Apple has officially opened their latest store in the Dubai Mall. The new store, which is Dubai’s second Apple Store, will also be a venue for those who wants to witness the fountain shows and Burj Khalifa. Apple Dubai Mall is envisioned as the place for the community to gather, learn and discuss their ideas and creativity. The new Apple Store also features 18 “Solar Panels” to effectively cool the store in times of hot climate conditions. The so-called Solar Panels will open up for visitors to reach the balcony area. Apple Dubai Mall will also serve as the place for discussions with industry-leading experts and individual advice. Click here to read more.
Samsung Gulf has officially launched their mobile payment service called Samsung Pay for the UAE region. The launch was done at the Four Seasons Hotel in Dubai. Users will now be able to do simple transactions in almost any terminal where they swipe their credit or debit cards. The technology is based by transmitting magnetic waves from the Samsung Galaxy smartphone or smartwatch to a standard card reader. Samsung Pay will also work with NFC. The launch marks UAE as the 14th country to get Samsung Pay. The new service can be used on devices such as the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Gear S3 Classic and Frontier, and more. Click here to read more.
A recent report from Reuters has confirmed that Apple is preparing to train new experts for their self-driving car program. The 41-page document suggests how the trainer should operate the vehicle and when they should take over the driving while in autonomous mode. However, the report doesn’t reveal any other information regarding the specifications and features of the project and when will it hit the public roads. Click here to read more.
Rumor has it that Samsung and Qualcomm are in talks for the development of the next-gen processor, reportedly called as the Snapdragon 845 processor. The new chip is said to be based on the 7nm fabrication process and will likely be the chip to be used in the Galaxy S9 smartphone. We certainly will only see the Galaxy S9 by next year, so there is good time left for more rumors to see. However, Qualcomm has yet to decide on whether Samsung or TSMC will be manufacturing the new processors. Click here to read more.
With most Apple fans waiting for the all-screen OLED iPhone 8 smartphone, new reports now claim that the production of these smartphones might get delayed and pushed to October/November timeframe. Due to the production problems of critical components such as the OLED panel, the new 3D Touch module, and the new Apple A11 processor, the device may likely hit the market by 2018. Lately, Apple and Samsung had signed a $9 billion deal for OLED panels for the iPhone 8 smartphone. Click here to read more.
According to an Android Source Project, Google is working on three new Pixel devices that will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor. Out of the three devices, two of them are reportedly the successors of the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones. While the third device form-factor has yet to be confirmed, it could very well be a bigger smartphone or a new Pixel tablet. We can expect these new Pixel devices to hit the shelves later this year. Click here to read more.
The first OnePlus 5 render leak suggests that the smartphone will be featuring a vertically aligned dual-lens camera setup, as well as a refined design with curved edges on the back. The smartphone is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB RAM, 256GB storage, a 5.5-inch display and a 3000 mAh battery. Click here to read more.