Hatchimals Swearing? That's What Parents Are Claiming

Is your Hatchimal swearing? If so, it seems you’re not alone, as dozens of parents have claimed the Hatchimal they bought for their kids for the recent holiday can be heard saying, “F**k me.” Hatchimal is the Tickle-Me-Elmo of the 21st century. It’s the present to get kids. According to The Verge, finding even one Hatchimal, even post-Christmas, is close to impossible. So what makes them so popular? Comparable to a Furby, Hatchimals are made to hatch, and after they hatch, their owner is supposed to take care of it as they would a baby or a pet, and though it may sound downright bizarre, Hatchimals are able to “grow up” so to speak. “Each Hatchimal will learn how to walk, talk, and play games as it goes through the five stages of its life: egg, hatching, baby, toddler, and kid.” What are you’re hatchimals doing for this #hatchynewyear mine are ready to party! Go ahead and use #hatchygram for your chance to be featured on the hatchimals online gallery and let’s us know what your hatchimals are up to! @hatchimals @spinmaster #hatchimals #hatchimal #hatchynewyear #hatchygram #ad A photo posted by TheCrazyPonyLady (@thecrazyponylady) on Dec 31, 2016 at 5:03pm PST Another thing they can apparently do is swear. However, this claim of swearing Hatchimals is not as cut and dry as one might think. There is the fact that the owners of these lovely robot creatures can teach their Hatchimal to say things, hence it’s entirely possible for a swearing Hatchimal to exist, especially if there’s a mischievous older brother or sister around. One parent, however, claimed they heard their child’s Hatchimal swearing before it had even come out of its egg, which technically shouldn’t be possible. Meet the Galegos from British Columbia, who insist they have a swearing Hatchimal. The father said he thought he heard the toy he bought his son say, “F**k me,” from inside its egg. These toys are packaged inside an egg and made to keep from hatching until after it’s unboxed and nurtured. There’s video of this specific pre-hatched Hatchimal “swearing,” but it’s hard to tell what exactly it’s saying, though it sounds just like the already-hatched version in the video above. The “me” is quite easy to decipher, but the first word not so much. Many people believe it’s actually saying, “Hug me.” Spin Master is the company that makes Hatchimals. They’ve addressed the swearing concern and they vehemently deny that their product is made to use profanity of any kind, at least until it’s under a person’s care. Basically, if you catch a Hatchimal swearing, most likely it’s been programmed to by someone who lives under your roof or someone who’s had a chance to play with the Hatchimal, like a friend of your kid. According to the Daily Dot, Hatchimals learn to speak much in the same way a human being learns to speak. It starts out mumbling before speaking actual words, and if one purposely teaches it curse words, you will have a swearing Hatchimal on your hands. Anne Yourt, a representative of Spin Master, released a statement for the company. “Hatchimals speak their own language made up of random sounds. We can assure you that the Hatchimal is not saying anything inappropriate. The one in the video appears to be sleeping,” she stated, referring to the video of the still-to-hatch Hatchimal supposedly saying, “F**k me.” No word on the fact that the toys are teachable. As mentioned before, a swearing Hatchimal should only exist outside its egg, but the possibility that it’s teachable and thus able to swear before hatching isn’t far-fetched, as toys like these aren’t immune to glitches. [Image by Gunnar Rathbun/AP Images] As if having a toy Hatchimal swearing isn’t bad enough, right after Christmas, parents from across the world were complaining about their children throwing conniptions when their Hatchimal didn’t fulfill one of its main purposes which is, of course, to hatch. Not only that, but claims that some Hatchimals “died” (ceased to function) after hatching were also reported. According to Business Insider, at least one mother of two very disappointed girls is ready to file a lawsuit against Spin Master if she doesn’t receive a valid response to her official complaint by January 3. A swearing Hatchimal is entirely possible to encounter, but most likely not pre-hatch and not on its own. So before ripping into the company that makes these robot birds, make sure the cause of the problem isn’t living under your own roof. [Featured Image by gardener41/Flickr/Resized/CC BY-SA 2.0]

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) Release Feasibly Next Month, A Year Since Original Version’s Arrival?

Although there has been no official confirmation yet of an exact date, it seems that the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) release is already on the horizon after it was spotted on GFXBench. According to a report on International Business Times, the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) release could possibly happen in August, which is the same month the original version hit the market last year. Possibly hinting an imminent release for the 2016 model of the Samsung Galaxy A8, its appearance on the benchmarking site also seemingly confirmed some of its key specs. GFXBench’s listing for the SM-A810 device, believed to be the Samsung Galaxy A8 2016, revealed that it would arrive pre-installed with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS. Under the hood, it will be equipped with an octa-core 2.1GHz CPU (Samsung Exynos 7 SoC) and an octa-core ARM Mali-T760 MP8 for its GPU. The hardware specs are paired with 3GB RAM and native storage with 32 GB capacity. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) For its display specs, the 2016 Galaxy A8 is expected to get a 5.1-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080p. The details provided on GFXBench also specified that the phone’s display with touchscreen functionality would have at least five-finger gesture support. As for the camera, the Samsung Galaxy A8 2016 will be equipped with a 16MP primary shooter. Meanwhile, selfie lovers will be using a 5MP lens sensor upon the release of Samsung Galaxy A8 2016 model. A screenshot of the GFXBench benchmark listing for Samsung Galaxy A8 2016 was posted on a tweet made by Bloge.us. Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) configuration data exposure https://t.co/ieRRav10wR pic.twitter.com/dHazPiXvX6 — Bloge.us (@bloge_us) July 29, 2016 When it comes to pricing, a report from GSM Arena noted that the SM-A810 device also showed up on Zauba, which provided an approximate $205 price tag for the smartphone. Zauba is an Indian website tracking imports and exports, Phone Arena explained. The 2015 version of the Samsung Galaxy A8 was regarded as the thinnest mobile device from the South Korean tech giant, having a 5.8mm thickness. The dimensions for the upcoming Galaxy A8 have not been disclosed yet, but it is natural to anticipate that it will also be slim. According to a review posted on Android Authority, the pros of the current model for Samsung Galaxy A8 include its all-metal design and a large, vibrant display, not to mention its excellent camera and battery life. The thin profile of the A8 was also cited as one of the handset’s strong points, as well as presence of fingerprint scanner and option for memory expansion via a microSD. However, the mobile device’s weaknesses are its price, according to Android Authority, noting that it is expensive for a mid-range smartphone. It also has a weak speaker, and “occasional homescreen lag issues” were experienced. Android Authority’s review for the original Samsung Galaxy A8 contained more information. “Samsung gets a lot right with the Galaxy A8, including its premium metal construction, excellent camera experience, and surprisingly impressive battery life. With other key aspects like performance being at par with most other mid-range smartphones out there that are available at far cheaper price points, the Galaxy A8 can be a difficult device to recommend.” Watch the official TV commercial for the 2015 model of Samsung Galaxy A8, courtesy of Samsung Indonesia, as posted on their official YouTube channel: The 2016 versions of other Samsung handset models are already available in the market, including the Galaxy J, Galaxy J2, Galaxy J3, Galaxy J5, and Galaxy J7. Furthermore, the market release for the 2016 Samsung Galaxy A9 and A9 Pro already happened, as International Business Times specified. This only makes the release of Samsung Galaxy A8 2016 even more highly anticipated. The Inquisitr will continue to keep you in the loop for more news on the release of Samsung Galaxy A8 2016. [Photo by Samsung.com]

Galaxy S8 No Headphone Jack, No Home Button: Samsung Apparently Taking Cues From Apple

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will have no headphone jack and possibly no home button, just like Apple’s iPhone 7. On Tuesday, Sam Mobile reported that the South Korean tech company’s upcoming smartphone would have a USB Type-C port instead of a 3.5mm headphone jack. Samsung’s decision to design the Galaxy S8 with no headphone jack is expected to enable the company make the smartphone much thinner and also make room for more battery space. Apple was arguably the first tech company to ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone jack with its iPhone 7, which was released in September. The Cupertino-based company received a backlash due to its decision to do away with the headphone jack. However, Apple defended the move, saying it was a display of “courage” to do something new and beneficial. Many other companies have since hopped on the bandwagon. A man passes by Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in a shop. [Image by Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo] Just as Apple’s decision to abandon the 3.5mm headphone jack is said to have supported the sales of its AirPods, Samsung’s move in a similar direction would also benefit the sales of its Gear IconX. While it is noteworthy that the Galaxy S8 won’t have a headphone jack, this wouldn’t be Samsung’s first smartphone without the seemingly ubiquitous headphone port. The ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 also shipped without the 3.5mm headphone jack. The device had a USB-Type C port instead. Since Samsung was forced to recall and stop production of the Galaxy Note 7 due to the battery of the device exploding, the upcoming Galaxy S8 would be the only smartphone from the company with a USB-Type C port. The Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, next year. Building the Galaxy S8 with no headphone jack could give Samsung the chance to improve the speaker of the smartphone. Fon Arena reported that its sources claim the Galaxy S8 would come with dual stereo speakers like the iPhone 7. The speakers and the technology powering them would reportedly be designed by Harman. Samsung purchased Harman in a deal worth $8 billion in November to strengthen its connected car business. Neither Samsung nor Harman has confirmed or denied the reports about the dual speaker technology of the Galaxy S8. Besides making the Galaxy S8 with no headphone jack and allegedly opting for dual stereo speakers like the iPhone 7, Samsung could also take inspiration from Apple in another way. According to Sam Mobile, there is a possibility that the Galaxy S8 would not come with a physical home button like its predecessors. Instead, the smartphone could have an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner fitted under the screen. Removing the home button would give Samsung the opportunity to design the upcoming device with an edge-to-edge display. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on display in a store. [Image by Andrew Burton/Getty Images] Since the Galaxy S8 would have no headphone jack, Samsung could build the device with a large and powerful battery. Following the battery debacle of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is expected to give its upcoming smartphone a powerful battery in a bid to win back the confidence of customers. There are rumors that the Galaxy S8 would have a removable battery. There have also been talks that Samsung has changed its battery supplier. The Galaxy S8 will allegedly boast some cutting-edge features, including an artificial intelligence (AI) assistant and an improved camera setup. The upcoming smartphone is also expected to be compatible with virtual reality (VR) content out of the box. Samsung would reportedly release two versions of the Galaxy S8; one with a 6.2-inch display without any bezel and another with a 5.2-inch curved display and a thin bezel. Will you miss not having a headphone jack on the Galaxy S8? [Featured Image by David Ramos/Getty Images]

New iOS 10 Beta Set For Release This Friday, September 2?

If a recent release pattern from Apple is to be considered, developers and public testers might have a new iOS 10 beta to install beginning Friday, September 2. Based on the previous rollouts, the iOS 10 developer beta 8 and public beta 7 was released by Apple just last Friday, August 26. A week prior to that, the Cupertino-based tech firm seeded the iOS 10 developer beta 7 as well as its counterpart for public beta users. Seeing that the recent betas are offered on a weekly basis, specifically, every Friday, as also noticed by MacWorld, it would be safe to assume there’s a chance the iOS 10 beta 9 update is coming later this week. Watch the new features and changes seen from the iOS 10 developer beta 8, as posted by EverythingApplePro on YouTube: But it is also feasible there might not be a new iOS 10 beta to expect anymore, especially since iOS 10 Gold Master’s release is already on the horizon. Product Reviews“very much doubt” that Apple will still deliver the iOS 10 beta 9 before the anticipated GM release of the mobile firmware next week. The publication also came up with a specific arrival time for the Gold Master or the finalized version of the firmware before the public release. According to the post, Gold Master usually “arrives directly after the Apple special event each year, or around 2 hours after its start.” Thus, with this typical release schedule plus Apple recently confirming a launch event on September 7, folks from Product Reviews speculate that the iOS 10 GM will be received by developers around 9 p.m. in the UK, 4 p.m. in New York and 1 p.m. in California in that day. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images) Aside from the Gold Master’s rollout, the tech industry is also expecting to get an update on the official public release schedule for the iOS 10 firmware during the September 7 event. Media invites for the Apple event were sent out early this week which came with a tagline, “See you on the 7th.” MacRumors reported that the Apple event on Wednesday next week begins 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time in San Francisco, California, particularly at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The official unveiling of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is anticipated as the highlights of the event. Apple Watch 2 may also be introduced on September 7, the report shared. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images) Live streaming of the iPhone-centered event will also be available. Below are the requirements provided by Apple to be able to successfully watch online the event as it happens: “Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation).” iOS 10, first unveiled during Apple’s WWDC 2016 event held in June, is Apple’s next major OS update for their mobile devices. Its official public release is slated for fall this year. The description for the Apple OS on its official page read: “Everything you love is now even better with iOS 10, our biggest release yet. Express yourself in bold new ways in Messages. Find your route with beautifully redesigned Maps. Relive memories like never before in Photos. And use the power of Siri in more apps than ever.” Meanwhile, those who wish to install the latest beta version of the iOS 10 can simply head to the “Settings” app of their Apple mobile device, go to “General” and then tap “Software Update.” For non-developers, iOS users need to be a member of the Apple Public Beta Program first to be able to have access to the test firmware. Check out the list of iOS 10-compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod models on this previous The Inquisitr report. Are you excited for iOS 10? Share with us your thoughts about the upcoming Apple firmware below! [Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images]

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Drop Test Proves Which One Is More Durable

Samsung is quite confident when they said that the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is the most durable smartphone they have ever made. In this drop test, Samsung’s word is going to be put to the test. Phonebuff created a standardized drop test to directly compare Galaxy S7 Active and Galaxy S7. The tests were conducted simultaneously with the two smartphones being dropped from different angles. The first drop was a back drop where the smartphones would fall from the same height with the back part to fall first. In this first test, it is already apparent that there are differences in the mass of these two smartphones. Though the Galaxy S7 did bounce quite a bit, the Galaxy S7 Active had a small bounce and it just laid flat. Upon checking, the back of the Galaxy S7 was totally broken and smeared. Though there were a couple of scratches at the back of the Galaxy S7 Active, the damage was very minimal. The next test was a bottom drop. As the name implies, the two smartphones were dropped with the bottom part facing the floor. In this round, it was a tie. The smartphones received bruises but the damage is not that big. The side drop test showed that the two smartphones did not come unscathed. However, the structure of the Galaxy S7 Active’s bumpers protected the corners of the smartphone. On the other hand, the corners of the Galaxy S7 also received smears. The final test comparison for the two is the face drop. With the final test, it was confirmed that the Galaxy S7 Active surely has a different structure than the plain Galaxy S7. The Galaxy S7 Active did not even come with any scratches. Photo screengrab from YouTube/PhoneBuff SUGGESTED READING: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Samsung Introduces the BIGGEST Samsung Display in Russia Samsung Pay Reaches Southeast Asia, Feature To Be Released In Singapore on June 16! Samsung Gear Fit2 GPS Sports Band is the Samsung’s Best Wearable Yet—Jampacked With Powerful Features, Is This The Best In The Market? Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Shows Curved Edge Screen! Samsung Confirms Design Details With ‘Write on the Edge Of Something Great’ Teaser? However, the Samsung Galaxy S7 was pitiful in comparison. The screen was completely wrecked and the screen was no longer functioning. It seems like it’s a total loss for the Galaxy S7 for the final round. With this close comparison test, Samsung holds on to their claim that the Galaxy S7 Active is the most durable smartphone they have so far. But, the test did not stop there. Since the Galaxy S7 Active won the entire test, they tested out how many times a person can possibly drop the Galaxy S7 Active before it even breaks. The countdown started piling in. The test even reached 20 and the smartphone is still intact. By 30, they thought it will already give up, but it did not. It was a good as new. The navigation is still there and the smartphone is still fully functional. When they felt like the test could just go on forever, they stopped at 50. By the 50th test drop, it was decided that the Galaxy S7 Active is as good as the claim it to be. Aside from being water-resistant, it is now Samsung’s most durable smartphone. The Samsung Studio At SXSW 2016 – Day 2 on March 12, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Samsung) Aside from the main structure and durability, there are other differences between the Galaxy S7 Active and the Galaxy S7. For one, the Galaxy S7 Active is a little bit heavier. It is 6.53 oz while the Galaxy S7 is 5.36 oz. Both of the smartphones are 5.1″ but the Galaxy S7 Active has a Super AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 4, Shatter Resistant display. The software and hardware are similar, but the Galaxy S7 Active has a 4,000 mAh battery life, while the Galaxy S7 only has 3,000 mAh. For $100 difference, users can opt for the Galaxy S7 Active which is currently sold at $799. Watch the actual drop test below: [Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Samsung]

iPhone 7 Plus Update: iOS 10.1 Beta For Developers And Public Testers Adds New Camera Feature

Apple has recently seeded a new iOS 10 update – the iOS 10.0.2. But those who want to experience a more advanced version of the latest iteration of the iOS can opt to download the 10.1 Beta instead. The iPhone 7 Plus particularly received a significant change from this beta update. The Cupertino-based tech giant first released the 10.1 Beta for registered developers earlier this week. It came out less than ten days after the official rel­ease of the iOS 10 software to supported mobile devices, according to GSM Arena. And just a day after releasing it for the members of its paid developer program, the iPhone maker made it available for the public testers. (Image by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) 9to5Mac noted that the biggest highlight of the iOS 10.1 beta for developers and public testers can be found on the iPhone 7 Plus, specifically in its camera. The new test version of the iOS 10 test includes a beta of the Portrait mode found on the smartphone’s camera settings. Using this iPhone 7 Plus feature, the camera is expected to take more beautiful photos through the bokeh effect using its rear-facing dual camera system. Essentially, this allows for a blurred background, making the subject stand out even more. Explaining the system of the two rear cameras for the iPhone 7 Plus, BGR’s review noted that the smartphone’s primary shooter “actually captures two images, one with the 28mm lens and one with the 56mm lens.” Apple’s software then “takes data from both images and then fuses them together to create one unified photograph,” it further explained. The Portrait mode for the camera was announced early this month, during Apple’s unveiling event that saw the first official appearance of its newest smartphones, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus as well as the Apple Watch Series 2 and the Airpods. However, this new camera feature was not included in the initial release of the iOS 10 but the tech giant assured they will make it available before the year ends. And with the Portrait mode’s inclusion in the newest beta version, it became clearer that iPhone 7 Plus users will officially get it once Apple makes the official public release of the iOS 10.1 set for later this year. GSM Arena further discussed the iPhone 7 Plus’ Portrait mode on iOS 10.1 Beta, which read as follows. “Note that this is still in ‘Beta’ mode, which means there could be bugs and inconsistencies, or limited features (such as inability to record video in this mode) when using the iSight Duo camera in Portrait Mode. Although the feature was not ready at launch, Apple is taking its time with the feature instead of rushing it, which is also why it is only available in Beta now.” Take note as well that installing a beta version of a certain firmware poses some risks. Given that the iOS 10.1 is still in a beta stage at this time, it may come with bugs and issues and limitations. In addition to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple’s iOS 10 is also compatible with older models such as iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, and 6s Plus. Other supported devices are the iPad 4th generation, iPad Air and iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, iPad Mini 2, 3 and 4 and lastly, the iPod Touch 6th generation. Compatibility is key. Check to be sure your device can update to iOS 10: pic.twitter.com/AxxLuU74cH — Apple Support (@AppleSupport) September 6, 2016 For the developers, the iOS 10.1 beta can be downloaded by heading to the Apple Developer Center. Meanwhile, to access the public beta, users need to be a member of the free Apple Beta Program first. After successfully signing up, the next thing to do is to enroll the iOS device. 9to5Mac offers a guide on how to properly download and install the iOS 10.1 beta of any other beta versions of the Apple mobile firmware. [Featured image by Spencer Platt/Getty Images]

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Dutch Release Date Set For August 16?

With the South Korean tech giant’s Unpacked event happening a few days from now, new rumors are circulating online suggesting a possible Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date in the European region. According to GSM Arena, citing a Dutch website Android Planet, the upcoming generation of Samsung’s phablet is reportedly getting an August 16 launch in the Netherlands. Although the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date mentioned was specified only for Amsterdam, folks from Sam Mobile noted the feasibility that the 2016 flagship phablet might also be launched across Europe on the same day. If this claim is to be believed, it would mean that the Note 7 will be available there two weeks after its anticipated unveiling in the U.S. and other parts of the world. As for the price tag, the phablet will be on sale for around €849 in Europe. Samsung’s Unpacked event, slated to happen simultaneously in three cities on August 2, will witness the grand unveiling of the highly-anticipated Android phablet. According to a post on Samsung Newsroom, the celebration for the release of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 via the Unpacked event is taking place simultaneously in New York (11:00 a.m. EDT), Rio de Janeiro (12 nn) and London (4:00 p.m.). [Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Samsung]GSM Arena also mentioned the possibility of the Samsung handset also hitting the market on August 2. “A report from earlier this month said the Note 7 would go on sale on the day of its announcement, however, that may only be valid for South Korea,” the post noted. In a press release, Samsung explained why it skipped Galaxy Note 6 and instead proceeded with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as the official name of the upcoming phablet. Firstly, the phablet is named Galaxy Note 7 to complement the latest iteration of its Galaxy S devices — S7 and S7 Edge, thus, unifying their product portfolio. Secondly, naming it Galaxy Note 7 “will minimize confusion about the latest mobile technology from Samsung, and provide full alignment with Galaxy S smartphone,” the Korean conglomerate shared. Describing the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Samsung’s news site read: “With added functionality of the S Pen and large screen, the Galaxy Note 7 is a powerful instrument for achievement and self-expression, and is made for those who want to get the most from their phones – and their lives. Galaxy Note 7 will help people do more in work, at home and everywhere in between.” Come the highly-awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date, the tech industry will be able to get their hands on and experience the phablet equipped either with a Snapdragon 823 chipset or the Exynos 8893 paired with 4 GB RAM. The 5.7-inch Samsung phablet with QHD Super AMOLED touchscreen with curved edge display, according to GSM Arena, is getting a 12MP Dual Pixel primary camera and a 5MP front-facing shooter. Note 7 is also getting a battery with 3500 mAh capacity. Furthermore, a post from Inverse listed the iris scanning technology as one of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 features that will be introduced during the Unpacked 2016 event. Here’s a leaked video, posted on YouTube by Tech Tastic, which uses the supposed eye scanner feature of the Note 7. The Inverse post also specified that the S Pen for Note 7 might showcase new on-screen features such as being a translation tool and a magnifying glass. The Note 7-compatible Gear VR headset is also set for unveiling on August 2. Below are two recent Twitter posts from a prolific tipster, OnLeaks, showing the Gear VR and Galaxy Note 7. And some very close-up shots, just for your pleasure… For more -> https://t.co/l3to2kjpzb #Samsung #GalaxyNote7 pic.twitter.com/u2vfrVGxsw — OnLeaks (@OnLeaks) July 29, 2016 And #GearVR 2016… For more -> https://t.co/l3to2kjpzb pic.twitter.com/92XXqNS99n — OnLeaks (@OnLeaks) July 29, 2016 Even before the release date, excited consumers can already reserve their own Samsung Galaxy Note 7 by pre-ordering it. Reportedly, the phablet is now available for pre-order in Dubai, while T-Mobile is expected to launch its pre-order for the Samsung device beginning next week. In other release date news for Samsung Galaxy Note 7, a report from TechPP noted that the phablet might get an August 10 launch in New Delhi, India. Can’t wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Share with us your thoughts below! [Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Samsung]

Apple Fans Rejoice! iPhone Unveils New VR Headset

Apple fans have been salivating at the thought of using virtual reality (VR) headsets, which Android users have had the opportunity to enjoy this past year or so. Now, the Cupertino-based company has finally ventured into VR technology with its iPhone Optical Bridge. Apple CEO Tim Cook is not a big believer of VR, putting more stock instead on augmented reality (AR) as the future of tech because of supposedly lesser constraints and more human interaction. “VR has some interesting applications, but I don’t think it’s a broad-based technology like AR,” Cook told Buzzfeed two months ago. “Augmented reality will take some time to get right, but I do think that it’s profound. We might have a more productive conversation, if both of us have an AR experience standing here, right?” #TimCook is bang on target with #AR. Believes AR can scale quickly than #VR and has immense growth potential.https://t.co/MofWfVaJev — Akshay Rao (@akshayraodotnet) October 31, 2016 While Cook might be right in putting Apple’s research and development resources on harnessing AR, there are some tech companies that are eager to piggyback on Apple technology to develop VR headsets like the iPhone Optical Bridge. Made by software startup Occipital, the iPhone Optical Bridge is seen as a link between reality and fantasy. Through the headset, the wearer can interact with the virtual environment “as if they were really there.” “With Bridge, you choose your reality. From immersive virtual reality experiences with room-scale, inside-out 6DoF positional tracking to stunning mixed reality experiences, an array of experiences are now possible,” the Occipital website said. The VR headset for iPhone we’ve been waiting for is here https://t.co/uXaEbjwmWK pic.twitter.com/CHNHRwOujd — Mashable (@mashable) December 9, 2016 Through positional tracking, the user of the iPhone Optical Bridge won’t bump into walls or objects around the room. Third party developers will also find it easier to “port existing experiences” through the Unity plugin. In fact, the whole process just takes minutes. The Optical Bridge VR headset is optimized for the iPhone. So if you have a high-end smart phone—such as the iPhone 6 or 6s and the iPhone 7—you can start using the headgear almost immediately. The “Bridge Engine efficiently synthesizes data from the Structure Sensor’s depth sensing system and the iPhone’s color camera and IMU to deliver breathtaking mixed reality experiences.” The Verge tested the iPhone Optical Bridge and walked away quite impressed with the device. Sean O’Kane wrote that the headset is similar to Google’s Daydream, Microsoft HoloLens, HTC Vive or Samsung Gear, as the wearer can interact with his environment. But he said the “Structure Sensor” of Bridge is what differentiates it from the other products in the market today. Simply put, this technology refers to the cameras and sensors that can recreate the surroundings in incredible detail. With its “inside-out” positional tracking, the wearer can move around the room without separate cameras or sensors. Cool new product – Occipital Bridge turns an #iPhone into a #mixedreality headset #VR #AR https://t.co/psQQTUIVWR pic.twitter.com/1GG13rwvnU — Padcaster (@padcaster) December 9, 2016 The author did not get a chance to try out the full VR experience in the iPhone Optical Bridge, but sampled the “mixed reality” experience that the demo promised. This mixed reality is what Microsoft has been trumpeting about with its HoloLens headset. In terms of comfort, The Verge said that the headset is comfortable enough even if the whole gadget is quite bulky. This is due to the stiff straps that wraps around your head as well as the ratchet system that can be found at the back. But the bulk is noticeable, as the article quipped that it’s the kind of thing that you wear when you are preparing for the Battle of Endor. Among the specs and system requirements of the iPhone Optical Bridge are: Inside-out 6DoF positional tracking capability PMMA Optical-Grade Acrylic lens, 60fps refresh rate, 326 PPI resolution iOS 9+ operating system Because of the limited number of units and the holiday rush, the iPhone Optical Bridge is expected to sell for $499 starting next week. In March, however, the price should go down drastically to around $399. [Featured Image by Stephen Lam/Getty Images]

Lilium VTOL: Check Out The Personal Electric Jet That Takes Off Like A Helicopter

The Lilium VTOL electric jet may sound like something out of a science-fiction film, but a whisper-quiet flying car that takes off like a helicopter (that is, no runway required) may be a reality in a few years. As Conde Nast Traveler reports, German manufacturer Lilium hopes to make personal electric jets a reality as early as 2018. Is this the future of aviation? Electric passenger jet #Lilium #avgeek #bytzsoft https://t.co/yNMp7UdNtN pic.twitter.com/nM7WRaPsVO — FlyPal® (@iFlyPal) May 10, 2016 “Elegance, speed, comfort and sustainability – fusing to a new form of traveling, defining a completely new form of freedom. This is the Lilium Jet, the world’s first electric vertical take-off and landing jet. Start your journey from anywhere and travel faster and more elegantly than in your boldest dreams.” The two-seater Lilium VTOL (VTOL stands for “Vertical Takeoff and Landing”) Electric Jet won’t require a runway to take off; all you need is a space of 49 feet by 49 feet (about the size of a back yard). Unfortunately, according to Lilium’s CEO Daniel Wiegand, you won’t be able to buy a Lilium Electric Jet and fly it in and out of your back yard just yet; for now, you’ll still have to use an airport or airfield, thanks to those pesky FAA regulations. “We are going for a plane that can take off and land vertically and does not need the complex and expensive infrastructure of an airport.” You won’t be able to fly it at nightAlso, you’ll still have to get your pilot’s license and undergo about 20 hours of additional training. Once you get past those barriers, however, the Electric Jet offers some other exciting features. It can go up to 300 miles on a single charge, and it cruises at about 180 miles per hour (with a top speed of 250 miles per hour). By comparison, a Cessna 182 (a traditional, gasoline-powered personal aircraft that requires a runway) has a cruising speed of 173 miles per hour, and a top speed of 201 miles per hour. #Lilium, @esa‘s radical #VTAL #electric private jet!
By @jono_1984. Photos @Lilium_Aviation.https://t.co/R1npSERK9q pic.twitter.com/Y1YnBu0zXZ — Frontier Europe (@frontiereurope) May 8, 2016 But don’t get your hopes up for your own electric jet just yet. As of this writing, the Lilium VTOL only exists on paper; a prototype test flight is planned for 2017, and if – and that’s a big “if” – everything goes according to plan, production might be up and running by January 2018. And if you’re wondering how much the Lilium Electric Jet is going to cost, you can keep wondering. As of now, there’s now word on price. However, expect some sticker shock. A brand new Cessna 172-SP will set you back around $307,000, according to Flying. And comparing a Cessna to an electric jet is like comparing a Honda Civic to a Tesla Roadster. But then again, according to Gizmag, Lilium promises that the Electric Jet will cost “far less” than similar-sized aircraft. So who knows? Even so, the Lilium VTOL may not ever come to fruition at all. For decades, manufacturers have tried – and failed – to get vertical takeoff aircraft to consumers. The reasons why are legion, mostly having to do with cost. But engineering exper Lynn Taylor, writing in Quora, says that safety is a concern as well. “If your car breaks down, you pull over to the side of the road. If your flying machine breaks down, gravity takes over. You’re going to land either in the middle of traffic (who likely won’t see you coming), or on someone’s home or yard… or dog… or child.” Would you buy – and fly – a Lilium VTOL if you had the money? [Image courtesy of Ludle Cochrane via Flickr by CC BY-SA 2.0]

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Update: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow KSU1BPHA Firmware Available For Korean Variant

An Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow firmware update is available for Samsung Galaxy Note 7. However, Team Android noted that it is only compatible with the Korean variant of Samsung’s 2016 phablet. According to the post, the Marshmallow firmware with build number KSU1BPHA can now be installed to Galaxy Note 7 units bearing the model number SM-N930S. This model “supports all the Korean network standards and is based on the Exynos chipset from Samsung,” Team Android explained. To make sure you have the right Samsung Galaxy Note 7 unit, verify the phablet’s model number by going to the Settings menu, then tap About Device. The handset’s model number together with other technical information about the Note 7 should be listed on the screen. The latest Samsung Galaxy Note 7 update based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow did not bring any major changes but it came with bug fixes. Owners of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 SM-N30S can officially access and install the firmware update through the Over-the-Air or OTA system. A push notification should automatically pop up on the phone to let the users know that an update is available. Once it arrives, Note 7 owners in Korea simply have to follow the onscreen prompts that will be provided in order to commence with the download and installation process. [Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images]Double check the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update’s availability by heading to the smartphone’s Settings menu again, then look for About Device, select Software Updates and lastly, tap the Check for Software Updates option. The system will then search for any firmware ready to be installed on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Before proceeding with the actual download and installation process, Galaxy Note 7 owners need to make sure first that their phone is fully charged, or at least, it still has 80 percent battery power. A stable Wi-Fi connection is also required to download the update file smoothly. Another official way to update the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 SM-N930S model to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow KSU1BPHA firmware version is through Samsung’s PC app, the Smart Switch. As for other Samsung Galaxy Note 7 news, the tech conglomerate is reportedly considering to recall units that have been sold already because of the phone’s reported battery issues. There have been reports of Note 7 exploding while charging due to the faulty battery, according to GSM Arena. Allegedly, distribution of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Korea and other markets such as Serbia and Belgium has been halted following these reported fiascos. [Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images]Citing Chosun IIbo, a Korean media outlet, GSM Arena also noted that the Galaxy phone maker’s original plan is to replace the Note 7 batteries of the customers for free. But other reported possibilities as to how Samsung will address this issue are to provide a refund or replace the phone with an entirely new Note 7 unit. Samsung’s official statement on the Galaxy Note 7 matter, as cited by GSM Arena, read as follows. “In response to questions on Galaxy Note7, we are conducting a thorough inspection with our partners. We will share the findings as soon as possible. Samsung is fully committed to providing the highest quality products to our consumers.” Sam Mobile cited Yonhap News Agency quoting an anonymous Samsung official who said, “The most important thing is the safety of our customers and we don’t want to disappoint our loyal customers.” The report also mentioned that it seems like the battery problem of the Galaxy Note 7 is not widespread. “Products installed with the problematic battery account for less than 0.1 percent of the entire volume sold,” the Samsung official also shared. “The problem can be simply resolved by changing the battery, but we’ll come up with convincing measures for our consumers.” Below is a review of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from Android Authority posted on their Youtube channel: [Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images]