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Apple Inc is celebrating its 10th anniversary of the first and original Apple iPhone smartphone that was launched in June 2007. The introduction of the Apple iPhone resulted in the complete evolution of the smartphones that we see today. If it wasn’t for the iPhones, many Android smartphone makers probably wouldn’t have brought in great touchscreen devices to compete with the best of Apple. Till date, Apple has released over 15 different Apple iPhone models. Each iteration featured bigger and sharper displays, faster processors, better software optimizations and unique designs. Apple is expected to release the Apple iPhone 8 later this year. The device is expected to feature an all-screen OLED display made by Samsung, an embedded fingerprint scanner within the display, wireless charging capabilities and more. Read more here.
Thanks to reliable leakster Onleaks, we get to see newly alleged renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note8. The device in the render appears to look a lot like the current Galaxy S8 smartphone, with an all-glass body and aluminum frame. However, the fingerprint scanner which was thought to embedded within the display is located on the rear side. The device is also said to feature a 12MP dual-lens camera on the rear. The Note8 holds a 3.5mm audio jack and a USB Type-C port. The smartphone is expected to come with a large 6.3-inch Infinity Display and powered by the Exynos 8895 processor with 4GB RAM. Read more here.
According to a patent filed by Google, the Mountain View company is looking into implementing a rear touchpad on their next Pixel smartphone. The idea of the rear touchpad allows the user to perform multiple tasks like controlling the volume or the music or video playback, scrolling through web pages or images through a gallery, increase or reduce the brightness of the screen and more. Users will also be able to draw gestures on the touchpad to open applications. For example, drawing W can open the WhatsApp application. While the concept is interesting, there isn’t any word whether this will be implemented on the upcoming successor of the Google Pixel for this year. Read more here.
According to Evan Blass, who is a reliable source of leaks and rumors, two new BlackBerry smartphones are reportedly being developed. However, there isn’t any information on the specifications of these two smartphones that are code-named Juno and Krypton. It's also not evident if TCL will be the one to manufacture these new devices. BlackBerry is also expected to announce a new Android-powered tablet later this year. Read more here.
Nintendo, one of the most popular game console brands, has announced the Super NES Classic Edition, a follow-up of the classic NES Classic that was discontinued this year. The game console will mostly be released in the UAE on September 29 for a retail price of AED 293. The console will also include 21 game titles, including Star Fox 2, Contra III: The Alien Wars, Donkey Kong Country, Mega Man X, Super Mario Kart and more. The Super NES Classic edition comes with two wired controllers, an HDMI cable and a USB power cable. Click here to read more.
In the midst of the confusion that made many users believe that Skype was blocked in the UAE, it appears that the application and the website are still accessible in the region. Over a week ago, a group of hackers claimed that they had disrupted the Skype network by launching a DDoS attack. It could very well be the reason why Skype users were facing calling issues in the UAE for both audio and video calls. Meanwhile, Microsoft confirmed that they are aware of the issue faced. Click here to read more.
Majid Al Futtaim has officially agreed with Retail Arabia’s parent company, BMA International to buy Geant Hypermarkets in the Middle East. The Geant stores will eventually be rebranded to Carrefour. There is a total of 26 Geant stores established in the UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait, along with Gulfmart supermarkets in Bahrain. The new acquisition will increase Carrefour’s store count from 67 to 80 in the UAE. Read more here.