Apple Watch 2 Reportedly Coming in Q2 2016

The first iteration of the Apple Watch has sold remarkably well despite being publicly ridiculed. Clearly, the top-end pricing reaches eye-watering levels but the basic models are still relatively affordable. However, for a similar price, you can purchase a Japanese or Swiss timepiece with years of engineering prowess behind it. Despite this, it seems the Apple Watch is a success story, and according to Apple’s supplier, Quanta Computer, a new model is planned for release in Q2 2016.

During this initial release window, supplies will be limited, but stock should improve by the third quarter. This raises questions about the longevity of the original Apple Watch and its second-hand value. These concerns were raised prior to the Apple Watch announcement,and still hold validity. As with any Apple product, I doubt the value will plummet, but I’m fascinated to see how the second model differs from its predecessor.

Sadly, there’s no information regarding design changes, or the retail pricing. Although, this should be revealed in the coming months. It’s important to remember that the Apple Watch has a life-cycle of 2 years compared to other devices with a yearly product revision. The price though makes it compete with traditional luxury, mechanical watches and I cannot see people making the switch any time (if you’ll excuse the pun) soon.

Mozilla Launches Firefox For iOS

Mozilla’s hesitance to offer their Firefox web browser on iOS devices stems from a bitter disagreement with Apple in 2013. During this period, Apple imposed hefty restrictions which prohibited Mozilla, and other browser makers to use their own rendering engine. As you might expect, Mozilla was outraged by these demands and believed they were completely unfair. However, with the soaring popularity of iOS, Mozilla has changed their approach and accepted Apple’s terms.

Firefox is now available on iOS devices and incorporates a number of useful features including Intelligent Search, and Virtual Tabs. Firefox Accounts also allows you to easily sync passwords, internet history, and auto-complete forms on various systems. Private Browsing is another essential component which provides enhanced protection against data snooping. User privacy is such an important aspect of any modern browser and at the heart of Firefox’s ethos.

Unfortunately, I highly doubt the browser will make any serious impact on iOS as most people just use Safari. There are some exceptions who prefer Chrome, but I can see Firefox’s adoption being in the minority. Nevertheless, it’s a great piece of news if you prefer the Firefox desktop browser and want to continue that experience on an Apple device.

Which browser is your favourite and why?

Samsung is Reportedly Making an 18.4-Inch Android Tablet

Tablets appear to be increasing in size at an extraordinary rate and sources close to SamMobile suggest Samsung is working on a massive 18.4-inch device, codenamed Tahoe. Apparently, the 18.4-inch screen features a resolution of 1920×1080 and powered by a rather hefty 5700 mAh battery. Other specifications include an octa-core 64 bit 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and a microSD slot supporting capacities up to 128GB.

Additionally, there will be an 8-megapixel main camera and 2.1-megapixel secondary camera. Although, I’ve never been impressed with the visual quality on integrated tablet cameras. The device’s dimensions are 451.8 mm wide, 275.8 mm tall, and 11.9 mm thick. At this time, there is no information regarding the product’s final name, launch price or release date. However, the source is quite reliable and should be accurate. This brings up the question, who is the target market for such a huge tablet? Tablets are designed to be portable and comfortable to hold as you browse the internet in your armchair.

Would you ever consider buying a tablet of this size? It does make me wonder if Samsung will manufacture a new mobile product line featuring larger screens than the Galaxy Note range. Perhaps this is a bit far-fetched as the handset will struggle to fit in your pocket.

Thank you SamMobile for providing us with this information

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Dell Unveils 13-Inch Chromebook Featuring Full-HD Display

Dell has expanded its Chromebook line-up to include a 13-inch 1920×1080 model and signifies a significant step up from the Chromebook 11. The Chromebook 13 comes in a wide range of specifications and allows you to choose between a fifth-generation Celeron, Core i3-5005U or an extremely capable Core i5-5300U which turbo boosts to 2.9GHz. In terms of memory, this new device supports up to 8GBs and a 16 or 32GB Solid State Drive.

Connectivity wise, the Chromebook 13 utilizes 802.11AC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 USB 3.0 port, plus an HDMI socket to mirror the display on a monitor or Television. As previously mentioned, the display is 1920×1080 to suit the increased screen size and probably based on an IPS panel. Interestingly, Dell have coated the screen in Gorilla Glass to prevent scratches from occurring which adds an additional sense of rigidity. On another note, the island-style keyboard is backlit and the casing is constructed from high-quality aluminium.

Cosmetically, the carbon fiber finish is superb and evokes a luxury feel without being too overbearing for business use. The Chrome 13 is set for a September 17th release with a starting price of $399. However, specific details referring to component upgrades haven’t been confirmed.

Would you ever consider a Chromebook or do you find it overly limiting to completely rely on cloud storage?

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New FAA Guidelines Permit More Devices During Take-off And Landing

New FAA guidelines mean that flyers won’t face such strict regulations for playing Angry Bird, or what ever it is they’re doing on their smart devices, during take-off and landing. Given that previously, flyers were instructed to turn off their devices it is well-known that most of us simple put them on silent or just in our pocket, defiant of the rules of the airline. At least now we can continue what we were doing but not be breaking the rules from now on.

The rules will depend on each airline though, so don’t start-up WhatsApp to your friend a few rows away just yet. Although it is expected that most, if not all airlines will allow you to use your phone in airplane mode throughout the entire duration of the flight by the end of the year.

These rules will apply to eBook readers, gaming devices, video devices, mp3 players, etc. So long as the devices are in Airplane Mode for landing and take off, but the rest of the time you will be able to use your devices Wi-Fi and Bluetooth features to connect your smart devices.

Regulatory organizations have issued a simple check list to ensure that flyers can still meet the new rules.

1. Make safety your first priority.

2. Changes to PED policies will not happen immediately and will vary by airline. Check with your airline to see if and when you can use your PED.

3. Current PED policies remain in effect until an airline completes a safety assessment, gets FAA approval, and changes its PED policy.

4. Cell phones may not be used for voice communications.

5. Devices must be used in airplane mode or with the cellular connection disabled. You may use the WiFi connection on your device if the plane has an installed WiFi system and the airline allows its use. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.

6. Properly stow heavier devices under seats or in the overhead bins during takeoff and landing. These items could impede evacuation of an aircraft or may injure you or someone else in the event of turbulence or an accident.

7. During the safety briefing, put down electronic devices, books and newspapers and listen to the crewmember’s instructions.

8. It only takes a few minutes to secure items according to the crew’s instructions during takeoff and landing.

9. In some instances of low visibility – about one percent of flights – some landing systems may not be proved PED tolerant, so you may be asked to turn off your device.

10. Always follow crew instructions and immediately turn off your device if asked.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information.