The new sony Announces A Brand New 22.5 Megapixel CMOS Camera Sensor – Anticipate Seeing It In Lots Of Phones Later This Season
The new sony Announces A Brand New 22.5 Megapixel CMOS Camera Sensor – Anticipate Seeing It In Lots Of Phones Later This Season
- The new sony
The new sony has become much less of the element in the smartphone world, however their camera sensor modules are first rate. You’ll find Sony’s Exmor camera sensors in pretty much every high-finish phone available on the market nowadays, including Samsung’s Universe line and also the iPhone. Then when the organization announces a brand new high-finish sensor, it’s a problem. This is the situation today: Sony’s camera division has revealed the IMX318, a brand new sensor with increased megapixels, small dimensions, and a number of built-in features.
The IMX318 uses 22.5 megapixels, that is a modest bump within the previous 20MP design. But it is also smaller sized and thinner than previous versions having a diagonal measurement of just 6.86 millimeters – this means that the pixels around the sensor itself are roughly one micrometer (one thousandth of the millimeter) across. Additionally to minuscule dimensions and power draw, the sensor are designed for full 4K recording at 30 fps, 1080p at 120FPS, and 720p at 240FPS, enabling impressive slow-motion video.
Hold on, because the salesperson states, there’s more. The sensor supports hybrid auto-focus (mixing image plade recognition and contrast recognition), triple-axis image stabilization for video, and lens resolution correction, combined with the usual features for contemporary camera sensors. The IMX318 is going to be open to Sony’s OEM partners beginning in May of the year in a sample cost of 2000 yen, roughly $17.50.
[Deal Alert] Carry The Samsung SmartThings Hub And Outlet Bundle For $35 Off
Stop me if you have heard this before, there is however an opportunity that connecting things to the web could make them more simple to use. I understand, the correct answer is the concept.
Gadget makers happen to be turning that concept right into a product you can purchase. Go ahead and take stuff SmartThings makes. “Smart” outlets allow you to toggle stuff that you plug in to the wall, for example lamps and fans. And that is hardly all. Just one hub controls everything, and you may communicate with that device making use of your smartphone.
For the following 15 hrs approximately, you are able to grab a SmartThings hub along with a single outlet for $119.19. The 2 presently cost $99.00 and $49.99 individually.
This bundle will not go far by itself. You will probably wish to grab more outlets, sensors, along with other compatible devices. But this isn’t a poor method of getting began.
[Deal Alert] CHOE 6-Port Turbo Charger (With Two Qualcomm Quick Charge 2. Ports) Is $24.99 On Amazon . com With Coupon
[Deal Alert] CHOE 6-Port Turbo Charger (With Two Qualcomm Quick Charge 2. Ports) Is $24.99 On Amazon . com With Coupon
The Nexus 6 is very large and fast and sharp, but my personal favorite feature is most likely its Quick Charge capacity, which lets it replenish in a small fraction of time it requires older phones. The only issue is this fact feature requires special charging adapters: one of these is available in this area, but all of those other time you are tied to that old charging rate. If you are looking for an additional Quick Charge adapter, and also you wouldn’t mind charging a lot of other things simultaneously, read this deal around the US form of Amazon . com.
The CHOE Adaptive Fast Charger Turbo Charger with Qualcomm Technology (breathe) is a nice standard multi-charge adapter, but a couple of its six USB ports may charge phones or tablets which use Qualcomm’s Quick Charge tech concurrently. (It could also be in a position to charge similar, competing quick-charging standards, but Qualcomm is exactly what it’s rated for.) The gadget is generally $35, which is not bad to begin with, however a Slickdeals forum poster found an Amazon . com coupon that lowers the cost to $24.99. That’s just $4.16 a port!
Enter “CE7GDJNY” throughout the Amazon . com checkout tactic to get ten dollars off. The coupon is apparently valid until May 31st. Without or with the discount, Amazon . com Prime subscribers get free two-day shipping, and also the deal qualifies for Super Saver shipping even though you avoid using Prime.
[Update: Amazon Too] Google Refuses To Allow Postal Game In The Play Store For 'Gratuitous Violence' – Apparently They Forgot About GTA, The Walking Dead, And Others
[Update: Amazon Too] Google Refuses To Allow Postal Game In The Play Store For ‘Gratuitous Violence’ – Apparently They Forgot About GTA, The Walking Dead, And Others
If you’re below a certain age or simply not all that familiar with the history of video games, perhaps you haven’t heard about Postal. Originally released for the PC in 1997, Postal was an isometric top-down shooter – think Contra with some better graphics. Postal was, by all accounts, a fairly unremarkable game; its mechanics were simple and its story was rudimentary. What made it notable was its intense violence and the depiction of the “gone postal” protagonist shooting defenseless civilians.
According to an administrator on the forum of Postal developer Running With Scissors, Google has refused to allow a port of the original game on the Play Store. The company denied the game on the grounds of “gratuitous violence,” something that is forbidden in Google’s developer agreement. Google, as the owner and arbiter of the Play Store, has the right and the duty to censor its content when it feels appropriate – I don’t think anyone would object to the removal of, say, “Lynching Simulator 2015” or “9-11 Bombing Run.” Here are some screenshots from the original Postal, presumably similar to what would have been included in an Android port. Screenshots are taken from the Steam re-release of the game.
As you can see, Postal does indeed depict gratuitous violence, albeit in a fairly low-resolution form. The isometric view of bodies strewn around various environments can, in the right light, call to mind mass shootings and other real-world catastrophes. Google is probably justified in the decision not to allow Postal on the Play Store, according to a strict interpretation of its four-level rating system.
However, deciding what’s OK to show in an app or game becomes tricky when you’re talking about a store with tens of thousands of entries. Entries (as noted by the original forum post) like Grand Theft Auto III, Max Payne, Carmageddon, Half-Life 2, and The Walking Dead. These are all handled with varying degrees of “reality” – Carmageddon in particular is meant to be over-the-top and comedic in a sort of grindhouse cinema way – but calling Postal more or less violent than these games seems like a stretch at best. All of these games, and many others in the Play Store, have been rated “M” for mature on other platforms by the ESRB.
Gameloft’s Modern Combat series displays semi-realistic military shooting: opponents bleed and die, and you get extra points for a headshot. In Grand Theft Auto you can murder civilians and police officers – indeed, many missions require you to do so. Shoot someone in the head with GTAIII’s sniper rifle and it pops off with blood shooting from the neck. Carmaggeddon awards extra points for running over pedestrians in weaponized cars. TellTale’s adventure game based on Game of Thrones shows the graphic and, yes, realistic murder of a child in the very first episode. And that’s without mentioning the hundreds and hundreds of zombie games where rotting human corpses are blown to smithereens.
Let’s check out a direct analog to Postal, shall we? John Woo’s Bloodstroke is an isometric top-down action wherein the main character shoots and stabs her way through hundreds of “bad guys.” The comic book style and lack of civilian targets may grant the game a pass, but there’s no denying that it’s just as violent as the original Postal, possibly more so thanks to the black, white, and red color scheme.
One of these games has “graphic violence” and one of them has “gratuitous real violence.” Can you tell the difference? Because Google can.
The deciding factor here seems to be the idea of “real” violence, as described in the Google Support page above. But the concept of reality is flexible when applied to video games. Postal’s world is just as fictional as Grand Theft Auto’s, or Modern Combat’s, or Gangstar’s. Games like Carmageddon and The Walking Dead are obviously more fictional in that they exist in a world where impossible things happen, but that’s a dangerous road to go down when you compare it to Hollywood-style escapist violence as seen in Die Hard. Which, by the way, also has its own Android game. It looks like Google is applying the good old pornography definition to the shady line between “graphic violence” and “gratuitous real violence”: they know it when they see it.
Later this month Warner Bros. Interactive is scheduled to publish a mobile version of Mortal Kombat X. If it’s anything like the console version, incredibly violent deaths will be lovingly detailed in high-resolution, slow-motion, and x-ray shots that would make any horror movie producer green with envy. I wonder if Google will allow it on the Play Store. And speaking of the Play Store itself, R-rated movies, horror comic books, and graphic depictions of violence and sex are readily available in the movie and book sections of the store. Why do those mediums get a pass while video games are treated with kid gloves?
This is where I’d put a screenshot of a Fatality attack from Mortal Kombat X, if I weren’t seriously disturbed by the sight of someone being dragged crotch-first through a spinning buzz saw. If MKX makes it into the Play Store as scheduled, Google will have serious ethical contradiction to deal with.
I’m not exactly an evangelist for violent games – to be perfectly honest, I find the level of gleeful violence in Postal and Mortal Kombat off-putting. And Google’s not the only mobile distributor to get squeamish about violence. Recently Apple told its developers to remove guns from all screenshots in the App Store – not to censor the apps themselves, mind you, just the publicly-visible promotional material. But if Google wants Android games to be considered the equal of console or PC titles, they need allow the same kind of titles that PC and console players have access to, blood and all. These are games meant to be played by adults, not children, and are clearly labeled as such by Google’s own rating system.
A fairly typical scene from Grand Theft Auto III. Screenshot credit: Steam user KayJay23.
If Google evaluates a game and finds it to be really, truly offensive, then removing it is within their rights. Valve probably did the same thing with indie game Hatred, which resembles Postal in many ways, before eventually allowing it back on Steam again. But if Google is indeed going to play judge and jury for both developers and its end users, then they need to apply an even hand across the entire Play Store. To put it simply, if Postal shows an unacceptable level of violence, then so does Grand Theft Auto. The fact that giant developers and publishers seem to get much more leeway than independents like Running With Scissors shows an even more disturbing side to Google’s uneven patrolling of the Play Store.
Update 1: 2015/04/10 12:35pm PDT
Running With Scissors vice president Mike Jaret reached out to let us know that Postal has also been refused from the Amazon Appstore. That’s particularly odd, because in addition to publishing many of the games mentioned above, Amazon sells the PC version of Postal on its own digital download service. Amazon also sells violent and sexually explicit movies, TV shows, books, and comics, both in digital and physical form.
Amazon’s policy on app content is surprisingly lenient – based on the terms related to violence below, you’d think that the “maturity ratings” Amazon provides for other apps could be applied to Postal.
Offensive Content: What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect. We reserve the right to determine the appropriateness of all apps and to accept or reject any app at our discretion. We also have full discretion to publish maturity ratings for the apps.
Mr. Jaret has provided Android Police with the rejection letters from both Google and Amazon and given us permission to publish them. Both letters refer to the policies above – which govern other violent games on the Play Store and Appstore – and both inform the applicant that submitting similar apps may result in the suspension of the developer account.
Mr. Jaret added that Running With Scissors has submitted the Android version of Postal to Humble (the organizers of the Humble Bundle) and third-party Android app store Aptoide. The game may also be made available on the Running With Scissors online store.
End of Update
Update 2: 2015/04/10 12:37pm PDT
Amazon has reversed its decision. Postal is now available for download from the Amazon Appstore for $1.99. It is still not available from the Google Play Store.
End of Update
Are firms ‘such as Apple’ to blame for BYOD security headaches?
You can’t swing a cat at the moment without hitting someone saying something about bring your own device (BYOD), and this week is no different, with a UK tech security firm casting a doubting shadow over BYOD’s cost-saving and security credentials.
UK security and identity management specialist Lieberman Software has laid the blame for sleepless nights and bitten nails of IT managers everywhere squarely at the feet of consumer device manufacturers.
The firm suggested that over two thirds of tech professionals in London believe that BYOD is a route to increased costs. Just under a quarter felt the opposite, with 10% sat on the fence.
When asked what caused the organization the biggest headache, 43% of respondents cited an employee device introducing a virus; more than a quarter pointed the finger at employees losing a device, and 22% said employees stealing data was the biggest concern.
It’s worth noting that any new telecoms implementation is going to increase costs in the short term; the savings, security and process efficiency that BYOD proponents extol can only, if at all possible, result as part of a well planned and tightly governed mobility strategy that should negate many of these concerns.
However, the BYOD trend is being driven, the company’s president and CEO Philip Lieberman claimed, by device manufacturers, ‘such as Apple’, pushing their products out into the consumer market as enterprise ready or compatible, even if they’re not.
Essentially, while users increasingly come to expect the same level of design, user interface and general coolness in their enterprise technology as they get from their personal devices, the controls and security aren’t there yet, despite what they say.
“We’ve been here before,” he said. “It’s the same classic back door sales process used to promote PCs in the 1980s, where the large IT shops controlled both the glass house and what was on the desktops.
“Back then users and managers would show how PCs were better, faster and more flexible than the ‘stone age’ solutions offered by IT,” he added.
“Ultimately IT was forced to adopt PCs as their corporate standard. The new twist today is that the interlopers are devices that will always be owned by the consumer, not the company.”
Share Your Dropbox Files Directly In Facebook Messenger
Facebook’s Developer Conference is scheduled to start today so this is probably one of many bits of Messenger and Facebook news you’ll read in the next 48 hours. Dropbox just announced that it now integrates in Messenger to allow you to share any media files or documents from your cloud to friends and group chats.
If you already have the Dropbox app installed on your phone, you’ll see it as a source for sharing under Messenger’s “More” menu just like in the first screenshot above. You can then browse your Dropbox files, pick the one to share, and send it. If it’s an image, gif, or video, it will be immediately embedded and previewed inside the conversation. Other file types show an “open” button which takes the recipient either to the Dropbox app (if it’s installed on their phones) or mobile site and gives them the option to preview and save.
If you made it through the post despite those stock iPhone images at the top, we apologize deeply. Dropbox didn’t provide any Android screenshots of the feature in action. It should work as pictured on Android too, and you’ll find the links to both required apps below.
Dropbox (Playboard) | Dropbox (Play Store)
Messenger (Playboard) | Messenger (Play Store)
Three UK Shows Off The LG Spirit 4G, Bringing The Company’s Curved Design To The Mid-Range Segment
- Three UK
Love it or hate it, the original LG G Flex sure did create some buzz. The second version of the phone appears to be an improvement in just about every way, but LG doesn’t seem to be content with flagship-style offerings. Three UK just announced that it will carry the LG Spirit 4G starting in June. This decidedly mid-range device also has a curved screen, and… well, that’s about the only interesting thing aside from Lollipop software at launch.
Before you get too excited, Three’s promotional video (the sole source of information on the phone so far) doesn’t mention flexibility at all, so this phone probably won’t bend or heal like the G Flex series. The curved glass covers a standard LCD screen, so presumably the panel itself is straight, more or less like the old Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus designs from Samsung. It’s a 4.7-inch 720p IPS panel, and underneath is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, just 1GB of RAM, a 2,100mAh battery, an 8MP camera, and a MicroSD card slot. More detailed specs haven’t been given, but it will run Android 5.0.1 (plus LG’s skin) at launch. Pricing is not available at this time, though Three says it’s “affordable.”
The physical design is pretty safe for LG. Aside from the “curved” screen and rear-mounted buttons it’s not all that intriguing, though I’m happy to see that LG is sticking to soft navigation buttons (with a standard layout, no less!). The phone is surprisingly thick at 9.95mm, even with a relatively small battery. This could be an indication of LG’s mid-range and low-end design language for the rest of this year, or it could simply be a one-off. We’ll see if the Spirit (or similar variants) come to other markets.
Education, education, education: Why employees are still unaware of BYOD policies
Survey results from Intercede and Atomik Research published today have found that almost a quarter (23%) of UK employees are unaware of their employer’s BYOD policy.
The survey, of 1213 UK employees, found that a quarter of those polled had accessed company data on their own smartphone or tablet, with 7% doing so without their employer’s permission. 21% of those polled admitted they knew they needed permission to access data, but went ahead and did it anyway.
Alarmingly just 5% of respondents said they would be concerned over corporate data if they lost a device. One in five (19%) are signed in to their corporate accounts on mobile devices at all times. 8% of workers had used shadow IT to gain access to work emails without the company’s permission.
“By bypassing companies’ BYOD policies and not taking regulations into account when accessing sensitive data, employees are leaving the back door open to hackers,” said Richard Parris, CEO of Intercede.
“CIOs are currently in a difficult position,” he added. “They either ban BYOD completely or implement long, complex passwords, which are vulnerable and unfit for use on mobile devices.”
The overall consensus is one of employees needing more education on how their BYOD policies operate. Phil Barnett, UK sales director at Good Technology, argued that workers must have a better awareness of whether corporate data is secure or not – and blamed Dropbox for causing headaches among the C-suite.
“Dropbox is a huge bugbear for corporate IT departments because it takes cloud storage and file synchronisation outside the enterprise,” he wrote. “It’s convenient for employees, but Dropbox has had a number of high profile data breaches.”
For enterprises, the stakes are high if data gets lost – and the authorities will enforce policy if needs be. The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) was whacked last year after an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found they had broken the Data Protection Act after an employee lost a camera containing sensitive information about potential job applicants.
A Bunch Of Jeopardy Nerds Have Never Heard Of Android Or Marshmallow
Alright, so I get that most of what we cover here on Android Police probably goes straight over the head of an average Joe. Honestly, I don’t expect anyone but the most hardcore Android enthusiasts to have ever heard of things like Google Play Services, kernel sources, or unlocked bootloaders. Heck, I’m always more than happy to teach people how to set up Google Photos and backup their digital memories for free or to use a Chromecast to mirror video and audio to a TV. It’s my job to know this, and I’m fine with other people having different interests.
But sometimes I think the generalized ignorance has gone a bit too far.
For whatever reason, people are woefully unaware that Android is even a thing. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard someone proudly state that their phone runs Samsung as opposed to iOS. Even John Chen, the CEO of Blackberry, seems to think their new Blackberry Priv “runs Google.”
On last night’s episode of Jeopardy, contestants who were otherwise knowledgeable and would have schooled me on almost any other topic were completely at a loss when trying to come up with an answer to which mobile operating system had a version named Marshmallow.
Even if you knew almost nothing about smartphones, you’d at least be able to come up with the name of a couple of mobile operating systems, right? After the first contestant struck out with the default iOS answer, the second contestant seemed to think that the most likely alternative was “eyeos,” which I can only assume is the OS that runs on knockoff iPhones from China.
That’s right Robert, keep shaking your head in shame.
Gartner’s 2016 EMM Magic Quadrant: VMware edging ahead – but it’s not the whole story
Updated 22 June Yes, it’s that time of year again. While perhaps not as glamorous as awards season, analyst report season is always important for the software and hardware companies at the heart of the enterprise mobility management (EMM) movement. And, all things considered, it’s increasingly looking like a pattern is emerging.
In both the IDC rankings, released earlier this month, and the Gartner Magic Quadrant, VMware AirWatch came out on top. For the latter, the Atlanta firm was furthest along the line in both execution and completeness of vision. The quadrant has 14 vendors overall, with five in the leaders zone – MobileIron and Citrix battling it out for second place with IBM and BlackBerry battling it out for fourth.
Interestingly, the previous year’s analysis featured only 12 vendors, down from 14 in 2014. Not surprisingly, Globo, which found a place as a niche player in both 2014 and 2015, is not included in this year’s rankings following the financial scandal which crippled the firm at the back end of last year, while Good Technology was subsumed into BlackBerry’s offering after the $425 million takeover deal in September. As a result, BlackBerry jumps several places into the winners’ enclosure.
The new entries of Matrix42 and NationSky are of interest given their headquarters, in Germany and China respectively, represent a move away from the US heartland
Cisco is the largest name added to the list, along with software asset management (SAM) provider Snow Software, workspace management firm Matrix42, and SaaS and EMM vendor NationSky. The latter are of particular interest given their headquarters, in Sweden, Germany and China respectively, represent acknowledgement from Gartner of a thriving market away from the traditional US heartland.
While the bigger, more established names have had a foothold of some sort at the top for the past half-decade, there has been an effort to play more nicely together. The AppConfig Community, established earlier this year as an initiative for best practices around enterprise app development, essentially represents an affirmation that the main players’ SDKs are not a competitive differentiator. Aside from that, however, the gloves are most certainly off.
For MobileIron, the importance of being the only pure play EMM vendor left standing is huge. “MobileIron is the only vendor in the Leaders Quadrant that lives, sleeps, and breathes EMM,” Ojas Rege, VP strategy, told Enterprise AppsTech. Referring to the competition in the top right box, he added: “Unlike MobileIron, EMM is not their core business, and they have to continuously prioritise mobile investments against other investments that generate more money for them.
“EMM is 100% of MobileIron’s revenue – that gives us focus and alignment with our customers. The focus and depth of a standalone vendor is a competitive differentiator for CIOs who view mobile as strategic and do not want to be locked into a single vendor stack,” added Rege.
From VMware’s perspective, the combination of the IDC and Gartner verdicts is naturally irresistible. “These two reports show that leading industry analysts believe that the VMware Workspace ONE solution is the tool to deliver on the mobile revolution of enterprise mobility moving from a tactical management product to a strategic enabler of apps and services to every endpoint, and it is the solution provider of choice among customers looking to solve EMM challenges,” Sanjay Poonen, VMware SVP and end user computing general manager told Enterprise AppsTech.
Chest beating aside, Gartner gives several hundred words to each vendor in the report, with a few bullet points for strengths and cautions. For those in the winners’ zone, the strengths are usually wide ranging – innovative, large scale deployment, well established – while the weaknesses are more difficult to pin down, often relying on client evidence.
The analyst house zoned in on MobileIron’s occasionally turbulent year, with a change in CEO providing “short-term uncertainty”, as well as struggling in adjacent markets due to being a standalone vendor. Rege dismisses the leadership charges – “over the last 12 months we have brought in leaders with deep experience growing and scaling technology businesses” – and argues that by picking a platform with flexibility on the OS, device, app and cloud side, the adjacent markets issue is also a non-starter. “For many of our competitors, EMM is a method to lock customers into their broader computing stack,” said Rege. “However, in the new era of modular IT, companies want choice.”
Enterprise mobility is quickly moving from tactical management to a strategic enabler of apps and services to every endpoint, empowering end users to work at the speed of life
The caution for VMware which raises eyebrows is with regard to Dell acquiring EMC, VMware’s parent company. Gartner argues there could be ‘potential concern’ that AirWatch will not get as much attention once every party in the $67 billion deal gets their feet under the table.
A statement from the company read: “The Dell-EMC acquisition is expected to accelerate VMware’s growth across all of its businesses, including VMware AirWatch, through increased opportunities for integration with Dell’s solutions and go-to-market channels. VMware will also benefit from the operational agility that comes from our majority shareholder being privately controlled and from being part of one of the top three transformational IT companies in the world.”
Poonen added: “Enterprise mobility is quickly moving from a tactical management product to a strategic enabler of apps and services to every endpoint, empowering end users to work at the speed of life. We believe Gartner recognises this new way of approaching mobility.”
As ever, it is worth noting that each of the vendors listed in Gartner’s MQ made it for a reason; depending on your company’s specifications, a niche player could be a wiser choice than a leader. One interesting point of speculation could relate to how next year’s report will look. The vendors chosen for the EMM report need to have demonstrated capability across multiple areas, so players who have predominant expertise in mobile app management, such as Apperian, telecoms expense management, such as Tangoe, and mobile backend services, miss out. Given the increasing prominence of such services, could 2017 provide an even clearer look at the landscape?
You can purchase the full report here (registration required).
Native, Extension-Less Casting Is Currently In Development For Google Chrome
You can cast webpages from your computer to your Chromecast, but it requires installing a dedicated extension. As it turns out, Chrome’s developers are working on cutting out this requirement. In the future, you may be able to cast content without going through any additional setup on your end.
hasn’t made its way to the stable build of Chrome (edit: as a reader has pointed out, yes it has), but you can try the feature out in the beta channel. To do so, enable “Media Router” at chrome://flags/#enable-media-router. After doing so, your browser disables the Chromecast extension, and a “Cast…” option appears in the right-click context menu.
To return things back to normal, simply toggle the flag again. If all goes well, we may see these features make their way to general users in a matter of months.