Monthly Archives: September 2015

Apple’s iPhone 6S announcement: what to expect

“Hearing this latest innovation in IPhone 6s, would you spend your money on it? Or you’ll be more patient to wait for the release of IPhone 7.  Well maybe, I wouldn’t even second though on it if  I have all the resources!”


It’s that time of year again. For five years now, Apple has held a big event around September to announce the next iPhone — or, as in the past two years, the next iPhones. This year is no different. Apple is holding a major event on Wednesday, September 9th in one of the biggest San Francisco conference halls it’s ever occupied. We’re expecting two new iPhones, but the announcements won’t stop there.

This is going to be a big event. If the reports coming out of Cupertino are accurate, we may also be seeing a long-awaited refresh of the Apple TV, a bigger and more capable iPad, and even an updated iPad mini. For all of the details on what to expect — including which of these announcements are a lock and which are just maybes — we’ve put together a full preview of the event below.

The event itself kicks off Wednesday, September 9th at 1PM ET / 10AM PT. As always, you’ll be able to follow along with our live blog for immediate updates on Apple’s announcements.

iPhone 6S & 6S Plus

The basics

Wednesday’s main event will be two new iPhones: the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus, as they’ll almost certainly be named. As with prior “S” years, these two phones should maintain the same design that the iPhone already has, albeit with some minor tweaks. Most notably, both phones are expected to be ever so slightly thicker, according to analyst projections and leaked prototypes. That’s for a few possible reasons, such as to make room for new components, to account for a change over to the tougher aluminum used in the Apple Watch Sport, or simply to strengthen areas prone to bending.

Force Touch

The biggest new feature of the 6S and 6S Plus is expected to be pressure sensitivity, which Apple calls Force Touch. Force Touch was first introduced on the Apple Watch earlier this year, allowing the Watch’s display to detect when pressure is being applied to it. It’ll likely work much in the same way on the iPhone: when you press down on the screen, it’ll be able to detect where you’re pressing and how hard.

Press the screen for… more menus?Force Touch on the iPhone could be used to pull up new menus or perform specific actions. It might even allow the iPhone to duplicate the functions of a pressure sensitive stylus. More than likely, we’ll have to wait for developers to figure out the most interesting uses for Force Touch — certainly, some games will be able to take advantage of it in clever ways.

Oh, and one final note on Force Touch: according to 9to5Mac, the feature may end up being renamed for the iPhone. Its latest report says that “3D Touch Display” will likely be the branding, with the name referencing Apple’s plan to have three types of touches used consistently throughout the operating system. That includes a tap, a press, and a deeper press. It sounds confusing, but it’s possible that the phone will offer feedback to make the interactions more natural.

Better camera, better specs

Apple will also be giving these iPhones the usual spec bumps. That includes a new, faster processor and supposedly a jump up to 2GB of RAM — finally. The more interesting changes may be around the camera: the new iPhones are expected to have a 12-megapixel rear camera, rather than an 8-megapixel camera like the last four models, according to several reports. It’s also expected to be able to shoot 4K video.

There’ll be a big change for both iPhones’ front cameras, too. That camera is believed to be jumping up to a 5-megapixel sensor with an accompanying flash, which should result in some improved selfies. A flash and a 5-megapixel sensor are pretty standard features …



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Samsung to cut nearly 10,000 of its headquarters staff

“Just when we thought that everything is going well now with Samsung after the release of new Smartphones, it is not really the case.  Just a few hours ago, we’ve  already heard the downsizing issue. Let’s just hope that there’s none to come in the future.”


Samsung CEO Jong-Kyun Shin


Samsung Electronics is preparing to cut 10% of its headquarters staff, according to Bloomberg. The move follows various missteps in key markets, including smartphones, that have seen an incredible $44 billion wiped off the company’s valuation. The headcount, as of June 30, sat at 98,999.

That would imply Samsung is letting go of nearly 10,000 people.

The company is reportedly targetting workers in areas such as human resources, finance and public relations. Beyond this, the company is looking to …


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Locksmiths: How To Detect Cons

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You and thousands of others who could have called a locksmith when keys were stuck in the car or perhaps a home door lock stopped working sometimes has unsuspectingly been the victim of a phony locksmith. As you could be tempted to call up closest or the easily available one, the question is how would you avoid getting swindled by scammers if you happen to need a locksmith in urgent situation?

To avoid getting scammed when selecting a locksmith service from a telephone book – or from the internet – you will have to be very careful. Several “local” companies are not local at all! These scam artists will come in an unmarked vehicle, do a substandard job, and overcharge you. When you get in touch with a locksmith’s number, ask him for the name of his business. A legit locksmith won’t have issues with giving you his personal name, and the legal name of his company.

Nearly all emergency locksmiths will come to your location in an obviously marked company vehicle. The logo and business name really should be professionally painted on the side. If not, then you need to be more mindful.

Insurance is very important for any locksmith; in this job it isn’t very difficult to damage someone’s property, and the insurance helps cover the expense of any trouble for your property. In some areas, locksmiths are also required to be licensed before doing work on anyone’s property. In United States, some states require a locksmith to be licensed.

One common scam fake locksmiths use is offering a replacement lock after somewhat damaging the lock they’re trying to open. The replacement lock is usually of low quality and they overcharge for installing and replacing. Do not rely on a locksmith by the big and enormous ads which it has placed. Quite often we often think that firms that have placed such ads are reputable and can easily afford to pay for these ads yet what we don’t know is that the illegal locksmiths are well aware of this they already know these large ads are worth the money when they attract lots of clients.

An outrageously low estimate given over the telephone is almost undoubtedly an indication of a fraud. These types of scam artists is going to bully you into paying much, much more whenever they arrive and you are left standing there with no working lock! Requiring on “cash only” can also be a telltale sign of a scam.