about getting ranked higher and more traffic from Google, you should improve your website website’s performance. Though fast load time isn’t a huge ranking factor, but it’s quite important.

Mobile users:

Generally, it is considered that mobile users have more patience than desktop users. The reason is that they use a slower internet connection. But in the present scenario, while the internet connection speed is very fast, page load time became an important factor for mobile users.
Therefore, website owners should keep in mind this factor while using tools to manage mobile versions of their websites. Also, designers and coders should create simple and lightweight mobile version of a website in order to avoid server overload and make sure that the website will load quickly on mobile devices.

Competitors cash in:

When a user clicks away from a web page on your site due to slow load speed, your competitors benefit from it. In traffic rush hours, 75% of online consumers move to a competitor’s site rather than having the patience to wait for a website to load. Hence, if your site is slow, you’re not only going to lose your visitors and money, but also indirectly handle your valuable customers over to your competitors.

Free tools to test your site’s speed

Google PageSpeed Insights:

Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool lets you test the performance of a web page both for desktop and mobile devices. It fetches the URL of a web page twice, once with a desktop user-agent, and once with a mobile user-agent. It measures how the page can boost its performance on: time to full page load and time to above-the-fold content load. After analyzing the content of a web page, it generates “consider fixing” and “should fix” type recommendations, which you can use to make your web page faster on all devices.

YSlow:

YSlow, developed by Yahoo, analyzes a web page and accordingly gives you suggestions to improve its performance. All the generated suggestions are based on a set of 23 web performance rules, which are defined by Yahoo’s Performance team. Additionally, it gives your web page a Grade that is based on one of three predefined rule set.

GTMetrix:

GTMetrix is another popular and effective website performance testing tool that helps you optimize your website’s speed and give your visitors an all-around improved experience. Using Google Page Speed and YSlow, it grades the performance of your site and makes actionable recommendations available to you. In addition, you can also set up monitored alerts and view your page load in a filmstrip view.

Pingdom:

Pingdom offers a wide range of website speed testing tools that enables you to monitor the performance of your website and provides invaluable insights to help you make it faster. Using Pingdom, you will be able to monitor individual files and requests on your site and can know the reasons which cause poor website performance. From page analysis to a performance grade, they provide quite useful information related to your website.

MaxCDN Tools:

MaxCDN recently released their set of testing tools through which you can test your website’s performance at 12 different locations around the globe. Performing Ping test, you can compare the ping speed of two domains and know how your site performs against your competitors. Finally, the HTTP Speed Test enables you compare the speed of first and last byte of two websites.

Quick tips to speed up your site

Upgrade your server:

The connectivity and speed of a website depends on the type of server being used for hosting. If your site is hosted on a shared hosting server, upgrade it to a VPS or dedicated server that allows your website having more server resources available. Hosting your website on a shared server may result in web pages being load slower.

Use a CDN (Content Delivery Network):

One of the best ways to decrease your website’s page speed is to host your media files on a content delivery network. Using a CDN, you can save up to 60% bandwidth and halve the number of requests made by your website. Some of the popular and reputed CDNs are MaxCDNCloudFlare, and Amazon CloudFront.

Minimize HTTP requests:

According to Yahoo, up to 90% of the end-user response time is tied up in downloading the different components – like images, scripts, flash, style sheets etc. – of a web page. When someone land on your website, an HTTP request is made for each one of these components. The best practice for minimizing the number of HTTP requests is to eliminate all unnecessary things from your site.

Enable Gzip compression:

Nowadays, Gzip is the most used compression method that doesn’t only save bandwidth, but also speed up web page load time. A web page containing high quality content is often bigger than 100kb and this result in slower page load time. By compressing your website’s content, you can reduce the response size by about 70%. To check whether your site is Gzip enabled or not, you can useGziptest.

Optimize images:

There are two important things that you should keep in mind while uploading images to your website: size and format. As large images take much longer than expected time to load, so it’s crucial to crop your images to the correct size before uploading. For the format of your images, .jpg and .png are best options. Use GIFs for small graphics, and also avoid using .bmp and .tiff formats.

Minify your HTML, CSS and JavaScript files:

WYSIWYG resources make building web pages easy for people, but they sometimes generate junk code that can slow down your website. To avoid slow loading time, you need to minify your files. To minify HTML, you can use chrome extension PageSpeed Insights to get the optimized version of your HTML code. To minify CSS, try cssmin.js and YUI Compressor. And to minify JavaScript, use JSMin and Closure Compiler.

Put scripts at the bottom:

If you want to get your content delivered to your visitors as fast as possible, it’s highly recommended to put scripts as close to the bottom of your page as possible. The reason behind this is simple: visitors would not like to see a blank page while the browser is busy in loading different script related files. Also, put your CSS at the top of your page since browsers would render the CSS file before rendering your page.

Minimize redirects:

Though sometimes it is necessary to redirect a visitor from one URL to another, but if you have a lot of redirects on your site, your site will suffer delay in page load. Redirections lead to additional HTTP requests, which increase web page load time. So minimize the number of redirects even though you have a responsive version of your web site.

Enable browser caching:

When a visitor lands on your site for the first time, different components (like HTML document, style sheets, JavaScript files and images) of your website are stored on his hard drive in a temporary storage, or cache. The next time when the user visits your site, the browser loads the web page from its local cache instead of sending another HTTP request to the server. So, it’s quite important to enable browser caching in order to enhance the performance of your website.

Monitor & improve:

One of the best ways to make your website super speedy is to monitor its performance on a regular basis and make necessary improvements accordingly. Furthermore, always run some quick tests especially when you make any changes in your website’s code or content to see the results.
Author Bio: Ajeet  Yadav is an experienced web developer at CreativeWebLogix – Get Your Existing Site To Responsive. His area of interest are WordPress, HTML5, CSS3, and Responsive. Don’t forget to follow @CWL_WEBDESIGN to get latest updates via Twitter.

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Here’s how big the iPhone 6 may be compared to most other flagships

Even those who are only remotely interested in the
phone industry must have been reached by the hype that’s started to
build around the upcoming Apple iPhone 6. Apple’s next-gen smartphone is
expected to arrive in September, but leaks and rumors about it have
been circulating the internet for quite a while now. Needless to say,
none of the information available right now is to be considered “final”
or “confirmed”, so at this point, it’s up to everyone to decide whether
or not they are willing to believe the unofficial loads of data that
have been floating around for the last few months.
Courtesy of
said rumor mill endeavors, we now have our hands on some pretty
convincing concept images of the iPhone 6 with 4.7″ screen. In this
particular size comparison post, we’re using concept pictures made by
designers Tomas Moyano and Nicolàs Aichino – these concepts are not
necessarily indicative of what the final product will look like, but
they are based on the widely-available iPhone 6 dummies that have
already been used by various individuals to produce tons of beauty shots
and alleged “leak shots”. Meanwhile, we’re using the rumored dimensions
of the iPhone 6, which are currently claimed to be 5.43 x 2.64 x 0.28
inches (138 x 67 x 7 mm). Again, that doesn’t mean this is exactly how
big the real deal is going to be, but if we assume that these dimensions
are close to what Apple’s going to announce next month, well, we can at
least get an idea of how the iPhone 6 is going to compare against some
of the other flagships available right now, including the Xperia Z2, G3,
Galaxy S5, and the One (M8).
Check this preliminary size comparison below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

5.43 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches

138 x 67 x 7 mm

oz (0 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

5.21 x 2.58 x 0.26 inches

132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7 mm

4.06 oz (115 g)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

5.64 oz (160 g)

HTC One (M8)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.
Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

5.43 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches

138 x 67 x 7 mm

oz (0 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 5s

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

3.95 oz (112 g)

Apple iPhone 5s

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2

5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches

146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm

5.75 oz (163 g)

Sony Xperia Z2

LG G3

LG G3

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm

5.26 oz (149 g)

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How And Why Google Is Open Sourcing Its Data Centers

Meet the man behind the plan. Google’s back in the open source game, and in a big way. In a world increasingly bent on opening up innovation outside the company firewall, Google just took a major step forward.

In June, Google made cloud headlines when it open sourced its Kubernetes project  for managing Linux application containers. (These containers are a sort of software “wrapper” that make it much easier to run a given program on any computer without a lot of laborious customization work.) In
effect, Google has offered the open source community an application architecture modeled after its own internal tools—in Greek, Kubernetes means literally “helmsman of a ship.”

See also: Docker Promises A Standard Way To Package Apps To Run Virtually Anywhere

Craig McLuckie
Craig McLuckie

Google isn’t just releasing its code into the wild all by its lonesome, either: Microsoft, Red Hat, IBM and the open-source project Docker have also joined in support.

Google’s goal with Kubernetes is to allow developers to build applications and services at Web scale
using the same principles that Google uses within its own data centers. Kubernetes is built as a portable framework for managing Linux application containers. It lets customers manage their applications the way that Google manages hyper-scale applications like Search and Gmail.
Docker creates great developer experiences when building container based applications, and Kubernetes enables customers to operationalize those Docker applications.

By moving to Kubernetes, customers move away from a having to think about managing their application and instead let a smart system do it for them. Inside Google, this shift has had a
tremendous impact on developer productivity. Coders build their applications, then rely on internal systems to run, monitor and scale it for them. Kubernetes lets developers outside of Google work the same way.

Why Give The Store Away?

I spoke to Craig McLuckie (@cmcluck), a senior product manager at Google, about why Google is open sourcing the secret sauce for its cloud and to learn more about the recent string of industry collaborations around Kubernetes.

ReadWrite:
One of Google’s biggest assets is its homegrown datacenter technology.
Until now, Google has been pretty secretive about how it runs things.
What’s changed?

Craig McLuckie: We have actually been sharing technologies we built at Google with the open-source community for years—for example, [publications describing technologies such as] MapReduce and BigTable have been quite influential in shaping the world of distributed systems. More recently, we are
helping to power the container initiative through projects w’ve created and contributed, including cgroups, Go, lmctfy, and cadvisor.

We continue to share our work with the community because we benefit hugely from open-source software and the community support of our efforts. In addition, we are betting big on our Google Cloud Platform business, and as Urs Hölzle underscored earlier this year, Google has gone “all in” on this opportunity.

One of the ways we differentiate our offering is by being open with our customers and providing insight into the technologies we offer.

Beyond  that, we want our customers to reap the same benefits that we see internally—and Kubernetes can help them build and manage their applications using a portable, lean, open source system similar to the one we use internally.

RW: So why not go it
alone? Why have you collaborated with so many others in the
industry—including some cloud competitors—on Kubernetes?

CM:
There are two reasons. The first is that we have been incredibly impressed by the power of the open-source ecosystem. Time and again we have seen open-source projects evolve faster than closed alternatives as they benefit from the diverse perspectives and skillsets of the contributors.

We are already seeing fantastic activity on the Kubernetes GitHub repository driven by multiple members of the community. As an example, Red Hat brings deep experience in hardening open source technology for enterprise use.

The second is that our customers demand openness and flexibility. We want to win their trust by offering great infrastructure and services, not by locking them in. Working with the community means that strong alternatives will emerge that let our customers run in a multi-cloud world. That is an important prerequisite for many of them when adopting a new technology.

Cooperation With Competitors

ReadWrite:And it looks like there are still more announcements coming. You have been working with Mesosphere on Kubernetes since July, and there are more announcements today. What’s new?

McLuckie:
We’ve been working on a couple of things together. Mesosphere will be
making substantive contributions to Kubernetes and adopting it as part
of Mesos. Together, with the Kubernetes community, we are working to
bring the power of Mesos to applications that rely on Kubernetes
orchestrator. And it will of course be available everywhere.

See also: How To Make Data Services Scale Like Google

While some might jump to the conclusion that Mesos and Kubernetes are competitive solutions, I believe our customers will find them very complementary. We share a common vision for the dynamic management of applications and are working to create a framework that brings
sophisticated capabilities to the Kubernetes model for multiple cloud deployments.

It would take the community quite a while to evolve the basic Kubernetes system to the level that Mesos has already achieved in terms of offering things like resource and constraint-driven
scheduling, or high availability deployments. Having the ability to ‘drop in’ a richer framework really benefits our mutual customers.

The other really nice thing is that by combining Kubernetes and Mesos, users get the best of both worlds. Not just the richness of the Mesos distributed kernel, but a framework that lets you run existing workloads (including some of the very popular big data frameworks like Spark and
Hadoop) on the same shared physical resources as your new Kubernetes managed applications.

ReadWrite: So what does this mean for Mesosphere and Google Cloud Platform customers?

McLuckie: We are working together to make it simple for customers to benefit from
the combination of Kubernetes and Mesos, and deploy their Mesos workloads on Google’s container optimized infrastructure via Google Cloud Platform. For example, developers can visit Mesosphere.io’s website and in just a few clicks have a solution up and running on Google Cloud Platform. Or, if they prefer, they can soon use the Click-to-Deploy feature directly from the Google Cloud Platform Dashboard to get their Mesosphere solution running.

Either path gets customers going quickly, and the union of technologies—Mesosphere
and Google Cloud Platform— is quite natural.

Can’t Contain The Container

ReadWrite:
If you think containers are the thing of the future, does your
investment in Kubernetes mean you’re in the public game for the long
haul?

McLuckie: Yes, absolutely! Google has pivoted to focus a significant portion of its resources in terms of engineering man hours and infrastructure spending to Google Cloud Platform. We think this will be Google’s next big business. 

However, this is not going to happen overnight. This opportunity will require significant technical innovation and investment, both things that Google is good at and committed to.

ReadWrite: You have seen great community momentum with the initial release of Kubernetes. What’s next?

McLuckie: We are starting to see broad adoption of Kubernetes , such as in OpenShift v3 from Red Hat and by Clever.com‘s website, and we are excited about incorporating the learnings from these use
cases back into the Kubernetes code base. We’ve published a roadmap for Kubernetes on GitHub, and we invite the community to review and comment on what is needed.

Finally, once we get the Kubernetes API in good shape, we will offer a hosted version of the API on Google Cloud Platform that is more deeply integrated into our infrastructure.

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Apple’s next iPhone: Gorilla Glass or sapphire?

Deciding
which iPhone to buy could prove much more difficult, assuming that a
new report from analyst and GTAT investor Matt Margolis turns out to be
correct.

On Thursday, the analyst said that all 5.5-inch “iPhone 6” models
will come with sapphire screens, while the 4.7-inch model will get
either sapphire or Gorilla Glass depending on the specification.
His assessment was first shared with 9to5Mac.

Margolis notes:

According to sources close to Foxconn’s manufacturing
operations the iPhone 6 will come built with sapphire cover screens in
both sizes. These sources have also indicated that the 4.7” Phone 6 is
being assembled in two varieties, a sapphire cover screen version and a
version featuring Gorilla Glass. At this point I do not know the
approximate mix between the two cover screen options on the 4.7” iPhone
6. My latest check on the 5.5” iPhone 6 indicates that all units of the
device are expected to come protected by a sapphire cover screen at this
point …

Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal
said that only Apple’s long-rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 would feature
sapphire glass. This latest rumor is the first to indicate that at least
one 4.7-inch model would also be available with the stronger material.

Current iPhones feature displays made from Corning’s Gorilla Glass,
with sapphire glass only covering the camera lens and Touch ID
fingerprint reader of the iPhone 5s. Sapphire may also be used on
Apple’s “iWatch.”

Apple is expected to unveil the next-generation device at a media event on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

See also: Report: Apple is planning to introduce an ‘iWatch’ along with the ‘iPhone 6′ on Sept. 9Our annual iPhone trade-in guide, ‘iPhone 6’ release date and more, and Further proof that Apple’s next iPhone will support NFC.

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Apple files to block Moto Aware, Motorola scrambling for update

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong, it seems. We have been talking about how Apple has become less lawsuit-happy since Tim Cook took over,
but it looks like it might just be that Apple is being more covert
about its filings. We have gotten word that Apple has filed to block the
new Moto Aware feature that we saw as part of the info on the Motorola Luge.

Apple files to block Moto Aware, Motorola scrambling for updateAs
we reported a few days ago, the Luge is planned to launch today, August
28th, as a prepaid device for Verizon customers. Apple filed to block
Moto Aware within the past couple of days, which has left Motorola
engineers scrambling to put together a software patch for the device
that would remove the software. Moto Aware was intended to be a new
service on all new Motorola devices this year, and now those plans have been upended by Apple. 
We
don’t know exactly what Moto Aware is, but we have been led to believe
that it would be a service to dynamically change your phone settings,
security settings, and/or UI based on certain factors, like location,
lighting, and ambient noise. If that sounds familiar, it is because
Apple was granted a patent on a service like that this past July. 
Of course, Google was granted a similar patent in August of 2013, and Microsoft also has a similar patent that was granted in January of 2013.
We don’t know the specifics of the Moto Aware service, nor of the Apple
claim; so, we can’t say whether either of the competing patents will
invalidate Apple’s filing. Whatever the resolution, it will take time to
sort out, and that will mean Moto Aware has to be removed from Motorola
devices until the issue is resolved. 

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Report: iPhone 6 Will Have NFC Mobile Payment Capability

Is it finally time for NFC mobile payments to explode? Maybe if you trust the latest report from Wired, which claims the next version of the iPhone will come with a mobile payment platform based on near field communication.

The report is scarce on the details, besides claiming the payment platform will be one of the new iPhone’s most important features.

Is it possible? Definitely — rumors about Apple building a mobile payment platform have been around seemingly forever. And Apple already has 800 million iTunes accounts
on file, most with registered credit cards, and it offers features like
Passbook, which allows users to store coupons and event tickets on
their phone.

Plus, the company registered several mobile payment patents over the years.

Be that as it may, Apple has so far avoided building NFC
functionality into its iDevices. The company also relied on Bluetooth LE
for its iBeacon technology, which lets customers access info and various services through their phones in physical stores.

Regardless of the technology Apple ends up using, if the report is
right, the company’s mobile payment platform will make a big splash come
Sept. 9, when Apple will likely introduce the new iPhone(s).

Report: iPhone 6 Will Have NFC Mobile Payment Capability

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New BlackBerry unit to focus on patents, QNX, crypto

The struggling handset maker combines its 44,000 patents and several key software projects into a single unit as it tries to develop new revenue streams.

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen at CES.
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BlackBerry said Monday it has created a new business unit that will include its 44,000 patents and several software projects, as the struggling handset maker seeks to find new revenue streams.
The unit, called BlackBerry Technology Solutions, will be led by Sandeep Chennakeshu, who
has been involved in wireless, semiconductors and other tech sectors for over 25 years. He has served as president of Ericsson Mobile  Platforms and chief technology officer of Sony Ericsson, and is a named inventor on 73 patents. Chennakeshu starts immediately as the new unit’s
president.

The change follows BlackBerry’s rapid tumble from a leading position in mobile devices, as Apple’s iPhone and smartphones running Google’s Android operating system came to dominate the smartphone market. BlackBerry is shifting away from its failed focus on consumers back to its core
corporate and government clients and building on its strengths in security and mobile-device management.

The transition has led to the company substantially shrinking its workforce, with the culling
resulting in a 40 percent cut to staffing — or 4,500 positions — last September alone.

The BTS unit will comprise a handful of BlackBerry’s technologies, including the QNX embedded software, the Internet of Things application platform called Project Ion, cryptography applications, antenna tuning, and BlackBerry’s patent portfolio.

“Combining all these assets into a single business unit led by Sandeep will create operational synergies and new revenue streams, furthering our turnaround strategy,” Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen said in a statement.

 – CNET

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