Monday, 25 May 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6 in the UK - Price, Specs and Best Offers - Everything You Want to Know

The launch of Samsung Galaxy S6 was an important event for South Korean smartphone manufacturer Samsung in recent times. Samsung Galaxy S6 was officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on March 1, 2015, along with Galaxy S6 Edge, and during that event, Samsung claimed that its new handsets are going to "set a new standard for smartphones".

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Samsung Galaxy S6 was released in the UK and 19 other countries on April 10, 2015. For Samsung, designing the Galaxy S6 meant going back again to the drawing board, taking drastic steps to rework the phone, and load it with a wealth of new, attractive features to make it one of the most advanced and sophisticated handset for users.

After opening of pre-orders last month, Samsung revealed that it had received 20 million pre-orders for its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets, and the demand had exceeded its own expectations. Here we present a cohesive list for UK-based customers, providing all the details they need to know about Galaxy S6 specifications, new features, pricing, availability, and best offers for the handset in the UK.

Samsung Galaxy S6: Handset Design and Display

The design of Samsung Galaxy S6 is a major improvement over past Galaxy smartphones that had polycarbonate frames. The new Galaxy S6 features a redesigned metallic chassis, with Gorilla Glass protecting the phone both front and back. It weighs just 138 gram and is 6.8 mm thick (143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm). The phone sports a 5.1 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and 577 ppi. The Galaxy S6 screen displays 70 percent more pixels compared to Galaxy S5, as per claims from Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S6: Processor, RAM, and Storage

Samsung Galaxy S6 is powered by the 64-bit Exynos 7 Octa 7420 system-on-chip (2.5GHz quad + 2.1GHz quad). The 14-nm 64-bit chip is claimed to be 30% more power efficient. The two quad-core sets focus on efficiency and the performance. The phone features 3 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and comes in 32-, 64- and 128 GB in-built storage capacities, implementing Universal Flash Storage 2.0 standards. It has custom eMMC rather than SSD storage technology, which Samsung claims improves write speeds and performance.

Samsung Galaxy S6: Cameras

Samsung has loaded Galaxy S6 with 16 MP rear camera which got some important improvements, including real-time HDR, smart optical image stabilization, a F-1.9 wide-angle lens, and an IR sensor which is able to automatically adjust white balance. The F-1.9 wide-angle lens lets in more light to enhance low light performance. The rear camera is always in "on" mode in the background and ready to capture shots the moment you need it. The 5 mega-pixel front camera also boasts real-time HDR.

Samsung Galaxy S6: Battery and Charging

Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with wireless charging built-in feature, supporting both WPC and PMA, and a non-removable 2550 mAh battery. Use of fast battery charging technology means a 10-minute charging can provide enough power for about four hours of use.

Samsung Galaxy S6: Connectivity and Other Features

Connectivity options in Galaxy S6 include WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, 4G LTE (Cat 6), HT80 MIMO(2x2) 620 Mbps, Mobile hotspot, A2DP, Dual-band, Bluetooth v4.1, LE, USB 2.0, apt-X, NFC, ANT+, and an IR blaster. Samsung The single power speaker in Samsung Galaxy S6 is about 1.5 times louder than the S5 speaker. The phone is not equipped with microSD support, and is not waterproof. It however features accelerometer, gyroscope, fingerprint, light sensors, compass and barometer.

Samsung Galaxy S6: Software

Samsung Galaxy S6 runs on latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop mobile OS with Touchwiz software suite. According to Samsung, the TouchWiz has been made more streamlined with a fresh design and lesser number of bundled applications. Many Microsoft apps come bundled with the S6, including OneNote and OneDrive.

Samsung Galaxy S6: New Features

The company has added many key features in Galaxy S6, including Samsung Pay and "Pro" camera application. Samsung Pay is a mobile payments service based on Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) and NFC technology. With MST technique, card data is sent to the pay terminal's swipe slot using an electromagnetic field. The terminal registers the data in the same way as with a normally swiped card. A payments needs to be authenticated using a fingerprint scan. Samsung has finalized deals with many payment services including Mastercard, and these services are supporting Samsung Pay.

Samsung Galaxy S6 for Business Users

For business users in the UK, Samsung Galaxy S6 is a nice option in terms of security as use of Samsung Knox security technology offers real-time shield from malicious attacks. Knox works perfectly with most enterprise mobility management services.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Price: How much will it cost in the UK?

Samsung launched Galaxy S6 smartphone in the UK on 10 April through Vodafone, Three, Carphone Warehouse, O2 and EE networks. The 32 GB Galaxy S6 version comes with a price tag of £599 sim-free in the UK, while the 64 GB S6 is available at £760. Earlier the smartphone was available for the UK customers in Black Sapphire, White Pearl, and Gold Platinum variants, but Samsung has now confirmed that Galaxy S6 is being shipped to the UK consumers in Blue Topaz as well.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Best Deals from EE

EE network in the UK is offering Galaxy S6 with 32 GB and 64 GB storage, and in black, white and gold color options. The 'recommended tariff' from EE, with unlimited calls, unlimited texts and 4 GB data, lets you have a 32 GB Galaxy S6 for just £49.99 on a £43.49 monthly tariff. The cheapest offer, with 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 500 MB data, is £32 a month but with an upfront cost of £200. The 64 GB model is available at upfront cost of £49.99 and £53.49 per month tariff with unlimited texts and calls and 10 GB data.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Best Deals from O2

O2 network in the UK is offering Samsung Galaxy S6 on Refresh plan and a range of contracts including the £38-per-month for the 32GB variant with £99 up front payment, unlimited minutes, texts and 2 GB data. Another option is £48-per-month tariff for 32 GB variant with no upfront payment, and 5 GB of data on O2's 4G network. Opting for £13-per-month tariff plan means you'll have to shell out a £649 upfront and you get 500 MB of data.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Best Deals from Vodafone

Vodafone in the UK is trying to attract potential Galaxy S6 buyers with its monthly plans. If you want to trade your old Galaxy smartphone, Vodafone offers you a £43.50-a-month tariff with no upfront payment and with unlimited calls and texts and 7 GB data. For those you are not trading an old Galaxy phone, then monthly tariff increases to £48.50. The lowest monthly tariff of £26.50 gives you 100 minutes, unlimited text and 100 MB 3G data and upfront cost of £199.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Best Deals from Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse's iD network in the UK is offering Take Away tariff for Galaxy S6, with £39 upfront cost, and £35.50 per month tariff, along with 5,000 texts, 600 minutes, 1 GB 4G data, and free international roaming in 22 countries.

Author: Devender Kundaliya

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Future Cities will Probably Have More Robot Dogs than Real Dogs

Pets make an important part of human life. Domestication on earth started about 20,000–32,000 years ago with dogs, and today, the word "pet" covers species ranging from birds and mammals to fish, some "exotic" reptiles and even insects. In Western society, a major portion of people keep a pet to serve either as a status symbol or to compensate for lack of social relationships.

Image by mckdnk [CC BY-SA 4.0] from Wikimedia Commons

At present, about 30% households in the US own a cat and about 37% have a dog. An overlap between the two means nearly 50% of households in the US own at least one pet. Pets ownership is also popular in Europe, and is on the rise in Asian countries as well.

Despite this ancient human-animal companionship, the technological advancement in the past two decades and fast pace of urbanization has posed a big question ahead of researchers – how will technology and urbanization impact human–animal relationships in future.

Jean-Loup Rault, an Australian researcher, recently published his study in journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science, where he discusses the future interaction of humans with robotic, real and virtual pets. Based on the observations and findings of his study, Rault suggests that in super-dense cities of the future, robotic pets will probably replace the real pets because it will be difficult for future cities to provide enough living space for 9.5 billion people and their pets.

"It is difficult to imagine how more than half of the 9.6 billion people of 2050 could still keep pets." Rault wrote in his paper in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science.

A number of studies in the past have revealed that many people do like interacting with their robotic pets. There are many instances where people, especially children, were found to be interacting with their virtual pets in the same way as most people interact with their live pets. When Sony closed its last repair center for Aibo robotic pets in Japan, many Aibo owners were seen holding funerals for their robotic pets after those robotic pets broke down and were unable to serve their masters further.

Rault believes that despite on-going efforts to develop green and pet-friendly cities, pets in future will be "a luxury possession for people who can afford to sustain their cost and fulfill their needs in terms of space, social, and mental needs."

So are pets a thing of the past? "Let the future tell the truth" suggests Rault quoting futuristic scientist Nikola Tesla.

Author: Devender Kundaliya